For questions regarding disk storage devices such as hard disk drives, floppy disk drives, and optical disk drives.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
82 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
739 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
10k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
187 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
106 views

Ubuntu - ran fsck -Af and now getting Grub rescue - unknown disk

So I got a read-only disk issue when I was browsing the net and tried to save something, and I read that running the fsck -Af would check my disk and fix any issues. I did that, and as soon as I ...
0
votes
2answers
688 views

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
1
vote
1answer
311 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
450 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

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.
0
votes
0answers
28 views

unable to get past partition disk screen when installing ubuntu server 13.04

I am trying to install Ubuntu Server 13.04. When I get to the partitioning disk part of the installation i only get the option to "configure isci volumes". I have checked the ISO file using md5sum and ...
1
vote
0answers
36 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
142 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
105 views

hdparm -B of SAMSUNG HN-M500MBB

My notebook hard disk is SAMSUNG HN-M500MBB, 500G. When I set 'hdparm -B 253 /dev/sda', Load_Cycle_Count increases as 4/minute, so fast! When I set 'hdparm -B 254 /dev/sda', Load_Cycle_Count halts. ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
268 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
31 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
127 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
137 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
89 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
16k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
969 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
491 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
627 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
390 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
628 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
5k views

Adding an entry to fstab

I 've unmounted a disk /dev/vdc1 on my machine, after I format it into xfs file system, I didn't mount it again, either didn't add the adequate line to fstab file. Now when i want to mount this ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

How to see the amount of free disk space in files browser with 13.04 (Raring Ringtail)

Up to the previous Ubuntu versions you could easily switch on a status line at the bottom of the files browser, which showed useful infos like the amount of free disk space, number of files in ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

I added a second harddrive and now I am trying to format the first one and I am having an issue

I just added a second faster hard-drive and it is working great! However I am having an issue formatting the original hard-drive (I already have everything backed up). After going to the disk app and ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

For more security: overwrite empty disk space

I know it might seem a stupid question but I haven't come across any forum or post on the internet about: - What does "overwriting an empty disk space" mean/do? - Why doing that makes it more ...
0
votes
1answer
810 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
585 views

Stop/Switch eSATA hotpluggable disk

I would like to know what would be the best practices to start/stop/switch safely an eSATA disk. First : i've read this post : Safely removing eSATA disks but the given and accepted answer does not ...
0
votes
1answer
650 views

View TOTAL Disk Space Taken by ALL Installed Packages

Is there a way to view a 'system size'? I want to know how large I should make partitions if I separate my /home from the / (root) partition, but I don't know how much space Ubuntu + every installed ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

What are relevant disk benchmark settings for a desktop system [duplicate]

NOTE: This is not a question about which tools to use to fine tune disks. I am about to replace an HD with an SSD and also to fine tune some of the disk settings. Also, I might distribute my ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Installing ubuntu to a specific disk drive alongside Windows 7 on separate disk

I have deleted an entire disk drive (120 GB ssd) for ubuntu to be installed on. However, when I install ubuntu 13.04 from DVD, it never prompts me as to which disk drive to install on. ...
0
votes
2answers
336 views

“Disk I/O error:” Can not write anything to mounted partitions

Recently I have lot of DISK I/O Errors. I am not able to save anything even on my home partition. I have the same problems in 12.04, 12.10 and now in 13.04. Following is the output of mtab ...
1
vote
0answers
60 views

How do I make a complete image file boot disc

I'm a crusty old fert who's gotten fed up with MS, plus I have security concerns. I'd like to make an image file boot of Ubuntu, a PDF printer (possibly a complete editor?), and if possible, a driver ...
2
votes
0answers
38 views

Strange RAID disk volume usage

I have Ubuntu Server 12.04, and my disk is full. I don't know why; my files don't use more than 5GB. Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on ...
1
vote
3answers
61 views

Deleting contents of a disc

I need to completely delete the contents of the folder /data Obviously I launched rm-rf * but it's been running from a long time (I have many large files for a total of nearly 1 TB). Given that the ...
0
votes
1answer
90 views

Changing size of Windows partition

when I was installing Linux, I divided my HDD into few partitions. By mistake, I let for Windows too little space. Question is, how to uninstall Linux, join all partitions and then again divide HDD ...
3
votes
2answers
79 views

How do I find out if an external drive is in active use (being read/written to)?

I have some external drives connected to a power outlet. The outlet is USB switchable, i.e. I can run a program on my PC that physically disconnects the external drives from the power grid. I only use ...
3
votes
1answer
729 views

Increase the disk spindown timeout

When my laptop (running Ubuntu 12.04) is on battery, the disk powers off after a few seconds of inactivity — about 20s. I use lightdm to log in, and have some Gnome components running (I have ...
1
vote
1answer
545 views

While installing Ubuntu I used replace Windows with Ubuntu option. Did it delete my private data?

I had 3 Partitions: Local Disk C: with Windows installed D: and E: with my data. While installing Ubuntu, I used: Replace Windows With Ubuntu Option Have I lost my data in D: and E: also? ...
0
votes
1answer
706 views

how to check if cache is working

is there a way to check if disk cache is working on a regular sata disk? i see "asking for disk cache failed" error messages, but discovered my laptop has a 1gb solid state drive without a ...
0
votes
1answer
164 views

Empty disk partition after opening Windows 8

I have both Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on my machine. I always use Ubuntu and nearly never logged in to Windows 8. However I needed to use Windows today and encountered a serious problem. When I ...
0
votes
2answers
602 views

Root partition oddly full

The root partition of my 12.10 Kubuntu distro is full and I don't really understand why, since fileflight shows that 72% of the disk space usage of my root partition is being used by the "home/"My ...
1
vote
2answers
63 views

Windows formated disks; are they any use on Ubuntu?

I have a bunch of disks (digital dictionaries, encyclopedia) on Windows format. Is it possible to read them with Ubuntu?(12:10) When I just put them in my drive, window says "no respinse" and it ...