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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
1answer
246 views

Harddisk makes noise but Disk Utility says its healthy

I am using seagate Barracuda Internal Desktop 500gb hard drive. From few months i found my hard drive makes some different noise(Crushing or like metal rubbing spinning disk) but so far all SMART ...
5
votes
3answers
341 views

Proof Identify stolen computer getting computer identification info from Launchpad bugs and comparing

I sold my old laptop to neighbours and it was stolen from them. Well i think i have found thief so i want to check his computer id and compare it to my old Launchpad bugs id. How in Launchpad i can ...
0
votes
1answer
626 views

How can i use the unused space in my HDD and restore it back to original form ?? does Gparted tool help?

I installed a couple of Ubuntu versions previously only to be deleted or unused leaving the allocated space they used haunted.Using a tool like GParted how can I merge all those pieces into my ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Why is fsck not working for me?

I have some bad sectors on my hard drive, so I followed the guide from this website To detect the bad sectors, I did the following command: sudo badblocks /dev/sda5 > /media/3865-6163/sda5 That ...
1
vote
1answer
7k views

Can't Even Try Ubuntu Due to error: failure reading sector 0x5b500 from 'hd1'

After years of hearing about how much better Linux is than Windows, I finally decided to make the leap starting with Ubuntu Desktop (I've tried to install both the x86 and x64 versions of 12.04 and ...
1
vote
1answer
130 views

Stop ubuntu from reading a drive automatically

I'm running my laptop using Ubuntu 12.04 on a USB HDD as the laptop's HDD has failed. Whenever I boot or do a grub update etc, it takes forever because it scans for the failed drive about 20 times and ...
1
vote
1answer
688 views

No other users can access external hdd since upgrade to 12.10

Since upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10 no other user can access the external hdd. This is awkward as its a family pc and we use the hdd to store music and save backups across the several accounts. The ...
2
votes
3answers
5k views

raid advice with SSD and two HDD

I have a new machine with one 128GB SSD and two 1TB HDD. On the SSD is the OS and my initial thought was to put the two HDD in RAID 1 for user data. After some more thought I came up with two other ...
3
votes
0answers
464 views

Whats wrong with my hard drive? [closed]

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on an Acer Aspire one D225, and recently replaced my hard drive to a 60gb SSD. The first day I did, I got a kernal panic error about an I/O error to a superblock. It only ...
2
votes
0answers
268 views

Unable to write in mounted drive Kubuntu 12.10

I installed Kubuntu 12.10 in SSD but unable to use HDD because I do not have write permission. kisun@ejo129:~$ sudo fdisk -l [sudo] password for kisun: WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected ...
4
votes
1answer
135 views

Cannot boot ubuntu after remove failed data disk (system on different disk)

Our Ubuntu server has four hard disks, but we didn't make them a RAID. Yesterday, one of the disk was reported to be failing, and this disk was /dev/sdb and was mounted as /data (was used to store ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

Full hdd capacity not recognised on new additional disk

I've added a new 3TB hdd to my Ubuntu Server 12.04 system for media (already has another drive for the OS), but it's only showing 2.2TB capacity df -H gives /dev/sdb1 2.2T ...
0
votes
1answer
270 views

Unable to mount media hard drivrs. after [user@machine ~]$ sudo usermod -G dialout user

I wasn't able to download date from my USB cradle from a Powertap cycling computer after upgrading to 12.10. I thought I found the answer with a google search that suggested using this code where user ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Force mount Fat16 partiton?

I have a Windows XP HDD that no longer wants to mount. Long story short, I tried to acces my data through a Ubuntu Live USB. The hard drive wouldn't auto mount, thus I created a mount point using: ...
2
votes
0answers
70 views

How to best check my hardware (mem and HD) for errors? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I check my RAM and harddrive for errors? Lately, I have been experiencing problems using an Apple (macbook pro 3,1 2GB ram) with Natty installed. In three ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

Need Help Changing Owner of External HArd Drive

My understanding of code is about zero. I can open a terminal window, and type commands that are given to me, but that's about it. If someone can help me with this question, and explain at a level I'm ...
-1
votes
1answer
305 views

Zero bytes on home partition [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can’t Ubuntu see any free space? I decided to replace the hard drive on my machine running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS . After using the new hard drive for a few days, I ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Getting windows 7 to boot from external hard drive. Using Ubuntu

I have Ubuntu 12.04LTS as my current operating system, and I have a Windows 7 iso on a disk. I'm using an external hard drive because my internal hard drive has become damaged. I need to get Windows ...
1
vote
1answer
950 views

find out which process wakes my hard drive from sleep state

I have an external drive connected to my computer, I want this drive to be in sleep mode unless i'm executing some backup tool. For some reason, after 14 minutes I think, the hard drive always wakes ...
0
votes
1answer
104 views

How to make partition in large volume for internal hdd?

I have acer win7 laptop with 640gb hdd. I want to make large volume like 350gb for the other partition but I can make only 73gb >_< I need to save my document before I reformat it. So how can I ...
0
votes
2answers
896 views

pros and cons for hard drive partition solutions [closed]

I just bought a new 1T hard drive to replace the dead one for my desktop. I use it mainly for number crunching, doing higher performance computations that consume lots of memory and CPU, and also read ...
1
vote
0answers
62 views

Why is my HDD going back from standy?

My hard drives, connected to Ubuntu server are producing the following log every exactly 5 minutes. Nov 1 14:10:50 localhost kernel: [ 1602.884936] ata2.00: hard resetting link Nov 1 14:10:51 ...
1
vote
1answer
241 views

Will installing 12.04 delete contents on a hard drive?

Back story: I just built a new computer about a month and installed an SSD and an HDD. Today my SSD (OCZ Vertex 4) died on me resulting in a loss of my Windows 7 OS. Being a Ubuntu user on another pc, ...
1
vote
3answers
306 views

Can Ubuntu partition and format?

Can Ubuntu partition and format before installing itself on a Dell Dimension 4400 whose HD is wiped clean of Windows XP?
2
votes
3answers
357 views

Quantal analyzes the HD in any boot

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 formating the HDD. Any time that I turn on the PC and boot Ubuntu, it always analyzes my HDD in search for bad blocks. This is what happens: When I turn on the PC and ...
1
vote
2answers
978 views

Adding hard drive failed

I was using Von Welch's instructions to install a 500 GB Seagate drive to write the recordings to. Everything seemed to be going okay until mkfs /dev/sdb1 then we get an error message: mkfs.ext2: ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Installing Ubuntu in C drive of windows, delete files from other drives?

I have 5 partitions of which c: is the windows partition which has nothing but windows installed. Other drives contain important files. So will installing ubuntu on C: drive and replacing windows, ...
1
vote
1answer
767 views

After full Installation from Ubuntu 12.10.iso CD can't find D drive

I can't find my D: drive after installing Ubuntu 12.10 from ISO disc. Is my D: drive formatted too? As I understand it will just format the C: drive in an installation of Ubuntu. Are there any way ...
2
votes
1answer
100 views

I cannot see the drives on my computer

I'm a new Ubuntu user and I installed this Ubuntu 12.04 from a USB stick. It all went fine but as I notice, there are no drives shown on the menu. I tried some command in the terminal to see if the ...
1
vote
2answers
4k views

Unable to mount hard disk

I am unable to mount hard disk and got this message: Unable to mount 158 GB Filesystem Error mounting: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda1, missing codepage or helper ...
2
votes
1answer
77 views

Would like to know the state of my drive / mount

this post may include my own stupidity, so as much as I'm wallowing from sadness, I just would appreciate some help. Originally my HDD is in 2 partitions (total combined of 160GB, I think) in C: as ...
2
votes
0answers
704 views

Ubuntu wont recognize my internal SSD

I just bought a Lenovo u310 and installed Ubuntu 12.10 with Wubi to try it out. After a couple of days I decided to fully replace windows 7 and installed Ubuntu 12.10 fully with a usb drive in my HDD. ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I install Ubuntu on an external harddrive?

I have a 320 GB external hard drive connected to my MacBook Pro (5, 5). There are 2 partitions on it, one has data and the other one is empty. I tried installing Ubuntu on the empty partition but it ...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

Ubuntu installer doesn't see internal hard drive on DELL Vostro 3360

I just received a new DELL Vostro 3360, it has Windows 7 preinstalled. When it comes to the partition window I can't see the hard drive there. I see only /dev/sda or /dev/sdb (either one and in both ...
2
votes
3answers
15k views

How to completely erase hard drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I securely erase a USB hard drive? How to delete file(s) in secure manner? I am looking for software/script/whatever that can completely destroy data on hard ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Hardrive won't mount on 12.10

I just upgraded to 12.10 and one of my media hard drives won't mount. The drive shows up on /dev/sda but doesn't mount. dmesg|tail [ 289.496933] FAT-fs (sda1): Unrecognized mount option ...
0
votes
1answer
292 views

windows 7 hard drive crashed; Loaded Ubuntu from USB, can't find files that were on win 7 desktop

I have hard drive that crashed and was running windows 7. I have a new drive, but need to get vital data off of old drive. I was successful in making a usb start up with ubuntu. It loads up and the ...
1
vote
3answers
860 views

Hard drives mount automatically

I just upgraded to 12.10 and noticed that my media hard drives are mounting automatically. In the past I would have to mount them manually. Is this an upgrade feature?
0
votes
1answer
736 views

Copy Recovery partition using Ubuntu

I have a dell computer and I will be DBAN ing the HDD because it has a bad sector on it that is slowing down the system. So I am wanting to copy the Recovery Partition to an image or another HDD. I ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

Setting up lvm with HDD and SSD

My current hard drive is just about full and rather than just toss it and get a new one (since it works fine), I want to get a new drive and set them both up using lvm. While I'm at it, I also want to ...
1
vote
1answer
630 views

How to get al the disk space for ubuntu 12.04

Recently I changed for Linux Ubuntu 12.04, I left Windows and I want now to get all my hard disk space, cause when I formatted my PC installing Ubuntu 12.04, I only gave Ubuntu 23.0 GB and now I'm ...
3
votes
2answers
96 views

What security exist when sharing files via an external USB drive?

We have several external sources that send us data via an external hard drive. What security risks are we exposing ourselves to?
0
votes
1answer
406 views

Problem with hard drive space

I have a problem, my .private is using the 100% of my free hard drive space, i have no idea of how to solve this... Why is file is using every bit on my hd, how can i fix it? This is the menssage of ...
0
votes
1answer
484 views

How to delete a folder from hard drive via xubuntu on usb?

I'm using http://xubuntu.org/ 12.10 on my memorystick, and i need to delete a folder from my C drive in my computer. The folder is in a simple place: C/WINDOWS/program files/"folder name". How can i ...
0
votes
1answer
860 views

“ata2: link is slow to respond, please be patient” during boot [closed]

I have a KINGSTON SV100S264G solid-state drive in my Lenovo ThinkPad. Ubuntu 12.04 was booting just fine until a few days ago, it started to boot very slowly. More like it did not want to boot up ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Partitioning a 128GB SSD and 500GB HDD

So I have a 128GB SSD and 500GB HDD. I want to reïnstall my laptop and put Ubuntu 12.10 on this setup. I already looked around on the internet and came up with this partitioning schema: about 2GB of ...
1
vote
1answer
349 views

HP Pavilion G4 2118TU drive

everyone. My HP Pavilion G4 bought with suse linux OS, but when I change it to ubuntu, I couldn't find the drive softwave for linux(hp-drive-guard - HP DriveGuard; touch drive.....) would you help me, ...
1
vote
1answer
449 views

Gparted resize failed, can't restore superblock

I tried to resize my data partition with gparted, from a ubuntu 12.04 live usb. I then accidentally closed my laptop screen, which caused ubuntu to hibernate. After I tried to get it back up, the ...
2
votes
2answers
384 views

Windows7 Gone after Ubuntu dual boot install

I had a very hard time to dual boot install Ubuntu 12.04 Apparently, Ubuntu has restriction of 4 partitions and I already had 4, so it just couldn't recognise my partitions. This was something I ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Can't find 2nd hard drive in ubuntu

My computer has 2 drives, an 30 GB SSD with Ubuntu 12.04 installed on it, and a second 500 GB HDD for storage. I've checked all my BIOS settings, and searched through Ubuntu, and I can't figure out ...