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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Best practice to upgrade HDD to SSD

I have recently purchased a 120GB SSD to install in my desktop. I currently have two 2TB HDDs connected via SATA and an older 500GB HDD connected via PATA. My plan is to wait until 12.04 is released ...
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Cannot create new folders - Ubuntu on VirtualBox

I've just installed Ubuntu using VirtualBox on Windows 7, and everything went fine. I'm trying to add new folders using the default file manager Nautilus, but: Create New Folder is disabled in ...
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'Unable to mount Filesystem' Error

Trying to extract data from a 'bricked' Western Digital MyBook Live 2tb drive. I came across a forum that advised to use Ubuntu (booted from a CD) on my Macbook. Managed to download and create a ...
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Is there a graphical (GUI) front end for hdparm?

Is there a graphical (GUI) front end for hdparm to configure spin down for my hard drives in Ubuntu 11.10?
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Help me!! Extract partition table GPT

English is not my native language, so I apologize. I want to remove the partition table from my hard drive /dev/sdb and then put it on my disk /dev/sda, but when running the following command: sudo ...
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Can I use a USB drive to extend the hard drive space?

I need more space on my hard drive and I have an unused 8gb USB stick. How can I use that as an extra hard drive?
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How to “add” space to a partitioned hard drive that has windows and Ubuntu

I am post-installation. I have Windows 7 and the newest version of Ubuntu. I am obviously an amateur because I screwed up on the partition for the hard drive during installation. Now, obviously, ...
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Installing windows on a seperate hard drive (after Ubuntu 11.10)

I have an g73jh laptop. Recently I DBan'd the whole laptop and installed Ubuntu 11.10 (on my first HDD, leaving the second one unallocated). Very happy with it, yet still need some stuff from windows. ...
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Twice the amount of drives show up when setting up a RAID array

I am trying to set up an array, with ubuntu. I have hooked up an array containing 12 drives of 1TB, but when I run the following command, it returns 24 - 1TB drives. What's causing this, and ...
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How do I fix up my partitions

I just bought a acer aspire laptop. I wanted to install Ubuntu and dual boot with Windows 7. When i tried to do this, I accidentally deleted my windows partition altogether. I got the recover disks ...
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Can ubuntu 11.10 be installed on a 1T hard drive? [closed]

I tried to install Ubuntu 11.10 on a Gateway machine and an Acer machine. In each case, I tried the same 1T hard drive. However, after the install, neither the Gateway nor the Acer would boot up to ...
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Change hdd's uuid

I did a small research before making the question,but I couldn't find an answer.My question is how can I change the uuid (universally unique identifier) of a hard drive disk.I am asking this because ...
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Windows on SSD; Ubuntu on HDD

In my System I have a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. I have Windows 7 installed on the SSD and I partitioned the HDD in 2 Partitions on for Windows programs and files. And one for Ubuntu. But after I ...
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Can I use dd to verify unpartitioned disk surface?

The thing is, I bought a laptop and after 6 days of HDD uptime, the SMART reports "449 reallocated sectors" already. With number slowly, but constantly climbing. My HD is 320GB in size, with only ...
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How do I access an external hard drive plugged into my router?

I am running Ubuntu 11.10 and I own a Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router with a USB port built into it. Naturally, the router came with instructions on how to mount and view this drive with both ...
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Ubuntu says that filesystem is read only when trying to use sudo or su

I am currently using Ubuntu 11.10. My HDD has been frequently used for more than 5 years now. When I try to use the sudo command, or execute a command as root, I receive a message stating that the ...
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What should the total space be for 4 3TB Drives in RAID10 configuration?

I just configured 4 3TB drives in a RAID-10 configuration but the total disk space in the RAID is 4TB. I used the following guide to setup the RAID-10, RAID-10 Intall. Shouldn't the size if the ...
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How can I check how much space there is left on WUBI versus how much space it takes on my HDD?

Using 11.10 for the record. It would be easiest to do it on the Terminal.
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Will long-term use of ubuntu via wubi harm my PC?

I do see a part of my question being discussed already. The specific answer I'm looking for is, will LONG-TERM use of Ubuntu via Wubi harm my PC (i.e cause irrevocable h/w failure or damage my ...
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Not recognizing partitioned hard-drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Accessing Windows partition inside Wubi Right, here's the situation. I'm experimenting for the first time, so please bear with me. Google has shown no such solutions. ...
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SSD not found during installation

While i was trying to install ubuntu to my hard drive (which is an ssd, maybe 2 years old) and it just can't seem to locate the drive as if it doesn't exist. I've tried rebooting multiple times, ...
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Mounting Second Hard Drive in Ubuntu 11.10

I've been trying to mount a second hard drive into Ubuntu. I've been following this guide and a few others that are essentially the same. Everything's going fine until I try to add a file or folder to ...
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HELP! Booting Ubuntu off Portable HDD, lots of issues with GRUB

I am new to Linux. I recently installed Ubuntu Desktop 11.10 onto my portable hard drive. Much to my surprise, it installed half of GRUB to the PC, and half to the PHDD. The PC does not belong to me. ...
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What is the best way to check (and repair) hard drive for bad sectors?

I used the following utilities to check my ext4 partitions: fsck badblocks Google and SO also suggest smartctl. I'm just wondering what are the differences between all those tools and which one is ...
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How can I know the number of bad sectors on my hard drive?

I know how to to check / repair my hard drive but I don't know a way how to see the number of bad sectors on my hard drive. P.S. It looks like my hard drive will die soon :-(
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Cannot format 500GB USB HD: cannot create partition table

When I use disk utility I get the following error: Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error gparted also cannot create ...
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Partition is misaligned by 3072 bytes… Pavilion DV7-6199US

I bought a new HP Pavilion DV7-6199US. In the past on all my computers I have always used Ubuntu primarily and I keep a version of Windows in case I need something that I can't do easily in Linux. I ...
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Installing SATA 1TB 8MB Seagate ST1000LM024 5400rpm

I'm installing Ubuntu 11.10 on "Seagate ST1000LM024 5400rpm" which is "1T HDD/8G SSD" disk. Do I need to do something to use features of hybrid HDD/SSD? If this disk doesn't support Ubuntu or the ...
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Cannot open my external hard drive anymore

I was using it to back up two laptops: an IBM ThinkPad running Xubuntu 11.10 with a Qimo session, and an LG R200 running Ubuntu 11.10. I had previously backed-up both computers, several times using ...
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How to partition for dual-boot Linux/Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 I just got a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed and the 750GB HDD already partitioned three ways (OS, Data, ...
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How to know when a drive failed in RAID1

I want to make sure my backup are safe. I use one main SSD running Ubuntu and I have 2X 2Tb HDD in RAID1 for my data. How to know when a disk fail?
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EXT4-fs: previous I/O error to superblock detected [closed]

i have installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my usb hdd. The problem i am getting is this: ext4 (sdb6): previous i/o error to superblock detected buffer erronr on device sdb6. logical block 0 I have been told ...
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Move system to VirtualBox

I have HDD with Windows 7 on one of the partintions which was installed previously on the same machine, connected to the laptop via the USB. Previously the system was booted from this HDD using grub ...
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I/O or faulty hard disk error during ubuntu installation

I have two sata hard disk installed in my desktop. When i try to install ubuntu in /dev/sda it shows an error at the end of installation process. Error: "I/O or faulty hard disk or faulty medium" ...
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How to expand encrypted /home to second internal drive?

I have a huge number of photos, and I want to move just my /Pictures folder to a second SATA drive in my computer for performance reasons. I want everything to work as it is now, except that /Pictures ...
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Why the Ubuntu installer does not detect the hard drive during installation?

I have a new computer with a Seagate ST500DM002 SATA internal hard drive. I am trying to install on it Ubuntu 11.10 @ 64 bit but the installer does not recognize/detect/see the hard drive. When I ...
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Changing ownership of read-only file system

I did read the several posts available here on "changing ownership of read-only file systems" but they don't seem to help me. My external hard drive (which I had previously formatted in OS X and used ...
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Excessive hard disk access on secondary HDD, I'm not accessing anything on it

I've set up my Ubuntu 11.10 on a SSD with an encrypted LVM. I've attached another ext4 HDD, unencrypted, it's automounted on /media/data and created Videos, Music, Downloads and Backups folders on it, ...
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External HDD mounted as read only fat32

My Ubuntu machine has set my external HDD to read only. The drive is a 2TB That I have configured to fat32 so that almost everything can read/write to it. I know that from using the search box on this ...
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Installing Windows on Ubuntu

I've 2 hard disks. I've installed Ubuntu on the HDA(0), but there are plenty of spaces. But On the HDA(0) there is only one partition. My question How can I edit / create another partition on HDA(0) ...
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Is there a way to recover files from a storage device partially overwritten with dd?

I'm an idiot, I was writing an image to a USB drive using dd when instead of typing /dev/sdb I typed /dev/sdd and wrote the 135mb image to my 750gb External Hardrive full of files. Is there ANY ...
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Removed HDD - ubuntu still looks for it at boot

I removed a drive (SDC1) from my Ubuntu PC and would like to find out how to stop the OS trying to access it during boot up.
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What is best hard disk configuration for Ubuntu 11.10?

I have an old dell optiplex 260, built in graphic, Lan & sound. With Pentium 4 (2.80GHz), 1GB ram and 80GB hard disk. Can i install Ubuntu 11.10 on it? I'm dying to check it out first before I ...
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Why don't my partitions stay mounted after a reboot?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 in a wubi instalation. As I'm using clementine to listen to music I have in my partitions, each time I power ubuntu up clementine loses the libraries and has to rescan the ...
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How to move / copy logical volume (lv) to another volume group (vg)?

Basically, I want to move / copy several logical volumes (lv) into a new volume group (vg). The new volume group reside on a new set of physical volumes. Does anyone know how to do that safely without ...
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Ubuntu Natty Froze when copying files to my Ext4 External Drive, files can be recovered if corrupted?

I heard that Ext4 Was more stable in these conditions, but how can I be sure that my files didn't get corrupted in the process? I heard that because of Ext4 journaling file that the files aren't very ...
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Is the HDD spinning when it is unmounted?

Have a PC with multiple HDDs some used only for backup. Should I leave them unmounted? IS the power consumption less when the HDD is unmounted? Do the HDDs spin when unmounted? Thanks a lot
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Kernel compiling help

I was compiling the kernel 3.2 when it was taken more time than the walkthrough indicated. So I cancelled it, realizing that it took 5 gb of hard drive space. I deleted all the kernel folders ...
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Make a bootable internal drive to install Ubuntu on current drive?

Is it possible to mount/burn Ubuntu 10.10 on a clean Drive, so that I can boot using that drive with the ISO image and install the OS on my other internal drive, while currently being in Try Ubuntu ...
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Hard disk icon disappears after mounting

I installed ubuntu 11.10. During installation, I created the default user (named MS). I can browse/edit and do anything in my hard disk(I have 7 partitions). Today I created a new user named (ABC), ...