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 booted win7 with 13.10 and seemingly I have lost the whole hard drive

I seriously need help ! I followed the instructions, and started to install Ubuntu 13.10 alongside win 7. In the middle of installation, there was an error saying some file can not be copied, after ...
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How to remove encryption from volume during installation

I'm currently in the process of installing Ubuntu Server 12.04 onto a fresh build. I have two 3TB hard drives that I'd like to run in software RAID 1, and was following this tutorial. During ...
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3 TB hard drive suddenly no longer recognized

My 3TB Western Digital WD30EXRX hard drive that used to work perfectly fine, is suddenly no longer being recognized properly. It isn't mounted automatically anymore, the file manager does not ...
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Installing Ubuntu on extra HDD

I've got three HDDs in my setup, with Win7-64bit running on my main one. Now I'd like to install Ubuntu on a secondary HDD and be able to choose between it and Windows at the boot screen (while ...
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How good is linux encrypted file system?

I am using xubuntu 12 . I just used palimpsest to encrypt my external harddisk and it seems cool. But I am wondering how easy it is for someone to crack my harddisk using any tools available. And one ...
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Unable to see my windows drives

blkid shows the following swethamadhu@MyPC:~$ sudo blkid /dev/sda1: LABEL="System Reserved" UUID="8E82D4C182D4AF49" TYPE="ntfs" /dev/sda2: LABEL="MyOS" UUID="9812314912312E1E" TYPE="ntfs" /dev/sda3: ...
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External hard drive disappears even during file operation

I have a Western Digital Green 2TB SATA disk in an ICY BOX IB-368STU3-B box connected via USB 3.0. At a certain moment, the disk is not available anymore (and the blue LED on the back of the box shut ...
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how do I mount a second hard drive?

My laptop has a 32GB SSD on which I've installed Ubuntu, and a 500GB HDD where I plan to store my files. When I try to download big files (like blu ray movies) it says it can't because my HDD is not ...
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Remove Ubuntu 12.04.4 from secondary drive

I am a novice and need help to solve the following. My computer. Intel i5-4440 processor, Intel DB85FL motherboard, Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-6 , 500 GB, primary disk with Ubuntu 13.10,64bit, ...
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Accelerometr in Lenovo Thinkpad E330

How can I enable active HDD protection on Lenovo TP Edge 13. Ubuntu 13.10 hdapsd says that there is no accelerometer, but in windows it worked! I tried to shake a laptop while it was reading hdd, but ...
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How can I list the hard drive and all its partitions including size from terminal?

I have Ubuntu server 12.04 installed with no GUI. I would like to list my hard drive and it's partitions along with how big each partition is using the command line.
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How do I get a complete list of files in my hard drive in a convenient format? [closed]

My hard drive is about to fail and I'm about to get a new one. Most of my files are not really personal and is mostly downloaded off from the internet. So as a countermeasure, I wanted to get a ...
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Disk failure, fsck not doing anything

Note: This started off as a question but while i was typing i tried different things and eventually got it working. I still wanted to post it in case it can help anyone else Problem: Crashed disk, ...
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hdparm - version that accepts non-ascii characters for ata passwords

I'm looking for a way of using hdparm to unlock my drive. Simple enough you would think once you have the password? Nope, the password, thanks dell, contain non-ascii characters. I have the password ...
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Couldn't see other drive on ubuntu

I have a desktop with two drives, an SSD and an HDD. I have installed ubuntu desktop 12.04 on SSD. However, when I login, I couldn't see HDD drive. What steps should I follow? How should I format HDD ...
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Cannot find hard drives after installing Ubuntu 13.10 [duplicate]

Okay, I am not a much experienced Linux user.Recently my Windows 7 went bad and I installed Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu 13.10 (a triple boot). This morning I thought that I should only keep one OS and ...
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How could I add a status bar that shows if it safe to remove my external hard drive?

Whenever I want to remove my hard drive I never know when I can safely remove it. How do I add a status bar that indicates when?
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unable to mount hdd from terminal

I currently have two hard drives installed on my computer: $ sudo lsblk -o NAME,FSTYPE,SIZE,MOUNTPOINT,LABEL NAME FSTYPE SIZE MOUNTPOINT LABEL sda 465.8G ├─sda1 ext4 10....
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Retrieve Data on hard drive

So my computer crashed and as of now I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04 on a USB. I'm using the try option because for some reason it won't let me do a full install. I researched and realized that ...
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Why do Disk utility and Gparted show different information for the same hdd(s)?

Gparted and Disks utility give me different sizes for my hard drive and its partitions. Is there a reason, for both programs, to list different information or is it an error? GParted & Terminal ...
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Scheduled Power On/Off of 2nd HDD

im using a ubuntu 13.10 Server. I want to switch off the 2nd HDD completely and only power it up once a week to back up the system+data from the 1st HDD. I know how to use crontab, but I dont know how ...
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Best way to achieve data redundancy and different sized hard disks

I have a 2TB and a 1.5 TB hard drive. My ultimate goal is that I have a partition of 1.5 TB which is mirrored to both disks, so that I won't lose data if one hard disk crashes. Of course I'd like to ...
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Image of Hard Drive for replication to laboratory computers

We have a laboratory of 100 systems where the same set of software is to be installed. Some of the systems may have different capacities of HDDs (i.e. 320 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB). I have the following ...
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How to install Ubuntu on Acer V5-122p computer

I have problems installing Ubuntu on my Acer V5-122p. Where can I find tutorials how to do this?
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I think about adding a second hard drive to my laptop

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 laptop and I want to replace the DVD drive with a 16GB SSD drive. Now I have just 2 partitions on my hard drive ( / and /home), after adding the SSD drive I want to use it ...
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cannot mount a hard drive

I have a second hard drive that has a partition for /home mounted on the first drive. yesterday, the booting failed because /home cannot be found. I run 'blkid' and see its uuid is gone. but when I ...
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What is the correct way to create partitions for both Windows and Linux on an Western Digital’s Advanced Format 1 TB Hard Drive?

What is the correct way to create partitions for both Windows and Linux on an Western Digital’s Advanced Format 1 TB Hard Drive? I want partitions to be like this: => Primary: 325 GB Windows 7 x64 ...
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Why does “scanning disks” always take 3 -4 hours?

Is there something wrong with my hard drive? I have tons of small files on my C drive in Windows. I shrunk that partition to make enough room for a new partition. It's taken me days just to get ...
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Double boot-up alongside Windows 8 and my hard-drives are not showing in windows [duplicate]

I've installed Ubuntu along with Windows 8. For that, I had to convert all of my hard drives from dynamic to basic. However, I did not face any problem in installing Ubuntu and it got successfully ...
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Repair more than 3500 bad blocks in 160 Gb samsung HDD using ubuntu 12.04

Recently I detected more than 3500 bad sectors on my samsung 160 Gb HDD. Is it possible to repair or ignore this amount of bad sectors using ubuntu 12.04? And what is the max. limit of bad sectors to ...
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Installing a 3TB storage hdd with dual boot Windows 7x64 and Ubuntu 12.04ltsX64

I am in the middle of a build and ran into a problem with the GPT format of a 3TB hdd. The build is: ASUS a55bm-e motherboard. AMD A10 processor black 7850 (I think). Seagate 1TB with Ubuntu and ...
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Data Recovery Problem

I'm new at Linux, so I promise no matter how simple the answer is, it will all be news to me. I've found a lot of questions online similar to mine, but I'm not having much luck with results. This ...
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Install Ubuntu OS on SSD and other files to HDD [duplicate]

I am building a new PC. I am planning on having both a SDD and HDD. I want to install the latest Ubuntu release to, and have the PC boot from and run the OS from, the SSD. I also want any files, ...
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Changing cpu from intel to amd

I currently have two computers using ubuntu, I want to switch the hard drives of the two so the one I use more has more space. My problem is one of my computers has a intel cpu and one has a amd CPU, ...
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Change or Assign a Drive Letter to an external hard drive (or any drive)

I have an external hard drive that I formatted with Ubuntu (using the Gnome Disk Utility aka Disks) as an NTFS file system. Most of my computers in the house run Linux but I have a house mate using ...
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S.M.A.R.T. test reports defect, can I re-initialise the drive?

On my server I have a 4 disk RAID-5 configuration. One of the drives fails the S.M.A.R.T. test. The array has not yet been declared as degraded but the disk shows up as needing replacement. I don't ...
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Resize Partitions on A Remote Server

I have two partitions, one is about 1.8TB (home) and the other is 20GB (root). I want this to be the other way round, 1.8TB (root) and 20GB (home). I've been reading for some time, but am struggling ...
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I/O error, dev sda, sector xxxxxxxxxx

Heading My machine has crashed couple of times this week. Ran smartmontools test and got this result: === START OF INFORMATION SECTION === Model Family: Fujitsu MJA BH Device Model: FUJITSU ...
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Hwo to change Harddrive Partition name [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 (dual os windows 7) Now I have total 2 hard drives. 1st is a system hard drive and having two partitions another is 1tb my work hard drive with no partition. My system ...
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Ownership of second internal hard drive

I can open nautilus file manager as root and tried various tutorials on this site but still having the same problem every time. I'm able to right click then select properties as root on my second ...
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Can't mount HFS+ drive, bad superblock?

My Macbook (Snow Leopard OS) was giving me the rainbow wheel of death so I tried booting into safe mode and repairing the disk, with no luck. So I decided to pull the drive out and plug it into my ...
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My computer is lagging and giving an I/O error

So, heres the deal, I got my CPU from a friend who works in robotics April 14th 2013, and now February 20th 2014, less than a year later, it has ceased to cooperate. I was playing Minecraft this ...
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Map my second hard drive to be SDA1

I recently switched hard drive and had a fresh install (13.10). I copied across the settings from some programs, including banshee and Transmission. On the old install, my primary HDD was SDA and the ...
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GNU ddrescue imaging results — 116 errors a lot?

A little background on this. It's an 256 GB SSD drive with Windows SP3 32-bit and it's encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption. The file system is corrupt and unreadable. I first ran Clonezilla to ...
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Unable to access External HDD in Ubuntu

I have bought a new laptop Lenevo G500 and installed Ubuntu 13.0, I have taken out my previous laptop's HDD and trying to access it by connecting to USB port, however it has detected only once and ...
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How to backup my system so that I can create an exact replica on another computer

I have a ubuntu 12 LTS and windows dual boot machine. My hard drive is going to fail soon and my machine has also become quite old now. I am buying a new computer soon. How can I restore my ubuntu ...
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Desktop hard drive won't spin down according to settings

I have a desktop machine with two SSDs, one each with Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.10, and one HDD which contains a single NTFS partition on which I throw big files. It actually only rarely gets used and ...
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Unable to recognize SATA Wire USB

This is the specific product I purchased at Best Buy: http://www.apricorn.com/products/not...ta-wire-3.html I bought it in the hopes of recovering files from a laptop who's screen was cracked. ...
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Remove grub from blank hdd [duplicate]

I was getting rid of linux on a spare hdd i have laying around and i asked a friend to remove it and he messed up and formatted the entirething without getting rid of grub. The drive isnt showing up ...
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Restore Failed : Failed with an unknown error

I am trying to restore my data to a new hard drive from my old hard drive. I created a backup on the old hard drive. When I restore it gives me the error "Restore Failed: Failed with an unknown error"....