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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Inspiron 7537 HD beeps & HDAPS

This post is actually 2 questions, one linked to the other. First question: I'm running Xubuntu 14.04 LTS on an Inspiron 7537 bought in 2014. I'm dual booting with Windows 8.1 and one of the ...
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My laptop very slow, Is the problem with Hard Disk or RAM ( very low Timing cached reads value)

My laptop has been running very slow, I reinstalled Ubuntu and also tried windows but didnt find any difference. I thought this could be a problem with my HD . tried the below tests with hdparm sudo ...
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Ubuntu won't mount hard disk with windows on it (cant format, read why)

I accidently lost all the data on my laptop's hard disk while installing ubuntu. Long story short, I removed the hard disk from the laptop and plugged it in a desktop computer then from where I used ...
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Is it possible to boot Ubuntu from a HDD with existing Windows Files?

I'm a little nervous, and asking a question never hurts, so what the hey. I have a 120GSSD I boot windows off of. I have another, 2TB HDD where mass files are stored. Is it possible to partition ...
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failure reading sector 0x7b920 from \cd0'

What happened was I burnt the latest version of Ubuntu to a dvd-r ubuntu-14.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso on a new never used hard drive. After the final part was done i got a message saying "failure reading ...
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Drive bay not working when empty on startup

I have a SATA drive bay, which only works when having a drive inserted at startup. If I start the system and then enter a drive, it starts running (makes sounds and is vibrating), but it won't even ...
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GRUB cannot find the ISO image on the hard-disk?

I have an old computer with Kubuntu version 10.10. I want to install the latest version and followed the instruction according the post Install Ubuntu from ISO image directly from hard disk of a ...
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Freeze while dd was wiping a hard disk, how do i avoid starting over again?

Some days ago i decided to wipe my 750GB hard disk in order to sell it, so i booted Ubuntu 14.04.2 from a live DVD on my main machine and started the process with sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda. I ...
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How to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04.2 on different hard drives?

I've recently had a interest in installing Ubuntu and I've been meaning to dual boot it alongside Windows 8.1. The laptop I have has two 1TB hard drives, and I was wondering how to install Ubuntu on ...
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Ubuntu VM doesn't recognize expanded storage in hard drive

I just expanded the storage of my hard drive for my Ubuntu VM on VirtualBox from my Macbook Air terminal but I don't think the VM has realized that. I got a message saying Not enough free disk space: ...
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Repartition drive without caring what's on it

I've got a microSDHC which appears to have a broken partition table. When I plugged it in there where a lot of folders and I was able to copy some files of it. But most files had a filesize 0 and most ...
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How to delete the Windows partition and use it for Ubuntu's root?

My machine currently has Windows 7 and Ubuntu on separate partitions. I want to get rid of the windows and have Ubuntu taking up the entire hard drive. How should I go about doing this?
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USB GRUB boot HDD -or- The Upgrade parachute

I have a question... I'm upgrading my laptop's HDD to an SSD. Starting basically from scratch (just backing up and partially transfering /home and stuff), but there's software I have installed (such ...
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Does Ubuntu 14.04 fit in a 8gb SSD? [duplicate]

I'm about to buy a new laptop that comes with a hybrid HD with a 8GB SSD.
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Best way to set up my drives for Ubuntu

I am currently running Windows 8.1 (booting from a 256gb SSD and using a 1TB HDD for extra storage). I have an extra 500GB HDD sitting around that I was going to use for Ubuntu as dual boot but I ...
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Installing Ubuntu on NE56R

I have been trying to fix a computer for a client. There was no way for me to get back in to the system (the laptop came pre-loaded with Win 8.1), so I was unable to grab the PID. Now I am having a ...
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Cannot show mounted harddrive due to bug in Disk Manager

Ubuntu 14.04 In order to have my hard drive mount at boot up I have to set up the Disk manager- mount options - correctly. Due to a bug, I am told that the box "Show in User Interface" must be ...
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Which files contain information about the physical partition?

I maintain a weekly updated backup of my whole hard disk with Kubuntu 14.04, thanks to Rsync. I rarely need to restore the back up, but today I did something nasty to my OS, too complex to try to fix ...
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12TB storage, can someone help me? :)

I have thought about making a RAID 5 with 4 hard drives, 4TB each. There are files with few KB and other files with some GB. I want it to be as stable as possible. This will not be mounted as / or ...
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Linux - Windows Folders Compatibility - Ownership [closed]

Happy New Year, since it's my first post for 2015! I am experiencing the following problem. I plug my 1TB External HD on my ubuntu laptop. I create a folder or I move a folder from my laptop to the ...
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Explanation of entries in dmesg log in Ubuntu Server 14.04

A few days ago I did a clean install of Ubuntu Server 14.04. Everything is working fine, but when my system boots I get these entries in dmesg log: [ 3.106082] EXT4-fs (dm-0): mounted filesystem ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 trying to mount non existent hard drive

I have Ubuntu 14.04 and it sticks on boot up because it is trying to mount mnt/5dae46e774ac431f. This drive does not exist on my system (it did once but now it has been replaced). What must I do to ...
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Problem in partition mounting NTFS [duplicate]

where i click in open storage hd Error mounting /dev/sdc1 at /media/.../HD: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdc1" ...
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Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions? [on hold]

If I dual boot install both Ubuntu and Windows, is it safer to install them on two different hard drives than different partitions on the same hard drive? What risks may be involved? For example, ...
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Ubuntu does not allow me to access my HDD when using a live CD [duplicate]

A HDD failed in my computer a while ago and I am using a HDD from another computer that I had running Lubuntu. Now I have it installed in a computer where I am using a live CD and it won't let me ...
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Boot from external hard drive and access internal hard drive?

Suppose Ubuntu are installed on both of my internal and external hard drives, although their versions are different. How can I boot the Ubuntu on the external hard drive connected to my laptop by ...
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Rsync error 23: some files were not transferred, when copying files from Windows drive to external HDD

I wanted to copy files from the Windows drive to external HDD using rsync, with the following command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude-from '/home/mint/exclude.txt' '/media/mint/OS/' ...
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Dual boot Windows 8.1 and newest Ubuntu, separate HDDs, Removable HDD caddy for laptop

Okay so a few months back I bought a new HDD for my laptop and installed Windows 8.1 onto the new HDD in place of the old HDD, I then bought a caddy to use my old HDD in place of my DVD drive seeing ...
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Ubuntu system error

Today while i was upgrading my ubuntu 14.04 to the 14.10 version... It showed me a error message,, so i powered off the computer... When i turn it on.. It shows the the screen ehere i dhould type the ...
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Good way to copy ALL files from a Windows drive to external HDD if I don't know where important files may locate?

My Windows just recently died and now I want to copy all the files from the C: drive to my external HDD. And you might be wondering why all files? Because I'm afraid I might forget something in the ...
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Ubuntu dual boot with Windows 7 on two hard disks issue

I had read the basic guide for ubuntu (12.04) installation alongside windows 7. Apparantly none of them mentioned that it was for use on one disk only. I thought it would be okay and i installed ...
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Format and partition second hard drive using terminal? (Ubuntu Server 14.04)

this is my first question on here... So, I’ve installed Ubuntu server 14.04 (32 bit) on a VirtualBox virtual PC. Originally i just made it with a 32gb virtual HDD so since then I’ve created a new ...
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Cannot access second hard drive

I am new to Ubuntu and I need a little help... Recently, due to a power supply interruption, my Iomega NAS broke. I've read that I was able to rescue the files that were on it by installing Ubuntu on ...
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Test Disk not showing HDD

The hard drive in this laptop is not showing up in the test disk program, BIOS detects it, but then decides it can't be used. The Disk utility program says that /dev/sdb is OK and has one bad sector. ...
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How to add unused disk space in HDD to /home

This is the condition of my current partition. I have 8 GB of swap space. The extended partition has 492 GB among which only 100 GB is usable, which is /dev/sda5. Then a 1 GB boot partition, which ...
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hdparm will not set spindown for disks 14.04 server

I have 4 HDD, one WD and 3 Identical generic brands. I have edited /etc/rc.local to change hdparm -B to 127 for the 3 generic drives (WD is unsupported and probably handles itslef) and -S to 180 for ...
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Is it bad to use ubuntu and windows on same machine? [closed]

I am dependent on some of application like Photoshop and illustrator. I know these apps has alternative at ubuntu. But these has not enough feature like Photoshop and illustrator. In that case I am ...
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cloning several hardrives using the dd command

I'm developing a software to clone one hard-drive onto several other. I want to clone the content to up to 23 drives at once using dd to clone the partition from the source to the targets using sudo ...
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Is there any way to force a USB HDD stop spinning after “Safely remove”?

I have a USB-powered external HDD connected to my DELL laptop. Some times, after clicking on "Safely remove" item in pop-up menu of its icon in side bar, the drive is un-mounted and is removed from ...
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what is write failed, manual zeroing?

I am playing with my ubuntu VM (vmware), and I just got this message pop up in my conosle, what does it mean?
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Hard drive not recognized after install

I have a Dell Laptop (Vostro 3500) and tried to install Ubuntu 14.10 64bit on it. It came with Windows 7 installed on it. So I try the install from a live CD, I select both full disk encryption and ...
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Is there any way to turn off a USB HDD manually?

I have a USB-powered external HDD connected to my DELL laptop. Some times, after clicking on "Safely remove" item in pop-up menu of its icon in side bar, the drive is un-mounted and is removed from ...
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Recover data from external disk using testdisk and photorec

So I had my partition tables gone corrupt somehow after writing a media file over the network to the external HDD of my media center. Following the steps from this answer, I tried quick- and ...
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Is Ubuntu destroying my internal HDD?

I have an Inspiron 3521 that came pre-installed with Windows 8.1. I decided to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu, and it was working good. But, when using Ubuntu, I heard a lot of noise from my laptop ...
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Making HDD Executable

I am very new to Ubuntu and I have experienced much grief in these last weeks as I have tried to download steam and play games on my computer. Steam downloadeds on my ssd and runs fine, but I would ...
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Backup one internal drive to another internal drive

I have a Dell Inspiron 3521 that came preinstalled with Windows 8.1. I decided to dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows and till the last week it was working perfectly. But, since yesterday I am unable to use ...
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Why should I partition my disk for Ubuntu 14.04?

So I am a new user of Linux Ubuntu 14.04 and I was wondering if its really necessary to partition my HDD. Is my boot up gonna be faster if I do partition it or is it just good practices to do it.
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Cannot mount WD elements drive [duplicate]

When I connect the WD Elements drive I get the following error message: An error occurred while accessing 'Elements', the system responded: The requested operation has failed: Error mounting ...
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ZFS: How does it work? Mirroring on Raid0

I've got a laptop, that I want to migrate to ZFS filesystem. This laptop has 2HDD Drives. My zpool idea is like this: 1 zpool on 2 HDD drives. / - separate subvol /home - separate subvol with ...
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Replacing old OS will format entire hard disk?

I am new to Ubuntu. My laptop is currently running Windows 7 with C, D partition as virtual disks. Now, I want to have a laptop that runs clean and fresh Ubuntu, and nothing else. All old system ...