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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Connot get PLEX to recognize external drive

i am giving PLEX a try but having some difficulty getting it to recognize the files on my external Seagate 2TB GoFlex. Disk Utility says that device is /dev/sdb1. I am running 14.04. I have tried ...
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Does not copy files on partitioned Hard Disk

Recently, I partitioned my SEAGATE 1 TB HDD into four portion (200GB, 200GB, 200GB and 300GB) by gparted. But while pasting any copied file to those disk, error occurred. Also while right click , ...
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Using second hdd as storage for all users

I have a new build of 14.04. I installed the system on a 128GB SSD and have a 1TB HDD on board as well. This machine will have either two or three users. Ideally, I would like to use the HDD as ...
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How do I encrypt my HDD and combine with my other encrpted HDD

I am trying to combine 2 HDD's. One of them is already encrypted and is my boot drive. The other one is not encrypted and Linux doesn't see it as more disk space. Could someone explain me how to do ...
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hd with bad sector losses mount on surface scan

I got an old drive from someone it worked great but which I formatted. After this format it sometimes 'spontaneously' looses it's mount'. As the information which I would like to store on it is not ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Ext4 ext4_dx_add_entry:2006: Directory index full!

I'm having in some servers this warning, I have a directory with millions (20 more or less) of files but according to ext4 documentation this shouldn't be an issue. Any idea how can this affect my ...
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Recover of important files on hard drive impossible

I was updating my Ubuntu from 14.04 to 14.10 because I think it should correct a bug that was really annoying me. But instead, the update didn't went well, and now I can't boot my pc anymore. So I ...
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How long does it takes to encrypt a 1TB usb disk?

I got this 1TB WD usb Disk. I want to encrypt the whole partition using Ubuntu disk utility with ext4+luks and fill up with zeros the space. Any idea how can I estimate how long it will take? The ...
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Extremely slow OS. Swap related?

I really hope you can help me. An inexperienced sysadmin, installed Ubuntu on a new Dell Desktop, it's a pretty powerful machine, and I ran a bunch of hardware tests, and can confirm that RAM/HDD and ...
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Explain dual booting and installing on another internal hard drive?

Can somebody explain the difference between dual booting ubuntu 14.04 and windows 8, and installing ubuntu on another internal hard drive? And how you would do this? I'm a relatively new ubuntu user ...
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Disks utility says SMART is not supported, is there a workaround or aother way to troubleshoot?

I am using the Live USB to troubleshoot a troublesome hard drive. I want to run the self-test but as you can see in the image below that it says "SMART is not supported" and because of this I can't ...
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Unable to access Windows files in Ubuntu 14.04 filing systems

So I got a USB flash drive and loaded Ubuntu 14.0.2 on it using Universal USB Installer and I got it working. I booted into Ubuntu successfully. The reason I am doing this is so I am ready if I ever ...
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Lenovo G700, New SSD Ubuntu clean 14.04LTS, Want to Use old Ubuntu Programs in orignial HHD installed in Optical Drive bay

I have a Lenovo G700 that I had Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on, I put an SSD in and did a clean install of 14.04 I want to put the original HDD in the Optical drive bay and want to use the original programs that ...
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Ubuntu tool to recover just certain file types from drive with logical failure?

I'm hoping this question can help other people in the future who may be facing the same dilemma with whether to chance imaging a large drive, or just go right after individual file types (jpeg,mp3 ...
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Problem with .dmg extraction

I have disk image file on my external HDD. I tried to extract file from mac.dmg file using 7z x mac.dmg and this is what I got: Processing archive: mac.dmg Extracting 0.MBR Extracting 1.Type EE ...
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How to create a live system on usb-drive with persistent changes on disk/hdd

I was trying to install Ubuntu live on a USB-drive with persistent changes. However i wanted to write the changes to HDD instead of USB for various reasons (Performance, Space). I found out, that the ...
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How do I install Ubuntu 15 in a specific partition of my already partitioned drive?

So, I have a hard disk of 1TB. Until now, I thought it was actually 2 hard disks (Because of Windows says there is a C: 300gb and a D: 600gb drive). But during Ubuntu installation I noticed it is only ...
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Install Ubuntu on Seperate HDD - Win 7 Error

So, I decided that installing Ubuntu and re-learning Linux would be beneficial. I downloaded Ubuntu (Latest version), unplugged all other HDD/SSD that I have in my PC and the install went perfect and ...
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Windows 8.1 not booting and no partitions found after i installed ubuntu 14.04

I am new to ubuntu. I was using windows 8.1 and wanted to install ubntu 14.04lts.To do this i had 4partitions C,D(Dbase),E(Study),F(Media),I and a free space of 26GB.By using universalusb installer,i ...
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Extra folders in /media?

I have a few folders in /media/ and I am not sure why they are there. Two of them are drives I have explicitly mounted in fstab (ssd-linux-data, linux-data), but I am not sure where the other two are ...
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Recovering Thunderbird mail from HDD

I had a laptop failure running Ubuntu. Fortunately HDD was intact. I installed Ubuntu on another laptop and can see all files when I attach this HDD as USB drive. I could thus recover most of my files ...
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EXT4 Data Recovery

Recently I had a hard drive failure. Thanks for the excellent help and advice on these forums. Once it was obvious that I had a failing HD I took the drive offline and did a DDRescue to capture what ...
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Disk drives not visible

I was using Windows 7 and just installed Ubuntu. Also dint delete any of my previous partitions also, and now I cant see my drives. All my data is stored in it. how to visible those drives? Should I ...
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Error when attempting to access external hard drive Ubuntu 14.04

When I try to click on my external hard drive I get a pop-up error that reads Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/andrew/Untitled: Command-line `mount -t "exfat" -o ...
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How do use Ubuntu to recover a hard drive [on hold]

I'm trying to recover data from an old laptop ATA hard drive and heard that Ubuntu is good for doing this. I have bought a ATA to SATA converter to connect the old hard drive to a PC and made a ...
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XKB Problem, cannot remap, Remapping unsucessful

Hi I'm relatively new to ubuntu, but i don't know much about it. My problem is that my keyboard has stopped working, not all of the keys But in particular the T and Y and the backspace buttons . I ...
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Cut power to CD drive to save battery?

It is not a duplicate because the HDD in question is plugged into the optical bay. Here is my configuration: I have replaced my HDD with an SSD. Then I put the HDD in a optical bay caddy, and put ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 can not find Drive [duplicate]

whenever i try to access my drive this appears and i can't access my drive. I am using 15.04 alongside windows 8.1 Error mounting /dev/sda2 at /media/sharif/EEE: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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G sense smart status changes all the time in KDE Partition Manager

I've a Hitachi hard disk that is supposed to withstand shocks up to 250G when active. According to the SMART status in KDE Partition Manager the hard disk has a detection capability that counts the ...
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Bad interaction within USB3 port and HDD docking station

After 3 years with Ubuntu 12.04, I decided today that it was the right moment to switch to Ubuntu MATE 15.04. The installation went smoothly, but when I connected my HDD docking station to recover my ...
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“mount” does not recognize my drive

I am trying to mount a HDD but I'm having no luck. The disk is a 3000GB Seagate SV35 that is exactly one year old. It is a secondary drive used only for data; the media center has an SSD for the OS ...
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Files on hard disk no longer show but disk space is still taken up, how can I make the files accessible again

I have a computer running ubuntu server which I used as a media server. Today after copying some files over to the drive in the server the files no longer show up on the HDD. If I run the command ...
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How can i easily clone my entire System?

I am running an Ubuntu 14.04 Lts and i experienced some issues with my hard Drive. The thing is a bought a new hdd, same Size 1Tb, and i intend to move all my data (Softs, work, pics, etc) on the new ...
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Ubuntu14.04 VM is not starting

I created a Ubuntu VM on vSphere client some days ago it was running fine today its hard drive got full, I restart it now its not loading startup. I have extended the size of vmdk but still its not ...
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Dual boot with windows and user GRUB

I have 3 storage devices. An SSD with windows on it and 2 HDDs. I want to install Ubuntu on one of the HDDs but I want it in a way that when the computer starts up I get the GRUB selection thing. Im ...
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hdd shows in lsusb, but not lsblk

Long time lurker here. I have been trying to format a relatively new external hdd, but haven't been successful. I've tried looking through the forums for answers, but haven't found anything that ...
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Is there any utility like smartctl which gives identify data for an ATAPI device?

I want to know the identify data for the ATAPI device(CD/DVD ROM) I am using. I can get the same information using the smartctl --identify /dev/device for the ATA Hard Disk but the same is not ...
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I want to install ubuntu on main hdd ams then have two additional drives set up in raid 1 for storage needs.

I want to do a fresh install of Ubuntu on my machine using a total of three hardrives. I want my small 500gb HDD as my boot and main storage for my system. I then want my dual 1tb HDD set up in a raid ...
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i can't access my partions [duplicate]

When I´m going to access my partion it showing this error: -Error mounting /dev/sda5 at /media/murali/murali: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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How to run already-installed Ubuntu HDD as VM in Windows?

What I have: drive with full install of Windows 8.1 drive with full install of Ubuntu 14.04 a need to run my Ubuntu installation inside Windows The idea is to somehow virtualize my Ubuntu ...
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Can't format my externall HD: I/O error

I'm trying to format an external USB drive with GParted but the application can't see it. It says: Input/output error while reading /dev/sdc A sudo fdisk -l don't show anything about this drive... ...
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I cant access other partitions!please look at the scrrenshot first [duplicate]

I already have windows8 running on my computer on my c drive currently I installed ubuntu LTS 14 , on my D drive which has 195gb of space my total capacity of the internal hard drive is 1Tb, I ...
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Cant mount my hard drive in rescue mode

When I try to mount one of my hard drives, it can't locate the folder with the hard drive. This is the output for the command df: Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% ...
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External Solid State Hard Disk is not recognized in a time

My problem iS: I have Ubuntu 15.04, when I connect an hdd (solid state) it is recognized, but only for a time, 1hr, etc, but after a time then is not more recognized, it is hide from my pc, and it ...
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Unable to mount hard disk even after disabling fast boot

I am running Ubuntu 15.04 in dual boot with Windows 10 preview build. I have two hard disks, one on which Ubuntu and Windows are installed and the other containing all the data. I am not able to ...
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ubuntu wont acces 1 TB hdd

I cannot acces my 1 TB hdd and keep getting this message : Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sdb2: Command-line `mount "/media/Big_Data"' exited with non-zero exit status 12: NTFS signature ...
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Unable to Mount External USB SSD

I bought a 1TB external USB SSD (Shadow). I want to copy files from an old disk and use it with Ubuntu 15.04 and Windows 7 (so NTFS). But it won't automount. The internal drive is SSD as well and ...
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Formatting Hard Disk Drives

I've just installed the OS on a SSD with no other hdd's connected. I've just attached an extra 5 HDD's which were previously running in a RAID volume on Windows. I want to wipe the hard drives and use ...
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Problem with booting

I have next problem. I had PC with two hard drives. First one (sda) was with WinXP, second one (sdb) - with Ubuntu 12.04. Then I took second hard disk and installed it in another PC (it has the same ...
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How to download ubuntu to harddisk?

My USB ports are not working, cannot use DVD nor flash. How to install ubuntu directly to HD?