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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df showing different disk sizes in 14.04 and 12.04?

I have several servers on Rackspace and have been moving some of them over from 12.04 to 14.04. One of the features they have is called Block Storage which lets you attach an external disk. These ...
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Failure proof logical volumes on heterogenous bunch of irreliable hard disks

Like I guess most people do, I have accumulated an assortment of various hard drives over the years. They are mostly of different size, manufacturer, speed, etc. There are too many off them to put ...
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How long does ubuntu take to create ext4 journal;ing file systems for 500Gb drives?

I have a new server with four new 500Gb rotary hard drives. I am installing Ubuntu 14.04LS from a bootable USB flash drive. I asked Ubuntu to format the HD's with ext4 journaling file systems. Three ...
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Something is using my external drive. How do I find out what?

Whenever I attach my external LUKS drive to my laptop, the drive head starts rattling like crazy, as if I am copying the entire thing. Every now and then it pauses. I've seen some tools like iostat ...
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Setup config for my SSD [Ultrabay T430]

there are a lot of blog posts about how to configure Ubuntu when using an SSD. The ones I found rely on editing /etc/fstab. Unfortunately my file looks different from their samples which is why I'm ...
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iotop shows 99.8% IO load on “--render” and “--extension” and “dropbox \fataldb” processes

folks. System works more or less fine, but stucks from time to time. I've tried to detect using iotop it and it seems that disk io is the bottleneck. chrome and jbd2 keep writing to disk all the ...
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cannot mount a hard drive

I have a second hard drive that has a partition for /home mounted on the first drive. yesterday, the booting failed because /home cannot be found. I run 'blkid' and see its uuid is gone. but when I ...
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Why does “scanning disks” always take 3 -4 hours?

Is there something wrong with my hard drive? I have tons of small files on my C drive in Windows. I shrunk that partition to make enough room for a new partition. It's taken me days just to get ...
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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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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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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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XUBUNTU can not find the hard disk

I want to install xubuntu but the installer do not recognize HDD-0. I've try different things but nothing fixed that. In Live System the hdd is visible; also the 3 Windows partitions and the free RAW ...
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Enlarge a local partition by adding cloud storage?

I use Win 10, PC-BSD, OpenBSD and ubuntu. On Ubuntu I only have 15 GB left on my largest partition. Is it possible to install some program that will enable my partition to grow larger, e.g. like ...
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Bad sectors and partitions

I had windows 10, tried changing into Ubuntu, saw the error I/O, did some reading and used the command in How to run a checkdisk? sudo badblocks -nsv /dev/[device-partition] > bad-blocks It ran ...
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How can I fix overlapping partitions ?

How can I fix this, Here is my fdisk -l -u /dev/sda output: Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 ...
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How to do RAID 0 or 1 on Chromebook(Hear me out before you say not Ubuntu)?

I am a amateur at Chromebook just saying! Ok,so I just recently bought a HP Chromebook 14-ak010nr from hp.com. After a few days, I got tired of the 16 GB storage when trying to dual-boot Ubuntu(even ...
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Bad sectors in hard disk and master boot records

I have a spare old hard disk and thinking to install linux onto it along with windows on my desktop. The first question I have is about bad sectors in the hard disk. I know the spare hard disk has ...
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How to reevaluate clusters marked as bad in Ubuntu?

I have some bad blocks in my Hard Drive, and I want to reevaluate those blocks if they are physical or logical,how can I do this?
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How do i share an external Hard drive over a network share?

I cant believe this is as hard as it is. I have a PC running Ubuntu 14.04, it has a My Book WD Harddrive connected to it. When i browse from my wireless Ubuntu Laptop i can see the normal folders and ...
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During a ddrescue, the disk I was writing to was disconnected. Now it is read-only

I'm doing a ddrescue from one external hard drive to another, and I bumped one of the cables and I got the error: ddrescue: Error opening logfile 'logfile' for writing.: Input/output error Fix the ...
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Hard drive not mounting

I'm trying to connect to an external HD (Samsun D3 station). It is not recognize by any OS (MAC, windows and linux). I have tried with different cable (USB and AC) and no difference I even try open ...
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Hard Drive recognises everything as executable

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I have an external Hard Drive that I use for storage data. In order to be able to execute file in this Hard Drive, I modified the /etc/fstab adding the following code: ...
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ddrescue GNU recovering 327.68kb every 12 minutes?

So I finally got ddrescue to work by mounting a directory(on live cd). However my failing external hard drive is writing only 327kb every 6 min. Thats rougly 23 days per gig on a 1000 gig hard drive. ...
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Partition external hdd for Linux/Mac/Windows/Ps3

So i need 3 Partitions on an external hdd like the following, but i can't get it set up Partition 1: fat32 (Ps3, Windows, Mac, Linux) -> movies etc. Partition 2: exfat? (Mac, Windows, Linux) -> ...
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Using lvm and thin provisioning (thinpool) on PV larger that 2T

I'm trying to make use of lvm thin volumes on Trusty 14.04 with an external drive of 3TB as the PV for the volumegroup, but for some reason this fails and the thinpool gets corrupted. On a 2TB drive ...
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Mounting NTFS Drive to Ubuntu Server VM without losing data

I have a Plex Server running on an Ubuntu VM with KVM as Hypervisor. Until now I had my Plex Server running on my Windows Desktop PC. Now i want to mount the NTFS Drive to the Ubuntu Vm so my Plex ...