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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Trying to use extra space on a dynamically allocated VM

So I am currently working with a ubuntu VM on a windows host. And originally set up the VM to 50GB with a 20GB ram leaving 30GB for hard disk memory. I've since filled that up and have modified the ...
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Raic controller with ext sata cage

I was wondering how difficult it is to create a Raid 5 system on an Ubuntu 14.04 desktop pc already running. I plan to use this Raid card with this Sata Cage and add 4 HDD for backup and storage. I ...
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How to create a chron backup to both external hard drive and online service?

I need to create a chron backup to both external hard drive and online service (using ftp). I would like : only one software tool to do that; a daily backup to my external drive ; a weekly backup ...
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Tracking down a random freeze?

Since updating to 15.10 on my Thinkpad T420, I've experienced random freezes periodically. Usually within an hour of using the laptop. It ran just fine on 15.04. I've tried looking at /var/log/syslog ...
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What this S.M.A.R.T. information means?

This is HDD from my Acer Extensa 5635Z laptop. Is it in bad state? http://i.stack.imgur.com/ojJAa.jpg <<<<< Is this a HDD problem? It appears every time after 2 days i reinstall ...
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How do I fix a corrupted hard drive?

I think that my hard drive has become corrupted. It no longer will show up in the Launcher sidebar and in GParted. I believe that it is corrupted to the point where it can no longer be recognized by ...
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Can't Get Full Drive Capacity in Fdisk

So I recently purchased a 4 TB WD Red for my Linux Server and am now trying to partition it for use. I've already come up against the 2TB limit challenge and decided for ease, I'd just have two ...
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Can't boot Windows 10 after installing Ubuntu 15.1

I know there are some other similar posts out there, but I haven't been able to find one that solves my issue. I have two hard drives on my computer, and the idea was to install Windows 10 on the SSD ...
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How to shrink an Ubuntu 14.04 partition, without losing data? [duplicate]

I just purchased a new Dell Inspiron 5558 laptop with built-in installed Ubuntu 14.04, that has a single partition and I have only one problem: I want to shrink my 1TB drive partition; this Partition ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 can't see RAID 0 partition

I have 2 drives I've set up in RAID 0 (/dev/sda and /dev/sdb in Ubuntu). When I was running 15.04, I installed Ubuntu and a device appeared in /dev/mapper, which was the raid drive. After installing ...
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I have been running Ubuntu on an external hard drive and now Windows 10 won't boot

When I turn on my laptop, Windows 10 does not boot and gives me the following options Continue to Windows Recover Environment Continue using another operating system Troubleshoot Turn off PC I ...
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How can i merge two LVM partitons in the same virtual HDD in VMWare ESXi?

I had to add some space to the Virtual HDD on my Ubuntu Server VM in VMWare ESXi 5.1. I switched off the VM. In VM --> Edit Settings, I increased the HDD space provisioned, from 10 GB to 25 GB. On ...
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Is my HHD dying? [closed]

I'm asking this because my HDD (Hard Disk) has 5 years, and ultimately (this year) it gave me many headaches. Many moths ago I has Windows 7 (and 10 T.P. since april) and all was good. But after a ...
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Automatic mount of newly added HDD is failing - 14.04.3

I've just put together a 14.04.3 system using an SSD as the single storage device, and it's working fine. Now I want to add an HDD. I've used gparted to partition it, and it's formatted as ext4. It ...
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I cannot open my disks [duplicate]

Error mounting /dev/sda5 at /media/somit/E022149222147030: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sda5" ...
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unable to open hard drive [duplicate]

i install ubuntu few hour before, but i am unable to access hard drive. the message shown is given below- Error mounting /dev/sda6 at /media/jeetu/24386BED386BBD04: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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Slow transfer from internal disk to external USB hard disk

Lots of people have problem with copying to/from external USB hard disk. My system Ubuntu 14.04. External USB Seagate disk 1T originally NTFS. The disk is empty I am trying to copy 100GB to 1T disk. ...
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Can you change the directory/mount point to another location

I am looking to change the directory to which the Ubuntu app store and terminal installs programs. The main reasons are for the factor that I use a lot of programs and when I add a program to Ubuntu, ...
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Mounting External Hard Drive on 15.10 Naming Issue

I upgraded to 15.10 using a bootable medium (USB bootable ISO). After upgrade, when I connect my external hard drive of 3 partitions, they all load up in nautilus nicely, however under a different ...
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PlayOnLinux change install location from virtual drive

I am using PLayOnLinux for a couple of my games but it only installs games in one specific spot that I am unable to change, I'm guessing it's a virtual drive ((according to someone on here)) and I'd ...
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Hard Drive read only and one not showing up

So I have 3 different drives: two 250GB drives and one 320GB drive. However in Files only two show up, one called "Computer" (90GB) and one called "files" (250GB which is one of the hard drives) ...
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Corrupt external hard disk

I was just making a backup with grsync when I accidentally unplugged my external hard drive. The result is that it won't mount again. I get this error: I tried running sudo fsck /dev/sdb and the ...
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How can I add drives to increase the capacity of a software raid 5 without losing data?

So I built a server for all my media streaming and storage needs. It's got three 3TB WD Reds in it configured in a RAID 5. I'm running Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS. I had a friend set up the raid for me (I'm ...
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Can I merge free space partition with my Ubuntu (Linux) filesystem? [duplicate]

I have two primary partitions in my hard disk one with Windows (~900GB) and the other with Ubuntu(~100 GB), but now I need more space for my Ubuntu. Can I make a free space partition in Windows ...
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Tried to install Ubuntu on separate SSD but can no longer access my Windows OS

I have a 256 GB SSD and a 512 GB SSD in my desktop. I can no longer access my windows OS. I installed them on separate SSDs, but when I try to select the 500 GB drive it gives an: Error mounting ...
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HDD.. I think I'm fsck'd

I am running a virtualization machine that has a few different drives. 2 are being problematic. both drives are having trouble together. both drives switched to ro opposed the norm rw. nothing ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 doesnt let me open an NTFS drive

Hey can someone help me? I'm sorry if this question was asked before but I'm trying to open a 640GB Volume from the Launcher and I get this error: Error mounting /dev/sdb2 at ...
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Random Freezing of Dell Inspiron PC. Could it be the HDD?

My Dell Inspiron PC has been randomly freezing for several months now. Today, when I was logging on, I got several end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector [various numbers] messages. sudo ...
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Installing ubuntu 15.04 on new SSD drive

I got a new SSD drive for my Hp Elitebook 2530p. I want to install Ubuntu on that disk and NOT copy anything from old hard drive. What should I consider when doing this? I've seen lots of links ...
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Ubuntu and w10 can't boot after installing second hard drive

I have a lenovo laptop(g505s), I installed an SSD and removed the CD player to install a tray with the hard disk which used to work fine. I had Windows 10 in the SSD and I used the hard disk only for ...
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Ubuntu freezing with Clicking Hard disk

I was recently installing windows XP on my PC, but during formatting the drive there was a power cut and after that when I started my PC the hard disk was not showing up on my BIOS. So I booted Ubuntu ...
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I attempted to format a HDD with Linux Encryption and have now lost my harddrive

I have recently ditched Windows due to losing my disc and product key. I have used Ubuntu in the past however cant remember a great deal. I installed from Windows 7, formatting my SSD to replace with ...
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Can not mount the drive with ubuntu

My pc is old. It cant install ubuntu or xubuntu(i did not try xubuntu. I would try it on another pc but when i pit ,y hdd, i wanted to try ubuntu on that pc). It has 2 gb ram, p4 3.0 ghz. So i took ...
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WD500 external HDD permissions - can't read & write

Help - I have an external HDD, Western Digital. It is read only, I want it read/write. I have tried sudo chmod -R 755 /media/thomas/"WD 500" however when it runs through all the rows end with 'Read ...
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Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 installation problem

I want to install ubuntu GNOME 15.10 on my computer from USB, but th installer do not detect the drives. When the USB drive is connected, the UEFI do not display my drives as bootable devices. I have ...
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Fresh Ubuntu install on one of the HDDS I wiped so many times today… Now just a blank screen

I don't know why, but I do a fresh install of Ubuntu server 14.04 on my HDD and for some reason it doesn't boot up, it shows alot of hard drive activity at the beginning and then just stops and doesnt ...
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PXE-E61 Media test failure. I think I deleted my MBR

Okay, so I was using Ubuntu for a while then all of a sudden as I was walking upstairs with my laptop it cut out, no biggie it does it all the time when I move it. Except this time it would not start ...
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USB HDDs are failing with xHCI error. Requiring restart

I have 2 hard drives connected with SATA-to-USB tool. Usually they work fine however some time to time they fail and they don't show up on Disks neither I can see the connection on dmesg. dmesg output ...
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Hard drive errors - Ubuntu sometimes boots to busybox, then becomes read only

I have a issue with my home media server (OS ubuntu 14.04 LTS), where about 50% of the time I power it up, instead of booting into the os, I see the following: BusyBox v1.21.1 (ubuntu ...
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Restoring Ubuntu 14.04 onto a new hard-drive when the old system was raid 1. Should I expect problems?

My current system is running software RAID 1 and I have made a backup of this system with the intention of restoring it onto a new hard-drive. For my new hard-drive I do NOT want RAID. Will there be ...
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Ubuntu installer CAN detect Windows partitions while CANNOT detect existing Windows 10

So this is my situation: I have two drives, one is SSD with Win 10 installed on it, one is HDD with data stored on it. I've made a USB installer for Ubuntu. When I entered the step for detecting ...
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HDD with ubuntu installed is being recognized and useable but cannot be booted from

I have previously booted ubuntu 14.04 from my hdd and everything was fully functional but I took my drive out run diagnostics on another one and when I put mine back in it refuses to boot. I am ...
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Optimize small SSD for ubuntu [duplicate]

The issue is basically this - where should I mount SSD and where should I mount the HDD if what I want is the system to be installed on the SSD, but new software installed through apt-get and such ...
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Can't detect internal HDin devices list Ubuntu

I am unable to detect internal HDD in ubuntu(also any external HD's). Initially it used to show the list of devices in devices column in file explorer. This is the output of fdisk -l WARNING: GPT ...
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Unable to access internal/external hard disks in ubuntu

I am running ubuntu alongside windows. Due to some memory issues my laptop froze and I had to do a force shut down. Once the system got rebooted, it went back to factory reset settings(Unity tweak ...
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How is it possible storage hard disk failure cause system disk to fail to read/write?

Update: One of the 3TB Seagate Storage Drives was dying and any time I had it connected to the system, I got the IO/read errors, eventually even when the system was booting. As described below, ...
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Hard Drive spins like Crazy when entering GRUB and calms down a little but not completely after booting into Ubuntu

Sometimes, when restarting, the moment it "restarts", the hard drive goes crazy loud. Then it calms down after I enter GRUB, and then boot into Ubuntu. However, it never stops after that. I'm not ...
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I can't mount my second harddisk

I just installed Ubuntu 15.04 on my ssd and I can't mount my second hdd now. before Ubuntu it was working on windows 7. Here is my fdisk -l: Disk /dev/sda: 111,8 GiB, 120034123776 bytes, 234441648 ...
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Setting up a HDD with Ubuntu installed on a SSD

I built a new build yesterday with a SSD for my OS/Applications and a HDD for everything else. Installed Ubuntu on the SSD, but I think I underestimated how I'd go about this and now I'm unsure how to ...
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Dell R430 Raid Array not recognized 14.04 server

I configured the OS to install on 2(mirrored) 16bg SD cards. After installation noticed the array was not created. created a RAID10 array of 4 1TB HDD but cannot get Ubuntu see it to mount it. How to ...