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 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 encrypt an external (USB) hard drive

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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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USB dock for 4TB Seagate HDD only works with less then 2.2TB of data

I have one of those Seagate 4TB HD and everything went fine using GPT, I could use it normally without any problem. I used gparted to format and create the partition table as ext4. Everything changed ...
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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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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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Same external drive and file, different md5sum when connected via USB3 vs USB2

I have an external USB3 HDD with an ext4 partition on it. I've been plagued with file corruption issues for days whilst trying to transfer a large (~200GB) file from the drive, and I've finally ...
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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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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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External HDD auto shut down?

Unlike windows 7 my external western digital hard disk [with separate power input] does not power off automatically when i press shut down. what can i do for that? i use ubuntu 12.04 lts and i'm a ...
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my external HDD has stopped working Need help to backup the files

I have got a 320gb external hdd (seagate) and few days ago it stopped working.. when connect to a PC i can see the hdd is connect but can not view the files inside it... when used in windows 7 OS the ...
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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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Running Ubuntu off multiple USB sticks

I know that using USB drives to boot Linux is a slower alternative to HDD's, however, I wanted to know the feasibility of using multiple USB drives to boot. Specifically, I wish to use a single USB ...
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Allowing access to HDD from NFS share

I am currently attempting to setup an nfs share of the home directory on my server to the home directory on my laptop. However, I have run into a bit of a problem with the external hard drive mounted ...
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Unable to Mount External HDD

I was copying data from PC to my Lacie external 500 GB HDD. And Simultaneously I was accessing files on my PC and on that external HDD. but after some time File System stopped responding and showed ...
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Suspend or hibernate Ubuntu running from an external USB Hard drive (or flash drive)?

I have Ubuntu 13.04 installed on a external USB hard drive and I have been using it without any major issues in different computers. However, I recently was working on something important and decided ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 internet connection problem

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed on an external drive, it recognises that I have an internet connection, but web pages don't load. Thanks!
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Help on setting up a Home Media Server that can also be used outside of Home

I received a free computer desk top about a week ago. I really want to find a way to set up some kind of simple and secure way to turn it into a home/personal server. My goals for this project ...
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How to boot Ubuntu from an external disk in a macbook?

I want to install Ubuntu to an external hard disc from my macbook pro 13.3 2012! I have try to and although the installation complete normal. Then when I go to boot from the external disc it doesn't ...
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Kubuntu external HDD mount problem

I use Kubuntu 12.10. I have an external HDD: Western Digital WDBAAR5000ABK, I connect it to computer, it is recognized but it's being mounted and unmounted every 5 seconds... I can't copy anything ...
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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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Ubuntu 14.10 doesn't read my hard drive

I am a new Ubuntu user. I'm using Ubuntu 14.10, and I cannot read an external hard drive. A flash drive yes, but not the external hard drive. What should I do?
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How to save a copy of the system on external HDD with Systemback? Permissions to copy issue

it's a while that I'm looking for an user-friendly application that allows me to save an exact copy of my hard disk as backup, and gladly I think I've found it in Systemback. With the default ...
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External hard drive is not recognized?

Every time connect the external hard drive? Hit not recognize the hard drive . how to retrieve the file from Ubuntu 14.10? it recognize the flash drive it not recognize the external Hard drive.
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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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Debugging an external HDD

I'm using an external HDD which is my old laptop's HD with 2.5 SATA enclosure. I tried to delete a partition in Windows and stopped it unknowingly. When I reinsert it, my OS including Ubuntu freezes ...
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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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Can't write to external hard drive

I can't write to my external hard drive. It was formatted using bootcamp on a mac. Now I'm trying to paste files into the hard drive and I'm using Ubuntu. I can't paste anything on the hard drive. The ...
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external drive filesystem issue

I have a seagate external drive (1TB) which i used on windows 7 operated laptop. suddenly, as expected.. windows alerts that the drive need to be formatted. Ubuntu, 14 lts - however - gave me (so ...
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file transfer from external HDD to computer

When I try to send a file from an external HDD to a volume on my laptop, I get the message "error creating directory". How do I transfer files from my external HDD to a volume on my laptop ?
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Missing operating system Ubuntu 14.04 on external hdd

I have some problem. I have used ubuntu 14.04 x64 on external drive about a month on my laptop (acer). After changing of laptop(asus), ubuntu can't boot then it telling me "Missing operating ...
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Mirroring files over a flaky USB connection

Due to a hardware failure I currently have to use an 8 year old notebook. The hard drive of the device in repair is in a external-hdd USB enclosure, but the USB ports of the old notebook don't allow a ...
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Where should I install grub2 on external hard disk when System(Ubuntu) partition is NOT on the FIRST partition of external hard-drive?

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my external USB hard disk (/dev/sdc). The partitioning of the device is something like this: /dev/sdc /dev/sdc1 -- 1 GB (FAT32, Empty) /dev/sdc2 -- 100 GB ...
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External drive starts out read/write then after a couple of minutes it turns read only

I have an external drive that starts out read/write and I can make directories and files, but after a few minutes the drive turns to read-only. I'm running ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. Only one user is on ...
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Should I install the bootloader on the internal hard drive?

I've got a mac and I want to install Ubuntu on an external hard drive. Whenever I try to install Ubuntu on the hard drive I get an error when the program tries to install the bootloader on the ...
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external hdd slows down

I had 14.04 installed on my Lenovo B590; I've regularly used for a storage a couple of years old USB2 1TB WD via USB2/USB3 sockets. Everything worked just perfectly for a while; every time system saw ...
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How to automount 2TB external to specific location?

I have a 2TB external that I want to automount to one location (so that it can be used as a media server). http://linuxconfig.org/automatically-mount-usb-external-drive-with-autofs Explains it quite ...
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External hard drive error

DBus error org.gtk.Private.RemoteVolumeMonitor.Failed: An operation is already pending In English? All I am doing is trying to browse an external HDD (Western Digital)
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Cant read my WD 4 TB My Book on Boot

I installed ubuntu on my 4tb WD My Book. For some reason when my system boots i get an error saying error: no such device: 96... Entering grub rescue mode