Questions about hard drives, configuring and formatting them. Hard drives typically provide stateful memory storage for computers, and are the primary location for the operating system and user files.

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Failure to Mount HDD after computer froze transfering files

Originally I had to use CPartedPariationEditor(and possibly some other steps) to even get my HDD to mount on Ubuntu. My HDD has been working fine but when I was doing a large transfer of files to ...
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Disable automounting of hard disks on ubuntu live

I have an ubuntu live USB. When I try to boot it on a computer with a SATA hard disk, it automounts the hard disk and that would seem to corrupt the windows 7 installation which is on the hard disk. ...
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Slow raid5 resync with WD Green drives

The Question Why is my initial resync so slow? Initially cat /proc/mdstat reported ~ 30000K/sec. I then increased /sys/block/md0/md/stripe_cache_size from 256 to 16384. That increased the speed to ...
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Pointing Local Folders in Kubuntu 15.04 Kmail to email messages stored on local Hard drive

I have Kmail messages stored in different folders on my local Hard drive. I would like to set up the Local Folders in the Kmail application of Kubuntu 15.04 so that it displays the messages stored on ...
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How to Mount secondary HDD for Virtual Box in Ubuntu 14.04

I'm new to Ubuntu and I love it but I’m having one minor problem installing my VBox. See I'm running the Host OS on a 128GB SDD and and a 1TB HDD for storage. I have an additional 500GB HDD That I'm ...
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AutoFS with NTFS not mounting

I've dabbled a bit into getting rid of udev for mounting ntfs usb-sticks at boot time and when hotplugging because it seems to have troubles with fuseblk when using systemd. Since usbdisk is not a ...
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After Cloning my 80gb hdd to a 1tb hdd, ubunutu reads it as the 80gb. [duplicate]

The 80gb is not in the computer. How do I make it read and use the full tb?
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Ubuntu 14.04 not recognizing my 2nd SATA HDD

I just built a media server running ubuntu desktop 14.04.This is my first ubuntu experience, so bear with me. I have two 3 TB HDD's connected to the motherboard/PSU, but I just noticed that only one ...
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Can I clone a 1TB hard drive with Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 to a sshd on a laptop?

I am using Ubuntu 14.10 and will upgrade to Ubuntu 15.04 this afternoon. I was curious while looking at hard drives and was seeing that SSHD drives are the perfect mix of hard drive and solid state ...
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Recovering Data from TOSHIBA MK4026GAX (0201)?

I have an Old TOSHIBA MK4026GAX (0201) that I have not used since 2009 and I have my pictures, videos and etc on it. I have tried to figure out whats wrong using dmesg and here is the output: [ ...
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How to recover an HDD after using it for SWAP

Last night I was working on my linux box using a CFD solver where I needed more than the 16 GB RAM that I already have installed. So I took one of my external HDDs (total of 360G capacity with about ...
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PC not working, Windows to Ubuntu [on hold]

I have a custom PC with Windows on it. Sometimes it just is way too slow, I tried different version, a different HDD, reinstalling, nothing works. Then someone told me to try installing Ubuntu, if it ...
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After forcing shutdown during early startup, POST takes super long, and other problems

I recently tried Wake On Lan with my new phone and after it worked, used the power button to shut it down. This was after the POST beep. That was not a good idea... now, POST takes very long to ...
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Testdisk can't/won't recognise hard disk

After moving a number of hard drives from an Ubuntu desktop to dedicated Ubuntu server, I'm finding it hard to get Ubuntu server to recognise one of the drives. It's a 4tb WD green which was formatted ...
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suspended HDD spins up before system suspend

I'm booting Ubuntu 14.10 from the SSD ("sdb") in my notebook. As a second drive I have an HDD ("sda") which is kept on standby via entry in /etc/hdparm.conf: /dev/sda { poweron_standby = on ...
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How can I Mount Drive in Unsafe State? Operation not Permitted

I have a drive that is starting to fail. I'm using Ubuntu to try and recover files. Right now I am running into issues. I know the files are there as yesterday, on a boot usb, I managed to mount ...
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SDA1 almost full. What do i do? [duplicate]

Ive been using my ubuntu 14.4 system for awhile now.Its just Ubuntu,i havent installed it along any other os.learning as I go. Ive been doing allot of updating removing and downloading. So much so ...
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How can I install Ubuntu on a hard disk portable?

How can I install Ubuntu (14.10) portable on a hard disk/ssd and use it on multiple computers. Should be compatible with all BIOS versions (uefi etc.) And it should not be the live version of Ubuntu ...
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Noisy HDD in Ubuntu

I have dual boot Windows 7 & Ubuntu 14.04. I found that in Ubuntu in many cases,my HDD is noisy and my computer is freezing and really slow especially when I'm using JetBrains products (CLion, ...
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how to retrieve files when there is a problem with how the HDD treats the computer?

i have a problem with my SEAGATE EXPANSION PACK 500GB EXTERNAL HARD DISK DRIVE(HDD). At first, it wasnt recognizable by the PC. Then we discovered that the pin was stuck so we fixed it and now it can ...
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Upgrade, unable to boot [closed]

I've just done a regular upgrade on my system. I restarted my computer and Ubuntu won't load. All I've got is a small blue window that says HDD has been blocked by the current security ...
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Ubuntu installation takes the whole hard disk space, leaving no space for other partitions to be created

I installed ubuntu 14.04 LTS (now upgraded to 14.10) from a pen-drive. Accidentally, I chose the whole of my hard disk space as the installation space - even formatting (or deleting, I can't remember) ...
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Recovering Files from 2nd HDD on a Ubuntu Server

Been Long time, Ok So I have a Ubuntu 12 Server with 2 HDD's 1st HDD is Holding the OS and the 2nd HDD is Holding the Data. The users suddenly complained that there are no documents in the Share ...
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how to find hard drive brand name or model?

I am using xubuntu 14.04. I need to know the manufacturer name of the internal hard drive or similar information. For example when using windows we can see the manufacturer information of the hard ...
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How to install Ubuntu 14 on an Asus Vivobook S46CA with 20GB SSD and 1TB HDD? How to do the partitions?

I'm new in Linux world. My entrance is due to the awful Windows 8 which came installed by factory in my Asus Vivobook S46CA (i7 / 6GB RAM / 20GB SSD / 1TB HDD). What a bad experience. So I've tried a ...
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Partitioning SSD+HDD for ubuntu installation

Ok, I bought a new Samsung SSD 850 Pro 256GB; What I'm intending to do is have a fresh ubuntu installation on my SSD along with a spinning hard drive I previously owned. I read through a lot of ...
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Installing Ubuntu On a Seperate HDD

I was wondering if I could install ubuntu on a 500GB HDD while there are already 2 other HDDs in RAID 0 with windows 8 installed. Any help is appreciated.
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Fix corrupted mSATA boot drive

I was given an disk image for an embedded device. I connect the mSATA drive through a USB 3 enclosure. I did sudo dd if=system.img of=/dev/sdb instead of sudo dd if=system.img of=/dev/sdb1. This ...
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Windows sees HDD Linux doesnt [closed]

I have a NUC dn2820 with a Toshiba MQ01abd100, which is an Advanced Format 512e 1TB drive. I have tried Windows 8.1 and 7 on it and both can access the drive i.e. if I go to This PC/My computer I can ...
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I have a computer running Ubuntu and I have a mac os x snow leopard disk, can I dual boot them on 1 hd?

I would really like to be able to dual boot Ubuntu and mac os x snow leopard on the same computer. Is it possible? and if so, HOW? Thanks James
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Dual HDD manual partitioning woes

Wondering if anyone can lend a hand. Installed an SSD in my laptop, now have two drives (SSD for efi patition and /) (HDD for /home & swap). I am able to install uefi mode with all distros (Arch, ...
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How can I install Ubuntu onto a second hard drive along side windows 7?

I've recently managed to install my old PC hard drive and have formatted it, now I want to install Ubuntu onto it but I don't want anything to happen to my windows 7 hard drive. I want to be able to ...
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Dual boot with LUKS encryption with 2HDD's(Probably repeat)

As the header states, I am wondering it it's possible to do a FULL DISK encryption on my UBUNTU HDD while having windows on a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HDD? Will Grub2 allow for this? If so.. How? ...
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Awful beep on boot after installing Ubuntu in a Macbook

I formated the entire hard drive and installed Ubuntu 14.04 in a Macbook 5.2. Ubuntu boots decently fast, however there is a disconcerning garbled image on screen: After that Ubuntu runs fairly ...
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Putting a Linux distribution on an external drive with Unetbootin

I don't have a USB stick or CD drive, but I'm trying to put some version of Linux on my external hard drive. My computer is running Windows 8 on a Lenovo Yoga. I used SmartDiskFAT32 to reformat the ...
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Computer lagging badly on all operating systems

I've been having the longest battle with a computer I assembled myself years ago. At the time I wasn't using it so I installed windows 8.1 (another battle in itself) and gave the computer to my ...
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expanding --vg-root(dm-0)

I added more space to my Ubuntu VM through vSphere (to 1TB). Then, I used GParted from Ubuntu live CD to expand sda2, and sda5. But when I do lsblk my root partition (--vg-root(dm-0)) is still the ...
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Why do I have excessive hard disk activity after using Kubuntu 14.10 for about 10 minutes?

Even just opening several web pages and checking email for about 10 minutes causes the hard drive light comes on solid and I'm done for ~ 5 min until the light goes out. I have a few years old Dell ...
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Allocate disk space to partitions in a fresh install

I'm planing to do a fresh xubuntu install and am wondering about how I would best partition my hard drives, which are as follows: SSD - 128 GB HDD - 2 TB Right now, running ubuntu, I have the ...
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In battery mode disable apm hard drive sleeping?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I want to disable advanced power management level up to 255 when my laptop is in battery mode. At this moment amp change it to level 1 and it's very hard to deal with. ...
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SSD drive errors in dmesg but smartctl says all is ok

I am not extremely experience in SSD monitoring so not sure if there is an issue or not, but yesterday I noticed in dmesg a number of errors being generated from my root disk (/dev/sdb). These seem to ...
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Cannot install Ubuntu - stuck at 'Installation Type'

I am trying to install Ubuntu on my computer, but am stuck at choosing the device and partition to install to. I have three harddrives, one of them was going to be dedicated to Ubuntu, but two of the ...
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unable to find my hard drives in ubuntu 14.04 in device [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in my old pc by erasing Windows 7. When I opened my files in Ubuntu, I didn't find my hard drives under Device. The only one option available was Computer. Is there ...
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Ubuntu live CD doesn't show Macintosh HD

I started Kubuntu 14.04 from USB on my Macbook Pro (2011) with OS X Lion (10.7) but I cannot find the internal HDD. It doesn't show up in the file browser (I think Dolphin) and not on the console ...
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Complete I/O error HDD after doing dd

Ok, before reading this, I just want to say that this is not a duplicate post. I once owned a Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB that contains Windows 8. After messing up a bit, it restarted and what I saw ...
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How can i mount a drive that does not want to mount?

I started off with previous versions of Lubuntu and settled on 14.10. using the box as a file server and/or torrent box. Upgraded from smaller to larger hard drives over time. The last HDD was 750GB. ...
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Change hard drive apm setting - spin down [duplicate]

My external USB hard drive is spinning down very fast (after about 1 minute). I remember I changed once the power management configuration which is inside the disk (Setting in flash ROM or something ...
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Install Ubuntu in a second drive and grub in the primary one

I currently have 2 HD's: 120Gb SSD - Used by the existing Windows 7 OS 2Tb HDD - Here I have the user folder and all the programs. I'm planning to install Ubuntu on my PC, but I would like to make a ...
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How do I make the Ubuntu live CD play nice with my SATA controller?

I run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 successfully on my machine. Unfortunately, I need to repartition the drive containing the / mount point as well as the windows start partition. For this, I ...
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Ubuntu + Windows Fails [duplicate]

I want to put windows and Ubuntu together in one pc (seems possible xD). I reduce my hard drive to 150GB and install Ubuntu 14.04 on that. All easily. He installed all well and I restart it. Then ...