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Why can't I see my device when plugged into a type-c or other USB port?

It's an external 2TB Sandisk device I'm using for backing-up. Not recognized.It works on other Distros. Am I missing something?
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Can not see any usb drives (flash, ssd, spinner)

Booted into the 32gb sandisk usb installer, and after gparted can't see my external usb drive, I open terminal and do lsblk: elementary@elementary:/dev$ lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE ...
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Balena Etcher will not Detect USB Drive on eOS

I recently just installed Elementary and I don't really enjoy it. I'm trying to flash my USB drive with BalenaEtcher to switch to a different distro, but it won't detect my USB drive, I don't know ...
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elementaryos-6.0-stable.20210810.iso USB fails to boot on Dell Optiplex 7020

I downloaded elementaryos-6.0-stable.20210810.iso and wrote it out to an USB stick using Etcher. The resulting installer boots fine on a HP EliteDesk 8300 in UEFI mode, but fails to boot on 2 ...
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Elementary OS 6 installation media fails to boot UEFI

Installation media refuses to boot in UEFI on my desktop core i7 4790 with asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER Z97 chipset motherboard bios v3503. I downloaded and checked Elementary OS 6 image several times, I ...
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weird colored characters while trying to boot from usb

i am trying to install 5.1.7, but after the logo shows up and i press enter, these weird symbols (pictured below) show up and i can't progress any further. anything i might be missing? i followed the ...
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TP-Link Archer T4U Plus driver

I can't find a driver for this adapter model
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Can I create a MacBook install image on a Windows 10 PC?

I have a late 2009 Mac Book Pro that cannot perform a macOS re-install. Can I create a USB install image on a Windows 10 PC that will then boot and install elementary OS on the MacBook Pro?
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Problem with installation from usb

I have a problem with booting from pendrive for installation. Photo screens attached
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Not getting any response while trying to install from USB

I've been attempting to dual-boot Windows 10 and ElementaryOS, but have 0 success so far. Whenever I try to boot from USB after selecting it in the boot menu, I really shortly see the logo of my ...
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Bootloop when trying to try out elementary os from bootable usb

I'm trying to try out elementary os from a bootable usb, but every time I hit the 'try elementary os' button, the pc shuts down and when I boot it again, I receive the exact same screen and the same ...
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Elementary not booting from usb

Im trying to boot form usb but keep getting a failed message! Can anyone help . I had almost finished installation previously but my laptop died in the later stages, is this the cause?
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Is it possible to extend the HDD with a USB Drive

I'm new to Elementary OS and Linux in general (other than my ASUS router and some use of a Raspberry pi), and I have a cheap Dell Inspiron 14 3473 laptop with a measly 32GB HDD. I successfully ...
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How to get an actual copy of my eOs configuration in an executable penrdive?

Does anyone knows how to get my current elementary OS 5.1 Hera configuration to work in an executable usb pendrive?
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Read error after wrong 'set root' in grub rescue

I have a dual boot with elementary OS and Windows and somehow I wasn't able to enter Windows and Grub rescue appeared. I entered set root=(hd0,msdos4)/@ and set prefix=(hd0,msdos4)/@/boot/grub as I ...
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Elementary OS: boot ISO from USB using GRUB

I'm trying to boot the latest ISO image of Elementary OS from my USB with GRUB. I use the same GRUB configuration that I use with Ubuntu images, which works fine, and since Elementary is Ubuntu based,...
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Unable to create bootable usb

I am trying to create a bootable usb for elemental os using etcher, but I keep running into the error, "Something went wrong. If it is a compressed image, please check that the archive is not ...
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usb storage media do not mount anymore

I have been using Elementary OS for one year and everything worked fine till last Friday (May 17 2019). Now, when I plug a usb key or usb hard-disk, the media does not mount. What has been changed in ...
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stuck copying files from folder to folder or usb drive

the process bar from copy files gets stuck even when its done or it gets stuck mid-way through a process. Is there a way to fix this? Also, I tried using Ctrl Alt F1 to try to close this process but ...
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Is it possible to use elementary OS from a live USB while persisting its data?

Can I use live version from usb and save the things done during the session? Or does it simply come back to original state every time it is opened from live USB?
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USB does not work on elementary OS (Juno) on virtual box

I have decided to install Juno. As it is new I thought to try it without installing it on my computer, i will have to backup lots of data so I thought lets see it at once. I installed it in virtual ...
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ERRNO 5 Input/Output Error When Installing Juno

I recently tried to install Elementary OS Juno onto my computer, and kept getting this error, ERRNO 5 Input/Output Error during the installation. It says along with the error popup that it could be ...
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stuck at glowing boot logo during first installation [closed]

I am new to the Linux world so please bear with me if I don't know anything common. That being said I tried to install elementary OS Juno releas-juno yesterday and when I booted from my flash drive ...
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Unabled to format USB Drive

Neither Gparted nor Gnome Disk Utility let me format a USB Drive. I don't no when this started, because a few weeks ago everything worked just fine. Now Gnome Disk Utility just throws an error Error ...
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Unable to boot from live-USB: black screen with a white (non-blinking) underscore

I've completely removed the stock OS on my new laptop and successfully reinstalled it with the latest Windows 10 64-bit (Redstone 4) MSDN ISO (erased all partitions, Win10 setup automatically ...
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Need to change boot order in an old MacBook Air running only Elementary OS

I want to be able to boot from a USB thumb drive to re-install the Elementary OS. I've installed Elementary OS​ on my old MacBook Air, and it's only a single boot, no dual-boot or Mac OS​ anymore. So ...
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Loki not showing files from iPhone iOS 11.2.1

I'm enjoying new install of elementary OS Loki. BUT, I need to access photos from an iPhone. I am connecting the iPhone using a USB 3.0 port in the back of a NUC. When I click "Trust this computer" on ...
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Unable to boot from HDD

I am new at elementary OS and alternative OS in general. I've just installed elementary in my laptop (Acer Aspire 512, which was extremely slow even it is pretty new) and I am not able to boot from ...
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Missing OS on e OS mac USB install

Re: elementaryos-0.4.1-stable.20170814.iso mac etcher-1.1.2.dmg Hi Shasum zero[d] referenced image file, but elementary OS installer could not install grub correctly on the target USB drive, ...
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installing elementaryOS on Snow Leopard: best alternative for Etcher

the title pretty much says it all, I'd like to know the safest alternative to etcher for this installation process on Snow Leopard. Elementary os guide says one should use etcher but etcher needs os x ...
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Unable to boot Elementary OS on Mac Mini- Freya 32 Bit

So, I've been trying to install Elementary OS Freya for a while now and realised I needed the 32 Bit version because Mac Minis have a 32 bit limitation for kernels. But when I tried the USB method, ...
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How to create bootable USB key in persistent mode from Windows 8.1 64bit? [closed]

How do I create a 8Gb USB bootable from Windows 8.1 64bit, in persistent mode?
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Detecting USB Insertion/Removal

Is there any way to detect when a usb flash drive/stick/etc gets plugged in a usb port? To be more specific, I need to have a way to detect usb insertion/removal and use this information in a python ...
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USB Transfer speeds

When I copy files over to a USB drive (in Pantheon Files), the transfer starts fast, but then slows down over time. Once everything is transfered and there are 0 seconds remaining, the transfer just ...
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I need help in doing the partitions for the installation process

So,i'm in the middle of the OS installation,and in the part where i should be able to choose the drive where i install it it wont let me choose the one where windows 10 is. It just shows another one ...
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mkusb persistent live boot configuration

I use MKUSB and it works brilliantly for eOS Loki persistent live. However, I cannot work out how to edit the boot menu... I can't find grub.cfg (which I've done before, but not on a MKUSB ...
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Live system with persistance Vs Installing 0.4 loki on USB pendrive

I'm new to elementary and i'd like to burn a ISO with persistance on my pendrive, in order to try it before installing on HD, and having a useful rescue system, just in case. Now, since fat32 ...
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cannot install elementary OS by usb or hdd

gggrr please help!! OK my situation: I'm struggling with my 32bit MacBook with a defect dvd drive. Managed to make an bootable USB stick, but the macbook won't recognize this stick, when booting up ...
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Installation on flash drive produces errors. Did I install correctly?

I tried installing elementaryOS onto a flash drive on my Razer Blade Stealth with the unetbootin program. I was able to get into the installation process although the screen was flashing on and off a ...
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"Installer crashed" during install process on a dual boot UEFI Windows 8.1 64-bit laptop

I've encountered a couple of problems whilst trying to install Elementary OS alongside my existing Windows 8.1 installation. I've resolved one but hit a wall with the other. I really appreciate any ...
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No USB when already logged

I have an amazing problem (that's why we love eOS !). If I plug an USB in my laptop, He don't reconize it (in lsusb too). If I plug an USB BEFORE loggin, it's reconized (only once, if I eject my USB ...
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Safely Unmounting a USB

I'm new to Elementary. I'm also not used to non-debian Linuxes. How do I go about safely unmounting the USB which I used to install Elementary?!
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Copied files are disappearing from USB stick

guys. Honestly, I am kind of a new user to Linux and I have recently installed Linux Elementary OS 0.3.2 Freya (64-bit). Everything is perfectly working, aside copying or any transactions with files. ...
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No USB drives recognized on my laptop

I'm having an issue with my laptop, all USB that I plug on the only one USB input (other is USB-C) of my laptop are not recognized. I'm using elementary OS with an updated kernel (I tried to go back ...
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Unable to Browse Files on External WD Harddrive [closed]

When I plug in my External WD hard drive, open Pantheon and click on the "My Passport" drive on the left side under devices, instead of seeing the files on the right side pane, I see this (screenshot) ...
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Is there any way to use elementary os loki as a live usb with persistence?

I tried all day and several options later I still can't figure it out. Can I even install it on the flash drive? This is probably a noob question but I appreciate the help. I want a workspace clear ...
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Will Freya automount media?

Will the forthcoming Elementary Freya automount removable media, optical discs and usb devices?
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cannot try elemetary OS 0.3.2 64bit on my Thinkpad t420s

I have created 3 bootable USB flash drives with elementaryos-0.3.2-stable-amd64.20151209.iso sha-256 = ee737ffa6bf33b742c5a7cee17aa26dec5ee3b573cbbc4b53cbe2a2513c9197a I used rufus-2.8 to create ...
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Error when installing Freya from USB: Invalid magic number Unaligned pointer

I have tried everything, from Unetbootin, to Rufus, to LiLi, but every time I am greeted with the normal 3 option selection to try it, install it or check for disk integrity and every option returns ...
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USB devices not detected if connected on the fly

I am facing a weird issue now. If I try to connect any USB device while in the middle of a session randomly, chances are, the USB device will not be recognized. If I reboot the whole system with the ...
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