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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Why does it take 5-10 minutes to mount an external HDD?

I Have an external HDD drive (USB 3.0, 750Gb) almost full. When I connect it to a USB Port in my laptop (USB 3.0 or USB 2.0), it takes forever mounting it (like 5 to 10 minutes) but finally does it. ...
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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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How to install Ubuntu on a laptop external HDD for use in another PC?

I have several Intel Pentium II 333 based PCs which I want to install Ubuntu on. All PCs are identical, however they have no floppy nor do they have a CD drive. They all use 2½ HDD. I intend ...
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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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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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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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Ubuntu on a external hardrive drivers issue

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on an external hard drive and the installation went quit well. I booted into the drive and was able to make all the modifications needed for the external hard drive. I ran ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 installation wnt wrong, partial install on wrong hd

I attempted an install of 12.04 on my main pc. I mistakenly left-on the power to my 300G external drive. During the install for some odd reason it began installing to the 300Gb external with all my ...
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ubuntu and external RAID enclosure with eSata (no portmultiplier)

First of all, this is my virgin question here so bear with me, I'm trying to include the infos I think are needed, if something is missing I'd be happy to provide it if you tell me what it is. On to ...
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Install ubuntu on external drive to boot on iMac and PC's

I'd like to install ubuntu on an external HD I just bought. The downside of it is that one of the computers I might boot the external ubuntu HD is an iMac 21". If I install ubuntu from a PC, will it ...
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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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14.04 Udisks2 Not Auto-Mounting External Drives

I've upgraded from 13.10 to 14.04 via command-line when my system froze, had to do REISUB and dpkg --configure -a to recover from crash after rebooting. Now everything seems to work except ...
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external hdd not showing up when inserted

Ok i have a problem with my external hdd not showing up anywhere when i plug it in! The background information is this... my internal 120gb hdd was failing to load windows on dual boot with ubuntu, ...
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Acer Aspire E1-531G: External HDD doesn't boot

I bought an Acer Aspire E1-531G a few months back and to make a long story short, the internal hard drive failed and it wouldn't boot up. I bought an external hard drive (A touro, 500 GB) to install ...
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Files tranfered from ubuntu to an external NTFS hdd are UNREADABLE in Windows. Why?

Transfered files from Ubuntu-ext4 to NTFS HDD are UNREADABLE in Windows. I have transfered files from ext4 Ubuntu hdd[my notebook] to an external NTFS HDD used in windows[a workstation]. Before i ...
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Every USB hard drive connected to Ubuntu loses partition information

Whenever I connect an external USB hard drive with an NTFS partition to my Ubuntu driven netbook all partitions are lost for Windows machines and listed as RAW. Sequence: ⠀USB hard drive with NTFS ...
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Ubuntu on an external HD windows 7 and 8 machines

I have just installed Ubuntu 13.10 onto an external hard drive using my windows 7 hp laptop. When I installed it on the HD I put the bootloader onto the HD itself, however when I plug the external hd ...
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I can´t access the data from my external hard disc drive

I have installed ubuntu 13.10 on my new Laptop and I want to copy my data from my iMac to my new Laptpo using an external hard disc drive (Elements 500GB). I did a BackUp on my Mac and when I check ...
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Trying to install Ubuntu on external hd, but says Missing OS

I am trying to come back to Linux after switching computers, but am having trouble installing Ubuntu. The external hard drive works with universal usb installer (including preformatting it to FAT32), ...
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wd my book 3tb external usb 3.0 drive having issues

I am having an issue when using my wd my book 3tb usb 3.0 external drive in the 3.0 I/o port on my asrock 990fx extreme9 board. I installed the etron usb 3.0 driver while it was connected into the ...
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HFS ownership on USB EHDD

I no longer have a iMac, I am using ubuntu 12.04, my EHD has two partitions on it. The first is 1.8 TB, the second is about 200GB. The larger partition is HFS format, the smaller is FAT. I am trying ...
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What's wrong with my HDD? It takes 5 minutes to mount!

Every time I need to mount my hard disk, I need to do this: I type sudo fdisk -l into terminal I wait 5 minutes till it completes "its scan"; I mean till it shows up my HDD I input the mount command ...
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Unable to mount USB 3.0 external drive

[update: i've tried reformatting the drive as HFS+ and still run into this problem] I have a 1TB Lacie USB 3.0 external hard drive that is formatted as exfat. I can't get it to mount my Intel NUC ...
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Cannot boot from external HDD

Alright guys I'm new here and I need a hand, I've looked at dozens of other posts and nothing has helped me solve this. I'll try to give as much information as possible but if you need more just say ...
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What partitions to create on external hard disk?

It won't boot and gives me a NTLDR error when I select it via my bios. I've tried using a USB stick, but after a couple of writes it's no longer recognized. I currently have an HP pavilion lappy ...
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Folders disappering from External Hard Drive in 13.10

I recently upgraded my ASUS netbook from 10.04 to 10.10. Now whenever I plugin my External HArd Drive few folders start to disapper from the External HDD. Again I plucked it back and few more folders ...
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External USB 3 HDD not recognized after new install

I have a MacBook Pro (2013) with lots of Ram and used an install DVD to perform a clean install on a Toshiba 1 TB USB 3 portable HDD (hereafter called THDD) The install of Ubuntu 12, downloaded just ...
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Days later, cannot get ubuntu to work at all

and I apologize if this is a repetitive question. Unfortunatly I have been trying for the past 2 days to run ubuntu. I've never install/run an OS from a usb or external hard drive before. I have a ...
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Running Ubuntu from external usb 2.0 HDD on MacBookPro 6,2 with i5 processor

I believe this question has been asked but I didn't see any actual answers so I figure I'll ask again and maybe someone will have come up with something. I have installed a copy of ubuntu 10.04 (I ...
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Unable to mount external 80 GB hard disk

I'm using Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 and I'm unable to mount my external HD. It's an 80 GB drive with only one FAT32 partition. The hard disk is working normally if it is plugged directly to the bus IDE on ...
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Can I change the file path of an external HD from media/<user> to media/?

(Edited this question: see below) Just upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.10. I store all of my documents and projects on an external hard drive, and the upgrade process has added an extra ...
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Is there a cross-platform file type system that works on MAC, W$ and Ubuntu?

The title says it all. I have a drive I will be accessing from Mac, Windows and Ubuntu. Though I only use Ubuntu, several of my family members did not convert yet and I need them to be able to access ...
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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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Install Ubuntu 13.10 on external firewire hard drive

I think I installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my external firewire hard drive(LaCie Rugged Triple) successfully, but I don't see any way to boot it. How can I solve this? I already have Mac Os X Lion and ...