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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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 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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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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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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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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Music files rescued by DD onto 2tb WD My Passport Ultra tags appear randomly very slowly on desktop

I'm not sure what the problem is, but I had a sick 750g WD Scorpio Black sata 2.5 with Mac OSX imaged with DD by a local computer repair shop my buddy owns. They were able to recover about half the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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GRUB freezes if external hard drive is connected. Can I simply make it invisible to GRUB?

GRUB seems to freeze whenever my 2 TB external hard drive (WD My Book) is connected. Connecting it while GRUB is loading does the same thing, but doing it afterwards or not at all will let my computer ...
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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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Logical volume is not mounted but is in use. Please close all applications using this device (eg iscsi)

How do I resize a LVM partition using system-config-lvm? As per: http://askubuntu.com/a/489909/45156 I clicked on the partition and try to resize, but get Logical volume is not mounted but is in ...
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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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Additional hard and flash drives not detected/mounted automatically in bookmarks/computer

I restored a copy of my Ubuntu partitions that was made yesterday. Everything is OK, except that I cannot see my additional hard drives from the launcher (they were showing when the disk image was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you Image Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 installations for restoration?

I want to do a clean install of Ubuntu and then create an image that I can use to restore the system to a clean state after I've tested the installation and use of an app within Ubuntu. But all I'm ...
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Buffer I/O error on device sda1, logical block 4684514

I'm trying to format a hard drive. I've used mkfs.ntfs /dev/sda1 after the fdisk command, but mkfs doesn't work! And when I press Ctrl+Alt+F6 I see this message: Buffer I/O error on device sda1, ...
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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?
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Encrypted Install of Ubuntu on a SSD and SSD Support for Encryption / Performance

I am looking to purchase a SSD to use as the primary drive on my computer, with the goal of installing Ubuntu (or Linux Mint) with an encrypted hard drive install for security purposes. There's a ...
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Force format an external HDD

My Seagate 500 GB external HDD stopped working few days ago for unknown reasons. I don't really care about the data on it anymore. I just want it to work properly again but I cant format it in ...
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Why is cp -ax /media/hdd /media/ssd creating a hhd folder in media/ssd instead of copying files there?

I am using liveCD to clone the file system from one drive (hdd) to an ssd (I am trying to migrate my system to use SSD) I mounted /dev/sdb1 (my former hdd) to /media/hdd I mounted /dev/sda1 (my ...
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How do I change my boot drive from disk to the hard drive?

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 on an old ASUS K-50 with 489 GB of hard disk space, however, when I attempt to install updates I get this answer: Not enough free disk space. Updates require 74.9 MB ...
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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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Cannot perform SMART data and Self-Test on external hard drive

Right now my external drive does not has any errors but I just want to check manually to make sure. As seen from image below, the option for SMART data and Self-Test is greyed out. Also see the ...
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Partitioning advice with SSD/HDD combination

I'm building a PC with a 128GB SSD and a 4TB HDD. I want to move my media collection from smaller external HDDs (NTFS) back into my PC (ext4). There's two formatting options and I tend to prefer the ...