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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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Does removing a partition automatically increase another?

Is it possible to format a partition and then converge it with the other partition so that the storage capacity of the other partition with the OS increases? Actually, I am suffering that. I got two ...
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ubuntu doesn't recognize USB disk after upgrade to 14.04

Appreciate any thoughts on this. fdisk does not see the USB drive(s). Was working until I upgraded from 13.10 ->14.04 Dmesg and lsusb show it: > lsusb Bus 002 Device 005: ID 058f:6362 Alcor ...
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Will installing Ubuntu erase OS on chosen disk?

If using "Something Else" option during instalation of Ubuntu for boot loader installation I choose a device that already has one OS (ubuntu 6.06 in that case) will this OS be removed or will new ...
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Can someone explain partitions to me? [closed]

I'm installing Lubuntu and I and dual-booting it with Windows 7. I want to be able to access all files while using either OS. My Hard drive has 4 partitions, sda1 200mb 'Windows 7 (Loader)', sda2 ...
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Why I cannot open my disk please

I had windows & Kali linux (dual boot) then I took off Kali linux Parition so I delete it but I Made a mistake ... and PC won't boot "Rescue grub error" or something ... but I installed Ubuntu ...
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Can't open my disk . [duplicate]

I had windows & Kali linux (dual boot) then I took off Kali linux Parition so I delete it but I Made a mistake ... and PC won't boot "Rescue grub error" or something ... but I installed Ubuntu ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Change or Assign a Drive Letter to an external hard drive (or any drive)

I have an external hard drive that I formatted with Ubuntu (using the Gnome Disk Utility aka Disks) as an NTFS file system. Most of my computers in the house run Linux but I have a house mate using ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Allocate users disk space? [duplicate]

If possible i'd like to allocate disk space to users. I run a large collection of users and on sign up i'd like to include a folder limit. Is there a command for this?
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/boot Not enough Disk Space! [duplicate]

I would call myself a step above a noob when it comes to linux and Ubuntu, but I'm having trouble here. I use my Ubuntu laptop as a torrent slave, and there is never any files saved on it for long so ...
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Unable to mount external hard disk

My hard disk suddenly appears to be inaccessible, with the following error: Unable to mount external HD Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 13: $MFT must be non-resident. Failed to load ...
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Pendrive Wont Mount, Errror

Pen-drive wont mount, although its working fine on my friend system Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sdc1: Command-line `mount "/mnt/usb-hp_v210w_0419570000000162-0:0-part1"' exited with ...
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How to edit the disk partition?

When I installed Ubuntu I had already windows 7 in my computer and I installed Ubuntu aside windows 7, but when I did the disk partition I did it the opposite of what I wanted (I mean I give Ubuntu ...
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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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what is the difference between installing raid form bios and from disk utility in installing system?

what is the difference in configuring raid in Idrak bios and configuring raid in installing Ubuntu or any other system?? is it faster in configuring raid from bios and more good performance and can i ...
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Ubuntu disk will not mount

Here is the error Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sdb1: Command-line `mount "/mnt/287319a7-69ba-45b8-b8bf-e2fd4d6ea6f0"' exited with non-zero exit status 32: mount: wrong fs type, bad ...
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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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How to change mount point? [duplicate]

During Ubuntu 12.04 installation I selected mount point for a 145GB drive to /usr/local. How can I change it?
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On Ubuntu 12.04 LTS hard drive says i can't save stuff to my drive? [duplicate]

Looking at the Disk Utility its says DISK FAILTURE IS IMMIMENT ON THE SMART STATUS....? I still have 21 GBs left, its does say something about the swap data?
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I want to purchase a new Ubuntu installation CD

Can you mail me a new Ubuntu instillation CD, please? I want to switch from Windows and need an installation CD, please. How much do you charge? Can I send you a check,please, I do not trust online ...
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How to install Ubuntu on usb drive (not live simulation)

I want to install Ubuntu on my usb disk. But not as a live CD. I want to connect to a PC, and boot my ubuntu as on a normal PC. So that I can make changes and install new programs. With a live cd is ...
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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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Unable to format USB drive with Disks (udisks-error-quark, 0)

Upon trying to make a startup disk (USB) for Ubuntu 12.04, the system prevented boot loader installation. I'm getting message: Error synchronizing after initial wipe: Timed out waiting for object ...
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How can I boot Ubuntu from a USB external disk that was previously the internal laptop disk?

I finally decided to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my laptop; I also upgraded the internal disk to 1TB and kept (untouched) the old 500 GB disk in a SATA-USB enclosure for sake of security (you may ...
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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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Remove Back Versions of Ubuntu [duplicate]

While installing the most recent version of the kernel, I ran out of disk space. How do I go back and delete all of the old versions of the kernel that are occupying my disk
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How to trigger Offline data collection with Smartmontools?

I just purchased a new SSD and I'm trying to figure out how to monitor the expected lifetime of it. When I run sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda it reports ... General SMART Values: Offline data ...
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Running out of disc space- how to check where its being used?

I am starting to run out of disk space. How can I check where all the largest files are located on my Ubuntu installation so that I can delete them?