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External Hard drive will only boot on one computer

I have an external drive with Linux Mint 18 on it. It boots to my desktop, which is where I used the live CD to install the OS onto the external drive. However, when I try to boot this external drive ...
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Trying to mount and recover data from a DVD/recorder HDD

I have a old DVD/HDD recorder (Panasonic DMR-EH58) with RCA inputs & outputs etc. I want to recover all the recordings off its HDD. The HDD is a 2008 ATA/IDE 7200RPM Hitachi deskstar Model no:...
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USB Mass Storage device detected but no /dev/sdX?

I have a HDD that want to mount using a USB+power cable. When connecting, I see the message: usb 1-2: New USB device found, idVendor=1f75, idProduct=0621, bcdDevice= 0.36 usb 1-2: New USB device ...
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Command line equivalent to "Safely remove drive"?

The file managers present in Linux Mint Cinnamon and MATE not only allow you to unmount external drives, but give you the option to "Safely remove" the drives as well, something not present in every ...
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Files size changed after copying them between external hard drives

I just copied ~120G worth of data from one hard drive to another one (I have both mounted at the same time while copying the files). But what caught my attention was that some files are taking more ...
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Is it possible to control the fan of a USB connected HDD enclosure?

I've got a USB enclosure for five 3.5" drives, but not only is the fan very loud, it also cools idle drives down to under 30°C, which according to data floating around the Internet increases ...
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Umount + hdparm setting for an external hd

How can I obtain that in umount state but connected to usb port my external hd don't work to preserve it? It's possible to re-mount it any time? I would like to keep it on for just an hour a day to do ...
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Turn off power saving mode on Seagate Expansion Drive with sdparm

I'm trying to see if there's a possibility to disable the power saving on my external Seagate Expansion Drive that is connected through USB to my NUC running Ubuntu Server. I had problems using hdparm ...
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Can't mount EXT4 hard drive after mounting it in Windows

I have a 2TB Western Digital external hard disk. 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 ...
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Ubuntu folder not showing in external hard drive

I backed up 2 folders (containing .py files) from my Ubuntu 20 OS to the external hard drive. While trying to see the files on the external hard drive from Windows 10, I can't find those. Please ...
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Power Outage Has Subtly Corrupted External Hard Disk

Added a 3rd Addendum to respond to the question/comment of Archemar. Added a 2nd Addendum to give a more complete response to the question/comment of sina bala. I use a USB cable and an external ...
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Is it possible to write on a mounted hard-drive that has Apple HFS/HFS+ file system

Running the latest Tails I have attached my hard-drive that got automatically mounted. However it seems only to be read-only. Is there a way to mount it in read/write ? Or is this not possible since ...
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It is possible to do a SMART report to an external USB HDD?

I have has installed Ubuntu/Debian too many times on it (five times), but for inexplicable reasons, it just stopped working and corrupt the files in it without intervention. I don't know if it is an ...
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Recovering "invisible" files from external HDD

My external HDD (WD Elements) just went into a strange state and I am asking this question to see if anyone can make sense of this. I was running a long job overnight which reads some large files from ...
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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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500gb external hard drive listed with 512b only

Has anyone experienced this problem? I have a 500GB Seagate external hard drive that recently had some problems. Due to these problems I tried to format but unfortunately the formatting shows an error ...
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Erase external SSD completely, including SWAP

I have an external SSD which I need completely wiped. I had Mint installed on it, with SWAP and some root dir. Those I somehow cannot get rid off. I tried sudo dd but that just wipes sdc and those ...
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LUKS on LVM – how to manage suspend/resume on external hdd?

I've just set up LUKS on top of LVM on my external hard drive. However, when I leave the hdd idle for an hour, I am getting I/O errors in dmesg when the drive spins up again: [170969.546887] usb-...
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How to give Transmission permissions to write on external HD on Raspbian Raspberry Pi media server?

I've installed Transmission on my Raspberry Pi with Raspbian on. Want to download torrents (legally of course) to an external hard drive. Permission is denied. root is owner and group for the drive I'...
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Do not show volumes as safely removable for system drive installed in external USB enclosure

I have up-to-date Arch Linux with KDE Plasma installed on SSD inside external USB enclosure. The problem is that the volumes of this drive are displayed in system tray with options to safely remove ...
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Windows 11 Pro laptop does not boot an external SSD with LinuxMint on it

I have a Windows 11 Pro laptop and I created an external SSD with LinuxMint 21.2 on it. The external SSD has the full Grub bootloader on it as well. I tested the external SSD on two other laptops, one ...
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Hard drive issue on Linux

I'v recently bought some old hard drives from a company that barely used them and wanted to use them to create a RAID 1 array. When I connect them to my linux desktop it doesn't reconise the drives at ...
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Configure /etc/fstab for external hard drive

In my /etc/fstab I have the line UUID=c99...04c4 /media/myExtDrive ext4 defaults,user,nobootwait 0 0 for my external hard drive. But when I plug it in and try to mount it with the ...
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Manjaro Linux HDD Cloning/Backup to External Storage

I have Manjaro XFCE in my Laptop with Windows 8.1 in a dual-boot format. Now, the issue is when Manjaro Linux is accessed, there is a Continuous "Stroking"/"Screeching" Sound or ...
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Formatting the same drive with gparted: original NTFS=232.28MB used | Ext4= 1.92 GB used Why?

I'm formatting an external hard drive with gparted. The original NTFS read 232.28 MB used. Now, with Ext4, it reads 1.92 GB used. Questions: Why? Is there a better file system I should use for ...
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How to find out what blacklists my storage device

I tried to find a solution the whole day until now 3am. I'm cooked. I am running Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi with USB 3 and connected to it some external storage enclosures via a USB hub. One of them is ...
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LuckyBackup with network drive, rsync errors 95 and 23

I installed samba on my Raspberry PI (Raspian OS Lite, latest version) to mount an external hdd (ext4, luks) connected via usb to my pi which is mounted and unlocked on boot. I then mounted the ...
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Can Flatpak's apps installed in external drive and used on different Linux distribution?

I was thinking to create a workstation drive that contain all development apps and file and use it (plug & run) across many device with different Linux distribution. Is that possible?
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How to install encrypted Debian/Mint on external drive and not overwrite internal ubuntu's grub?

I would like to install new encrypted debian or mint on external flash disk while already having windows and ubuntu installed in dual boot on internal drives. For booting I use ubuntu's grub on ...
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Why would the firefox of my running system automatically open files from an external USB drive that used to be the boot-drive of another system?

I have an SSD that another laptop was booting from (before the other hardware in that laptop failed) but now I'm using it in one of those little SATA enclosure shell adapter things in order to access ...
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Check if it's an external flash drive or usb flash stick?

When a usb flash stick or usb external drive get connected, is there any way to check whether it's a usb stick or external flash drive by means of Linux? Is there any utility or something like that?
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Unable to Format my HDD

A Few Days Back i was using my PC it had a decent Startup Everything was Just Fine, But Suddenly Screen Glitched & all Sort of went downhill afterwards. I, as i'm a normie when it comes to ...
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How to fix external drive in Linux the way Windows does automatically

I have unplugged an older 500 GB HD NTFS external drive without unmounting it first and then it couldn't be mounted in Linux. I have tried on different machines but the same error occurred. I was ...
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Is btrfs suitable as a 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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What storage/device type are HDD/SSD when shared with Linux on ChromeOS?

On Linux, I'm used to accessing e.g. HDD data through lsblk. However, sharing my WD HDD external drive with Linux on my chromebook (appears under /mnt/chromeos/externals/) lsblk or lshw will not yield ...
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"Permission denied" with ffmpeg (via snap) on external drive

I got a new drive and I can copy files fine with simple cp on the drive. However for some weird reason I get Permission denied with ffmpeg. Permissions seem fine unless I'm missing something > ll ...
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Can I install linux apps on external drive and use it on different machines with different linux distro?

I was thinking to upgrade my laptop with 500GB nvme drive and I want to multiboot different linux distros (also windows and macOS for software testing) in it. So in order save space, can I install ...
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How to properly poweroff external HDD in HDD rack

I got Pi4 4Gb running rasbian (similar to Debian) and Orico 4bay HDD rack connected with USB3. Earlier with same host and one HDD in separate enclosure I was able to power off disk using: sudo ...
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Why must I provide authentication to mount SATA HDDs? Why are they in read-only mode?

I am running Fedora 36, and have two or three HDDs connected via SATA (including the drive that Fedora on). When I attempt to access the drives in the file manager for the first time since power-on, ...
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Can't boot from SSD after it was moved into an external case

I used a SSD in an ASMT 2105 harddrive docking station connected to my Pi4 for installation (Raspbian Pi OS). After moving the SSD into a smaller external SSD case, the Pi won't boot anymore (no ssh ...
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Hard Drive not showing

I've got an external hard drive, formatted as NTFS and showing fine on a Windows PC. When I plug it into my Arch Linux laptop, it doesn't show with fdisk or lsblk. If running dmesg, I've got this : [...
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External HDD......is this beyond repair?

Problem:WD external hard drive will not mount. I have no access to the driver. It will show up in files under other locations and in disks after about 20 mins of being plugged into the laptop. Output ...
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External HDD not working, not showing any partition to mount

HDD model: Western Digital My Passport 25E2 4TB filesystem NTFS Yesterday it was working, now when I plug it in lsblk doesn't show any partition to mount, just this: sdb 8:16 0 3....
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Can I use Clonezilla to backup and restore a bootable USB volume?

I have this external USB HDD that I've installed Lubuntu 16.04 and Windows 10 on as a dual boot. They are portable installations that I can take around with me and use on a variety of computers and ...
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how to force debian to wait till the external usb HDD has synced before turning off

I think that my debian box (debian testing, rather updated) is powering off before completely syncing the external USB HDD (where I am holding my home partition at the moment). I see that when it is ...
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LaCie 2big RAID linux support

I have a LaCie 2big in RAID 1 on their side. There is no official Linux support available. Is there a way to check the drives and raid health under Linux via third-party tools?
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Unable to access or safely remove encrypted device

Details: I have a bootable encrypted HDD (running Linux mint). I have cryptsetup (2:2.4.3-1ubuntu1.1) installed on my main machine. I can access the unencrypted partition of the 1TB HDD. The system ...
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Unplugged External Drive During Write Operation, Now Spins Up But Can not Mount

I have a 2 TB external USB HDD backup drive. While I was copying some files with nautilus (GUI file explorer) the cord got pulled, but did not come completely out. However, communication was ...
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Unable to boot up Debian from external SSD on T430 but works on old Acer notebook

I synced my Debian bullseye (Bios install) on an external SSD with rsync. fdisk -l /dev/sdc Festplatte /dev/sdc: 476,94 GiB, 512110190592 Bytes, 1000215216 Sektoren Festplattenmodell: Portable SSD ...
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blk_update_request: I/O error, dev sdx. Disk fails after boot

I'm trying to create a personal home media server using Raspberry Pi 4 model B with OMV. I'm connecting four external hard drives through a single USB hub with a dedicated power source. At first, when ...

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