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 to do if Disk Utility shows bad sectors pending in SMART?

I have 12.04 32bit installed on my hard drive. Ubuntu is the only OS. I recently installed it after getting rid of Windows 7. When I run Disk Utility under SMART Status it says "disk has a few bad ...
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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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Can't read partition table of 3TB USB disk

I've connected a 3TB disk via SATA and formatted it with a GPT partition table and added a single partition. Now, after moving the disk into an external enclosure and connecting it via USB, the ...
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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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Adding Disks With LVM

I'm sure this has been answered somewhere on here before (I even found kinda a guide here, but seemed to be a bit spotty and incomplete) but I was wondering if someone could assist me or at least ...
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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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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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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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Checking HD SMART status on a fresh install

On a fresh install of 12.04 what is the best/easiest way to see the SMART status of the hard-drive? Previous ubuntu versions had a nice preinstalled GUI to do so, but I cannot seem to find it anymore....
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to partition a small SSD alongside an HDD when installing Ubuntu

There is both a HDD and a 24GB SSD in my Ultrabook. I will install Windows (for testing in feature, as its free in university) in the HDD. I need to decide what to do with Ubuntu, as its the system ...
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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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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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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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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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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 on ...
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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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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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Transferring from USB to NTFS hard drive is really slow

I have a second hard drive that I've installed on my system, and copying files from the USB to the hard drive is extremely slow (about 70kB/sec). Here is my /etc/fstab entry: /dev/sdb1 /media/...
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Can't Even Try Ubuntu Due to error: failure reading sector 0x5b500 from 'hd1'

After years of hearing about how much better Linux is than Windows, I finally decided to make the leap starting with Ubuntu Desktop (I've tried to install both the x86 and x64 versions of 12.04 and 12....
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jbd2 constantly writing to disk [closed]

I know there are related issues, but none of them seem to apply to my case. Below is iotop output. jbd2 is constantly above 90% usage. It's been grinding away for 2 days. It stops for a while after a ...
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Why doesn't the Ubuntu ISO burned to a CD or copied to a USB work on my Mac?

I just installed a new hard drive and for the life of me, I cannot get the .iso file on my USB stick or burned CD to begin the installation process. I keep getting a picture of a folder with a ...
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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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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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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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Complete Disk Wipe, reformat and OS change

I have an old laptop, that I wish to rejuvenate. I need to completely wipe the hard drive as well as reformat it and install a new Operating System. I have decided to move to Ubuntu, and no longer use ...
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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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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 ...