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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Recover files from one drive from a raid1 array

A couple years ago I created a raid 1 array using two 1TB drives in a computer running Ubuntu 12.04. These drives stored my files (pictures, videos and music) and acted as a server for other computers ...
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Network drive crashed, trying to mount in Ubuntu

My Western Digital network drive stopped working in its housing so I pulled it and placed it in my Ubuntu machine. Now I get this error: Error mounting /dev/sdc4 at ...
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Extremely low HDD read/write speed

I have built myself a small Ubuntu home server to store all my files, but one of my HDD has extremely low write speed (between 1 and 3 MB/s) and it's killing me because it's a 4TB drive and I have ...
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Geting files out bad hard drive

I had xubuntu on my notebook. The screen went black and I had to shut it down. Turning it on I receive this message: Pri Master hard disk: S.M.A.R.T Status BAD, Backup and Replace I looked up ...
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Issues with hdd when switching back

So I am running Ubuntu on my laptop which has been my primary computer for the past two years or so. My issue is this: I bought a new computer, I was in the process of setting everything up then when ...
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Is my new portable harddrive compatible with Ubuntu 14.10?

I have a question regarding a portable harddrive. I just got it as a present but I didnt open it, because on the back it says system requirements are Windows or Mac. However on the webpage I found ...
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Windows NTFS partition fails “check” but passes Ubuntu “ext4”

I want to install a clean copy of Windows and I have tried many different ISOs by now, and every time the disk somehow fails and it has to go and start automatically checking the disk again and again ...
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I am wanting to switch from Ubuntu to Debian [on hold]

I currently have the newest supported version of Ubuntu - 14.10 - Utopic Unicorn. I want to switch to Debian. I have been up all night trying to figure this out. I just can't seem to get my computer ...
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How can I tell if there is data on an LVM volume?

I recently installed Kodi (formerly XBMC) over an install of ubuntu that had become unusable after an 'upgrade'. The OS is on an SSD. I also had a couple of 2TB drives with video files on them. Now ...
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Mount External “My Passport for Mac” to VM Ubuntu 14

I am struggling trying to figure out how to mount my external mac drive to my virtual Ubuntu 14 Desktop. I am using VM Workstation 10 and have updated my Ubuntu desktop to the most current release. ...
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Transfer Existing install of ubuntu 14.04 to SSD

I have a Samsung NP530U3B, long time ago i installed ubuntu on it (Just ubuntu) and i installed it on the HDD (500GB), this computer has an SSD drive and i want to move the installation to the SSD but ...
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In gnome ubuntu how can I remove unwanted devices from nautilus' sidebar?

I use gnome ubuntu... installed it last night. I'm very pleased with how fast it is and how much ssd space I now have. In windows 8 I had about 20GB left, with ubuntu and the same apps installed I now ...
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WD and Seagate says its External HDD is compatible with Windows and Mac, what about Linux [on hold]

I want to purchase an external HDD but all the vendors say that their HDD compatible with Windows and Mac but what about Linux(Ubuntu). after doing a quick Google i found many people are facing ...
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Need Help!! Encryption problems [on hold]

Just did a fresh install on 13.10, im new to this. I encrypted my hdd and when it boots i cant type the passphrase. The keyboard works untill this screen.
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SED (self encrpyting disk) is crashing on system resume

I have asked this question before (here and here ) My problem is that my Self Encrypted Disk (SED) have to NOT spin down even on suspend! I have tried this, but it did not work and the disk spin ...
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Hard disk size limit for Ubuntu Server 14.04.1 32bit

How do I know how much of hard disk space system will recognize? I plan to build a file server and I am not sure whether the system is able to use 6TB hard disk drive. How can I find out limitations?
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Ubuntu - NTFS Drive Error

Re-formatted a PC of mine from Windows 8.1 to Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS. I'm having an issue with a secondary HDD that I used to use on the PC, currently my drive configuration is as below. 128GB SSD ...
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Unable to copy from Mounted Drive

I'm very new to Ubuntu, so please bear with me. I have pictures from the past 6 months of my newborn on a Hitachi HDD (which unfortunately I did not backup), which crashed on me without warning. ...
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Using live USB to recover Iomega Home Media Hard Drive NAS files

I have a Iomega Home Media Hard Drive NAS, and after a firmware update I am unable to access the files on the Hard Drive. Trying to solve the problem, I connected the disk directly to a SATA port on ...
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how do i fix a mounting error with an external drive [duplicate]

the other day I stupidly inserted my bootable usb stick in my laptop alongside my 1.5 TB external drive. My external drive worked excellent before but now I get this: Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at ...
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Should the swap partition be on an ssd or hdd? Or can I use a swapfile? [duplicate]

Lots of posts mention installing the swap partition on an HDD instead of an SSD. Does this really matter? shutdown and startup my windows 8 several times a day and it uses the ssd for it's hibernation ...
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xfce4-diskperf-plugin not showing disk activity

Never have been able to get the Disk Performance Monitor (xfce4-diskperf-plugin ver 2.3.0-2) to work on mythbuntu 12.04.5 amd64 mythbackend system. Any suggestions? Linux 3.13.0-44-generic ...
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Asus booting and rebooting into BIOS

I have Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop, (Asus VivoBook S551 R551LB) fully encrypted system (need pass-phrase on boot), it used to have Windows 8 but I installed Ubuntu instead. I just realized today that ...
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Error mounting USB drive on Ubuntu 14.04

I have a USB drive that I used to mount on my Ubuntu 14.04 config (it was working perfectly). Now I get the following message each time I connect it to a USB port : Error mounting /dev/sdk1 at ...
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Installer mounted as /cdrom

I realize that this has been asked before but none of the solutions have worked for me. I have an external hard drive that I am using to install Ubuntu alongside windows. When it gets to a certain ...
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How to install Ubuntu 14.04 on an external HDD?

I use a Windows XP system with pentium 4 processor. Recently I've downloaded Ubuntu 14.04, copied it onto 4GB pendrive and now I wish to install it onto an external HDD (my passport 500GB) so that I ...
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Do I likely have a bad WD Red HDD? [duplicate]

upon install of a new WD Red HDD in my server I reboot and get the Ubuntu 14.04 loading screen of An error occurred while mounting /home. Brief description: Btrfs Raid 1 filesystem 4 existing disks ...
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Using a samba file server, When using a 3tb drive, Why do clients only see 68.2gb on the newtork location?

I am using ubuntu 14.10 server 32bit terminal (no GUI). I am using this as a SOHO file server with only 1-3 users. I have set everything up properly and everything seems to work just fine. I am using ...
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accessing desktop files in ubuntu

Recently, i have broken my laptop and I was using both windows 7 and ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Then, I put hdd to a hdd box and plugged in my new laptop with usb. Although I can access all files in the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 shows only one hdd

I am just started using Ubuntu & I am not computer expert. I have 2 nos of 500gb hdds mounted in my pc. First one has Ubuntu 14.04, XP & one partition for files. The other 500gb is used for ...
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External hard drive error when trying to access [duplicate]

I have an external hard drive its an Iomega 2TB. Its stopped working in windows and there are files that I need off of it. Usually if my ext. hard disks die I can salvage some things off of it by ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.1 Access second hard disk for other user

Ubuntu 14.04.1 Just upgraded my PC from Ubuntu 12 (format & clean install) on a Kingston 60Gb SDD. I have a second hard disc fitted, a 1Tb standard disk that I use for data & backups ...
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Which Ubuntu to go for? [duplicate]

To start with I am completely new to Linux in general. After my Windows Laptop became very slow due to a bad sector of HDD, I tried Ubuntu by booting from a live USB drive. It literally blew me away:D ...
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Harddrive replication without *full* dump (dumping partitions is OK)

Today, I bought a second server almost identical to my first one (I guess). Specs (processor model, RAM, HDD) are the same. But I failed to copy the disk of the first one to the second one. It didn't ...
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Reformatting a HDD

OK, I have a computer that was given to me by a friend to fix. Initially, he wanted Windows 8.1. I stripped the HDD, loaded 8.1 per the instructions and after initially working, the OS won't boot. I ...
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Cannot work with external disk in any way

I'm in trouble with an external USB3.0 Toshiba 3TB Canvio Desk. First of all, it didn't mount neither Windows or Ubuntu, so I tried to partition it and format. The first thing I see is that ...
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Restore Disc for Windows Before Switching to Ubuntu [closed]

I have been trying to get my laptop to dual boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu for hours and hours. No matter what I do there is just something else wrong. I want to just wipe Windows off my computer entirely ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 instllation error, hdd encrypted

So I unknowingly selected the second option of installation with the encryption. I entered my password and click next. Then it said something and I hit go back then it froze. Happens so my battery ...
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Unknow discs and windows space

I've been using ubuntu for a while and today decided to uninstall windows from my notebook so I could use the space it occupied on ubuntu. However, after the removal I found some disks hanging in my ...
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Logical sector size for physical sector size of 4096

With many new hard drive disks the physical sector size is 4096. Would it be possible to make the system use a logical sector size of the same size, rather than the default logical sector size of ...
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Having Trouble Accessing Samba Share

I recently reformatted my XBMCbuntu HTPC to 14.04. It wiped everything off the first HDD but doesn't seem to have touched the second one. I'm trying to set up a Samba share on the second HDD and Its ...
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Late 2011 Macbook Pro, Two Hard Drives, and Ubuntu 14.04 alongside OS X 10.9.5.

I plan on using rEFInd to accomplish the dual boot. That part is OK. This next part though, I need a little guidance, or at least a suggestion or two. Anyway, 2011 MBP, 128 GB SSD, 500 GB HDD ...
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Ubuntu is not detected after installing with window 7

I have windows 7 installed in my laptop already then I installed Ubuntu 14.04 with the option of "separate partition". Installation was successful but when system restarts, it didn't detect Uubuntu. ...
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How to install Linux applications onto an external hard drive [duplicate]

The laptop that I have acquired only came with a 16GB SSD. I installed XFCE onto it and now the SSD is almost completely full. I have an external hard drive with 1TB of memory, and I was wondering if ...
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I had Win 7 and now i want to access data on my D:\ and E:\ drive after complete Ubuntu installation?

I am new to ubuntu. While installing, ubuntu from a USB I selected to remove win 7 and install ubuntu, option. Now, none of my C:\, D:\ and E:\ drives are visible. I expected that ubuntu will be ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 doesn't see my SSD drive

Just recently I'd bought a two disc Asus G750 laptop with intention to use Ubuntu and Windows 8.1. I decided to install Windows first. I've assigned 350 out of 450GBs to Windows leaving the rest of ...
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Using a Physical Hard Drive Pariition as a VirtualBox VM and as a Bootable Partition

Is it possible to install Ubuntu OS with VirtualBox using physical Hard Drive Partition and then make it bootable? What I want is the Ubuntu OS that I've installed in VirtualBox can be accessed and ...
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Does there exist a way within the context of MAAS to specify which disk shows up as sda when provisioning nodes with multiple disks?

I am looking for a method by which I can specify the disk elected to be sda on enlisted MAAS nodes with multiple disks when they undergo commissioning, OR a method to specify which disk of those found ...
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Any benefit installing ubuntu desktop on SSD [closed]

For a large memory (lots of RAM) Ubuntu desktop machine, is there any upside to installing Ubuntu on SSD ? wouldn't everything be loaded to memory right after boot anyway, making it just superfluous? ...
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Are there any advantages/disadvantages (if any?) in running luksFormat on raw drive (sdx) vs a partition (sdx1)?

I've been setting up a few LUKS encrypted drives and noticed that I've been creating the encrypted disk directly on the 'raw'(?) drive, ie. /dev/sdb, while many examples via google are showing it ...