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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Very slow write access to SSD disks on some Asus P8Z77 motherboards

I have Asus P8Z77-V LK motherboard, that ran Mint 13 (based on Ubuntu 12.04) just perfectly, but recently I've tried to install Mint 17 and noticed abysmal write performance. Write speed on SSD disk ...
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New HDD formating on Ext4 root permission

I have this new 80Gb HDD I want to use it as a backup storage for my actual system (14.04) not a server. I formatted it with Gpart but I just can't write in it, when I search for permissions it tells ...
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How to install Ubuntu on 2 internal hard drives?

My computer has two internal hard drives: sda is 80gb and sdb is 500gb. I want to install Ubuntu on both drives with system files on sda and home directory on sdb. I need step by step instructions.
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How do you Image Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 installations for restoration?

I want to do a clean install of Ubuntu and then create an image that I can use to restore the system to a clean state after I've tested the installation and use of an app within Ubuntu. But all I'm ...
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Is there a way to back up a whole hard disk (which holds the OS) and use it for a reinstall?

I've built my own system and the ssd i'm using has failed twice already. It's always been during boot up and it just says operating system missing. I've checked and made sure that it was definitely ...
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ntfs mount problem + ntfsfix problem

I install ubuntu and now my windows can't boot and ubuntu too! ubuntu error message is same to this! and windows error is "A disk read error occurred" I cant install windows but windows 7 ...
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Trying to mount drive /dev/sdc: TYPE=“nvidia_raid_member”

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 this weekend. Here is my setup: 128GB SSD = Win7 128GB SSD = Ubuntu 14.04 500GB Seagate Barracuda = Files, music, photos, etc For some reason the SSD with Win7 is ...
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Problems with external harddrive (USB 2.0)

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04. LTS on a Compaq Presario CQ 60. After having a few problems, I managed it to run more or less stable (freaking Nvidia problems are more or less resolved by using ...
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Change ownership of external drive

I just bought a new SATA disk that I've now formated into ext4 using gparted. When I ran Gparted, I ran it as root. Now, I can't write files to the drive because I'm not the owner of the drive. ...
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Error creating partition

I am trying to create a new partition in a free slot of an hard drive using the Gnome Disk utility (on 14.04). I always get the message below: Error creating partition on /dev/sda: Command-line ...
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I can't open my hard drives [duplicate]

I installed ubuntu two days ago along with windows 8 but I found two problems the first is that ubuntu give me an error when I try to open any of the hard drives rather than the one which I installed ...
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Unable to mount My Passport 1TB hardisk in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

When I attach my harddisk, it gives the following message: Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/gunnar/My Passport: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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I cant acces to an external hard drive (it has windows 8) trough my usb cable

i know this problems solves by restarting with windows 8 in an normal mode, but i dont have anymore any windows 8, im trying to rescue the files that i had in a laptop that it motherboard burned out, ...
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“Safely remove” doesn't seem to spin down the external hard drive

I have a USB HDD attached to the computer, and I've noticed that, when using "Safely remove" from the launcher, the drive continues producing noise and its LED is on continually. However, if I first ...
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Recovery of formatted hard drive!

i had accidentally erase everything option while switching to ubuntu. can you please help me to tell me how recover that drive please as there are many important documents and photos. please if i can ...
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Does system encryption encrypt /home if it is on a separate HDD?

This question is similar but it seems to deal with a /home partition on same drive as / partition so not sure if answer would be the same as setup I am proposing. I am hoping to set up my new laptop ...
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Change owner of internal hard drive partition from root to user 4

I boot the computer from Ubuntu live usb hdd and created two new ext4 partitions by moving space from main hdd with gparted partition editor. but finally after rebooting I tired to move and create ...
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Use CapsLock/FnLock LED as HDD LED

My Samsung np370r4v notebook doesn't come with a built-in HDD indicator LED. My Fn-Lock or Caps-Lock LEDs are pretty much unused (I don't really need them). Is there any way to make either of them ...
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HDD shutting down?

I've got an SSD where Ubuntu (the newest, fully updated, 64bit) is installed. Additionally I've got an HDD where I store some things e.g. steam games or images for VirtualBox. If I start Steam or ...
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Installing Ubuntu across multiple hard drives

I am building a new PC and I want to only have Ubuntu on it. It has two hard drives, one being a 180gb ssd drive and the other a 2tb hdd. I want to use this system mainly for work(software ...
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Intel SSD bug: unbootable after sleep mode with low battery. need to backup data

After putting my notebook to sleep while it was on a low battery state I pluged my cable in and turned it on again. Then I got error messages about writing data to swap, ssd superblock and I/O errors ...
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Drive failure in Raid1. Can't replace

I have a software raid1 and mdadm emailed me that a drive failed. Following steps I found online, I marked as failed and removed the drive from the raid. I replaced the drive with an exact make and ...
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ubuntu Installation does Not detect second hard drive

I Have 2 sata Hard drives 1 TB and a 500 GB i created another partition on 500gb hard drive but in ubuntu installation i cant see the partition i made only the hard drive and detects it like this : ...
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External hard drive + Google drive (Ubuntu 14.04)

I've just installed Ubuntu 14.04. Besides of default hard drive, I got also external hard drive on which I would like to install Google Drive. How can I do it? I've read Is there a Google Drive ...
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Installing a Hard Drive to access existing files

All I want to do is get access to a hard drive to remove the files but the drive is not recognised by Ubuntu. I have no idea of what version but I have just downloaded the OS from what was stated as ...
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How strong is a HDD [closed]

I got a new hdd, I ended up scratching it (my case has alot of holes that are sharp) I'm not sure if i messed up anything, do you guys think it damaged the outlet? What does the outlet do anyway? I ...
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cp fails to copy with errors “cp: error reading 'file': Input/output error” and "cp: failed to extend 'file': Input/output error

I'm a user of Oracle Virtualbox on Ubuntu. And I used to copy vdi files as a kind of backup. Previously I did this (copying vdi file and then copying it back) many times without any problem. But ...
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How to securely erase solid state drive in netbook running ubuntu [duplicate]

I want to sell (or donate) my HP Mini 1000 netbook, but I am concerned about identity theft and securing personal information with the transition to a new user. I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The ...
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How to remove stale hard drive entries from Cairo dock 'Shortcuts' desklet?

The machine is running Ubuntu 14.04 after multiple distribution upgrades during last 4 years. I use XFCE but also have KDE installed and have had some other desktop environments installed in the past. ...
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RAID 0 Superblock recovery?

Cool, I have a Synology Diskstation 212j, with 2x3TB drives in RAID 0 (I know, I know, I was very naive; never had a drive failure before). About a month back the volume crashed, I recovered the ...
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MAC Hard Drive in Ubuntu

How to mount a MAC OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) Hard Drive in Ubuntu? I use this HD as Time machine for my mac book backup, also I have some other files in it. But when I connected to my Dell ...
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lockdir.exe open in linux

I have locked my files using lockdir.exe in my external hard drive when I had Windows 8 in my lap top. I know the password. But now I am using linux 14.04 and now I need to get those file but I cannot ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 is recognizing my full HDD :D drive

Windows 7 and Ubuntu are dual booted on the same drive, however my second drive :D which has 881GB is only showing as 40GB available on Ubuntu labeled as "computer" in system files, in Ubuntu, and my ...
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Installing ubuntu on secondary hard drive to be built into another device

Here's the story: I have a quite old laptop with a broken dvd drive, a broken harddisk and no possibility to boot from usb. My idea was to build a harddisk as secondary drive into my pc (which already ...
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Problems with a HFS+ hdd on Ubuntu Server 14.04

I have a 2TB Western Digital HDD with one partition formatted as HFS+. I tried pretty much everything to make it readable (not even writable) from Ubuntu Server, but had no success. I tried: ...
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The pernicious USB-stick stall problem. Is it fixed in 14.04?

There's a known bug in Ubuntu that causes the system to freeze when copying files to a external hard drive (see http://unix.stackexchange.com/q/107703/56755 and http://lwn.net/Articles/572911/). I ...
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Ubuntu 14 Installed on External Hard Drive Random Crashes

I have installed Ubuntu 14 onto my external hard drive and everything initially works great. However after an apparently random amount of time (although this has happened every time I have been ...
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Can I replace my hard drive with this one? [closed]

I have a laptop HP 625, its hard drive (as usual with Seagates) had what is called "sudden death", I need to replace the HDD with a new one. Can I replace it with one of these two? Samsung HDD ...
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How to re-create the partition table?

I accidentally dd the first 512 bytes using dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1 and the partition table is now gone. Is there ANY way to re-create the partition table(/dev/sdb). My hard ...
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copying files without rewriting

I am using two hdds in my small server and i copied hdd1 to hdd2 via "dd". Now hdd2 is my backup and i want to keep it up-to-date, but i dont want to dd every now and then. Id like to regularly copy ...
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How to install ubuntu 14.04 on my Mac Pro 1,1 with a raw hard drive by a bootable USB stick

I have a Mac Pro 1,1 and I replaced the original hard drive with a new 3TB hard drive (just got, never initialized). I try to install ubuntu by a bootable USB stick which I crated on my Mac When I ...
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Dual booting Windows8 and Ubuntu on 2 separate drives: the allocation slider: What is left what is right

So I just added an old 120GB HDD that I scavenged from my dead xbox360 to my computer, and it works perfectly, I have used it already on windows simply to store files. Now I want to use it to dual ...
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Moving GRUB from HDD to SSD - Dualboot Windows 8.1 + Ubuntu

Recently I acquired an SSD and decided to install Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu on it and use my HDD as Data Storage. However, I seem to have installed GRUB onto the HDD and not the SSD, which has not ...
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can ubuntu work with ntfs file system partitions?? i mean could it read and write its contents or not?

i am thinking of switching to ubuntu,,, here are some things that i am concerned about: does ubuntu supports the usage(read/write) of previous data (from windows formatted NTFS drives) or i have to ...
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Make ext3 filesystem with 128 bytes inode size

I need to format external hard disks to EXT3 MBR with the iNode size set to 128 bits. This is for a very specific use, i.e. the delivery of DCP to digital cinema servers. I'd like to be able to do ...
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Backing up a HDD using dd

I'm trying to install Linux Mint alongside Windows 8 on my laptop, but the install disc did not recognize Windows, so I'll have to do a custom install, which is something I've never done, and I want ...
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Rest (Other Than Root) of partition is not showing

I've just installed Ubuntu 14.04 for the first time after Google few pages. Everything is working pretty well except below problem. I've already installed various updates. Problem : I've 500 Gb hard ...
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setting of GRUB for two Linux distributions installed to two separate hard disks

I installed a second hard disk to my laptop so that I can test on new Linux distribution without trashing my working one. I did the following: Installed Linux Mint 15 to my first drive sda and use ...
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Can't figure how to boot to Ubuntu on the second drive, just boots to Windows

I have about 4 hard drives in my computer and decided to put Ubuntu on the 80gb one. I managed to install it, though the hard drive still shows up as empty when I'm in Windows, and I can't figure out ...
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Western Digital hard drive crash

I am building a new linux computer with a larger hard drive. I thought that I could install my old Western Digital hard drive in my new computer, set my new hard drive as my boot drive and after ...