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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Ubuntu cannot recognize external seagate HD [duplicate]

The HD was working fine, but suddenly giving this error. Not sure what to do. Can anyone help me on this. Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/gaian/Expansion Drive: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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Install without cd or usb

My dads girlfriend has a laptop with windows 8. (ofcourse) she wants it replaced with with anything else. Being a fulltime linux user since a while, i thinks it time to convert them also! Only 1 ...
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Mounting external hard disk for all users at start up in ubuntu 14.04

Hi I am new to Ubuntu and recently installed 14.04 LTS. I am having issues with mounting external hard drives for all users at start up. For example, after start up if I login as a user A, only user A ...
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Shotwell : how to browse external library without external drive plugged-in

My laptop hard drive is running out of space so I decided to put my entire photo library (33000+ pictures, 160 Gb) on a dedicated external hard drive. The process went smoothly ... until I found out ...
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kubuntu 14.04 HDD indicator always on

Gateway laptop; model # ne51006u QC Celeron ; 500gb hdd ; 4gb ; uefi secure boot disabled Kubuntu 14.04 amd64 (64 bit) installed, no significant issues. hdd indicator led on continuiously no hdd ...
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Windows Hard Drive Recover

I just installed Ubuntu when i had windows 8.1, I am new to Ubuntu but not Linux. I had a second hard drive with my libraries on it because my operating system is on a 120 gigabyte solid state drive. ...
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Mounting a Drive on a Fresh Ubuntu 14.04 Installation (System Type: Linux LVM)

I have recently installed Ubuntu on my machine. I had been previously using Windows on the same and am switching to Ubuntu completely. On my hard drive, i have 2 partitions, one is around 50GB and the ...
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Debugging an external HDD

I'm using an external HDD which is my old laptop's HD with 2.5 SATA enclosure. I tried to delete a partition in Windows and stopped it unknowingly. When I reinsert it, my OS including Ubuntu freezes ...
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Can't merge current partition to unallocated space while using Gparted

I want to merge /dev/sda8 and /dev/sda7 but when I try to resize them, it doesn't show up any free space to extend my partition. Click here for the screenshot
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External HD keeps disconnecting, And wont auto mount

So i've read through other questions but cant find a solution.. I have an externel drive in /dev/sdg and it continually disconnects.. I edited /etc/fstab so that it would auto mount but every time ...
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Proper use of my drives SSD & HDD

I am fairly new to linux and after I repaired my moms laptop with a broken HDD by installing Ubuntu on an SD card, I thought I might want to change my OS too; since I learned to hate bloody ...
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Mac cannot use external hard drive after Ubuntu installation?

Please help. I wanted to install Ubuntu so I follow this guide: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx I used my external hard drive to do this but then after I finished ...
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The 6th hard drive is smaller than the actual size in Ubuntu Server 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04 Server: I have installed 6x2TB drive on a DELL server. Only the first 5 are recognized as 2TB. the last one only shows 100G. The problem is not a hardware problem. Since when using ...
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Installing Ubuntu from External HD

I have a laptop that doesn't seem to detect the DVD of the iso I burned it to. Oddly enough, it does detect any other dvd or cd. I would like to do a full install to this laptop but I only have an ...
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wine and multiple hard drives

So basically, when i had windows I had my SSD as my boot drive with the OS on it and games and everything else on my 1Tb HDD, is there anyway to replicate that using wine for games that require ...
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High IOWait and Slow “Timing cached reads”

I'm having high IOWait and and generally slow disk speed.(on 7200 RPM TOSHIBA MK5061GSYN Hard Drive) My disk usage is %100 on Windows 8 too, so I don't think this is Linux related. I know I have 182 ...
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I want to image or copy all my external hard drive content to a folder in my pc

I have a problem with my external hard drive and I want to forma it, I tried to copy all its content but the operation is hanging. How can I copy all my external data to a folder so I can access it or ...
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Hard Disk Data Analyser

Like wireshark for Network , do we have any tool for ubuntu to read and analyse the data on hard disk(Bit level).
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Secondary HDD mounting in /media/username under wrong folder name

I have my Ubuntu installed on an SSD, and a secondary HDD called Earth that I've set to automatically mount at startup. The thing is, when it mounts, the folder is labelled "Earth1" instead of ...
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Ubuntu harddrive louder than windows? [closed]

This is a new harddrive with barely anything stored on it, and when its on windows, it sounds like an SSD (because it doesnt make any sounds) but on linux, my HDD does make various noises that sound ...
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Can't access my Windows 7 Hard Disk from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS [duplicate]

Alright, so I really need help now. I am not gonna tell the story about how my Windows broke, but what I need is to transfer some of my files which I had on Windows through Linux to a USB Flash ...
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It would appear I've ruined my 1 tb hard drive, please help

So I had Ubuntu installed on my first hard drive which was ssd, that install worked and everything was fine. I decided to move it to my second hard drive, sdb, and I put it at the end. It was like ...
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How to mount an external Hard Drive connected to a netgear router?

I have a Laptop running Ubuntu. The external Hard Drive is attached to the netgear router. Both are wire connected. The external Hard Drive shows under the network section in files. but when I try to ...
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How to change the driver used for SATA Controller [closed]

A while back I posted here with a question concerning really slow boot times and wake from suspend. Booting up always gives me a "gave up waiting for root devices and "COMRESET failed (errno:-16)" ...
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USB drive spinning up but not appearing in fdisk -l

I accidentally knocked a Seagatte USB external drive with a lot of important data on it. The connections were fine but it "stopped responding". I shut everything down and restarted. Now when I ...
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testdisk - ext3 partition overwriten by Mac's timemachine

I had 2Tb drive having 2 partiotions: 1600 Gb - ext3 and 400 Gb - fat32. planned to use 400GB partiotion for mac's timemachine backups. Once I attached the drive via USB port on my mac it asked to use ...
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Dual Boot Ubuntu/Windows on two separate hard drives

I have just installed Ubuntu on a hard disk and windows 8.1 on another hard disk. How to make dual boot when pc starts ? As I have mentioned, they are not on different partitions, they are on ...
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cannot access hard disk usb from virtualbox guest with winows 7 on ubuntu host

First of all sorry for my english :) I'm using VirtualBox 4.3.18 (downloaded from oracle's site) I'm running ubuntu 14.04 as host and windows 7 64bit as guest. When i plug the usb hard disk the host ...
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Optimizing boot speed

I have a terrible boot speed on a powerful machine. ...where powerful means: Intel Core i7 Processor 16 GB RAM 750 GB HDD, SATA II, 7200 RPM But booting is very slow... It takes about 50 seconds. ...
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Is there a way to encrypt the entire hard drive after you have already installed Ubuntu 14.04?

How would you go about encrypting your entire system drive after you already have installed Ubuntu? I have Ubuntu version 14.04 LTS and I am using a laptop so I would like to have my data encrypted.
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Unable to automount the hard-disk drive on startup?

I have 500 GB HardDisk and below are my partitions: 500MB - /boot 50GB - / 4800MB - swap 440GB - Perosnal Drive I keep all my data in Personal Drive including Wallpapers, Music, Movies, Study ...
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Load_Cycle_Cont increase quick / green hdd dead

an old bug is still there: I use a normal hdd, and the Load_Cycle_Count increade very quick. Every few secounds go the hdd to the park position and is wake up again. One hdd i lost because this bug. ...
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Create System Image(Steps to clone all partitions)

I would like to create an image file of my system and then load that file and get my system back, as it is right now. The reason I am asking that, is that I would like to upgrade my laptop's hard ...
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Not to alter my hard drives data

I currently have i windows 7 machine that has 4 internal hard drives , their sizes are not the same so i could spot and manage to difference them in the partitioning process: I have 2 hard drives of 2 ...
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Not enough space when trying to transfer files from one HDD to another

Recently my hard drive started failing so i got a new one. I was copying my files to the new disc, around 350GB and around the half of the procedure - 1.5 hrs in - it stopped without giving any ...
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HDD standby mode does not turn on automatically [duplicate]

I have added the following lines /dev/hda { spindown_time = 60 } /dev/hdb { spindown_time = 60 } /dev/hdc { spindown_time = 60 } to the end of my /etc/hdparm.conf file and rebooted. ...
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Using Laptop with SSD & HDD

I have a new Acer V7 laptop with 24GB SSD & 500GB HDD. Windows is completly gone from it and I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 automatically. I wasnt sure how to arrange/partition it manually. It ...
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Can't mount an IDE HDD - “can't read superblock” error message

I'll be brief, I'm trying to mount my HDD, /dev/sdb, which is connected via an enclosure but every time I try do so I get an error message mount: /dev/sdb: can't read superblock I'm new to Ubuntu ...
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Fastest way to check for bad sectors in HDD?

I have a bunch of disks, probably 50 or more laying there, i know some of them are broken and some should still work perfectly, I need a way to check them without wasting days... Do you know any ...
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Why won't my system boot off of a partition that I just transferred the Ubuntu install image to using the dd command?

I have a drive that I would like to install Linux onto, for eventual use on another machine. I want to bring the Ubuntu installer image onto a 20GB partition, and then boot into that. When I boot ...
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Hard drive reporting wrong size

I have a 1TB Hitachi drive that has been working just fine. I had to repartition it into vfat because a co-worker's Mac drive was dying and I needed to copy what I could. He took the 1TB drive home ...
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Create partition or install windows on the external hdd

I'm trying to install windows on the external hard drive, but nothing I have found until now didn't work (some of the instructions I didn't understand..) so I decided after a half of day to install ...
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When installing Ubuntu, can I use the dd command to copy the image to my 1TB hard drive for subsequent insertion into another machine?

Typically people are installing Ubuntu using a USB drive or burned DVD, but I don't have these. I would rather just go with installing to the destination hard drive itself, make it bootable, and ...
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When I try to install Ubuntu on my laptop, already having Windows 8.1

When I try to install Ubuntu on my laptop, that already has Windows 8.1 pre-installed, it shows that my hard drive is empty. Could you please help me to resolve this problem?
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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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Checking of Residues of Windows

Years ago I had Windows OS in my System. But I now I am using Ubuntu only. I have 3 partitions in my Hard Disc Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * ...
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Transfering my Ubuntu install onto a replacement hard drive

Today I am planning on swapping out my ridiculously small 20gb hard drive, for a less small 80gb. Only issue is that it's my Ubuntu drive and I'd rather not go through the install process again. I ...
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Will Ubuntu format and erase the partition I intend to install it on?

I've never installed Ubuntu (or any linux distro) on a hard drive before but now I want to install it on a partition and have a dual-boot setup with Windows 7 being on the C drive and Ubuntu on the ...
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Recover data from RAID1 array (My Book Live Duo)

I have a WD My Book Live Duo device which I used as a network drive with a RAID1 configuration. The device, which was working flawlessly for almost 2 years suddenly stopped working, that is; it was ...
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Boot to external hdd from a UnetBootin usb key

I have an external hdd with multiple operating systems on it (Ubuntu, Centos, etc). On newer computers, the drive is recognized as a USB HDD and I can boot it directly just fine. However on an ...