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Why is particular USB-drive not auto mounted as others are?

I have a couple of USB-harddrives that I use with my stationary computer, all of them are formatted as ext4. One single of them doesn't automount as all the others do. What can be the reasons for ...
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how to open and see content of ext2 file in Ubuntu [duplicate]

I have a file root.ext2 in a iso file. How can I open and see content of ext2 file in Ubuntu?
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Disk naming convention in preseed vs manual installation

When I try to install Ubuntu 12.04 onto a Dell PowerEdge R710 via preseed, the auto install first disk is always coming up as /dev/sdc. As per the docs it should be /dev/sda. I looked at ...
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How to set disk quota for multiple users within a single disk partition

I have a single disk partition (say /shared) shared by multiple users. It has a single file system (ext3). I want to put home directories for each of the user here and set their disk limit to 5 GB. ...
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Disk failure imminent [duplicate]

I have been using Win7 ubuntu 12.04 dual boot laptop and one day I got Disk failure imminent message in ubuntu.I have been using Win 7 since then for about 2 months now and havent experienced anything ...
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Could not unmount /dev/sda1 with root filesystem

Could not unmount /dev/sda1 with root filesystem. When I try to resize it by unmounting but the following error message pops up: The partition could not be unmounted from the following mount ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 installer not Detecting Windows 8 Partitions

I have a 1Tb hardisk with windows 8 installed on a 70 Gb partition the ubuntu installer wont detect my windows 8 and other partitions. inside ubuntu i can see my other disks , but the installer only ...
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Samsung ssd 840 pro configuration?

I am about to buy an SSD 840 pro from Samsung and I read I needed to do some configuration on ubuntu in order to not reduce its life, and get the optimal performances. What I wanna know is what I need ...
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suddenly 30 gb gone from Home in ubuntu how?

Hi noticed a messege showing that less diskspace please clear up space in ubuntu. and when i took properties, i was surprised to see that of my 50gb partition only 4kb is left. then i followed the ...
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Searching for file contents on whole disk

I am trying to find my old IP address in config files in order to replace it by my new IP address. I found one answer that proposes the command sudo grep -HrnF '1.2.3.4' / to find those IP ...
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Make a disk sleep permanently

On my computer I have 3 hard disks with 3 different OSes, but one of those disks it's a little bit old and I want to make it sleep always, because it consumes power and makes noise, but I'm not even ...
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Can I access my 2nd Hard Disk?

I've installed Ubuntu over Windows 7 on my laptop, and didn't think about the second hard disk that it had, which I want to use for storage. Now I can't find a way to access it. Is it possible to add ...
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How to check the disk activity of my hard-drive?

I had a problem in Windows 8 where my hard-drive activity was reaching 100% all the time and the system was very slow. Now I've switched to Ubuntu Gnome and want to check if this is still a problem on ...
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Increase partition size on which Ubuntu is installed?

I have Ubuntu installed on a drive. The problem is it is running low on disk space. This is installed on vmware. I expanded the virtual drive and booted into ubuntu. But when I opened gparted(sudo ...
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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 ...
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Recovery disc data - two disk mounted in one file O_o

I need to recover data from the disk scsi-SATA_ST3120026A_5JT4G6C1. The BIOS can see this disk but is reporting a size of 0,0 Gb. The System can not see it by uuid. The System sees it, but it seems ...
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What do these hard disk errors “Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled” mean?

What do these errors mean? Sep 30 23:52:29 ubuntu kernel: [ 1649.816032] [Hardware Error]: Machine check events logged Sep 30 23:52:37 ubuntu kernel: [ 1657.885240] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Test WP failed, ...
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How to get a bootable disk?

I've copied ubuntu-13.04-desktop-i386.iso to a CD-R disk and put it into my PC. When I set the BIOS to boot from the IDE CD-ROM Device and try to start the machine I get the message: "Strike F1 to ...
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Check disk benchmark result with the disk running the OS

Is there a way to check my disks benchmark results that's currently running the Ubuntu I'm on? Or do I have to unplug the disk and check it in another computer?
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I need step by step guidence to recover grub [duplicate]

Yesterday I removed some two tiny partions from the disk, Today it won't boot. I opened my computer from USB now, but I can not install grub from chroot. I run sudo blkid I noticed that my ubuntu ...
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How to unmount when umount hangs due to disconnected disk?

I have an external disk connected via USB that was accidentally disconnected uncleanly. Now lsing the directory in which it was mounted gives Input/output error. umounting the directory simply hangs. ...
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Disk Wipe Script Question

I have a server setup to do diskwipe. I am wondering if someone can help me figure out why the random pass is not working. Thanks!! #textPass Sectors sectors=$(blockdev --getsz ...
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How to create bootable USB without administrator rights?

I would like to use the work computer to create the bootable USB I need bootable USB disk for my home computer. I'm not administrator on the work computer, so I can't execute the installer. Is ...
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Will I lose all of my data if I replace Windows with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I wish to install Ubuntu OVER Windows. Windows is installed on my "C" partition. I also have another partition which contains 95% of my data. I really would like to know if I install Ubuntu, will it ...
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Connecting to Airport Time Capsule Disk from Ubuntu 13.10

I use Apple and Ubuntu products at the same time, but I could not connect to my Airport Time Capsule Disk from Ubuntu 13.10. Files can explore the disk but because of the afp file sharing thing ...
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Precautions to take before replacing Hard drive in desktop

i am using Ubuntu .my hard disk is aged so i have to change it.i want to keep my data as it is and if possible.can any one please guideline some points .steps to take for successful hard disk ...
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How to reduce disk usage on a live usb 12.04 system?

I'm using ubuntu 12.04, the live usb version. Soon virtual disk on live usb gets full, after apt-get update. df -h / shows: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /cow 124M ...
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Drive damaged during VMWare copy

I was copying data from two ext2 formatted drives using an Ubuntu 11.04 Virtual Machine in VMWare Fusion 4 on a MacMini with Snow Leopard. I meant to quit from something else, but accidentally quit ...
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Ubuntu going through disk check on boot every time

How can I turn this off? Ubuntu 13.04 is going through a disk check every time I boot becuse of a pid error can I turn this off?
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How to put availabe disk space into filename?

I have a SFTP user only and I want it to be able to see available space. I want to make a cron that runs each 30 minutes, to delete the old file and put the new file to show free disk space. I could ...
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Logical Volume, Physical Volume and Volume Groups

Please can someone explain to me the meaning of Logical Volume, Physical Volume and Volume Groups? Of what importance and advantage are they in linux?
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Error mounting disk image using guestmount

In trying to get qemubuilder to work, I'm using guestmount to mount an image (base-i386.qemu) on a temporary directory (/run/shm/qemu.3430) without needing root permissions. I am running Ubuntu ...
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Why do I get different free space results? [duplicate]

I've got a separate /home when I run df -h in terminal I get the result like size 70GB used 64GB available 2.5GB so where is the rest? But when I run GParted it shows size(70GB)/used(64GB)/free(6GB) - ...
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Does the freequent use of CAT command badly affect the hard disk performance?

One the programs I've written requires merging many files into one, every 3 seconds. The merged file can be bigger than 1GB. I'm using cat command to do this. Cat seems to work pretty fast even ...
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When I mount my RAID5, there is constant activity; how can I figure out what it is?

there. I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 64bit. I have a 4-disk RAID5 (3 disks, 1 spare) setup, and it's completely synced/built, and the ext4 filesystem it contains is clean. When I assemble the RAID, all is ...
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“Disk drive is not ready yet or not present” after renaming partition

Ok so, here's the thing. I have an 256GB SSD and a 2TB HDD in my system. I had windows 7 on the SSD until a couple of days ago and ubuntu on a partition on my HDD. Not so familiar with ubuntu btw, ...
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How can I rename an external drive? [duplicate]

I would like to rename an external drive (USB). How can I rename an external drive?
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Causes of files disappearing and ways of prevention?

My brother told me two weeks ago that some of his files were missing and last week all of his files disappeared (together with some installed programs). The weird thing is that the folder structures ...
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Error message when reading subdirectory from a USB Drive

When attempting to display a directory (sorry, I'm strictly GUI for now because I'm new to this) I get the following error for a folder that reads flawlessly when attached to various Windows boxes. ...
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Partition table messed up. Cant see any partition using Gparted, though everything works?

Yesterday I was trying to install Mageia Linux along with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10. After several tries I finally installed Mageia and created an entry for the Mageia boot-loader in the Windows boot ...
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How can i skip bad sector on my hard Drive?

I have one external hard drive which i plug to my linux machine. It causes read and write operation problems. When i check it with fdisk -l it wait for information to display for while. After few ...
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Booting from Ubuntu ISO CD - Windows 7 partitioning [duplicate]

Do I partition Windows 7 hard disk before I install Ubuntu using disk utility in Windows 7? Or do I do it with my Ubuntu ISO CD after booting? And can I choose the size of the partition using Ubuntu ...
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Problem auto mounting secondary disk with fstab

I have a secondary 1TB disk. On that disk I have 3 partitions with the ext4 filesystem (600gb, 300gb and 100gb). I wanted to mount the partitions into some folders inside the home directory. So I ...
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Automount disk on boot

I've used XBMC live in the past and have been happy with manually editing /etc/fstab to configure disks to automatically mount. Now I am running Ubuntu 12.10. Within "disks" i have the mount options ...
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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 to boot Kubuntu 12.04 LTS for a Laptop without an OS

I am unable to boot my laptop with a Kubuntu boot disk I made. I made sure it I burnt the 64 bit version (My laptop is 64bit) and not the 32 bit. I am using an iMac to burn the disk and My laptop is a ...
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How to run a checkdisk?

I suspect there might be bad sector on a disk. What tool is the best equivalent of the error checking tool of windows? (I used ext3)
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Change permission of raw /dev/sdb by UUID

I am using "Apache Traffic Server" which may and it is better to use raw device like /dev/sdb without mounting it as a directory . So i should change the permission of /dev/sdb from root to user ...
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No disk drive detected

No disk drive detected in Gigabyte uefi dual bios. I tried: SATA SATA Boot option - AHCI and IDE CSM Support - always Boot mode selection - uefi and legacy, uefi , legacy Please help me . What ...
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recover data from an ancient hdd and check for bad sectors

I just found an ancient external hard drive with a whopping 10 gb of data and I was wondering if there is a way to check the health of the disk (since it apparently didn't have a partition table what ...