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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Restore Failed : Failed with an unknown error

I am trying to restore my data to a new hard drive from my old hard drive. I created a backup on the old hard drive. When I restore it gives me the error "Restore Failed: Failed with an unknown ...
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Determine what bay a drive was inserted into

I have the unique problem of trying to figure out what drive bay a drive was inserted into given the disk's device name (e.g: /dev/sdb1). A little bit of background: The machine I'm working with has ...
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How to fix: high HDD activity and slower system after few suspend cycles?

After a few cycles of suspending and waking up, on system wakeup HDD activity lasts for ~5-10 minutes (shouldn't be the RAM used instead of HDD?) and even when it is done, the whole system feels ...
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I can't find the other hard drive in my computer

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 in my Windows 7 computer. My computer has 2 internal hard drives. After the installation, I can't find my 2nd hard drive. The only hard drive that shows up is the one ...
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How to redefine nautilius unmount to turn off the unmounted hard drive as well?

I have just installed an hdd caddy for my second hard drive. I would like nautilus to turn it off when all of its partitions are turned off (to simplify it we can assume that there is only one ...
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Mounting 2nd Hard Drive (Win7)

I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed on my internal hard drive and I’m tiring to mount a 2nd internal to recover data off it. It has Win7 Home installed on it. I am having problems mounting it. What is the ...
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Mount error “exit code 12” on 1 TB USB hard drive

I'm a Linux noob, just now migrating from Windows. This is my first question to the community, and I hope I get the forms right. I've looked around at the other similar questions here, but none seem ...
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USB hardware disappears

I'm just going to use this for an example. I have a Western Digital Passport, external hard drive. I plug it into the USB port on my computer, it shows up immediately, I go through and browse, and ...
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Files that were deleted are still taking up space on HDD but are not in trash- Ubunt 12.10

This is the first time I have encountered this problem with Ubuntu 12.10 I am trying to restore data from an external hard drive using TestDisk 6.14. There were read problems so I aborted the app. I ...
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Partition problems : HDD seen twice

I am a litle to no experienced with linux, so please be kind :). I have a problem with all linux distributions.What i am trying to do is just install Ubuntu/Mint. Same problem on all. What exactly my ...
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Any Mechanical Drive Tweaks?

Noticed a couple of SSD-specific tweaks like putting log files to tmpfs, discard and noatime, etc. Was curious if such tweaks would also work on mechanical drives or be advisable? I noticed a little ...
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Lost HDD space at home

I have total 365 GB at /home : And 146 Gb is used: So free space must be: 365 - 146 = 219 Gb But it is 17.2 Gb! (See screen2 - it is nautilus directory properties with sudo) 201.8 Gb is ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 not recognizing my 4 tb hdd

I am using a SSD as the main hard drive and want to use my 4tb hdd as a storage drive. However, I can't find it in Ubuntu. I checked the bios, and it is known. edit Disk /dev/sda: 240.1 GB, ...
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Installation Problem Involving Netbook w/ 2 Very Small Hard Drives, Partitioning Is Being A Problem, Too

I am trying to install Ubuntu 12 on a first generation eee PC that has two itty bitty solid state drives. (One drive is 8GB and one is 4.5GB. And that's ALL I have to work with, too!) I already ...
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resize2fs: Invalid argument while trying to resize /dev/sda1 (dd problems)

I was attempting to copy my Ubuntu installation to a larger HDD following this guide with the dd command. The guide says: "It's recommended you dd to an identical partition for optimal results." ...
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Why is 80gb HD read BIG error rate & smart data different and everything SLOW?

Load & run ok via USB stick (real slow, jerkey), then installed (4th time now) having problem. Able to boot from 80 gb SATA HD but everything still slow, jerkey, takes 1 second per charactor on ...
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Help Lost Ubuntu operating system and data

I need help in how to recover my Ubuntu, I lost the entire operating system. I was using the windows booting system with wubi. My system is asking me to reinstall windows, I do not want to do this, I ...
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Does “No such device”->grub rescue on on an established system herald a catastrophic event?

I've already found plenty of threads on "no such device" and grub rescue on AskUbuntu, but I'm wondering what this signifies if it happens not on a fresh install, but on a computer that has been ...
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killed windows, trying to recover data through ubuntu

windows got corrupted during a update, i am trying to access the data on the HDD to back it up to restore windows. the HDD is mounted already, but when i try and acces the HDD, it does not show any ...
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How to load HDD lazily?

I have a laptop with an SSD and an HDD. I tend to use the SSD only. On Windows 8 when I don't use the HDD for a few minutes, it goes idle and the laptop is completely silent, because SSD makes no ...
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How do I mount a USB hard drive to an arbitrary mount point?

I just upgraded my system with an SSD from a hard drive. Loads faster. But, I left all of my large media files on my hard drive. Currently, I have a SATA optical bay caddy on order, but in the ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.10 with Virtualbox -> Not enough storage

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 with Virtualbox. I allowed 20GB of space for the virtual computer and when I tried to install it, it said that I don't have enough space, which I have over 100GB. ...
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How does a device get mounted via the Unity Launcher

When I click on a hard drive in the launcher, how does it know what parameters to apply to the mounted unit since the device is not shown or added in /etc/fstab. How can I add additional parameters to ...
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Can't mount my internal harddrive

Im trying to mount my internal hard drive. Whenever I click on my 320 gb hard disk a pop-up comes up saying "Unable to mount location , cant mount file" Thats all it says and I just got started using ...
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how do i gain acceess to a drive that owned by deleted user on ubuntu 11.10?

I did some trial on command line and creating a user account from it, then I logged off and logging to that newly created account (let us call it newaccount). Then I mounted one of my drive (I named ...
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Formatting HDD and USB-stick results in broken “unknown” file system

I am trying to format a new hard disk (and a USB-stick) using GParted. After successfully formatting the drive (to ext2, ext4, ntfs, fat16, whatever), GParted tries to reload the partition data and ...
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Unable to access second hdd. ubuntu 12.04

This is the error i get when trying to write to my second hard drive. Error opening file '/media/hdd2/01 Queen - Keep Yourself Alive.mp3': Permission denied The hdd is mounting on start up. but i ...
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Why is my HDD going back from standy?

My hard drives, connected to Ubuntu server are producing the following log every exactly 5 minutes. Nov 1 14:10:50 localhost kernel: [ 1602.884936] ata2.00: hard resetting link Nov 1 14:10:51 ...
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Mount point space is not the same as the HDD

I'm new to linux and I have question about mount point I have two HDD in my system, one 500GB and one 1TB The 500 is used for OS and swap, the 1TB is for storage only the 500GB is name sda1 and 1TB ...
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Moved Windows from my HDD to my new SSD - Can't boot on Ubuntu anymore

I'm right now a bit disapointed. I recently installed a new SSD in my laptop, on which I had Win7 and Ubuntu 14.04 (dualboot). Both were so on my HDD: I allocated a partition to Ubuntu. The thing is ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 Can't detect my M.2 SSD second drive

Hello I have dell 7510 with two hard drives : SSD 512 GB & M.2 SSD 512 GB. When I want to install or just use ubuntu without install, ubuntu can't detect my second hard drive (image ubuntu), but ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on XPS 15 with 32GB cahce?

I should preface this by saying that I am pretty tech savvy but haven't worked with Linux a lot and am installing to become more adept at using and tweaking the operating system. The more detailed ...
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Not detect HDD for USB

I have a problem with detecting hdd on USB 2.0. Model Seagate ST1000LM014. Hdd is connected to JM20329 SATA Bridge. Can someone help? I'm using Ubuntu 15.10 dmesg | grep sd [ 1.689401] sd ...
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VisionTek Flashdrive issue with mounting

I got a visionTek USB 3.0 128 GB drive. https://www.visiontek.com/solid-state-drives/128gb-usb-3-0-pocket-ssd-detail.html It won't mount on Ubuntu 14.04. It does show up in lsusb as ASMedia SATA ...
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Harddisk spinning when plugging/unplugging laptop

Im setting power management on my linux as I'm using laptop. I found on the internet that one good software is TLP, which helps power management. I have Acer Aspire V15 Nitro which have combination of ...
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Resizing partition (hdd/ssd)

on my vps, I got total 140GB HDD, when I building my server in web panel (debian) using 140GB, then I login to shell/ssh and issue command df -h it shows only 9GB, but rest of it is available, I need ...
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How to confirm the file integrity of data recovered using TestDisk undelete?

First of all, I take full responsibility for this screw-up. On the step-by-step wiki for Undelete file from NTFS using TestDisk, the very last line after all the instructions tells you NOT to copy ...
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Can I have a GPT partitioned SSD and an MBR partitioned HDD on the same device?

The title pretty sums it up though I am not sure if it is a valid question. And if not, can the HDD be GPT partitioned with already existing encrypted partitions?
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How to restore deleted partitions?

Before installing Ubuntu, I was using win-7 where i had 4 hard drive partitions. Post ubuntu installation I can see all the partitions are gone. Is there any way to restore the 4 hard disk partitions? ...
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Failure to mount raid array after upgrade to 15.10

I need help fixing my RAID arrays. here is what happened: I previously used ubuntu 14.04 with an SDD for the system and two identical 1TB drives as RAID1 array. Each drive is partitioned in two ...
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fail2ban log filling up whole disk and not deleting it properly

I logged in to a newly built server and I found out it was completely full. I checked the disk space taken by the files and I was puzzled to see that it was nowhere to be found. So I ran lsof +L1 to ...
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Raid 5 Array will not start and one drive failing SMART test

First of all please forgive my noobieness but I will try to provide as much info as complete as possible. I had recently experienced a power outage that resulted in my Raid 5 Array from starting. ...
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Iostat shows activity on unmounted partitions

My hard disk temperature is reaching until 55 degrees even with no activity. So, to analyse the whole situation, I did the following: I ran watch -d 'iostat -pxd /dev/sda && hddtemp ...
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HDD detection with installer

I have a little problem with older Hitachi HDD(SMART is Ok). When i try to install Ubuntu 14.04 with mini.iso installer cannot find this HDD. I'm trying to install with expert-commandline option. But ...
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256GB SSD + 1TB HDD - Struggle on partioning [No dual-boot]

I'm going to install Ubuntu and I was wondering about the partition scheme. My Setup: 256GB SSD 1TB HDD (Which is already partitioned - so 650GB would be free for my files, the rest of the HDD is ...
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mount xbox 360 formated disk

I have a game save data on a usb pen drive. Ubuntu doensnt recognize the disk file system though. I used the command fdisk -l, and tried installing netware 386 packages, but the disk still wound ...
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As soon as I get on to Ubuntu my HDD LED stops blinking

Hello I am trying to dual boot with my usb and have followed tutorials on how to make my USB a bootable device. As soon as I go into the bios I try and change the boot priority so my USB boots first ...
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New SSD installation help

So I have purchased a 250GB SSD. I have read up on the various things you can do to improve its lifetime and performance on Ubuntu. I currently have a 2TB hard drive which is 500GB full. I am ...
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Mounting a new hard drive into Ubuntu Server

I'm trying to mount a new 1TB hard drive into my plex server that I just built day before yesterday. I'm having trouble with getting it to recognize the hard drive outside of being /dev/sdb Output of ...
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Partition Scheme for Ubuntu on HDD + SSD

I'm installing ubuntu on my notebook and it currently has no SO, a 120GB ssd and a 1TB hdd. I would like to know what is the best partition scheme for me, having in mind that I'll use it mainly for ...