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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Ownership of second internal hard drive

I can open nautilus file manager as root and tried various tutorials on this site but still having the same problem every time. I'm able to right click then select properties as root on my second ...
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Can't mount HFS+ drive, bad superblock?

My Macbook (Snow Leopard OS) was giving me the rainbow wheel of death so I tried booting into safe mode and repairing the disk, with no luck. So I decided to pull the drive out and plug it into my ...
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My computer is lagging and giving an I/O error

So, heres the deal, I got my CPU from a friend who works in robotics April 14th 2013, and now February 20th 2014, less than a year later, it has ceased to cooperate. I was playing Minecraft this ...
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Map my second hard drive to be SDA1

I recently switched hard drive and had a fresh install (13.10). I copied across the settings from some programs, including banshee and Transmission. On the old install, my primary HDD was SDA and the ...
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GNU ddrescue imaging results — 116 errors a lot?

A little background on this. It's an 256 GB SSD drive with Windows SP3 32-bit and it's encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption. The file system is corrupt and unreadable. I first ran Clonezilla to ...
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Unable to access External HDD in Ubuntu

I have bought a new laptop Lenevo G500 and installed Ubuntu 13.0, I have taken out my previous laptop's HDD and trying to access it by connecting to USB port, however it has detected only once and ...
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How to backup my system so that I can create an exact replica on another computer

I have a ubuntu 12 LTS and windows dual boot machine. My hard drive is going to fail soon and my machine has also become quite old now. I am buying a new computer soon. How can I restore my ubuntu ...
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Desktop hard drive won't spin down according to settings

I have a desktop machine with two SSDs, one each with Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.10, and one HDD which contains a single NTFS partition on which I throw big files. It actually only rarely gets used and ...
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Unable to recognize SATA Wire USB

This is the specific product I purchased at Best Buy: http://www.apricorn.com/products/not...ta-wire-3.html I bought it in the hopes of recovering files from a laptop who's screen was cracked. ...
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Remove grub from blank hdd [duplicate]

I was getting rid of linux on a spare hdd i have laying around and i asked a friend to remove it and he messed up and formatted the entirething without getting rid of grub. The drive isnt showing up ...
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Restore Failed : Failed with an unknown error

I am trying to restore my data to a new hard drive from my old hard drive. I created a backup on the old hard drive. When I restore it gives me the error "Restore Failed: Failed with an unknown ...
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Cloning a hard disk or creating a backup

I am changing my hard disk because in Ubuntu it shows "Disk Failure is Imminent". Which option is better: Should I clone my hard disk with new one or Should I create a backup using Ubuntu Backup and ...
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Can't read and write from hard drive

I have a 1TB hard drive that I recently got, but the problem is that even when formatted I am unable to read and write from the hard drive. Any suggestions? I've tried reformatting it, but the results ...
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Precautions to take before replacing Hard drive in desktop

i am using Ubuntu .my hard disk is aged so i have to change it.i want to keep my data as it is and if possible.can any one please guideline some points .steps to take for successful hard disk ...
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How to install windows from Ubuntu 12.04 with no partition dedicated to Windows?

Essentially when I originally installed ubuntu, I got rid of my windows and had the hard drive reformatted. I never split up the hard drive to dual boot. Now that the hard drive is formatted for ...
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Cannot mount iOmega 1TB HDD

HDD works flawlessly on my Windows 7. But when I connect it to this machine (Ubuntu 12.04) I get this error message; Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with: mount: only ...
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I want to boot Ubuntu from a old PC internal HDD with USB adapter

i have an HDD with Ubuntu from my old, broke notebook, i have a HDD2USB adapter and i need to boot it from this external HDD. If i take of the Win8 HDD and place the ubuntu's one, all work's fine, ...
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My External Hard drive was not properly removed and now will not mount

I recently bought a computer for my Wife, windows (her choice not mine). Before we paid, I asked the salesman to check whether my hard drive would work with windows 7 (as sometimes windows can be ...
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installing ubuntu 13.10 latest problem

I have 4 partition drive c,drive d,drive U ,drive e in my hard drive then I installed Ubuntu 13.10 on drive e which is empty .during the installation I use something else option..I make drive U: ext4 ...
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How to repair a hard drive file system used for Samsung smart tv

I'm having a problem with my hard drive I use for my Samsung smart tv. Apparently it is a known problem, as the Samsung D-model TVs sometimes ruins the hard drivers file system, so I found a guide ...
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Installing ubuntu on a 16 gb ssd

I'm pretty new to linux, and I'm trying to make a dual boot now to try to learn it. But I'm having some difficulties because I want it in a pretty weird way. First of all, my laptop has 3 drives, a 16 ...
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Second hard drive seems to randomly freeze or unmount

I tracing down a problem with a second hard drive and am now stumped. My setup: Dell Inspiron 17R-5721, 8GB Ram, running Ubuntu 13.10, Primary drive is Kingston 120GB SSD, secondary drive is a ...
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Drive damaged during VMWare copy

I was copying data from two ext2 formatted drives using an Ubuntu 11.04 Virtual Machine in VMWare Fusion 4 on a MacMini with Snow Leopard. I meant to quit from something else, but accidentally quit ...
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Hardrive is full with 0 space left can't access admin account

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 and after all the packages are installed and the system restarted when I log into the admin account I cannot see anything save for a black screen, when I log out and ...
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Determine what bay a drive was inserted into

I have the unique problem of trying to figure out what drive bay a drive was inserted into given the disk's device name (e.g: /dev/sdb1). A little bit of background: The machine I'm working with has ...
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Is an internal hdd required to “try ubuntu from disk”?

I have an old laptop (Thinkpad T60 4gb ram, intel duo core 2.16ghz cpu) that does not have a hard drive in it. I want to test it out before buying a hard drive for it. I used pen drive usb installer ...
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Using LVM with two hard drives, 1 Solid State

I am setting up Ubuntu and just got to the option about using LVM to partition the hard drives. My understanding is that if I do this Ubuntu will be able to treat the two drives as one. That's great, ...
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WD Black² Dual Drive motor always stops and starts

I installed Ubuntu on a Western Digital WD Black² Dual Drive. Both partitions are working. But there is still an open problem: The motor of the HDD part of the SSHD always stops and starts, over ...
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Syncing a folder on computer with external drive

I know that there are some file sync options (particularly rsync) available, but I'm trying to do something specific with my sync. I have a Movies folder with tons of video files, and I'd like to have ...
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help interpreting SSD state

unknown@unknown-Z96S:~$ sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdb gives me: MART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10 Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG ...
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Can't partition my hard drive for Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu just yesterday, but I had to install it to just 6GB the OS taking up around 3GB I think, but I have about 260GB free on my one and only hard drive. How can I utilize that space for ...
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New Hard Drive not being detected, cannot boot from Ubuntu CD?

OK, friends, I have a hard drive question (not specifically about Ubuntu): So, I accidentally spilled water all over the keyboard of my Dell Latitude D610 laptop--and then it would only sometimes ...
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Dual HDD, Win7 & Ubuntu

I have a pc that has Windows 7 on it, and a hard drive that I recently installed and put Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on. The problem I encounter is that grub does not load Windows 7, and gives me an error when ...
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Can't mount HDD /wrong fs type, bad superblock

I have browsed the many other questions related to my question, there seems to be many solutions for others, but not for me, when I try to mount my HDD using: sudo mount /dev/sdd ...
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Why the need for a reboot with new HDD dock?

Why is it necessary to reboot the computer for the OS to see a new HDD dock with a new HDD attached? Background for the question: I recently purchased a new 3TB HDD. When docking it in my old HDD ...
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Forgotten password ext. hdd

I found an old hard drive on which I once had some version of linux installed. Don't remember which. When I mount it I can mount a 255MB Filesystem folder but the rest of the drive is encrypted. I ...
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Terrible Luks/dm-crypt performance on 13.10 (Asus Zenbook, SSD, AES-NI supported)

I have a Laptop (Asus Zenbook UX31A) with 124GB SSD. I installed Ubuntu on a encrypted partition and started facing moments of temporary or permanent unresponsiveness. I suspected I/O and did some ...
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Ubuntu Server 12.04 + Webmin, add hard drives to raid 6

the subject may already discussed, if this is the case, a reference would be much appreciated because I really searched and never found real answers to my questions. I have a Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server ...
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How to fix: high HDD activity and slower system after few suspend cycles?

After a few cycles of suspending and waking up, on system wakeup HDD activity lasts for ~5-10 minutes (shouldn't be the RAM used instead of HDD?) and even when it is done, the whole system feels ...
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Install Ubuntu onto an external HDD then install that HDD in a computer?

I have a laptop that I set a BIOS password on and have since forgotten. I decided that I want to install Ubuntu onto the computer as the main and only OS but can't boot from a CD or USB drive and I've ...
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SSD from Windows drive to external drive under Ubuntu

My SSD Samsung 840 was used as OS drive for a Windows 7 based machine. I want to use it now as external SSD drive under Ubuntu. I formatted it with Gparted to remove recovery partitions of Windows ...
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I can't find the other hard drive in my computer

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 in my Windows 7 computer. My computer has 2 internal hard drives. After the installation, I can't find my 2nd hard drive. The only hard drive that shows up is the one ...
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How to Unlock Maxtor Blackarmor Portable hard drive disk

I have a Maxtor portable Hard drive Disk. I can't unlock it. It has a launcher.exe file . Is there any unlock utility ?
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How can I find application using hard drive?

My hard drive is being used all the time (I can hear it and the HD LED is flashing). How can I find the application that is causing this disk access? Is there something like top which shows the HD ...
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unsuccessful mounting of external memory - cannot access files

At work there is an Ubuntu 12.04 server with 2 internal hard drives (1.0TB and 2.0TB), 2 external hard drives (2.0TB and 4.0TB), and a 32GB USB memory that is used as swap. It's kind of a complicated ...
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No hdd space left

I have 13.4Gb hdd space for my Ubuntu partition, and the only software that I use is Thunderbird, Firefox, and Play On Linux with MS Office 2010 (.playonlinux uses 2.6Gb). I can't use UbuntuOne ...
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how to boot ubuntu from another disk

My senario is: I have a desktop computer with two disk. One of disk is SSD and other is HDD. I install Windows 8 on SSD and I use HDD for data. Then I want to install ubuntu 13.10 on HDD with ...
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Combine two hard drives

I have a PC with 2 physical hard drives, each is 500 GB (sda and sdb) I'd like to combine them in one large hard drive (1T). I couldn't find a clear approach on how to do it. I tried LVM with no ...
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Can't view files on Windows 8 partition

I seem to be having a problem with Windows 8 on my desktop PC (not able to boot), so I created a bootable USB stick with Ubuntu to see if I can use it to access my hard disk and hopefully recover at ...
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I have a LaCie external hard drive. I do not find drivers on their website. How do I initialize the drive? Do I add commands in terminal mode?

I have a LaCie external hard drive. It apparently is not plug and play. There are no Debian or other drivers on their website. Are there instructions that I need to add in terminal mode to get this ...