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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 ...
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USB External drive access over network is too slow

I have a Raspberry Pi 1 Model B that is connected with an Ethernet cable to my router. When I try to copy files to my laptop (which is connected using WiFi) using FileZilla or Samba (in either ...
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How can I connect an internal 3.5'' SATA HDD to Raspberry Pi [duplicate]

I know this is theoretically difficult, but I dare to ask: what are the possible ways to connect an internal 3.5'' SATA HDD to the board (let's say 2TB)? Let's ignore the need for additional power. I ...
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Raspberry Pi 2 with 2 or more HDD [closed]

I want to connect more than one 2,5" Hard Drive Disk to my Raspberry Pi 2. The first question is, should it work ? The second question is, which of these is the more efficient/stable solution : ...
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What are pin headers and what are they used for

I see almost all modern development boards (Raspberry Pi, Cubieboard, Odroid, etc) have pin headers attached. I couldn't find a clear description of what they do. What are the practical uses of them? ...
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USB drive not automounted when booting from external HDD

When first tinkering around with my Raspberry Pi 2 I just booted from the SD card and got my USB drive, which I'm using to host GIT repositories, to automatically mount on startup. In order to get ...