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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How Do I interpret HDD S.M.A.R.T Results?

My laptop has recently started to become a bit unreliable, and for some reason I started to suspect that my HDD was starting to fail. After a bit of hunting on the internet, I found Ubuntu's Disk ...
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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 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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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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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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How do I check the integrity of a storage medium (hard disk or flash drive)?

I've run across (personally or by proxy) a bunch of storage media that exhibited physical problems during their life. Hard disks, solid state drives and other flash storage media all fail after some ...
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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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Reorganize partitions with HDD and SSD

In my notebook I have a 16GB SSD and 1TB HDD. I have installed W7 an the HDD ~250GB. Then I have installed Ubuntu 12.04. The / I put on the SSD with ~12GB and also the SWAP with the rest of ~4GB. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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 would I use tar for full backup and restore with system on SSD and home on HDD?

How would I use tar for full backup and restore with system on SSD and home on HDD? The existing backup and restore answers don't seem to cover the case where root and home are on separate devices
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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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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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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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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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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 add this extra partition to my installed Ubuntu system?

I started installing Ubuntu by watching a video tutorial about doing a disk partition installation, for that, inside windows' 7 own disk partitioning tool. After a defrag I cut 100gb that I pretended ...