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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Issue with resuming minimized window of directory from external drive

I have two drives in my notebook. First one - SSD where Ubuntu 14.04 is installed, and second - HDD where all staff is stored. I open Nautilus and browse to external drive, then minimize that window. ...
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Installing Ubuntu from an external hard drive

So I've been trying to install Ubuntu for a while now with no success. I don't have a thumb drive, and my computer doesn't have a CD drive, but I have an external hard drive. I already went through ...
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Safely remove for removeable 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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Lubuntu USB full install but all changes to external harddrive

I have a damaged hdd. It is not working anymore (I tried low-level formating etc...) And I want to install lubuntu on my usb drive. but I want to keep my changes on my external hdd. Or; Is there any ...
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Data recovery from erased external HDD NTFS partion

I have erased my 1TB NTFS external HDD using Startup disk Creator accidentally. Is there any possibility I can get back my data.
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External HDD in RAW formatted. Will ubuntu be able to access the device and use/recover my data

I have an external HDD, which somehow is now in RAW format, but I need the data off it. Will Ubuntu allow me to view the files stored on it and also copy them to a new HDD?
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suddenly don't have acces to Mounted Drives, chown/chmod don't help

I'm having some trouble with a few drives in my computer. I have been unable to access 3 drives (one internal and two external) except as root for the past day. All three drives are ext4 and I was ...
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Recover an partially(~5%) zero overwritten, external HDD with single partition

I have an external Seagate HDD of 1TB. I was using the default partition it came with. Never repartitioned it. Yesterday I accidentally started reformatting it instead of my other disk, with an ...
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DD command to copy broken drive HELP! [closed]

I want to copy the data of a broken hard drive to an other. Arrive to the conclusion: dd if=/dev/disk2 of=/dev/disk3 bs=4k conv=notrunc, noerror but here is the answer: dd: unknown conversion ...
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Unable to mount external NTFS HDDs due to duplicate UUID

I'm trying to setup /etc/fstab to automatically mount two external NTFS hard drives on boot, and decided to use the UUIDs as reference instead of the device names. Strangely, blkid reports that both ...
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What can I do with the recovered files on an external drive after testdisk finds them?

I used testdisk to locate missing or deleted files on an external hard drive and it found them. I then used "c" to copy the files but could not paste them to desktop or anywhere and could not change ...
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Installed ubuntu 14.04 on external HDD, can't move it to another computer

I have recently installed ubuntu on a 1TB external hard drive, without any special partitioning, I used the express partitioning setting in the installation. Everything worked just fine as I was able ...
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In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS How to share Internal HDD for stander user on same pc

In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS How to share Internal HDD for slandered user on same pc. /dev/sda4 196181152 175537968 20643184 90% /media/administrator/68CF49D379DF3BC11 /dev/sda3 195312496 ...
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Why does it take 5-10 minutes to mount an external HDD?

I Have an external HDD drive (USB 3.0, 750Gb) almost full. When I connect it to a USB Port in my laptop (USB 3.0 or USB 2.0), it takes forever mounting it (like 5 to 10 minutes) but finally does it. ...
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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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Move Dropbox folder to an external HDD on Ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Dropbox 3.8.6 on Ubuntu 14.04 (Xubuntu desktop) and I want to move the Dropbox folder to my external HDD but it will not let me choose a location that isnt on the hard disk, I can choose ...
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Recover external drive after faulty clone

I was trying to restore my formatted D partition using testdisk by following the first answer in this Q&A In one of the steps I was supposed to clone my D drive to an external HDD and did so ...
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Installation of Ubuntu in an external hard disk drive

I have an 1 TB external hard disk drive and was thinking if it was possible to install Ubuntu in it and transfer it from one PC to another. After an extended search I can't decide if it is possible ...
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Copying files from external drive errors

I have an external drive that throws a lot of errors while copying files from it. Is there a utility / command / tool that copies files but then just skips those affected by bad blocks, splicing ...
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How can I copy my ubuntu from HDD to external usb Hard drive

I have Ubuntu installed on my HP G7000 laptop and I would like to copy files from my internal hard drive to USB hard drive, so I could Install Windows to my computer, but still be able to use Ubuntu. ...
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External HDD not being shown as an HDD

I want to install Ubuntu to an external USB connected HDD, but the HDD in question shows up as a disk drive so I can't install to it. How do I fix this? I'm now booting in with a disk of Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Booting Ubuntu from partition on external hard drive

I am using a laptop with EFI. I successfully managed to install Ubuntu 14.04 on a partition on my external hard drive. Windows is booting up perfectly but each time I try to boot from external hard ...
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ubuntu 14.04 not detecting external hdd ext4

I have a 3TB external hard drive that I have formatted to ext4 using gparted. Now when I plug it into my laptop ubuntu doesn't detect it at all. This is the fdisk output sudo fdisk -l Disk ...
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Installing Ubuntu in external hard-drive [duplicate]

I want to install Ubuntu 15 on external drive for dual booting with win 7. My computer can only read the first partition of an external drive so am thinking first partition should be one that both ...
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Need Help Installing Ubuntu on External HD, Switching Boot Order on Windows 10

I had Windows 8.1 and upgraded to Windows 10. Smashing. Since there are some privacy things I don't like about Windows 10, I wanted to install Ubuntu as well for a sort of Dual-Boot setup to learn ...
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14.04 - Mounted secondary HDD disagrees with fstab after resume from suspend

I have a secondary HDD on my PC reserved for media which is mounted automatically on boot. However, after suspend/resume, although it shows as mounted, I cannot acceess it or unmount so I can mount it ...
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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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Problem mounting External Hard Disk

I have problem mounting my 1 TB external hard disk after formatting it(accidntally).It started after I copied my lost files using TestDisk.It mounts up in Windows 8.1 but not in Ubuntu 15.04.
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External HDD is not unmounting properly

I have just bought a Seagate 1TB Expansion. When I right click on the icon in the Launcher, it says 'Unmount'. However, previously it has said 'Safely remove', where it has unmounted then removed the ...
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Unable to access my HDD in ubuntu 14.0.4

Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/gaucho/passport: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdb1" "/media/gaucho/passport"' exited ...
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Boot Ubuntu from external USB HDD on Retina MacBookPro 2015

I've installed Ubuntu 15.04/x86_64 on an external USB HDD, the disk has a GUID partition table, and the Ubuntu was installed with EFI boot manager. I can successfully boot the USB HDD on some Windows ...
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Want to test Ubuntu Hard Drive from a Windows 7

I'm just an intern trying to do my best job here, and the company I work with asked me to do the following: Send data from a Windows 7 PC to one using Ubuntu via an ethernet cable. So I learned about ...
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Caught in loop and need to save files using command line to external harddrive

Last night I decided to update my Ubuntu 14.04. When the update finished I decided to reboot. When I did I got stuck in a login in loop. So, I came here to the board to look for answers. I found this ...
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How do I use dd to clone an external USB drive installation to a local hard disk?

can I use the dd command to clone my ubuntu installation from my external disk to my local hard drive. will it even boot? I think I can, but not sure. do I need to make the output partition on my ...
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Is there any way to unformat an external hard drive?

I accidentally formatted my external WD Elements hard disk.Is there any software to undo it.Or any way to just recover the photos in it.
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Unable to detach (spindown) external USB HDD in 15.04; Safely Remove just remounts it back

I have external USB 3.0 HDD with several partitions on it, and I can't safely remove (spin down) it before unplugging in Ubuntu 15.04. I can run "Unmount" on each partition; but after unmounting all ...
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/media/administrator directory showing 2 folders of the same external usb drive

While I was copying a file from my external HDD to my internal my Ubuntu crashed. This caused a problem, because now i have 2 folders in my /media/administrator folder, one is named after my external ...
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bios unable to boot into ubuntu on usb drive

as mentioned on the topic, I am having issue booting into ubuntu on an usb drive. The Ubuntu was first installed on an Intel nuc, but as currently I need to boot it on another system, I removed the ...
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Folders disappear on external hard drives

Suddenly, one of the folders on my old external HDD disappeared. I used the search function, and it turns out the files that were in that folder are still on the drive. I figured the drive was ...
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Can not show external HDD during photorec

I have just formated my HP laptop (having 500 GB Hard Disk Internal) and install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS OS. while get back up for lost files, I install testdisk and run sudo photorec. All process is going ...
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Connot get PLEX to recognize external drive

i am giving PLEX a try but having some difficulty getting it to recognize the files on my external Seagate 2TB GoFlex. Disk Utility says that device is /dev/sdb1. I am running 14.04. I have tried ...
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Stuck booting in emergency mode after trying to read bad HDD. What happened?

I tried to read a corrupted Windows hard drive on Ubuntu 15.04. I got an error saying the drive was in hibernation and that I should open it as read-only. Being a n00b, I didn't know what to do, so ...
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Help Creating Rsync/Crontab script that checks if ExtHD is mounted before running

I have a toshiba 3tb ExtHD and it consistently gets unmounted if I say shutdown computer then turn it on to a live cd then reboot back into OS. Its a simple fix, all I do is unplug and re-plug the USB ...
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Is it possible to get Grub to automatically detect other OSs at boot-up?

I installed Ubuntu on an external hard drive, no problems, and put the grub boot loader on the hard drive rather than the original computer. When I try to move the hard drive to my other computer, ...
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USB 2.0 port not working

And that goes for every of mine External HDDs, USB 3.0 ports are working fine. When I connect mouse receiver in it (2.0), it's working fine. lsusb output when connected to usb 2.0: Bus 002 Device ...
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External Hard drive Compatibility

Does anyone know if a FreeAgent Desk External Drive by Seagate 1.5 TB with USB 2.0 is compatible with Ubuntu? or even which version of Ubuntu. I know very little, I'm reading through previous answers ...
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How can I get Ubuntu to boot from an external enclosure?

I have two ssd's for my laptop (I upgraded and saved the original to use in an external enclosure). I have been trying to load Ubuntu on USB flash drives with no luck getting it to boot after the ...
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Installing Ubuntu to external HDD [duplicate]

I am trying to install Ubuntu on an external HDD. I want to use it as a portable OS. Is it possible to install it on external HDD and be able to boot it from different computers from this HDD? Thank ...
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WD Passport external HD connected but not recognized

I have a 1TB WD Passport External HD. It was working 2 days back and is in perfect condition(its a new one). Today, my HD stopped being detected on my Ubuntu machine. The light on the HD was blinking. ...
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External Hard Drive Repeatedly Connecting

My external hard drive (Seagate 2 TB) keeps disconnecting momentarily and reconnecting. Since it causes nautilus to open each time it reconnects, leaving my computer on overnight has caused system ...