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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Changing Windows Dynamic Disk partition to Basic partition and not the full drive

I have a Lenovo G505s with Win8 installed on it. I would like to install Ubuntu 14.04 on it, I followed all the procedures to Disable the secure boot and fast boot succefully. The problem starts ...
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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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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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Detect and mount devices?

I upgraded Ubuntu today and everything works smooth except that Ubuntu doesn't detect any other storage devices. My / and /home partitions work fine, but my other partitions are just not detected. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to change drive's name? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how can i give other drives and partitions short, meaningful names (in nautilus)? I've got two Windows drives next to the Ubuntu drive, they are called XXXGB Filesystem, ...
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How to check my HDD's for defects

Because I had some problems with my server I want to check it's hard drives for defects (the drives not the file system) which tool can I use for this in ubuntu? I know for my hard drives there is a ...
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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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Hard drive clicking noise on Acer AO722

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 on an Acer Aspire One 722. Whenever I'm on battery power I get a clicking sound from my hard drive every 5 seconds or so (this does not happen when the laptop is plugged in). ...
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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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How to expand encrypted /home to second internal drive?

I have a huge number of photos, and I want to move just my /Pictures folder to a second SATA drive in my computer for performance reasons. I want everything to work as it is now, except that /Pictures ...
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How to clean a hard drive before reinstall

Have been using my drive since 6.04 often just updating, if I want to clean my drive and start again,which is best method to carry this out.
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How to create partition without formatting drive?

I am have some doubts in partition my external drive. I am have external drive of capacity 2TB formatted in NTFS . 1.5 TB is used in hard drive. I want to create one partition of 200 GB in FAT . But I ...
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Mark bad sectors on hard drive without formating

I've noticed that on my home Ubuntu server one drive is read only for some reason. Digging up I found that this can happen when hard drives have errors. I used badblocks to check for errors, and ...
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raid advice with SSD and two HDD

I have a new machine with one 128GB SSD and two 1TB HDD. On the SSD is the OS and my initial thought was to put the two HDD in RAID 1 for user data. After some more thought I came up with two other ...
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Quantal analyzes the HD in any boot

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 formating the HDD. Any time that I turn on the PC and boot Ubuntu, it always analyzes my HDD in search for bad blocks. This is what happens: When I turn on the PC and ...
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Merge LUKS-partition with partition on another HDD

I just bought a 2 TB hard disk because the home partition on the old one is almost full. What I want to do is to extend the home partition on hard disk 1 (sda2) to also include all the space on the ...
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WD external hard drive not detected

I am a beginner in Ubuntu. And I have just installed Ubuntu 11.10 in my Dell laptop. When I plugged my WD external hard drive in, it read the first time, but since I have a unlock.exe file (password ...
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How do I get root access to hard drive from livecd?

ubuntu 11.10 has faffed up on me, It wont let me get passed the login-screen ( i have been searching around online the last two days and none of the proposed solutions worked) as at this point I dont ...
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No hdd space left

I have 13.4Gb hdd space for my Ubuntu partition, and the only software that I use is Thunderbird, Firefox, and Play On Linux with MS Office 2010 (.playonlinux uses 2.6Gb). I can't use UbuntuOne ...
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How to find the biggest directories in my hard drive?

I logged into my server this morning and received a disk is full error. How do I fix this or find wherever all of this data is hiding?
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Installing Ubuntu in a external hard drive and NOT placing GRUB of my C: hard drive

what I want to do is this. I have an external hard disk drive, a SEAGATE expansion 1TB, you can take it a look here: ...
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How to Make a Bit Copy of my Internal HD to an Extneral HD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clone a hard drive to an image that I can open later? This question stemed from my other question: How do I make a bit copy of my internal hard drive to an ...
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Cannot See Files from Mounted HD?

I am having trouble with my Windows. I am considering options but before I do this I want to back my files up. In the past I booted into Ubuntu using a USB drive and copied files off the hard drive ...
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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 ...
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Installer Only Recognizes 801GB of a 3TB RAID1 Array

I've been searching as best I can for this precise problem, but the only place I found it exactly was here, and I don't think that the OP ever got an adequate answer. Most of the issues I've seen ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a hard drive with bad blocks?

I have a problem with my laptop,in which I'd had windows xp. That XP crashed and I couldn't restore it with the Install CD. So, I placed Ubuntu 11.10 install on a Pendrive, searched for some bad ...
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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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unable to access my external hard disk

while trying to open my external connected hard disk, I get: Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/mani/My Passport1: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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external hard drive not detected UBUNTU 12.10

My 1 TB external hard disk is not detected by Ubuntu 12.10. **lsusb:** Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. ...
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How can I format my drive completely to prepare it for any OS, not specifically Ubuntu? [closed]

I am sad to say it, but I am turning my back on Ubuntu. One last thing I need to know though is how to nuke my hard drive. I have tried a couple sites, but they are all using Ubuntu Live CD's, which I ...
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“Bootmgr is missing…” Upon reboot [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install/running ubuntu on extarnal HDD with a windows laptop? Ill take you through the steps I did. Sorry if this question has already been resolved, I'm new to Ubuntu ...
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how to create the partition from unallocated space

I have some free space in my Hard disk and i want to create it as a NTFS partition to able to detect in my Windows XP . I am completely new to Linux/Ubuntu .
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How can I quickly copy a GPT partition scheme from one hard drive to another?

On a non GPT partition table I can do sfdisk -d /dev/sda | sfdisk /dev/sdb. But sfdisk doesn't support GPT partition tables. What can I use instead? I'm looking for a one or two command solution, ...
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CLI mounting vs. GUI mounting

On Ubuntu 12.10, when I want to mount a hard drive, I can just click on the unmounted drive and everything works fine (by mounting to /media/username/partitionlabel). Basically, I would like to do ...
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Hard disk failure error on SMART status. how can i fix it?

i am running ubuntu on my pc. i am receiving hard disk failure error on SMART status. how can i fix it? thanks.