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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Dual boot on seperate hard drives - Windows 7 MBR and Ubuntu GPT

My question is simple. I currently have Windows 7 (64-bit) installed on a SSD MBR partition. I also have a 3TB HDD that I am splitting between extra Win-7 storage and what will hopefully be an Ubuntu ...
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mkfs.ext4 parameters

I have a question about the ext4 filesystem and in specific about the tool mkfs.ext4. mkfs.ext4 -j -O extent <device> What does -j really do? In the manual it says that it creates an ext3 - ...
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File permissions USB hard drive Ubuntu 12.04

Sorry if this has been asked before, I searched and searched, but couldn't get to the bottom of this. I have a PC running ubuntu 12.04, which I'm using as a media centre. The internal drive has only ...
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Renaming HDD's in Ubuntu 13.10

I have 2 Samsung 1Tb G3 external drives and every time I start up my PC Ubuntu only detects 1 of them (presumably the one that boots quickest). I assume it's because they're identical devices and ...
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“Read Error” on boot

So my computer froze while it was in powersave mode, and I could not reboot it with REISUB, or access it over the network, forcing me to hard reboot. When I rebooted, I was greeted with the message ...
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Can I use my Ubuntu hdd on other computers?

I have been running Ubuntu for a bit now. Today my motherboard died and I want to know if I can plug my hdd to another computer, would it boot and run Ubuntu normally. Heard can't do that with ...
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How to separate disk partition after complete installation?

I have following setup.i want a new separate 200gb partition. i'll try fdisk /dev/sda to command new partition via but i can't exactly.i need help Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 ...
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File Partioning

I'm just asking if what is the appropriate file system should I use in using ubuntu 12.04 because I can't install ubuntu on my Virtual machine and it say's " No root file system is defined Please ...
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Files that were deleted are still taking up space on HDD but are not in trash- Ubunt 12.10

This is the first time I have encountered this problem with Ubuntu 12.10 I am trying to restore data from an external hard drive using TestDisk 6.14. There were read problems so I aborted the app. I ...
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How do I mount my External HDD with filesystem type errors?

I am a relatively new Ubuntu user and I am having some difficulty mounting my external 2TB HDD. When I first installed Linux my external HDD was working just fine, however, it has stopped working and ...
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Can't upgrade due to not enough space in /boot [duplicate]

/boot$ ls abi-3.8.0-19-generic initrd.img-3.8.0-29-generic abi-3.8.0-25-generic lost+found abi-3.8.0-26-generic memtest86+.bin abi-3.8.0-27-generic ...
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Partition Hard Drive For Data

Greetings ~ I am a new Linux/Ubuntu user. For various reasons (mostly my own ignorance) I am on my third install of Ubuntu 12.04. I want to partition the hard drive to create a drive for data and ...
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Installing Steam on Ubuntu 13.10 - Need Execute Permissions

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 for the first time (new desktop, figured I'd grab a Linux partition). I had a partition of a second hard drive I wanted to use for Linux file storage. I went to put my Steam ...
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Is it safe to format msftres, msftdata and hidden partitions?

I have an acer V7 which came with a 1TB HDD, 24GB SSD and Windows 8 installed. I have installed Ubuntu onto the SSD and formatted the main partitions of the HDD. However, I also notice 3 other ...
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Help with Data Recovery from a Windows Faliure

My SSD holding Windows crashed and I am currently stuck trying to recover the data from my 750GB HDD. I am using GParted to do this, and the drive with all my important data on it is not mounting. ...
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Wrong disk geometry on USB enclosure

I have a sata disk formatted in a NAS that use it in linux raid 1. I have removed the disk from the NAS ed mounted it internally in a PC with linux. Linux correctly recognize the disk and I'm able ...
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Is it possible to set Allocation Unit Size with GParted when formating an external hard drive?

I want to format and set a single partition in an external hard drive with GParted (Ubuntu 12.04) and would like to set the Allocation Unit Size. I don't see any options to do this with GParted. Is ...
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Change /home and other relevant locations

On my laptop, I have Windows 8 installed (on the internal solid state drive). I have another external hard drive with an installation of Ubuntu (with the EFI, /, /home, and swap partitions located on ...
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13.10 Install not picking up hard drive

Trying to install Ubuntu 13.10 on Dell Inspiration laptop but it isn't picking up the hard drive during the install process. If I Try rather than Install and open GParted it picks up the hard drive ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 on SSD (system) and HDD (data). Missing /grub/i386-pc/normal.mod

I've got a HDD (750 GB) and a SSD (16 GB). I want to install Ubuntu (13.10) on the SSD, but because of its small size, I need to install /home, /var and /tmp on the HDD. After that, I would like to ...
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how to install 13.04 on a partitioned hardrive

First, not a computer literate person, not even a novice- so please use small words. I recently made the switch to ubuntu, it came preloaded on my new laptop that I order from a big tech dot com ...
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Problems auto-mounting 2nd hard drive

Just did a fresh install of ubuntu 12.04 and decided to try something new. I have 1Tb internal hard drive that I use for storage. I found a guide to mounting it, and have followed it, here's my ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 won't reboot with additional hard drive attached

I have a fresh Dual Boot system (UEFI, Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.04). Ubuntu boots fine (from a SSD on SATA Port 3). However, once I connect a hard disk (to SATA Port 1), Ubuntu will boot only once ...
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unable to mount hard drives in /etc/fstab

I am following along in the docs for installing a new hard drive (the drives are formatted and have data, I'm trying to set up in /etc/fstab) I'm able to mount normally with sudo mount /dev/sdb1 ...
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Windows 8 BIOS - Boot Ubuntu from External HDD

My laptop came pre-loaded with Windows 8 64-bit (only storage device is a 128 GB SSD). Since it is my school laptop/I've heard creating a Linux partition alongside Windows 8 is not very wise I ...
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Ubuntu file/donwload/ssh server raid system help

Two hard drives failure in two months, finally I think I should have a file server with raid 5 to protect my data. this server is mainly keeping all my pics, personal video, backup documents and ...
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External hdd boot entries added to GRUB after upgrade to 13.10

Long story short, I was using my laptop's internal HDD as an external one on my desktop, and I forgot to remove it when I was upgrading to 13.10. Now GRUB on my desktop has added entries for the ...
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Ubuntu HDD clicks then shuts down

i've had this problem with 2 PC's. when i install ubuntu, after a couple a days, my hdd clicks and only the hdd shuts doun. ubuntu freezes and theres no option but to force restart it. after the ...
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Internal HDs that don't contain the OS aren't accessable unless I try to manually browse them

So I have 4 internal hard drives, one that contains the OS (Ubuntu 12.04), all ext4. After starting the computer up, and without having tried to access the drives (File manager, terminal etc) it seems ...
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Mac HDD Is Encrypted

I have the hard drive from a PowerMac G5, which was my old computer before it died and I upgraded to Ubuntu Studio. The hard drive its self still works well, but on Ubuntu I can't access most of ...
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Creating Volume Group on Root Partition

I am currently doing some Virtualisation lab works in which I need to run Virtual Machines on Xen hypervisor. I need to create Logical Volumes on Volume Groups. I can create a new Volume Group ...
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Can I Reinstall and Format An Encrypted Hard-drive?

In layman's terms, I'm essentially trying to do a reset on my computer. It's my secondary desktop, so I don't have anything important on it. But since I moved, I misplaced my passphrase for the disk ...
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“Startup Disk Creator” doesn't see my USB Hard Disk

I have used Startup Disk Creator several times before succesfully creating bootable usb pendrives from iso images. However, now I'm trying to do the same with a Western Digital external USB portable ...
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How to repair an external harddrive?

I would like to reformat my hard disk, and if possible recover the (somewhat unimportant) contents if possible. I have a Western Digital 1TB hard drive which had a NTFS partition. I unplugged the ...
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broken HDD with /var /tmp inside.

My 2TB hard disk is broken. /var, /tmp and swap partition were in this drive. I can start ubuntu but only in text mode and wih limits. How can I create /var and /tmp inside / partition? Now ...
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How can i install ubuntu on my ntfs hdd without formatting?

My hdd is just one partition in ntfs (500gb) and 430 gb is used by my photos/movies/music etc which i never will want to lose. Actually i installed ubuntu on a usb flash drive (using it right now) but ...
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How do I fix a corrupted harddrive after failed upgrade?

The problem originated when I was trying to fix this problem. Things went horribly, horribly wrong and I ended up with a new problem altogether. The last thing I did was run sudo apt-get install and ...
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Auto-Mount Hard drive -GUI [duplicate]

One of my start up application uses a 2nd hard drive. When I start my computer it always says that the files have gone missing, when in reality they hard drive is just not mounted. The mount point is ...
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Hdd temp is not showing in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy

I have installed the latest hddtemp 0.3-beta15.52 and lm-sensors 1:3.3.3 everything was fine in 13.04 Raring, but after upgrade hdd temp isn't showing. I'm using Hardware sensors indicator. I've tried ...
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Hard drive clicking on Z500 (13.10) [duplicate]

I have recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my laptop, which is a Lenovo Z500. Everything works nicely so far, but occasionally there is some hard drive clicking. I tried using the command: hdparm -B ...
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Error prompt on startup, and “Disk has a few bad sectors”

I am dual booting Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8. Earlier today, after restarting due to some input issues, I started getting the message upon selecting Ubuntu from GRUB, "errors were found while checking ...
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Can't access my hard drive [duplicate]

Error mounting /dev/sda4 at /media/sahil/Boot: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sda4" "/media/sahil/Boot"' exited with ...
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Cloning only used part of Ext4 partition

I have a 320GB HDD. 100GB holds /, out of which only 30GB is used, and rest holds /mnt. I am planning to buy a 64GB SSD. And I can only use one HDD at a time. How can I create an image of that 30GB ...
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how to check S.M.A.R.T., hdd performance etc, on VPS [closed]

There are a little bit problem. On local machine (own), all works fine, but, since I moved my projects to VPS (you know, internet all the time, electricy backups and so on), I notified, that a lot of ...
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Unable to mount Secondary Harddrive

My primary hard drive is a SSD and is boot essential drive. I have a 1.5 TB hard drive (HDD) in my computer which is partitioned: 440 GB for my Ubuntu as ext4. Today when I booted up I got an error. ...
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Partition problems : HDD seen twice

I am a litle to no experienced with linux, so please be kind :). I have a problem with all linux distributions.What i am trying to do is just install Ubuntu/Mint. Same problem on all. What exactly my ...
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How To clone harddisk for moving Ubuntu to a new machine?

I am moving my Ubuntu box to a new hardware and for that i must clone the entire harddisk to a new one. I have read about clonezilla and dd but i am unsure how to use them. I could also hook up both ...
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end_request i/o error, dev sdc sector xxxx - SSD crash?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 and it seems like my SSD is failing on me. After an arbitrary amount of time the disk just prints end_request i/o error, dev sdc sector xxx when I enter a command like ls or ...
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Ubuntu installation on external hard disk drive [duplicate]

My internal harddisk in my laptop got corrupted so I have removed. I loaded desktop ubuntu for testing from pendrive. Now i want to install to my external hard disk. It already has 650gb of data in ...
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Installing Ubuntu

I have an old computer and wanted to install Ubuntu 12.04.3. My problem is it won't even detect the Hard Drive to install the OS after the screen displays the Ubuntu install screen. I am new to Linux ...