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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(SOLVED) If I resize a windows partition for install will that cause data loss?

I have a 40GB hard drive with 26GB free with a single partition with an ntfs file system that I want to install Ubuntu 14.04.2 on. If I resize the windows partition for the installation, will the ...
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How to install for use on another computer?

I'm trying to install ubuntu for my gaming desktop I am currently building. My current workplace is my laptop. How do I install a temporary (yet generic) install onto the blanked hard drive without ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 install boots on my pc, but not any others [duplicate]

So recently I decided I'd start learning Linux, having 10+ years experience with Windows and feeling quite competent with that OS. I got a 500gb external HDD, formatted it etc with Rufus and created a ...
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Change Default Program Install Path from SSD to Secondary HDD [duplicate]

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a Kingston 120 GB SSD. I plan on installing several programs, including Steam, that will take up quite a bit of space, so I installed, formatted, and partitioned a ...
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Can't get rid of sda5 partition

The other day I tried installing Ubuntu using the HDD encryption option. Something went wrong in the process and the installation failed, so I tried again, this time without encrypting. I discovered ...
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Disable a drive for a specific user

I've just made a new user account for a friend of mine. But I don't want him to have access to my data drive ( it's not the drive where ubuntu is installed on but just a data drive ). How can I ...
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Are there any performance loss and lifespan risk for using NTFS on Linux? [duplicate]

I often use a virtual machine to do something, but virtual hard disks are large and the SSD on my laptop is small. So I bought a 1TB HDD mobile hard drive to store most of my data. By default it is ...
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Can't access HDD after installing Ubuntu [duplicate]

Recently I tried installing Ubuntu as a second OS next to Windows 7. I got one SSD for the OS and a HDD for my files etc. I tried installing it on the SSD but it kept failing, so I decided to delete ...
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Pre-owned HDDs are not detected in Ubuntu

I recently acquired two 750gb HDDs. Not knowing the previous owner, I used dd to format them. Formatting them was easy, (dd bs=8M if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb) it went without a hitch, and I figured I'd ...
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Crashed Ubuntu 12.04 Server -> Need Help Recovering & Transitioning To New Server

I have been running an Ubuntu 12.04 server with a single 2 TB hard drive in a somewhat-older small form-factor (SFF) PC for a while now. I had a headless CrashPlan client installed on it to back up ...
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Can't access my hard drive with my windows files

I'm running Ubuntu 12.4 from a flash drive so that I can recover my windows files because my laptop is experiencing boot loop. How to locate my hard drive with my windows files? ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ ...
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Can't mount Windows 8.1 storage drive. Partition type is random hex

I had windows 8.1 installed on a SSD drive, and I had a separate 2TB internal HDD where I stored all of my documents. The windows 8.1 installation died on me and refused to boot, so I decided to try ...
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I have 2 SSDs one for windows the other for ubuntu. No gurb on sda

I installed Windows 8 on sda and I installed Xubuntu on sdb, but I don't like using Ubuntu grub to change sda mbr. I like to use a simple F12 solution for dual boot. How can I remove grub on sda and ...
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HDD mounting issues

I have installed Ubuntu Desktop 13.10 on a 250GB SSD which works OK. I also have a 2 TB HDD where I have my Virtualbox disks installed and when I boot the 2TB does not mount. When I hover over the ...
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Toshiba hard drive Compatibility

Is the Toshiba 2TB 7200RPM SATA III hard drive model DT01ACA200 compatible with Ubuntu Linux version 14.04? If not, I do not want to buy it.
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How to restrict write/read access to HDD for certain apps

I have an old secondary internal HDD installed in my desktop PC on which I primarily do backups. I noticed that while the drive is mounted it seems that the whole system's performance seems to drop ...
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Trying to Install Ubuntu 14.10 but will not boot from the hard drive

Okay, I've been at this for 3 days now. I am installing Ubuntu Via USB and I'm using the Universal USB installer and downloaded the Ubuntu 14.10 version. I tried two ways to install it to the hard ...
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How to Setup GPT for 3TB

I have a 3TB HDD that I want to run Ubuntu 14.10 server as a file server. How can I format the drive so it will work?
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Seagate HDD Error: Unable to mount and see the data inside it

While mounting my HDD on Ubuntu, it suddenly shows the following error: Unable to mount Seagate Backup Plus Drive- "DBus error org.gtk.Private.RemoteVolumeMonitor.Failed: An operation is already ...
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HDD backups are larger than physical disk size

So, I currently use Ubuntu mostly for backing up data on broken computers. Recently, though, I wanted to back up a system completely. The harddrive had 300GB of storage. I mounted the main partition ...
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What can I do with a cache SSD?

I have a Lenovo U410 with a 1TB HDD (ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB) and a cache SSD (SanDisk SSD U100 24GB). I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 as the only operating system. I'm currently looking into the right ...
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Hard drive problem, very new to linux

I am very new at Ubuntu, actually, linux in all its entirety. I've installed Ubuntu to an old pc I had laying around so I can have something to keep myself occupied with, and I've noticed that I've ...
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ubuntu shows my partitions on the launcher but it cant find my hardrive while trying to install the OS

I formatted my (Hp Envy h8 PC series) into two partitions of fat32 500gb on a msdos boot table and changed my SATA emulation to AHCI. then turned off secure boot and enabled legacy support. Ubuntu ...
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mhddfs not working as expected

when I run df -h I get: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 74G 3.0G 67G 5% / none 4.0K 0 4.0K ...
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HDD makes tick noise every second

I just bought a SSD to replace the HDD in my laptop (Dell Inspiron 15 3521). So I migrated the windows partition, root partition of Ubuntu, and make a bcache caching partition for /home which stays on ...
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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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Copying files from hard drive to external hard drive, GPT Partition got in the way

I am trying to copy files off my laptop to an external hard drive because Windows is corrupt, and I need to reinstall it. I was going to use dd, but when I start the process ...
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Disks Utility Drive Settings – how does it work? (no documentation available)

The Disks Utility gnome-disk-utility 3.10.0 has a lot of neat functions, but I can not find a documentation, especially about the options at Drive Settings. There can be several like Standby Time, ...
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Why so slow, Ubuntu?

I've got a problem with Hard Drive on Ubuntu. In fact every operation on hard drive takes really long time and CPU's load is over 3.0 during this (4 cores). For example, packing files into zip file, ...
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Adding new hard drives to my pc

Currently I have Ubuntu installed on a 120gb SSD, however I also have 3 more hard drives installed in the computer, 2 x 640gb in a RAID array and a 60gb SSD What I am trying to achieve is to use the ...
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Mount Tivo Hard Drive

I would like to mount a drive from a series 2 Tivo hard drive model TCD130040 There are tools available once the drive is mounted. It is detected by both Mac and Windows operation systems I am ...
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Why can't I mount an f2fs partition on a HDD?

I want to mount a partition of a (large) HDD with an F2FS file system on it. I created a (large) primary partition on the HDD using parted, then created a file system on the partition using mkfs.f2fs. ...
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Read Internal HDD Data with USB Enclosure

Is it possible for me to put my internal HDD contain Ubuntu 14.04 into an USB enclosure and connect the USB enclosure with other Ubuntu 14.04 for transferring data from the USB enclosure?
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External Hard drive Mount-Problem

I need help with my external hard drive, I recently used it as a boot disk for my ubuntu 14.04, so now i can't access it, when i connect it, it shows that it is connected but it shows a message that ...
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Laptop Won't Recognize Working Hard Drive

The drive works. I plugged it into my brand new computer and it worked just fine. I installed Ubuntu while it was plugged into my desktop. I encrypted the OS and my home folder. After I took it out ...
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How to setup a set of disks like I want

I am very new with Linux. I have been using OS X and Windows for many, many years however. I decided to create an Ubuntu Server to handle my scalable file storage needs. I had a Buffalo Linkstation ...
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GPT PMBR size mismatch after dd clone

I am migrating my Ubuntu EFI boot system to a larger hdd. I used the command dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sda I did not dismount the inputfile before copying and the outputfile was fresh unpartitioned ...
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Turn partition-less disk into partitioned

I have formatted the disk (/dev/sdb) instead of partiton(/dev/sdb1) and filled it with data. I have a remote backup of data, but no way to do a local backup, as it is 3Tb. Now my dual-boot Windows ...
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HDD usage difference [duplicate]

Strange situation I'm having here. I got notified that my HDD usage is about 75% (~200GB) but when I checked filesystem size using analyzer it shows only ~60GB. Below is a screenshot: Any idea ...
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backup compatibility

I have a PC with Windows 7 64 bit OS installed. I have backed up all data with Western Digital backup drive. Model is Passport Essential. I wish to restore this backup to other a Dell Inspiron laptop ...
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External HDD array prevents installing or running 14.04

I have a system which has the main purpose of running two RAID arrays, the drives for which are in an external array. The boot partition, linux system, and home directories are located on an internal ...
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ata driver issues in 14.04?

Is it possible that ata driver changes between 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS could make a specific hard drive model and integrated SATA motherboard controller incompatible with each other? I have 2 Western ...
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Ubuntu can't mount my NTFS external hard drive with Windows installed on it [duplicate]

I have an external hard drive with Windows 8 installed on it. Ubuntu cannot mount this drive. Failed to mount '/dev/sdb5': Operation not permittedThe NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please ...
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Monitor apps accessing HDD

I have SSD and HDD installed on my laptop. Ubuntu 14.10 x64 and all apps installed on SSD. But some apps are reading and/or writing data to/from HDD, so it makes OS freeze sometimes, since my HDD is ...
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Mounting hard drives problem

Why doesn't Ubuntu mount hard drives automatically when it's launching? Moreover, I cannot chmod +x to the files in the hard drives after mounting. They are formatted as NTFS. If NTFS is not ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 dual boot

I built a computer with Windows 7 about a year ago and I just tried to install Ubuntu 14.04 on a second hard drive. My Windows hard drive is 3tb and Ubuntu is 1tb. When I attempted to install Ubuntu ...
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Install Ubuntu to a hard drive temporarily external and after that move it to internal?

I am replacing my internal hdd in my laptop with a new one. The new hdd hasn't been used before, and lshw can detect its capacity and no other information. I think of two ways. The first way: ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a USB HDD [duplicate]

I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 on a USB Hard Drive from my USB stick. So I went through a few similar questions on the website. However, I have a few special requirements. I don't want any changes ...
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Help with unmounting a drive

I'm recovering lost data off a hard drive using ddrescue and How to Recover Data Even When Hard Drive is Damaged I've got all the data transferred to my destination drive and so now its time to ...
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Unable to access/error mounting external hard drive in Ubuntu 14.04

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop and have not previously had any issues using my external hard drive. The hard drive has two partitions - partition one is Linux, Ext3 (version 1.0) and partition ...