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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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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Shotwell : how to browse external library without external drive plugged-in

My laptop hard drive is running out of space so I decided to put my entire photo library (33000+ pictures, 160 Gb) on a dedicated external hard drive. The process went smoothly ... until I found out ...
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Slow USB transfer speeds

I am experiencing very slow USB transfer speeds when trying to backup files to a USB HDD. I am not entirely sure when the problem 1st occured but there was definitely a period using 12.04 where ...
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How can I make my ubuntu 12.04 act like an external usb hard drive?

Quick breakdown, I have a Roku 2 XS that has a USB port that you can connect a flash drive or external hard drive to. I also have a box running Ubuntu that is the household media storage center. I ...
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Backup (Deja-Dup) repeats backup of multiple folders

I have been using the default tool to backup folders on my PC and on an external hard drive, to second external drive. There's about 150GB total data. After making the first backup, I would expect ...
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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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Problems while resizing bootable external drive :-(

Gparted hangs while trying to resize the existing ext4 bootable partion. How should I resize it to hold another partition for Windows ? In more details, I had made the 1TB external drive bootable (...
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Installing Ubuntu on external hard drive (boots to black screen)

Hey everyone this is my first post here on the askUbuntu forums. I've been an avid Linux user for over a year now but by no means an expert. The problem I'm facing is one I have not been able to ...
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Is there any way to store file thumbnails in each partition? (XFCE)

Is it possible to persuade Xubuntu to store file thumbnails for an external hard drive into the drive itself instead of the home folder? Benefits include avoiding the ~/.thumbnails folder to get too ...
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Slow performance while copying large files to external peripherals

Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10, I have been having many problems with External Storage devices like Hard Disk and pen drives. Sometimes, my external HDD (WD Passport 500 GB) is not detected at all,...
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Hard Drive too slow

My computer has been going too slow since I remember, I tried several tips I found on Internet but nothing worked. After spending some time searching about the problem I found that it might be my hard ...
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Automatic incremental backups to an encrypted external hard disk

What is the best way to do automatic incremental backups (and if possible to store more than a single version of the same file) to an external usb hard disk with full hard disk encryption? I don't ...
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USB file transfer preparing to copy, but file count climbs indefinitely

I have downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 to back up my Windows machine that won't boot and am running Ubuntu from the CD. I copied and pasted a volume of about 160GB to my external HDD. The transfer has been ...
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Getting the external hard-drive faster into standby

Currently, my external hard-drive is going into standby after 15 minutes of inactivity. How can I reduce this period to e.g. 5 minutes? Using Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit with Gnome Shell. Thanks in advance!
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Can I create a bootable external HD from an existing Ubuntu installation?

I know how to do a fresh installation on an external (USB) HDD and make it bootable but I'd like to avoid configuring it and installing all the apps and tweaks. Can I just make the drive bootable ...
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External hdd reconnects after safe removal

I have transcend 1Tb external hdd and im running ubuntu 16.04 LTE. My external hdd reconnects after I click safely remove. It does power off but comes back up immediately. How do i get it fixed?
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How to authenticate access to an external hard drive?

I have an external hard drive. I would like to restrict access to it only by me. How can I do that? Although I only use Ubuntu when I connect to the external hard drive, I also would like it to be ...
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External hard drive not detected after first boot : Xubuntu 14.04

I have the following problem and hope to find help by someone. On the first boot of my Intel NUC after a longer period of time (for example, over night) Xubuntu won't mount nor detect (blkid) my ...
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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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External HDD connected to router. How to use it as Ubuntu home directory?

I have a computer without USB, using Ubuntu (latest version). I have a router with a place to insert usb stick or external usb harddisk (to use it on the network). The computer is connected with this ...
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Why is my PC freezing while I'm copying a file from an external hdd?

Are more than 200GB of data to transfer, when in 150GB if I open a second window to access the same partition of external hdd, will do system freezes. So only mouse moves. I found this tip: The ...
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Disk spinning down

Is there any reason why when I eject my external HDD the disk keeps on spinning? I never get this problem with same external HDD on Windows & Mac. It annoys me having eject it, and then run this ...
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In Ubuntu 15.10, external USB hard disks constantly spin up and down

When my Ubuntu 15.10 system is relatively idle, the external hard drives will constantly spin down about every 10 minutes only to spin back up about 10 minutes later. How do I disable or lengthen the ...
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Install Lubuntu on external HDD and UEFI Partitions!

I want to install Lubuntu from my bootable USB drive stick (where I use it in test mode) to an external HDD of 1 TB that I bought, while ignoring the laptop and its drives as they are full and without ...
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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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Kubuntu cannot copy file to external drive - errno: 5

Just until recently, I've been having trouble with transferring files from my laptop hdd to my external hdd as it keeps coming up with the same error. Is this because of my external hdd format not ...
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How do I get write access to my external hard drive?

I have recently formatted an external hard drive for use with Ubuntu 14.04 using GParted. I formatted the drive to Ext4, and everything seemed to work until I tried to copy files to the drive, at ...
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How to share resources connected by USB on a wireless Network (eg HDD, Flash)

I've got two Ubuntu machines running 14.04 LTS connected over a Wireless network. I can share folders on the internal HDD on both machines with no problem but when I try to share a resource connected ...
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'Safely Remove' mounts the Seagate Backup plus drive again and again

I had upgraded my ubuntu to 15.04 recently and while using my Seagate external hard disk, I found there is no Unmount option but a new Safely Remove option is provided. And it is not working properly ...
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Can you set fstab to unmount then remount upon login

I have an external hard drive which only links up to my pc after it processes whats in fstab, would it be possible to make fstab unmount and then mount after I login so I dont have to go through the ...
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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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KDE asking for password to mount external hd

Any ideas as to why kde asks for root password when mounting an external hd (using the gui)? It did not use to do that. Has something changed in the way thing used to work?
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JMicron JM20339 USB SATA Controller Problem

I Have 3bon-s35s SATA to USB converter(or controller). It use JMicron JM20339 chipset. Windows 7 can recognize WD 4TB HDD, but Ubuntu dosen't. dmesg shows below [ 2.990457] scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-...
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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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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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Is it possible to install Ubuntu on external disks from an active workstation?

I am running Ubuntu on my workstation and have connected three blank drives to it. I would like to install three copies of Ubuntu onto the blank drives while continuing to work in my operating system. ...
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Mac External drive ejects itself

I have been given an external drive that was formatted for mac to copy some files onto. When I have freshly booted, it auto mounts and I can see the files, but when I try to copy files on or off the ...
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hddtemp and smartctl with usb to sata external hdd

I can use hddtemp to read temperture various usb hdd's using hddtemp sata:/dev/sdX and as well smartctl (GsmartControl as well) does work when I use "-d sat" option. Can I somehow make this a default ...
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How can I install Ubuntu on external hard drive?

I want to install persistent Ubuntu to my external USB HDD to be able to access my files and programs on any computer. It's been discussed here, but I'd like a more complete guide as to how do I ...
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install ubuntu on an external hard disc

Not long ago I bought a new PC brand Lenovo. I make W7 install because some Windows programs interest me and I need them. From the Ubuntu website I downloaded 14.04. LTS and I burned on a DVD. Now it ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 issue reading hard drive

My laptop used to keep crashing. So I got a new one. The hard drive of my old laptop- they put in a case and I was able to read it as soon as I got home. But now, when I try to mount it, I get an ...
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USB hardware disappears

I'm just going to use this for an example. I have a Western Digital Passport, external hard drive. I plug it into the USB port on my computer, it shows up immediately, I go through and browse, and ...
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Permissions to access an encrypted external HDD

I have an external HDD which has an encrypted ext4 filesystem. When I plug it into one of my laptops and provide the encryption password, I get this popup box saying: You do not have permissions ...
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Black Screen when Booting Ubuntu from External Hard Drive

Due to problems with my SATA controller, I installed Ubuntu onto an external hard drive so I could work off that until I get a new computer. The external hard drive was a 500G NTFS system used for ...
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Ubuntu 16.04: External HD USB3 not recognized once formatted NTFS

I have a External HD with USB3 plug. I hooked it on my laptop running Ubuntu 16.04, formatted the HD with NTFS (slow formatting), copied files to it, then ejected it safely. Since then, when I re-plug ...
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External hard drive initially not accessible after boot

External hard drive is mounted but not accessible: The picture above shows that on boot up my external is seen by fdisk. My external is named "Windows Partition" and on the right half of the ...
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How to read my external hard drive

Okay, so I have an external hard drive that connects via a USB adapter cable. It is one terabyte. I had it formatted so that it was password protected and only readable by Linux, and it was working ...
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Ubuntu not recognizing external hard drive

I have a 2TB Wester Digital external hard drive. I connected it to USB 3.0 port on my laptop with Ubuntu 14.04 (64 bit) installed. It was working fine till yesterday (Haven't tried on any other OS). ...
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Dual boot with External Hard disk

I have windows 10 on my lap and i don't want to install Ubuntu in here. I have a external hard disk and i want to install Ubuntu in this. How to achieve dual boot with both windows on system and ...
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Uploading files online: external drives not visible ubuntu 16.04

First here's what I'm using. Ubuntu server 14.04. Ubuntu client 15.10 and 16.04 both recently updated. Mozilla Firefox as browser. I have a problem When uploading items online. When browsing files ...