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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What files own my bad sectors?

I've just built a box using 14.04 (Trusty) and have had sectors go bad on my hard drive. I found out when I went to do the first backup! Terrible way to start the new year. I haven't noticed anything ...
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Dealing with failing drive in logical volume

About a year and a half ago, I made a HTPC/NAS for my apartment that we hooked to our TV and use to download and watch movies, TV shows, listen to music, etc. In making it, I used 3 1TB hard drives I ...
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Harddisk operations totally brings down my system respond time to its knees

I have massive system slowdowns during harddisk operations on my PC. My Firefox is responding slow, it gets to a extreme at times that it actually becomes a not responding program and greys out during ...
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Persistent data on external HDD

my dad's HDD has died in his laptop but he does not want me to open it up. It has been running Lubuntu for over a year but refuses to run Windows, but it is really ugly and hard for him to use. I plan ...
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Dual boot W8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 on SSD/HDD

I recently bought a new laptop which has an 8 GB ssd and a 1 TB HDD, pre-installed with W8.1. I'm used to creating a partition on a HDD to install Ubuntu on. However, with the new SSD I'm not sure as ...
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Ubuntu and internal WD Digital Black2 Dual Drive — Did anyone managed to make it work?

The Western Digital Black2 Dual Drive is a 2.5 drive which combines a 120GB SSD with a 1TB HDD. It differs from hybrid drives in that it appears to the system as two distinct partitions, leaving to ...
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Help Needed Plug and Play NAS (novice user)

First of all, apologies if this question is too broad (I've searched the forum and not seen a similar question posted). I am not that techie when it comes to command line scripts. I want a NAS disk ...
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Low performance of my 3T harddrive

I have a 3TB seagate protable hard drive (SATA), but this hard drive suddenly has really low performance. I guess there are some bad blocks in the hard drive. So I have done this test: Plugin the ...
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Using Ubuntu to access Mac HDD

Edited What i want to Do : Run ubuntu via a DVD-r on an iMac to retrieve data, because a system file has corrupted What I've Done: Put the ubuntu disk in my working Macbook Pro to try retrieving ...
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USB 3.0 hard drives don't spin down when “safely removed” from Nautilus

I have a few external drives, some using external power, other being USB powered. I plug my USB 3.0 drive in a USB 3.0 port. When I "eject" the drive (from Nautilus) it keeps on spinning. When I ...
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Grive deletes files from Google Drive server

I am probably going to sound like a complete moron but, after installing Grive-Tools (Version 1.12 beta) on a second laptop containing Ubuntu 14.04 (32-bit), when I went to sync files that I had ...
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Merging fat32 partition on external hard drive connected to ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I have WD 160 GB hard drive and i have formatted it to fat32 file system i want to merge all multiple FAT32 file system partition to make it one. how do i do it on ubuntu 12.04LTS. Would also like to ...
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Incredibly bad M.2 SSD performance (HP OMEN with Samsung XP941)

I have a new laptop (HP Omen) and have just, after great trials and tribulations, installed Kubuntu on it. The install is a dualboot install along with the factory Win8.1 installation using EFI mode. ...
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Can't change vm.dirty_ratio with /etc/sysctl.conf

I recently bought an 120GB SSD drive and I wanted to tweak my OS for it. I found some tutorial to do that and I followed it, but I've found some problems. I wanted to change vm.dirty_ratio value to ...
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Moving Linux from USB drive to internal sata drive

I presently am running WinXP from my primary internal SATA drive, and Ubuntu 14.04 from an external USB drive. I have installed a new internal SATA secondary hard drive. Is it possible to MOVE or COPY ...
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Dualbooting Ubuntu/Windows 8.1 on SSD with Data HDD [duplicate]

here's the deal My system currently has a 128gig SSD and a 2TB HDD. I'm currently running Windows 8.1 on the SSD and using the HDD as a data drive for most of my games/programs/data/video etc I'm ...
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My second hard drive isn't found

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 onto my 256GB Sandisk SSD, but I can't find my 1TB Western Digital that I have installed as well. It is recognized in the bios. cat /proc/partitions major minor ...
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my ubuntu installer doesn't see my hdd.

I have an old PC (dell optiplex gx 620, p4, 2gb ram, 160 gb hdd). I want to install the ubuntu 14.01 lts 32bit from a live dvd, but the installer doesn't see my hard drive. On the hdd is a windows 7 ...
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Not given Windows Boot Manager option

Hello I have a minor problem that I cannot find a fix for. I have Windows 7 and Ubuntu on two separate hard drives with no problem running with an extra Hard drive for storing. The problem is that on ...
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SMART status: failure imminent - file system unknown and inaccessible

I am currently trying to back up data from a hard drive which is about to fail, according to SMART. So I hooked the disk up to my SATA USB adapter and sure enough windows wouldn't recognize the ...
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Best place(mount folder) to keep media files on hard drive

I would like to keep all my Movies and TVShow files in two separate folders and keep them on a separate partition/drive. Also integrating theme with XBMC. ALso having flexibility to remove the extra ...
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How do I add this extra partition to my installed Ubuntu system?

I started installing Ubuntu by watching a video tutorial about doing a disk partition installation, for that, inside windows' 7 own disk partitioning tool. After a defrag I cut 100gb that I pretended ...
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How To Format A Hard Drive To NTFS On Ubuntu 14.04

I currently have ubuntu 14.04 installed on my laptop(up to date) and I want to switch to windows 7 X64 home premium. When I launch the windows disk and I try to rewrite the hard drive to install ...
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VMWare Shared Folder, host resources

I have a SSD running a ubuntu virtual machine. Shared folders is set up to a folder on another hard drive. Ubuntu constantly, 24/7 writes data to this shared folder. As SSD have a limited write ...
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How can I copy files from my external drive onto one of my partitions?

I would like to mention that I am completely new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. I wanted to reinstall window 7 on my laptop but someone suggested Ubuntu since it's free, faster and safer. I let ...
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Second hard drive not detected after wake from sleep

I'm fairly new to Ubuntu and think I have a pretty good understanding of how it works but I haven't used these sites much so I hope my terminology is correct when asking questions about this stuff. ...
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Permissions on a messed up OS X hard drive

I'm trying to help a mate recover some files from a failed hard drive from his Macbook Pro. This drive is only recognized using Ubuntu/Linux. I can go to his user folder open that but when I click on ...
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How do I fix this hard drive?

I recently bought a 2TB WD Black hard drive and installed it in an enclosure to use as media storage for my Micca Spect media player. The installation went well and I booted into Ubuntu (14.04 LTS ...
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How can my computer move information this fast?

So, I've got a 500gb 7200 rpm HDD that I'm transferring files to, to manually make a backup. But, the thing is, I'm moving them from a 750gb 7200 rpm hdd, and I don't see how I'm getting these write ...
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Error 5 Input/Output error during installtion through USB

I have followed every possible issue but still not avail to solved the problem hard disk fully formatted Windows 7 / 8 installed without any issue after getting the issue check memory issue / Test ...
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Recover Data from Encrypted LUKS HDD

Hei, I really need help with this! Yesterday my Kubutnu wouldnt boot anymore so I booted with a Live CD and could fix the problem with this Tutorial: ...
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HDD Partitioning on Ubuntu 14.10

I have installed Ubuntu 14.10 on my laptop. I tired to partition HDD but i could not. I used gparted and disk utility, and still I am unable to partition my HDD. I have 500gbp HDD. I used Disk ...
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How to mount and sdb and move /home directory to sdb

I have a question: when I type the command sudo lsblk -o, I get the following: NAME,FSTYPE,SIZE,MOUNTPOINT,LABEL", my outcome looks like this: NAME FSTYPE SIZE MOUNTPOINT LABEL sda ...
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Recovering lost space due to PhotoRec

I accidentally deleted a important folder, and attempted to use testdisk (photorec) to recover the files. However, it kept taking longer and longer so I stopped it. It created 18 folders in home, ...
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Ubuntu can't read hard drive after booting in windows 8

I have a dual boot Ubuntu / Windows 8 system. My secondary hard drive I keep all my data, and I booted into windows, changed one file, shut down, booted back into Ubuntu, and now I can't access ...
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eSata “HotPlugged” Drive Not Recognized

So, I have an Optiplex 780 with esata on the back. Under windows, I'm able to hotplug any ol' hard drive using my Thermaltake eSata USB Docking Station. As soon as I plug in the eSata cable, it spins ...
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What is the best way to scan a hard drive/check health in Ubuntu?

I did a search beforehand and I don't think a similar question has been asked before. I have two hard disk drives - a 1TB Seagate and a 1TB Western Digital. My Seagate drive crashed a while back and ...
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No such device grub rescue, tried many solution

I have tried to bootrepair, which gave me error this: sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda1 grub-probe: error: failed to get canonical path of `/cow'. Installing for i386-pc platform. ...
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Check how space is distributed on Linux system

I know how to check space left with: df -h and I know to check the space of a folder with: du -ch /path/to/folder/ But let's say I have a 500 GB HardDisk and 350GB are used: Wich is the best ...
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Oscillating disk performance

I recently upgraded my server from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. It used to run flawlessly for 2+ years, perfect in every way, but now I'm getting massive dropouts in the media streaming it provides. So ...
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Already dual booting windows and ubuntu but want to install latest ubuntu on another hard drive [duplicate]

so currently I'm already dual booting windows and ubuntu. I've bought a new hard drive where I want to install the latest ubuntu but I want to keep my current setup whilst I make the transition to my ...
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Input/output error on mounted usb disk

I have an external usb disk mounted to my machine, and everything works fine for hours or days, but eventually I cannot access the disk anymore. When I try to list the mounted directory, I get ls: ...
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how to check system config, that helps to buy new HDD [closed]

My laptop is 4-5yrs old with Core2Duo CPU. HDD is heating lot so probably going to brick. so which configuration i should check that will help me to know "Which HDD's are compatible with my laptop". ...
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Saving corrupted hard drive

Okay, here is the situation. Knowing for a few months now there was an issue with my hard drive, I ignored it. Problem was from power outages, was getting the error on boot, over rode the setting in ...
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Hard Drive Partition and Mount issue

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 seems everything is okay ( I believe ) but when I checked with the hard drive partition, it is not the way I want. I have two hard drive 500GB and 1TB. During the ...
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Error mounting: mount: /dev/sdb1: can't read superblock after clonezilla image restoration

Recently, I tried to restore a clonezilla backup of my usb harddisk as the previous one crashed. The old disk is 320GB (about 100Gb in use) and the new one is 1TB It seems the the image is restored ...
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I have Ubuntu desktop installed and trying to set up Plex I want to put the media on a separate drive this is where I'm having trouble [duplicate]

I have ubuntu installed, I originally only had an SSD to install the OS on, now I want to add 1 and later 2-3 more regular HDDs. I am not sure if I did the first try right, I connected it and ...
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how to remove windows if already combined with ubuntu [duplicate]

I installed ubuntu next to windows how would I go about getting windows removed without deleting my ubuntu?
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How can I correct logical bad sectors in HDD in Ubuntu?

During boot time I found that my hard disk had logical errors in different sectors. I did my research and ran this command: sudo badblocks -sv /dev/sda1 > bad-blocks-result This command created ...
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Mounting Extra Hard Disk in Ubuntu

I have bought a new 1TB hard disk and formatted in ext4 file system type and attached to my CPU(Already having a HD with Ubuntu installed). Following the answer given here, I tried mounting the ...