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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Ubuntu Server 14.04 TLS plus Hardware RAID

I have just completed hadrware installation of my new RAID server which will run with Ubuntu Server OS. I have installed Ubuntu Server OS and everything run seemingly without problems. However, I ...
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Ubuntu won't recognize new hard drive on my Mac

The original drive in my mid 2012 MBP 9-2 died and I replaced it with a completely new drive. Instead of re-installing OSX I decided I would give Ubuntu a try but I'm having some troubles installing ...
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Getting '??? ???' when trying to install Ubuntu

I am trying to install Ubuntu on my older laptop and whenever I get to the format your hard drive part it pops up with the message ??? ???. I am pretty sure it is to do with how my partitions were set ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 SSD and HDD

I have searched every where but found nothing, probably because my case is an exception. I have Windows 8.1 installed on my 1TB HDD, I have a 120GB SSD, and I have installed Ubuntu on it with 2 ...
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Computer Won't read hard drive

I did a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my friend's laptop to check disk drive problems as my laptop won't read the hard drive. I thought the hard drive was the problem, but it ran fine in my ...
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Read error rate is 20,000 times higher than the threshold?

So I've been attempting to fix a friend's HP laptop (model number unknown) for a few days ago. Hard drive errors. My usual idiot self decided that he wouldn't make SMART testing the first thing he'd ...
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Why is my non-system HDD cannot spin down?

My non-system (/media) HDD unfortunatly wakes up from sleep after around 1-2 min. I tried to investigate which process could request an access to hdd while sleep with the help of thes thread: ...
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retrieve data from a quick formatted drive [duplicate]

I’m looking at a drive that failed (bad sectors). It was quick formatted and an attempt to install Windows failed. Then CloneZilla was used to make an image to an external HD. Ubuntu Disks reports 0% ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 “Unable to access” HDD

I have three external hard drives, one 1TB and two 3TB drives, all formatted as exFAT. They all used to work fine; two still do. But now, when I click on one of the 3TB drives in Nautilus, I get an ...
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Problem mounting my external hard disk

I'm unable to access any data from my external hard disk, because I can't mount it. namrata@fighter:~$ lsusb Bus 001 Device 003: ID 125f:a31a A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd. Bus 001 Device 001: ID ...
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URGENT ~ Need help with ddrescue interrupt and resume

I'm in the midst of a hard drive recovery using gddrescue on Zorin 9 (Ubuntu variant). Both the source and destination drives are connected internally to my tower, and neither is the os drive. Neither ...
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Generate decryption key for manual recovery

I'm new to Ubuntu. I'm just learning Linux now. I did try to find the answer first before posting, but could not. Got lots of stuff on encryption, but not the answer I needed. I installed Ubuntu ...
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WD 3T usb 3 external failed mount at boot time

Newly bought a WD My Book 3T USB3 external hdd. Connect to my laptop (dual boot Windows 7 and ubuntu 14.04), Repartitioned, reformatted, ntfs, ext4, etc. So far so good. Connecting to my (OLD) ...
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drive set up? sorry I need help [on hold]

so I have Ubuntu set up on my SSD. however I want to save everything to my HDD how do I set this up.... sorry I'm a windows user and a Linux noob and I don’t really know what I'm doing.
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How to repair (not recover) my HDD's MBR and/or corrupted partition table

I have a serious problem going on with my HDD [SAMSUNG SP1644N- 160GB HDD - real 149GB] I wanted to reinstall my windows so I used Parted Magic's Partition editor to format it... I made an ...
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At startup HDD not recognised [duplicate]

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my SSD (alongside Windows 7). I've also got a HDD installed with all my documents etc. Whenever I want to access the HDD after startup (in Ubuntu) it is not recognised: ...
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(SOLVED) If I resize a windows partition for install will that cause data loss?

I have a 40GB hard drive with 26GB free with a single partition with an ntfs file system that I want to install Ubuntu 14.04.2 on. If I resize the windows partition for the installation, will the ...
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Transitioning to New Ubuntu 14.04 Server - Hardware Help Needed [on hold]

I previously was running an Ubuntu 12.04 server with a single 2 TB hard drive in a somewhat-older small form-factor (SFF) PC for a while now. Unfortunately, the HD started experiencing corruption ...
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How to install for use on another computer?

I'm trying to install ubuntu for my gaming desktop I am currently building. My current workplace is my laptop. How do I install a temporary (yet generic) install onto the blanked hard drive without ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 install boots on my pc, but not any others

So recently I decided I'd start learning Linux, having 10+ years experience with Windows and feeling quite competent with that OS. I got a 500gb external HDD, formatted it etc with Rufus and created a ...
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Change Default Program Install Path from SSD to Secondary HDD [duplicate]

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a Kingston 120 GB SSD. I plan on installing several programs, including Steam, that will take up quite a bit of space, so I installed, formatted, and partitioned a ...
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Can't get rid of sda5 partition

The other day I tried installing Ubuntu using the HDD encryption option. Something went wrong in the process and the installation failed, so I tried again, this time without encrypting. I discovered ...
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Disable a drive for a specific user

I've just made a new user account for a friend of mine. But I don't want him to have access to my data drive ( it's not the drive where ubuntu is installed on but just a data drive ). How can I ...
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How to make partitions after installing Ubuntu?

I upgraded from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 12.04.02 and had four disk drive partitions of my single 500GB disk drive in Windows 7. Now while installing Ubuntu, I choose the option to wipe out (format) the ...
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Are there any performance loss and lifespan risk for using NTFS on Linux? [duplicate]

I often use a virtual machine to do something, but virtual hard disks are large and the SSD on my laptop is small. So I bought a 1TB HDD mobile hard drive to store most of my data. By default it is ...
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Can't access HDD after installing Ubuntu

Recently I tried installing Ubuntu as a second OS next to Windows 7. I got one SSD for the OS and a HDD for my files etc. I tried installing it on the SSD but it kept failing, so I decided to delete ...
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Pre-owned HDDs are not detected in Ubuntu

I recently acquired two 750gb HDDs. Not knowing the previous owner, I used dd to format them. Formatting them was easy, (dd bs=8M if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb) it went without a hitch, and I figured I'd ...
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Crashed Ubuntu 12.04 Server -> Need Help Recovering & Transitioning To New Server

I have been running an Ubuntu 12.04 server with a single 2 TB hard drive in a somewhat-older small form-factor (SFF) PC for a while now. I had a headless CrashPlan client installed on it to back up ...
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Recover files without formatting - Seagate Wireless Plus

I have a Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB hard disc. Last week, when I was copying videos from my DVD collection to the hard disc, the DVD drive somehow stopped working. Now I cannot access my hard disc ...
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Can't access my hard drive with my windows files

I'm running Ubuntu 12.4 from a flash drive so that I can recover my windows files because my laptop is experiencing boot loop. How to locate my hard drive with my windows files? ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ ...
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Can't mount Windows 8.1 storage drive. Partition type is random hex

I had windows 8.1 installed on a SSD drive, and I had a separate 2TB internal HDD where I stored all of my documents. The windows 8.1 installation died on me and refused to boot, so I decided to try ...
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I have 2 SSDs one for windows the other for ubuntu. No gurb on sda

I installed Windows 8 on sda and I installed Xubuntu on sdb, but I don't like using Ubuntu grub to change sda mbr. I like to use a simple F12 solution for dual boot. How can I remove grub on sda and ...
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HDD mounting issues

I have installed Ubuntu Desktop 13.10 on a 250GB SSD which works OK. I also have a 2 TB HDD where I have my Virtualbox disks installed and when I boot the 2TB does not mount. When I hover over the ...
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Toshiba hard drive Compatibility

Is the Toshiba 2TB 7200RPM SATA III hard drive model DT01ACA200 compatible with Ubuntu Linux version 14.04? If not, I do not want to buy it.
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How to restrict write/read access to HDD for certain apps

I have an old secondary internal HDD installed in my desktop PC on which I primarily do backups. I noticed that while the drive is mounted it seems that the whole system's performance seems to drop ...
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Trying to Install Ubuntu 14.10 but will not boot from the hard drive

Okay, I've been at this for 3 days now. I am installing Ubuntu Via USB and I'm using the Universal USB installer and downloaded the Ubuntu 14.10 version. I tried two ways to install it to the hard ...
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How to Setup GPT for 3TB

I have a 3TB HDD that I want to run Ubuntu 14.10 server as a file server. How can I format the drive so it will work?
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Seagate HDD Error: Unable to mount and see the data inside it

While mounting my HDD on Ubuntu, it suddenly shows the following error: Unable to mount Seagate Backup Plus Drive- "DBus error org.gtk.Private.RemoteVolumeMonitor.Failed: An operation is already ...
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HDD backups are larger than physical disk size

So, I currently use Ubuntu mostly for backing up data on broken computers. Recently, though, I wanted to back up a system completely. The harddrive had 300GB of storage. I mounted the main partition ...
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What can I do with a cache SSD?

I have a Lenovo U410 with a 1TB HDD (ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB) and a cache SSD (SanDisk SSD U100 24GB). I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 as the only operating system. I'm currently looking into the right ...
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Hard drive problem, very new to linux

I am very new at Ubuntu, actually, linux in all its entirety. I've installed Ubuntu to an old pc I had laying around so I can have something to keep myself occupied with, and I've noticed that I've ...
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ubuntu shows my partitions on the launcher but it cant find my hardrive while trying to install the OS

I formatted my (Hp Envy h8 PC series) into two partitions of fat32 500gb on a msdos boot table and changed my SATA emulation to AHCI. then turned off secure boot and enabled legacy support. Ubuntu ...
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mhddfs not working as expected

when I run df -h I get: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 74G 3.0G 67G 5% / none 4.0K 0 4.0K ...
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HDD makes tick noise every second

I just bought a SSD to replace the HDD in my laptop (Dell Inspiron 15 3521). So I migrated the windows partition, root partition of Ubuntu, and make a bcache caching partition for /home which stays on ...
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Can't connect my external HDD to my PC

It's been quite a while that I am trying to connect my external HDD to my PC (this HDD is only for media content). I don't want to mount this HDD to my PC, I just want to view the content that has ...
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Copying files from hard drive to external hard drive, GPT Partition got in the way

I am trying to copy files off my laptop to an external hard drive because Windows is corrupt, and I need to reinstall it. I was going to use dd, but when I start the process ...
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Disks Utility Drive Settings – how does it work? (no documentation available)

The Disks Utility gnome-disk-utility 3.10.0 has a lot of neat functions, but I can not find a documentation, especially about the options at Drive Settings. There can be several like Standby Time, ...
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Why so slow, Ubuntu?

I've got a problem with Hard Drive on Ubuntu. In fact every operation on hard drive takes really long time and CPU's load is over 3.0 during this (4 cores). For example, packing files into zip file, ...
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Adding new hard drives to my pc

Currently I have Ubuntu installed on a 120gb SSD, however I also have 3 more hard drives installed in the computer, 2 x 640gb in a RAID array and a 60gb SSD What I am trying to achieve is to use the ...
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Mount Tivo Hard Drive

I would like to mount a drive from a series 2 Tivo hard drive model TCD130040 There are tools available once the drive is mounted. It is detected by both Mac and Windows operation systems I am ...