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Eject USB drives / eject command

I know that the eject command can be used to eject almost any hardware component attached, but can it be used to eject USB drives? Is it possible to eject USB drives and external HDD's with the eject ...
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Is my USB hard disk dead?

My USB hard disk started to make some beep type of sound and then stopped working. I have to replug the hard disk to make it work again. After some time same sound is heard and again it stops ...
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Stuck at “Attached SCSI removable disk” trying to install Linux Mint

I bought a new laptop the other day, and now i'm trying to dual boot Linux Mint with Windows 7, which is already installed. I initially used UNetBootin to put the .iso onto a USB. Rebooted with the ...
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How to restore a Fat32 filesystem under Linux

Here is what happened: I used the Laptop and accessed some data on my usb stick. Then I closed the Laptop putting the system into sleep mode. The USB-Stick was still plugged in. After the laptop was ...
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Cheap thin client setup with Puppy linux?

Looking through the Puppylinux pages today, I wondered if it could be used to setup a low-cost thin client, that booted from a USB flashdrive or something. Considering these points: Low speed CPU ...
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Pen Drive Not detected in Linux

I inserted a new pendrive. The following is the dmesg output: [127321.248105] usb 2-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 9 [127321.380898] scsi11 : usb-storage 2-2:1.0 ...
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How to salvage an unreadable usb flash drive

I have a 16GB USB flash drive that somehow got corrupted to the point in which even fdisk -l can't find it (I get a one-line error message saying: "Unable to open /dev/sdc") However, it is being ...
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Deleting viruses from USB

When I use my USB drive on Windows computers, then return to my Linux computer, I find many extra files are added to the drive, often exe files and various folders. Is it sufficient to delete the ...
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Volume manager tries to mount device while reformatting in gparted

When reformatting a USB drive with gparted, my volume manager attempts to mount the device. This results in some error messages telling me the device could not be mounted. The only way I know to turn ...
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slitaz cooking grub2 loopback

I'm trying to get slitaz cooking ISO to boot using a grub2 loopback on a multiboot USB; # /boot/grub/grub.cfg insmod font if loadfont /boot/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then insmod efi_gop insmod ...
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Automatically update MPD database upon external storage insertion

I have an Alix board in my living room running Voyage MPD edition and acting as jukebox. In order to play "guest" music, I would like that MPD automatically updates its database with the content of ...
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Unable to mount usb drive, but computer sees that it's there.. PNY (MIPS Lemote)

The computer being used is a Lemote Yeeloong, and the OS is currently Debian Wheezy (mipsel) with no X windows system. So the computer can only be operated with unix commands right now (until I ...
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GRUB on MBR of Windows-only internal drive, with distros on external drive

I think what I want to do is long and convoluted; then again, it might be somewhat easy, and I'm just overthinking it. Here's the setup I want to achieve: The internal drive (sda) is one giant ...
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# of reads/writes for LVM vs. “regular” partitioning?

I am going to be installing linux to a USB flash drive (an actual install, not a "live usb"). I need it to be completely portable, so I can't realistically have the high-access partitions (swap, var, ...
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pendrive distro

Which distro should I install on my 8GB pendrive? I need it to have powerfull repos (everything, music editing is crushial) and should be lightweighting not losing on functionality. Any propositions? ...
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Install Chromium OS without USB Disk

You seem to need a 4GB USB disk or flash drive to install Chromium OS onto before you can install it to your hard drive. Is there a way to install Chromium OS onto your hard drive without a handy 4GB ...
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How to install CentOS 6 via USB mass storage device?

I want to install CentOS 6.2 on a laptop (Thinkpad R40) which comes without CD/DVD-drive but with USB 2.0 ports. It seems that CentOS does not provide ready-to-use dd-able USB images for ...
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Is it possible to create a bootable usb from a partition?

Is it possible? How hard would it be to do so?
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Mounting USB drive that is not recognized

Using Arch Linux / XFCE, I frequently have problems with USB drives that are not properly mounted. Sometimes they automatically show up in Thunar and I can mount them with one click. However, at other ...
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Build a “live USB stick” image without actually using a stick

We're trying to build a customized installation stick for putting linux on our embedded product. We're wanting to build it from scratch every time -- that is, pull RPMs out of a (local) repository. ...
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Automount external storage as user readable and writable in Debian XFCE?

I have Debian Wheezy installed with the latest XFCE desktop environment. In the XFCE settings, I specified that external media be automounted upon insertion. However, when I plug in my USB stick, it ...
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How do you format a USB stick after it is being labled “unrecognised” by Ubuntu?

I have a memory stick which I had cleaned of old data fragments. The memory stick was mounted on /dev/sdc1 so I did: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc1 bs=1M After the task was complete, my usb memory ...
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Slow performance when copying files to and from USB devices

When I copy files to and from USB devices (camera, HDD, memory card) my system becomes very slow. For example if I want to close a window I move the mouse but it takes about 2 seconds or more before ...
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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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Files copied to flashdrive only on unmount

I use Debian wheezy with KDE4. Most of the time when I copy something to a flashdrive, the write does not actually take place until I unmount. This even happens with relatively large amounts of data ...
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Lost files copied to a USB ZIP drive on Ubuntu

I have a problem regarding copying of files using Ubuntu's copy feature. The problems goes on like this: I copy a specific folder to my ZIP drive by creating a new folder each day (Backup). Now copy ...
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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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How to repartition pendrive again?

My 8GB pendrive originally contained only a FAT partition, but I tried to install OpenSUSE 11.4 on it. I created a 200MB partition for /boot and the rest was for the root partition. Despite the ...
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How to completely rebuild boot partition with grub as well?

openSUSE 11.4, I have boot partition on pendrive. The problem is when I boot computer, grub immediately shows error "file not found" (I have no clue which file) and switches to "rescue mode". I can ...
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How to mount a USB drive

I have a USB drive that used to mount with another computer, but won't appear when it should with another. I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 and the drive should appear under "Places". Here's the output of ...
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Pluggin a bunch of USB hard drives into a Linux system?

I've got a Linux system with two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, and I would like to know how many USB hard drives I could plug into it. On the performance side, what would the I/O access be like ...
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How do I access a digital camera drive via usb after safely removing it?

In Ubuntu 11.04, I unwisely right clicked and "safely unmounted the drive" of my Sony HDR-XR150 connected via USB. Now, when I plug my digital camera into my computer via USB, Ubuntu either doesn't ...
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How should I install Fedora or any other Linux in USB hard disk and configure booting?

I want to install Fedora or any other Linux in USB hard disk. I have Windows XP installed in internal HDD. When USB HDD is attached to my PC, it should ask me to boot from Win XP or Linux. ...
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(audio) Files transferred to Motorola Milestone does not stay there

I'm using gpodder to manage podcast on Ubuntu machine (thinkpad laptop). When I transfer files to the phone I see the files on the phone sd card via ubuntu file manager, however, when I disconnect the ...
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OpenWRT mount/boot ethernet HDD

I'm thinking about buying a cheap router and setting up OpenWRT with apache and ftp on it. My idea is to buy an ethernet enclosure & a HDD and hook it up to OpenWRT to replace flash root ...
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How do I remove a Read-only file system from a usb drive

During an ill-fated attempt to get tinycore linux to boot from a USB drive I managed to create a bunch of files that I now cannot remove. fortino@rebel:/media/working/boot/isolinux$ rm *.* rm: ...
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I am failing to delete a partition on a USB drive/stick

I got a partition that is probably created by dd, and is about 200MB on a 4GB USB stick. I am failing to delete it using GParted (the option is greyed on the right-click menu).
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USB storage devices aren't automatically mounted when inserted on a fresh install of Debian 6.0

I installed Debian 6.0 (squeeze) a few days ago on my machine. I installed the default GNOME desktop, standard settings. Unfortunately, I just noticed that when I plug in USB storage devices (external ...
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How to reconnect a logically disconnected USB device?

It is possible for a USB storage device to become logically disconnected: the device is still plugged in, but is invisible from the operating system (e.g. it's not listed under /proc/bus/usb). Maybe ...
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How to re-mount a USB stick after unmounting from Nautilus without disconnecting it?

I find that in order to re-mount a USB stick, I have to physically disconnect it, and then re-connect it. How can I do this without such tiring physical action?
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Installing opensuse through an USB

Can anyone explain BRIEFLY as to how to install OpenSUSE through an USB?. I searched in lot of forums, but i couldn't find anything helpful. Moreover, there was something written about installing it ...
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Formatting external drive in CentOS previously used on OS X

I have a USB key they I want to use on a CentOS box. The USB key was previously used on OS X so I want to erase it to make it writable by CentOS. Can someone help me with the commands I need to run? ...
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`power/persist` file not found in USB device sysfs directory

The file /usr/share/doc/linux-doc/usb/persist.txt.gz mentions that the USB-persist capability can be enabled for a given USB device by writing 1 to the file persist in that device's directory in ...
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How to avoid powering down certain USB devices when a machine is suspended

I'd like to maintain power supply to a USB-powered drive when the system goes into suspend (AKA S3 or "suspend-to-RAM") mode. Normally the power is cut while the machine is suspended, which causes it ...
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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 ...
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power management of USB-enclosed hard drives [closed]

With a typical USB hard drive enclosure, is the full range of drive power management functionality available? edit: moved this into a separate question: In what may be an unrelated matter: is it ...