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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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 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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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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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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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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How to mount an external HDD?

I have Ubuntu Linux 12.04 version the latest right now.I want to mount an external HDD NTFS 1TB.I have followed many guides but still no success.The error I'm getting is this: Failed to read last ...
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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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Why do I get 'HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed' message when booting with external usb hard drive?

I've installed Ubuntu 11.10 on an external USB (2.0) Hard Drive (/dev/sdb1) but when Ubuntu starts I get a message that says: ata_id[279]: HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument ...
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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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What should I do when hard “disk failure is imminent”?

I been using this before on back-up, but when I plugged it again, it goes like this, what should I do?
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Installing Ubuntu on external HDD

I want to install Ubuntu on an external HDD. Now, the only question that I want to get an answer to is that : Will it tamper with the original Windows installation in the HDD that is in my laptop? [ ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on an external hard disk?

I install ubuntu on my HDD but can not use it on any computer Installing Ubuntu 11.04 or any other distribution on an external hard drive connected to a computer via USB is about the same as the ...
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Possibility of recovering files from a dd zero-filled hard disk

I have "zero filled" (complete wiped) an external hard disk using dd, and from what I have heard: people said you should at least "zero fill" 3 times to be sure that the data are really wiped and no ...
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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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Changing file permissions on USB external hard drive [duplicate]

I am using an external USB hard drive for a long time in Ubuntu 10.04, both at work and at home. Now I've installed 12.04 at home. Today I used the USB drive for the first time. I can read the disk ...
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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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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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How to boot multiple OS from one external hard drive?

I have a Western Digital external hard drive that has plenty of space for more than one OS. I currently have three partitions one 250 GB for backups one 100 GB with Ubuntu and 500 GB or so ...
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Unable to Mount an external hard drive (NTFS)

Ubuntu 11.10. When I plug my external Drive Western Digital MyPassport (500Go NTFS) I named WD. I get the following error: Unable to mount WD Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper ...
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How can I recover data from a 2TB hard drive?

I have a Western Digital 2TB External Hard Drive. I basically use it to keep all my movies and videos. Its file system is NTFS, and currently I'm using 1.4TB. One night I turn it on and copied a 4GB ...
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Can't connect my external HDD to my PC

It's been quite a while that I am trying to connect my external HDD to my PC (this HDD is only for media content). I don't want to mount this HDD to my PC, I just want to view the content that has ...
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File permissions won't change

sorry fresh user. I installed about 9 days ago and had issues with Unity disappearing which took 5 days of headaches to fix. It never did fix, I reinstalled. I set up Plex (media server) and while ...
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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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What is happening? I/O error, dev sda, sector 545868115

Since a few days ago, my computer freezes whenever I sync my HDD with an external USB3 drive. When the keyboard gets temporarily a bit responsive I am able to switch to another terminal (Ctrl+Alt+F2) ...
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Windows users unable to access samba share of an external drive

It doesn't seem that many others have had this problem so I thought I'd ask here. Have a server running Ubuntu with 1 internal and 1 external drive. Have a folder shared with samba on the internal ...
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How to avoid “Assuming drive cache: write through” message during restart? [closed]

Does anyone know how to avoid message: Assuming drive cache: write through Showing up after preforming sudo shutdown -r now. I restarted remotely but the computer did not restart. And I could ...
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Can an external flash or hard drive be used to boost performance, similar to Windows' ReadyBoost?

I have a number of spare external hard disk drives lying about the place and I was wondering if there is any practical way of using an external hard drive or USB flash memory drive to boost ...
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Mounting a safely removed external disk

If I unmount a drive in Ubuntu how could I mount it again without physically reconnecting the drive? I'm using Ubuntu 11.04
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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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WD external hard drive not detected

I am a beginner in Ubuntu. And I have just installed Ubuntu 11.10 in my Dell laptop. When I plugged my WD external hard drive in, it read the first time, but since I have a unlock.exe file (password ...
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How can I install Ubuntu on an external hard drive so that I can boot it on different computers?

I need to be able to use Ubuntu on different computers with my external hard drive, with varying devices. And it needs to be a full (normal..ish) install. (No bootable+overlayfs persistence for me!) ...
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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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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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How to change permission of a drive in an external hard disk?

I had an old laptop. When it got complaint I removed its hard drive and started using it as external hard disk. It has an 80 GB of memory allocation for the windows C drive partition. But now i don't ...
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“Bootmgr is missing…” Upon reboot [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install/running ubuntu on extarnal HDD with a windows laptop? Ill take you through the steps I did. Sorry if this question has already been resolved, I'm new to Ubuntu ...
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Install/running ubuntu on external HDD with a Windows laptop?

Sorry for asking, especially as I've trawled through many similar questions. Mine is of the most basic element I think as this kind of thing is really out of my ball park. Anyway I wanted to if by ...
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How do I transfer an installation from internal to external USB HDD

I started to use Ubuntu 10.04 on a Laptop booting from an external USB HDD, it worked pretty well after some tweaking (Had to use a separate 1GB Boot partition etc). After a while running mostly on ...
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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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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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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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Cannot create folder and file on external drive (Xfce, Thunar) after change of mount point

I wanted to have an ntfs partition mounted at startup, so I used this solution to mount it automatically. (Using a program to set the automatic mounting: "Storage Device Manager" - pysdm.) At a ...
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Something went wrong with my external HD (Ubuntu can't mount it)

Here is my output from the fdisk command: sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = ...
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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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Safely Remove on External portable drive “Keeps remounting drive”

i have a problem trying to safely remove an external portable drive in Ubuntu 14.04 because when i tried to safely remove the drive it closes for a while but then just keeps coming back(mounts itself ...
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partitioning suggestions

Today i am going to install a clean ubuntu 12.04 . Right now i am running windows 7 home premium 64 bit. I am going to dual boot ubuntu. Also i am using a 120 gb ssd. My question is can you help me to ...
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Is there a way to rename an external hard drive?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and I have a couple of WD external drives. The problem is, they all show up in the file manager as "Elements" which can get confusing. Is there a way to rename one or both of ...
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Cannot read external hard disk folders created in Ubuntu

I am experiencing a problem. I tried to plug in my external hard disk on Ubuntu. I copied in to it some folders (created on Ubuntu) with files in them. Then, I plugged it on Windows and I wasn't ...
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HDIO get identity failed for dev/sdb invalid argument [duplicate]

This failure is on an external hard drive connected by USB. However, it worked flawlessly for several days. Then, one day when I tried to start Ubuntu there appeared a Debian splash screen with ...
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External USB Drive

I have a server that I hooked up an external USB drive. It was formatted in windows and has files on it already. I'm new to Ubuntu so please be patient... I have two questions: Will Ubuntu see the ...
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Ubuntu live on external hard drive

Is it possible to partition external hard drive into 2 partition and put Ubuntu live image on one of the partitions? And how can I boot from this partition?