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Cannot copy the contents of virtual hard-drive to my physical disk

I have a vmware ubuntu image on my machine which I want to overwrite my current partition. When I run: sudo qemu-img convert my-image.vmdk -O raw /dev/sda1 I end up with below error: ...
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How do I improve my server disk performance

I have an HP Microserver running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. It's a low power server with 5 internal drive bays. I use it to backup my remote servers, VPSs and local laptops over the network. I want to get the ...
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How do I create a restore disk?

I'm new to ubuntu and reinstalled 11.04 atleast 10 times already. Each time I reconfigure all my settings and end up breaking something. It is really annoying and would be much easier if I can save ...
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Will a Virtual Box Installation have low Disk performance

I understand that if you install Ubuntu on Windows using Wubi, there are disk performance issues since the entire system is mostly concentrated on a single file. What about the case of a Virtual Box, ...
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Busybox error on boot [closed]

I've Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.10 dual boot was working fine then suddenly while booting in GRUB if I select Ubuntu it shows me stupid Busybox error same as this and Windows XP is working fine The ...
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Why can't I read drives properly?

I installed Natty and my perfectly functioning Ubuntu has stopped working - specifically, it has stopped reading disks. I think the problem has to do with Disk Utility not loading (though Ubuntu can ...
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Disk errors when booting, system doesn't run properly after disk check

I'm using 11.04 on Dell Vostro 1000 laptop. For some time it was ok, but now Ubuntu usually fails to boot. After selecting Ubuntu in grub, I usually see purple (plain, without logo) or black screen ...
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tmpfs vs. ext4 ramdisk

I would like to know which of both is faster; a tmpfs or a ext4 ramdisk. If someone knows a good way to benchmark disk perfomance on ubuntu, I will gladly do the test myself and post the results.
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How much space do I need to create a backup with fsdisk

I get this error when mounting a drive [ 4337.380506] EXT4-fs (sda): bad geometry: block count 156282966 exceeds size of device (156282701 blocks) So if I try to fix it with sfdisk do I need space ...
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Checksums do not match when creating a bootable USB stick

Since karmic koala, I can't create a bootable USB. Always the same error, it arrives to 96% and then this error " checksums do not match". Also in lucid, meerkat and natty even with fresh install. ...
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Disabling SMART Disk Utility Warning Message

The Disk Utility pop-up the same message so many times and too many at a time. The message is the same "Hard Disk Problem Detected. A hard disk is reporting health problems." The hard disk has ...
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kruft: why do i gain 1GB each time i do a distribution upgrade [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I clean up my harddrive? Every 5 months I start running out of space on my root partition... I scramble to erase documentation, remove log files, and keep only ...
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Extend the Ubuntu disk space that was installed beside Windows 7 without reinstalling [duplicate]

I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 inside windows from Ubuntu CD with 12 GB space. How could I increase the disk space to 20 GB with out reinstalling Ubuntu ?
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Recovering a faulty disk

When I plug in a removable 1TB USB disk in my laptop, the operations led keeps blinking for a while and then you can hear the servo mechanism resetting with a short "tack". I'd like to recover the ...
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No space left on device

I was getting No space left on device, so I removed some of the files. But again when I try to update my folder with svn update I am getting the same error. Is this the problem with space left? When ...
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How to avoid “Assuming drive cache: write through” message during restart? [closed]

Does anyone know how to avoid message: Assuming drive cache: write through Showing up after preforming sudo shutdown -r now. I restarted remotely but the computer did not restart. And I could ...
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Disk failing on Dell Mini, are there diagnostic tools?

my dell mini 10v running Ubuntu 10.10 runs ok for hours, but then will suddenly slow down drastically. Switching to a console shows lots of error messages, which also get into /var/log/syslog. These ...
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Technical help for disk space allocation

im trying to install Ubuntu but am facing some problems with data allocations. apparently the current partitions made it such that i cant install this OS without erasing the current one (Windows 7) ...
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When your web server starts paging memory to disk and slows to a crawl, what's the best way to recover?

I've been shutting down and restarting the server, but is there something short of that you can do to quickly recover from a high-paging situation?
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How can I add more disk space to my home directory?

The current home directory gets full. Can I assign more disk space to the home directory somehow or are there any other solutions?
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What is the difference between the “Entire Partition” and “Entire Disc”?

I want to install Ubuntu alongside my Windows 7 operation system. During installation I have three options: Install alongside the existing OS. Remove everything and install Ubuntu. Manual ...
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Can you install Ubuntu from the hard disk?

Is it possible to install Ubuntu from the hard disk?
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Unmounted disk still spins up regularly

I just added a disk, with partitions but none of them are mounted. The disk will still spin up every now and then. it goes like this: ### disk spins up hdparm -Y /dev/sdb;date /dev/sdb: issuing ...
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Gparted can't create ext3 or ext4 partitions

I have a 60Gb drive in a Dell Latitude D600. It all started with trying to install 10.10 as a dual boot. First installation failed at the partitioning stage, next I tried manual partition that also ...
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What utility to use to clean up after a disk is suddenly disconnected?

In the event an external hard-drive is physically disconnected and the device is mounted using device-mapper, no cleanup is made. In particular: the directory where the drive was mounted is empty ...
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How to open wubi's .disk files under windows?

Wubi has created one big file with whole ubuntu installation root.disk - there are some files I have left on my linux partition that I would like to access from windows partition, Is there any way to ...
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Disk utility running for a long time

I had a spare, old external usb hard disk which stopped working long time back due to improper removal of disk. I tried fixing it in windows (when I did not have ubuntu yet), however I couldn't fix ...
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How do I unmark a “failed” md device?

In an effort to clean up from a software bug in md, I marked half of a RAID (/dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1 in RAID1) as faulty using: mdadm /dev/md2 --fail /dev/sdb1 mdadm /dev/md2 --remove /dev/sdb1 But ...
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How to extend Ubuntu disk space without using Live CD?

I first installed Windows 7 from factory, then installed Ubuntu. I ran out of space, but there is a lot in Windows partition. So I wanted to allocate some space from the Windows partition to Ubuntu ...
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Disk by UUID not detected (initramfs), boot failure

I am unable to boot my lucid, with the built in boot shell giving out this error: Update 1 This error occured after I updated my 2.6.32-26 version kernel and booted directly in winodows. The ...
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Enable external HD after remote reboot

Ran into this one tonight: Was on my laptop, and ssh'd into my desktop to access files on my desktop's external HD. So far, so good. However, after remotely rebooting the desktop, the external HD ...
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How can I check my RAM and hard drive for errors?

What tools can I use to check that my memory and hard drive are still working correctly?
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Intense hard drive access activity immediately after log in

I upgraded my ubuntu karmic to lucid a few months ago. I don't know when it all started but the thing is that when I log in, I see a very intense disk access activity for a while that prevents any ...
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Nautilus freezes every time I try to delete a file from my mounted disc

My problem is the following: Every time I try to delete a file from my auto-mounted drive Nautilus freezes up. First I get the prompt-screen saying ‘Cannot move file to trash, do you want to delete ...
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USB Drive speed testing app with test options

I know there is a benchmark in the Disk Utility app, but I need something with a few more options. Some of my USB Drives are exhibiting weird results which may be due to testing patterns etc, so some ...
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How can I physically identify a single drive in a RAID array?

I have an external drive bay with 4 eSATA disks in it. My system has a 4-port eSATA card, as well as a pair of internal hardware RAID1 drives. The external drives are in software RAID1 pairs as ...
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how to interpret these errors from syslog

My Ubuntu has been acting weird lately. Yesterday, it wouldn't boot normally, so I had to do a 'recovery mode' boot. It said I had to do an fsck manually, which I did using a live CD. After this, I ...
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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 ...