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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Burn iso to an external hdd partition

I am trying to have multiple USB installers for different OSs, like Debian, Ubuntu, windows, etc. I have an external 2T HDD (Seagate Expansion+) with a single partition in it. What I want to do is ...
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ubuntu 18.04.4 on external hard disk

My computer is a Lenovo ideapad 700 and I've both Windows 10 (already installed with the laptop) and Ubuntu 14 installed as dual-boot with no problem. I'm trying to install Ubuntu 18.04.4 on an ...
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Decrypt external hard drive

How can I decrypt an external (USB) hard drive in Ubuntu 18.04? Unfortunately I can't remember how I encrypted it. I want to remove the encryption because currently I can only access the files on it ...
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Can Nautilus create thumbnails in separate directories for each mount point?

I've got some external and network drives and I have noticed that Nautilus keeps a single directory in ~/.cache/thumbnails which it uses to store thumbnails of these external drives right along with ...
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Blu-Ray drive seems to be recognized as harddrive (/dev/sdb) (drive conntected at SATA -> USB adapter)

I have connected my Blu-Ray disk drive via a SATA -> USB adapter to my notebook. But is not found as optical disk drive by the system. When I type in lsusb it shows: Bus 004 Device 005: ID 152d:...
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Create Ubuntu Live on external HDD in Ext4 Partition

sorry if this is a silly question, I am new to Ubuntu. I have an external HDD, and would like to create Ubuntu Live on a 20GB Ext4 partition of that system. I tried going to Disks, selecting the ...
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Dell XPS - Installing Ubuntu on external drive - Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST)

Hardware: I have a Dell XPS 7590 OS Preinstalled with Windows 10. Looking to install Ubuntu 20.04 on an external USB. Goal: I would like to install Ubuntu 20.04 onto an external SSD drive plugged ...
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Dropbox on external drive - sync afresh every time?

I hope this isn't a silly question for which I'm missing an obvious answer... So: because of the lockdown, my wife and I need to both work on the same desktop (Ubuntu 18.04) and we use dropbox to ...
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Where do I find grub.cfg for dual boot Windows10 and Ubuntu on external drive

I am a novice to Ubuntu, and not very familiar with Linux. I am trying to create an dual boot external drive with Windows10 and Ubuntu (20.04). I was following the instructions provided by Gavin ...
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Unable to format external drive (udisks-error-quark, 0)

I am trying to format my external hard drive which contained some important data and was earlier formatted as exFAT. The external hard drive (Transcend 1TB) was bought 6 months prior and it does not ...
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Can I fix this Hard drive in linux? [closed]

I have a a 2TB Seagate HDD that I use on my Windows PC but it suddenly stopped showing up on any PC at all, not even in disk manager. Can this hard drive be recognized in Linux? Can I fix it in Linux? ...
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Ubuntu 20.04: problem with connection of external HDD to a router

I connected an external Hard Disk Drive via USB port to a "Vodafone Station Revolution" router to share it between two computers. On the first machine that mounts Ubuntu 16.04 the HDD works perfectly: ...
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How to enable exFAT for Ubuntu 20.04

Today I installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 20.04 (GNU/Linux 5.4.0-1008-raspi aarch64) on my Raspberry PI, and I know that exFAT should be supported by the 5.4 kernel, but whenever I try to mount an ...
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Dual boot ubuntu alongside Windows 10 in UEFI mode on HP notebook

My device is HP Laptop 15-dy0xxx. I installed Ubuntu 20.04LTS on a transcend 1TB Hard External harddrive alongside default Windows 10 (in UEFI mode by disabling secure boot in BIOS). After completion,...
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How do I format just part of an external HDD?

I have an external HDD with one NTFS partition. I need to shrink that partition and add one which is formatted as ext4 for use with Dropbox. The format utility built into Ubuntu seems like it can ...
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Installed Mint on external SSD, now Ubunty won't boot without SSD plugged in [duplicate]

So, I installed Mint on an external SSD just because I had it laying around, and I found it entertaining to do so. Now when I boot my laptop without the external Mint SSD plugged in, it goes to GRUB ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 Crashes when it copies from a external disk large data

I hope you can help me. I have been a Linux user several years and now I am working with the last version of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. That's why I make a backup of my files in a external hard disk to copy ...
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Laptop asks to dual-boot from external hard drive that is not even connected

I have a single-boot Ubuntu running on my laptop. My previous laptop had a Windows/Ubuntu dual boot option. I extracted my previous laptop's hard drive, and plugged into my new laptop (with my new ...
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Ubuntu Freezes/Crashes

I have been using Ubuntu 18.04 for a while. It was working smoothly, but today I was working on google chrome and suddenly it stopped responding to wifi even though it was connected. Then I tried ...
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Slow transfer rate with external hard disk drive

I have a Seagate Backup plus 4TB usb3.0 hard drive, initially the transfer rate was around 110mbps, but now it has dropped down to about 30mbps. I have tried changing the cable and ports but the ...
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Boot delay due to missing SCSI removable disk

My Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on an ASUS VivoBook S15 is taking about 30 seconds to boot from the time that Grub2 initiates the Ubuntu boot until the login box appears (dual boot system with Windows but I don't ...
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Permission denied in Makemkv

I'm trying to get plex working on Ubuntu and when I use Makemkv to get the files off my disk, I get the error 'Posix error - Permission denied'. I am trying to put these files on a bigger external ...
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Ubuntu installer not showing USB HDD 1tb

Used Rufus to make bootable Ubuntu (version 19.10) from a 1TB HDD inside a USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure on windows 10. Booted successfully first try (after disabling fast boot) I run the Ubuntu 19....
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My HDD used for backups it doesn't have the “Delete Option” and other options

I have a SSD and an HDD. Yesterday, I was still using the Windows 10 that was installed in the SSD drive, then I decided to migrate to ubuntu, so in the ending of the night, I installed ubuntu(without ...
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Problem installing Ubuntu on external HDD(Boot Menu)

My circumstances are SSD(CT250MX500SSD1)250GB and external HDD(WD My Passport 25E1)1TB. I want to install Ubuntu on my external HDD so that I could dual boot it both on my laptop and desktop. But ...
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Installed ubuntu on external HDD doesn't load

I have Windows 10 and KDE-Neon (ubuntu based distro) on my internal SSD. The installed KDE on my SSD is corrupted and I leaved it there like that. I installed another KDE neon on my external HDD and ...
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Connect and access external hard disk belonging to RAID 1 device

I’m new in the Ubuntu community and I want to ask for help. I used my RAIDSONIC IcyBox IB-NAS4220-B as RAID 1 (mirrored disk) on my windows PCs with two mirrored Hitachi Deskstar P7K500, 7200rpm, ...
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The system can't recognize the disk's space

So, recently i decided to remove ext4 partition from my external hard drive, which i used for Timeshift backups. I successfully removed it from 1tb external drive, but the file manager shows me that ...
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Mounting linux partition from fstab without obstructing boot if device not found

I am mounting usb drive like this from fstab: /dev/sdb9 /mnt/sdb9 -rw but I think there can be a cleaner way to mount so if device is not found the boot should not get halted.
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I cannot open files on my external harddisk that have a grey x on them

I just installed ubuntu on my computer. When I open my external hardrive, I see that some folders and files have a grey "X" at the bottom left. Each time I tried to open the file, I get the following ...
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Error while copying files to external hard drive

I am trying to copy image files to an external hard drive. The file names are like "2020-03-25 09:21:27 624.jpg". I have previously copied a similar data set to the same hard drive in Windows 10. ...
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¿How can I fix my main disk? (problem with Ubuntu 19.04 EFI and Windows 7)

I have been trying to install Ubuntu 19.04 together with Windows from a USB in an Acer Aspire Z3771 with Intel Core i3–2120 CPU @ 3.30 GHz and 6 GB of RAM on an external disk (to avoid problems with ...
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Input/output error with new external hard drive

I need to free up space on my laptop (Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS) and have a brand new Toshiba Canvio Basics 2 TB external harddrive. When plugging it in the first time it got recognized by the system but ...
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Recover data from Encrypted External Hard Drive

So yesterday I was installing a couple of distros in a new computer I got, when I was creating a Live USB through the command line with the DD command and I accidentally chose the incorrect device. (...
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How can web server access external-hdd?

Instead of using a third-party media app like Kodi or Plex, I want to make a simple local website that can be accessed from any device in my network via a browser. I have two external drives with all ...
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USB 3.0 external HDD recognized as 2.0

System: ACER Aspire 5830TG USB 2.0 x3; USB 3.0 x1 $ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 18.10 Release: 18.10 Codename: cosmic $ uname -r ...
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Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS installed on external hard drive, graphical problems and returns to login screen

I have installed Ubuntu 18.04.4 onto an external hard drive and running it through that on my home laptop (A friend has had difficulties with dual booting and I really don't want to cause any screw up ...
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Ubuntu Live USB saving/editing files on an External HDD

I'm using ubuntu-19.10-desktop-amd64 live USB to do some work on some files which are on an external USB HDD(not the same as the live image). The problem that I have come across is the the changes ...
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Small internal drive, need far more space in /tmp, shall I put it on external drive or internal one?

I have a small internal SDD drive with Ubuntu and I often run-out of /tmp space. I am going to add another, large HDD. It is critical for me that /tmp is as fast as possible not to impact performance ...
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I can't access my encrypted external hard drive

I can't access my external hard drive that I encrypted when installing Linux. I thought this was a Linux newbie friendly way of handling business, didn't think too much about it. Now I can't access ...
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Other users cannot accesss External Drive

I am running Ubuntu on a laptop, version 18.04.4 LTS. I connected an external drive to the computer and the user that is logged in when I connect the drive is able to access the drive. When other ...
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External drive is not detected in Ubuntu live mode

I need to resize the root partition with Ubuntu 18.04 installed in order to increase the swap space. I wanted to follow instructions in this post, and make a backup on my external disk/usb stick. ...
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WD My Passport not showing up on fdisk (and gnome-disks) after incorrect ejection

My new WD My Passport 2TB external hard drive was not mounting by itself on Ubuntu 14.04 or on MacOS. But used to get recognised on CENTOS. So to fix this issue on Ubuntu 14.04, I followed the ...
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Can't import audio files into audacity from mounted drives

I've recently started experimenting with dual-booting Ubuntu 18.04 on my Windows 10 machine in hopes of eventually building a full linux rig down the line. I work on a lot of sound projects, so having ...
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Installing Ubuntu on external 1TB HDD alongside windows 10 on SSD

My PC is HP Laptop 15-dy0xxx with Intel core-i5, 1.60GHz CPU, 12GB RAM and only 238GB SSD (no HDD) and recently took a transcend 1TB External HDD. It has been installed windows 10 by default. Now I ...
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Boot ubuntu from external hdd

I have installed Ubuntu on my external HDD. but my HDD not appear in menu boot. Please help me fix this problem. Tks
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Moving data from an external hard drive to a specific Ubuntu user

I need to move data from a MacOS Journaled (extended) Hard drive to an Ubuntu device, and a specific User's desktop within that Ubuntu device (I have admin on this computer, but I do not have the user'...
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Unable to format or wipe an external HDD

A friend asked me to wipe/format a 2TB external HDD. It just doesn't work. With lsblk -l I can see the disk which is formatted in NTFS and mounted as /dev/sdg1. I tried mkfs.fat /dev/sdg1, resulting ...
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ntfsfix not stopping

I have trouble mounting my HDD, so after seeing some threads I came to know that it can be fixed using ntfsfix /dev/sdb1. I ran it and the output is as follows Mounting volume... OK Processing of $...
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Cannot move /home to external drive

I am running into an issue moving my /home folder from my SSD to an external HDD. I have a dual boot of linux and windows on the SSD and I am running out of space, so I want to move the /home ...

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