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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Unable to access/error mounting external hard drive in Ubuntu 14.04

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop and have not previously had any issues using my external hard drive. The hard drive has two partitions - partition one is Linux, Ext3 (version 1.0) and partition ...
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Plex Media Server: Won't find media External Hard Drive

I am attempting to turn an older PC into a home media server with Ubuntu 12.04 using Plex Media Server. I have a newer WD 2 TB external USB HD with all of my media on it. I can not for the life of ...
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Can detect external hard drive

I have a 14.04 laptop and it does not recognize external hard drivers. I have tried with two external hard drives, one USB and the other eSATA and when I plug them in it seems that the system does ...
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Mounting existing /home on a separate hard drive and share it with another distro

I have Ubuntu 14.04 on 1TB hard drive and would like to add a second 1TB hard drive to my PC. The latter is where /home would be mounted and the existing hard drive will be used to both run Ubuntu and ...
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How to move Ubuntu to an SSD

My current situation is: One hard disk Dual boot Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7. Partitions: 100MB Windows System thingy 144GB Main Windows 160GB Ubuntu 4GB Swap 12GB System Restore stuff Now I want ...
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Hopeless with mounting windows harddisk on ubuntu

I had windows 8 in this laptop and I mistakenly wiped it all clean when installing linux in it. I pulled out the harddisk here and tried it out on windows 8, the file explorer didn't show it. But I ...
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Is there software that can use my SSD and hard disk drive as a hybrid drive? [duplicate]

I recently upgraded my computer with an SSD. Now I have a 500 GB HDD and 256 GB SSD. Is there software that can move more used files/programs to the SSD?
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My external HD is not recognized at all

I was saving some docs in my HD when by accident my pc turned off. Of course, the data transfer was interrupted and since that moment I was unable to see the files in the HD. (I was using Windows 8.1) ...
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Why is my external USB hard drive sometimes completely inaccessible?

I have an external USB hard drive, consisting of an 1 TB SATA drive in a Rosewill RX35-AT-SU SLV Aluminum 3.5" Silver USB 2.0 External Enclosure, plugged into my SONY VAIO VGN-NS310F laptop. It is ...
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Image of Hard Drive for replication to laboratory computers

We have a laboratory of 100 systems where the same set of software is to be installed. Some of the systems may have different capacities of HDDs (i.e. 320 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB). I have the following ...
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Second hard drive not detected

I have an old HP Pavilion dv9000 series laptop that I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on. The laptop is large enough to have two hard drive bays. One has one of the two original Samsung hard drives (it's ...
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Continuous hard drive access noise

I have an Asus X201E netbook (with 2 GB of RAM) and Ubuntu 12.10. The hard drive can almost always be heard being accessed, even when doing nothing. It is as if a search had been run on the entire ...
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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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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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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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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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Why do I get “exceeds msdos-partition-table-imposed maximum”?

I seem to be having this odd issue with Ubuntu that I had in a previous attempt at installing and have still not been able to successfully install Ubuntu on any of my computers. This most recent ...
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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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How do I add an additional hard drive?

I am going to put an additional (non-USB) hard drive in my system. I already have Ubuntu on my other hard drive so I do not want to install Ubuntu on the additional drive but only use it for storage. ...
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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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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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How do I check the integrity of a storage medium (hard disk or flash drive)?

I've run across (personally or by proxy) a bunch of storage media that exhibited physical problems during their life. Hard disks, solid state drives and other flash storage media all fail after some ...
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Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions? [closed]

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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What are the fields in the “Format Partition” window in the Disks utility for, and what do I choose?

I use 14.04 and I have 2 physical partitions, one of 243Gb and another of rest of 500Gb. I want to format the partition of 243Gb using Disks (Open dash and type disks). This partition contains ...
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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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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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How to install apps to another drive? [duplicate]

I have a SSD 80 gigs disk which I want to use for Ubuntu 12.10 installation and some programs like Libre Office and Firefox, but the new Steam Linux and games would fill up my SSD quickly. How can I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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USB drive spinning up but not appearing in fdisk -l

I accidentally knocked a Seagatte USB external drive with a lot of important data on it. The connections were fine but it "stopped responding". I shut everything down and restarted. Now when 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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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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When I am trying to install Ubuntu for a dual boot, the drive I pick is showing more gigabytes than it actually is

I am trying to make my laptop dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. I have read several tutorials out there and once dabbled with Linux distributions years ago before there really was any tutorials, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...