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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Explanation of entries in dmesg log in Ubuntu Server 14.04

A few days ago I did a clean install of Ubuntu Server 14.04. Everything is working fine, but when my system boots I get these entries in dmesg log: [ 3.106082] EXT4-fs (dm-0): mounted filesystem ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 trying to mount non existent hard drive

I have Ubuntu 14.04 and it sticks on boot up because it is trying to mount mnt/5dae46e774ac431f. This drive does not exist on my system (it did once but now it has been replaced). What must I do to ...
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Problem in partition mounting NTFS [duplicate]

where i click in open storage hd Error mounting /dev/sdc1 at /media/.../HD: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdc1" ...
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Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions? [closed]

If I dual boot install both Ubuntu and Windows, is it safer to install them on two different hard drives than different partitions on the same hard drive? What risks may be involved? For example, ...
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Ubuntu does not allow me to access my HDD when using a live CD [duplicate]

A HDD failed in my computer a while ago and I am using a HDD from another computer that I had running Lubuntu. Now I have it installed in a computer where I am using a live CD and it won't let me ...
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Boot from external hard drive and access internal hard drive?

Suppose Ubuntu are installed on both of my internal and external hard drives, although their versions are different. How can I boot the Ubuntu on the external hard drive connected to my laptop by ...
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Rsync error 23: some files were not transferred, when copying files from Windows drive to external HDD

I wanted to copy files from the Windows drive to external HDD using rsync, with the following command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude-from '/home/mint/exclude.txt' '/media/mint/OS/' ...
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Dual boot Windows 8.1 and newest Ubuntu, separate HDDs, Removable HDD caddy for laptop

Okay so a few months back I bought a new HDD for my laptop and installed Windows 8.1 onto the new HDD in place of the old HDD, I then bought a caddy to use my old HDD in place of my DVD drive seeing ...
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Ubuntu system error

Today while i was upgrading my ubuntu 14.04 to the 14.10 version... It showed me a error message,, so i powered off the computer... When i turn it on.. It shows the the screen ehere i dhould type the ...
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Good way to copy ALL files from a Windows drive to external HDD if I don't know where important files may locate?

My Windows just recently died and now I want to copy all the files from the C: drive to my external HDD. And you might be wondering why all files? Because I'm afraid I might forget something in the ...
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Ubuntu dual boot with Windows 7 on two hard disks issue

I had read the basic guide for ubuntu (12.04) installation alongside windows 7. Apparantly none of them mentioned that it was for use on one disk only. I thought it would be okay and i installed ...
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Format and partition second hard drive using terminal? (Ubuntu Server 14.04)

this is my first question on here... So, I’ve installed Ubuntu server 14.04 (32 bit) on a VirtualBox virtual PC. Originally i just made it with a 32gb virtual HDD so since then I’ve created a new ...
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Cannot access second hard drive

I am new to Ubuntu and I need a little help... Recently, due to a power supply interruption, my Iomega NAS broke. I've read that I was able to rescue the files that were on it by installing Ubuntu on ...
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Test Disk not showing HDD

The hard drive in this laptop is not showing up in the test disk program, BIOS detects it, but then decides it can't be used. The Disk utility program says that /dev/sdb is OK and has one bad sector. ...
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How to add unused disk space in HDD to /home

This is the condition of my current partition. I have 8 GB of swap space. The extended partition has 492 GB among which only 100 GB is usable, which is /dev/sda5. Then a 1 GB boot partition, which ...
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hdparm will not set spindown for disks 14.04 server

I have 4 HDD, one WD and 3 Identical generic brands. I have edited /etc/rc.local to change hdparm -B to 127 for the 3 generic drives (WD is unsupported and probably handles itslef) and -S to 180 for ...
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Is it bad to use ubuntu and windows on same machine? [closed]

I am dependent on some of application like Photoshop and illustrator. I know these apps has alternative at ubuntu. But these has not enough feature like Photoshop and illustrator. In that case I am ...
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cloning several hardrives using the dd command

I'm developing a software to clone one hard-drive onto several other. I want to clone the content to up to 23 drives at once using dd to clone the partition from the source to the targets using sudo ...
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Is there any way to force a USB HDD stop spinning after “Safely remove”?

I have a USB-powered external HDD connected to my DELL laptop. Some times, after clicking on "Safely remove" item in pop-up menu of its icon in side bar, the drive is un-mounted and is removed from ...
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what is write failed, manual zeroing?

I am playing with my ubuntu VM (vmware), and I just got this message pop up in my conosle, what does it mean?
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Hard drive not recognized after install

I have a Dell Laptop (Vostro 3500) and tried to install Ubuntu 14.10 64bit on it. It came with Windows 7 installed on it. So I try the install from a live CD, I select both full disk encryption and ...
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Is there any way to turn off a USB HDD manually?

I have a USB-powered external HDD connected to my DELL laptop. Some times, after clicking on "Safely remove" item in pop-up menu of its icon in side bar, the drive is un-mounted and is removed from ...
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Recover data from external disk using testdisk and photorec

So I had my partition tables gone corrupt somehow after writing a media file over the network to the external HDD of my media center. Following the steps from this answer, I tried quick- and ...
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Is Ubuntu destroying my internal HDD?

I have an Inspiron 3521 that came pre-installed with Windows 8.1. I decided to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu, and it was working good. But, when using Ubuntu, I heard a lot of noise from my laptop ...
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Making HDD Executable

I am very new to Ubuntu and I have experienced much grief in these last weeks as I have tried to download steam and play games on my computer. Steam downloadeds on my ssd and runs fine, but I would ...
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Backup one internal drive to another internal drive

I have a Dell Inspiron 3521 that came preinstalled with Windows 8.1. I decided to dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows and till the last week it was working perfectly. But, since yesterday I am unable to use ...
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Why should I partition my disk for Ubuntu 14.04?

So I am a new user of Linux Ubuntu 14.04 and I was wondering if its really necessary to partition my HDD. Is my boot up gonna be faster if I do partition it or is it just good practices to do it.
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Cannot mount WD elements drive [duplicate]

When I connect the WD Elements drive I get the following error message: An error occurred while accessing 'Elements', the system responded: The requested operation has failed: Error mounting ...
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ZFS: How does it work? Mirroring on Raid0

I've got a laptop, that I want to migrate to ZFS filesystem. This laptop has 2HDD Drives. My zpool idea is like this: 1 zpool on 2 HDD drives. / - separate subvol /home - separate subvol with ...
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Replacing old OS will format entire hard disk?

I am new to Ubuntu. My laptop is currently running Windows 7 with C, D partition as virtual disks. Now, I want to have a laptop that runs clean and fresh Ubuntu, and nothing else. All old system ...
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a problem with the hard drive has been detected [closed]

hey i really need some help .this is what happened my laptop fell(it was running windows 7) and the computer stopped working normally.i decided to connect it to my desktop(which already contained a ...
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Windows folder on external hard drive invisible in Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu on my computer pretty recently, and I convinced my roommate to put it on his computer we were using as a media center for movies, etc hooked up to a TV. We had an external hard ...
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Safely remove for portable hard drive doesn't work

Safely removing my portable WD Elements USB 3.0 1TB drive doesn't actually safely remove it. I get no notification that it is in fact safe to remove even when having done nothing on the disk. It ...
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Two hard drives only my boot drive is shown?

I have a WD 1 tb blue and a SanDisk 120 GB SSD, obviously booting from SSD. I can not for the life of me figure out how to see both of them in the Files. I got close one time but there was an eject ...
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Partitioning to Install Ubuntu, so Ubuntu has higher performance

I Have a 500gb HDD + 24gb SSD laptop, and I came with Windows pre-installed, I want to know how to change my partitions in a way that Ubuntu keeps roughly 2/3 or more of the HDD disk, and about the ...
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Copying data from External hard disk to thumb drive

I tried copying some movies from my HDD (of 1 TB) to my pendrive so I could go play it somewhere else. The problem is that it starts the copy file operation , and after nearing completion, it just ...
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Run command as root when waking from suspend

The mechanical hard drive on my netbook keeps spinning up and down. That makes an annoying sound and is bad for its health. I run sudo hdparm -B 254 /dev/sda and that stops it untill a suspend/wake ...
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SATA drive only detected when plugged in while system is running

The SATA drive is only detected when I plug it in while the system is running. "fdisk -l" only shows it in this scenario (and /dev/hda only shows up in this scenario). This is running on a Banana ...
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Clearing the hard drive

I have Ubuntu installed on an old pc and want to wipe the hard drive so I can sell it. Any suggestions without having to burn a cd? (it doesn't work...)
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Installing Server with existing data on drives

I have a Windows 7 HTPC which I'm planning on turning into a headless Home server using Ubuntu server as its OS. I'd like to use LVM. My current set-up is 1x64gb ssd as the boot drive and 2xSATA ...
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Mounting external disk with defaulted 13.10 FDE

I have a hard disk which was previously used in my netbook with Ubuntu 13.10's default full disk encryption (FDE) configuration. I would now like to mount this disk as an external drive (via SATA to ...
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Problems with iSCSI timing out on write operations

I am running on 14.04.1 with iscsid version 2.0-873 I have an Enhance Ultrastor E3160 that is formatted raid5 on the backend and formatted as EXT4 on my system. I can see the device, attach it, ...
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Cloning XBox360 with dd

I see a couple of tutorials here on using dd, but I wanted to ask to make 100% sure. Can I clone my XBox360 hdd over to a larger hdd using dd? I just dont want to lose my current data thats there. ...
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How do I get gksu nautilus to work so I can access my encrypted hardrive from a live usb?

So I running Ubuntu on my computer, I downloaded a load of stuff, turned it off and now when I turn it on it gets stuck on the splash screen. I've make a live USB running Ubuntu to try and get my ...
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What are the fields in the “Format Partition” window in the Disks utility for, and what do I choose?

I use 14.04 and I have 2 physical partitions, one of 243Gb and another of rest of 500Gb. I want to format the partition of 243Gb using Disks (Open dash and type disks). This partition contains ...
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How do I make a drive write-protected or read-only in linux?

I have installed Ubuntu on my machine, I have Windows on a small ssd and I would like that ssd not visible, read-only, or write-protected while I am using linux as I do not want any mistakes to mess ...
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Installing/Formatting second hard drive- Single Partition

I have recently purchased a 3TB WD Green hard drive and am trying to run it as internal storage. I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04 on a 250GB WD harddrive. The OS was just installed so nothing ...
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Files on an HFS+ backup drive show up as empty text files

I have a external backup drive for my old Macbook, and have recently built a new computer and installed Ubuntu 14.04. There are files on this external drive that I need, from when "Time Machine" ...
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Logical volume is not mounted but is in use. Please close all applications using this device (eg iscsi)

How do I resize a LVM partition using system-config-lvm? As per: http://askubuntu.com/a/489909/45156 I clicked on the partition and try to resize, but get Logical volume is not mounted but is in ...
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Clarifications on Installing Ubuntu and Windows

right now I am considering reinstalling my Windows/Ubuntu dual boot because they were originally on two external hard drives and I can't boot into my Windows anymore. Can someone correct my steps and ...