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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Check how space is distributed on Linux system

I know how to check space left with: df -h and I know to check the space of a folder with: du -ch /path/to/folder/ But let's say I have a 500 GB HardDisk and 350GB are used: Wich is the best ...
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Oscillating disk performance

I recently upgraded my server from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. It used to run flawlessly for 2+ years, perfect in every way, but now I'm getting massive dropouts in the media streaming it provides. So ...
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Already dual booting windows and ubuntu but want to install latest ubuntu on another hard drive [duplicate]

so currently I'm already dual booting windows and ubuntu. I've bought a new hard drive where I want to install the latest ubuntu but I want to keep my current setup whilst I make the transition to my ...
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Input/output error on mounted usb disk

I have an external usb disk mounted to my machine, and everything works fine for hours or days, but eventually I cannot access the disk anymore. When I try to list the mounted directory, I get ls: ...
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how to check system config, that helps to buy new HDD [on hold]

My laptop is 4-5yrs old with Core2Duo CPU. HDD is heating lot so probably going to brick. so which configuration i should check that will help me to know "Which HDD's are compatible with my laptop". ...
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Saving corrupted hard drive

Okay, here is the situation. Knowing for a few months now there was an issue with my hard drive, I ignored it. Problem was from power outages, was getting the error on boot, over rode the setting in ...
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Hard Drive Partition and Mount issue

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 seems everything is okay ( I believe ) but when I checked with the hard drive partition, it is not the way I want. I have two hard drive 500GB and 1TB. During the ...
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Error mounting: mount: /dev/sdb1: can't read superblock after clonezilla image restoration

Recently, I tried to restore a clonezilla backup of my usb harddisk as the previous one crashed. The old disk is 320GB (about 100Gb in use) and the new one is 1TB It seems the the image is restored ...
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I have Ubuntu desktop installed and trying to set up Plex I want to put the media on a separate drive this is where I'm having trouble [duplicate]

I have ubuntu installed, I originally only had an SSD to install the OS on, now I want to add 1 and later 2-3 more regular HDDs. I am not sure if I did the first try right, I connected it and ...
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how to remove windows if already combined with ubuntu [duplicate]

I installed ubuntu next to windows how would I go about getting windows removed without deleting my ubuntu?
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How can I correct logical bad sectors in HDD in Ubuntu?

During boot time I found that my hard disk had logical errors in different sectors. I did my research and ran this command: sudo badblocks -sv /dev/sda1 > bad-blocks-result This command created ...
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Mounting Extra Hard Disk in Ubuntu

I have bought a new 1TB hard disk and formatted in ext4 file system type and attached to my CPU(Already having a HD with Ubuntu installed). Following the answer given here, I tried mounting the ...
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Affecting HDD spindown time in Windows from Ubuntu

I have a Lenovo Y50-70, the hard disk of which works fine in Ubuntu (well, the HDD does not spin down at all, but that's not a problem for me as I usually use it on AC). But in Windows, the hard disk ...
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Hard drive lock or bad drive?

I received a laptop that didn't have a charger or OS. It would try booting from the Hard Drive but it would through "Disk read error. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. The bios was locked with a ...
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Strange USB Hard Drive Behavior

I'm currently experiencing strange behavior when using a new external usb hard drive that I believe that the behavior is related to a mount issue, a file system issue or actual hardware failure. It ...
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How do you mount a hard drive in RW mode?

I have an external HD that, when plugged in, is accessible at: /media/myusername/79039342-7793-4990-9eae-95ef3d4a9331. I figured out it's the drive called /dev/sdb (with a single partition in it ...
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Problem using mmls while recovering data from image

I am trying to recover some data using this tutorial. I managed to make an image file called rec and now I need to use the command $ mmls rec -b But it gives me this error: mmls: option requires ...
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Ubuntu 14.4 LTS On Other HDD

Please Help Me Hello and Good Evening, 1st... I had a Computer With 80 GB SATA HDD. So I recently Upgrade to ubuntu 14.4LTS. But Somehow My PC is Going to be Shutdown. 2nd I bought a New Computer ...
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After my Disc partition, when i try to open my C: disc i get this message. Help please! [duplicate]

Error mounting /dev/sda4 at /media/santiago/7E460D8D460D46FD: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sda4" ...
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How to partition bootable drive

I have installed Ubuntu in my computer and there is only one drive in my whole hard disk(only one drive which is bootable one ).I want to partition my hard disk in several drives without using live CD ...
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Unallocated space as unused space

I am using Windows 7 with a total of 500 GB hard drive space(distributed equally in the three drives ie. C drive, D drive and E drive and a 100MB system drive). I have nearly 150 GB unallocated space ...
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Can't find hard drive when booting ubuntu from usb and choosing try ubuntu

I have pretty much stated the full nature of my problem in the title. My goal is to retrieve files from a hard drive that was being used in an HP Pavilion dv6 laptop computer whose motherboard fried. ...
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Is there anyway to undo wipefs?

So I (very stupidly) performed a wipefs on my XFS formatted 4tb Linux (software) raid 5 array in trying to convert over to a bcache setup (I was following some instructions online and should have paid ...
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I want to write all zeros to my hard drive, so I can re-install windows 7

I am booting from an UBUNTU CD on my laptop. I want to write all zeros to my hard drive, then re-stall Windows 7. I have backed up all the files I want to. After booting up, I open a terminal ...
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Cannot delete a folder

I have Segate backup + 1TB external HDD recently since 1 month i am unable to copy the files effectively sometimes the copying is 10 kb/s like that. and sometimes iam getting error like Input/output ...
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Serious errors & mounted twice

I know there have been a lot of these questions, but I didn't find my issue. I got the "Serious error" error when booting my server for one of my disks. But if i press 'I', the server boots like it ...
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Reallocate partition space from /boot to /

This is how my harddisk is partitioned currently. Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda6 386G 361G 5.9G 99% / none 4.1k 0 4.1k 0% /sys/fs/cgroup udev ...
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External Hard Drive Not Detected on 14.04

My external hard drive, which was working perfectly fine a couple days ago, is not being detected. There's no reason to suspect that it's broken as I have not really touched it. The HDD is connected ...
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Partitions doesn't appear right way during installation

Previously I tried to install Ubuntu on my Laptop And selected install it longside Windows 7 and click install, then I shocked when I saw that all data of HDD has been deleted and become one partition ...
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Adding and removing a disk from LVM without losing data

I have a logical volume with a 3TB drive and 500GB drive. And since I have only about 50GB space left in the volume, I would like to expand this logical volume by adding 1TB drive and removing the ...
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Ubuntu boot problem at start black screen white cursor

I recently swapped hard drives on my HP computer and when I swapped back to my Ubuntu one I get just a blinking cursor on boot.
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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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Is formatting my partitions the same thing as wiping my hard drive?

I am formatting my partitions, and I want to know if this is the same as formatting or wiping my hard drive. I messed with my partitions too much, and I heard this will make my computer unstable. Will ...
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Ubuntu frequently hogging up disk space?

A little note before we begin, the machine was constantly active for 5 to 7 days straight, the only reason it was shut off at some point was to turn it back on immediately due to locking or unusable ...
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I just installed Ubuntu and it erased my entire hard-disk. Any chance to recover it? [duplicate]

I accidentally misread and selected 'Install Ubuntu over Windows 8' and it erased my entire hard-drive. I had photos and stuff that I would like to recover. Is it possible or should I just accept that ...
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Is there a way to empty $HOME's Trash from the Live CD or Root?

In an effort to recover data from a troublesome external hard drive, I accidentally filled up my Home folder with recovered data. I managed to send it to the trash, but then I didn't have enough free ...
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How do I make grsync exactly mirror my hard drive over multiple backups?

I use grsync to backup my laptop's HDD to an external HDD on about a monthly schedule. The problem is that every time I move a folder to inside another folder on my laptop's HDD, grsync will not ...
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Hard Disk SMART Attributes FAILING

I have a dual booted lenovo ideapad z510 computer - windows 8 and ubuntu 14.04 (mainly used). Since a few days, while I go into ubuntu, errors of not able to read from hard disk , kernel panic , etc ...
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My 1TB Hard disk is refusing to open

My 1TB Hard disk is refusing to open when i click on it . I'm willing to format it , if there is no other option. It shows up as NEW VOLUME , and i've tried opening it on windows as well ,but ther ...
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Install ubuntu 14.04 and windows 8 in different hard drives

I use Ubuntu 14.04 as my operating system and recently I bought a new hard drive where I want to install windows 8. How I can install 8 in the second hard drive and then be able to boot them from the ...
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how to list or change name to HDD in nautilus

In Ubuntu 12.04, I have added three old HDD after formatting and encrypting them with disk util. They work fine, no issues of functioning, however I don't know how to change the order they appear in ...
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Mirror my LVM data disks - Ubuntu 14.04 Server

First of all, this is my first post, and I am very new to Ubuntu and everything Linux. My problem is this: I recently installed Ubuntu server 14.04 on my home server's 1TB drive. I also have 2x 2TB ...
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HDD with broken MBR and GPT

My HDD is broken because of my Windows Technical Preview. I updated the WTP, but after updating i could not boot (i have ubuntu installed alongside). When i boot i could not go to the BIOS (only saw a ...
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How do I permanently disable hard drives? [duplicate]

I tried google and searching this site, didn't get very good answers. I'm running 14.04.1 LTS. I have multiple 3.5" internal drives in my system with very important data on them. I'm only using one ...
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properly resize OS partition on logical volume

I'm trying to resize my Ubuntu 14.04 VM's OS partition because for some reason it was incredibly small from the beginning. I'm running it on a google compute engine VM and so far ive never touched ...
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Reformatting Drives with Data, Specifying What Goes Where

I have two hard drives, one is a solid state hard drive (250 GB), while the other is not (2TB). I would like to reformat the hard drives such that Linux treats the two hard drives as one (I believe ...
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Can't mount dvd

I get this error: Error mounting /dev/sr0 at /media/stefan/UDF Volume: exited with non-zero exit status 32: mount: block device /dev/sr0 is write-protected, mounting read-only mount: /dev/sr0: can't ...
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Best way to wipe HDD with multiple partitions and format into NTFS

My laptop had a hardware issue while under warranty so I received a new laptop and am sending my old laptop and hard drive back. I want to wipe all data off of all partitions of my HDD, and send it ...
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Permissions on HDD

I do not have write permissions on an HDD that is mounted. I tried following another thread but I can't figure out how to get the terminal commands to work. external hard disk READ ONLY This is the ...
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Installing Ubuntu asked to format whole hard disk

I recently tried to install Ubuntu on my Lenovo Laptop, but it kept showing only 1 HDD partition (whole HDD as 1 partition) and kept asking to format it completely to install Ubuntu. I already have 3 ...