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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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Cannot format 500GB USB HD: cannot create partition table

When I use disk utility I get the following error: Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error gparted also cannot create ...
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Partition is misaligned by 3072 bytes… Pavilion DV7-6199US

I bought a new HP Pavilion DV7-6199US. In the past on all my computers I have always used Ubuntu primarily and I keep a version of Windows in case I need something that I can't do easily in Linux. I ...
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Installing SATA 1TB 8MB Seagate ST1000LM024 5400rpm

I'm installing Ubuntu 11.10 on "Seagate ST1000LM024 5400rpm" which is "1T HDD/8G SSD" disk. Do I need to do something to use features of hybrid HDD/SSD? If this disk doesn't support Ubuntu or the ...
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Cannot open my external hard drive anymore

I was using it to back up two laptops: an IBM ThinkPad running Xubuntu 11.10 with a Qimo session, and an LG R200 running Ubuntu 11.10. I had previously backed-up both computers, several times using ...
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How to partition for dual-boot Linux/Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 I just got a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed and the 750GB HDD already partitioned three ways (OS, Data, ...
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How to know when a drive failed in RAID1

I want to make sure my backup are safe. I use one main SSD running Ubuntu and I have 2X 2Tb HDD in RAID1 for my data. How to know when a disk fail?
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EXT4-fs: previous I/O error to superblock detected [closed]

i have installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my usb hdd. The problem i am getting is this: ext4 (sdb6): previous i/o error to superblock detected buffer erronr on device sdb6. logical block 0 I have been told ...
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Move system to VirtualBox

I have HDD with Windows 7 on one of the partintions which was installed previously on the same machine, connected to the laptop via the USB. Previously the system was booted from this HDD using grub ...
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I/O or faulty hard disk error during ubuntu installation

I have two sata hard disk installed in my desktop. When i try to install ubuntu in /dev/sda it shows an error at the end of installation process. Error: "I/O or faulty hard disk or faulty medium" ...
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How to expand encrypted /home to second internal drive?

I have a huge number of photos, and I want to move just my /Pictures folder to a second SATA drive in my computer for performance reasons. I want everything to work as it is now, except that /Pictures ...
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Why the Ubuntu installer does not detect the hard drive during installation?

I have a new computer with a Seagate ST500DM002 SATA internal hard drive. I am trying to install on it Ubuntu 11.10 @ 64 bit but the installer does not recognize/detect/see the hard drive. When I ...
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Changing ownership of read-only file system

I did read the several posts available here on "changing ownership of read-only file systems" but they don't seem to help me. My external hard drive (which I had previously formatted in OS X and used ...
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Excessive hard disk access on secondary HDD, I'm not accessing anything on it

I've set up my Ubuntu 11.10 on a SSD with an encrypted LVM. I've attached another ext4 HDD, unencrypted, it's automounted on /media/data and created Videos, Music, Downloads and Backups folders on it, ...
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External HDD mounted as read only fat32

My Ubuntu machine has set my external HDD to read only. The drive is a 2TB That I have configured to fat32 so that almost everything can read/write to it. I know that from using the search box on this ...
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Installing Windows on Ubuntu

I've 2 hard disks. I've installed Ubuntu on the HDA(0), but there are plenty of spaces. But On the HDA(0) there is only one partition. My question How can I edit / create another partition on HDA(0) ...
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Is there a way to recover files from a storage device partially overwritten with dd?

I'm an idiot, I was writing an image to a USB drive using dd when instead of typing /dev/sdb I typed /dev/sdd and wrote the 135mb image to my 750gb External Hardrive full of files. Is there ANY ...
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Removed HDD - ubuntu still looks for it at boot

I removed a drive (SDC1) from my Ubuntu PC and would like to find out how to stop the OS trying to access it during boot up.
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What is best hard disk configuration for Ubuntu 11.10?

I have an old dell optiplex 260, built in graphic, Lan & sound. With Pentium 4 (2.80GHz), 1GB ram and 80GB hard disk. Can i install Ubuntu 11.10 on it? I'm dying to check it out first before I ...
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Why don't my partitions stay mounted after a reboot?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 in a wubi instalation. As I'm using clementine to listen to music I have in my partitions, each time I power ubuntu up clementine loses the libraries and has to rescan the ...
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How to move / copy logical volume (lv) to another volume group (vg)?

Basically, I want to move / copy several logical volumes (lv) into a new volume group (vg). The new volume group reside on a new set of physical volumes. Does anyone know how to do that safely without ...
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Ubuntu Natty Froze when copying files to my Ext4 External Drive, files can be recovered if corrupted?

I heard that Ext4 Was more stable in these conditions, but how can I be sure that my files didn't get corrupted in the process? I heard that because of Ext4 journaling file that the files aren't very ...
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Is the HDD spinning when it is unmounted?

Have a PC with multiple HDDs some used only for backup. Should I leave them unmounted? IS the power consumption less when the HDD is unmounted? Do the HDDs spin when unmounted? Thanks a lot
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Kernel compiling help

I was compiling the kernel 3.2 when it was taken more time than the walkthrough indicated. So I cancelled it, realizing that it took 5 gb of hard drive space. I deleted all the kernel folders ...
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Make a bootable internal drive to install Ubuntu on current drive?

Is it possible to mount/burn Ubuntu 10.10 on a clean Drive, so that I can boot using that drive with the ISO image and install the OS on my other internal drive, while currently being in Try Ubuntu ...
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Hard disk icon disappears after mounting

I installed ubuntu 11.10. During installation, I created the default user (named MS). I can browse/edit and do anything in my hard disk(I have 7 partitions). Today I created a new user named (ABC), ...
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How to determine / make sure whether hard-disks have spun down when using “hdparm” options?

I want to spin down some hard-disks when they are idle. So I used hdparm package. In the /etc/hdparm.conf I added following lines: command_line { hdparm -Ss 241 /dev/sda } My intention was to spin ...
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Ubuntu does not shut down properly

When I select 'Shut Down...' from the menu, Ubuntu shuts down but, right at the end of the shutdown, there's a very nasty Click! from the hard disk drive. This is a sound I know very well from ...
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Why is my Ubuntu partition louder than my Windows partition

My laptop came with Windows preinstalled. I shrank the Windows partition and created a couple of new partitions to install Ubuntu in. I've noticed that reading my Ubuntu partitions is much noisier ...
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How do I increase the hard disk size of the virtual machine?

I have run out of space on my WinXP virtual machine, which I only gave 10 GB space for when I created it. Is there an easy way to increase it to, say, 20 GB? I can't see any obvious option in ...
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How to change permissions to the other drives in a hard disk?

I have dual booted with XP and Ubuntu 11.04. Later I formatted Ubuntu partition with 11.10 now I have three drives one for XP other for UBUNTU and other for data when I log in into UBUNTU I am unable ...
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HDD in idle system stays active

When having Ubuntu 11.10 idle, hard-disk is still doing "something" periodically for a very small time (I have 8GB RAM). I can hear the seeks every few seconds (iostat tells something like 20kB/s). ...
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How to check hard disk performance

How to check the performance of a hard drive (Either via terminal or GUI). The write speed. The read speed. Cache size and speed. Random speed.
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How to stop hdd from causing a kernel panic and crashing?

I accidentally booted into the Windows recovery partition which gave me an option to quit or continue to wipe the disk. I selected the option to quit but an onscreen message said initialising (which I ...
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File system issue: Can't access windows partition & mtab won't open

I've installed Ubuntu 10.04 on an USB drive a few days ago, and have been mostly using linux since them (but I`ve been able to start windows properly after using the pen drive linux). Now, I guess ...
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Problem with External Hard Disk

I'm experiecning a problem with my External Hard Disk. When I plug my HDD in ubuntu it works. When I plug it in Windows, it also works. But when I transfer files from Ubuntu to HDD and then trying ...
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If an external hard drive worked on 10.04 and 10.10, will it work on 11.10?

I am considering purchasing a Western Digital Elements 2 TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 2.0, Black) from Amazon.co.uk, and because it has over a thousand reviews, there are a reasonable amount ...
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How do I get root access to hard drive from livecd?

ubuntu 11.10 has faffed up on me, It wont let me get passed the login-screen ( i have been searching around online the last two days and none of the proposed solutions worked) as at this point I dont ...
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Hard drive clicking noise on Acer AO722

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 on an Acer Aspire One 722. Whenever I'm on battery power I get a clicking sound from my hard drive every 5 seconds or so (this does not happen when the laptop is plugged in). ...
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Boot problems w/ External HDD

I'm having a problem with booting a live image off of a USB Hard Drive. I used Startup Disk Creator to make an Ubuntu 11.10 live image on a partition on my external so that I can use it on various ...
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How to rebuild fstab automatically

I accidentally removed all the entries from the fstab files while doing a backup (Yeah, I know ;)). I would like to know if there is a way to rebuild it with the current mount options, since I did ...
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How to use Secure Erase and is it on the install CD? [duplicate]

Supposedly there is some built in hard drive magic called "Secure Erase" which is wildly faster and more secure than "dd if=/dev/zero..." I am most excited about the speed increase. There seems to ...
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Slower Start, Hard Drive makes strange sound?

A few days ago, after login the hard drive didn't make any sound and I could open any program very fast. But now the disk sounds like it's doing some I/O readings (like a crackling noise of some sorts ...
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How to check my HDD's for defects

Because I had some problems with my server I want to check it's hard drives for defects (the drives not the file system) which tool can I use for this in ubuntu? I know for my hard drives there is a ...
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Accessing my files from Windows

I recently installed Ubuntu alongside Windows. I have seen several guides giving me the same advice as to how to mount my harddrive with my Windows files in it in Ubuntu but it doesn't ever show my ...
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Best /etc/fstab setings for boosting SSD/HDD

I know EXT4 is the fastest by 3y already checking test blog posts from different authors But theres also other settings that make SSD faster i found in ...
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Disk Utility reports slower initial spinup time via S.M.A.R.T.

I am not sure this is a real question or a bug I should report Ubuntu. Using: Ubuntu 11.10, on a Intel Q6600, Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB. I have set my PC on Suspend and after I came back, pressed ...
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How to replace my disk without having to rebuild my Ubuntu install?

I'd like to buy a new 1TB disk to replace my old 150GB disk. Is there an easy way to copy my Ubuntu installation, with my home folder content, system settings, applications, and so on, so at the end ...
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Will adding more RAM increase my computer's performance?

I am looking to increase my computer's performance. Will upgrading my RAM by 12GB or upgrading to a 7,200 RPM Hard Drive increase my computer's performance more? I can only do one, which one will make ...
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The volume “filesystem root” has only 0 bytes disk space remaining?

I installed 11.10 ~two weeks ago and run into some strange troubles recently. Installation was on brand new laptop with clear 160GB SSD. I opted for encrypting home directory. Apart from that I ...
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What are kswapd0, kworker/num:num, ksoftirqd/num?

Exactly what are these services / programs. Apparently they make my system almost useless. Any one of them at point of time uses at least 50% CPU and continuous access to HDD. I'm not exactly sure ...