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 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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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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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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WD and Seagate says its External HDD is compatible with Windows and Mac, what about Linux [on hold]

I want to purchase an external HDD but all the vendors say that their HDD compatible with Windows and Mac but what about Linux(Ubuntu). after doing a quick Google i found many people are facing ...
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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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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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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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Lockfile preventing from restoring data from external HDD (ext4)

I have some data backed up on my external HDD (ext4) but now when i am trying to get the data on my system which is running ubuntu (14.04 LTS). it says "Another instance is already running with this ...
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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: ...
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3tb GPT external drive mounting problems [duplicate]

I'm having trouble accessing all the partitions on an external 3tb harddrive. I've had it working in Mac10.9, and windows 7. The other similar questions here do not seem to resolve my issue. I'm ...
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Mounting WD external hard drive mybook

UPDATE: When I put in dmesg after plugging the external hd in, the output is the following (last lines): [15233.307914] cfg80211: (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp) ...
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Install Ubuntu on external disk ,Mac OS

The Problem I have is how to install Ubuntu in a very tricky environment: My computer is a Macbook Pro (bought in 2013). My current OS is Mac OS and Windows 7 in bootcamp. Since my Mac Pro only has a ...
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Persistent data on external HDD

my dad's HDD has died in his laptop but he does not want me to open it up. It has been running Lubuntu for over a year but refuses to run Windows, but it is really ugly and hard for him to use. I plan ...
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Backup Drive Issue: Seagate backup plus 1TB in not getting detected

I just bought a new Seagate backup plus, 1 TB external backup drive, USB 3.0, it is working good with my windows, but when I login into my Ubuntu 12.04 it does not get detected by any way. Before ...
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Mount exited with exit code 13

I have a 1TB external hard drive that I recently formatted to NTFS. It was mounting on my Ubuntu 11.10 fine until just now. I didn't make any changes to affect my OS or my exhdd. The error that I get ...
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USB 3.0 hard drives don't spin down when “safely removed” from Nautilus

I have a few external drives, some using external power, other being USB powered. I plug my USB 3.0 drive in a USB 3.0 port. When I "eject" the drive (from Nautilus) it keeps on spinning. When I ...
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Merging fat32 partition on external hard drive connected to ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I have WD 160 GB hard drive and i have formatted it to fat32 file system i want to merge all multiple FAT32 file system partition to make it one. how do i do it on ubuntu 12.04LTS. Would also like to ...
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File carving/recovering software 14.04.01

The story starts: Running ubuntu 13.10 -> copy files external -> update 14.04 -> copy files external -> update 14.10 -> Copy files external -> back to 14.04.1 -> Having no files in the external drive. ...
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Recover from improper setup of backup drive using Label//UUID

Objective: Set up home multi-system (Mac, perhaps Win7, and other Ubuntus) backup capability using Seagate Backup Plus 3T drive connected to Ubuntu Studio 14.04. I would like to simplify the drive ...
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Ubuntu Tries to Mount External HD on every Boot

Im using Ubuntu 14.04LTS 64bit. Everytime I switch on my laptop during boot time I get a message saying Failed to mount Elements(My External HardDrive) press T to retry S to skip and M to manually ...
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Recovering Very Important Lost Data From external hard drive when copying it

I was trying to copy back up documents file on my external HD and something didn't work. When I went back to the external hd to retry the copy, the file was gone. How can I recover a file on an ...
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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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moving my dota2

I want to copy files. how do I move my dota2 program to another pc? or move it to a external HDD? I am reformatting my Ubuntu into 64-bit. anyone can help please. I have tried copying using terminal ...
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Accessing the internal HD on a Samsung Gravity with broken screen

the screen on my old Samsung Gravity is broken and not responding, but the phone itself is working. My Ubuntu laptop (14.04 LTS) does not detect the phone when I plug in via USB. I just want to copy ...
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External USB HDD no longer going to sleep

I recently installed lm-sensor and smartctl on my headless ubuntu server (14.04.1). Since then I have noticed that the external USB HDD that I have attached to the machine is no longer going to ...
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Sporadic problem making a directory in ntfs external drive

I have an NTFS formatted external drive that I use to back up my home directory and another directory called /virt which I use to store the files for a virtual box. Using rsync, I regularely back up ...
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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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HDD mounts then immediately unmounts

My wife had received a virus on her iMac some time ago. When updating to the new OSX, the update had a critical failure. Several attempts to recover the drive through the Mac failed. I decided to take ...
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Windows wont boot when external HDD not connected, how can I fix this?

My current system is Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center. I wanted to try Ubuntu 14.04, and therefore I installed Ubuntu on an External HDD. (I followed some steps that I found on the internet) After ...
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External drive not detected

I just installed ubuntu 13.10. When i plug in my external hard drive to access my files, it is not detected. I have no such problem when i was using windows 7. is there any solution to this kind of ...
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Disable auto-opening nautilus window after auto-mount

Every time I plug a USB stick in, nautilus opens a new window with the contents of the drive. I would like to disable this auto-opening of the nautilus window, but I would like the actual auto-mount ...
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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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External Hard Drive Not Detected on 14.04

My external hard drive, which was working perfectly fine a couple days ago, is not being detected. There's no reason to suspect that it's broken as I have not really touched it. The HDD is connected ...
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Cannot delete a folder

I have Segate backup + 1TB external HDD recently since 1 month i am unable to copy the files effectively sometimes the copying is 10 kb/s like that. and sometimes iam getting error like Input/output ...
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How do you install and run apps from a flash drive/ sd card

i have ubuntu on my chromebook, thus to save space, i would like to run apps from external storage. how do i do that.
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How do I make grsync exactly mirror my hard drive over multiple backups?

I use grsync to backup my laptop's HDD to an external HDD on about a monthly schedule. The problem is that every time I move a folder to inside another folder on my laptop's HDD, grsync will not ...
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Problem in accessing hard drives by programs

Until today I used Ubuntu 12.04, but after many suggestions to update to 14.04, I finally did so. However, I am no longer able to use artemis (a DNA sequence analysis program) when it needs to open ...
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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 ...