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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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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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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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) [39441....
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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 mark “allow executing file as program” on an external drive

If I try to set this option for a file on an external drive it just unmarks itself. Doing chmod +x has no effect. The drive is mounted with default options.
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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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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 937b2299-48ff-4a9c-...
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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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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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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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If I can, how do I install Ubuntu from Ubuntu?

Here's what I mean: I normally install by running a Ubuntu Live USB, clicking "try" Ubuntu, and when I'm ready, I double-click the "Install Ubuntu" icon on the desktop. Now, I have an eSATAp port ...
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How to reformat a drive with NTFS?

I currently have a corrupted NTFS external drive that I want to re-format in a format that can be read by Linux and Windows - suggestions? I want to reformat my 1TB NTFS drive to a format that can be ...
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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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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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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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Performance cost of running Ubuntu from external hard drive

A friend just complained to me about Ubuntu being slow. Although I've noticed a certain lack of snappiness with Linux vs Windows in the past, I really can't say I've had much to grumble about with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I access an external drive mounted on a machine on my own network?

I've got one desktop computer Ubuntu 11.04 with an external USB drive mounted on it on the home WRT54L Linux network (192.168.0.2), and when I arrive at home with my laptop, I want to be able to mount ...
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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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What happens if Déjà Dup tries to back up to a disconnected external disc?

I have just installed Déjà Dup on my (11.04) laptop and have scheduled automatic weekly backups to an external hard disc which is not always connected to the laptop. What will happen if a scheduled ...
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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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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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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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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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Which filesystem should I use to format my external backup HDD? btrfs?

I have a new external USB drive I plan to use for storing backups only. (It is a WD Red 2TB NAS Hard Drive SATA III model WD20EFRX mounted in a USB enclosure.) The drive came without a partition ...
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Can I disconnect an ejected drive even if it is still spinning?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04. When I unmount (eject) USB disk, the power LED is always "ON" & I can feel disk is still spinning after 10 Minutes. This means disk is not unmounted from system? is it ...
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Why when copying to an external drive the progress window is not correct

Feel free to edit the title to explain better what I am going to write here. When I copy big files to a pen drive for example, the progress window shows an estimate that most of the time does not ...
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Use of an external Hard Drive for backups

I have acquired an used external HD (a WD Passport) that I'm planning to use for the backup of important files - I was thinking of using it with Déjà Dup. Should I format it beforehand? Which ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not booting even after grub reinstall and Boot-repair

After installing fresh Windows 10 on my Laptop, my external hard drive doesn't boot previously installed Ubuntu. Even though the grub menu appears at the beginning, after selecting ubuntu, the screen ...
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I installed Ubuntu onto an external usb drive, can it be used on multiple computers?

I installed the 12.04 iso with unetbootin to a flash drive then booted into the liveusb and installed onto an external hard disks. works flawlessly so far. My question is; Am I able to boot to it ...
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Problem deleting broken files on external drive

i have a 500gb external drive (Maxtor One Touch) some days ago i moved some files from the destkop to it. the operation failed (on the disk there are only 4 or 5 incomplete files ) and i can't remove ...
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ext4 File System got damaged due to improper write

This is what happened, I inserted my (important) external HDD into a RedHat 6 machine, did my task's, unmounted the drive via Nautilus, and physically detached the drive from the machine (and now I ...
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Why only home directory?

I want to save my Ubuntu-One folder in my secondary HD, just like my Dropbox folder. I know that saving data in a secondary disk is "the old way", but i bring this habit from my kid days using windows....
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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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Downloading videos to an external drive with youtube-dl

My Hard drive has very little free space left. Thus I am trying to get youtube-dl to save the videos onto my external drive. With no luck, so far. Has anyone tried that? Or any ideas on how to proceed?...
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Unable to mount external NTFS HDDs due to duplicate UUID

I'm trying to setup /etc/fstab to automatically mount two external NTFS hard drives on boot, and decided to use the UUIDs as reference instead of the device names. Strangely, blkid reports that both ...
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Format external hard drive to ext4 in command line [duplicate]

How do you format an external hard drive to ext4 via the command line in ubuntu?
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Dual-boot computer won't boot without external hard drive

I have Ubuntu loaded on my external HDD. I tried to unplug the external drive so that this way I could run Windows as the default OS to boot when the computer turns on, but it gives me an error. I ...
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Cannot mount external USB 3.0 Hard Disk

I have a USB 3.0 external hard disk which I am unable to mount. The entry appears in the "lsusb" command, but I do not exactly understand how to mount it. This is the output for my lsusb command. "...
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Access mounted volumes via the command line

I've plugged an external hdd into my usb port, and it shows up on the desktop and in nautilus. How can i access this mounted hdd via the command line?
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Copy/Backup ext4 files to external ntfs hdd: Permissions etc

Normally I backup my files (from ext4 drive) to an external ext4 hdd. Now I want to copy/backup some files to an external ntfs hdd, so I have the possibility to access them from Windows, too. Is ...
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External USB 3 drive not recognized

Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit seems not to recognize my external hard disk. It is a Vantec NST-310S3 external disk enclosure with a WD 3TB drive. The disk has two NTFS partitions. My PC is a dual boot system. ...
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How to change default boot disk and skip the Grub screen?

I probably did something really stupid. My primary hard drive on my laptop was getting full so I decided to install Ubuntu 12.10 on an external hard drive. When I have the hard drive plugged in, I ...
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Can't mount external laptop HDD on laptop

I'm running a vanilla instance of 32bit Ubuntu 11.04 installed on the k53e laptop. The machine is up to date. I have an external laptop HDD that I'm accessing via the rocketfish RF-HD3025. The ...
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installing natty on portable hard drive

I am planning to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a portable hard drive (no external power supply, typically 5400 rpm, USB 2.0, 250 GB). This way I wont have to install apps on every machine I work on. I will ...