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The 4GB USB drive is too small for a full install of Ubuntu 14.04 The installer should have refused to install Ubuntu in a 3.5 GB partition. A full install requires about 5GB / partition. So you will need at least an 8 GB USB drive. I recommend a 16 or 32 GB drive if you intend to install many programs and store large personal files. One thing to remember ...


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If your desktop does something fishy, you cal always fallback on the terminal. sudo umount /dev/sdXY # (this will umount, it will complain on opened files, if so lsof and see which ones.) sudo sync # ( this flushes all buffers to disk. It will ensure that no data is lingering in ram.) sudo eject /dev/sdX # ( this works on dvd/cds and some, not all usb ...


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Running hdparm -y /dev/sdb as root will cause the disk to stop spinning. If anything access the disk, it will spin up again. The man page suggest this is only useful for IDE drives. However I have tested that it does work with a USB drive attached to a Dell running 14.04. The man page says the command will usually cause the drive to spin down, which ...


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The correct, best solution would be changing the label of the disk. I too had problem with some disk and needed to do that in Windows (grrrr). Two solutions: learn to quote the filenames correctly: ls "/media/mark/Seagate Expansion Drive/" (notice the ") will work. See also http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/bash-quoting or ...


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Unplug the USB cable should do it. If not, then plug it back in and safely remove it again until it stays off.



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