Questions tagged [external-hdd]

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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How to mount an LVM formatted hard drive connected through a USB adapter?

What would be the standard directory to create for an external hard LVM hard drive? nicholas@mordor:~$ nicholas@mordor:~$ ls /dev/mapper control vgubuntu-root vgubuntu-swap_1 nicholas@mordor:~$ ...
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Grub rescue does not open the boot folder

I recently installed Linux Ubuntu 22.04 on an external SSD (through a USB memory, with Rufus) When start I find this: error: file '/boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod' not found Entering rescue mode grub ...
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WD Elements USB drive is not recognized

OS: Ubuntu 20.04 External drive: WD Elements 2Tb Portable (WDBMTM0020BBK-EEUE) When I plug in the drive, dmesg reports that: [10373639.389152] usb 2-3: new SuperSpeed USB device number 2 using ...
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External SSD not mountable after connecting to windows

I think I messed up really really bad and need help. I had a laptop with an Ubuntu installation. My laptop's main board broke. I took out the M2 ssd where linux was installed and gave laptop for ...
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The Ubuntu 20.04 operating system installed on external hard disks often crashes

crash information I've installed Ubuntu20.04 on a mypassport external hard disk last year, I divided it into five partitions: /dev/sda1:UEFI /dev/sda2:swap (20G) /dev/sda3:/ /dev/sda4:/home /dev/sda5:/...
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External HDD can't be mounted on Ubuntu 22.04

I've tried connecting an external HD to my computer (Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS) and it doesn't load. I ran journalctl and below is its output. What can I do to make the drive recognizable? rt 19 20:58:52 ...
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Access changed overnight to external drives

I had an external hard drive which has always worked for years. All of a sudden one day I opened my libre office which multiple files that were open after a crash and libre can't recover them because ...
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HDD Toshiba Canvio Basics [HDTB410EK3AA] and playback of video files on a TV player

I download video files via a torrent client to an external hard drive HDD Toshiba Canvio Basics [HDTB410EK3AA]. These video files cannot not directly be played on the TV player. At the same time, they ...
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External HDD with Ubuntu boots in emergency mode

I recently installed Ubuntu on my 500GB external HDD with my Acer Aspire laptop from a live USB, the installation was successful (even installed grub on the external HDD) and I could boot from the ...
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USB-C External Hard Drive not Detected

I was using a SanDisk 4TB USB-C external hard drive until today, when my computer stopped detecting it. It doesn't appear in Disks, and there are no logs in dmesg or /var/log/syslog when the device is ...
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Files downloaded into external hard drive use up space in / on Ubuntu

I have a WD 2TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive mounted on my Raspberry Pi 4 which I use to store files. I am currently using a Python script to download files locally into the external hard ...
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How do I prevent auto mount for one of my external hdds in Ubuntu 22.04

For one of my external hard drives, I want to prevent Ubuntu 22.04 to automount it. Is there any way?
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HHDs are unmounted on transferring a large number of files

I am transferring a large number of files (10-100 million) between two external HDDs (connected via USB 3.0), but the external disks are unmounted during the transfer. All HDDs connected via USB (...
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All USB drives give This Location Could Not Be Displayed after distro-upgrade and Aptik Restore

Yesterday, I installed a clean upgrade to 22.04 and restored my most recent backup using Aptik. Since then, whenever I try to view the contents of any connected USB drive in Nautilus, I get an error ...
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Ubuntu cannot detect my external hard drive. But another OS on the same PC can detect and access the external HDD

Here is dmesg output that tells what's the error - [ 3221.289446] usb 3-1: new full-speed USB device number 38 using xhci_hcd [ 3221.417388] usb 3-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 [ 3221.657542]...
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Mounting my two external drives, I find the media folder is full and I have to move it to a seperate partition to avoid the main drive filling up

When I add my two external hard drives, I mount them to folders in /media. They currently show 447.8 GiB of 915.8 GiB free (51% used) and 344.2 GiB of 915.8 GiB free (62% used). However, /media shows: ...
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Unable to import music from external HD into Audacity on Ubuntu [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu version 20.04 and Cinnamon desktop. I am unable to import music from an external HD into Audacity. When I select "file - import" the external HD is not listed. I read ...
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From terminal, can't access folders on my external hard drive, connected to my Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (laptop). my external hard drive is already mounted

From Ubuntu terminal, can't access folders on my external hard drive, which is connected to my Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (laptop). my external hard drive is already mounted.
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configure secondary hard drive in ubuntu 22.04

Hi I have installed Ubuntu on ssd and connected my 500 gb hdd with caddy to my laptop.Now when i boot up then sometime my hdd is showing in "other location" option and some time i am not ...
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How to disable "Do you want to empty the trash before you unmount?" prompt in Nautilus

I have external USB disks formatted as NTFS, EXT4, etc. Recently Nautilus started asking me the following when I try to unmount the disk using Nautilus: I do know that the Trash is kept on the ...
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unsuccessful backup to external drive

A long shot, but maybe... In Ubuntu 22.04, I tried to back up my files to an external drive before a clean OS install. I did it from the desktop, in three batches ("copy to..."), but now the ...
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Rename external drive Ubuntu 22.04

Feel like I'm probably missing something obvious, but looking to rename an external HDD on Ubuntu 22.04. I open Disk, select the drive in question, click on the Settings dialog, and then 'Edit ...
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mdadm: No arrays found in config file or automatically

On a 22.04.1 Ubuntu HP EliteBook 8570w laptop the following message is displayed a number of times when I boot it without an external disk (two partitions, data not system) plugged in: mdadm: No ...
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sdb Attached SCSI disk. But I can't find it anywhere

I'm trying to attach external HDD with a new cable I bought on Amazon, JSAUX USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter. syslog says it was attached as sdb, but I don't see it anywhere. kernel: [ 2839.039779] sd 2:0:0:0:...
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Linux unmount automatically external drive / array after time

I have an external hard drive array that is permanently attached to the computer. I specified the array in /etc/fstab. When I start the computer, it is also mounted correctly. Only after a while it is ...
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Seagate External Hard Drive Never Spins Down

I just bought a 6TB external seagate HDD (STKP6000400) to use for storing media, but I have noticed it is spinning at full speed, all the time. Even after leaving the PC idle overnight the next ...
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Problem with GNU GRUB and external HDD with ubuntu

I have installed Ubuntu in an external HDD. To do so, I formatted the external Hard Disk to ext4 and mounting point /. Then, I used that partition as boot. Now, whenever the HDD is mounted, the system ...
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Files from external device was deleted after copying

I have connected external HDD to my Linux machine via USB. Then, I copied directory A with files from machine to the external device folder B containing folder C. When copying successfuly finished ...
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Ubuntu doesn't read an HDD external hard drive after update (22.04)

When updating the Ubuntu(to the 22.04 version), the HDD disk was connected via USB to the computer. And as I understand it, at this point in the system update, an external drive was used, and this ...
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Same External Drive Being Mounted with Different Names [duplicate]

I am on Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop and I have an external drive that is a "workhorse" for a lot of my backup routines. Problem: For whatever reasons unbeknownst to me.. following a recent reboot, ...
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Stuck at Grub dual booting window/linux

Grub image: https://i.stack.imgur.com/lYkGe.jpg I recently installed Linux Ubuntu on my external drive for dual booting, everything I touched was my external drive. I gave it 8Gb of swap partition and ...
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How to clone an external hard drive to another external hard drive

I have an external hard drive I need to backup to another external hard drive before performing filesystem operations on it. But all the questions and articles I have found so far have been for ...
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Back In Time recognizes old snapshots but not old data in new PC

I've been using the great "Back In Time" (BIT) to backup my data HDD (/data, 4 TB, NTFS for dual boot with Windows 10) on Kubuntu 20.04 to an external HDD. Recently, I built a new PC, ...
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After switching drive from USB enclosure to internal SATA, disk doesn't show data

On Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS amd64. I swapped a GPT partition, formatted with GParted with a single LUKS partition while connected with a USB 3.0 enclosure, to an internal SATA connection. After being moved ...
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How to Change Permissions on an External Drive

Newbie here. I've got an external hard drive (EXT.4 format) that I'm trying to use as a destination for LuckyBackup. It seems that I don't have permissions to use the hard drive. I've tried to change ...
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Duplicate mount-points for external disks after 22.04.1 upgrade

Just did an upgrade from 20.04 to 22.04 with my external storage disks connected. The system generated mount-points: 'Computer'/media/'homefolder'/4TB-WD-ElementsS - turned into 'Computer'/media/'...
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Boot from SSD with Ubuntu Core 22 on a RPi4

Ubuntu Core 22 comes with Piboot, which is «the one-stage bootloader on Raspberry Pi, offering user experience improvements like booting from external devices and better support for hats» Ref: ...
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Unable to access an external hard drive. Error mounting. Can't read superblock

I have an external hard drive with an EXT4 file system, which I use to back up my laptop and save several important files. This hard drive had some sort of security layer (probably prepared with ...
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External HD Ubuntu won't boot after changing internal HD

I have a ADATA HD650 1TB external hard drive connected externally to my desktop via USB. I have ubuntu installed on it but I can't boot into it. I have tried to plug it into a different PC but same ...
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Extremely slow write speeds with external Toshida HDD 1TB

Running Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS Release: 20.04 I bought a new 1TB Toshiba HDD to back some stuff up. Everything was going fine until today at less than 10% capacity the write speed dropped to ~80kb/s. ...
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Slow external HDD only on Ubuntu 20.04

First post here. I hope someone can help me. Yesterday I bought an external HDD (Toshiba Canvio Basics, the 4TB one) to make backups of my files. On my main computer, I have a dual boot installation (...
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How to transfer files from external storage device to Nextcloud Snap?

I recently set up the Nextcloud Snap package through an Ubuntu Server 22.04 VM, and most things are working. However, I'm having trouble migrating my data over from an external 2TB drive to the server'...
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unable to use HDD disk drive [duplicate]

I have two disk SSD (128GB) and HDD (1TB) i used to install windows on SSD and I had kept my files on HDD but recently i've installed Linux on my SSD. Now I can't use my HDD drive anymore. problem is ...
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Installing Ubuntu 20.04 on an external SSD for a machine that only has legacy BIOS

I am very new to Linux and am trying to install Ubuntu 20.04 on an external SSD so that I could run both Windows and Linux without dual-booting. My machine can only run legacy BIOS. My internal hard ...
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WD MyBook Duo on Linux Issue

External device isn’t showing/mounting on Ubuntu 20.04. How can I fix this? Output from lsusb is: Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 002 Device 005: ID 1058:25f6 ...
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Access home folder in external hard drive

I recently changed from an HDD to SSD on my machine. The HDD had a dual boot with Windows and Linux. The Windows system had no password, the Linux had a password. When putting the HDD in an enclosure ...
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Which type of partition should I specify for an external hard drive used exclusivly for backing up data?

Context I am trying to use an external hard drive to backup my data. I have a 2.0 TB drive and I have identified its name using the information I found in [1]. It turns out that the disk is ...
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Does creating ext4 file system takes a really long time or is it my drive that is broken right now?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu on my external drive which has 1TB of storage. I parititioned it to be 104GB so that it wouldn't take that long to process. When I tried installling it, it takes probably ...
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authentication require to perform file operation - Ubuntu 22.04

I am new to Ubuntu and learning it from many days. I have used 2 hard drives in my system (sda for data, sdb for Ubuntu os) . One for Ubuntu OS & other for data. Problem I am facing is the ...
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1TB External USB Hard Drive format problems on Ubuntu 20.04

I've recently tried a number 1 or 2TB external hard drives on USB as backup and hoping to use for deja-dup. The one I had previously was fine but it's full and I don't want to loose it. I've tried ...
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