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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Plex Media Server: Won't find media External Hard Drive

I am attempting to turn an older PC into a home media server with Ubuntu 12.04 using Plex Media Server. I have a newer WD 2 TB external USB HD with all of my media on it. I can not for the life of ...
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format damaged HD

I have an WD MyPassport external HD that won't even mount anymore. I have tried several things (most of which suggestions from this forum), such as using testdisk, mkfs.ext4, mkfs.ext3, mkfs.ntfs and ...
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Can detect external hard drive

I have a 14.04 laptop and it does not recognize external hard drivers. I have tried with two external hard drives, one USB and the other eSATA and when I plug them in it seems that the system does ...
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Running Ubuntu from a external hard drive?

I currently have a chrome book that I would like to run Unbuntu with for some extra functionality. I would like to also have the option to use Chrome OS as well. I was wondering if I could load Ubuntu ...
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My external HD is not recognized at all

I was saving some docs in my HD when by accident my pc turned off. Of course, the data transfer was interrupted and since that moment I was unable to see the files in the HD. (I was using Windows 8.1) ...
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Why is my external USB hard drive sometimes completely inaccessible?

I have an external USB hard drive, consisting of an 1 TB SATA drive in a Rosewill RX35-AT-SU SLV Aluminum 3.5" Silver USB 2.0 External Enclosure, plugged into my SONY VAIO VGN-NS310F laptop. It is ...
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Compatibility Windows-Ubuntu 14.10-Folder [on hold]

I am experiencing the following problem. I plug my 1TB External HD on my ubuntu 14.10 laptop. I create a folder or I move a folder from my laptop to the HD. When I safely remove it and plug it on a ...
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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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What partitions need to be created on an external hard disk?

My current hard disk won't boot and gives me a "NTLDR error" when I select it via my BIOS. I've tried using a USB stick, but after a couple of writes it's no longer recognized. I currently have an ...
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External USB HDD Unreadable After Formatting

I am using a Western Digital 160GB External USB drive. It was working fine earlier but for some reasons I formatted it using the 'Disk Utility' in my Ubuntu 11.04 I chose 'Dont Partition' while ...
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External hdd ubuntu format

I'm about to partition my ext. hdd, in 2 parts. The first part will be MacOSX formated. I want the second partition to read/write both Ubuntu and Windows. Will NTFS do it for me?
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USB dock for 4TB Seagate HDD only works with less then 2.2TB of data

I have one of those Seagate 4TB HD and everything went fine using GPT, I could use it normally without any problem. I used gparted to format and create the partition table as ext4. Everything changed ...
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Grub Bootloader installed twice while dual booting ubuntu and windows 8.1

This is an odd situation: I bought a brand new hp desktop that came with windows 8.1 installed. I used the automatic option in the Ubuntu installer labeled "install alongside windows". It all ...
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Running Ubuntu from external drive and accessing it simultaneously [duplicate]

I'm wondering to know if it is possible to running Ubuntu from external drive (or live USB drive) and write/read data into it simultaneously. Thanks.
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Files in external HDD visible in Ububtu but not in Windows 7

My external HDD: FAT32 1TB Transcend Storejet Ubuntu: 14.04 Windows: Windows 7 I connected my external HDD to copy some movies on Ubuntu and then every-time I connect on Windows my ext HDD shows no ...
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Boot from external hard drive and access internal hard drive?

Suppose Ubuntu are installed on both of my internal and external hard drives, although their versions are different. How can I boot the Ubuntu on the external hard drive connected to my laptop by ...
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Booting Ubuntu 14.10 from External HDD ('Grub Loading.' message)

I'd just like to pose a question to see if anyone can offer me some help or insight to solving my problem. Simply put, I am trying to boot Ubuntu 14.10 from an external hard drive. I successfully ...
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I/O error after suspend when booting from external USB hard drive

I have a computer, it is an ultrabook (fujitsu UH572). This computer doesn't have any problem when installing ubuntu into internal SSD. But when I install the ubuntu 14.04.2 on an external USB 3 HDD ...
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Recover 1TB external HD with HFS filesystem on Ubuntu

I accidentally formatted my main external hard disk(HD1) while copying data into backup external hard disk(HD2). My main HD1 had a ext4 as file format and i formatted it using hformat -l "DATA" ...
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How can I spin down external hard drive?

I want to spin down external hard drive from the terminal before unmounting. It is an sata drive connected through usb. Running hdparm gives this ry@G62x:/media$ hdparm -S10 ...
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External Hard Drive not detected in Ubuntu

I have a 1TB laptop hard drive that was converted into an external hard drive by means of an enclosure. The problem is, when it is plugged in before booting, the BIOS of my machine detects the device, ...
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Windows folder on external hard drive invisible in Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu on my computer pretty recently, and I convinced my roommate to put it on his computer we were using as a media center for movies, etc hooked up to a TV. We had an external hard ...
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I boot Ubuntu 14.04 from external hard disk. Hard disk loses power during shutdown haphazardly

I boot Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from an external hard disk into my laptop. The drive looses power haphazardly during shutdown with a sound of power being cut off! I get errors while booting again and have to ...
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Safely remove for portable hard drive doesn't work

Safely removing my portable WD Elements USB 3.0 1TB drive doesn't actually safely remove it. I get no notification that it is in fact safe to remove even when having done nothing on the disk. It ...
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Unable to access “Seagate Expansion Drive” 2 T.B

I bought a Seagate Expansion 2TB External Hard disk to use among cross platform O.S but before my use I did not bother to do any settings or mount(if there was any or necessary) and I plugged it in to ...
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How to recover data from formatted External Hard Drive in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I made a mistake while installing Centos, the External Hard drive was plugged in and Centos got installed in it. Right now i can see a partition of 230 MB which is centos and rest is free space. ...
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access to USB drive broken after changing uid

Since changing my uid I no longer have the permissions to see a USB hardrive/stick that is automatically mounted at /media/USERNAME. Nautilus gives the message Unable to open a folder for ...
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Is it still possible to install Ubuntu to an external harddrive with UEFI?

It looks like installing Ubuntu to an external harddrive isn't possible with UEFI, where as with MBR there wasn't a big difference between external and internal. Is that true or is it still possible? ...
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Loop partition blocks mounting the drive

I have 2 hard disks WD my passport 1TB and WD my book 2TB, I think a virus is causing a mount failure and I can't mount any of my drives on any operating system. On my passport I confirmed an extra ...
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Files on an HFS+ backup drive show up as empty text files

I have a external backup drive for my old Macbook, and have recently built a new computer and installed Ubuntu 14.04. There are files on this external drive that I need, from when "Time Machine" ...
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Can and should UDF be used as a hard drive format?

Several time recently I've seen UDF suggested as the solution to a cross platform format for a drive used on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows XP and above. I've searched here and not found the same ...
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USB external HDD spins down, but just from command line. I must be missing something

I have two different external USB 3.0 hard drives connected to my Ubuntu computer and none of them auto spin down after 10 mins. Funny thing, if I run a Windows 8.1 virtual machine and attach the ...
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Why my USB 3.0 external hard drive shutdowns after five minutes?

I'm having a big headache with a Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 external hard drive (code HDTB110XK3BA). After formatted to ext4 filesystem with mkfs, the drive shutdowns itself about five minutes after ...
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How do I encrypt an external (USB) hard drive in 14.04? [duplicate]

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I have a Western Digital external hard drive (Passport Ultra) mounted. I want to encrypt the entire drive. WD has Windows and Mac utilities available, but nothing for ...
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Are these sata errors dangerous?

I'm getting these errors ramdomly, and I don't know if its normal or not. [39441.061856] ata3.00: failed to read SCR 1 (Emask=0x40) [39441.061866] ata3.01: failed to read SCR 1 (Emask=0x40) ...
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SMART data no longer available for my external HDD in disks utility

I no longer can check my external HDD status by using SMART data and self-tests. Using disks the option that was available before is just disabled as in the following screenshot: I guess it's ...
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HFS+ hard drive being mounted as read only

This is a recurring problem and occurs a few times a week. I have an external hard drive which is hfs+. Every couple of weeks, for no obviuous reason, when I mount it by pluggin it in to my Ubuntu ...
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Need to copy large directory structure, re-mounting and re-trying in case of I/O error

I have an external hard drive which works for several minutes at a time, and then un-mounts itself. I am trying to copy 300GB of data off of it. I'd like a program that works like Dolphin (the Kubuntu ...
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Ubuntu detects external HDD but doesn't mount it

When I connect my WD My Passport 1TB drive, it doesn't automatically mount. However, it is detected. I can see it using sudo fdisk -l, and even mount it manually using sudo mount /dev/sdb1 ...
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accessing desktop files in ubuntu

Recently, i have broken my laptop and I was using both windows 7 and ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Then, I put hdd to a hdd box and plugged in my new laptop with usb. Although I can access all files in the ...
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minidlna and media on an external drive

Running Ubuntu 14 LTS. The server runs minidlna, to share video files with various media players on my home network. The server has shared media on the internal system drive, and also most on an ...
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When I turn on/connect my external HDD my internet connection stops

I am having a weird problem with Ubuntu 14.10 and external HDDs. Whenever I plug or turn on my external HDD, my internet connection simply stops working. It keeps connected, but with 0 download and 0 ...
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Accidentally formated external hard drive

Today I was trying to copy some files from my external hard drive (1TB) to a flash drive (4GB) on Ubuntu 12.10. My flash drive contained an operating system, so I decided to format it using the disk ...
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How do I access an external hard drive plugged into my router?

I am running Ubuntu 11.10 and I own a Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router with a USB port built into it. Naturally, the router came with instructions on how to mount and view this drive with both ...
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External WD elements Hard Drive not mounting

I have a Western Digital Elements 1 Tb hard drive. Recently I am not able to mount on my laptop running Ubuntu 14.04. I did a lsusb search. Its able to detect the Western digital device: sudo lsusb ...
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Lost Harddisk data after creating Bootable disk with it

Today, I tried creating bootable disk(on external harddisk) in ubuntu using the below dd command and it erased all my harddisk's data. dd if=<source> of=/dev/sdb1 bs=<byte size>; sync ...
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How to install Linux applications onto an external hard drive [duplicate]

The laptop that I have acquired only came with a 16GB SSD. I installed XFCE onto it and now the SSD is almost completely full. I have an external hard drive with 1TB of memory, and I was wondering if ...
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Help installing ubuntu 14.04 with windows 8.1

To start off I'll let you all know I have a Lenovo T430s running the preinstalled windows 8.1. What my initial plan was (and I have yet to find a way to do it), was to install Ubuntu 14.01 onto an ...
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How to configure an external HDD installation of Ubuntu to work with a different PC

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on an external HDD that I am using with a Dell Laptop. I wanted to check, if I plug in the HDD to another PC (HP) will the set-up automatically detect and update ...
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Buffer I/O errors

I notice that when I unmount my external HDD I sometimes getting messages in my logs which saying: Buffer I/O error on device sdX, logical block XX Where the X stands for the device for example: ...