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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Cannot format HDD after Windows 8

I've just installed ubuntu 13.10 on my SSD, and I want to format HDD, where previously Windows 8 was located, but I cannot do that using standard Disk application in ubuntu (It gives error: "Failed to ...
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alternative ways of mounting USB NTFS external-hdd

I mount my Samsung hard disk through this command sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/Samsung BUT it doesn't work except after running the command sudo f-disk -l and waiting for it about 5 minutes to finish! ...
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Want to install ubuntu 12.04 new on ssd for / and hdd for /home but keep all settings [duplicate]

Good evening, i have ubuntu installed right now on my 2TB hdd. Runs very good. The last weeks i configured all programs/games/audio stuff now and are very fine with it. Now i got one new ssd drive ...
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Extend home partition /home with additional HDD

I have two hdd installed where at the moment one sda* runs ubuntu 12.04 and sdb* runs ubuntu studio. I want to add the complete sdb* hdd to my /home partition on sda* Is this possible?
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Backup Drive Issue: Seagate backup plus 1TB in not getting detected

I just bought a new Seagate backup plus, 1 TB external backup drive, USB 3.0, it is working good with my windows, but when I login into my Ubuntu 12.04 it does not get detected by any way. Before ...
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How to purge another OS and install Ubuntu safely?

I've been testing out different linux os's and was beforedhand on fedora. A few weeks back, when booting up fedora, my computer crashed. When i tried to boot it back up, it would freeze at the BIOS ...
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Ubuntu on external USB Hard Drive

I just wanted to ask, before I do it. I copied my entire system with an exception of few not needed folders to an external USB HDD. If I install Ubuntu (same version) on it, will it work as it is now? ...
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How to properly add new hard drivers to existing Ubuntu system?

I thought Ubuntu will automatically add new hard drives so I only attached them and booted the system. Ubuntu indeed added them but they look like USB flash drives and I can unmount them. How can ...
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SSD not found in the BIOS boot order when an hdd is present

Thank you for reading my question, but thank you even more for answering! My setup is as followed: An Acer laptop using an SSD with Ubuntu installed in the deticated "hdd" SATA slot, and a HDD with ...
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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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Plex Media Server: Won't find media External Hard Drive

I am attempting to turn an older PC into a home media server with Ubuntu 12.04 using Plex Media Server. I have a newer WD 2 TB external USB HD with all of my media on it. I can not for the life of ...
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Mount error “exit code 12” on 1 TB USB hard drive

I'm a Linux noob, just now migrating from Windows. This is my first question to the community, and I hope I get the forms right. I've looked around at the other similar questions here, but none seem ...
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Problem with hard disk (I think…)

In the last year I had a problem with my notebook: sometimes when I push the power button it starts (I hear the fan) but nothing appears on the screen, I have to hit it on the bottom to make it ...
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Combine two hard disks in lubuntu 13.10

I have two HDDs and want to combine them to one, one had Debian installed that is 51gb, and other one is ntfs with 30gb space. I want to combine the 20gb from debian HDD and want to to add to my 30 ...
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Install Ubuntu on windows 8 HDD / SSD system

I have recently bought a laptop with an SSD of 128 GB and a HDD of 1 TB. Currently I am running windows 8. Windows is installed on the 128 GB SSD (C drive) and I use the 1 TB drive for data storage ...
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Trying to mount ddrescue image from a 1tb crashed ntfs drive

It was time, after 5 years my 1tb external drive with all of my family photos and all my music crashed. Stupidly enough, i did not have two drives in raid, which i will do in the future. I ...
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install Ubuntu on external hard drive

My hard disk is bad and instead of buying a new one I would prefer to boot from my external hard drive. I installed 13.10 on it. When I boot I get 1.168876 kernel panic- not syncing: no init ...
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Can't solve: ext4 file system creation failure Ubuntu 12.04

This seems to have been covered a lot before, but none of the solutions seem to help. It's the usual getting this error message while installing. The ext4 file system creation in partition #1 of ...
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Cloning my Hard drive.

2 weeks ago I installed ubuntu and after my back-up hard drive failing I moved all my data onto the hard drive too. I have a Mac laptop and now my replacement hard drive has arrived. I was wondering ...
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Hard drive light is constantly on. What's using it? [closed]

The HDD light is lit solid all day and the system has slowed significantly. Running i7 with 15.3Gb RAM on 10.04 Read though many threads online and checked the I/O which seems to be negligible and ...
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Help getting HDD mounted as Root

Thanks to all the tech gurus who are willing to help noobs like me! I'm trying to mount my hard drives in a way that Plex Media Server will be able to access them. When trying to mount my secondary ...
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Disable ethernet and hard drive access on an Ubuntu Live CD

I'm a teacher. At our school, we're looking into the possibility of using a custom LiveCD (or USB rather) for our students during exams. We want the live CD to come pre-installed with programs such ...
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Want to burn Ubuntu as a disk so that my laptop that lacks an OS can run it from my external hard drive

My laptop currently does not have an OS, I used to run Ubuntu 10.10 back in the day, then converted to Windows 7, but recently had to wipe my hard drive and want to try out Ubuntu 13.10. I have tried ...
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USB hardware disappears

I'm just going to use this for an example. I have a Western Digital Passport, external hard drive. I plug it into the USB port on my computer, it shows up immediately, I go through and browse, and ...
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Linux Driver for >2TB drives that are already formatted by Windows DiscWizard?

I have a 3TB Seagate internal drive that I've been using on Windows for a while. My PC doesn't have UEFI, and I needed to boot Windows from the Seagate drive, so I couldn't format it as GPT (Windows ...
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HDD downsize after installing ubuntu [closed]

here is the big deal guys i was using windows with two partitions "C:" and "D:". After installing ubuntu "D:" partition is gone but totally gone -.- there was 500gb before installing ubuntu but i have ...
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what to do if ubuntu could not display your files in hdd

What to do with this error? This location could not be displayed. Sorry, could not display all the contents of "harddrive":Error when getting information for ...
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Partition the drive in which ubuntu is installed [duplicate]

I got a laptop(64-bit) with ubuntu installed on it.It has 320GB hard disk,but only one drive is there of all 320gb in which ubuntu is installed.I want to partition this single drive on which ubuntu is ...
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Going from Ubuntu to Windows

I'm trying to install windows on a computer that before had Ubuntu 13.10. I tried to install windows with a usb. I ended up having to delete my partitions because (ubunutu partition were in the wrong ...
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Access an encrypted drive from one to the other installation results in No key available with this passphrase"

Had a desktop and a laptop, both running Ubuntu 13.10. Decided to merge the two and plugged in laptop HD in tower's second slot. Both are seperately encrypted. Have no trouble booting one or the ...
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Using the mkfs.ext 4 command with -c switch [duplicate]

I am currently using Ubuntu from a Live USB and in Gparted can see that my internal hdd has 1 partition /dev/sda1 size: 931.51 Gb, file system unknown.. I want to prepare this hard drive to install ...
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Raid controller question “hardware RAID Array Maximum size: 2.3TB”

I am looking to get a raid controller for my ubuntu server (used as a media server with plex) I am looking to ger this http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=530 however, I am new to raid, and the ...
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Properties pie chart of external hard drive does not update

I have an LaCie external hard drive which is 1TB big. I use it mostly for backups but lately I have found that it 'lies' about the size available. This is a screenshot of the properties dialog ...
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Stuck after Wubi installer

So after the Wubi finished the install and rebooted, something failed and went to busybox shell. I have tried this twice now. System Specs: I7 930 OC 4.21 6GB DDR3 1600 Mushkin Blackline C: WD ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 doesn't boot : exception Emask 0x0 SAct

Recently, my Ubuntu doesn't start after a bad shutdown because of my laptop power was empty. I can see the GRUB and when I select Ubuntu.. I get approximatively this errors: exception Emask 0x0 ...
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How to get a list of installed applications without booting into Ubuntu?

I have a laptop whose HDD is dying and has become read only. I can't boot the system into Ubuntu but I can read the Ubuntu partition using a live disk. Is there any way that I can get a list of ...
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Ubuntu slow and laggy, HDD issue? [duplicate]

Dear fellow Ubuntu users, for two years now I've been using Ubuntu. Although I love the system, it's quality is going downhill, steeply. Every new update (12.10, 13.04, 13.10) the issues only seem to ...
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How can i skip bad sector on my hard Drive?

I have one external hard drive which i plug to my linux machine. It causes read and write operation problems. When i check it with fdisk -l it wait for information to display for while. After few ...
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Difference between SMART reallocated sectors and bad sectors

After my 7-month old kicked my wife's laptop off the sofa, I've been in data recovery mode. Data now recovered, laptop is old and is basically on the verge of being binned. I decided to try and use ...
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Missing 50GB on my 100Gb harddrive

I have a 128GB harddrive formatted with the btrfs. However, for some reason I'm missing around half of the disk space. Do any of you have any idea of how to fix it? See this screenshot for details ...
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Can't mount “Windows Disk” after installing ubuntu [duplicate]

I can't mount or even boot my windows disk after I installed ubuntu. Can anyone help me, how can I solve this, please? Error message: Couldn't analyze partition: Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at ...
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Windows external harddrive

I'm new to Ubuntu. Not sure how everything work yet. I have an external hard drive that is entirely windows data. XP operating system. How do I connect it to Ubuntu?
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Unable to mount USB hard drive [closed]

My computer is currently running Elementary OS (I know it's not Ubuntu but I want to install Ubuntu but need to backup files first before doing so) and is unable to mount my Lacie P'9233 ...
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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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If I install Ubuntu linux on an external hard drive can I save the data on that same hard drive?

I am planning on installing Ubuntu on an external hard drive. My question is where does data get saved when I use this OS? For instance, if I create a folder on the desktop of Ubuntu where is that ...
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Can I retrieve data from a HD while running Ubuntu from a USB drive?

I'm having the same problem as this one - Can I retrieve data from a hard drive running Ubuntu from a USB drive? BUT... unfortunately when using ubuntu from the USB drive, I can see the HD but can't ...
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cant open my external backup hard drive

my external back up hard drive is a WD 1T which was being used for the macbook pro for automatick backup. now i am using a mini HP and my external hard drive is not opening. would i open it with the ...
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how do i use a block device its not appearing in file system

my block device doesn't appear in system files. it shows like a gray block. i need help im a Ubuntu noob first time using it. i installed it after windows crashed and never worked again.
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for ubuntu my hard drive is a thumbstick i still have my hard drive but it doesnt show it in file system what can i do

I have my hard drive and i can see it if you go to disks, but when i go to file system i cant find it, that means i cant send files to it and i cant use it. any fix for this problem if there is i ...
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Can't mount external HDD

Well, I'm pretty sure this has been asked lots and lots of times, I even looked at some previous questions but I couldn't do much with them, so I'm asking once more. I have an WD external HDD, ...