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The udisk option did not work in my case but the following did: sudo umount /dev/sdb1 sudo hdparm -y /dev/sdb I make use of these commands when remotely shutting down a headless Linux server with an external USB drive. Security is not a concern in my case, so the server password is in the script. For a Ubuntu server and Windows client the following batch ...


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I managed to solve this problem by unmounting all USB disks I had plugged in and deleting the /media/username directory. Then, when I plug in my USB stick again, the directory gets re-created and all is good.


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To boot your external hard drive, you can set it as first hard drive in BIOS, or try hitting F12, (or similar), when booting, to get an option to boot it. Once it is running you can access the internal drive using Files, (the file manager like app).


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You cannot install Ubuntu onto an NTFS partition, as NTFS does not support permissions. But if you are just storing data, NTFS is fine and both Ubuntu and Windows can read/write from/to it. Just in case you want something that is supported by all three platforms, check out the UDF filesystem.



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