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External hard drive not recognized on USB 2.0 port

I bought a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk (2 TB) external drive two years ago and used the drive with Ubuntu and Windows (dual boot workstation). I made a backup of the drive last week using another ...
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Is it possible to install a program onto an external drive?

I run Ubuntu 14.04 on a Toshiba chromebook using crouton. The drive my OS is installed on is small, with only 3.6 GB of free space. I'd like to install sage on my system but sage requires 6 GB of free ...
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install linux in external harddisk

I have a question that, if I install Linux on an external HardDisk, then how do it get booted ? Will it show a Linux option at the start time ? Will it only boot on the PC through which I have ...
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Is it possible to make Linux save changes made to external harddisk imediately they are made?

I have recently installed Linux Mint on an old laptop. I wasn't a Linux user before. Using MS Windows, I have developed a bad habit of unplugging the external hard drive without ever safely removing ...
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Gnome suggests me to open external HDDs with Anjuta

When I attach an external HDD, GNOME suggests opening it with Anjuta: How can I make it open with Nautilus instead?
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Can't write on recently created EXT4 partition

On a new external hard drive (Intenso 05-1204-18A), I made (with GParted) two partitions : Disk /dev/sdc: 931.5 GiB, 1000204883968 bytes, 1953525164 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes ...
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External HDD unable to detect

External 1TB HDD having problem, when I connect it with my Linux System the system just hangs for few minutes with below output: [root@spirit sh]# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, ...
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HDD Won't connect / system won't read it. Not sure what dmesg output means`

I have a hdd that I pulled from an old windows laptop, I don't think there's any information on it that I want to keep. I was going to format it to ext4 or something. Yesterday when I connected and ...
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access to USB drive broken after changing uid

Since changing my uid I no longer have the permissions to see a USB hardrive/stick that is automatically mounted at /media/USERNAME. Nautilus gives the message Unable to open a folder for ...
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Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt raid with CentOS 6.5

We have ourselves a rather expensive Mac Pegasus R6 external thunderbolt raid and a CentOS box that we would love to use it. On a Mac it's plug and play, however on our CentOS box it's not recognized ...
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Drive cannot be mounted automatically, but manual mount is successful

I have an external hard disk that all of a sudden gives an error when Linux Mint attempts to auto mount the thing when it is plugged in. For some reason I see two "External Drive" (the drive's name) ...
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Is btrfs suitable as backup filesystem?

Right now I have a pretty traditional backup filesystem structure on top of ext4. Every time a backup is made, a new folder backup-DATE is created to which files are rsync'ed (with hardlinks made ...
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Making External Hard Drive OS Portable

What I'm trying to Accomplish: I would like to install Arch linux on an encrypted (lvm on luks) external USB hard drive and have it boot and run with the widest array of machines possible and before I ...
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Create symlinks on an external storage device that can work on any Linux machines?

An external storage device can be connected to different Linux or Unix machines, and I guess its mounting point may be different? If yes, will symlinks that are stored on the device and link to files ...
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Debugging an external HDD

I'm using an external HDD which is my old laptop's HD with 2.5 SATA enclosure. I tried to delete a partition in Windows and stopped it unknowingly. When I reinsert it, my OS including Ubuntu freezes ...
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Recover data from HDD

This Monday I wanted to make a boot-able USB-Stick with a Knoppix .iso on Linux. I used the "dd" command to do this. Situation: 1. Laptop with Linux Mint on it 2. HDD mounted to System (.iso File ...
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Formatting LUKS encrypted disk

How do I format LUKS encrypted disk if I don't know the passphrase? I recently switched my HDD for a new SSD disk in my laptop and now when I connect the old HDD externally I can't mount disk event ...
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why are /media and /home /mnt/home so large?

I am trying to get hplip-3.14.10 on a desktop. I found out that the setup returns a make command failed with status code 2 which is caused by insufficient disk space. I used disk usage analyzer to ...
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What accommodations must be made to boot an external HDD on multiple computers?

Is there a way to create a bootable external hard drive (like a persistent USB) that can be booted to multiple computers? I have built plenty of live USBs where this wasn't a problem, but when I ...
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How to I check or recover a hard disk drive that will not mount

I have a one Terabyte hard disk drive (USB3) that suddenly will not mount. My local computer expert (Windows only) had a look at it with his software and said that it is not a hardware problem. What ...
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External Hard disk Input/Output error

One of WD external harddrives is not working when I try to access some folder. I am able to access the rest of the folders on the disk. I am getting Input/Output error as show in the attached Image. ...
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How do I temporarily extract a flash drive or HDD in Linux?

Suppose I mounted a disk in this way: mount /dev/sdb /mnt/tmp I have some files opened on this filesystem and don't want to unmount it. However I want to temporarily extract the device, then ...
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Journal commit I/O error for Seagate Expansion external USB hard drive

I am using Debian 7.6 (amd64) and for some reason when I am trying to read or write to my Seagate Expansion 1TB external USB drive, I am getting input/output errors ... Here is what the output of ...
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USB HDD not working on linux

I have a WD My Passport 1 TB external hard drive which is giving me some problems on different linux machines: When I plug it in, nothing happens Gparted when detecting connected devices says "Error ...
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How to give more power to a USB device (error -110)?

I’m trying to mount an external hard drive (2.5", USB, no separate power supply) on Debian 7, but it gives me (in dmesg as well as when trying to boot with the device connected) errors like: ...
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automatic disconnection of RAID array

A RAID array connected to my system (Debian 7) via USB frequently disconnects itself for no apparent reason. Upon initial connection to the system, the device is detected, and the array can be ...
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can I use 2 mount points for 2 partitions from external HDD?

I have a 2 TB external HDD which I connect to the Ubuntu 8.10 system. However, after connecting the external HDD, I created just a single partition and because of that I could use only 750 GB out of ...
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why 2TB external HDD is recognized as 800 GB only in Ubuntu 8.10

I had a 2 TB external HDD which I formatted as below. fdisk /dev/sdb After issuing the above command, I did the following steps. Then selected option p. (To print the partition table). Then ...
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External disk - how to ensure readable by all without needing root perms?

I have an external HDD. It's portable, so I plug it in all over the place. Needless to say, these different places have different passwd files and uids. The files are mine and I need to access them ...
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Move Data from Partition to Partition on Same Drive

Moving data from one drive to another is slow. Copying data on a drive to it's self is slow. Moving data from one drive to it's self is fast. If I'm moving data on the SAME drive but a different ...
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External hard drive permissions - ext4

I have an external USB 3 disk drive (2TB capacity) that is most likely going to be moved from machine to machine. The disk has a GUID partition table and an ext4 partition. I am unable to write to the ...
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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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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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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 ...