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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How to create an encrypted partition?

I am trying to create an encrypted partition, and while I format it I get the option to choose the partition type (fat/ext2/ext3/ext4/xfs/reiserfs/minix/ntfs). Is there any benefit of choosing one ...
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Ram, hdd, cpu or mainboard? [on hold]

I am asking someone who know what this kind of issue represents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jMDg8AtcD0
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Can't Select Ubuntu partition on startup

So,I'm in a bit of an odd predicament. My motherboard got messed up in such a way that now the SATA ports don't work so can't use my hard drive, so I've been using live Ubuntu USB drives and just ...
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Is dual booting ubuntu 15.04 and windows 8.1 different from 14.04?

Do I need to change any steps in dual booting it? With windows 8.1 that is. (UEFI) I intend on doing it automatically rather than manually creating partitions.
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How to migrate and setup Ubuntu 14.04 installation to SSD?

First, there is a lot of similar question everywhere, even here on AskUbuntu. I have bought Samsung 850 Evo Basic, 120 GB model. I have existent system installed on classic 500GB HDD. Question is, how ...
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Really dead HDD Can't recognise by any OS

HDD only recognises by HBCD dos programs. But they only recognise... It says "device is busy" (or checking amazingly slow 50kb/s verify/read/verify) when I'm trying to low-level format it. I see ...
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Why am i unable to mount my partition? Is it fakeraid or corrupted or what?

This is error i see when try to mount my "Movies" partition Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sda2: Command-line `mount "/media/Movies"' exited with non-zero exit status 13: Incomplete ...
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Need help with configuring Wine game installation path [on hold]

So I have an SSD that my Linux Mint is installed on to, but how would I go about setting up Wine so it installs games on my other HDD because my SSD has only 128gb and fills up quickly?
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How can I redirect where the folders in my home folder go?

I've just installed 14.04 LTS on my HP Pavilion. I'm running a 128GB SSD as the primary drive, with a 3TB Toshiba hard drive for all the heavy lifting (documents/pictures/video). I was running Windows ...
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Is there anyway to access my old hard drive?

So i'm trying to get all the files off my old hard drive and this is the error message i'm getting. Error mounting /dev/sdb4 at /media/madlife/AC2C95582C951F00: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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ReArrange multiple disk drives and partitions

Looking for some advice... Here's the situation as it exists. I have multiple drives I've added and switched around over a few years, and it's (past) time to straighten everything out and get it ...
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how do i access wd elements 2 tb external hard drive from my lenovo y50 running ubuntu 15.04 64 bit

i just got this external hard drive but for some reason whenever i plug it into my computer, Ubuntu doesn't recognize it. however, when i switch over to windows, my laptop can recognize it just fine
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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 /dev/disk/by-id/ change after a suddenly server power-off?

I'm management a server that in /etc/fstab have references to some partitions using /dev/disk/by-id/DISK_ID-partN. The server suddenly power-off and DISK_ID part of /dev/disk/by-id/DISK_ID-partN ...
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Toshiba laptop not booting directly to Ubuntu

After I reinstalled my hard drive, after I encountered a problem with it, which was caused by my laptop's battery running all the way down (Toshiba Satellite - has this been known to happen before?), ...
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root takes up entire internal hard drive

I have a 500 GB internal hard drive and I cannot paste anything to it. The entire hard drive is labeled as root. Although I can use the space through sudo nautilus, this doesn't let me play any music ...
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Installing Ubuntu from an external hard drive

So I've been trying to install Ubuntu for a while now with no success. I don't have a thumb drive, and my computer doesn't have a CD drive, but I have an external hard drive. I already went through ...
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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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Denied Permissions to access and move folder from a Mac Hard Disk

I have a iMac in which the Hard disk has failed. I am trying to get files off the users desktop that has not been backed up. I cannot repair the Hard disk and do not have another Mac to transfer the ...
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How to select OS during boot?

I have laptop with hdd and installed windows 7 on it. I bought ssd drive and replaced it with hdd and installed ubuntu 14.04 on it. I also replaced my cd drive with hdd. So, now, at bios I can select ...
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How can I use Ubuntu to recover files on an NTFS file system which is dirty? [duplicate]

Because my windows is having problems, I'm trying to use an Ubuntu live disk to access my Windows hard drive. So I start up Ubuntu (Without installing it) and I see that my drive can not be found, so ...
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Corrupt Harddrive opens but can't get anything off of it - btrfs

I have a corrupt harddrive which will let me see it but I can't access anything on it. I have windows 10 now but I am installing Ubantu also...Don't have any experience with Linux! Please help me ...
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LVM: unable to create snapshot due to failed merge of prior snapshot

I inadvertently created a situation where I deleted an LVM snapshot that was pending a merge (yes - bonehead move). Now I can neither finish the merge nor create a new snapshot on the original logical ...
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Safely remove for removeable hard drive doesn't work

Safely removing my portable WD Elements USB 3.0 1TB drive doesn't actually safely remove it. I get no notification that it is in fact safe to remove even when having done nothing on the disk. It ...
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Use RAID0 Array

I'm really new to doing stuff with RAID. I did a fresh install of Ubuntu Server 14.03 and made a RAID0 Array of 3 HDDs. I also set up an LVM on another HDD that's not part of the RAID. The way I set ...
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Cloning a 500GB disk using Ubuntu Live CD taking more than 10 hrs?

I am cloning my laptop's 2.5inch 500GB SATA HDD disk to a 2.5 inch Seagate 1000GB (1TB) SSHD disk using an external USB3 SATA Adapter attached to the laptop. I booted with Ubuntu 14.04 Live CD and I ...
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Encrypted hard drive or some alternative solution

I haven't found an answer to the following. Hypothesis: If someone gets physical access to my computer, how I would make sure that they (the ones snooping around) do not find my PGP details; like ...
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Cannot access Windows volume, operation pending

My Win 7 has recently crashed big time, and loops on startup repairs, while all other boot options bring me to a frozen black Windows screen. This happened to me a year ago, but I was able to view my ...
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How to move Linux on a USB stick to a hard drive partition?

I was running Ubuntu on a USB stick for a while because my hard drive had failed. It had two partitions. I recently installed a new hard drive and installed Windows on it. I created a new partition ...
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Ubuntu 14.0.4 LTS Crashes and freezes many times just after installation

Hello everyone and thanks for opening this thread; My computer works fine when I boot windows 8.1, but booting Ubuntu, I will surely face a system crash ( or freez), some times it takes one or two ...
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“mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdc1” when mounting ext4 drive

I'm trying to mount an ext4 partition on another drive so it can be mounted at login, but whenever I do, I get this message: Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sdc1: Command-line `mount ...
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boot filename not found with windows 7 ultimate+ recently upgraded ubuntu14.4 LTS dual boot+strange ticking sound

I had windows 7 and ubuntu 12.4 LTS installed for months.. have important data in both sections especially under root account of ubuntu... and D and G drives in windows partition.. not much in the ...
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Hoy do I get my data from Windows 8 back?

I had Windows 8 installed in my HP-PC when I proceeded to install Ubuntu 14.04 to run alongside it. My PC has a 2TB hard drive where Windows 8 and all my data was installed. In order to make the Linux ...
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HDD pooling/partitioning suggestions for media server

I have multiple hdds that I would like to pool together. Sizes are as follows: 2x1TB; 2X2TB; and 1x4TB. Running Ubuntu server 14.04 on a separate SSD with the primary purpose of using this machine ...
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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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Preventing the dd command on extra drives

I use dd a lot day to day for writing Raspberry Pi SD card images. However every now and then I slip and by accident dd the wrong partition and thus killing my other drives. I was wondering if ...
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OS drive and Data drive partitioning on Ubuntu Server 14.04

My server has 1GB RAM, 160GB nvidia RAID 1 disk that I want to use for the OS and a 2TB nvidia RAID 1 disk that I want to use for data (for Samba shares). What would be the best partitioning and file ...
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GNU ddrescue imaging results — 116 errors a lot?

A little background on this. It's an 256 GB SSD drive with Windows SP3 32-bit and it's encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption. The file system is corrupt and unreadable. I first ran Clonezilla to ...
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How to increase lvm disk partition size

I've came up with a problema, let me explain it: I have an Ubuntu 12 LTS virtualized on Hyper-V, initially it had 20Gb of asigned virtual disk but now I'm almost runing out of space so I've increased ...
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Hard drive indicator is slightly flashing all the time

My laptop's hard drive indicator is slightly flashing, even when idle. How do I figure out which process is causing the hard drive activity and stop it? I believe there shouldn't be any hard drive ...
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How to change the main driver?

Im on a windows 7 laptop with a 219 gig hard drive and i have a trial Ubuntu installed on a 900 gig external hard drive, Whenever i check free space on Ubuntu it shows 219 gigs instead of 900 gigs, so ...
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How can I control HDD spin down time?

I have 2 HDDs in my PC. Ubuntu is turning off the secondary HDD very quickly after about 15 minutes, which is short for me. I need to control this time. How can I do it? I tried GNOME power ...
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Cant mount drive, could this be a zero-length partition?

sudo mount /dev/sdc1 /media/k mount: /dev/sdc1: can't read superblock sudo mkfs.ext4 -n /dev/sdc mke2fs 1.42 (29-Nov-2011) /dev/sdc is entire device, not just one partition! Proceed anyway? (y,n) ...
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My Windows 7 Hard disk drives got disappeared after installing ubuntu 15.04

I installed ubuntu 15.04 through portable usb and I lost my access to windows 7.When Finally I am able to access my window 7 then I am not able to see my hard disk drives D and E. Please tell me the ...
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Linux live USB with working sleepmode searched for secure erase SSD

I want to secure delete a SSD drive. I tried to perform the secure delete order with hdparm, but the drive is frozen. Loading the Samsung bootimage lead to the same result: The dialogue says the ...
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Ubuntu changed 2 hard drives making them unrecognizeable to both ubuntu and windows after ubuntu uninstalled

The drives are still functional and pass all tests. MiniTool Partition wizard shows them and the partions but the label is "*:" for both HDs. Now neither Ubuntu nor Windows detect either hard drive. ...
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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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deluge-webui permission denied for download on external hard drive directory

I followed this tutorial to set up deluge deamon and deluge-web-ui on my home ubuntu server 15.04. on my machine I have 2 hard drives: an SSD drive for the OS and a 2To hard drive for my personal ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 install doesn't detect Windows 7 for dual boot

I've used Linux in the past and really want to install it on my current computer alongside my current OS, Win 7 64-bit. However, when I try (various methods) from the 12.04 liveCD, it can't seem to ...
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How can I install Ubuntu 13.04 + without USB, CD, DVD or Net? (hard drive only)

I have an older i386 Sony Vaio desktop PC where the BIOS only allows boot from floppy, CD or very specific USB device types, none of which seem to recognize USB flash drives for some reason. Floppy is ...