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Shredding an external HDD

How do I shred the data on an external HDD? I am trying shred "/media/me/New Volume/" but I get failed to open for writing: Is a directory. Why?
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Using a unix filesystem on an external hard drive?

After repeated trouble with my NTFS formatted backup/media hard drive (undeletable files, etc.), I decided to reformat it with a unix file system (ext4 preferred). I do not intend to use it from a ...
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The proper way to turn off an external sata encolsure?

I have an e-sata external enclosure with a port expander and 4 sata disks in it that I use for periodic backups. I have what I think is a sound method for powering it off, but not sure if it is the ...
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Which media to use for backing up data of my laptop? [closed]

I work at home on my laptop installed with Windows 7 & Ubuntu 13.04. I have stopped working on Windows since much time & would continue to work on Linux only. I have all my important data in ...
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What is the minimum size for the medium used to clone a damaged hard drive?

I'm currently in the business of recovering data from a damaged---and dying---hard-drive (check this question for background info). The damaged hard-drive is 250GB, and I intend to use dd or ddrescue ...
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Which 'smartctl -d' option should I use on this hard-disk: 'scsi' or 'ata'? [duplicate]

On the back of How to repair a corrupted HFS+ partition?, I have separate question. I'd like to run smartctl tests on a hard disk, but I'm not sure which option I should use to correctly initialize ...
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Complete system hang on umount and `ls /dev/sd*`

I have a portable hard drive which I mount on /mnt/ext. Normally it works fine. But if I leave it mounted with no activity for sufficiently long, it can cause my system to completely hang. This has ...
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Listing all devices as non-superuser

I'm trying to mount external hard drive. As I know, to mount manually, I should use fdisk -l to determine which device refers to the drive. When I'm doing so without sudo I have next output: ...
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rsync move files, leave directories?

I'm using rsync to copy data between my internal and external hard drives. It's done what I need, but I'm running out of room on my internal hard drive. So, is there any way to get rsync to function ...
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Customize Drive Mount Location

I'm running Crunchbang Linux (a variant of Debian) Whenever I plug in a drive, it gets mounted to /media/username/UUID-or-Name. Is there a way to instead mount it to /media/UUID-or-Name? Crunchbang ...
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User needs dedicated external hard drive mounted to their home folder

One of the users on our Ubuntu server has given us an external hard drive as a means of increasing the amount of storage space for their account. They'd like us to auto-mount this external hard drive ...
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Automount post-unmount script

My intention is to spin-down an external USB drive after 20 minutes of not being used. In the normal case I would use hdparm for this but unfortunately this doesn't work on my external USB drive. It ...
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All USB ports detected as USB 1.0, not USB 2.0

My Ubuntu 13.10 server (Upgraded from 11.10) has always had an issue with mounting USB 2.0 devices. Despite legacy being turned off on the motherboard bios, the output of lsusb -t always shows the ...
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Creating directory on an external hard drive via command line (SSH) on Linux

I have tried many approaches to create a directory on my external hard drive. Here is the details when I do fdisk -l What I get: pi@raspberrypi:~$ sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 3965 MB, ...
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Installing Linux on an external hard drive and multibooting with Windows 7/8

I want to multi boot Linux (Fedora 19) with my two machines which use Windows 7 and 8. The Windows7 is a desktop, and the laptop is a Windows 8 machine. I used my desktop to install Fedora 19 on the ...
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Sudden USB 3 failure — fuse-exfat related?

I have an external hard drive (vfat) which I have had working repeatably with USB 3. I recently plugged another external drive (exfat) into the same port after installing fuse-exfat, and it continued ...
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USB hard drive boot problem

I have a HP Probook 4525s laptop with Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed on it and an external USB Toshiba hard disk(320GB); I've tried to install for several times various linux distros on the USB HD ...
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Permissions in Ext4 Truecrypt Drive

I just used the Truecrypt GUI to encrypt my entire USB hard drive (currently /dev/sdb). I formatted it to ext4. Now, I can mount it in my home directory with the command truecrypt --mount ...
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boot linux from external drive on intel mac

There are plenty of hits on Google for this, but after hours of reading, installing/reinstalling, I've gotten no further. I took my mac apart and replaced the internal drive with the one I'm working ...
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How to stop Western Digital External HDD from Sleeping

I have one Western Digital External HDD(2TB) connected to Redhat Server with the Partition type Ext3. But I noticed that it goes to 'sleep' mode if no one is accessing it. So if I try to access it, ...
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How to get smartd to ignore an HDD?

I have an external HDD which does not report SMART information properly (it gives nonsense results). As such, the smartd daemon (part of smartmontools) keeps giving false alarms on how the device ...
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USB 500GB external drive mounted with undetermined permissions, missing data

Note: This situation is evolving. Please see the output at the end of this question for the current situation. I'm using Linux Mint 14. Recently, I repartitioned one of my hard drives, and I backed ...
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Safest way to run ext4 fsck on external drive

I have an external drive formatted in ext4 that throws this error message when is plugged in EXT4-fs (sdd2): error count: 8 initial error at 1366215273 last error at 1366215527,it generally works just ...
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Seagate external drive freeze problem

I've recently bought a Seagate STBU1000200 1TB external usb hard drive. The first thing I did was to delete the NTFS partition and create an ext4 one with Gparted. Ever since, I'm facing strange ...
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When is it safe to disconnect my external HDD?

In Windows, there's an option to "safely remove hardware". Ignoring the fact that it almost always fails, and that most of the time I simply have to plug the device out, I get the initiative behind ...
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Seagate external hard disk creating problems

I've bought a new hard disk, a Seagate (Backup Plus), but I'm having problems with it. Firstly, it doesn't mounts every time I plug it in. In such cases, I've got to restart the machine to work with ...
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Impossible to mount USB stick

I've just installed Debian Sid on my computer but I cannot mount external USB drives as you can see in the image. Mounting failed Cannot mount "SENZATITOLO" Not authorized What should I ...
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Preventing access blocking while external HDD spins up?

I have an old laptop where I installed Debian along with a samba server which I am using to share read-write access to 4 external hard drives, which I use to stream my media from. All works fine, ...
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Mounting external drive does not work anymore

~$ dmesg | tail [ 479.558062] usb 1-1: SerialNumber: S07F1601A00000090095 [ 479.559231] scsi7 : usb-storage 1-1:1.0 [ 480.557093] scsi 7:0:0:0: Direct-Access Ext Hard Disk PQ: ...
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Home server not mounting external disks

When I plug in a flash drive or hard drive to my local server (running debian squeeze) the machine doesn't seem to be mounting the devices in /media/usb*. Is there an step that I am missing? I trued ...
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External Hard-Drive not visible in /media

I cannot seem to ssh into my external Hard-drive on "/media" it used to show up there, but now it doesn't. I have erased the Disk and verified it (on MAC OSX) and it still does not show. I have ...
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Fixed mount point of external usb hdd

I'm doing a backup script and need to have a fixed mount point for an external usb drive. If it is the first usb connected it will mount in /media/usb0/, however if it is the second, third... it will ...
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How to clone linux installation onto an external harddisk?

I see a lot of dd related questions, but could not find answers to the following. If question/answers already exist, please point to them, then flag to close, delete or merge. Can a working linux ...
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access external hard drive to delete folder on terminal Mac

I want to delete a folder of portable hard drive on terminal in Mac. Are there any command line ?
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Gnome on an external hard drive?

I have a GuruPlug computer with an external HDD mounted. I would like to set up Gnome and try to access it via remote desktop. My first roadblock is installing Gnome. I tried running sudo apt-get ...
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External drive chmod does nothing

Why is it that I can do chmod on my files when they are on my laptops hard drive, but when i make files on my external drive, i can't change their access rights. I do: chmod 755 somefile, and on my ...
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No permission on external drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: can't change file permission On my hard drive everything is fine, but when I go onto my external drive I can't chmod. I get no error message but the changing simply ...
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Can't mount EXT4 hard drive after mounting it in windows

I have a 2TB Western external HDD. Its original filesystem was NTFS but I formatted it to EXT4. I had no problem in Linux; But today after I mounted it using ext2fsd in a windows box, I cant mount it ...
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How Do I use autofs to map a USB drive by its ID?

Goal I have a USB drive -- let's say the drive's ID is /dev/disk/by-id/thediskid I would like to mount the drive -- by ID -- to a folder (let's call it /MOUNT_FOLDER) Question What is the best ...
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smartctl on external hdd inside ide-to-usb enclosure

I have a very old 2.5" IDE drive inside a USB enclosure that gives some buffer I/O error. I tried to use smartctl to see what SMART says about it, but I can't manage to make it work. Being root, if I ...
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Connected external HDD slows down system

I need to connect large external hard disks (with many many files) to a system running Ubuntu. I have no idea how the Linux kernel is treating the inodes for the external drives, but attaching huge ...
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Locate disk in SAS enclosure

I want to blink the failing device in my 24-disk SAS enclosure. I have found sg_ses --index 7 --set=locate /dev/sg24 which is supposed to identify slot 7. But how do I figure out which slot/index ...
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Can you use grub to boot a RW partition file stored on a FAT32 HDD?

This is a bit tricky question. I have a Ubuntu 11.10 installed onto a USB 16GB Flash drive. I used the Ubuntu installer to do this. It runs great! Except the I/O is slow. I also have a 250GB USB ...
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How to give regular users the write privilege to an external drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mount permissions always blocked I'm using a scilinux machine. Whenever I connect an external drive, it is mounted as read only (and the root has full access). What and ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 and large external drives

I have a Hitachi USB external 3 terabyte drive attached to a Dell Precision T1500. When connected to the computer running Ubuntu 11.04 (2.6.38-11-generic #50-Ubuntu SMP Mon Sep 12 21:17:25 UTC 2011 ...
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Loss of disk access on external USB system/boot drive

I'm running ubuntu 10.10 on a Dell D400 laptop. I'm booting and running the system from LVM volumes on a WD Scorpio Blue 2.5" drive mounted in a NexStar3 USB enclosure. For the most part, this works ...
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Install mandriva in USB HDD

I want to install Mandriva 2010.2 in my external USB HDD using the image file. The laptop's cd/dvd drive doesn't work, so I don't have the option of making a Live CD and starting the installation from ...
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Can't access USB HDD

I just bought a WD 1TB Caviar Blue drive, and a Bytecc HD-35SU enclosure for it. Snapped the drive in, went to plug it in on my laptop, nothing happened. I figured that probably meant I needed to ...
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Why is my fstab entry for an external USB drive not working?

I have an external USB drive which my system recognizes as /dev/sdb1. I want to have it automounted with 755 permissions on boot and shared over the network with samba. I created the mount point ...
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Adding efficient storage to a laptop-based system

I've recently asked an as-yet-unanswered related question. My question here is a bit different: I want to know the best way to add storage to a laptop-based system without sacrificing power ...