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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Does Ubuntu Live session write anything on the primary partition

Here is the situation.I am a duel windows ans ubuntu user. Accidentally I formatted the C partition(root partition of windows). Now I ran several live ubuntu sessions from CD. And found a way to ...
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How do I mount Shares from an iomega ix4-200d?

How do I mount Shares from an Iomega ix4-200d? Plug-and-play from Windows with the included installation CD, but not a word about Linux. It looks like there are several ways to do it; I have put my ...
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How do I access a hard drive from a live CD? [duplicate]

How can I access my hard drive from a Live CD? As far as I can tell the hard drive can only be accessed via /media/longnumberhere after its been mounted. Is there a way to access the hard drive a ...
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Change owner of internal hard drive partition from root to user

I have a number of drives internal and external. Some are partitioned. Most mount automatically at boot (all did at one point). One partition is owned by root and therefore does not mount ...
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Move entire OS from NTFS drive to bigger ext4 drive

According to SMART data, the hard drive I curently use is about to fail. I bought a new, bigger drive to copy the system to a safer place. The old drive is 160GB. Ubuntu was installed with Wubi, and ...
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Want to install Windows 7 on separate drive

I have a two hard drive system with a Vista disk that won't boot, and Ubuntu 10.04 on the other drive. I've tried to restore vista with a bootable repair disk, but I get an error saying drivers are ...
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Fake RAID (dmraid) not seeing new SATA drives

I have three drives in my machine, one SSD with 32GB and two 1TB drives, attached to an Intel 82801JI (ICH10) SATA AHCI Controller. The problem is, that I can access only one of the 1TB drives when ...
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Where can I find the log files for mounting disks?

I understand if I boot from a live cd I can see all the system logs under System > Administration > File Log Viewer I have a major error with a disk not mounting and I want to trace i tback to the ...
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How to move Ubuntu to an SSD

My current situation is: One hard disk Dual boot Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7. Partitions: 100MB Windows System thingy 144GB Main Windows 160GB Ubuntu 4GB Swap 12GB System Restore stuff Now I want ...
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Cannot mount disk at all. Detailed explanation, Need help

I can no longer mount an extra internal hard drive on my Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit system. I could up until a few days ago. I think this has something to do with the problem ---- I had added a line at the ...
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Why is my harddrive louder, when I use Windows, compared to linux?

This is something I noticed: When I use Windows, my hard drive is louder and running almost all the time. In Ubuntu on the other hand, it runs quieter and more seldom. This even applies, when I ...
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How can I control HDD spin down time?

I have 2 HDDs in my PC. Ubuntu is turning off the secondary HDD very quickly after about 15 minutes, which is short for me. I need to control this time. How can I do it? I tried GNOME power ...
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Windows partition not shown in Nautilus [closed]

I have a dual boot system with XP and Natty (just upgraded from 10.10). In 10.10 and previous versions of Ubuntu, I could see my XP partion and read/write files. When I upgrade to Natty, no XP ...
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Cannot mount extra internal hard drive - Error [closed]

All of a sudden I can no longer mount an internal hard drive(/dev/sda aka openSpaceI) via gui or cli. $ sudo mount /dev/sda /media/openSpaceI gives this error mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad ...
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How can I check the health of my hard drive?

I had a bad experience on an old Dell computer where shortly after installing Ubuntu on it, the hard drive failed due to excessive loading/unloading cycles. What is the best way to check the health of ...
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Increasing ubuntu partition space

I have a laptop configured with dual boot (Ubuntu and win7). Partition in which Ubuntu in installed is running out of space(alloted only 15 GB space earlier).I want to use one of my empty partition ...
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HDD light is showing disk usage very high at times. How to investigate?

How should I go about investigating seemingly high disk usage? From time to time the whole system crashes too - I think the high HDD reads/writes might be to blame. Thanks
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used space in a new empty partition

I've created an extended partition (ext4) on one of my hard-disks. here is what it looks like: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sdc5 158G 5,9G 144G ...
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Acer Aspire 5742 HDD activity pilot light is always on when I insert a SD card

Ubuntu 11.04: on Acer Aspire 5742 The HDD activity pilot light is working properly, but when I insert a SD card into the laptop slot, then this HDD pilot light is always on...is this normal?
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Annoying clicking noise on Asus 1018p, how to turn it off?

I use Ubuntu 10.10 on my Asus 1018p. Every few second I heare an clicking noise of my hdd. How can I turn it off?
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Odd issue,Wubi Installation won't boot, when another ext4 drive is plugged?

It's an odd issue, i installed Ubuntu 11.04 trough Wubi yesterday,it actually worked unlike the last time i tried to when it didn't boot at all. But there is one thing that bugs me, see, i have 2 ...
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How to fix ahead disk mounting / ahead of time problem

I am booting a 32 bit laptop with ubuntu 10.04. I see only a splash screen during boot, in the end theer is a message that the main filesystem is mounted read only (there is only one harddisk). I ...
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Internal hard disk mounting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: AutoMounting hard disk partions I have a problem with mounting my internal hard disk in ubuntu.I have to manually mount it using /dev/mount/"name of disk" during boot ...
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Incomplete install and I cannot see part of the hard disk

I had tried to install Ubuntu 10.10 near a Windows7 in a 64 system. The installation was suppose to be 512Gb left for Win and 512Gb for Ubuntu. The installation hanged and on restart windows sees only ...
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How to partition Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 2TB hard disk?

Hi I bought a new Seagate 2TB external hard disk. I opened the drive's application in my virtual windows, did product registration using the application present in it. I have few questions on how best ...
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HDD does not mount when restarting

I have two external HDD attached to my PC which start normally when I turn on the PC. When I restart (after an update for example) one of the two drives does not mount, always the same drive. It has ...
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How do I see which disk I am booting from?

I have two disks with the exact same partitioning and size. When I start the computer it obviously only boots from one of the disks. How can I tell which one? (I have used sudo fdisk -l, but that will ...
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How to tell what applications are accessing the hard drive and how frequently?

My hard drive is going crazy and I don't know what application is doing it. Are there any linux tools for profiling what processes are accessing drives and how frequently? top, htop and the like ...
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Information about SATA, IDE (PATA) controllers

I have a remote computer on which I want to install a new hard drive for rsync backup. The problem is, I don't know what controller technology is used (PATA, SATA, SATA2, ...) and how many available ...
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How to find corrupted files?

Some files on my hard drive are corrupted (no worries, nothing system-related, just a junk of data files, mp3 etc.). I found that out when I tried to burn them all to a DVD, the burning application ...
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Dual boot. Install 2nd OS on separate drive

I currently have Kubuntu running on a large SATA drive. I am considering setting up KXStudio to dual boot. Rather than messing up my current partitions I am thinking of adding an old IDE drive and ...
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Which hard disk drive is which?

I want to know which hard disk drive corresponds to which device path. It's trivial to match the hard disk stats (brand, size) with the dev path, but I want more. I want to know which drive is which ...
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How do I 'mount' my external hard drive?

I have an external hard drive that I can't get to 'mount,' the only place on the system I can find info about the drive is in disk utility, under mount point it says it is unmounted!
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How do I install an external hard drive?

I bought a 320gb Seagate FreeAgent Go Hard Drive and I'm not sure how to install it on my system, I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 . It seems to have recognized it, but now I have an icon on my desktop I ...
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How to clean a hard drive before reinstall

Have been using my drive since 6.04 often just updating, if I want to clean my drive and start again,which is best method to carry this out.
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Display IO statistics for a process

Is there a way to view IO stats based on process in Ubuntu. I have an ubuntu server 10.10 that every once and while will grind on the hdd's for 30 seconds, I'm trying to figure out what is causing ...
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gnome-power-manager is necessary to spin down hard disks?

With modern hard disks is necessary to use gnome-power-manager to spin down the hard disks? Or are they prepared to sleep automatically after certain amount of inactivity time?
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How to dump disk sectors?

I want to see the content of the sector 0 (mbr) of my hard drive. It is possible?
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Unmounted disk still spins up regularly

I just added a disk, with partitions but none of them are mounted. The disk will still spin up every now and then. it goes like this: ### disk spins up hdparm -Y /dev/sdb;date /dev/sdb: issuing ...
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Are there tools to manage the power management for HDD?

I wonder if there are a better tool than the panel at System → Preferences → Power Management to manage the power consumption for the HDD. Specifically HDD in a laptop.
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Setting up a shared media drive

I want to have a shared media drive be transparently usable to all users, whilst also sticking to FHS and Ubuntu standards. The former takes priority if necessary. I currently mount it at /media/Stuff ...
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Accessing second hard drive

So I recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit on my computer. I installed it on my 60gb SSD hard drive, and in the installation it never acknowledged the existence of my second hard drive. The hard ...
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Is a disk/ata timeout exception dangerous?

I have a few hard drives in mdadm RAID 5 configured to go to standby after a few minutes of inactivity. (Using hdparm.conf spindown_time.) At irregular intervals I get messages like these in dmesg: ...
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Why is Ubuntu unmounting my primary hard drive?

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop (an Asus G73j), dual-booting Windows 7 if that matters. After using the computer for couple of hours or so, I get a popup complaining that a file was unmounted, ...
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Does a HDD run more in Ubuntu?

This is something that's been bothering me, and I would like to know if it's an issue that's known. OK, I have monitored the HDD temperature, for a couple of days, when running in Ubuntu and Windows ...
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Failed command: WRITE DMA

When I boot up my computer, it takes a long time and has a "failed command: WRITE DMA" error with other lines that looks like the command line, can anyone help me? I replaced the 40 pin cable from my ...
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How to avoid HDD spin up at system start? (Ubuntu from SSD)

Thanks to hdparm -B1 /dev/sdb my HDD does no longer spin up when powered up on boot. But after completing the BIOS POST messages and starting Ubuntu the HDD gets a signal over the SATA data cable and ...
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Hard Drive Partitioning?

I am not a basic user of computers, but frankly I have never done a partition of a hard drive. But I decided to shrink the only HD in the computer by 25GB for Ubuntu, however I realized that Ubuntu ...
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Is my hard drive about to fail?

I hear some squeaking noises sometimes when I use my computer so I ran smartctl. This is the results: === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION === SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1 Num ...
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LiveCD mounts the partitions, but it doesn't see any

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 from Live CD. I can access the partitions already created ( two NTFS and one ext3 prepared ), but when I'm trying to install, at the step where I should select the ...