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Importance of Swap Partition

What is the purpose of a swap partition? How do I know I have just enough swap partition? Not too much/little. My Ubuntu PC is used for typical stuff: Web (email, facebook, etc.) Some movies ...
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Disk Utility: What's the difference between “Unmount” and “Safe Removal”?

System > Administration > Disk Utility What's the difference between "Unmount Volume" and "Safe Removal"? Say you insert a flash drive and open the Disk Utility UI, if you click on "Safe Removal" you ...
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How can I increase my disk space when Ubuntu is installed inside Windows?

I have Ubuntu 10.10 installed inside of Windows using Wubi. I am running out of space on my Ubuntu disk (currently 405.1 MB free). I have a 180 GB hard drive and when I installed Ubuntu I only ...
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Disk is full after runing gparted?

I have around a 150gb hard drive that I had fully allocated to Ubuntu 10.10. I fired up the gparted live cd and reduced it by 47gb for a small ntfs partition for Windows. When it was completed, I ...
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Hard drive overheating badly

My laptop's hard drive heats up quite badly. The regular operating range hovers around 42-44 Centigrade. It gets even worse when the screen is locked with temperatures shooting up to 50C. The casing ...
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Using 'quota' for disk limits

I installed quota using apt-get and followed some of the tutorials online. I ran sudo edquota username which opened nano and gave a chart for me to edit. What does the chart mean when it says soft, ...
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How to set up multiple hard drives as one volume?

I am about to set up box to basically be a file server. I plan on having multiple drives in the box, and would like to set them all up so that they appear to be a single drive. So I could essentially ...
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Is there a way to force a specific file to exist in RAM only?

I like this suggestion of mounting a tmpfs at /var/log in order to reduce disk writes. Is there any way to do something similar for just a single file such as ~/.xsession-errors? My incentive for ...
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How to find out how much disk space is remaining?

What is the command to find out how much disk space is being used/remaining?
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Disk very slow after going from 9.04 to 10.04

My disk is very slow after I installed ubuntu 10.04 over my old 9.04. Doing some tinkering helped a little: sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sda1 /dev/sda1: Timing cached reads: 3668 MB in 2.00 seconds = ...
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Is it possible to extend the disk space available to a wubi install? [duplicate]

I installed ubuntu 10.04 using wubi. I now wish to allocate more disk space to my ubuntu install. Is this possible?
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How to determine where biggest files/directories on my system are stored?

I was wondering how do you know where the largest files in my system are stored. For example--- Disk Space Used: 1GB Java: 500MB Java Percentage: 50% maybe represented in a pie chart. Maybe? I know ...