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Create partition on new raid1 hardware

In future, I'll need to add more 2 disks over RAID1 on my ubuntu server. I already has a RAID1, but I have more 2 slots in my server and I'll put there more 2 disks to create another RAID1. I never ...
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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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Virtual Disk size not consistent with /dev/sda1 in virtual box

I am running a Oracle VirtualBox on my Windows machine. Created a Linux VM with hard disk of capacity ~100G. In settings of VirtualBox the virtual disk size is shown as 100 G, but then df -kh (inside ...
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Do I have to worry about fsck error “Multiply-claimed block(s)”

Here is my fsck output: ~$sudo fsck -vf /dev/sda5 fsck from util-linux 2.20.1 e2fsck 1.42.5 (29-Jul-2012) Pass 1: Checking inodes, blocks, and sizes Running additional passes to resolve blocks ...
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Mounting disk drives among different users

I had this idea about mounting disk drives among different users. I would create a folder called say /media/diskXYZ . Then I would make a softlink from /media/user1/diskXYZ to /media/diskXYZ , and ...
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How do I monitor startup disk usage?

When I log in to my user session in Ubuntu it is being very slow. The CPU remains relatively low but the led of disk usage is running wild. How can I trace which applications are making the most ...
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How do I enable dual boot after Windows 7 Reinstall with no cd?

I downloaded and installed Ubuntu via the internet. No CD was involved. After I reinstalled Win 7 due to issues with it, my dual boot disappeared. I do not have the option of using Live CD or ...
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System running in low graphics mode after testdisk [duplicate]

After a successful install of ubuntu 12.04, i decided to recover some lost file with testdisk. When it finished my 320gb harddrive had been completely fulled and it didnt has any free space. Then i ...
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ubuntu12.04 disk write delays much

here is my dd test: 10240+0 records in 10240+0 records out 83886080 bytes (84 MB) copied, 0.136335 s, 615 MB/s previously I used a HDD, now using the SSD. In the Python idle or Geany, I found that ...
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Hard drive indicator is slightly flashing all the time

My laptop's hard drive indicator is slightly flashing, even when idle. How do I figure out which process is causing the hard drive activity and stop it? I believe there shouldn't be any hard drive ...
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Apt-get problems and errors : VIM

I found this great link: How do I resolve unmet dependencies? but I can't seem to get any command involving apt-get to run correctly. My main problem is a partition filling up and don't know why, ...
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Mounting partion (FAT) fails [duplicate]

I have several windows drives, allthough I'ḿ not using Windows anymore but too many data on it. Is there a way to convert the filesystems without losing the data or how to fix this issue? I have 4 ...
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Why won't the Ubuntu 12.04 installer use my preseed file?

Here is my preseed file: d-i partman-auto/disk string /dev/sda d-i partman-auto/method string lvm d-i partman-lvm/device_remove_lvm boolean true d-i partman-lvm/device_remove_lvm_span boolean true ...
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3/5 SATA ports not detected

I am running Ubuntu 13.04 on a Gigabyte ga-h67a-ud3h motherboard. This motherboard has 2 x 6GB/s SATA ports (numbers 0 and 1) and 3 x 3GB/s SATA ports (numbers 2, 3 and 4). Any device plugged in to ...
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Wubi took up all of my disk space on Win 7

I tried to create a live 13.04 USB using a 1TB external hard drive and it wouldn't boot on my machine. After that, I booted into windows and tried to run Wubi from the hard drive and I selected the ...
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Removing Ubuntu, disk management problem [duplicate]

I failed installing Ubuntu (I used the Ubuntu Installer on W8, which was not possible). I want to remove it now. It did use 18GB space on my SSD though, not being used. When I go to Disk Management ...
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Is ExFat a good compromise for sharing a hard drive between linux and windows?

I am currently dual booting linux and windows on my primary SSD which is split with Ext4 and NTFS accordingly. However, I have a secondary hard drive where I would like to place my downloads and other ...
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PC loads GRUB menu, but cannot run Ubuntu 12.04; Diagnostics report HD failure [closed]

I recently switched to Ubuntu 12.04 from Windows, no regrets. A few days ago, however, I ran Windows XP in VirtualBox and the next time I booted my computer was brought straight to the GRUB menu. ...
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How to boot up live cd without HDD auto-mounting?

How can I boot linux (Ubuntu/Lubuntu) from CD/DVD/USB without auto-mounting hard disk drive. My HDD is damaged and I want to mount it after my linux starts, not at launch. Right now when I boot linux ...
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Do I have to create a DVD for install or can I use a CD-R?

I want to download and install 12.04.3 but the laptop I have to use does not have a DVD-R drive but has a CD-R/CD-RW drive. Can I use a standard CD to create a bootable LiveCD?
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script to clear folder/drive on boot

I want to make my own /tmp folder on one of my drives /media/Torrents How would I go about create a script to run on startup applications? I already have this script where it mounts the drive on boot: ...
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How do I build a BOOT disk! [duplicate]

I've used Ubuntu a few years ago and got a error regarding a Password. I never had a password for this computer, but it really said I did and I tried and tried to get it corrected.... I finally gave ...
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findout if my filesystem write operations are really deals with tmpfs or ssd on ubuntu

I bought a notebook with SSD drive and mounted all common system and user temp dirs to memory (to RAM) with tmpfs. This is the list of which dirs are placed in memory exactly (from fstab): none on ...
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Preparing a disk from Windows for installing Ubuntu (partitioning)

I have windows 8 installed. I want to install Ubuntu, therefore, I want to partition a disk using standard windows 8 utility for that. However, what file system do I have to format it to: extFAT or ...
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All drives installed as peripheral devices

Why would my HDDs and DVD drives be installed as peripheral devices? I'm attempting to set up a file server using 12.04 and a Raidz1 array for storage, but don't want to initiate the ZFS pool until ...
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Live USB: How do i save files on hard drive

So I have never used linux or ubuntu before so at the moment I am just trying it out from a USB drive. My problem is that i would like to save files on the internal hard drive of the computer but i ...
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Mount error, special device does not exists

I have a hard disk of 320 GB on ubuntu 12.04 64-bit. 2 drives of my hard (sda7 and sda8 of ext3 type) cannot be mounted. output of sudo mount /dev/sda7 /home/newfolder -t ext3 : mount: special ...
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Why disk space is not released after deleting virtual disk

I installed ubuntu via wubi with the size of 20Gbs. Then i decided to increase it to 65 Gbs using this guide. Then i decided to delete this virtual disk (65 Gbs) to increase to about 150Gbs. The only ...
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how to check disk partition in unbuntu 12.10 and do partition for other OS [duplicate]

I want to check my disk partition in Ubuntu as i want to install windows OS and create partition
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KDE Dolphin file manager: Configure Places for all users

I'm running a dual boot system with Windows 7 - so have a bunch of NTFS and FAT drives - C:, D: and E: I also have 2 more users for whom I've set up accounts I've managed to add fstab entries so ...
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An issue with installing ubuntu 12.04 on my Dell laptop

I bought a Ubuntu 12.04 installing 32bit DVD, But when I insert it and boot it, when it opens the partition choosing page I don't see my partitions. It just shows me my 500 GB hard drive and asks me ...
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unallocating or freeing some space to install another OS [duplicate]

I would like to install another OS besides Ubuntu for this I need to have some space but I cannot find how to unallocate space how to do it.
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s.m.a.r.t settings lost after waking up

i have 24 gb ssd disk (/dev/sdb) which has ubuntu on it, and 750 gb hdd (/dev/sda) which has my data on it. i rarely access my data disk(/dev/sda), so i want it to sleep untill the time i want to use ...
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Too much disk read/write when launching an application

I have Xubuntu 13.04 on an old Dell Inspiron with 1 GB RAM and about 2 GB swap. Each time I launch an application (e.g. Thunar or Evince) it takes a pretty long time to be launched and I see a lot ...
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Can I add more diskspace for extra use? [duplicate]

Am I able to add more disk space to the OS? I did the default during the install, and wondering in case I ever needed to allocate more.
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Creating custom installation disk

I've two important question: 1- Why Ubuntu and also Kubuntu are downloadable in their simple mood? mean why they don't have additional softwares such as JAVA and WINE and Dictionary and etc. i know ...
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Can't select CD disk to copy

I do not seem to be able to select the CD to copy from the combo-box on the copy disk dialogue window - I have tried with a mouse and keyboard but can't select the disk if there is only one item in ...
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How can I find out if all my hard drives are mounted (Ubuntu Server)?

I had one hard disk to start with. On that hard disk I installed Ubuntu server. Today I added 2 other hard drives to the system. But I am not sure if the server software mounts the disks. How can I ...
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Read contents of a previous Fedora hard drive

I have this Fedora 18, Spherical Cow OS which has not been very stable. So I am migrating to Ubuntu 11.10 I need to read the contents of the disk, so I can copy all my development files there. How ...
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How to acces from live cd to windows 7 disks?

I have live ubuntu 12.10 on usb (4GB verbatim). I prepared live usb by Lili USB creator (it just copy the iso of ubuntu to usb to be bootable). Then I booted successfully the live version of ubuntu ...
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after installing ubuntu 13.04 CD-ROM not working

I remove my windows 7 and install ubuntu 13.04 amd64 in EFI after many hit and trail. first time i install ubuntu with DVD and it is success full installation but i decide to install in EFI. in second ...
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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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Why is the .xsession-errors.old file so big?

Problem Many users (including me) found out from one moment to another that the usage disk space is really strange. One day I had 50Gb free and the next I had 3Gb, it is just crazy. This happened ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 is unable to mount a disk drive from ex-windows system [duplicate]

I just installed Ubuntu 13.04 as a single OS on a system previously installed with windows 8. Almost everything is working fine except 1- I cannot control my brightness (Hotkeys are able to move ...
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How to figure out if my DVD-reader is also a burner?

I am using Ubuntu on a Dell Inspiron 14R. There are no writings like DVD-RX or DVD-rom on my DVD-reader. Is there anything in Ubuntu similar to the device manager in Windows, so that I can know if I ...
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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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Can't install updates due to boot folder size on 13.04

Update attempt delivers message 'Not enough free disk space' with the recommendation to free up space on /boot. I have tried all the clean up techniques I know, but essentially it is filled with all ...
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From /media/blabla to media/my_name/blabla

I have a ntfs disk which used to get mapped to media/A6505A54505A2B11_/. There was also a directory media/A6505A54505A2B11/. Then all of a sudden it started to get mapped to ...
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Disk Usage Analyzer and other programs reporting incorrect partition capacities

I recently resized/moved my home partition and then expanded my root partition into the free space remaining. I did this all off a bootable usb with gparted. When i started ubuntu back up and ran ...
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disk space used up

I have upgraded to 13.04 and lose disk space, ... I have a 3 TB hard disk, and had yesterday still 890 GB free, ... today all is gone! Disk Usage Analyzer does not give me a clue and says that it ...