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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Is it possible to have Windows 8 and Ubuntu on the same hard drive? [duplicate]

It's my understanding that you can't have two different filesystems (NTFS and ext4) on the same hard drive, but that's exactly what I need to do to run both operating systems on the laptop I've ...
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choose wrong option during install and lost partitions

i tried ubuntu 13.04 beta in my pc with live dvd. when i wanted to install ubuntu i choose to delete my windows wrongly!. i see the page that we must to select time location and here i realized my ...
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Cannot find remaining hard drive space after installing in a partition?

Complete Ubuntu newbie here. I'm installing Ubuntu 12.04 on an 11 year-old PC. Specs to my knowledge are: Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz RAM: 512 RAM Motherboard: Asrock P4VM800 Video ...
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Can I securely erase a hard drive by running `wipe` against `/dev/sdb`?

I was looking for a comparatively fast way to securely delete a hard drive I intend to sell and I found this in a German Ubuntu wiki: wipe -q -Q 1 -R /dev/zero -S r -r $PATH It said that according ...
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Windows filesystems on Ubuntu

I currently have 2 hard drives, 1 running my Windows OS and all my applications, and another for saving all my chunky media files. If I was to wipe my hard drive which holds Windows and install ...
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How to make it impossible to mount an ntfs partition?

I have this external HDD, which has two partitions: one ext4 and one ntfs. However, when I connect it to some devices, the ntfs-3g driver goes crazy and stays in a loop of ...
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Using Windows 7 to access files on a Ubuntu PC

I have a laptop that I'm currently using to dual boot Win 7 and Ubuntu 12.10. Works great... no problems with that part. I've recently been given a couple of old hand-me-down Dell PCs with moderately ...
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Using an SSD - things to consider? [closed]

I am considering to buy an SSD disk for my laptop. I know it's very fast, but i am concerned about its lifetime and data integrity. Can you please share your experience about using SSD in your ...
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how do I clear out log files and such [duplicate]

I have 9.5 GB of log files and would like to clear them from my system and keep that much stuff from being created, how do I do this? Here is the output from sudo du -sh /var/* ~/.xsession-errors: ...
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How do I stop this constant loss of free space?

I was running Ubuntu, as normal, when suddenly I got a dialog box that said I only had 1.2 GB of free space left. An hour before, I had 30 GB of free space. I deleted some stuff and brought the free ...
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how to rename partitions?

I'm new at Ubuntu; I installed Ubuntu 12.10 and the partitions appear like 30 GB volume and like 78EF-2C5E in task bar. I tried to rename it but rename and remove buttons are deactivated so I tried by ...
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secondary HDD problems with gnome

I have two HDDs running in my computer,however when I logon using GNOME,the drives do not appear unless I logout,log back in using the default ubuntu shell,open the drives,then logout and back in with ...
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Purging Vista from Ubuntu that's partitioned; mechanism and how to

Im a recent convert to Ubuntu. When I installed Ubuntu, I did it alongside of existing Vista. (Before that, a friend partitioned my HD to make room). Im so satisfied with Ubuntu that I'm getting rid ...
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Drive partition missing after installing ubuntu

Drive partition missing after installing ubuntu, looks like the partitions have merged together and files on the missing partition are not there. I have opted to use ubuntu instead of windows and i ...
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How to monitor disk activity?

How do I view my Disk Activity on Ubuntu? For example, How can I monitor what is being written and read from disk as well as the percentage of disk usage? I am looking for an application similar to ...
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Ubuntu 12.10, suddenly HD performing ultra slow for no aparent reason

On Ubuntu 12.10 AMD64. I have been using this computer with Ubuntu for a couple of years, and it has worked perfectly. This HD is just one year old. It is a 2TB HD. I have been using it mostly for ...
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Can Ubuntu be installed to a Portable Hard Drive?

Here is my question- Can I install Ubuntu of a partition of a portable hard drive? Hard drive in question is this one. I want to give it half the total size available and also want to know if the OS ...
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Shotwell: Storing part of library on external HDD

I am trying to sort out my Ubuntu photo workflow, and I wondered if anyone could offer some advice. I store my photo library on an external HDD, which is on my desk at home. I would like to be able ...
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Files disappearing from internal NTFS hard drive

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 with the Xubuntu Desktop package installed and am having problems with an internal NTFS hard drive. Entire directories seem to be emptied without warning or going to the waste ...
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How to create a LVM Partition/physical volume > 2TB

I was following this tutorial found here: How to set up multiple hard drives as one volume? Which was working out great however i have a 3TB drive and every time i create the partition (whether it be ...
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Formatting hard drive failed

I am fairly new to ubuntu, so please don bite my head off if I ask a stupid question. Anyway, I tried formatting one of my hard drives using the gnome disks tool, and that returned an error. Error ...
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How to create partition without formatting drive?

I am have some doubts in partition my external drive. I am have external drive of capacity 2TB formatted in NTFS . 1.5 TB is used in hard drive. I want to create one partition of 200 GB in FAT . But I ...
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How to automount usb external hardisks in ubuntu server 12.04?

How can I automount USB HDs ? I installed usbmount but seems not working. Here below a few details: sudo fdisk -lu: Disk /dev/sda: 20.4 GB, 20416757760 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2482 ...
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Moving Kubuntu from hdd to ssd

I bought a new SSD to install it in my HTPC. Before, I had an HDD with Kubuntu. I would need to copy the files from the / partition from HDD to SSD. To do this, I booted from the Kubuntu livecd, ...
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Can't enlarge swap drive

Running Ubuntu 12.04 on a Toshiba Netbook. Netbook has like .8 gigs of Ram so I'm trying to offset the crappy ram amount with a larger swap drive. Tried to do it from a pretty detailed tutorial, was ...
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Booting randomly changes device nodes of HDDs, problem with munin

I have an Ubuntu Server running 12.10 with an internal (Mainboard) SATA controller and an additional PCIe SATA controller and also external USB HDDs. My problem is that the links to the devices ...
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Error message: unable to mount location Ubuntu 12.10

When trying to open the internal hard drive, the error message: unable to mount location, can't mount file appears. Note: Ubuntu was installed over windows
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I can't find my hard drive to make a backup of it

2 weeks ago my computer stopped working. I thought it wasn't going to work anymore but I heard about ubuntu and I burned it in a DVD and try to restore or "backup" all my files and my information ...
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How to restore files from unusable Ubuntu?

My Ubuntu installation got messed up because of an upgrade (on archive manager - which is definitely my fault). Every time I boot my laptop, after logging in, its background is blue with plain and ...
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CLI mounting vs. GUI mounting

On Ubuntu 12.10, when I want to mount a hard drive, I can just click on the unmounted drive and everything works fine (by mounting to /media/username/partitionlabel). Basically, I would like to do ...
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Disk check on booting - 12.10 [duplicate]

Every time i boot my device it's running check disk on disk errors. I just correctly shutdown or reboot my device but it still runs check disk every time. Sometimes when itś done it freezes at a ...
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disk failure is imminent

ok, i have one question, i got an error that my disk failure is imminent, i tryed everything possible to recover it but not success. then i completelly removed my ubuntu 12.04 by installing windows xp ...
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Ubuntu suspended - external harddrive no longer powers?

I recently got a new laptop and I've just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it. I went to transfer files over from my old laptop using my external hard drive and closed the lid when I went away, forgetting I ...
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Can't boot into windows?

I installed Ubuntu on a second hard drive inside the computer by booting with the CD. I now want to switch back to my main hard drive but I don't know how. When I unplug the Linux HD it goes into ...
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Does “No such device”->grub rescue on on an established system herald a catastrophic event?

I've already found plenty of threads on "no such device" and grub rescue on AskUbuntu, but I'm wondering what this signifies if it happens not on a fresh install, but on a computer that has been ...
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Removing Windows [duplicate]

I've been running Precise and XP in a dual-boot on my laptop for several months now. I'd like to pull the plug on XP and reclaim that wasted NTFS space. What's the easiest way to do that?
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How can I uninstall Ubuntu in order to install Windows 7? [duplicate]

I can't work out how to do it. When I try to use my Windows installation disk, it won't even show a setup menu. I installed Ubuntu via a USB stick, and it is the only OS on my hard drive.
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How to let ubuntu ignore a internal hard-drive when start up?

I am dual-booting Ubuntu(12.10) and Windows on different hard drives in my laptop. For battery life and noise issue, it is possible for me to ignore the Windows drive and prevent it from being ...
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ubuntu won't boot

So my configuration is such that my windows 7 is installed on a msata ssd drive and I am trying to install ubuntu on my regular sata hdd. Overall the windows installer copies the files but ubuntu ...
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Copy speeds drop down all the time?

I use Ubuntu 12.04. I have a good PC , a Dell XPS, with 8 GB of memory and a 1TB HDD and an i5 processor. When I copy files internally (to and from the internal HDD), nautilus initially shows speeds ...
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Linux swap partition created accidentally [duplicate]

While going through one of the tutorials for installing ubuntu I accidentally created a linux swap for drive D and was unable to undo the change. Now my drive does not appear in MyComputer but it ...
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Running ubuntu from LIveCD with no harddisk [duplicate]

can i boot Linus from LiveCD into a copmuter system where computer system doesnot have a physical hard drive.
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killed windows, trying to recover data through ubuntu

windows got corrupted during a update, i am trying to access the data on the HDD to back it up to restore windows. the HDD is mounted already, but when i try and acces the HDD, it does not show any ...
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Will Ubuntu spin down harddrives in an RAID 10 array?

I'm about to buy parts for a new home server and I'm planning on using Ubuntu(perhaps 12.04 LTS) For the OS, I'll use an SSD. For cold storage(big files, rarely accessed), I'm planning on setting up ...
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Disk Utility changes bad sector counts

I have been monitoring my HDD for a while now and noticed the following related to the amount of Bad sectors shown in the Disk app: 7 Months Ago - Brand new, sparky, Beam me up Scotty! 3 Months Ago - ...
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I have 4029 bad sectors. Should I worry?

My SATA drive is from 2009 and has been under some circumstances where it's not "Pleasant" for the drive, such as blackouts (lots of them). On Ubuntu 12.04 SMART reported 4029 bad sectors. I often do ...
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Determining size of the partition when using Ubuntu Installer

I would like to install Ubuntu 12.04 alongside with Windows 7 using the Ubuntu installer, following the official guide. I first chose "Install Ubuntu", then "Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7", but ...
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How can i save files on my hard drive

as i am new on ubuntu operating system. how can i save my files , music , photos , doc , ect. on my hard drive i got two partition each 300GB. and filesystem. when i open the partition i found in it ...
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How should I troubleshoot this weird SSD issue?

I'm having a confusing issue with my SSD. I will describe some of the symptoms. Randomly the GUI will crash. The launcher and panel disappear, programs won't launch and eventually everything blanks ...
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how to network in ubuntu client on windows host?

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed on my windows7 on Vbox. Is it possible to access disks and folders from the windows host like system C drive or D drive? Or maybe networking between both machines to ...