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Wipe files from an external hard drive but not empty space

I'm using the following command to wipe an external drive. sudo shred -v -z -n 1 /dev/sdb Is it possible to wipe an external drive of the files and not empty space? So it would overwrite where ...
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Sharing a harddisk partition with a linux VM on virtualbox [closed]

Let me just paint the picture so you can all understand. My host OS is Windows 10. I have virtualbox installed on my windows OS, and in virtualbox I have an kali distro running. This distro and its ...
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Linux multiple errors on boot

I have an external HDD which has two operating systems on it, Ubuntu and Kali. My hard drive has a 10 GB /boot ext4 partition at the beginning. Then I have a 100 GB Ubuntu partiton, which works ...
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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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Unmounting external drive takes tremendously long

This morning I copied around 200GB of data to a quite old USB2.0 1TB external drive. The copying took around 2 or 3 hours. Afterwards I unmounted & the unmounting is still going on (after more ...
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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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Keep getting error while trying to mount external HDD with LVM2 format, using Knoppix from live USB, please help

I am computer savvy, but fairly new to Linux, so forgive me if not technical enough. I have a 3TB external HDD, a Seagate, and it used to be a NAS, but the Ethernet portion failed, so I have plugged ...
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Linux Mint installation dual boot windows 8. Where to install bootloader?

Please read before marking as duplicate I would like to install Linux mint from a bootable USB either on my hard drive in dualboot with Windows or on an external HD (which would be the preferred ...
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why my mobile HDD can not mount on the opensuse 42.1?

I want to mount my usb mobile HDD(mobile hard disk drive) to /mnt. I tried the following command sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usbhd1 but I get the error message: Failed to open index ...
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Why is dd reading from and writing to the same disk?

I've been using dd in Linux to overwrite an external USB hard drive. When I use the default block size of 512 bytes, with this command: # dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb throughout the whole ...
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Refind only boots OSX off of Recovery HD

(Apple Partition) - First time Linux User/ First Download (My external) Linux Mint 17.2 Okay, I used a Live USB to download Linux to an external hard drive. On that hard drive is a back up - ...
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Prevent USB hard drive enclosure from powering off after inactivity

I have successfully used 'hdparm' to disable APM (Advanced Power Management) on external USB hard drives. Now I've come across a USB hard drive enclosure that itself turns the installed hard drive ...
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Connection problem with usb3 external storage on linux (UAS driver problem)

On Ubuntu 15.10, when i want to format into NTFS file format an external 4TO disk connected by USB3 (on a Starteck USB/ESata HDD dock), i have a lot of I/O Error, and format fail... I try GParted v ...
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Place tripwire's config files, keys and database on ext. media?

(Originally posted on SE's SuperUser. Wrong platform and I removed post from SU.) I configured Tripwire(TM) 2.4.2.2.2 on a Lx box (Ubuntu trusty), using default folder and file locations. I relied on ...
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Does the (GPT) partition table location change when moving from USB3 to SATA?

I have just opened an external USB 3.0 hard disk enclosure and mounted the disk instead internally in a PC via SATA. Now, the Linux system stops finding the GPT which was certainly there. Since ...
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Need help retrieving FAT32 partition from an unallocated portion of an external HD

I was going to create a liveusb out of my external HD, as indicated in the archwiki, using the dd command, except I didn't know what the result of the command would be. I then realized that it ...
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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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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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Python script works from terminal, but fails in scheduler, to write to external drive

I am trying to use a Python script to read/write from an external disk in linux, which works fine. The problem comes when I use a job scheduler to execute the Python program. I am running all this on ...
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Is it possible to make Linux immediately save changes made to external harddisk files?

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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Always get Error: Operation not supported for: find /Path/ -type f -exec chmod 755 {} \;

I want to change the access permissions for MP3 files on an external 2,5" HDD on my Raspberry Pi on which I run an actual version of Raspian. To do so I tried to use the following command: find ...
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fsck and checking external drives on reboot also

I know about shutdown -rF now that will check the drive on reboot but how can I also have it check all external drives also on reboot?
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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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Installing GRUB2 on an external HDD without a live CD

I have cloned my HDD to an external HDD and now I need to install GRUB to make the external HDD bootable. The external HDD is meant as a mirror backup for my current HDD (I mean that once the ...
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Mounting ExFAT on Linux

I've been trying to set up my Raspberry Pi B+ as a HTPC that also shares a USB HDD over Samba and AFP. The latter is working just fine, and the Samba share seemed to be working too for a moment. ...
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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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Seagate external drive freeze problem [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Preventing access blocking while external HDD spins up? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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. ...