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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USB hard drive not showing up under /dev/

I'm running Ubuntu 14.01 on a BeagleBone Black with LXDE. I have a USB hard drive that auto mounts (a prompt comes up in LXDE and I have to enter my password) if I connect it after the computer have ...
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mystery of missing file modifications (hybrid drive + Ubuntu 12.04)

Last week (Sep 10) I worked a whole day (on my Ubuntu 12.04 HP elitebook 8530p laptop) using a tex editor (TexWorks) and Jabref to maintain a Bibtex library. Today however I noticed all my ...
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Prevent usb HDD Sleep mode?

I'm having a problem with my computer running Ubuntu server 12.04, I have an external USB HDD plugged in for samba file sharing but after a few hours not using samba the USB HDD goes to sleep. When I ...
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Disable automounting of hard disks on ubuntu live

I have an ubuntu live USB. When I try to boot it on a computer with a SATA hard disk, it automounts the hard disk and that would seem to corrupt the windows 7 installation which is on the hard disk. ...
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Computer lagging badly on all operating systems

I've been having the longest battle with a computer I assembled myself years ago. At the time I wasn't using it so I installed windows 8.1 (another battle in itself) and gave the computer to my ...
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HDD mounting issues

I have installed Ubuntu Desktop 13.10 on a 250GB SSD which works OK. I also have a 2 TB HDD where I have my Virtualbox disks installed and when I boot the 2TB does not mount. When I hover over the ...
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HDD makes tick noise every second

I just bought a SSD to replace the HDD in my laptop (Dell Inspiron 15 3521). So I migrated the windows partition, root partition of Ubuntu, and make a bcache caching partition for /home which stays on ...
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Recover Data from Encrypted LUKS HDD

Hei, I really need help with this! Yesterday my Kubutnu wouldnt boot anymore so I booted with a Live CD and could fix the problem with this Tutorial: ...
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eSata “HotPlugged” Drive Not Recognized

So, I have an Optiplex 780 with esata on the back. Under windows, I'm able to hotplug any ol' hard drive using my Thermaltake eSata USB Docking Station. As soon as I plug in the eSata cable, it spins ...
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How Do I move an Ubuntu GNOME OS from a USB to an HDD?

I Have Ubuntu GNOME installed on a 32GB SanDisk USB. I am looking at bringing my OS over to an HDD. Not duplicate of How to move 12.04 from USB to HDD? This is my file system: How do I bring ...
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Ubuntu/Gparted won't show all my hard drive capacity

My Asus Laptop's main, internal hard drive has a total 621.4 GB of space, however, Gparted is only showing a total of 332.06 GB of total data space among my partitions. Its pretty much telling me ...
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Regaining access to old External HDD (exfat/Mac&Win, maybe), unallocated maybe toasted HDD

First off, I'm new to Ubuntu, and do not speak really comprehend too much of computer literacy. And English is not my main language. So... I have and old HDD from a friend, that she wants to regain ...
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Does system encryption encrypt /home if it is on a separate HDD?

This question is similar but it seems to deal with a /home partition on same drive as / partition so not sure if answer would be the same as setup I am proposing. I am hoping to set up my new laptop ...
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setting of GRUB for two Linux distributions installed to two separate hard disks

I installed a second hard disk to my laptop so that I can test on new Linux distribution without trashing my working one. I did the following: Installed Linux Mint 15 to my first drive sda and use ...
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How to remove encryption from volume during installation

I'm currently in the process of installing Ubuntu Server 12.04 onto a fresh build. I have two 3TB hard drives that I'd like to run in software RAID 1, and was following this tutorial. During ...
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Accelerometr in Lenovo Thinkpad E330

How can I enable active HDD protection on Lenovo TP Edge 13. Ubuntu 13.10 hdapsd says that there is no accelerometer, but in windows it worked! I tried to shake a laptop while it was reading hdd, but ...
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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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Combine two hard drives

I have a PC with 2 physical hard drives, each is 500 GB (sda and sdb) I'd like to combine them in one large hard drive (1T). I couldn't find a clear approach on how to do it. I tried LVM with no ...
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System very slow except while running Smartmontools selftest

I am quite new to Ubuntu. I have a L430 Lenovo with i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz × 4 , 4GB Ram, dual boot with Windows 7. HDD 500 GB TOSHIBA MK5061GSY. Every 10/15 seconds the HDD light turns on for 2-3 ...
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Mounting Additional Harddrive using ntfs-3g

I have desktop with 80gb HDD with ubuntu then i added a 2TB but failed to get it mounted tried all links from mounting ntfs on ubuntu search This is my current config : Dell:~$ sudo blkid /dev/sda1: ...
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Moving encrypted home folder to a new hard drive

Recently I bought a new hard drive. I'd like to turn this hard drive into the /home. During original install I set my home directory up as encrypted. At this point I dont know how to move the home ...
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Hard Drive too slow

My computer has been going too slow since I remember, I tried several tips I found on Internet but nothing worked. After spending some time searching about the problem I found that it might be my hard ...
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Will Ubuntu spin down harddrives in an RAID 10 array?

I'm about to buy parts for a new home server and I'm planning on using Ubuntu(perhaps 12.04 LTS) For the OS, I'll use an SSD. For cold storage(big files, rarely accessed), I'm planning on setting up ...
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ubuntu 12.04 does not always boot at the first time

I have a recurring problem: my Ubuntu 12.4 does not always boots at once. I often get a message on a black screen, saying "Media test failure, check cable" (it is not only this what's on the screen), ...
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Fixing broken raid0 with dmraid?

A while ago when I was still on Windows I had two secondary 1 TB hard drives that used a raid0 setup, fakeraid I believe with Intel. My primary hard drive died which seemed to have messed up the raid ...
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when installing /boot inside a lvm group, where do I install the boot loader?

I am setting a personal file/cloud server based on ubuntu server 12.04 and owncloud but there are certain things about the partitioning that I can't get my head around... Let's say for example I want ...
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Copying data from Centos hard drive to Ubuntu

I have a 2 PCs wiht ubuntu 10.04 and centos 5.8 installed.I want to copy all the data from Centos hard drive to one with ubuntu. How can I do this ??? I have tried directly plugging centos hard drive ...
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Problem booting the Ubuntu 12.04.01 OS due to bad sectors on the HDD

I use Ubuntu 12.04LTS(64-bit) desktop edition. Lately I tried to upgrade it to Ubuntu 12.10. Everything was going good, but due to some work I couldn't complete the upgrade, so I disconnected the ...
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Unable to write in mounted drive Kubuntu 12.10

I installed Kubuntu 12.10 in SSD but unable to use HDD because I do not have write permission. kisun@ejo129:~$ sudo fdisk -l [sudo] password for kisun: WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected ...
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Ubuntu wont recognize my internal SSD

I just bought a Lenovo u310 and installed Ubuntu 12.10 with Wubi to try it out. After a couple of days I decided to fully replace windows 7 and installed Ubuntu 12.10 fully with a usb drive in my HDD. ...
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Ubuntu slow at boot because of gnome-set~ngs-daemon

When I boot my computer, the process gnome-set~ngs-daemon need a lot of disk access, according to sudo iotop, it require 100%... Any idea how I can solve it?
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How to make some partitions undetectable by Ubuntu 12.04?

Background My friend has got Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed in his Laptop's internal drive and Ubuntu on External Drive. Recently, there is some problem with his Internal HDD and it seems to me like ...
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Slow writing HDD speed dues to a misaligned partition

It seems that (but I'm not completely sure), that when I'm copying files from gigabit network to HDD, I can't use full potential of the network which in my case is about 60 MB/s, because HDD writing ...
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How can I restore Master Boot Record in Ubuntu 15.04?

Old computer running Ubuntu 14.10 died so I purchased a new machine and had the HDD (500GB) from the old machine swapped into the new machine along with a new 1TB drive. Everything fired up OK so I ...
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How do I get write access to my external hard drive?

I have recently formatted an external hard drive for use with Ubuntu 14.04 using GParted. I formatted the drive to Ext4, and everything seemed to work until I tried to copy files to the drive, at ...
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Hard Drives in Startech Enclosure Are Not Recognized

Issue 1 With Computer 1(Running Ubuntu 12.0.4)? I have 8 external hard drives of varying sizes from different manufactureres that are formatted as either ntfs/ext4. We purchased a Startech 8-bay ...
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Difference in copying files recursively from a drive using rsync

I've used the command below to copy files from Windows drive to an external HDD, using the command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude "/Windows" --exclude "/Program Files" --exclude "Program Files ...
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Slow startup every other boot, and can't access internal HDDs

I'm running 15.04 on a 250GB Samsung SSD. I have two HDD's (1 TB and 2 TB). I experience problems every other boot. Initially the system will boot lightning fast and my drives are immediately ...
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Failure to Mount HDD after computer froze transfering files

Originally I had to use GPartedPariationEditor(and possibly some other steps) to even get my HDD to mount on Ubuntu. My HDD has been working fine but when I was doing a large transfer of files to ...
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AutoFS with NTFS not mounting

I've dabbled a bit into getting rid of udev for mounting ntfs usb-sticks at boot time and when hotplugging because it seems to have troubles with fuseblk when using systemd. Since usbdisk is not a ...
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Recovering Files from 2nd HDD on a Ubuntu Server

Been Long time, Ok So I have a Ubuntu 12 Server with 2 HDD's 1st HDD is Holding the OS and the 2nd HDD is Holding the Data. The users suddenly complained that there are no documents in the Share ...
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Cannot install Ubuntu - stuck at 'Installation Type'

I am trying to install Ubuntu on my computer, but am stuck at choosing the device and partition to install to. I have three harddrives, one of them was going to be dedicated to Ubuntu, but two of the ...
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Hard disk fails sometimes

I'm using Ubuntu kernel 3.13.0-48. Sometimes the system fails to boot. Sometimes it hangs at the boot process just before the welcome login, and sometime grub fails to load the kernel and show error ...
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Ubuntu Server 14.04 TLS plus Hardware RAID

I have just completed hadrware installation of my new RAID server which will run with Ubuntu Server OS. I have installed Ubuntu Server OS and everything run seemingly without problems. However, I ...
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Getting '??? ???' when trying to install Ubuntu

I am trying to install Ubuntu on my older laptop and whenever I get to the format your hard drive part it pops up with the message ??? ???. I am pretty sure it is to do with how my partitions were set ...
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Can't get rid of sda5 partition

The other day I tried installing Ubuntu using the HDD encryption option. Something went wrong in the process and the installation failed, so I tried again, this time without encrypting. I discovered ...
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Can't mount Windows 8.1 storage drive. Partition type is random hex

I had windows 8.1 installed on a SSD drive, and I had a separate 2TB internal HDD where I stored all of my documents. The windows 8.1 installation died on me and refused to boot, so I decided to try ...
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Trying to Install Ubuntu 14.10 but will not boot from the hard drive

Okay, I've been at this for 3 days now. I am installing Ubuntu Via USB and I'm using the Universal USB installer and downloaded the Ubuntu 14.10 version. I tried two ways to install it to the hard ...
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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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How do I get gksu nautilus to work so I can access my encrypted hardrive from a live usb?

So I running Ubuntu on my computer, I downloaded a load of stuff, turned it off and now when I turn it on it gets stuck on the splash screen. I've make a live USB running Ubuntu to try and get my ...