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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What is the Linux drive naming scheme?

In Windows; you have the C:\ drive. This is the primary drive upon which Windows is installed. However, Linux uses a different naming scheme: sda, sdb[1-4], etc. Can anyone give me a brief outline of ...
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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 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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How to install applications to a separate hdd?

I was so good with windows, now I’m feeling like a complete idiot. I have an SSD for ubuntu and want to install the majority of my programs to a separate HDD but I have no clue how. All searches I ...
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How to change permission external hard drive in ubuntu 12.04

I want to copy any file to my external hard drive. But always when I tried to do this I have next output: cp: cannot create regular file /media/NameOfCard/[file]' : Read only file system I also ...
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Access secondary hard disk from Virtual Machine

I have a fairly specific question. I had Ubuntu on my Laptop (for years). For a variety of reasons, I've had to switch to Windows but the computer has two hard drives. The main drive was reformatted ...
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Repair more than 3500 bad blocks in 160 Gb samsung HDD using ubuntu 12.04

Recently I detected more than 3500 bad sectors on my samsung 160 Gb HDD. Is it possible to repair or ignore this amount of bad sectors using ubuntu 12.04? And what is the max. limit of bad sectors to ...
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Dual boot. Install 2nd OS on separate drive

I currently have Kubuntu running on a large SATA drive. I am considering setting up KXStudio to dual boot. Rather than messing up my current partitions I am thinking of adding an old IDE drive and ...
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How would I speed up a full disk dd?

I am doing a dd on two identical drives with this command: dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=4096 Both hard drives are the exact same model number, and both have 1TB of storage space. /dev/sda uses a ...
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Is Ubuntu destroying my internal HDD?

I have an Inspiron 3521 that came pre-installed with Windows 8.1. I decided to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu, and it was working good. But, when using Ubuntu, I heard a lot of noise from my laptop ...
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How to mount a hard disk as read-only from the terminal

I have searched google, I've searched this website, I've searched using various terms, phrases, using quotes and without quotes and I cannot find the answer to this seemingly easy thing to do. How do ...
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How to tell what applications are accessing the hard drive and how frequently?

My hard drive is going crazy and I don't know what application is doing it. Are there any linux tools for profiling what processes are accessing drives and how frequently? top, htop and the like ...
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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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How to clean up unnecessary files

Please suggest me any particular unnecessary file that I can clean to back everything to normal condition(temporarily). (i.e. any log or archieve or anything ). My var/log has only 40MB and Home ...
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System locks up when disk I/O is saturated

When I do a large file transfer from my external USB3 hard drive to my internal hard drive (or vice versa), be it via Nautilus or via terminal, Ubuntu (Unity) will almost completely lock up. Things ...
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Do I need to replace my hard disk?

Whenever I start my computer Ubuntu pops up the following error: A hard disk may be failing one or more hard disk report health problems A friend of mine ran some test and it was found that my hard ...
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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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Put HDDs in standby after X minutes using hdparm doesn't work

I use Ubuntu 12.04 on a home server. There are 5 hard drives: one SSD with the OS and 4 HDDs (Samsung HD204UI) configured as a RAID5 using mdadm. I don't need the RAID very often (say, about once per ...
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How to recover data from a failing hard drive?

An external 3½" HDD seems to be in danger of failing — it's making ticking sounds when idle. I've acquired a replacement drive, and want to know the best strategy to get the data off of the dubious ...
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Recover data from a FAT32 hard disk?

I have connected a failed hard disk which has a detectable FAT32 filesystem. I Dont know the nature of the damage. What is the easiest way to recover the data from the drive?
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Why no swap partitions on SSD drives?

I often read that one should not place swap partitions on a SSD drive, as this may harm the device. Is this true? Can you please explain the reason to me? Because I otherwise would have thought that ...
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Reorganize partitions with HDD and SSD

In my notebook, I have a 16GB SSD and 1TB HDD. I have installed Windows 7 on the HDD, which consumes about ~250GB. Then I have installed Ubuntu 12.04. I put / on the SSD with ~12GB and also the swap ...
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Would like to install Ubuntu on secondary hard drive within my computer

Okay, so here's the story. I am trying to install Ubuntu 13.04. I currently have a 2TB drive in my computer where Windows 7 boots from, and a secondary 500GB drive that also has a bootable ...
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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 ...
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Creating a swap file or swap partition on the SSD/HDD [closed]

I have Linux Mint 13 LTS which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I installed it on my SSD and will use the HDD for data storage only. When installing the OS I skipped making a swap file/partition. The ...
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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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How do I install Ubuntu 14.04 without losing data on a Windows 7 PC (physically)?

I have this windows PC, and I want to install this Ubuntu physically without VMware. Last time I installed this, I lost up-to 160GB, and it was all of my hard drive. I have 4 drives C:, D:, F: and E:. ...
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Retrieve Data on hard drive

So my computer crashed and as of now I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04 on a USB. I'm using the try option because for some reason it won't let me do a full install. I researched and realized that ...
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How do I format my entire HDD?

Ok I have recently made some mistakes with installing some operating systems that I should have just kept on a live cd not ubuntu but another os and with my ocd when I saw my lot's of different ...
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How can I recover data from a 2TB hard drive?

I have a Western Digital 2TB External Hard Drive. I basically use it to keep all my movies and videos. Its file system is NTFS, and currently I'm using 1.4TB. One night I turn it on and copied a 4GB ...
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How to install Ubuntu straight to HDD with Unetbootin?

I've heard that Unetbootin provides installing a distro straight to Hard drive instead of USB. Should I just select Hard Drive as the picture shows and click Ok or there is something else to do?
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Can't connect my external HDD to my PC

It's been quite a while that I am trying to connect my external HDD to my PC (this HDD is only for media content). I don't want to mount this HDD to my PC, I just want to view the content that has ...
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Whole disk unallocated? Gparted error or partition overlapping?

Story: Yesterday I wanted to make my Ubuntu partition bigger so I ran Windows (Dual boot) and decreased size of my D drive size. It wanted me to reboot computer, when it was starting up it done ...
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Mount an external drive at boot time only if it is plugged in

I've got an entry for an external harddrive in my fstab: UUID="680C0FE30C0FAAE0" /jgdata ntfs noatime,rw But sometimes this drive isn't plugged in at boot time. This leaves me half way ...
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How do I use dd to clone an external USB drive installation to a local hard disk?

can I use the dd command to clone my ubuntu installation from my external disk to my local hard drive. will it even boot? I think I can, but not sure. do I need to make the output partition on my ...
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Recommended storage scheme for home server? (LVM/JBOD/RAID 5…)

Are there any guidelines for which storage scheme(s) makes most sense for a multiple-disk home server? I am assuming a separate boot/OS disk (so bootability is not a concern, this is for data storage ...
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Is Disk Utility reliable?

I'm using ubuntu 11.04. Disk utility is reporting I have a bad sector on my hard drive. Is this reliable? I'm skeptical that it's reporting accurately because When I googled "ubuntu disk utility ...
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Size of partitions during Ubuntu install [duplicate]

I think it would be very helpful to users, if they could know beforehand exactly how much disk space they should allocate while opting for advanced partition method during an Ubuntu installation. ...
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The volume “filesystem root” has only 0 bytes disk space remaining?

I installed 11.10 ~two weeks ago and run into some strange troubles recently. Installation was on brand new laptop with clear 160GB SSD. I opted for encrypting home directory. Apart from that I ...
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How to reset SMART results

How can I reset the SMART results so it does not register previous results. My reason is that I was testing the hard drives closed together on a closed case. This made one of the HDD fail the Airflow ...
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2 Hard Drives.One Partition

I have two hard drives (One 500 GB and the other 750 GB). I would like to create a single partition which will include these 2 hard drives. I guess it works only with identical hard drives, correct ...
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Is Seagate's new “FAST Factor Boot” technology compatible with Ubuntu?

I'm looking at buying a new laptop and considering buying one with a hybrid HDD/SSD drive. Specifically I am looking at the new second generation Seagate Momentus XT. For some reviews look here and ...
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How to create a live system on usb-drive with persistent changes on disk/hdd

I was trying to install Ubuntu live on a USB-drive with persistent changes. However i wanted to write the changes to HDD instead of USB for various reasons (Performance, Space). I found out, that the ...
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What are kswapd0, kworker/num:num, ksoftirqd/num?

Exactly what are these services / programs. Apparently they make my system almost useless. Any one of them at point of time uses at least 50% CPU and continuous access to HDD. I'm not exactly sure ...
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External usb 3.0 hard drive is not recognised when plugged into usb 3 port

I have an Iomega Prestige Portable External Hard Drive 1TB USB 3.0. It works fine on windows 7 as a usb 3.0 drive. It isn't detected on ubuntu natty 64bit, 2.6.38-8-generic. fdisk -l cannot see it ...
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Cannot mount disk at all. Detailed explanation, Need help

I can no longer mount an extra internal hard drive on my Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit system. I could up until a few days ago. I think this has something to do with the problem ---- I had added a line at the ...
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Why can't Ubuntu find any hard disks or volumes during installation?

I decided to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 on my computer. But when I try to install Ubuntu 13.04, my installation says I don't have atleast 5.3 GB disk space. In "Try ubuntu", I checked disks ...
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External hard drive not allowing permission

My older mac recently kicked the bucket, and I decided to switch to linux on a newer laptop, My hard drive was fine, and I now use it as an external hard drive. The one problem though, is that I ...
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Put swap on SSD or HDD?

New installation coming up. 120gb SSD for OS and HOME and 1tb HDD for storage. 16gb of ram which means 16gb of swap if I recall correctly. SSD space is too valuable for a swap partition right? If my ...
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Installing Ubuntu OS on SSD and install HOME on other HDD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's a good partition method to combine an SSD boot drive with a 1TB data drive? I have a SSD with "only" 128GB. I already have Windows 7 and some apps installed ...