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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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External hard disk is not accesible

I have recently installed Ubuntu 18.04. My external hard disk was working properly, but suddenly it is not accesible. It is showing an option of mounting but not opening. Please help. When I run the ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 freezes when Toshiba EHD is ejected

I have two 16.04 installations: one in a Lenovo Ideapad laptop and another in a MSI GP62 laptop. Starting maybe two weeks ago, I noticed that everytime I eject my Toshiba EHD, Ubuntu promptly freezes; ...
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How to use an external HDD by different users?

I have a disk that is used by different users with the same desktop computer. When some of the users try to access the disk they are denied permission. how can I set up the disk for any person who ...
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Hard disk capacity discrepancy between enclosures

I recently bought a 3 terabyte internal hard drive to replace a 2TB drive I filled. Using the same enclosure that's been housing my 2TB drive, Ubuntu reports the capacity of the new drive as 802 ...
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Attempted to change permissions on external hard drive files via command line, now several terabytes of data appear to be missing [duplicate]

I was attempting to modify the permission of my 4TB external hard drive to enable streaming to another machine via a third party app. The process was taking a long time, so I left the computer alone ...
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cannot access files on external hard drive

I want to access my external hard drive from the terminal. When I type : sudo lshw -C disk [sudo] password for amit: *-disk description: SCSI Disk product: ...
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Can't access SMART on an external HDD from gnome-disk-utility

I have a 2TB HDD connected by USB (WD Elements 25A2 (1014)) that I use to store my photos and as a Plex server on Ubuntu 16.04. I have been noticing it unmounting overnight recently for no particular ...
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From Windows to Ubuntu .. external disc folder invisible

I have an external disc formated in Ubuntu. 1.0 TB — 529 GB free (47.1% full) /dev/sdb1 47B9-1675 Basic Data FAT (32-bit version) — Mounted at /media/username/johnySs I gave the disc to a friend and ...
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Cannot shrink a NTFS partition on my external drive

I know how that should be done but it doesn't work. I want to save a (rsync) snapshot of my system with Timeshift on an external drive. I want to save thus a "perfect" exemplary of my system in order ...
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Slow speed file transfer from SSD to external HDD

I have a Ubuntu 14.04 laptop with a SATA SSD drive. I have an 2.5 inch SATA external HDD 1TB which I use as external HDD through a USB(3.0) converter. I want to take a back up of my home folder to ...
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Is there any precaution I need to take when booting from external hard drive?

I have Ubuntu 16.04 bootable iso (using Rufus) on my 1TB external hard drive. I want to boot from this instead of the Windows installation on my internal SSD. If I follow the instructions to boot from ...
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Cannot copy files in Seagate portable Hard disks (Ownership problem)

I have recently purchased a Seagate Backup Plus portable hard disk (2TB), I am mostly using it in Ubuntu system hence I formatted it with the following command sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb where /dev/sdb ...
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rsync different user's files to external HDD via batch

How can I achieve the following scenario logged in as user a: ExtHDD is plugged in for user a. Once opened a shell via user b call the following script: unmount extHDD for user a mount extHDD for ...
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E: Type 'wget' is not known on line 1 in source list [duplicate]

Hello most helpful humans. I have read endless other threads on this subject, and typed a myriad of commands in terminal, but have caused myself more trouble than benefit it seems. The problem is ...
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My external hard drive is working fine in Ubuntu but not on Windows10

I have an external HDD that I formatted from the get go to work in a dual boot situation between Ubuntu 17 and Windows 10. Following is the details of the drive. It's working fine and as expected on ...
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Can I run Ubuntu solely from an external drive?

I have an older laptop which has the GRUB menu setup and dual boots Ubtuntu 17.04/Windows 8.1. I need to replace the hard drive in it because it's only a 5400 RPM. The new drive will have Windows ...
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Ubunut 18.04 LTS freezes on Dell G7 7588

Two challenges faced with my Dell G7 15 7588 and Ubuntu 18.04 Ubuntu Freezes when the (nVidia 1060 Max Q) GPU is used. Tried modifying the GRUB to not use it by adding nouveau and tried installing ...
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External USB3 HDD isn't always recognised on booting up

I have an external 2Tb HDD connected for my daily Deja backups but it isn't recognised by my new computer (Ubuntu 118.04) every day. When the external HDD doesn't appear on booting the PC I unplug ...
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How can I link my Android SDK in external hard drive to my Android studio

Can Android SDK's directory path in my external hard drive be linked to my main drive where Android Studio is installed? I have gone to Android Studio → Preferences → Appearances and Behavior → ...
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Stuck on GRUB while loading 18.04.1 LTS

I am trying to install Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS on an external hard drive and I installed it through a usb with the mounted iso file but I get stuck on the GRUB window. I have typed ls (hd0,gpt1)/ efi/ ls ...
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Boot Ubuntu 18.04 from external hard drive

My hard drive failed, so I decided to install Ubuntu on external HDD for now. I used the Etcher app on a Mac laptop to copy the Ubuntu 18.04 iso to a USB flash drive. This boots up fine. Then I ...
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External harddrive unmounted during transmission and now it can't be seen / simultaneously, power indicator disappeared

First - I will try to provide as much info as possible, but I received my computer as a gift, so I am not the most computer savvy... I am running Ubuntu on a partitioned Chromebook, for the last...2+ ...
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Ubuntu on external hard drive with no access to the flies

I just wanted to start by noting that I don't know much about computers or programming so any help would be very much appreciated. I am a mac user -- but just a user-- and decided to install Ubuntu ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 and External Drives

The first external drive in Ubuntu 18.04 appears on the desktop but to access subsequent drives it seems I have to use "Files". My desktop is sometimes a bit messy and it would be easier if all ...
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Does normal HDD enclosure work with Ubuntu?

Previously I owned a Windows7 laptop which had died few days back. My new laptop runs Ubuntu 16.04. Now I want to use the HDD of previous laptop as external. I can do that right (running windows ...
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Install Chrome My WD 4TB hard drive doesn't work on Windows, on Ubuntu it says unclean file system

I was copying few files from my phone to my external hard drive. And my laptop froze so I had to remove the cable without unmounting. When I plugged it again my explorer froze. I have tried several ...
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I can't see external storage device formatting progress

If you don't want to read the whole message, please, skip to the bold paragraph ahead. 30 minutes ago I plugged in a external storage device and asked Ubuntu to format it. It happens that after I ...
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Ubuntu on external hard drive

So what I want is to have windows 10 on the internal drive of my laptop and ubuntu on an external hard drive. I know this is possible but what I don't know, is what happens when I wouldn't have the ...
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Disks is saving my password to keychain

I formatted and then encrypted an external hard drive using Disks. Each time I plug in the hard drive via USB it requires a password to unlock it to view contents on other computers. My issue is that ...
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Creating a boot partition in an external hard drive for Ubuntu

I have a 1.5 TB external hard drive fully allocated as an NTFS partition with some data in it. What I would like to do is create a 300 GB boot partition and install Ubuntu or some other distro on it ...
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external drive is disconnecting, GParted warning “input/output error during read on /dev/sdb”

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 on Dell Vostro. I have a problem to use external hard drive. When I plug it, first it works, but in some time it unmount by itself (while reading data or not). While the ...
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Stuck for applying permissions with Ubuntu 18.04

This worked on an Ubuntu 14.04 machine. I just switched to Ubuntu 18.04. This isn't working. It's all updated. I plugged in an external drive. I went and looked at the drive through the gui, if ...
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bootable external hard drive accidental disconnection recovery

My current portable setup consisted of an external hard drive used as a bootable usb disk. I have multiple distros on it and it works well except when the hard drive is accidentally disconnected. ...
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No access to external HD or other USB drives in LibreOffice 6 (Through “Save as”)

I cannot documents on a external drive (HD or USB Flash) in LibreOffice when I try to use the function "Save as". I can however open documents in general from external drives. The following image of ...
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Grub terminal after cloning Ubuntu 16.04 from internal SSD to external HDD

I currently have Ubuntu 16.04 installed on my E580 thinkpad's 240 SSD. I want to clone my installation to an external 1Tb HDD and then replace ubuntu with Windows 10 on the SSD. The reason is that I ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 not mount exFat 2TB even after installing exfat-fuse exfat-utils

I buy a new Seagate Expansion Portable Drive 2TB with exFat format. It work normally on window. But i use Ubuntu 18.04. Tried to mount the HD but failed. Googled and they said just install exfat-fuse ...
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How to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7 on an external harddrive? [duplicate]

That's basically it. Is there something important to pay attention to when installing? I want to dual-boot it by the way.
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Will an external HDD encrypted with 17.10 be accessible with 18.04 after an upgrade?

I'm currently on 17.10 and don't use encryption on my internal drives but have an external USB disk which is encrypted. I use it for backups. Because I am was not sure whether I use ecryptfs or ...
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My external hard disk is not showing

After connecting my 1TB external hard disk the pop sound comes up but nothing shows up in the UI. See screenshot But external HDD shows up in the output of sudo fdisk -l in the last. The output of ...
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Simple Backup External hdd locked

I have ubuntu on my laptop and I want to backup some folders. I use SimpleBackup but I cannot do a backup to an external HDD, the system says that the disk doesn't exist, and when I take a look on the ...
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Seagate 2TB hardisk file transfer is very slow

Recently file transfer to my external-HDD(Seagate) has become pathetic for some reason. Even on new os it preforms the same. Transfer is slower than my internet connection, there should be something ...
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About How to install Ubuntu on portable external Hard Drive?

Thank you @chaskes for your explanation in this question I tried to add this question as comment beneath you answer but I don't have 50 reputation They are 6 questions about your answer Will this ...
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External hard drive keeps powering down

Is it possible to prevent an external hard drive from powering down? I left the drive on over the night for a large download, but when I checked it in the morning, the download failed with the ...
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Issue with full HDD

I "thought " I did everything correctly. I have 2 HDDs Dev/sda sda1 sda2 Dev/sdg sdg1 sdg1 "should" have a folder on it called backup3tb in its root When I look in /mnt/backup3tb I see ...
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I am not able to mount my external hard disk

Recently my laptop which is running on Ubuntu hung while using, so I removed my external hard disk without the "safely remove" option. After that, when I try to mount my external HD it shows 'an ...
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Can I use a formatted external hard drive on Windows? [duplicate]

I want to format a new external hard drive from Ubuntu and was wondering can I later use it on my windows system to transfer files?
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Any way to power on an external HDD without re-plugging it?

I use a 4TB external HDD on daily basis, it's almost always connected to my computer. but whenever I don't need it On, I spin it down using Powe Off This Disk option in the Disks Utility. But there ...
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Lost of data on external HDD [duplicate]

At first excuse my English Askubuntu didn't allow me to upload images so images are on my Reddit post it's long story so try to tell it as complete as I can Correctly I use Kubuntu I have a 4tb wd ...
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External backup hard drives keeps dropping transfer rate by orders of magnitude

Using Ubuntu 16.04 on Dell Inspiron 7570 I have been trying to backup my home to an external USB 3.0 4TB Seagate drive. I bought 3 about a year ago, and only ever opened 1 for use. I have the same ...
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How to install Ubuntu on external hard drive for different computers?

I would like to install Ubuntu (18.04) on my external drive. The point is, I have two computers: one desktop (equipped with nvidia 970) and one laptop (1050Ti). I want to install CUDA in Ubuntu as ...