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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how to make detection of external hard disk & retrive data from it

Previously I am using ubuntu 12.04, then switch to 14.04, and then 15.04. My external hard disk is not detected in 15.04, however, detected in previous versions. I have made GUI for detection of ...
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USB hard drive appears multiple times in /media

My 2Tb Seagate backup drive is plugged into my laptop all the time. When I first plugged it in, it appeared as one drive in /media. Now, when I look in /media, it shows 4 drives entitled "Milford", ...
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I have an error when installing ubuntu 14.04 through external hard drive- grub rescue mode

Basically my Windows OS on my Hard Drive is corrupt so I am trying to install Ubuntu on my PC from an external hard drive (320GB). So I make a live CD and install Ubuntu after partitioning my ...
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Win7 -> Ubuntu on Media Server w/ Multiple Drives Help

I currently have a Windows 7 PC built to run Plex Media Server. The current configuration is I have Windows 7 installed on a SSD Primary boot drive, and all my media is stored on a secondary HDD. I ...
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How to avoid an external HDD (USB-Drive) to mount automatcilly

I do have an external HDD which is partitioned (5 Partitions) and i usually only use one or two of the 5 partations therefore i have no interest that once i plug-in the usb the 5 partitions are ...
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ext4magic most powerful syntax?

I am trying to recover some files on a ext4 partition. I use the ext4magic and I can recover some files but not all files. I have used the following syntaxes: ext4magic /dev/sdc1 -r -f ...
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How to set up SAMBA on ubuntu with a 2tb drive connected to my dlink router?

I tried mounting the network drive on all 5 computers in my home with smbfs: //192.168.1.1/USB_Storage /media/Shared_drive cifs guest 0 0 It works but I just think samba might be more secure. I have ...
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Automount drive on startup

I have an internal HDD with all my Steam games loaded on it. Everytime I boot my pc I have to open the HDD in the File Manager. Otherwise Steam does not recognise it and I have to manually add the ...
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Auto shutdown when no HDD activity

I have a media server with 6 hard drives. I use it 2 - 3 times a week, so it would be a waste of electricity if the server is turned on 24/7. So I want to shut it down when it is not in use, ...
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Managing multiple hard drives, choosing which stores what (during install process)

I have an SSD and an HDD installed in my machine. I've decided to start fresh, and make a few changes in the process. I would like to use the SSD for certain documents (project files) as well as the ...
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Samba giving me problems after restart

I usually do not ask for much help as I google and research all my problems well. I am trying to share an internally attached hard drive through samba to access from (Android, Windows, and other Linux ...
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Ram, hdd, cpu or mainboard? [on hold]

I believe that I have an issue with motherboard, cpu or ram. I have internal graphics card (on the motherboard). The server setup is old but it gets the work done. The problem is that there are some ...
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Can't Select Ubuntu partition on startup

So,I'm in a bit of an odd predicament. My motherboard got messed up in such a way that now the SATA ports don't work so can't use my hard drive, so I've been using live Ubuntu USB drives and just ...
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Is dual booting ubuntu 15.04 and windows 8.1 different from 14.04?

Do I need to change any steps in dual booting it? With windows 8.1 that is. (UEFI) I intend on doing it automatically rather than manually creating partitions.
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Really dead HDD Can't recognise by any OS

HDD only recognises by HBCD dos programs. But they only recognise... It says "device is busy" (or checking amazingly slow 50kb/s verify/read/verify) when I'm trying to low-level format it. I see ...
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How to migrate and setup Ubuntu 14.04 installation to SSD?

First, there is a lot of similar question everywhere, even here on AskUbuntu. I have bought Samsung 850 Evo Basic, 120 GB model. I have existent system installed on classic 500GB HDD. Question is, how ...
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Why am i unable to mount my partition? Is it fakeraid or corrupted or what?

This is error i see when try to mount my "Movies" partition Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sda2: Command-line `mount "/media/Movies"' exited with non-zero exit status 13: Incomplete ...
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How can I redirect where the folders in my home folder go?

I've just installed 14.04 LTS on my HP Pavilion. I'm running a 128GB SSD as the primary drive, with a 3TB Toshiba hard drive for all the heavy lifting (documents/pictures/video). I was running Windows ...
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Is there anyway to access my old hard drive?

So i'm trying to get all the files off my old hard drive and this is the error message i'm getting. Error mounting /dev/sdb4 at /media/madlife/AC2C95582C951F00: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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Need help with configuring Wine game installation path [on hold]

So I have an SSD that my Linux Mint is installed on to, but how would I go about setting up Wine so it installs games on my other HDD because my SSD has only 128gb and fills up quickly?
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ReArrange multiple disk drives and partitions

Looking for some advice... Here's the situation as it exists. I have multiple drives I've added and switched around over a few years, and it's (past) time to straighten everything out and get it ...
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how do i access wd elements 2 tb external hard drive from my lenovo y50 running ubuntu 15.04 64 bit

i just got this external hard drive but for some reason whenever i plug it into my computer, Ubuntu doesn't recognize it. however, when i switch over to windows, my laptop can recognize it just fine
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Toshiba laptop not booting directly to Ubuntu

After I reinstalled my hard drive, after I encountered a problem with it, which was caused by my laptop's battery running all the way down (Toshiba Satellite - has this been known to happen before?), ...
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root takes up entire internal hard drive

I have a 500 GB internal hard drive and I cannot paste anything to it. The entire hard drive is labeled as root. Although I can use the space through sudo nautilus, this doesn't let me play any music ...
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How to select OS during boot?

I have laptop with hdd and installed windows 7 on it. I bought ssd drive and replaced it with hdd and installed ubuntu 14.04 on it. I also replaced my cd drive with hdd. So, now, at bios I can select ...
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Corrupt Harddrive opens but can't get anything off of it - btrfs

I have a corrupt harddrive which will let me see it but I can't access anything on it. I have windows 10 now but I am installing Ubantu also...Don't have any experience with Linux! Please help me ...
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How can I use Ubuntu to recover files on an NTFS file system which is dirty? [duplicate]

Because my windows is having problems, I'm trying to use an Ubuntu live disk to access my Windows hard drive. So I start up Ubuntu (Without installing it) and I see that my drive can not be found, so ...
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Cloning a 500GB disk using Ubuntu Live CD taking more than 10 hrs?

I am cloning my laptop's 2.5inch 500GB SATA HDD disk to a 2.5 inch Seagate 1000GB (1TB) SSHD disk using an external USB3 SATA Adapter attached to the laptop. I booted with Ubuntu 14.04 Live CD and I ...
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Encrypted hard drive or some alternative solution

I haven't found an answer to the following. Hypothesis: If someone gets physical access to my computer, how I would make sure that they (the ones snooping around) do not find my PGP details; like ...
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Use RAID0 Array

I'm really new to doing stuff with RAID. I did a fresh install of Ubuntu Server 14.03 and made a RAID0 Array of 3 HDDs. I also set up an LVM on another HDD that's not part of the RAID. The way I set ...
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Cannot access Windows volume, operation pending

My Win 7 has recently crashed big time, and loops on startup repairs, while all other boot options bring me to a frozen black Windows screen. This happened to me a year ago, but I was able to view my ...
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Ubuntu 14.0.4 LTS Crashes and freezes many times just after installation

Hello everyone and thanks for opening this thread; My computer works fine when I boot windows 8.1, but booting Ubuntu, I will surely face a system crash ( or freez), some times it takes one or two ...
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“mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdc1” when mounting ext4 drive

I'm trying to mount an ext4 partition on another drive so it can be mounted at login, but whenever I do, I get this message: Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sdc1: Command-line `mount ...
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HDD pooling/partitioning suggestions for media server

I have multiple hdds that I would like to pool together. Sizes are as follows: 2x1TB; 2X2TB; and 1x4TB. Running Ubuntu server 14.04 on a separate SSD with the primary purpose of using this machine ...
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Hoy do I get my data from Windows 8 back?

I had Windows 8 installed in my HP-PC when I proceeded to install Ubuntu 14.04 to run alongside it. My PC has a 2TB hard drive where Windows 8 and all my data was installed. In order to make the Linux ...
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boot filename not found with windows 7 ultimate+ recently upgraded ubuntu14.4 LTS dual boot+strange ticking sound

I had windows 7 and ubuntu 12.4 LTS installed for months.. have important data in both sections especially under root account of ubuntu... and D and G drives in windows partition.. not much in the ...
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OS drive and Data drive partitioning on Ubuntu Server 14.04

My server has 1GB RAM, 160GB nvidia RAID 1 disk that I want to use for the OS and a 2TB nvidia RAID 1 disk that I want to use for data (for Samba shares). What would be the best partitioning and file ...
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Preventing the dd command on extra drives

I use dd a lot day to day for writing Raspberry Pi SD card images. However every now and then I slip and by accident dd the wrong partition and thus killing my other drives. I was wondering if ...
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How to increase lvm disk partition size

I've came up with a problema, let me explain it: I have an Ubuntu 12 LTS virtualized on Hyper-V, initially it had 20Gb of asigned virtual disk but now I'm almost runing out of space so I've increased ...
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How to change the main driver?

Im on a windows 7 laptop with a 219 gig hard drive and i have a trial Ubuntu installed on a 900 gig external hard drive, Whenever i check free space on Ubuntu it shows 219 gigs instead of 900 gigs, so ...
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My Windows 7 Hard disk drives got disappeared after installing ubuntu 15.04

I installed ubuntu 15.04 through portable usb and I lost my access to windows 7.When Finally I am able to access my window 7 then I am not able to see my hard disk drives D and E. Please tell me the ...
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Linux live USB with working sleepmode searched for secure erase SSD

I want to secure delete a SSD drive. I tried to perform the secure delete order with hdparm, but the drive is frozen. Loading the Samsung bootimage lead to the same result: The dialogue says the ...
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Ubuntu changed 2 hard drives making them unrecognizeable to both ubuntu and windows after ubuntu uninstalled

The drives are still functional and pass all tests. MiniTool Partition wizard shows them and the partions but the label is "*:" for both HDs. Now neither Ubuntu nor Windows detect either hard drive. ...
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deluge-webui permission denied for download on external hard drive directory

I followed this tutorial to set up deluge deamon and deluge-web-ui on my home ubuntu server 15.04. on my machine I have 2 hard drives: an SSD drive for the OS and a 2To hard drive for my personal ...
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How to check which disk is mounted where? How to mount all spare disks?

Doing a df -h: alvas@mt:~$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 3.5T 2.7T 597G 83% / none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup udev 63G ...
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Is there a way to show free disk space in notification bar?

I sometimes come close to running out of space. Is there a way to show how much I have left somewhere so I always know?
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hard disk problem, interpretation of smartctl output

I need help with the interpretation of the smartctl output. I did the smartctl check because this week after a loss of power my ubuntu system first showed some errors while booting infsck and then end ...
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Cant read Hard Drive

My 12 year old rig died. But the hard drives were good (cuz they're only 2 years old after the old PATA drives died 1 by 1). 2 Sata hard drives, 1 was the boot drive, the other had all 'My Stuff' on ...
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Problems to mount a crypto-luks in ubuntu

I have a drawback of novice person, I encrypt my hard drive with crypto - luks in ubuntu and now I can not access my data , I have tried everything I seen but always gives a different error , please ...
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swap partition crashes 14.04/12.04

Hardware: Acer Aspire ACX-603-UR10 8 GB RAM Blue WD010EZEX 1 TB HDD -- or -- Green WD30EXRX 3 TB HDD -- or -- Samsung HM251JI 250 GB HDD Seagate ST3160815AS 160 BG HDD (Windows 8.1/now upgraded to ...