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Issues with external HDD including USB, Firewire (IEE1394) and e-sata connections as well as issues relating to mounting, formatting and partitioning.

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How do I disable a HDD/Pen drive LED blinking?

I want hardware config on ubuntu for pen drive LED blinking.
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External Hard Drive Drop/Fall

I actually am having a problem for which I would really appreciate some advice. Yesterday night my external 500GB (USB) hard drive (a big one, with case) fell. It was on my PC and fell down on the ...
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Cant´t safely remove external hdd

Hi I have a new external hdd and when I want to remove it I can unmount it but if I want to use the "remove it safely" option it tells that is not possible and gives me this message: Error detaching: ...
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Use of an external Hard Drive for backups

I have acquired an used external HD (a WD Passport) that I'm planning to use for the backup of important files - I was thinking of using it with Déjà Dup. Should I format it beforehand? Which ...
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Can i store files and boot from the same External hard drive?

is it possible to run Ubuntu from an external hard drive and store files(music, movies, games) in that very same external hard drive? BTW the external hard drive i have is basically a 2.5" 200GB ...
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Using Ext4 partitions on external storage

If I want to use a USB flash memory or an external hard disk to transfer data and at the same time I want to use ext4 partitions on them. How could I do that without getting problems regarding ...
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How to install Ubuntu in a external hard drive?

I already know how to make a bootable flash drive. My question kind of involves this. I would love to make a portable hard drive with the bootable version of Ubuntu on it and be able to save my files ...
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Hard Drive too slow

My computer has been going too slow since I remember, I tried several tips I found on Internet but nothing worked. After spending some time searching about the problem I found that it might be my hard ...
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Does installing Ubuntu from itself on a flash drive install it on my hard drive?

I apologize for the horribly worded title, but it's all I could think of. Anyway, I have a MacBook Pro and I've followed the instructions here: ...
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Are the problems with installing ubuntu to an external hard drive fixed in ubuntu 13.04?

I have a Macbook Pro that is currently running OSX. I installed ubuntu on a Windows laptop I had lying around to try it out. I liked it a lot but I didn't want to commit any space to it on my internal ...
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Format ASUS external hard drive AN300

I am trying to format a new external HDD of ASUS (model AN300). Ubuntu recognizes only a "CD ROM" when I plug it to the computer, names ASUS Webstorage. I tried to follow instructions, on this link. ...
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External Hard Drive Won't Mount But Is Detected

Yesterday I bought an external drive and after reformatting it to ext4, Ubuntu could no longer "see" it. I asked for help, and eventually came to the conclusion that the drive was somewhat defective. ...
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Can I share my external hard drive used for backup with other item?

I bought a pretty large external hard drive to backup my computer with and I have used Deja Dup a couple times. I noticed I have a directory DDBackup on my external hard drive now. Can I use my ...
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Running Ubuntu from External HDD. Boots very slowly

I've installed Ubuntu 13.04 on an external hard drive (usb2) and when I boot, it takes ages to get past the purple screen. Otherwise, the performance is perfectly fine. Is this just a symptom of slow ...
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Ubuntu installed into partition of external HD not booting

I recently installed ubuntu 13.04 onto two partitions on my external hard drive. I didn't use the whole drive because I have other things on it. When I installed, I manually selected one partition for ...
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Installing Ubuntu on an External Hard Disk

I found this question and it is very similar to my situation. I am satisfied with zkriesse's answer but I want to know whether data in my external hard disk would be lost using this method. And what ...
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I want to put Ubuntu on a bootalbe external USB hard drive

Putting Ubuntu on a bootable external USB drive looks pretty straight forward but I might need a little help... I'm only on chapter 8 of a 30+ chapter book... My problem is I have to 3 different ...
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Slow USB transfer speeds

I am experiencing very slow USB transfer speeds when trying to backup files to a USB HDD. I am not entirely sure when the problem 1st occured but there was definitely a period using 12.04 where ...
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i want to buy a portable 1TB HDD [closed]

i want to buy a portable 1TB HDD, which should be supportable in Ubuntu as well as Microsoft windows (xp and above). Can any one suggest me a good HDD?
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WD external HD no working

I have a password protection on my external HDD and in windows I'm always prompted to input the password when I connect my external HDD to it. But in Ubuntu it mounts fine but it does not request me ...
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Formatting External Hard Drives

Is there any way I can re-format my external hard drive to accept larger data files without erasing the current stored data on the drive??
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Copy file to External Hard Disk

My UBUNTU (desktop part) does not boot completely because of low disk space; I logged in to terminal using my username and password, try to copy some file from /home/UserName/Desktop to my external ...
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File operations not permitted on ntfs file system on Thoshiba 1TB external hard disk in Ubuntu 11.10

Recently I buy a Thoshiba external hard disk. And I make a NTFS partition. Now it is read only mode in Ubuntu 11.10. Now I can't able to copy from my system / create folder in HDD. But copying from ...
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Suspend or hibernate Ubuntu running from an external USB Hard drive (or flash drive)?

I have Ubuntu 13.04 installed on a external USB hard drive and I have been using it without any major issues in different computers. However, I recently was working on something important and decided ...
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Windows doesn't recognize external hard-drive after installing Ubuntu (on internal hard-drive)

I have installed ubuntu on my internal hard-drive using windows ubuntu installer and everything worked perfectly. I am able to run both windows7 and ubuntu. I also have an external hard-drive which I ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a HDD

I recently purchased a 2TB WD MyBook external hard-drive with the intention of installing Ubuntu on it in a way that will allow me to simply plug it in to any computer and boot MY Ubuntu from ...
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Change Ownership of External Hard Drive?

I recently bought an external hard drive on Ebay, I received it and plugged it into my laptop and when I tried moving files onto it, it refused me to drag them on. I looked into the properties of the ...
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Dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10

I can't boot into Windows 7 from GRUB, or can't boot into Linux from Windows 7 I have 2 HDD, on 1 I have Windows 7 and on other I have Linux. Both HDD are working properly. Help me to correct dual ...
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USB External Hard drive unplugged but still shows up!

I am running on Ubuntu 12.04. I have physically unplugged an external hard drive from my laptop, but for some reason it is still shown as mounted in Nautilus. When trying to get rid of it by ...
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Transfer speeds - running Ubuntu from external HDD via eSATA

Would it be too slow to run Ubuntu from an external HDD via eSATA or would I not tell the difference?
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Installing Ubuntu 13.04 on external HDD safer than dual boot with windows 8 on samsung NP780z5e

With all the Samsung/Linux boot scares, Would it be safer to just install to an external HDD?. I have a Samsung Chronos Series 7 touchsreen NP780Z5e.
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Can Ubuntu access files within an old operating system on an External Hard Drive?

My laptop is dying (motherboard issue) and I'm due to receive my new laptop tomorrow. I'm considering converting the current hard drive (SATA, 350GB) into an external hard drive using a SATA-to-USB ...
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Installed kubuntu on a usb stick, want to go back to windows

I am running Windows 8, I installed kubuntu on a usb stick. Now when i remove usb stick i get an error "no such device exists", I want to get rid of kubuntu and this error. I am not linux user so ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 changing permissions External Hard Drive from Terminal [duplicate]

I am attempting to rescue files from a broken system via the root terminal of the recovery console. I have a seagate 2TB external hard drive. Output of sudo fdisk -l: /dev/sdb1 is the device boot ...
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Booting problem from external hard drive

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on an external hard drive using an Acer One netbook (Windows XP) and used the same external disk with another desktop PC (Windows XP). Now it does not load Ubuntu. Instead I ...
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Purple screen after installing to external hard drive

I have Windows 7 64 on my laptop (MSI GX660). I downloaded the 64 bit Ubuntu 12.10 install onto a 1GB USB drive, rebooted, and installed onto a 1TB USB external HDD. I followed this guide I then ...
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Lock icon in external drive's folders

When I attach the external hard drive, the folders have a lock icon on them and i am unable to delete them. I tried to use sudo chown -R $USER:$USER $HOME but to no avail, this did not work. Please ...
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How do I find out if an external drive is in active use (being read/written to)?

I have some external drives connected to a power outlet. The outlet is USB switchable, i.e. I can run a program on my PC that physically disconnects the external drives from the power grid. I only use ...
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Installation to external hard drive - not booting

I have the same problem as Why does my external hard drive not boot I tried all suggested solutions on the web even I removed the internal hard drive and I let the installation use all the external ...
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Finding out the buffer size of external hdd connected via USB

I want to securely delete the hdd using dd because I intend to sell it. Using the buffer will speed up the process. I can't find out the size though: arno@arno-X55A:~$ hdparm -i /dev/sdb /dev/sdb: ...
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How to change the path of folders in home directory to an external HDD?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I'm trying to change the path from the special folders (I mean the ones in my home directory) to folders on my external HDD. I already auto-mounted the HDD by adding a ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 internet connection problem

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed on an external drive, it recognises that I have an internet connection, but web pages don't load. Thanks!
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Shotwell: Storing part of library on external HDD

I am trying to sort out my Ubuntu photo workflow, and I wondered if anyone could offer some advice. I store my photo library on an external HDD, which is on my desk at home. I would like to be able ...
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Search External Drive with Gnome Documents

Is there any way for Gnome Documents to access and display documents (HTML/DOCX/ODT) on an External USB Hard Drive? I'm running Ubuntu Gnome 13.04 in a Virtual Machine with the drive connected to it, ...
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How to create partition without formatting drive?

I am have some doubts in partition my external drive. I am have external drive of capacity 2TB formatted in NTFS . 1.5 TB is used in hard drive. I want to create one partition of 200 GB in FAT . But I ...
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How to run full ubuntu installation from external hard drive?

Please bare with me: So I'd like to re-purpose my previous laptop as a desktop (seeing as it has decent specs), the problem is is that the hard drive is shot (failing) so installing Ubuntu on to that ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a laptop external HDD for use in another PC? [closed]

I have several Intel Pentium II 333 based PCs which I want to install Ubuntu on. All PCs are identical, however they have no floppy nor do they have a CD drive. They all use 2½ HDD. I intend ...
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Downloading videos to an external drive with youtube-dl

My Hard drive has very little free space left. Thus I am trying to get youtube-dl to save the videos onto my external drive. With no luck, so far. Has anyone tried that? Or any ideas on how to ...
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automatic mount any external drive under /media with read/write access to everyone

Here is my issue: My computer has 4 USB ports and is running Ubuntu 12.10. I receive different USBs every day, plug to my computer, read/write data to them, and then send them away. What I want is ...
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External Hard Drive is not recognized

I have a new 1 GB external hard drive which I was trying to partition with Gparted. Evidently I did something wrong and now it does not show up in My Computer or in Ubuntu. How can I repair it?