[ubuntu-uk] Does anyone have experience with using a usb hard drive docking station with Ubuntu?

Tony Pursell ajp at princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk
Mon Dec 5 14:44:30 UTC 2011


On 5 December 2011 13:56, Colin Law <clanlaw at googlemail.com> wrote:

> On 5 December 2011 13:41, javadayaz <javadayaz at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi guys,
> >
> > Im thinking of attaching a couple of old hard drives to my laptop. How
> nice
> > does Ubuntu play with a docking station? Will it need any extra software.
>
> You should not need extra s/w.
>
> >
> > Also, can you please recommend a cheap as chips docking station? I have
> two
> > hard drives so maybe a double hard drive.
>
> I only needed a single and got this from ebay for just over £10, works
> with no problems.
> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/220877722544
>
> Make sure you get the right internal interface, IDE or SATA, to match
> the discs you have.
>
> >
> > my price range is about £20.
> >
> > Some extra info: The hard drives are from a old Pc which ran ubuntu. Will
> > this cause any conflicts when hooking up to a newer ubuntu version?
>
> It should not, provided the PC is not set to boot off USB in which
> case it might try and boot from it.  In that case if you cannot work
> out how to make the disc not bootable then I am sure someone here will
> know how.  If you don't need the data on the disc then just re-format.
>
>
The main problem you can get is with user IDs.  Ubuntu gives IDs from 1000
onwards to normal users.  For instance, I am 1000 and my wife is 1001.  So
the user IDs on your disks may not necessarily be aligned with the user IDs
on the computer you are mounting them.  On the other hand, if you were the
only user on the old machine and you are the only user on the new machine,
then the user ID on all the user files will be 1000 (ie you).  If this is
not the case, you may have to change the owner on some of the files.

Tony
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