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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Ok Ubuntu HDD boots to black screen

This question is similar to this other one in that I get the same result, however I am booting an apparently fine HDD. For four days I have been booting Ubuntu 14.x on a very inexpensive laptop. I ...
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fix bad sector all booting

every time I turn on my note appears a check disk on / home and asks if I want to correct the sectors in error, I put yes, it takes a long time but if I reboot, appears again. what do i do?
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Clarifications on Installing Ubuntu and Windows

right now I am considering reinstalling my Windows/Ubuntu dual boot because they were originally on two external hard drives and I can't boot into my Windows anymore. Can someone correct my steps and ...
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How to set owner ext4 by mount command?

I have a hard drive disk with one sector: Disk /dev/sdc: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdc1 63 312581807 156290872+ ...
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SMART status: failure imminent - file system unknown and inaccessible

I am currently trying to back up data from a hard drive which is about to fail, according to SMART. So I hooked the disk up to my SATA USB adapter and sure enough windows wouldn't recognize the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 and HP poo1tx, not made for each other

Please refer to this link Say whatever but this time I am sure New HDD There was not a single sound from HDD until I was using Windows 8.1, I used it for hours but as soon as I installed Ubuntu ...
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Setting SATA HDD spindown time for Western Digital Green drives [duplicate]

I am able to spindown my SATA HDDs by using sudo hdparm -y /dev/sdc The state shown by sudo hdparm -C /dev/sdc changes from active/idle to standby (and I can hear the HDD spin down). However, ...
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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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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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Dual Boot Ubuntu/Windows on two separate hard drives

I have just installed Ubuntu on a hard disk and windows 8.1 on another hard disk. How to make dual boot when pc starts ? As I have mentioned, they are not on different partitions, they are on ...
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Unbuntu 12.4 HDD files can't be seen by XP in external USB drive

Due to a powersupply malfunction I rescued the hard drive and placed it into an external USB storage box and plugged it into an XP professonal O/S computer to recover emails, music etc but XP cant see ...
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Recover data from a formatted windows hard drive [duplicate]

dont know if its right to post on here but i have a bit of problem. I had a windows 8 laptop and partitioned it into 4 partitions. Now i had reserved one partition for a linux installation. I had a ...
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Cannot format 500GB USB HD: cannot create partition table

When I use disk utility I get the following error: Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error gparted also cannot create ...
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Is full-disk encryption making my system unstable?

About six months ago I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop with full disk encryption (FDE). Now I am considering turning off FDE because I think the feature is making my system unstable. The risk of ...
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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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IO error after PSU change

I have just changed my PSU with better one... Plugged cables as same (and i unplug DVD) It works OK... But stuck here. Then blank screen... /etc/init.d/rc: 121: /etc/init.d/rc: ...
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How to check what are using the mounted disk when I want to reject it

The disk is mounted by sudo mount /dev/sdd5 /media/SDD/Docs and sudo mount /dev/sdd6 /media/SDD/Images and so on, thus there are some directories corresponding to the volumes of the mounted disk. ...
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Internal HD folders appear but most contain zero items, trying to copy to external HD

Ok, so bare with me please and thank you in advance, I just taught myself how to do this. My asus 1005p netbook (no dvd/cd drive) crashed and would not boot. Reading a lot over the course of a week ...
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Why my USB 3.0 external hard drive shutdowns after five minutes?

I'm having a big headache with a Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 external hard drive (code HDTB110XK3BA). After formatted to ext4 filesystem with mkfs, the drive shutdowns itself about five minutes after ...
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Iomega Home Media disk corruption - data recovery help asked

Hello ubuntu members... I have since yesterday a problem with a Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive (HMNHD) that used to work for over 2 years now. This resulted after a general power outage and i ...
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How to encrypt external devices using a cross-platform solution?

How can I encrypt an external device (i.e. USB keys, external hard-drives, memory sticks, etc.) so that it would subsequently be readable/writable on any computer that I plug it in? For instance, it ...
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Hard disk free space going down?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and I've noticed that my hard disk space is steadily going down. I've been checking it about once a week, and I've noticed a couple of gigs go down per check. I'm not ...
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Can't merge current partition to unallocated space while using Gparted [on hold]

I want to merge /dev/sda8 and /dev/sda7 but when I try to resize them, it doesn't show up any free space to extend my partition. Click here for the screenshot
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How to truly secure a hard-drive?

When I boot from an USB stick into my laptop I am able to mount and connect through chroot to the my hard drive and browse my files without a problem, while this has been something very very useful in ...
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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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How do I create and tune an ext4 partition from the command-line?

PARTITIONING (e.g. fdisk) What are some useful commands used for partitioning an additional hard drive from the command-line? Since most published guides steer towards GParted and other graphical ...
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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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How to add a second hard drive to an already installed Xubuntu 14.04?

I want to know how to install a second hard drive in Xubuntu 14.04. Taking in mind that I already installed Xubuntu in another hard drive. I just want to add more storage to it. Also the other hard ...
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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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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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How to encrypt external devices?

I've been a Windows power user/administrator and professional tech for years, I just made the decision to go Linux, and wow, what a difference. Is there any decently easy way to encrypt external ...
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Ubuntu and internal WD Digital Black2 Dual Drive — Did anyone managed to make it work?

The Western Digital Black2 Dual Drive is a 2.5 drive which combines a 120GB SSD with a 1TB HDD. It differs from hybrid drives in that it appears to the system as two distinct partitions, leaving to ...
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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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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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Are these sata errors dangerous?

I'm getting these errors ramdomly, and I don't know if its normal or not. [39441.061856] ata3.00: failed to read SCR 1 (Emask=0x40) [39441.061866] ata3.01: failed to read SCR 1 (Emask=0x40) ...
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I am wanting to switch from Ubuntu to Debian [closed]

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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How to read Apple hard drive on Linux without root privileges?

I just want to read my Apple hard drive on my Linux computer without root privileges. My goal is only to read and copy some file from my home directory (in Documents). Currently I can read the ...
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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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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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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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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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Ubuntu Suspend issue with Self Encrypted Disk [duplicate]

I have a computer with a self Encrypted Drive (a hard drive with an AES encryption chip that requires login at boot to decypher the disk, that way it is hardware encrypted which "in theory" means zero ...
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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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Ubuntu detects that I don't have at least 4.4 GB free space, what should I do?

When I try to install Ubuntu 12.04, it shows me, that I don't have at least 4.4 GB free space. How can I format my Hard Disk Drive? Actually I have 8.4 GB free space, but I screwed up everything ...