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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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 ...
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Can't read/write on Hard Disk

I recently installed two hard disks into my system, I formatted them as ext4, but I can't read/write them! The properties show that the owner is "root". I named the hard disks "Hard Disk 1" and ...
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Windows 7 Computer won't boot after Ubuntu dualboot installation

I have a Windows 7 32-bit laptop on which I installed Ubuntu alongside Win7. At first the problem was that it would boot directly into Windows without a boot menu as if Ubuntu didn't exist. I ...
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Will ubuntu erase all my harddisks upon installation

I have 2 harddrives, 2 SSD's stripped and 1 HDD (got it configurerd with windows when I bought this laptop). I want to install my Ubuntu on my SSD's RAID where currently Windows is installed. But when ...
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Installing Ubuntu 13.04 (64-bit) virtual machine with Vagrant on OS X provides only 4 Gb disk space

I used the Vagrant image for Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit from http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/vagrant/raring/current/raring-server-cloudimg-amd64-vagrant-disk1.box to create a new virtual machine on my ...
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Can't access unallocated old internal HDD on Ubuntu 12.04

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 at new HDD. And now want to move my work files from old hard drive to new. I caught some trouble with this, I can't access this disk now. But all was correct during ...
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Custom partition on window 7 and ubuntu

This question is related to many question but answer was not satisfying, hence posting new one. I have 500GB HDD with 8GB ram along I5 processor in laptop[battery friendly install].I have following ...
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Error while installing ubuntu 12.04.3 from usb drive. Now harddrive is undetectable, how can this be fixed? [closed]

The error occurred approximately 90% through the installation bar while installing from liveusb and was not specified by any particular error code, just a popup suggesting harddrive troubles and ...
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Ubuntu can't see my second Hard Disk

I am a new Ubuntu (and Linux) user, this is my first attempt. I have a somewhat old Acer Intel Core2 Duo 2.20 GHzx2 with 3 GB RAM, I have two Hard Disks installed on it, its original 80 GB (SATA) Hard ...
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Why does Ubuntu not lock ATA-Password protected disc on reboot?

I am on a Acer Timeline X 4830TG Laptop. Currently using Ubuntu 13.04. I do use 2 HDDs instead of the DVD-ROM drive. I can set ATA passwords within bios for both drives (which I have done). If I ...
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I can't install Ubuntu. Problems with my hard drive

I have a lap top HP pavilion dv6. The Windows 7 partition is of 443 GB, and I have 120 GB of free space there. I want to reduce the size of that partition so I can create a new partition of 60GB for ...
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Put swap on SSD or HDD?

New installation coming up. 120gb SSD for OS and HOME and 1tb HDD for storage. 16gb of ram which means 16gb of swap if I recall correctly. SSD space is too valuable for a swap partition right? If my ...
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What went wrong with this partition mount?

Error mounting /dev/sda2 at /run/media/Juno/Two: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sda2" "/run/media/aunshi/Two"' exited ...
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Mounting disk drives among different users

I had this idea about mounting disk drives among different users. I would create a folder called say /media/diskXYZ . Then I would make a softlink from /media/user1/diskXYZ to /media/diskXYZ , and ...
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Merge Ubuntu and Windows partitions

On my computer there are Windows and Ubuntu (the hard drive is divided). Can I delete Windows and connect it hard disk space join Ubuntu? If "yes" => how?
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Moving encrypted home folder to a new hard drive

Recently I bought a new hard drive. I'd like to turn this hard drive into the /home. During original install I set my home directory up as encrypted. At this point I dont know how to move the home ...
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HDD Problems with superblocks

Hello everyone and thanks for your help in advance I bought a new laptop and after moving the home folder successfully I wanted to delete all the partitions from my old one, overwrite everything with ...
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Why is my “sudo fdisk -l” output so messy?

How do I fix this and is it even a problem. sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * ...
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How do I fix a mount that is now failing

One of my drives that used to mount, no longer mounts and if possible, I would like to get my data from the drive as that is where my java projects and other things are. My current /etc/fstab looks ...
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Installing Ubuntu on new HDD, replacing it with old HDD running Windows

My question is related to: Direct install of Ubuntu into new HDD I have a Laptop with Windows 8. I would like to replace the HDD with a new one and install Ubuntu on it. My question is if I late ...
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How to Use Hard Disk As RAM Like In WIndows?

There is an easy way to use Hard Disk as RAM in Windows machines. Is there a way to use Hard Disk as RAM in Ubuntu ?
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Any Mechanical Drive Tweaks?

Noticed a couple of SSD-specific tweaks like putting log files to tmpfs, discard and noatime, etc. Was curious if such tweaks would also work on mechanical drives or be advisable? I noticed a little ...
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How to partition Hard drive on ubuntu

Dear fellows I am new to ubuntu.. I don't know how to partition my hard drive like it is on windows.. please guide me the whole procedure to solve this issue.. I will be thankful to you.
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Is there an fsck command for checking the entire HDD?

This is probably a duplicate, but then please just link the post that answer my question. Fsck seems to check partitions and file system, but is there a way to use a live CD, unmount (well, I guess ...
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How to install Xubuntu from a hard drive instead of a DVD or a USB stick? [duplicate]

I have an old computer and I want to install Xubuntu 13.04 on it. The problem is it has no DVD drive (only a CD one) and it won't boot from a USB stick (it boots from the CD-ROM and/or the HDD only). ...
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Trying to do dual boot install: The test of the file system with type ext4 in partition #1 of SCSI2 (0, 0, 0) found uncorrected errors

My Ubuntu computer crashed recently, and I did recover the important things and put them on a USB drive, but I'd still rather not wipe everything off my computer, so I thought I'd do a dual ...
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Non-persistant user sessions with hard disk

Live CD/USB users often ask how they can have persistent changes but I'm after the reverse - I am building a minimal thin client using a hard disk and want it to act live a live CD, where all changes ...
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ERROR: The ext4 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSI 1 0,0,0 sda failed

I keep getting the error message "The ext4 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSI 1 0,0,0 sda failed" when trying to install from a USB flash drive. My hard drive is brand new and is totally ...
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/, /home and swap partition sizes when using multiple drives [duplicate]

I'm about to install Ubuntu 13.04 on my computer and I'm wondering how big each partition should be. I read that the swap area should be twice the size of your install RAM and I figured /home should ...
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Swap partitioned drive not able to access

I am new to Ubuntu however I installed it on drive (D) as my other partition (C) has Windows installed. I had selected a partition (F) for swap area while installing. Now I have un-installed ...
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Does Swap Space Use Real RAM To Keep It On?

I would like to know if having swap space, uses RAM/Memory to keep the swap space 'active', even though the swap space is virtual RAM.
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Is there an application/way to fix or confine bad sectors with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

My hardisk has 1880 bad sectors and I am beginning to realize that it about to fail. Is there a way using my Ubuntu OS to fix or at least partition off the part of my HD where most of these sectors ...
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Acer Aspire V5-131 hard disk clicking

I bought a machine Acer Aspire v5-131 Intel Celeron 1017U. Everything is working great, found quickly how to fix not working brightness regulation. But was unable to solve hard disk clicking problem ...
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Ardour will not continue to record.

I just recently bought a laptop. It has 5.2 GB of RAM and 624.2 GB on the hard drive. However, after only a few minutes of playing into my MIDI keyboard I get an error message saying that "This disk ...
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Hard drive indicator is slightly flashing all the time

My laptop's hard drive indicator is slightly flashing, even when idle. How do I figure out which process is causing the hard drive activity and stop it? I believe there shouldn't be any hard drive ...
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Problem with Time & Date [duplicate]

I have two hard disks in my PC (160 GB & 80 GB). The 160 GB hard disk has Ubuntu 12.04 installed in it while the 80 GB hard disk has Windows XP. I added the 80 GB hard disk just a few days ago, ...
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SMART support is available but goes back to Disabled on restart

I've smartmontools installed on my ubuntu server. HDD is smart capable: sudo smartctl -i /dev/sda === START OF INFORMATION SECTION === Model Family: Western Digital Scorpio Blue Serial ATA ...
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Grub rescue even with no hard drive in the pc

i installed ubuntu to give it a try i decided i wanted my windows back and got the typical grub problem... now i decided to just remove the hdd with it on and install windows to a seperate hdd... i ...
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What's the best way to backup files?

I have a lot of personal files, which I'd like to backup, however I don't want to just copy & paste all the time from one drive to another. Is there a better way of doing this? I have been told ...
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How can I setup RAID0 on two drives?

I have two 3TB drives that I want to RAID0. I have important files that I want backed up, and I believe that I'm after RAID0. If that's not correct please don't hesitate to advise me otherwise. I ...
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Mount raid volume command line

I have a 3TB raid, which was made originally with OPEN MEDIA VAULT, a media server. I have recently uninstalled OPEN MEDIA VAULT from the server and installed ubuntu 13.10. The only problem I'm ...
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How to reset SMART results

How can I reset the SMART results so it does not register previous results. My reason is that I was testing the hard drives closed together on a closed case. This made one of the HDD fail the Airflow ...
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Cannot create folder and file on external drive (Xfce, Thunar) after change of mount point

I wanted to have an ntfs partition mounted at startup, so I used this solution to mount it automatically. (Using a program to set the automatic mounting: "Storage Device Manager" - pysdm.) At a ...
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ATA failure on a RAID5 array

I've been getting some RAID5 failures for some time when under heavy load. I've always been able to force reassemble the array after a reboot, and the Event count between the dropped disks and the ...
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Move home folder back on to SSD

My current setup at the moment is I have my system partition on my SSD, and my home folder on a 320GB HDD. The HDD is unfortunately beginning to die with a couple bad sectors coming up, so I'd like to ...
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Can't boot windows partition

What I have? 500gb harddrive - 500gb for Windows 1000gb harddrive - 500gb for Ubuntu - 500gb for Extra Storage Problem Description I am unable to boot my computer except by USB at the moment. So I ...
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Installation process

I want to install ubuntu 12.04 in hdd ,there is no other Operating System available in my hard disk.So will U please tell me ,the complete process that how to make partition in the hard disk.... The ...
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Corrupted super block

Ok, so this is driving me nuts. I had to hard reboot my machine and now I have superblock issues on my boot disk. I have a Lenovo u310, which comes with two drives, a little ssd, and another 500GB. ...