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How to guarantee writes are physically committed before reported completed?

When my system boots, as it probes the external, USB-attached hard drive, I get the message Assuming drive cache: write through in the dmesg output, tagged with the device name of the external drive. ...
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USB mount doesn't work on Centos 6.4

I have a problem. After an update, my USB drives are not mounted automatically and I'm unable to mount them manually... The output of my fdisk -l command is: Disk /dev/sdb: 15.8 GB, 15762194432 ...
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Grub2, boot into existing OS option?

I've got Grub2 installed on a USB stick, and I want to add an entry to the grub.cfg that will boot in to another bootloader e.g. grub on the main harddrive. Like how the Windows 7 install disk will ...
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USB copy hangs for a while when reach the 100%

When I copy files of a considerable size (for example right now one of 689MB) to a USB stick, the copy hangs at 100% for 5 min or more. I have tried both Nautilus and rsync --progress. With the ...
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Is there a robust way to cache contents of usb on local hd?

I'd like to switch between working on a laptop with a debian vm and a desktop pc running debian while carrying all my work files in a usb. Is there a robust way to automatically start caching the ...
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External drive not being recognized

I am currently running elementary OS (a Linux OS based on Ubuntu so everything in Ubuntu works in it) - dual booting it with Windows 8. I have a 3TB external hard drive (USB 3.0) that does not seem ...
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Do USB emulators exist for Linux?

I'm looking for software that lets me have many virtual USB drives on my Ubuntu installation. I want them to be seen by virtual machines in VirtualBox so I can do backup operations. I need the drives ...
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Why is my unmounted USB disk still seen by `fdisk`?

I've mounted my USB disk to /mnt/kingston/ dir, and umounted it from there by typing in umount /mnt/kingston/. But I can still see my USB disk after issuing the fdisk -l command. Why? If I type ...
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CentOS doesn't see USB device

I'm running CentOS 6.3 inside of VirtualBox and am having trouble seeing my USB 2.0 thumb drive. In VirtualBox I go to Devices, USB drives and can capture my connected thumb drive. I've created a ...
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How to format USB drive in Linux Mint 14 with GUI? [duplicate]

I'm new to Linux Mint and I've just installed Linux Mint 14. Now I need to format my USB drive, but I'm not getting any option to do that. Please suggest me anyone, how can I do that with a GUI?
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USB key not responding when inserted

I just attempted to create a USB key for Chrome OS. I followed the instructions found here. This is what I did: 1- Downloaded a .zip version of the build. 2- Extracted the .zip file which gave me a ...
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How to auto-sync with a plugged-in USB mass storage device?

I have (at the moment) three mobile USB mass storage devices (flash drive, phone, e-reader). I'd like to always have the latest versions of all my files with me (such as CV, passport, research papers, ...
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Installing from mounted iso located on USB-HDD

I formatted my ~200GB HDD with RMPrepUSB to FAT32 and with syslinux bootloader. Used XBoot to "Create USB" with debian-6.0.6-amd64-netinst.iso inside. In linux.cfg it shows up as: ### MENU START ...
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Fedora 18 safe remove usb drive

How can I safe remove a usb drive from the Gnome 3.6.2 GUI? This feature used to be available in the past (up to 16, I haven't used 17) from the Desktop and Computer tab in nautilus. The eject arrow ...
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USB3 Hard Drive Not Recognised by Linux

My external USB 3 hard drive is behaving very strangely: If I plug it into a USB 2 port, it works fine If I plug it into a USB 3 port, it doesn't work at all. It's not even mentioned in ...
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Mount a USB disk in Linux which was not properly unmounted in Windows

I would like to know if there is a software solution in Linux for the following situation: Connect a USB disk to a Windows host (could be XP, Vista,7 , etc). Copy a big file to the USB disk. ...
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Permission rights on automatic directories inside /media

I got a permission denied when I am trying to cd inside a directory. I could chown it for my user, however I'm wondering if the problem is elsewhere: The directory in question is an automatic ...
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Directly convert Archbang live on a USB drive to one such with persistent file-system

I have installed Archbang 2012.12.03 from ISO image on my USB drive, now I have a USB drive with a live Linux installed on it but at end of every session and rebooting system I faced with a fresh ...
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Running Linux from pendrive on Windows natively

I am trying to find a program that allows me to run some linux distribution directly from pendrive, in windows, without the need to access the bios or to have administrator permissions. I need ...
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How to bypass WD MyBook Essential external HDD hardware lock?

I have a Western Digital Mybook Essential external HDD 2TB which is password locked. Well with my old OS it showed me that is unlocked, but as I changed the OS it's showing that is locked, I've ...
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Debian install fails on USB-HDD

After my internal HDD broke in my laptop, I've tried to install Debian 6.0.6 on my external HDD. Please note that everything runs great when installing Ubuntu, but for some reason while the Grub stage ...
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GET flash memory type: SLC or MLC

Just for my knowledge, I would like to know whether the type of flash memory used in my pendrive is SLC or MLC. Is there a way to find it out? I googled but found nothing.
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Linux on Hard Drive Partition, Bootloader on USB Flash Drive

How can I use a USB flash drive to boot Linux from a partition on (another) hard drive? I'm trying to install Linux on an encrypted partition on the hard drive (using LVM on LUKS). Since /boot must ...
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How to fix hard-disk error connected by usb? [duplicate]

My system is Linux 64bit, my hard-disk is a 1TB WD HD, connected to my computer by USB3.0. I found some files cannot be copied, they are video files, and it seems I can play the video. I ran e2fsck ...
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How to setup a conservative sync/journaling method for Flash/USB drives?

I regularly have the problem that my Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) writes some files to an USB drive that are afterwards missing or broken in Windows. Windows often also tells me that it found problems with ...
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After install Centos 6.3 from USB, it doesn't boot

I installed CentOS on my machine from my USB. I did a minimal CentOS USB drive with UNetbootin. After I install the CentOS, when i try to reboot, it does not starts. I have only the cursor blinking on ...
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Making USB drives readonly on an specific USB port or for an user account

I have a Multiseat machine and the second seat has USB access from a signle port by HUB (a Keyboard and a mouse are connected to it). I need make all storages drives that is connected to to this HUB ...
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How to umount a USB drive?

I want to know how to umount my USB drive via command line. I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32-bit.
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Problems copying large files to USB drive

I've got some issues when copying larger files to my USB drive. First of all, my system stopped recognizing my USB drives automatically. I now have to run modprobe usb-storage in order for my USB ...
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Prevent lots of writes on Ubuntu Server running from flash drive

I would like to have a setting, where Ubuntu Server is installed and booting from a flash drive (SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8GB), with two HDDs running in RAID1 and 4 drives running with RAID0 (only 1 drive ...
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How do I install openSUSE 12.1 from an external hard disk?

For some reason, my laptop (HP ProBook 5320m) refuses to boot when I install the ISO images for openSUSE 12.1 on an USB stick (the stick starts to blink and then the internal fan goes into overdrive ...
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can't change file permission

Whenever I create or copy few shell files to usb storage device, then I am not able to make them executable. If I create test.sh, it's default file permission will be 644, but when I execute ...
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USB external drive not working

I have an external usb drive that is not working properly: Jun 13 10:36:38 sleipneir kernel: [ 1022.548241] usb 1-3.1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 28 Jun 13 10:36:38 ...
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slitaz 4.0 grub2 loopback concatenate multiple initrd images

I'm trying to get slitaz 4.0 ISO to boot using a grub2 loopback on a multiboot USB; insmod font if loadfont /boot/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then insmod gfxterm # insmod efi_gop # insmod efi_uga ...
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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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My VirtualBox Virtual Machine doesn't detect my USB attached disk

I'm using the latest version of both Virtual Box (4.1) and CentOS (6.2). I would like my Western Digital USB drive to be recognized by my VirtualBox guest operating system. My host system, Windows ...
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How do I boot from a liveusb using qemu-kvm?

I am trying to get qemu-kvm to boot from my live usb stick. Is this possible?
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Why does my thumb drive go into read-only mode after a while?

My thumb drive auto-mounts as read-write, and I test it by writing a file. Then 18 hours later, I run a cron job that does cp -f -u $i "$TARG"/$i and I get the message, cp: cannot remove ...
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IPCop v2.0.3 Install via USB

I have a SFF (Small Form Factor) PC that I am attempting to install IPCop v2.0.3 onto for use as a firewall in my home network. As it is SFF (Mini-ITX) it did not come with a disk drive and I do not ...
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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 ...