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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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 ...
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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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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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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: ...
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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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Grub2 missing partitions. Fix?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...