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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My external HDD not mounting and not being seen

So a few months back I was using my Toshiba 1Tb external HDD and when I was done I unmounted it before taking 'Safely Remove Drive'. Not thirty minutes later when I went to reconnect it, it wouldn't ...
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Extreme Lag when connecting Docking Station with HDD

Currently Using 22.04 I just bought a mini pc using a intel i9 processor. I also jusat bout this dual HHD docking station There is an extreme lag when I am connected to the docking station. Using my ...
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External drive disconnection after a while

The external drive is disconnected after a while. I tested in other machine without any relevant issue. The output of dmesg: [ +0,000172] xhci_hcd 0000:00:14.0: WARN Set TR Deq Ptr cmd failed due to ...
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Mounting an external MyBook drive getting TimeMachine error

I have a old MyBook that I need to get some files off of. I am using VirtualBox and Unbuntu as the Guest on a Windows 11 machine. A few years ago I did the same set up with an older version of ...
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Can only mount external drive with sudo

I have a 2TB external drive with an NTFS partition. If I connect it to my main desktop, it mounts fine in Dolphin - I just click the drive when it appears on the sidebar, and I can see all the files, ...
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After upgrading to Ubuntu 23.10 I am unable to access my Seagate 10TB expansion drive

I upgraded from 23.04 to 23.10 and everything seemed to go smoothly except that I am now unable to mount my seagate 10TB expansion drive. Sometimes it is not even available but unplugging and ...
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Ownership of external drives

I am using Ubuntu 22.04 on a older hp laptop (intel core i7 with AMD Radeon Topaz - but its using the intel graphics as Topaz does not appear to be supported in 22.04) I have two external USB drives ...
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External ubuntu does not boot on one machine

I installed Ubuntu 22.04.03 onto an external m.2. It boots up fine on the machine it was created on and on another machine, but not on a third machine. On the third machine it starts booting, then the ...
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Ubuntu on external drive only boots up on the machine it was created on

I'm trying to create a external m.2 with ubutnu on it. On the external disk I created a new partition table using GPT and 3 partitions: efi partition, fat32, flagged boot and esp swap partition, linux-...
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How do I boot Ubuntu from a partition on an external hard drive after installation?

I have just finished installing Ubuntu to a 50gb partition of a 1Tb external hard drive. I was able to set up everything perfectly fine within Ubuntu and use it without any problems. Now when I enter ...
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repeated errors saving files and folders onto external hard drive. after errors harddrive becomes read only

I am having problems with my external hard drive. It has been going on for weeks. I just turned off my computer. Then I typed mount. The result was /dev/sda1 on /media/michaeo/MY_EXTERNAL_DRIVE Data ...
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Creating a portable Ubuntu system

I have a question here - how to create a portable Ubuntu 23.10 system that I can just install on my 500GB external HDD, and then plug that HDD anywhere and I'm good to go? I searched the web, found ...
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Huge data loss in folder on external HDD after moving files into it

The problem I've had a few PDF/epub files that I wanted to backup on my external drive that holds all my documents and files. I used Ctrl + X to move PDF files from my desktop directory of my home ...
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External HDD with one faulty unreadable folder

I did a mistake, probably unplugging my external usb drive during a write operation. Now, the disk looks like it works fine, except one folder of the disk is shown empty. phil@GLaDOS:/media/phil/...
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Why does system asks for encryption passphrase the INACTIVE user when mounting encrypted external drive?

When I am the only user logged to my laptop (XFCE session), mounting encrypted portable HDD works as expected: I connect HDD to USB port. A window asking for encryption passphrase pops up. I enter ...
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Docker container unable to write to removable drive

I currently am running Ubuntu Jammy and have a docker container that needs to write to two external drives that were automatically mounted to /media/MYUSER/MYDRIVE while both are mounted correctly and ...
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How to mount exFAT drive on Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS?

I'm trying to mount the drive but it just keeps returning this: sophie@sophie-zen:~$ sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/sda2 mount: /mnt/sda2: special device /dev/sda2 does not exist. I have so far installed ...
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hard drive was plugged into a wireless router and now doesn't work

This is the output of fdisk -l: I can't get it to mount or anything.
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external hard drives won't mount

Ubuntu Studio 22.04 stopped mounting 2 of my 3 external hard drives. Using Dolphin file manager. I've uninstalled reinstalled dolphin but still won't mount the hard drives.Somewhat a newbe here. An ...
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External hard disk not found [closed]

I use my external hard disk to be bootable. I just bought a external hard disk. I flashed ubuntu-22.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso to my external hard disk and it worked very well. But when I installed Ubuntu ...
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Create image from unallocated hdd

I want to create file.img from unallocated hdd to another hdd ( backup the hdd ) to rescue my partitions and files in it . When I dd if=/dev/sda of=dev/sdb/file.img It shows dd: failed to open '/dev/...
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External USB Drive Detached - what is causing it? // uas_eh_abort_handler

I have an external HDD (Seagate RSS LLC Backup Plus Slim) on which a program as heavily writing tonight. When I checked this morning, I could see that the "lsblk" does not show the harddrive ...
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No disk tool lists my old 4 TB spinning HDD. I can't get in contact with it

I've tried to connect it via an esata cable and via USB. It's not listed with fdisk -l. How can i mount it? dmesg | tail -n 100 Doesn't list anything about my large disk. I have just installed ...
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(exFAT) Unable to mount or use brand new WD MyBook 14Tb external HDD

I have an issue and I can't seem to have any solution for it. I'm trying to connect a brand new WD MyBook 14Tb to my Ubuntu computer externally. The HDD is recognized and identified but the Exfat ...
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Ownership of External Drive on Ubuntu Server

I am having a lot of trouble with a Western Digital 6TB external drive since I've first used in a year or so ago. To begin with, I was getting into the world of servers and was making use of an old ...
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Advice? External USB harddrive accidentally unplugged (no activity at time). Re-plugged, but `mountpoint`/`findmnt`/`lsblk` disagree if mounted?

[(This really isn't an unbuntu-specific question, but yeah...)] So I just accidentally bumped and and unplugged the cable on an external USB harddrive. There was no activity at the time. It's btrfs (...
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Ubuntu external SSD only boots on computer used to install

I installed Ubuntu 23.04 Desktop with new installer from live USB onto my external SSD. There are only 3 partitions: /boot/efi (FAT) / (Ext4) (another data partition as exFAT used as regular storage) ...
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How to check, if HDD is in sleep mode?

I run a server with Ubuntu 18.04, that has HDDs connected via USB ports and I want to check, whether the HDDs are put into sleep mode. How can this be done on Ubuntu 18.04? Ideally via Terminal, since ...
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Grub accidentally installed on internal hard drive after Ubuntu installation on external hard drive

I installed Ubuntu 22.04 on an external hard drive. it works perfectly fine but I if I unplug the external hard drive grub still shows up(but it's like a terminal). also in the boot menu there are two ...
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Trying to scan my library for the first time in Plex lead me to trying Chng Dir to my external drive

As the title says, I'm now trying to change the directory to external usb drive so I can figure out why I can't get Plex to see the mp4s. Novice Linux user here. I've read and read and it seems that I'...
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Issues cloning an external install of Ubuntu

I have a bit of a weird situation regarding cloning a drive. I work at a university in the visual resource center. For archiving we wanted to have a local installation of a program called Access to ...
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How to use rsync to backup local folders to an external hard drive with hard links for unchanged files

I have two folders in my home directory that I need to backup to an external hard drive. Each folder has some files that should be excluded from the backup, and I have a file named "backup-...
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My External hard drive keeps unmounting on USB 3.0 using exfat

I recently switched to Ubuntu from windows. I'm trying to move files from my external hard drive to my new Ubuntu installation but each time I try to copy over the files a few copy and then the drive ...
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Permission denied when trying to access external harddrive in OpenComic [duplicate]

I have an external usb harddrive, which I usually use on a windows pc. It has NTFS. When I connect it with my ubuntu pc, it works immediately. I can access it in terminal and in nautilus. But when I ...
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How to enable 6Gbps for SATA3?

Though it supports SATA Rev 3.0, still there is no Gen3 listed here? Tried to set the speed using "libata.force=6.0Gbps", but getting error like "ata: failed to parse force parameter &...
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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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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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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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