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 14.04 is running unusually slow on my desktops

I'm aware that several people have asked similar questions, but after reading a few of them, it seems that problem stemmed from insufficient hardware (e.g. <= 1GB ram, outdated processors, and so ...
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Mount Wester Digital disk from NAS

I had a WD Nas with a single disk (WD 1000G032). The cabinet broke, so now I have it hooked up with my computer and is trying to mount it in Ubuntu. I know the disk works and it shows up when I do ...
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With 2 user accounts, what is the path to my HDD in Terminal?

About 8 hours ago, I asked this question and I got a great answer: In terminal, what is the path of my HDDs? /media/user1 was owned by root. /media/user1/FooDrive was owned by user1. The answer to ...
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In terminal, what is the path of my HDDs?

I have 2 * 500-GB HDDs. What is the path for each of the disks? On OSX I can just do: $ cd /Volumes/DiskName/FooDirectory How can I do that on Ubuntu? How can I navigate to files in a HDD using a ...
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How can I install programs on another drive?

I'm planning on switching from Windows to Ubuntu and with Windows, when you install programs, you can have the option to choose where to install it. How could I do that on Ubuntu? The reason is ...
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how i solve problem of disk is likely to fail soon? [duplicate]

I recently installed Ubuntu instead of windows7 and when i went to disk to make partitions .I saw this message "disk is likely to fail soon" and i could not make partitions
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How will this terminal command affect my partitions?

I recently posted a question asking about how to fix a complicated problem with my laptop after partitioning my hard drive. The problem is here -How do I undo those partitions I made for dual booting? ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 8.1

Is it possible to dual boot both Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 8.1 without conflict? I have Windows 8.1 installed on a 120 GB SSD with a 2TB HDD for mass storage. I also have a 1TB HDD with Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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I am unable to access my WD external hard drive

I am unable to access my WD external hard drive just after using 2/3 times. it's not working in both Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Windows. It's showing the following message. Please help me to access my hard ...
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How do I undo those partitions I made for dual booting?

So I attempted to dual boot ubuntu 14.04 and windows 8.1 on my new laptop (aorus x3 plus v3) and it REALLY ruined it. Essentialy broke my new £2000 laptop. I followed this guide (because for some ...
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Just deleted windows and not able to access storage getting this error message: [duplicate]

Error mounting /dev/sdb2 at /media/electricboogaloo/STORAGE: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000" "/dev/sdb2" "/media/electricboogaloo/STORAGE"' exited ...
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How tolerable is Deja Dup for backupping Continuous System in Ubuntu?

Assume you have 10 TB HDD in your Ubuntu 14.04 installation. You are copying documents from external HDD at rate 30 Mb/s to your Ubuntu harddisk. It will be lasting so long time that it will not be ...
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Copy hard drive

How do I go about coping my entire hard drive, which only has Ubuntu on it? It would be copied to an exterior hard drive, before I try the repair disk or have to wipe and reinstall. I don't want to ...
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df -h shows 100% but actually free disc space

My hard disc was full, and ubuntu couldn't write anything to the disc anymore. I removed some bigger files. Now there are 37GB free space on the hard disc but df -h shows 100% and I cannot log in to ...
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Ubuntu low memory after playing videos from .zip file

I have a .zip file that is 4Gb of size and has videos, after trying to play some of them directly from the .zip file just by double clicking I noticed that I was running low on HD memory so I ...
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Western Digital portable hard drive [closed]

Is there any software for using the WD 1TB My Passport Ultra that runs in Ubuntu?
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HDD format supported by 50 GB files in Ubuntu

I just formatted my HDD 2 TB Buffalo to NTFS by Debian 8.1 but noticed that my Ubuntu does not like read it by giving an alert that the NTFS format is not readable by the system. I need to transfer ...
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Installing a NAS server with multiple hard drives

I am setting up a NAS server hopefully with a ZFS file system. I have a question I haven't been able to find a straightforward answer to online. I am plaining to have my main OS on a 60gb ssd, I have ...
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Formatted second hard drive

Last Sunday I was going to install Windows 10 to try it out (Although I love Ubuntu). I have two hard drives installed on my PC. Hard disk number two is separated into two partition, 52 GB and 448 ...
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Can not read external hard disk with Ubuntu 14.04

I have 2TB WD external hard disk with (NTFS) format. I try to read it with Ubuntu 14.04 without success. Also tried to install NTFS-3g, but still not working I have a lot of data store inside. Could ...
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Cannot install ubuntu because of possible hard drive failure

When I try to install Ubuntu 14.04 the installer always crashed and the bug reporter tells me The system log from your installation contains an error. The specific error commonly occurs when ...
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How To Hide Drive From User Account In Ubuntu 14.04LTS

I am new to Linux and this is my very first question here. I have installed Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS. I have three HDD, in one Ubuntu reside. I have created two user account in Ubuntu. I want to hide one ...
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HDD error when mounting

When I plug in my external hard disk drive I get this error message: Error mounting /dev/sdf1 at /media/makermex/Seagate Expansion Drive: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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dd if=/dev/sdX of=image conv=notrunc,noerror,synv copies only a fraction of disk

I tried imaging my bootable usb stick, to free it for other data. However running sudo dd if=/dev/sdc of=windows7 bs=512 conv=notrunc,noerror,sync copies only 1.1GB for a 8 GB (7.7GibiByte) stick. ...
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Operating system not found after hard shutdown

I've been using Ubuntu on my hard drive for a long time and this is the first time I've gotten this problem. My laptop doesn't detect my hard drive after a couple of accidental hard shutdowns and on ...
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Setting up an external drive with the whole Ubuntu OS encrypted there, running 100% isolated from the internal drive and main system

This is somewhat a continuation of My machine runs Ubuntu Desktop 15.04 and I want to separately run Ubuntu from an external encrypted hard drive The objective is to create an isolated (and secure) ...
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Installing Ubuntu from Live iso to hard drive

I am trying to image 75 acer aspire's for the school I work for with Ubuntu 14.04 - it needed a couple extras like chrome and our wireless configuration for example. I created a live boot using ...
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Installing Ubuntu on external formatted HDD [duplicate]

I have a few laptop hdd's laying around that I've formatted for storage. I'd like to install ubuntu on one and run it as a stand alone OS from time to time. Can i install from wubi or should it be ...
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GDDRescue on Ubuntu 12.4 trouble starting imaging process

Forgive me I'm still a novice when it comes to Linux command line, but I'm trying to learn (slowly). The DDRescue text manual is like learning Thai to me. Right now I just want to attempt to save data ...
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To Build For Speed: Hard Disk Partitioning [closed]

No, it isn't an already asked question; I've searched everywhere for an answer but nobody seems to have knowledge about the hardware built of a platter. What I want is to instal Windows on one face of ...
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Error formatting disk; creating file system

EDIT: I WENT TO STORE AND EVERYTHING WAS OKAY, THANKS! :) I'm trying to format using "disk" my new hard drive to install ubuntu fully on it, but the error comes up every time. I tried using fast and ...
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Upgrading kernel, Warning message

When I upgraded the kernel to the current version 3.19.0-22-generic I got the following message: Jul 7 13:18:49 ubuntu kernel: [ 717.001387] Jul 7 13:18:49 ubuntu kernel: [ 717.001387] ...
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Getting GRUB to cooperate with a disk image transfer

I have been using Ubuntu for about a year now, sharing a partitioned hard drive with Windows. Due to the fact I needed more space on my Windows partition, I got rid of Ubuntu and reinstalled it on a ...
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Ubuntu Samba auto mounted hard drive permission fails

So I plugged in my harddrive to the Ubuntu Samba Server and it automatically mounted it inside media/user/harddrivename/, so far so good. Now I want to share the harddrive like the foldes I share in ...
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Separating dual booting systems from one hard disk to different hard disks

Due to my recent hardware upgrade I'm planning to separate the two dual booting operating systems that I have (Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7), onto two different hard disks from the partitions on which ...
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Installing Ubuntu on seperate drive without USB or CD

So I just recently acquired an SSD,(sda) I'm currently running ubuntu from a 3TB HDD (sdb) I want to install ubuntu on my SSD and remove it from the HDD to use just as storage. my bios doesn't seem ...
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Laptop with bad blocks won't repair [closed]

I received a Dell Inspiron 1545. It was corrupted when I got it, and I have been able to successfully install Lubuntu. But when I try to install windows, it gives me an error. I have figured out ...
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Hdd to ssd (laptop ubuntu 14.04)

Dear fellow ubuntu appreciaters I'm an absolute novice and will probably use the ubunto 14.04 OS soon. I'm considering to change the 5OOGB HDD with a 250 SSD drive for some faster handling. Having ...
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Logged as root changes are not made

Firstly I want to mention that my hard-drive today stopped to boot Ubuntu, because of I/O read errors. The problem seems to be related to a hardware one, not a logical one. I used Hirens tools on a ...
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Disk full after copying between external HDDs

I was copying 500 GB files from an external HDD to another external HDD and suddenly the local memory was running out? When the copy was completed I rebooted and I get now a black screen. Logged in ...
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clean all partitions from hardisk and rebuild it again?

I have installed Linux/Ubuntu to my PC but i cant understand how to combine my partitions /dev/sda and /dev/sdb . Altough my sda looks unallocated, I cant make them one. I have Ubuntu in USB and ...
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Connot get PLEX to recognize external drive

i am giving PLEX a try but having some difficulty getting it to recognize the files on my external Seagate 2TB GoFlex. Disk Utility says that device is /dev/sdb1. I am running 14.04. I have tried ...
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Does not copy files on partitioned Hard Disk

Recently, I partitioned my SEAGATE 1 TB HDD into four portion (200GB, 200GB, 200GB and 300GB) by gparted. But while pasting any copied file to those disk, error occurred. Also while right click , ...
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Using second hdd as storage for all users

I have a new build of 14.04. I installed the system on a 128GB SSD and have a 1TB HDD on board as well. This machine will have either two or three users. Ideally, I would like to use the HDD as ...
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How do I encrypt my HDD and combine with my other encrpted HDD

I am trying to combine 2 HDD's. One of them is already encrypted and is my boot drive. The other one is not encrypted and Linux doesn't see it as more disk space. Could someone explain me how to do ...
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hd with bad sector losses mount on surface scan

I got an old drive from someone it worked great but which I formatted. After this format it sometimes 'spontaneously' looses it's mount'. As the information which I would like to store on it is not ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Ext4 ext4_dx_add_entry:2006: Directory index full!

I'm having in some servers this warning, I have a directory with millions (20 more or less) of files but according to ext4 documentation this shouldn't be an issue. Any idea how can this affect my ...
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Recover of important files on hard drive impossible

I was updating my Ubuntu from 14.04 to 14.10 because I think it should correct a bug that was really annoying me. But instead, the update didn't went well, and now I can't boot my pc anymore. So I ...
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How long does it takes to encrypt a 1TB usb disk?

I got this 1TB WD usb Disk. I want to encrypt the whole partition using Ubuntu disk utility with ext4+luks and fill up with zeros the space. Any idea how can I estimate how long it will take? The ...
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Extremely slow OS. Swap related?

I really hope you can help me. An inexperienced sysadmin, installed Ubuntu on a new Dell Desktop, it's a pretty powerful machine, and I ran a bunch of hardware tests, and can confirm that RAM/HDD and ...