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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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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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How to allow non-root users to mount bitlocker encrypted external drives?

As a non-root user I would like to be able to mount external hard drives which have been encrypted with microsoft bitlocker. The admin (with root access) can set something up if I can tell him how to ...
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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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Stop HDD spin down when attached via USB adaptor

I got an HDD attached via dock station. Gentoo spins it down each ten minutes which leads to wearing out the disk spindle and moreover, waiting for the drive to spin up each time is inconvenient. I’ve ...
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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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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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Understanding what ddrescue is telling me

Essentially what I want to know is, has ddrescue made any progress? Is my hdd pretty well dead? After executing sudo ddrescue -d -r3 /dev/sdb dos_pace.img dos_pace-ddrescue.log on a USB 2.0-...
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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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Seagate external hard disk creating problems

I've bought a new hard disk, a Seagate (Backup Plus), but I'm having problems with it. Firstly, it doesn't mounts every time I plug it in. In such cases, I've got to restart the machine to work with ...
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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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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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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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Automount LVM logical volume with a udev rule and udisks2

I want to automatically mount an LVM logical volume on an external drive as soon as it is connected to the computer. The solution I choose here is to use udev to detect plug in events and udisks2 to ...
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Using udisksctl to power off external hard drive causes hard lock

I possess an external USB 3.0 hard drive which is connected to my notebook. Of course, I do not want to just tug the connector off when I'm done; rather, I want it to safely spin down as per good ...
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External hard-drive's FAT32 partition not recognized by Windows after size increase with gparted

I had an external hard-drive with a fat32 partition (which I used for exchanging files between ubuntu and windows), some unallocated space, and a ext4 partition (which I used to backup my linux system)...
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Disk with corrputed alternate GPT

I have a disk which has a corrputed alternate GPT and Linux doesn't want to read the primary one. I see all sorts of weird messages in the kernel logs. Here's what happens when I plug in the drive. [...
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Prevent external USB hard drive from spinning up during suspend to RAM

Whenever the machine (Linux 4.4.0-38-generic, Ubuntu 16.04) suspends to RAM, my Western Digital 2TB Portable USB 3.0 hard drive (Model WDBU6Y0020BBK) will spin up and continue spinning indefinitely. ...
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External HDD won't Mount during Boot

I've got a Cubox-i4Pro running Debian Jessie hooked up to an external USB3/eSATA dual HDD dock (via eSATA). It originally only had one WD Green 2TB drive installed. Via UUID in fstab this auto mounted ...
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Monitor health of HDD/SSD without S.M.A.R.T

Some hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) do not provide S.M.A.R.T. data. This seems to be especially true of cheap USB HDDs. My question is: on a typical GNU/Linux system, can the ...
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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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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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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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Connected external HDD slows down system

I need to connect large external hard disks (with many many files) to a system running Ubuntu. I have no idea how the Linux kernel is treating the inodes for the external drives, but attaching huge ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Luks2 does not accept unlock password after fixing efi boot

I have 2 usb's of different brands and capacities encrypted with Luks2 using Kali's disk tool. After correcting a problem with the boot and correcting the path I was able to access the disks, but ...
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External SSD with Linux Mint installed not booting

I managed to install Linux Mint on my external SSD from a bootable USB on a friend's laptop. On my friends laptop (which is a Lenovo) it worked well, but on my Latop for some reason it doesn't boot up....
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Debian Permissions denied in docker volumes for external HD

Docker in Raspberry PI 4 with external HD (NTFS type) connected. There are some docker containers running with volumes mapped to the external HD such a: - /media/myExternalHD/docker_config/app1:/...
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Cannot connect to an external drive attached to my routers USB

I have been trying to connect to an external WD My Book connected via USB to my TP-Link Archer C9 router and formatted ex-FAT. I've been trying from a terminal on my Ubuntu 20.04 web-server. I always ...
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Using Linux on SSD and HDD for Data/Programs

I have been researching this for quite some time coming from Windows that there is no “Path” that you can give to a program during installation, but instead the program downloads where it needs to. Is ...
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Installing Fedora on external hard drive

I am trying to shift to linux gradually, and I want to try Fedora. However, when I arrive at the place to install Fedora on my hard drive, the application could not detect my external hard drive but ...
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Copying big file from external drive (NTFS) fails

I have a backup of a vdi file on an external 2TB hard disk with plenty of space. It's 25GB heavy. I was able to copy TO it obviously. Now I am trying to copy it back to a new laptop I got for work, ...
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Linux Mint Not Recognizing New External Hard Drive Properly

I recently bought an external hard drive by maxone to use with a Mac that I have. The instructions that I got with it was to connect it to a Windows PC and format it before I can use it with a Mac, ...
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Toshiba 1TB external drive not recognised by Ubuntu 18.04

I have an external drive which I wanted to use to backup my home directory as my Ubuntu 18.04 desktop installation has been buggy lately. Initially I plugged it into the USB port of my desktop and it ...
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Error mounting: mount(2), file exists

I've been working with files on external drive (partition table GPT, file system BTRFS). For some reason drive turned off and now I can't remount it. Whatever I do this error shows up: Error mounting /...
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How to properly see files on raid mount?

Operating System: PopOS (Ubuntu) I have two external harddrives in a single case that were setup with a RAID1 configuration. Had to get a new computer and after plugging in the external, the RAID ...
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How to turn off external hard-drive when hibernating PC?

I sometimes connect external hard-drives (with their own power supply and without) via USB. They are constantly spinning, which doesn't bother me that much since I usually use them when they are ...
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How to install grub for a multiboot external hard drive

I have an external hard drive which contains three primary partitions, two of them with an Ubuntu flavor each (14.04, 16.04), and the third contains just data. There is also an extended partition with ...
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USB drive cannot be used as root drive after remounting?

I'm attempting to configure a raspberry pi 4 to boot from an external disk. I've configured it to boot from the partition ID I get from sudo blkid corresponding to my boot partition, and everything is ...
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Which file system copes 'better' with bad ejects of external USB HDDs?

Is there a disk format that copes well (or better than others) when end users physically disconnect USB-attached external drives without safely ejecting then? I have XFS, ext4, btrfs, exfat, and NTFS ...
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kali rolling install on External HDD problem

I encountered some problems after installing kalil inux to the external hard drive. I installed kali linux to a mobile hard drive.(Mobile hard drive is USB conversion SATA HDD ) Hard disk partition ...
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How to install GRUB on an external HDD

I have an HDD with two partitions, one for files and photos (NTFS) and one for a Debian Is it possible to install GRUB somewhere on this drive so that I can plug it in any computer have the choice to ...
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