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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Can't install ubuntu onto brand new hard drive

I recently replaced the hard drive of my Samsung n102 netbook with a brand new hard drive. I can't get the computer to read the ubuntu 12.10 install disc at all. It says "OS not found" despite me ...
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disk will not mount

I get the folowing error when I try to mount a drive: Error mounting /dev/sda1 at /media/ubuntu/f2bebb2d-d57d-4c75-b719-cda5a73d8531: Command-line `mount -t "ext4" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid" ...
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How can I format a hard drive in Ubuntu to use it as storage?

I have an extra internal hard drive that I just want to use for storage. I want it to work with Windows (7) and Ubuntu. How could I just format it to have no operating system and just be used as ...
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How to load HDD lazily?

I have a laptop with an SSD and an HDD. I tend to use the SSD only. On Windows 8 when I don't use the HDD for a few minutes, it goes idle and the laptop is completely silent, because SSD makes no ...
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ubuntu 12.04 does not always boot at the first time

I have a recurring problem: my Ubuntu 12.4 does not always boots at once. I often get a message on a black screen, saying "Media test failure, check cable" (it is not only this what's on the screen), ...
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1 suspicious file with size 140TB?

SOLVED please see the bottom answer for my solution After I use GParted to fix my partition(GParted ran well but my laptop shutt down because it ran out battery power and didn't finish the process ...
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What are the consequences laptop running out power while GParted is running?

I was fixing my partition with GParted and it seemed to work well. But, my laptop suddenly ran out of power and I didn't realize it, then it turned off while GParted was still running which was at ...
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How can GParted be used to fix “partition does not start on physical sector boundary problem”? [duplicate]

UPDATED I tried to learn GParted and use it with all the risks -_- and I think that I found a solution, but I still have problem, please read my question below this is from terminal after I move ...
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Can I install ubuntu to a partition on my portable hard drive?

Ok I've got a live USB which I can load the ubuntu 12.10 installer from so that's no problem. I am very cautious about losing files and I don't have much space on my computer anyway so I am going to ...
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How do I mount a USB hard drive to an arbitrary mount point?

I just upgraded my system with an SSD from a hard drive. Loads faster. But, I left all of my large media files on my hard drive. Currently, I have a SATA optical bay caddy on order, but in the ...
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Will i get a Multiple OS boot choice after installing Ubuntu with Windows 7?

I have Windows 7 operating off an HDD and am going to install Ubuntu on to another seperate HDD. How will I determine the boot options? through Bios by the HDD each time I start, or is there a bit ...
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Command line not working?

So, I just installed Ubuntu on my Macbook pro (dual-boot) and I noticed that I couldn't see my other Hard Drive (I partitioned ~40gb just for Ubuntu, but I obviously don't want to install programs on ...
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How can I connect to all drives automatically when I log in?

The download folder in my Google Chrome is a folder in another drive (partition). But when I log in, the folder cannot be opened through chrome unless I open the drive manually (with nautilus or ...
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How to use GParted for drivers with data

I would like to install Ubuntu on my 640 GB external hard drive.But about 100 gb of its capacity was already used. I heard there is a program called Gparted so I can creat some partition for Ubuntu ...
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Unable to Use External Hard Drive (NTFS Formatted)

I installed Lubuntu 12.10 earlier today on an old machine I have lying around. I've never really used this variation of Ubuntu before and was hoping I could get some (straightforward) steps on how to ...
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I'm dual booting win7 and ubuntu12.10 and ubuntu thinks there's no space on the hard drive

I'm dual booting win7 home premium and ubuntu 12.10 32bit (the machine is 64bit, Intel Celeron), and if I check the C:\ drive with win7, it shows about 90 gb remaining. I'm new to ubuntu, and ...
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Not enough space on hard drive for tf2

I'm fairly new to Linux and Ubuntu, and I recently wanted to install TF2 on Ubuntu. When I tried to install it through Steam it said TF2 was about 11GB and I there was only 2GB available so I couldn't ...
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My hard disk converted from ntfs tp raw. Can it be recovered in Ubuntu?

in my internal hard disk suddenly this message appeared at boot (A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart ) in windows 7 I have connected it as external hd to another laptop . ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 /Windows7 dual boot with ssd and hdd - partitioning & setup

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit and Win7 64 bit in dual boot. In few days I'm planing to use SSD 128GB and my current 500GB HDD to dual boot and have no idea how to set this up. There's lot of ...
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Can I force grub2-update NOT to use uuid?

I am experiencing install hell trying to add an installation of Ubuntu 12.10 and Scientific Linux 6.3 to an old machine (BIOS not EFI) with Debian Squeeze and Linux Mint 10. The installs seem to go OK ...
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installing ubuntu with full disk encryption including encrpyted boot on i-USB Pendrive ii-A regular HDD

Hi how to install Ubuntu 12.04+ with full disk encryption including encrypted boot partition : a- to a USB drive ie. 16GB or 32GB b- to a HDD
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Assessment is “failing” under id 5, Reallocated Sector Count, whose value comes out to be 561 sectors

I repeatedly receive a message from Disk Utility on screen, which says "A Hard Disk is reporting health problems." On clicking the Examine button, I am taken towards a window,which says Disk failure ...
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detecting corrupted files in ubuntu

I had windows7 on my HDD. When I tried to start my laptop it hangs at a blue screen after the starting windows screen. I then tried to reinstall windows with CD but the installation hangs too. ...
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Why won't Ubuntu use the memory I have left on my PC?

I recently installed Ubuntu on my PC. When I tried installing a Valve game on Ubuntu, it said that I only have 2000 megabytes of memory left on my PC. When I switched back to Windows 7, it said that ...
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Why do I get “exceeds msdos-partition-table-imposed maximum”?

This most recent attempt at installing stops at the installation type screen where I inform it to dualboot with my Windows 7 64 bit OS. When I clicked install now, I receive an error stating: ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.10 with Virtualbox -> Not enough storage

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 with Virtualbox. I allowed 20GB of space for the virtual computer and when I tried to install it, it said that I don't have enough space, which I have over 100GB. ...
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If I try Ubuntu on a portable hard drive, will the HDD function as normal afterwards?

I want to temporarily try Ubuntu. I want to run it from my USB portable hard drive (formatted as NTFS), mess around for a little, install some stuff, shutdown and remove it. However, after following ...
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Windows dual boot access to other hard drives

I have a custom built PC with several internal HDDs running Win8. I would like to install Ubuntu alongside Windows on a second partition on the C:. Am I right in assuming I should be able to leave the ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 on portable hard drive and still use it for storing files?

I have seen that you can install Ubuntu on a portable hard drive, but I am asking myself this question: will I be able to keep using the hard drive for personal data storage even after the install. If ...
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Copy files from one home directory to another

I've upgraded my laptop with a new ssd and installed Ubuntu 64bit version on it. On the old hard drive, several operating systems are installed among others my old Ubuntu 32bit Installation. Now I ...
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Get files from disk on Ubuntu livecd?

I have a messed up hard drive that, when I boot it, just drops to initramfs. I am a newbie to ubuntu, and I think the hard drive is failing. Is there any way to "take my files and run", per say? Like, ...
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Is possible to back up files to two different hard disks at the same time?

Is there any way using the luckyBackup application to backup the same directories and files to two different USB hard disks in the same task, instead of adding two different tasks? It will speed up a ...
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can i recover my windows xp files after ubuntu install?

i installed ubuntu 10.04 on windows xp sp3, it used all the space in the of 320 gb in the hard drive. I had 200 gb data on hard disk on this hard disk under windows xp. is it all lost? can i get it ...
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Size of / partition? [duplicate]

So, I decided I really need a seperate /home, since I never upgrade Ubuntu and always do a clean install etc, and I'm getting to a point where my data is becoming WAY too large for simple backups. ...
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Small harddrive for Ubuntu, Large harddrive for Music, Video, Pictures etc?

I have a small SSD for running the operating system (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, it used to windows but recently made the switch!). I then use another large harddrive for storing all my data (I call it "11111", ...
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How to Fix all kind of Harddisk Errors?

How can I fix all kind of Harddisk errors ? Because I have a Ubuntu PC and I want to install one more separate flavour of Ubuntu for testing purpose but its keeping giving me an error like file system ...
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How do I fix an Input/Output error using dd?

Hi i'm Trying fixing my Windows 7 system with a broken harddrive, but it's still running. I'm trying copy all data to a new drive to reinstall Windows 7. Drive called SQSERVICE. I can't copy at all ...
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How to fix SMART Hard Disk Error (301)?

Today when I opened my laptop, it displays the message smart hard disk error 301 and it tells me to run diagnostic test and gives me options on what to do. But the problem is that it passes the quick ...
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how can i partition the HDD in ubuntu 12.10 64bit ? - only have ubuntu as OS on notebook

i got a new notebook dell n4050 with os ubuntu 10.10 and i upgrade it to 12.10 64bit , I have only ubuntu 12.10 64bit on my notebook , HDD space is 320 GB , when i log into os , i found ...
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Can I install Ubuntu without installation media?

I was curious what the best way to install Ubuntu would be in my current situation. I have second HDD, completely clean. I want to install Ubuntu but I don't have a disk to burn to or a USB flash ...
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Can't access internal drive

New to ubuntu (just 5 hours) and these forums, so hello :) Here's a summary of what happened. Had windows xp installed this morning, thought I'd give ubuntu a whirl since I was planning on using it ...
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How do I install and use flashcache/bcache to cache HDD to SSD?

I want to know if there is anyone who has tried installing and running their kernel built with flashcache or bcache for SSD caching? How did you manage to do it?
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NTFS vs EXT4 behavior on a HDD with a bad block

Anyone have a guess as to why a HDD, formatted to EXT3, failed showing a bad block, and when wiped and reformatted (just to test) gave errors in gparted for every file type except NTFS? The drive ...
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How can I find out the current drive spin-down time?

I'm interested in manually adjusting my hard drives' spin-down times with hdparm -S to make them quieter at night. The first thing I need to know is what their current spin-down times are, to use as a ...
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How does a device get mounted via the Unity Launcher

When I click on a hard drive in the launcher, how does it know what parameters to apply to the mounted unit since the device is not shown or added in /etc/fstab. How can I add additional parameters to ...
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How to lower the HDD temperature

I have 4 hard disk drives that have temperatures which go beyond the recommended 50 degrees (Celsius). (I have several Samsung Spinpoint F3 which are 1Tb each and they do have good temps, between 32 ...
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How can I fix my NTFS partition after shrinking in Windows?

In attempting to shrink my NTFS drive to a smaller size, so I can dual boot my currnet Windows 7 with a brand new Ubuntu 12.10 (didn't want to use Wubi), I've somehow managed to stuff up the drive and ...
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How can I boot a live system from a hard disk and then install to the same drive?

I need to install Lubuntu on to a hard drive that has no other means of installation other than the hard drive itself (USB, CD, Net, none of those are available on this system). What I have already ...
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/can you install ubuntu to hdd but it runs completely from ram while hdd is not spinning?

my main purpose is to be able to install ubuntu to the hard disc so that my settings and everything are saved but i want it to load itself to my ram for faster operation and better battery life while ...
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Graphic driver problem in VirtualBox with Ubuntu 12.10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix “The system is running in low-graphics mode” error? The system is running in low-graphics mode error in “Virtualbox” I have been running Ubuntu perfectly in ...