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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Can't mount two external hard drives at the same time

This whole problem began a few months back when I tried to transfer data from my external hdd (formatted to NTFS) to a computer using Windows 7. While in Ubuntu, there is about 1 TB worth of data ...
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How do you mount an hd image made from ddrescue?

Today I used ddrescue to make an image of a failed hd. I stored this image on a separate partition on my 500 Gb hd. The partition is: sda8 and the filename is backup.img. The image was of an hd that ...
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how to create the partition from unallocated space

I have some free space in my Hard disk and i want to create it as a NTFS partition to able to detect in my Windows XP . I am completely new to Linux/Ubuntu .
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How do I backup (clone) a full hd to a specific partition on a bigger hd?

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04LTS and I am trying to recover files off a failing HD that is 400GB. The drive I am trying to copy to is 500 GB but I have Ubuntu installed on the same drive. See the ...
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Windows 7 doesn't recognize the hard drive Ubuntu is on

I have two hard drives, one that my Windows 7 install is on and another that I have my data is on. I had set aside 100 GB on the data drive to install Ubuntu, which has worked fine in the past when I ...
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Are there any applications that map and show the health of the hard disc?

I was wondering if there is an application that can tell us (in an easily understandable way...like in a chart) how healthy our hard disc is. If the boot sector is healthy...etc. Thanks.
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Second HDD not booting Ubuntu 12.04

I have 2 HDDs. Both have 2 partitions. I have XP installed in the first HDD, and I installed 12.04 into second HDD by freeing half space of second partition of that HDD through "Something Else" option ...
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Main differences between fsck and chkdsk?

What are the important differences between fsck and chkdsk, and which command will reduce and correct the most hard disk errors?
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Will computer being shut down due to power failure affect my system files, or speed in any way? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How resilient is Ubuntu to repeated “power-off” shutdowns? I've asked before as well but need to confirm again, in my country there are a lot of electricity ...
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New internal hard drive and Ubuntu OS

I have a very crappy Acer Aspire and I can to switch out the internal hard drive for a better one. What's the easiest way to get Ubuntu on the new drive if it doesn't have an OS at all and the Acer ...
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Format external hard drive

I'm trying to format an external hard drive (Iomega 1TB) using Disk Utility but when but when I select Format Volume or Format Drive, it shows me the error: Error creating file system: helper exited ...
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Why does Disk Utility show 8 bad sectors on a 2-months old harddrive?

I have recently changed my harddrive and Disk Utility already gives me this message that I have 8 bad sectors and that it is sign of imminent disc failure. It counts 8 bad sectors and I really dont ...
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How do I change the permision on a external HDD

Good day, I am a ubuntu newbie and I am having trouble using an external 3.5" HDD. I did some reading about file systems and decided to format my new drive to ex3. After formatting, I could not read ...
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GParted does not see my Fujitsu HDD

I have a Fujitsu HDD and it was working properly for more than a year. But know I am tring to use it with Windows or Ubuntu but none of them can recognize. I tried refreshing GParted to recognize it ...
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how to back up entire windows 7 OS [closed]

how to back up entire windows 7 OS to be used on another drive as if it were a new operating system? For example, to use both Ubuntu and Windows 7, yet have entire Ubuntu partition on the computer and ...
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SMART Status Data Interpretation - Disk Utility

Last week my external harddisk (Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB in a custom enclosure) showed signs of failure (Disk Utility SMART Pre-failure status - several bad sectors) and I decided to change it. I ...
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C drive partitoning/ formating simple volume [closed]

My C Hard drive is a simple volume and will not split. Wondering if i can format or change my C drive to a primary partition (so it will split) or if i can install ubuntu straight onto my C Drive and ...
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Failure to boot from USB

I have created a USB live disk and am trying to boot from it. The computer Im using to learn Linux on is a Dell Optiplex 755 4gb ram C2D 3.0ghz and Im running windows 7 ultimate without any problems. ...
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Does folder and directories has their own size?

I got a messege today that I have little free space left on my hard drive. I opened the utility/program which shows me how the hard drive usage, and I saw my "Downloads" folder is 10.4 GB. picture: ...
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Mounting the hard drive when booting from a cd

Is it possible to mount the hard drive when booting from a cd ? If so, how can I achieve this ?
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WindowsXP Guest OS runs only when its Virtual HDD is in the home folder of Ubuntu

I am into a weird problem. I have installed VirtualBox in my Precise Pangolin in my laptop. My System contains two partitions. Lets presume that they are partition A and Partition B. Partition A ...
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Contradictory information about HDD

From couple of days my HDD works slow. So i test my HDD using disk utility. It shows i have 1352 bad blocks. SMART test says HDD health is good but shows a error "Reallocated Sector Count". So i ...
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External hard drive not allowing permission

My older mac recently kicked the bucket, and I decided to switch to linux on a newer laptop, My hard drive was fine, and I now use it as an external hard drive. The one problem though, is that I ...
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How can i format my hard drive to get rid of windows?

I have downloaded ubuntu 12.04 and was hoping that when i booted off of my flash drive it would come up like it used to in 9.04 and would ask if you wanted to format your hard drive. But It didn't do ...
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External hard-drive is “clicking” when idle [closed]

I'm struggling with a very annoying issue: My new hard-drive (Samsung Spinpoint M8 1TB (HN-M101MBB) was build in an USB 3.0 external case (Lian Li EX-10QR) and formatted with ext4. When this ...
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How to figure out why a SATA hard-drive wont show in /dev/ and (therefore) wont mount

I had an external hard-drive which got messed up. I then opened it and plugged the SATA-Hard-Drive directly into my computer. But after boot it is just showing my IDE-Hard-Drive on which the OS is. No ...
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Reinstalling Ubuntu from Ubuntu

I already have Ubuntu, and I was told that if I re-install the software that it would wipe the hard drive. I clicked start download and a status bar filled up and said that the download complete but ...
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Change MBR to GPT on external hard drive with data

Change MBR to GPT on external hard drive with data: I found a way for the internal one here. However the External drive is a Data drive only, I dont't need to care about any bootloaders etc. So is ...
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How to get ubuntu to recognize my 2nd laptop HDD on boot [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to automount NTFS partitions? In my laptop running 12.04 I have a 2nd hard disk in via an HDD caddy at /dev/sdb3. Since my main drive is a smaller SSD, this large ...
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SRST failed (errno = -16) while resuming from suspend

I see this error briefly at the top of a full screen console-type text screen as the computer restarts from suspend. At the start of the message is something about ATA, so I think it's to do with a ...
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Really slow copy speed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Copying to/from NTFS partitions very slow Does writing data from ext4 to NTFS partition take a lot of time?? I get speeds upto only 70kB/s (copy). ext4 - ext4 is pretty ...
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Why doesn't the Ubuntu ISO burned to a CD or copied to a USB work on my Mac?

I just installed a new hard drive and for the life of me, I cannot get the .iso file on my USB stick or burned CD to begin the installation process. I keep getting a picture of a folder with a ...
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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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SMART status:— DISK FAILURE IS IMMINENT

I want to run the check file system tool, but for that I need to unmount the volume, I have just one partition, should I go ahead with unmount and repair. I am new to Ubuntu, so please help.(Image)
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Installing problems with Dell Vostro 3460

I'm having problems installing 12.04 or 11.04 in a new Dell Vostro 3460. The issue becomes on the "Raid" performance that comes with the laptop, a 500GB HDD and a mini SATA 32GB SSD. With Windows ...
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Flash Drive Boot Not Detecting Hard Drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't boot without Flash Drive plugged in In my laptop, I have a hard drive with Ubuntu 12.04 installed. When I go to boot to it, I get a blank screen with a ...
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Ubuntu detects that I don't have at least 4.4 GB free space, what should I do?

When I try to install Ubuntu 12.04, it shows me, that I don't have at least 4.4 GB free space. How can I format my Hard Disk Drive? Actually I have 8.4 GB free space, but I screwed up everything ...
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/media folder nearly full - /media/vids folder has 500gb free

Weird error. I have a 1Tb HDDmounted as my main file repository. It is mounted as /media/Vids. When I check properties of /media it says 2Gb free. When I check properties of /media/Vids it says 586Gb ...
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Deleted Windows Partitions on drive now what do I do?

I'm new to Ubuntu and I figured it was time to learn. I am using Ubuntu server (headless?) I have a drives as such: *-disk:1 description: ATA Disk product: TOSHIBA MK1646GS ...
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How can I install Ubuntu onto a external HDD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Ubuntu on external hard disk I have got an external hard drive and want to install Ubuntu onto it. How can I do this? The external HDD is a 'Western Digital ...
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HDD performance is slow in ubuntu

I am running ubuntu 12.04(32 bit). Suddenly after a reboot my laptop did not detect HDD. After couple of restart it failed to detect HDD. Then i change sata mode to IDE from AHCI in BIOS. Then it ...
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How to make a backup of windows OS

How to make a complete operating system backup of windows without anything missing, to switch it to a different hard drive? A complete personal usable backup without using untrusted software, exactly ...
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Persistent “disk will be checked…” in the message of the day (motd) even after reboot

I see that there are some other threads that mention this error, but I have tried the solutions with no luck. When I log into my 12.04 Server, I get the message: /dev/sdb1 will be checked for errors ...
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check hdd for errors and repair

My boot in windows is damaged, i've tried several things and every time (even when i'm trying to format with a clean installation of windows 7, repair disc win7 doesn't work either) i try it gets to a ...
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Dualboot Asus n56v (ubuntu / win 7 x64) - ubuntu doesn't detect partition table made by windows

I have an Asus n56v and I've got troubles installing Ubuntu 12.04 x64. I already have installed Windows 7 x64! The hard drive is: Hitachi HTS547575A9E384 My problem: The installation program ...
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Dual Boot Win7/Ubuntu 12.04 hd0 out of disk error

I've got an Acer Aspire 5750-6866 (8gb internal memory), dual booting Ubuntu/Win7. The other day I started getting hd0 out of disk error and a boot screen that is completely different than what I was ...
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secure is Installation of ubuntu or should be dual with windows?

I have used ubuntu for almost 6 months full time at home while using windows for almost 6 years,so I previously used ubuntu on separate hard drive while I have one attached hard drive with partitions ...
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Is there a System Monitor Lens?

I really want to know if there is a System Monitor lens out there. If this doesn't exist, it would be awesome to see system properties in a lens such as HDD usage, RAM, and another properties.
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No permission to delete file, no space to have permission

My computer is nearly deadlocked. I have dedicated 200gig to Ubuntu (11.10) and lately it has decided to tell me that there is 0bytes of space left. This is causing all sorts of problems. First of ...
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3.4 mainline kernel: external storage is no longer automounted [closed]

I have just updated my kernel from 3.2 to 3.4 precise, so, after restarting ubuntu, i tried to connect my external hard or usb storage but isn't mounted. Also, i check the output of #fdisk -l command, ...