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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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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 ...
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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? ...
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Upgrade 11.04 to 12.04

I'm using Ubuntu 11.04. My computer is no longer supported and my computer is now trying to get me to upgrade to 12.10. But I want to upgrade to 12.04. Can I upgrade to 12.04 using the update manager ...
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Is this external drive (verbatim 47564 320gb) recognized by Linux?

I'm buying this drive: http://www.techfuels.com/hard-disk/8068-verbatim-47564-320gb-external-usb-hard-drive.html because of transition from Windows 7 to Linux (Mint/Ubuntu) and I want to save my ...
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How to not wipe the whole disk, only the partition i want ubuntu on?

I have in my old laptop, one harddisk which is split in two equal sized partitions. Partition C got the windows xp boot and some odd files that i don't care much for since i always do a backup ...
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How can I use Ubuntu to rescue files from an NTFS drive?

I reinstalled windows on the laptop of my daughter. Before doing this we made a copy of her music, pictures and so on on an external drive which was formatted in NTFS. Unfortunately, the folder we ...
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vmware-vdiskmanager is not present in my system

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and trying to expand size allocated to Linux virtual machine, but I'm not able to find vmware-vdiskmanager or any package that installs vmware-vdiskmanager. Can anyone please ...
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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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ZFS pool with disks labels /dev/disk/by-id/scsi*** disappeared after upgrade

Recently I have upgraded my home server from 13.04 to 13.10 by dist-upgrade and my zfs pool which was built using .../by-id/scsi*** disk names broke The problem is that scsi*** labels completely ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does Ubuntu run from a CD/DVD save data ONLY in memory?

If I create a proper LiveCD and run the OS from the disc does it save any information on a hard-drive or is it ALL saved to the PC's memory? I've looked around for a clear, direct "yes/no" answer to ...
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Gparted found problems when “checking” both primary partitions. How to fix?

I am using Gparted (from Ubuntu Live CD) to enlarge my Win Vista and shrink my Ubuntu 9.04 partitions. Reports of "check" process on each partition are here: Vista partition: Ubuntu partition: ...
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Can I install Windows when a full encrypted Ubuntu disk is installed?

I am running a full-disk encrypted Ubuntu 12.10. Can I install Windows alongside, adding it at the boot menu on this machine? If so, how?
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External USB hard drive formatted E2fs/E3fs permissions

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 on a laptop computer. I have an external USB disk drive formatted E2fs/E3fs by another linux system (specifically a Linksys NSLU2 running stock Linksys firmware). From the ...
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Mounted disk suddenly became readonly

While running Ubuntu, sometimes my disks suddenly become read-only, and any write attempt on it result in error: Read-only file system, but mount -l shows that disk as rw. After restarting, some ...
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LUKS on >2TB disk

I have a 3TB disk which I want to encrypt. As soon as I create a file system (mkfs.xfs or ext2-4) in the encrypted partition it outputs "Attempt to read block from file-system resulted in short read ...
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Text User Interface for fdisk?

Is there a TUI for fdisk ? Where can I get it from and how can I use it? I would like one which is in the ubuntu repos
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Disk I/O makes desktop unusable. System consumes too much memory

I have a long-term problem with my Acer TravelMate 3002WTMi (Pentium-M 1.73Ghz, 512 MB RAM) and Xubuntu 11.10. Whenever load increases machine tends to slow down to the point that it's totally ...
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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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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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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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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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How to merge free space with filesystem partition?

That's the snapshot of my disk. I want to merge free space to primary partition without data loss.
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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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System very Slow, Trying to find the bottleneck

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed in Sony VIAO E Series VPCEH16EN, 4GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, Intel Core i3-2310M Processor 2.10GHz. It is a dual boot with Windows7 alongside with it. I see the system is very ...
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cannot see my external drive

Hi I can't see my usb external hard drive. With disk utility it says it's mounted. But I can't find it on the right of nautilus file explorer. When I try to mounted again, obviously it says it's ...
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12.10 login error “Unable to mount Floppy Disk”

After a fresh install of 12.10 on a system with 6 users. Every user that logs in gets the message Error mounting system-managed device /dev/fd0: Command-line `mount "/media/floppy0"' ...
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How to use ram disk for certain application

I have creat ram disk for chrome like this:http://www.kevingunn.org/?p=210 I' d like to use light read on ram disk. What should I do? 1) Most of our commands require superuser privileges, so we ...
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How do I get back into Ubuntu?

I just deleted root.disk in Windows 7 because it seemed at the time like the only way I could rename the new partition I had created (with wubi resize disk) to replace it as "root.disk" because when I ...
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Hercules DJ console MK4

I have a Hercules DJ console MK4 at home and I would like to use it in Ubuntu because I prefer this over Windows. I know it isn't officially supported but does anyone know any method to do this? I'm ...
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12.04, Slow load, VMWare Player

Everything, including booting, apt-get install, and web browser page load is snappy, but anything that requires random disk IO seems to be slow. The examples include: application launch, sudo command, ...
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How can I disable Kubuntu 12.04 home folder encryption?

I use Kubuntu 12.04. It's a relatively new install and when I created my account I had the option to have it encrypt my home folder. I chose to do that. Now I would like to turn that off. I opened ...
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Does Grub2 Require an Optional SCSI Feature?

I was told that the SCSI mode page commands that provide serial numbers are an optional feature. Is this true? Grub2 most definitely fails to function on disks that do not provide serial numbers. ...
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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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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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Should I enable my Mobo Raid controller or leave it at AHCI?

I am setting up a raid storage volume, should I leave the sata controller on AHCI or switch it to raid when using Ubuntu's software side raid?
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Can I use SSD for system and HDD for /home partition w/o problems in future?

My first question here. I'm relatively new to Linux. Pretty much I've been using Windows since 95 release, so I'm a bit confused as you may have guessed. It's not really Ubuntu-specific question ...
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Deploy ubuntu with MAAS fails

I have a problem with the Ubuntu deploying with MAAS. I'm trying to install Ubuntu on a KVM virtual machine. The boot with pxe works, I see the login prompt during the deploying, the server connect ...
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Extending RAID-1 with two more disk (RAID-1 => RAID 1+0)

I have a Ubuntu 12.10 installation with (software) RAID-1 - only for data (root-system and swap are on another drive). Now I would like to add two more drives to the existing RAID 1 (basically to have ...
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SD card write speed not as advertised, on 14.04 at least

I bought a new SD card and the claimed performance is a long way from my benchmark. Is there something I can do improve the transfer speed when working with this SD card? Information on the disk: $ ...
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Update fails to Install

I get the below error when I try to install updates using Software Updater: Not enough free disk space The upgrade needs a total of 81.3 M free space on disk '/boot'. Please free at least an ...
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Fix write-protected(read-only) filesystem

I made bootable usb drive , then USB drive was write protected. I used followng command hrirks@hrirks-MS-7592:~$ sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 ...
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traverse all the disks or get hd_struct by device name in kernel module

I'm writing a kernel module(on linux 2.6.32), to get the disk_stats of all the disks(not partition) in use. In other words, I'm getting the data just like what /sys/block/sda/stat shows, but in kernel ...
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KVM image size has changed?

We had a 180GB VM image. Inside the guest VM everything is OK and hdd size is 180G. but when we look the image size on the host it is 475MB. I am afraid that if we restart, the VM wouldn't work. I ...
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Mounting a network folder on a local computer

I'm trying to mount a folder from a different computer as a local mount on mine. Both mine and the other computer (our home server) are Ubuntu, both running 14.04. The folder I want to mount locally ...