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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Partioning a dual SSD & HDD latop, complete guide

I have bought a nice Asus Zeenbok, one with a 30GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. Can anybody help me with a complete guide to partitioning the two? I can figure and judge the sizes myself, and I have tried ...
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Trying to install Ubuntu but internal HDD not present

I am currently trying to install Ubuntu as the primary OS on my new computer from a USB boot. The computer came with an internal 500g HDD which I'm hoping to install onto but whenever I open the ...
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Western Digital External Hard Drive Crash: How to recover data using Ubuntu

My Western Digital 2.0 TB External Hard Drive stopped working all of a sudden. I see the light flashing but the hard drive is not being detected. So, I created a bootable Ubuntu USB drive and I tried ...
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Dual Boot with SSD and HDD Storage [closed]

I currently have a 1TB HDD setup to dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04. I am purchasing a 256GB SSD and another 1TB HDD. My intentions are as follows: Setup the SSD as my dual boot device with Adobe ...
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Unable to open Windows 8 partition

Some days ago my windows 8.1 stopped working. The only thing I was able/forced to access was that problem-solving menu of windows offering me options to do a full wipe or restore some recovery files. ...
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How would I use tar for full backup and restore with system on SSD and home on HDD?

How would I use tar for full backup and restore with system on SSD and home on HDD? The existing backup and restore answers don't seem to cover the case where root and home are on separate devices
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how can i clean up all the extra files on my computer running ubuntu 13.10? [duplicate]

I have a 3 TB internal harddrive and i figured that it would last me a long time. well its filled up and i have no clue how. i do have a couple duplicated movies but only about 40GB in movies all ...
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how can i dual boot with an already ubuntu computer if i have a harddrive i took out of a windows laptop with all its info on it?

ive looked and looked but cant find anything but repartitioning and creating both on one harddrive. what i want to do is take my built computer that i have ubuntu 13.10 (updating to 14.04 as im typing ...
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What are these two 8.4 GB volume HDDs shown in tray, and how to access my hard disk?

I'm really new to Ubuntu 14.04, just installed it today. In the tray it shows two hard-disks, each saying "8.4 GB volume". What are those?. Also, my notebook has an internal drive of 500 GB. how can ...
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Slow read/write to harddrive after backup?

Here's the story; I decided to make a backup of some files from an internal hard drive to an external, about 100GB, at something like 5mb each. This started off fine, predicted time at 2/3 hours. ...
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How to recover accidently formatted partitioned hard disk while i was checking centos dvd

My story is a bit different, i was just check a custom allot centos dvd to verify that it was burnt correctly on a dvd, so i booted from the dvd, and it gave me some options to continue into the gui ...
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USB hard drive not showing up under /dev/

I'm running Ubuntu 14.01 on a BeagleBone Black with LXDE. I have a USB hard drive that auto mounts (a prompt comes up in LXDE and I have to enter my password) if I connect it after the computer have ...
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Will an ssd make the ubuntu UI more responsive?

I apologize if this is a duplicate, if it is I was not able to find any actual explanation with Google or Bing or even searching Ask Ubuntu. I want to know if an SSD will improve the Ubuntu UI or KDE ...
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Ubuntu failing to install on seperate HDD, blank screen, flashing cursor

I have downloaded Ubuntu 14.04.1 desktop ISO and burned it to a bootable cd and have made a bootable usb drive using both Universal USB Installer and Unetbootin. I have tried mutliple ways to attempt ...
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Recover data from crashed mac hard-drive from Ubuntu live CD

I've seen this question already posted but it didn't work for me. I have and old iMac from mid 2007 (iMac 7,1 if I'm not wrong). I made a backup of my iphone on itunes and then I made a complete ...
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New hard drive install [duplicate]

I am thinking about installing new hard drive in laptop I want to insall Ubuntu 14.04 do I need to insall any drives or othe programs 1st or can I just plug in new hard drive and install Ubuntu
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Can't get Plex to find folders on External Drives

I just switched from Windows XP to Ubuntu since all I use is Firefox and Plex. Unfortunately, all my media is stored on two external drives but I can't get Plex to "see" anything on the drives. Any ...
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How to set a hard drive to mount it automatically at boot time? [duplicate]

I have 2 hard drives on my machine but I need to mount them manually after the boot from nautilus by clicking on them. How can I define their settings to mount them automatically at boot time ? ...
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Where exactly is my second hdd?

Im completely new to ubuntu, so this might seem like a silly question, but I'm not sure where to locate my second hdd. I installed Ubuntu onto a computer that had 2 already formatted hard drives in ...
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Ubuntu server 14.04.1 not installing to hdd

im am trying to install ubnutu server 14.04.1 to the main hdd in a computer from a flashdrive, in the installer i select the hdd as the install location but instead it wipes my flash drive and ...
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How would I speed up a full disk dd?

I am doing a dd on two identical drives with this command: dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=4096 Both hard drives are the exact same model number, and both have 1TB of storage space. /dev/sda uses a ...
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What does this gray space in my HDD mean? [duplicate]

It seems like there's something taking up a chunk of extra space and I have no clue what it is or how to check.
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How to format entire HDD to it's factory condition? [closed]

I tried to install an image onto a secondary HDD but wasn't able to make it work. Now I want to wipe out everything on the HDD to it's original factory condition so I can try again. I tried using ...
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Unknown Floppy Drive detected

After a reboot, Ubuntu (and Windows) detect an external floppy drive that isn't even there!It's not a big problem to find a new floppy drive that I can't access, but it really looks strange in the ...
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How ti install RockettRaid642L with Ubuntu 14.04 Kernel 3.15. Getting reset errors

Installed a SansDigital box with a HighPoint rr642L controller. Originally I was told to go to the newest kernel, now they say no, 3.6 is as high as they go. I am on 3.15 and keeping getting the ...
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Won't login to Trusty after moving Home to a new partition

I've been following the second answer on question how to transfer SSD but keeping home on HDD. Now I can boot up fine from SSD. However, when I try to login with my correct password after the screen ...
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How to install ubuntu from windows hdd (not dual boot) without cd, usb or network?

Since somehow i can't manage to install ubuntu from cd (it is broken) can't install from usb (wont boot from usb drive larger than 256mb nor will UNETBOOTIN work from that usb), and i don't have the ...
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How to format a HDD in ubuntu 14.04

So i recently switched to Ubuntu from Opensuse, and i'm loving it. There's one problem though. I've found that the control centre is minimalistic (to say the least) and, coming from a guy with Yast2, ...
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RAID drive not detected by Lubuntu installer

I wanted to install LUbuntu on a old computer: a P4C 2.53GHz asus P4PE 2go RAM with a WD raptor 36go (sata) as system disk and a maxtor damondmaxplus8 40Go (uata). Currently Mageia 4 is installed ...
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Unabel to open another HDD with Ubuntu 14.04

I'm new to Ubuntu. I have installed Windows 8.1 next to Ubuntu 14.04, on one HDD. This first HDD working fine, I can access to my windows file etc. But I have another HDD named "Maya" where I have ...
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SSD performance testing

I'm testing the performances of my new SSD card, and it seems I'm stuck with sata2 speed even if my controller is sata3. Here is the command I'm using. dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=1024 ...
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How to wipe off my whole HDD using Ubuntu Live USB [closed]

so I've been getting some HDD errors , saying it may fail soon , best thing to make things better is to wipe everything off , so please lemme know how to :D
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Lenovo HDD Airbag Protection

I have a Lenovo T430 laptop. When I had Windows installed, it had this airbag protection feature which allows the disk to park when movement is detected. I have Ubuntu 14.04. Is there any ...
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Ungraceful shutdown (hard-drive spinning while powered off)

Most times (not always) during shutdown of my kubuntu laptop, the hard drive make a noise as if it was powered off without warning. How can I ensure the system waits until everything is ok before it ...
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Is there a way I can have half my hard drive partitioned to NTFS?

I am currently running Ubuntu off of one hard drive (I currently only have one in my computer at the moment) tried to install windows via a boot disk. I get to the setup and it asks where to install ...
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Moving Videos folder into HDD and having a link of it in SSD

So I Currently have my /home on an SSD but I also have an HDD mounted to /mnt/hdd1 Now, I want to keep the big files like movies on my HDD. How do I move the Movies folder into my HDD while keeping ...
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GParted very slow and stucky comparing to other softwares

I know this isn't really an Ubuntu-related question, but I don't know when to ask. I always used GParted to manage my disk and partitions. I have a 2TB external HDD, wich was parted as well: sdb1: ...
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cannot access files second hard drive until opened from unity bar [duplicate]

I have ubuntu 14.04 LTS and windows 8 installed side by side on my first hard drive.Most of the files on my second hard drive were all created previously in my windows system until recently I have ...
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unable to change file permissions on external hard drive, 14.04

Ever since I changed over to 12.04 (Jul 2014) and then 14.04 (Aug) I have been unable to change the permissions of files on an external hard drive. Even though I am the owner and have rwx permission ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a SSD and HDD system [duplicate]

So I have this 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. And I plan to install Ubuntu on this system that uses them. Now all the info that I have found in here about similar problems, are usually with limited SSD ...
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How do I erase Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from my laptop? [duplicate]

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is the only OS on my laptop. I have spent alot of time researching on how to format the drive along with Ubuntu OS. Kindly help me do this.
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How to access locked hard drive?

I have a hard drive with an old 12.04 server install and a data partition on it. I have the hard drive hooked up to my current desktop using a usb to sata adapter with external power supply. I am on ...
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Ubuntu Won't Let Me Shutdown

I can use my laptop with out any problem for a while ( sometimes around 12 hours and sometimes just half an hour ), then suddenly one by one, the applications will be closed. I can't shutdown. So I ...
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Help fdisk 4 (near) identical 1TB drives

I have 4 drives to setup a Raid 5, but apparently they are not identical. I am not sure what steps to take next. It seems that I have (3) 512 and (1) 4096 sized drives. What should I do to format, ...
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Can I cancel dd command and rebuild partition table?

I am attempting to fix the partition table on a 1 TB hard drive. GParted on my live disk sees the drive as being "2 TiB"... It is clearly labelled as 1 TB on the outside. I started a low level ...
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External Hard Drive Won't Mount on Ubuntu; Previous Solutions Did Not Work

My 4 TB Seagate BUP Fast HDD won't mount on my laptop, but it works fine on my Grandma's Ubuntu computer and my friend's PC. It is recognized in Disks, but won't mount, even when I tried the solutions ...
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Installed Ubuntu (14.04) on external HDD and lost data

I've installed Ubuntu on external HDD without formating and lost 800GB from it. I've installed it from flash drive from Ubuntu to try. When I plug it into turned on win PC, nothing shows, and when I ...
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Something went wrong with my drive and it won't boot Ubuntu anymore. How do I fix this?

I was using Windows for a bit because I'm still seeing up all the programs on it following a hard drive failure. One thing Seagate said to do was run SeaTools. When I did, it didn't really say which ...
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Terminal method of formatting storage drive

I want to know how to format a storage drive from the terminal. Helpful things to provide in the answer would be often used options for commands and base knowledge that one can use to extrapolate ...
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I lost my raid…(it won't load)

After plugging in an extra drive I lost my raid drives. In the drives GUI it shows all of the raid drives as connected but when I go to start the raid it says: /dev/md/Storage assembled from 1 ...