Questions tagged [hard-drive]

Questions related to connection hard disks to the Raspberry Pi. For primary storage media, see sd-card.

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Raspberry Pi WiFi to Ethernet Bridge for a server?

I wanted to create a Wifi to Ethernet Bridge on my Raspberry Pi, similar to this one. The problem is: I want to conntect a Network Harddrive (WD MyCloud) to the ethernet side. The Harddrive seems to ...
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Boot from USB hard disk?

Is there a way to boot from an external hard drive connected to the device through the USB port (as opposed to booting from the SD card)?
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Transmission: permission denied on USB disk

I have Raspberry Pi running RaspBMC with a WD MyBook connected using USB. The drive is automatically mounted to /media/My Book. I have created a folder /media/My Book/downloads and I have set ...
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How can I use a USB HDD to extend the life of my SD Card?

How can I set up a USB HDD to extend the life of my SD Card and maximize the performance of my Raspberry Pi? Related: How can I extend the life of my SD card?
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Can Rpi4B power external / portable USB HDD / SSD?

I was not able to power an external HD directly from a Raspberry pi 3 (the HD was constantly complaining about a lack of power). Would a Raspberry Pi 4 be able to power a portable hard drive (using ...
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mix power and data for usb HDD

I have a raspberry pi being powered by a cellphone charger (1A) I try to connect and HDD but the power is not enough. I don´t have a powered USB hub BUT i do have other power supplies. So I tried ...
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How can I put RaspberryPi to Shut down and wake up later?

I want my raspberryPi to shut down during the night and wake up in the morning. I.e., at 10pm raspberry should shutdown or at least turn of the WiFi and the HDD. At 10am every day my raspberry ...
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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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Powering hard drives without a powered USB hub?

How can I power a hard drive so I can use it with my Pi without using a powered usb hub? Can I use a small power supply?
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Can I attach a SATA controller?

I would like to use my Raspberry Pi as a file server (NAS/SMB). Will I be able to attach a SATA/RAID controller?
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How do I set up a storage device that is only "on" when used?

I use my Pi as a homeserver (headless via ssh, always on, restarted once a week). It's running raspbian, and I am running Ubuntu on my Desktop. Now, I want to add hard drives for backups and NAS to ...
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How do I mount the correct drive everytime the Raspberry Pi reboots?

I generally know how to mount hard drives in a UNIX system. But I am confused with one thing. Say I have disk #1 and disk #2. I mount disk #1 with sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/drive. How will I know that ...
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External Hard-drive backing up using Time-Machine

I want to connect an external Hard-drive (1TB) to my Raspberry Pi. However I want to do the following: 1) Partition 500GB for backing-up using "Time Machine" 2) Partition 250GB for general use for ...
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Can the Raspberry Pi power this 2.5" drive without a USB hub?

I want to use my Raspberry Pi model B as a NAS, but I'd like to avoid using a USB hub. I have a 2.5" Western Digital 1 TB USB hard disk drive (this one), and a 2 A power supply for the Raspberry ...
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Periodically losing connection to external hard drive

I have the following setup Raspberry Pi : Hardware BCM2708, Revision 0002 Powered USB Hub: Manhattan Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Micro Hub External Hard drive: Western Digital My Passport 0730 The pi is ...
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Buffer I/O error on dev sda1 - not a hardware problem

In the last month or so, one of my external hard drives has stopped working properly with my Raspberry Pi. It works for a while, then it stops working randomly. I ran 'ls' on the drive's folder and it ...
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External hard drive power down?

So I have an Openelec and external hard drive on my raspberry pi, they are all connected to a Plugin 10 Port Hub. This is the hard drive in question: http://www.seagate.com/external-hard-drives/...
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What is the best way to reliably mount a USB drive?

I've installed raspbmc, but from what I've seen it's based on raspbian, so this might go for raspbian too. I've connected a USB hard-drive. Most of the time, it will be automatically mounted on /...
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How can I automatically mount USB hard drives (regression)?

Recently (perhaps due to an update?) my hard drives no longer automatically mount. I have a USB hub attached to the Pi, with a wifi card and some hard drives attached to the hub. The hard drives are ...
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Spin down idle hard drive

I use raspbian and am looking for a way to connect an ~old seagate 500GB usb (externally powered) hard drive so I can store my movies etc on it. But obviously, there may be large amounts of time ...
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How Can My Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Power All My Devices?

I've a bunch of questions, I have searched LOTS but I can't seem to figure this out. I hope an expert can answer this for me. I read that a Raspberry Pi can only output 0.6A for those 4 USB ports in ...
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Unable to mount external harddrive (Openmediavault)

I try to connect a harddrive via a SATA to USB3 adapter to my raspberry (The adapter is externally powered, so there cannot be a power problem). The adapter gets detected and shows up under /dev/sda ...
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Power external hard drive though USB -- safe to use USB charger?

I would like to connect an external hard drive to the Raspberry Pi. This hard drive must be powered through USB and comes with a cable that has two ends (to ensure sufficient power). The cable is ...
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How to mount a VeraCrypt container on a RPi with optimal performance?

On a Raspberry Pi, in order to use a VeraCrypt encrypted container/partition, which solution offers the best performance between installing VeraCrypt or using cryptsetup (that seems to support it)? ...
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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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How to Boot from one usb drive but have multiple drives connected to hub

After searching google, I know you can let a external usb flash drive take over after booting from the SD or microSD card. I want to know what is the easiest way to boot from one usb drive but have ...
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Unable to connect Seagate external drive

I'm new to Raspberry Pi and I wanted to use an external hard drive as my primary storage.. so went and got a Seagate BUP Slim BK 1TB HDD. It is not externally powered. My Pi is set up with Raspbian, ...
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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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Powering external hdd exclusively from sector

Hi I'm working on powering my Sony external hard drive disk. I want to power the drive from the sector and link it to the RPi without drawing any current from it (and also because i'm a afraid of ...
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Is Raspberry Pi powerful enough for a VDR with a USB HDD and USB DVB-C stick?

I'm planning to do a personal video recorder using Raspberry Pi that can take potential HDTV movies receiced from a USB DVB-C stick and record it to a USB hard disk drive. The PI should run an SSH ...
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External powered HDD not listed after boot

I have an hub for HDDs where I have two of them (WD purple 2TB). If the Raspberry is ON and I switch on also the hub, the two HDDs are recognized by the Pi as sda and sdb (listed with sudo fdisk -l). ...
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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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External exFat HDD as NAS, can't create rename/delete directories or files

I'm trying to use my Pi as a NAS (among other things), so I mounted an external HDD and set up samba to use it. However, it turns out now that when I connect from my mac I can't rename or delete files ...
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No power to usb ports on raspberry pi 3B

I use external harddisk(connected via USB with its own power supply) to boot into dietpi on my raspberry pi. It works okay for a day(even with multiple reboots and poweroff). But the next day RPi ...
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Black screen when trying to boot from SSD on a Raspberry Pi 4B

When I try to boot the Raspberry Pi 4B from my SSD, the screen goes black and the system does not start. This is my current hardware setup: Raspberry Pi 4B 8GB RAM. Crucial MX500 1TB SSD Hard Drive ...