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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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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External HDD no longer working on 16.04 (Seagate)

I have a 2TB seagate HDD on USB 3 that I used for backups on 15.10. When plugging it in to 16.04 I now get this message below. Does anyone know how I can get it working again? I have literally ...
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Change or Assign a Drive Letter to an external hard drive (or any drive)

I have an external hard drive that I formatted with Ubuntu (using the Gnome Disk Utility aka Disks) as an NTFS file system. Most of my computers in the house run Linux but I have a house mate using ...
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Grub2 missing partitions. Fix? [duplicate]

I recently made a post because Grub wasn't finding the partition (Grub 2 - Change hard drive, how to point grub to right partition?). I assumed this was because I was trying to boot externally, via ...
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Hard drive not mounting

I'm trying to connect to an external HD (Samsun D3 station). It is not recognize by any OS (MAC, windows and linux). I have tried with different cable (USB and AC) and no difference I even try open ...
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Iomega Seagate NAS unable to mount

I am having problems with a Iomega NAS which is a 1TB Seagate SATA it's giving me a white blink and not showing up via network. I am close to bashing the seagate with a lump hammer, been trying to get ...
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Partition external hdd for Linux/Mac/Windows/Ps3

So i need 3 Partitions on an external hdd like the following, but i can't get it set up Partition 1: fat32 (Ps3, Windows, Mac, Linux) -> movies etc. Partition 2: exfat? (Mac, Windows, Linux) -> ...
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External HDD only detected after restarting

I have an external HDD enclosure connected to a NUC. When I boot, it does not detect any externall HDDs. Only once I restart (power to external HDD is maintained), does it discover them. Any ideas on ...
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Constant problems with external encrypted hard disks

I am using an encrypted hard disk for backing up my (also encrypted) laptop disk, running Ubuntu 15.10 64 bit. The built-in laptop disk works fine but the external USB disk, after working for ...
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Installing Ubuntu on external drive - please help confirm my plan

I want to dip my toes into the Ubuntu world. I have a 1TB drive in a NextStar external HD housing Been reading a lot of different guides online for Dual-booting and I'm getting more and more confused ...
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How To Update Xubuntu 15.10 on External HDD?

I have Xubuntu 15.10 installed on my external HDD (Grub is also there). How can I update/upgrade it to 16.04 LTS? Directly on external HDD? I mean just press the button upgrade (and Grub will again ...
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Backup (Deja Dup) failed even though it is scheduled

I am going to preface this and say it could be a bug, but I wanted to ask everyone to see if it is something that can be fixed. I am using Ubuntu's built in backup program Deja Dup. It is working ...
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I can't boot from External HDD

I installed Ubuntu on an external hard drive (from my laptop) but I can't boot from it. I read here that I should unplug the internal hdd of my laptop but unfortunately that is not an easy task to ...
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Ubuntu on usb won't boot on different computer

I have a problem. I installed Ubuntu on a external 500 GB HDD on my main PC (which has 3 drives) it worked flawlessly and is almost as fast as a normal internal SATA drive (USB 3.0 yay) but now when ...
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Using external hard drive with Virtualbox and Ubuntu

I've just started using Ubuntu via Virtualbox and am trying to get either to recognise my external hard drive. I have tried changing the USB settings in VB but a message popped up telling me that 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 can I save to an external HD, using IDLE3?

I'm using the IDLE3 GUI on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty, and I was wondering if anybody knows of a way to save to a different partition/external drive (from what Ubuntu is installed on) from the IDLE GUI? The ...
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Installing ubuntu on an external 1TB hard drive. I want 500gb for storage and 500gb for ubuntu

Like the title I want 500GB to go ubuntu and 500GB to go to external storage as in I want to put files from windows to the external hard drive as well. Is this possible? If so how should I approach ...
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How to turn off hard drive in Ubuntu?

I am running Kubuntu from External Hard Drive. My Internal Hard Drive has Windows on it. I don't want to use it while on Ubuntu and want to turn it off to produce less heat as well consume lower ...
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Erased External Hard Drive after installing Ubuntu

I was trying to reformat my old Windows laptop and replace the OS with Ubuntu 14.04.4 using Unetbootin. I did not have a Flash pen drive at the time so I used my external hard drive to boot and ...
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Partition External HDD For Multiple Bootables

I know that there are many sources available online regarding the installation of a bootable Ubuntu on an external HDD. Many of them are difficult to translate for the computer-technical illiterate ...
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How do I perform an encrypted install on external SSD?

Ubuntu newbie here. I have Ubuntu installed on a Samsung T1 SSD. When installing I created the following partitions: / swap /home boot loader in /dev/sda It seems to work fine. However I have been ...
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External USB HD not being automounted according to fstab

I have an external USB HD and I want it to be mounted on /data/FS/WD2Tb/. I added the following line to my /etc/fstab file: UUID="a05fab8c-5c4c-42be-9898-830ec5ad45dc" /data/FS/WD2Tb/ ext4 ...
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what percentage of free space should I allot on ext4 volumes

Hi I am wondering what percentage of the ext4 volume I should leave empty,or if that is necessary at all for safe storage on large volumes. I have a 1TB and a 3TB external drives both formatted in ...
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External Persistant Bootable SSD Mac OSX

I've been trying to create a bootable external SSD. I have a 2013 MacBook Air, and a 128 GB external SSD. After a lot of trial and error I finally managed to install Ubuntu 14.04 with a ext4 ...
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Computer won't boot without external hard drive (now won't boot at all “Boot Device Not Found”)

The hardware involved is a HP Spectre x360 laptop (running windows 10 - at least it was :[ ) and 1TB WD Passport Ultra External Hard drive. Scenario: I am attempting to create a external hard drive ...
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How do I mount a hibernated NTFS partition? [duplicate]

I have a Windows HDD attached to an external docking bay on my Ubuntu System, but the HDD brings up an error message: Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 14: Windows is hibernated, refused ...
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Installed to external drive, Grub using wrong architecture

I installed Lubuntu on a flash drive as you would an HD (not live/squashfs). But whenever I boot it I get a grub rescue prompt. It says it can't find /boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod which explains the ...
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777 permissions on NTFS-3G Windows mount

I'm trying to install a game from Steam on an external harddrive. I normally use this to mount my WD Elements external usb harddrive (windows share): sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /media/elements/ ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installed to external hardrive crashed, now computer will not boot with hardrive plugged in

I've had Ubuntu 14.04 installed to an external hard-drive so I could dual boot with Windows if I had some Linux specific programs. I've been doing this for months with no problem. I was running one of ...
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What is causing (g)rsync to use such a huge buffer?

I'm on Xubuntu and new to using rsync and decided to use the GUI grsync. I'm trying to copy a reasonably large directory (3GB, with perhaps 200,000 files) from my home directory to a directory on an ...
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Scheduled backups of Ubuntu 14.04 file server

I’m new to Ubuntu. I previously ran an old laptop as a file server under Windows XP and am switching to Ubuntu 14.04. The only problem is with file backups as I haven’t found a GUI app that meets my ...
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Why when copying to an external drive the progress window is not correct

Feel free to edit the title to explain better what I am going to write here. When I copy big files to a pen drive for example, the progress window shows an estimate that most of the time does not ...
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Sharing an External Hard Drive between Users

On Ubuntu 14.04, I would like to be able to share an external USB hard drive between users. I have two users, my girlfriend and I, and an HDD that usually remains connected. It's not always connected, ...
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Cannot remove safely usb external hard drive, it mounts again

I have an external usb hard drive, however when I try to safely remove it, the device turns off and then the device mounts itself again. I've tried to do sudo udisks --detach /dev/sdb However, the ...
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Unable to safely remove usb external hard drive

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and connecting USB Flash Drives and External USB Hard Drives regular basis, I'm able to Eject my USB Flash Drive but I can't Eject or Safely Remove the External USB Hard ...
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External Hard drive not mounting

I have an external hard drive that I transferred a lot of music onto from an old Apple computer. When I plug it into ubuntu it never shows up. I tried looking through the filesystem for it but didnt ...
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Device names for internal\external HDDs when installing on external USB HDD

Really sorry to bump in with a silly question, please bear with a newbie. I want to install Ubuntu on an external USB HDD attached to a pre-UEFI BIOS PC with 3 internal HDD/SSDs. The installation ...
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Triple boot Ubuntu, Windows and Mac problem

I run on an intel core 2 duo late 2009 imac 21.5" I have rEFIt installed which changes boot camp (efi or w.e) to show a triple os boot, mac, windows, and linux. I want to install to my WD Elements ...
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External hard drive installation question

I see everyone is talking about partitioning and stuff for installing Ubuntu on external hard drives... If I buy an external hard drive solely for Ubuntu, do I need to do partitioning and stuff if ...
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How to install Ubuntu on portable external Hard Drive?

OS: Windows 7. I want install Linux Ubuntu on portable external Hard Drive USB 2.0. I read a variety of methods, but I'm confused by contradictory advices and methods. Actually, installing Ubuntu on ...
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Gnome Disk Utility groups two separate external drives into one graphic — how do I ungroup them?

Ubuntu 15.10 - Unity I have two identical external 256 GB SSDs. They are the same model (MX100), each in their own, identical enclosure (Inateck NS1066) /dev/sdc Ubuntu is installed here, so it ...
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Boot from an ext4 partition on an external hard drive?

I have a Samsung RF511 laptop and a new USB 3 2TB external hard drive (Samsung M3 2TB USB 3.0 Portable). The laptop runs Windows 10 so I thought I'd try taking advantage of USB 3's speed to install ...
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HDD trunk folders not visible

I have a laptop with ubuntu 14.04, and an external Hitachi 2TB HDD initially formatted with windows (so NTFS). For some reason, the laptop is not capable of reading the trunk directory of the HDD. It ...
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Can't access my External WD Passport HDD B/C of a checksum error

Background info: I have a mid 2012 13" macbook pro running Mavericks that started to have HDD slow downs. As a precaution, I backed up my user data to a 2TB western digital "my passport" hard drive ...
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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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Seagate External HDD not detected but power light blinks

I have problem with my Seagate Backplus External HDD 1 TB. Two years it worked fine but now it is not getting detected in Ubuntu (Windows as well). I tried using different ports and tried using other ...
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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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How can I open an unpermitted folder in external HDD?

I had an DELL Inspirion N-5030 which I used till yesterday. Today I purchased another Dell Inspirion 15 (3000 Series). The previous was installed with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and this laptop is installed ...