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USB HDD on Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?

I have a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and a 2,5 inch HDD that I want to connect via USB. The HDD also powers itself over USB. Does the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B provide enough power? Can I safely run the HDD ...
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How can I run smartctl in Raspbian?

I have several USB hard drives that have SMART capabilities. I know this, because they work fine on my normal computer. However, the Pi reports them as not. After running sudo smartctl -t short ...
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Raspberry Pi not booting whn etxernal disk fails to mount via Fstab

I have a raspberry pi that has an external drive that mounts via fstab. Sometimes the pi refuses to boot when the external drive doesn't spin up fast enough (albeit the drive is quite old). Is there ...
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Boot hangs if usb drive is plugged

I'm trying to set up a usb drive (fat32) as an automatic backup. I'm using raspbian (installed with NOOBS) booting to command line (no GUI). If I plug it when the pi is already booted I can mount and ...
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Why isn't my Raspberry Pi booting up on a Hard Drive

So, I followed a tutorial to boot my Raspberry Pi using a hard drive up to "Swap configuration": https://melgrubb.com/2014/08/01/raspberry-pi-home-server-part-6-adding-a-hard-drive/ I followed the ...
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Sending extra power to PI3 over USB, will it damage the device?

I used to get poor performance from my PI 3 since I had a few heavy load programs running on it. After needing more than 128GB of MicroSD storage I got a USB to SATA cable and hooked up a 500GB SSD ...
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Can I use my old HDD as a boot device for the RPi 3 model b? [duplicate]

I have my laptops old 2TB 5400RPM HDD laying around and I was wondering if could maybe use it instead of a micro SD card since it has much more space, and it also might be quicker.
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Despite having powered USB Hub, Raspberry Pi 2+ doesn't detect Seagate 1TB HDD anymore

I'm trying to set up a raspberry pi 2+ as an always on torrent box. I had it set up one time and it was working, but then when I turned it off and on again it froze on start up. After flashing the ...
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udev rule run program with parameters

I'm trying to set up my Raspberry Pi to keep an attached RAID-1 HDD array in standby mode whenever possible (i.e. no access on it for some time) There is a tool named hdparm, that can set Advanced ...
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dmesg interpretation

I'm quite new to the Raspberry Pi and Linux. My audio-player, (Pi B rev2 back-powered from a USB hub and an external HDD powered by the hub). The setup has some issues. After a few days of ...
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Raspbian won't boot when hard drive is connected

Not sure if this has anything to do with the make/model of hard drive I'm using, but when I connect my WD MyPassport Ultra to my Raspberry Pi 2 and then reset Pi, Raspbian doesn't load. If I just plug ...
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External drive permissions issue

I am new to the Raspberry Pi 2. I installed Noobs, Plugged in a HDD, the Pi sees it and I can get into it no problem. Next I Installed Plex Media Server, tried to add media, but it won't go any ...
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File transfer failing (SSH and Samba)

I currently have a Pi 2 with a 2.1 A power supply, a powered USB hub (separate mains supply), and plugged into that, is a powered USB2 HDD (HDD has its own mains supply). The entire HDD is shared via ...
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Exteral HDD problems

I currently have some annoying problem with external HDD. I'm using some old (7yrs) WD salvaged from laptop in portable enclosure. I have external 4A PSU wich power drive and backfeed rpi. Disk is ...
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How to Mount FAT32 Format Drive on Raspberry Pi

I've tried a few commands and it seems like my drive isn't even being detected. Here's my df -l. Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/root 5755184 4613132 826660 ...
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After power outage, my NAS drive ins't automounting

I have a RPi 1 Model B, configured as a torrent box, running Wheezy with Webmin, deluge torrent and Sickrage. To store the medias, i put a 2tb external hard drive on my router Linksys EA6400 and i ...
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External hard drive shutting down?

I've been setting up my Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B) as a home media center with OSMC and load contents from my external hard drive. My problem is whenever the hard drive (this) is connected to the ...
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RPI2 with External HD Enclosure-90% of the time not detected

i come to here to see if i can find help for my distressing problem and this is my configuration RPI2 with Raspbian ,i have a HDD external enclosure connected to the PI2(The enclosure have is own ...
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Raid 1 and Owncloud

I have done a Raid 1 system using 2 external HD connected to the Pi2, now I want to install owncloud in the raspberry using the raid to avoid losses, using the external HD connected to store the data. ...
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Raid 1 using the same HD

I want to make a owncloud server in the raspberry and previously I want to make a Raid of my HD to avoid losses. I have a 3TB external HD with 2 partitions of the same size and I want to use: ...
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RPI freeze with external HDD

I have an RPI 2 Model B. I just started to use it. I am connecting to it using SSH. I have an internal HDD and also a dock. The dock has it's own power source and transmits the data from the HDD to a ...
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Issue keeping attached HDD online

I have a Pi B2 which I am using as a home server running Transmission, Sabnzbd, Couch Potato & SickBeard. To the PI I have attached an old internal hard disk made external (80 GB). This is where ...
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Do I have to buy a powered USB hub?

Tomorrow I will buy a RPi 2 B, which I would like to use with an external 2.5 HD (5v 1A) and a single 2A charger (connected to the microUSB port). Will I be able to run both of them by adding ...
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Keyboard and mouse stops working after connecting usb hard drive

The wireless USB keyboard stops working when I connect a USB hard drive. I also tried to connect a non wireless USB mouse together with the USB disk and the mouse stopped working. I'm running ...
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Having two 2.5'' drives makes one turn off the other on plug

Currently I 'm using my RPi 2 with a 1 TB external Toshiba USB drive.Back in the day, I had to set max_usb_current=1 in my /boot/config.txt file, because when I plugged it in it would keep trying to ...
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Can I use a Y-cable or Dual-Power cable to get additional power for a single USB powered hard drive?

I'm planning to attach multiple portable 2.5" hard drives to a Raspberry pi 2 Model B. The problem is, the only power source of such hard drive is the USB port it is connected to. In short: They would ...
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Pack a uncased 2.5" HDD with a Pi 2 in one case

I want to pack a Raspberry Pi 2 and a uncased 2.5" HDD in one case. The HDD is connected with a SATA-to-USB-cable. It doesn't matter for me if that cable is outside of the case. I can not find ...
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JDownloader: “Invalid download directory” error

I've just set up JDownloader on my Raspberry Pi 2 and I'm getting an annoying error: Invalid download directory. I have to mention that I've attached a 500GB external hard drive to the raspberry ...
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Expected performance of Raspberry Pi as NAS with software RAID-1

What kind of performance can I expect from a Raspberry Pi 2 as a NAS with 2 External hard-drives as a software RAID-1? I know that the Ethernet runs as a USB device so they all (Ethernet and 2 ...
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Pi not recognising 2.5" HDD over powered USB Hub

So after finally setting up OpenElec I decided to also get a powered USB hub. Got this one for cheap from work. The power supply for the HUB outputs read: +5V ⎓1A I connected a 2.5" HDD in a USB 2.0 ...
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Owncloud Not Accessible by Ip on Local Network

Okay, its so late its early now, so Stack Exchange is my only hope for solving this. I followed the instructions listed on this blog post at pimylifeup.com to create an Owncloud webserver for myself. ...
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Careless Backup Solution [closed]

General idea: A careless backup solution for files on a laptop. Whenever the laptop is connected to the home network changed files are automatically pushed/synced to a server in a ...
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/var/swap file abnormally large

I ran this command because my Raspberry Pi's SD card is full: sudo find /var -type f -a -printf '%s %p\n'| sort -nr | head -10 The output: 104857600 /var/swap 46641296 ...
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No disk space after switching from B+ to 2 model B

Before switching to the RPi 2 model B, I used the commands sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade. However, on using the new RPi 2 model B, it keeps saying no disk space left on device. I am ...
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Max safe current and power requirements for Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?

I have a few questions to ask. I have referred to many other similar questions, but couldn't get a straight forward answer to my questions. Current situation: I just recently bought a Canakit ...
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How to change permissions on external hard-drive connected to Raspberry?

I am following this tutorial to create Samba Share on my Raspberry Pi Zero. My problem is at this step: "Make sure your user is the owner of the path you are trying to share via Samba sudo chown -R ...
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Expanding size of the root / using external HDD

I bought Raspberry Pi and got it up and running. I also happened to have an external HDD which I then mounted to the Raspberry Pi. The mount can be accessed in the /mnt folder. I have SD card in the ...
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Will either of these two hubs supply enough current?

I am about to setup my Raspberry Pi 2 as a plex server and wish to connect the old HDDs I have knocking around. I want to use a powered hub as I know the Pi itself won't be able to power lots of ...
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Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and External 2.5 USB3.0 HDD

As per the title, I recently bought a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and I thought it would be nice to have some extra space so I plugged my external HDD. Here's the specs: The HDD: HGST 0S03560 1TB 2.5 ...
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Rpi can't see external hard drive

I got stacked. I have a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B with OSMC installed on it. I want to connect an external drive (Seagate Backup Plus 1TB) to it. I connected it through a usb hub and there is an ...
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Correctly partition 4TB drive with enclosure using Pi

When I first connected my new hard drive enclosure with 4TB drive to my Pi, the drive was not listed when I typed sudo fdisk -l. I want to mount this drive, but I think I first need to partition it ...
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Raspberry pi doesn't recognize HDD NTFS

I was trying to create a NAS by using my Raspberry Pi B+. I've connected my Samsung 1 TB HDD to USB and then I've used the command fdisk -l in order to manually mount the drive. My Pi didn't ...
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Install Opencv on an external Hard Drive

I am new to the raspberry world. I was trying to install opencv on my raspberry pi 2 and when I give the command: wget -O opencv.zip https://github.com/Itseez/opencv/archive/3.0.0.zip I get the ...
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Problems with my 24h torrent box project (maybe related with ExFAT)

I recently acquired a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B to make a 24h torrent box. My external HDD is in ExFat (1TB USB3.0 - WD) and after installing the exfat drivers, I began to configure it for my purpose. ...
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New Samsung M9T external HDD will not spin down

I'm having rather a peculiar problem after purchasing a new external hard drive recently (Samsung M9T ST2000LM003 2TB). The drive will not spin down after 1 hour with the following systemd unit: ...
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NTFS USB HDD Read-Only - How to enable write permissions

I have a 500GB SATA drive connected via a USB to my Pi 2. I can read data off it fine, but I can't write to it. It is formatted as NTFS. On my desktop, it is write-able, but not on Raspbian.
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How to programmatically determine the name of a connected HDD?

I'm hoping this is a very simple issue with a simple solution. I have a raspberry pi and an external hard drive that I am writing data to. I would like to know if there is a way in python, to ...
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No /dev/sda folders showing up after connecting external HDD

Hello and thanks for reading this! Everything worked fine until I disconnected my external Western Digital 1Tb external NTFS hdd from my USB-hub on which my Raspberry Pi 2 is connected with the ...
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Alternative Storage Options

I have just started my wonderful journey into using a Raspberry Pi 2 device. I know I could add an external hard drive to the device but my concept of just supplying a black box to my User will ...
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How to get remote controlled raspberry pi to play music/video out of its OWN speakers

In the past I have in the past created a NAS which I can use to play music through my PC or phone. I would, now like to make a media centre with a raspberry pi (B rev 2) which will be able to play ...