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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hard disk problems (bad sectors)

In my workplace, I've 10 ubuntu desktop systems working. This is a custom made project started in 2010 in which we have 10 computers in a factory, installed on a some-kind-of-portable-station-work. In ...
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How can I hide a windows drive?

I have a partition with system files, boots etc. (I have Lenovo G570, and it came with this partition. It is 200 mb partition, without a letter). On the window OS, it hides all this drive, so I cannot ...
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How do I use dd to clone an external USB drive installation to a local hard disk?

can I use the dd command to clone my ubuntu installation from my external disk to my local hard drive. will it even boot? I think I can, but not sure. do I need to make the output partition on my ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 install doesn't detect Windows 7 for dual boot

I've used Linux in the past and really want to install it on my current computer alongside my current OS, Win 7 64-bit. However, when I try (various methods) from the 12.04 liveCD, it can't seem to ...
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Problem accessing second hard disk with Squeezebox server

I have recently re-purposed my old desktop PC as a 'server' running Ubuntu LTS 12.04. I want to use the machine as my primary squeezebox server in place of my HTPC MacMini (to reduce the strain on the ...
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Why doesn't the Scanlogic SL11R-IDE USB-to-ATA adapter work?

I am trying to recover data from an old Linux that was installed in a computer on an ATA hard drive. I found a ScanLogic Corp. SL11R-IDE IDE Bridge (04ce:0002), an ATA adapter to USB 1.0 like the one ...
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What precautions should I take when moving a hard drive from one computer to another?

I'm planning to move a hard drive from one server machine to another. The hard drive is an IDE drive. The motherboards are different, as are the memory and such. In this instance, graphics isn't a ...
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Find what program/process is writing to disk and what file it is writing to [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to tell what applications are accessing the hard drive and how frequently? I left my desktop untouched for period of time. The HDD led still flashes every second and ...
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Install Windows7 side by side with ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install Windows 7 after I've installed Ubuntu? I had a Windows OS on my machine. One time, when I tried installing Kubuntu 12.04, I messed up the whole ...
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Lubuntu Netbook shows root partition full

I've been using Lubuntu Netbook for quite a few days (on Asus EeePC 1015PX), but recently I encountered a problem. I could not copy files to my root partition. I looked for the files that were eating ...
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My data vanished after copying to E drive

Of late I had been thinking of having a fresh install of Ubuntu. So I cut-pasted all my required files and folders in my E drive. Then I decided to not to have a fresh install and just let it be. ...
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I dont know how to run e2fsck or fsck and what are their differences

My Kern.log file advise me to run e2fsck. Aug 30 14:10:11 ubuntu kernel: [ 122.378292] EXT4-fs (sda11): warning: maximal mount count reached, running e2fsck is recommended Aug 30 14:10:11 ubuntu ...
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How to open a second Hard Drive?

What I want to do: I have a hard drive installed with 12.04 64-bit. This however is quite a small solid state drive and I would like to move games, large files etc. to another hard drive that is much ...
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Merge LUKS-partition with partition on another HDD

I just bought a 2 TB hard disk because the home partition on the old one is almost full. What I want to do is to extend the home partition on hard disk 1 (sda2) to also include all the space on the ...
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Can't install windows

I try to boot from the Windows XP disc and it wont let me, it says there is no Harddrive, when i do have a hard drive. I just want to uninstall ubuntu and get windows.
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How to move 12.04 from USB to HDD?

I recently installed the ISO for 12.04 LTS on a 4GB USB. I installed and started up Ubuntu perfectly from my USB. Now, I had to restart my computer and when I started it back on (from USB) it was ...
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Error mounting an external HDD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to mount an external HDD? I want to mount an external HDD.I have tried many things but still no success.When i try to mount it from Disk Utility i get this error: ...
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Why do my hardrives change dev links?

With every boot my HDDs randomly change places, as in sometimes my root partition is on sda, while other times it books on sdb.Its really not bothersome as I use UUID for fstab and such, but its ...
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Shrinking file system taking a lot of time,Normal?

I'm using GParted to shrink the partition on my 500 GB external hard drive to a 220 GB partition. It contains about 210 GB of data. I'm shrinking it to convert FAT32 to EXT2. It has been almost an ...
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How to mount an external HDD?

I have Ubuntu Linux 12.04 version the latest right now.I want to mount an external HDD NTFS 1TB.I have followed many guides but still no success.The error I'm getting is this: Failed to read last ...
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How to make some partitions undetectable by Ubuntu 12.04?

Background My friend has got Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed in his Laptop's internal drive and Ubuntu on External Drive. Recently, there is some problem with his Internal HDD and it seems to me like ...
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Iso size versus Disk size

Hi guys I have a curiosity. Some days ago I installed an ubuntu on a flash disk. Then I took an image of its ext4 and swap area via dd. However, after a while I decided that I should move this ubuntu ...
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Symlink on a folder inside a mounted drive

Ok so i moved from windows to ubuntu 12.04 32bit yesterday and im still learning the folder structure etc of *nix systems. What im trying to do is create a symlink from my 2nd hard drive's, which is ...
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USB HDD power off after shutdown

I use Ubuntu 12.04 on my external USB HDD and from the begining when I power off my ubuntu my USB HDD also power off 5 seconds later than my computer. Its good for me. But after some updates Ubuntu ...
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Formatting a 1T storage drive ext4 how much should i leave free to avoid problems?

While browsing the net about formatting my 1T hard drive as ext4, I read about people completely filling their drive and being unable to mount. How much can I fill it to safely? Even 95% wastes 50 GB! ...
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Changing permissions on a drive owned by root

Just installed 12.04, then formatted an external 2 Tb drive for use. My next step would usually been to have logged in as root, changed the permissions to my admin user, then logged back out. . . but ...
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Complete Disk Wipe, reformat and OS change

I have an old laptop, that I wish to rejuvenate. I need to completely wipe the hard drive as well as reformat it and install a new Operating System. I have decided to move to Ubuntu, and no longer use ...
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Can't mount two external hard drives at the same time

This whole problem began a few months back when I tried to transfer data from my external hdd (formatted to NTFS) to a computer using Windows 7. While in Ubuntu, there is about 1 TB worth of data ...
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How do you mount an hd image made from ddrescue?

Today I used ddrescue to make an image of a failed hd. I stored this image on a separate partition on my 500 Gb hd. The partition is: sda8 and the filename is backup.img. The image was of an hd that ...
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how to create the partition from unallocated space

I have some free space in my Hard disk and i want to create it as a NTFS partition to able to detect in my Windows XP . I am completely new to Linux/Ubuntu .
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How do I backup (clone) a full hd to a specific partition on a bigger hd?

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04LTS and I am trying to recover files off a failing HD that is 400GB. The drive I am trying to copy to is 500 GB but I have Ubuntu installed on the same drive. See the ...
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Windows 7 doesn't recognize the hard drive Ubuntu is on

I have two hard drives, one that my Windows 7 install is on and another that I have my data is on. I had set aside 100 GB on the data drive to install Ubuntu, which has worked fine in the past when I ...
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Are there any applications that map and show the health of the hard disc?

I was wondering if there is an application that can tell us (in an easily understandable way...like in a chart) how healthy our hard disc is. If the boot sector is healthy...etc. Thanks.
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Second HDD not booting Ubuntu 12.04

I have 2 HDDs. Both have 2 partitions. I have XP installed in the first HDD, and I installed 12.04 into second HDD by freeing half space of second partition of that HDD through "Something Else" option ...
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Main differences between fsck and chkdsk?

What are the important differences between fsck and chkdsk, and which command will reduce and correct the most hard disk errors?
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Will computer being shut down due to power failure affect my system files, or speed in any way? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How resilient is Ubuntu to repeated “power-off” shutdowns? I've asked before as well but need to confirm again, in my country there are a lot of electricity ...
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New internal hard drive and Ubuntu OS

I have a very crappy Acer Aspire and I can to switch out the internal hard drive for a better one. What's the easiest way to get Ubuntu on the new drive if it doesn't have an OS at all and the Acer ...
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Format external hard drive

I'm trying to format an external hard drive (Iomega 1TB) using Disk Utility but when but when I select Format Volume or Format Drive, it shows me the error: Error creating file system: helper exited ...
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Why does Disk Utility show 8 bad sectors on a 2-months old harddrive?

I have recently changed my harddrive and Disk Utility already gives me this message that I have 8 bad sectors and that it is sign of imminent disc failure. It counts 8 bad sectors and I really dont ...
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How do I change the permision on a external HDD

Good day, I am a ubuntu newbie and I am having trouble using an external 3.5" HDD. I did some reading about file systems and decided to format my new drive to ex3. After formatting, I could not read ...
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GParted does not see my Fujitsu HDD

I have a Fujitsu HDD and it was working properly for more than a year. But know I am tring to use it with Windows or Ubuntu but none of them can recognize. I tried refreshing GParted to recognize it ...
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how to back up entire windows 7 OS [closed]

how to back up entire windows 7 OS to be used on another drive as if it were a new operating system? For example, to use both Ubuntu and Windows 7, yet have entire Ubuntu partition on the computer and ...
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SMART Status Data Interpretation - Disk Utility

Last week my external harddisk (Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB in a custom enclosure) showed signs of failure (Disk Utility SMART Pre-failure status - several bad sectors) and I decided to change it. I ...
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C drive partitoning/ formating simple volume [closed]

My C Hard drive is a simple volume and will not split. Wondering if i can format or change my C drive to a primary partition (so it will split) or if i can install ubuntu straight onto my C Drive and ...
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Failure to boot from USB

I have created a USB live disk and am trying to boot from it. The computer Im using to learn Linux on is a Dell Optiplex 755 4gb ram C2D 3.0ghz and Im running windows 7 ultimate without any problems. ...
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Does folder and directories has their own size?

I got a messege today that I have little free space left on my hard drive. I opened the utility/program which shows me how the hard drive usage, and I saw my "Downloads" folder is 10.4 GB. picture: ...
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Mounting the hard drive when booting from a cd

Is it possible to mount the hard drive when booting from a cd ? If so, how can I achieve this ?
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WindowsXP Guest OS runs only when its Virtual HDD is in the home folder of Ubuntu

I am into a weird problem. I have installed VirtualBox in my Precise Pangolin in my laptop. My System contains two partitions. Lets presume that they are partition A and Partition B. Partition A ...
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Contradictory information about HDD

From couple of days my HDD works slow. So i test my HDD using disk utility. It shows i have 1352 bad blocks. SMART test says HDD health is good but shows a error "Reallocated Sector Count". So i ...
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External hard drive not allowing permission

My older mac recently kicked the bucket, and I decided to switch to linux on a newer laptop, My hard drive was fine, and I now use it as an external hard drive. The one problem though, is that I ...