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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Bootable USB only works on 1st computer

I've created a USB hard drive (external) and installed 14.04 on it so when I plug it in to my laptop, it will boot. The problem is that now the ubuntu on my hard drive thinks that it IS my laptop, so ...
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Dual booting Windows 7/Ubuntu and partitioning on a 220GB SSD / 1TB HDD

I am not a technical user and am not familiar with any of these linux/unix/ubuntu terms - I'm looking for an easy to follow, non-technical guide for setting up my system - please tell it to me like ...
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Windows/Ubuntu dual boot, shared storage, switching from one hard drive to two

I have read this and plan on following those general guidelines in order to set up Windows/Kubuntu/Storage partitions on one hard drive. My question is if later on I decide to buy a second hard drive ...
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How to decrease the utilization of my SSD drive as much as possible? [duplicate]

I have a PC with a 250GB SSD & 500GB SATA HD. I will have Linux root (/) in the SSD disk after the installation. I want to minimize ssd utilization as much as possible. Therefore, I will ...
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HDD spindown on 14.04LTS

I can't get my drives (SEAGATE 750MB, Western Digital 1TB & Western Digital 500GB) to spindown on 14.04LTS. I have added the following lines on hdparm.conf which worked fine on 12.04LTS ...
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Unable To Mount and HDD Information

I know this is a silly question. I got a 2.5" hard disk drive that I use for my laptop. It has problems, so I plugged it out and attached it into a hard disk case and connected the hard disk to my ...
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System image recovery

I need to restore my computer from Ubuntu to the system image backup I created on my hard drive before I started installation. Please help I screwed with the partitions before hand, and this back up ...
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Unable to mount external hard drive - Damaged file system and MFT

I get the following error when i try to mount my external hard drive. UNABLE TO MOUNT Error mounting /dev/sdc1 at /media/khalibloo/Khalibloo2: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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how to use gparted to partion 2 drives as 1

I have a lenovo t43 and a SATA extra HD drive instead of the CD drive; and I have in it a 250 GB hard drive and in my HD caddy I have a 40 GB hard drive. I would like to use gparted to partition ...
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Trying to boot Ubuntu on Mac from external hard drive. Disk is no longer recognized by computer

I followed the instructions on the ubuntu website found here. After the final step in terminal, I got a pop-up on my desktop saying "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." I shut ...
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Ubuntu stuck on purple loading screen, ctrl alt f2 reveals a sda error?

I've recently built a custom computer and have decided to install the latest release of Ubuntu on it. However, I've run into some problems. When I first boot the system, it brings up a black ...
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Ubuntu Live CD does not recognize a Windows partition with data on it

OK, in my desktop I have 2 HDD each one with several partitions. In windows I've renamed the partition of one drive that I've wanted to delete to make a clean Ubuntu 14.04 install. To make sure that I ...
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Is my harddrive broken?

I've got a new 4TB drive. My old (2TB) drive was NTFS formatted. I formatted my new drive with a single 4TB partition to ext4. I've moved content of my old drive to the new drive to format my old ...
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Installing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on External Hard disk

I wish to install to my 160 gb external hard disk, but it has already got four partitions. This is how my partitions are listed when I use the live CD /dev/sdb /dev/sdb1 -- 100 mb (System Reserved ...
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I have 4 bad sectors on my hard disk, should I be worried?

I use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Here are some screenshots that depict the condition of my hard drive. It shows that my hard drive has 4 bad sectors. Is this something to worry about? Is there any way to solve ...
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I cant acess my HDD

First of all, I'm a total Linux noob. I was running the latest version of Ubuntu but eventually I wasn't able to boot no more, the Ubuntu logo appeared and then it was only a blinking white bar ...
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disk drive errors during startup - What do they mean?

I get some of this error during startup: [ 6.453064] ata2.00: failed command: READ FPDMA QUEUED [ 6.453083] ata2.00: cmd 60/08:00:80:5f:77/00:00:72:00:00/40 tag 0 ncq 4096 in [ 6.453083] ...
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Windows 8.1 blocking Ubuntu's access to my HDD

So I was trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 on a new Ideapad that comes with Win8.1 and the moment I start the setup I see that the HDD is inaccessible, neither from the install app or from Nautilus. The ...
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Ubuntu mount points for new installation SSD and Secondary HDD

I have a question regarding a new Ubuntu installation. I have a primary SSD drive and secondary HDD drive. I am going to put home on the secondary drive and have done this with multiple installations. ...
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How to Access or recover files from Apple hdd with bad S.M.A.R.T. and 05-reallocating sector bad?

I have a Macintosh HD (hfsPlus) `[/dev/sdc2 on /media/ubuntu/Macintosh HD type hfsplus(ro,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks2)] WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdc'! The util fdisk ...
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new install on hard drive error

I downloaded Ubuntu 14.04LTS and burned a dvd. I then booted on that dvd and ran the install on a newly formatted hard drive with fat32. The hard drive used to have windows XP and is a Maxtor 80 GB ...
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/ on SSD, should I put /var on a HDD?

I've recently just installed ubuntu 14.04 and i'm still very new to linux/ubuntu. I've got a laptop in which i have installed an 120GB SSD and a 750GB HDD. Currently, i have ubuntu installed on the ...
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Keeping files on current HDD during SDD upgrade

I'm planning on upgrading my media server to use an SSD for the OS & applications, but my HDD is loaded with a current instal of ubuntu 14 and all of my media. I plan on doing a fresh install on ...
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Internal hard drive not appearing after I partitioned and mounted it using webmin's logical volume management. Should I be concerned?

Running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server, I attempted to partition one of the internal hard drives, /dev/sdb, using the logical volumes management tool in webmin following the guide found here: ...
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blinking cursor in the left when booting from the harddrive but works fine from flash drive

I am installing ubuntu for the first time. I got ubuntu installed on a flash drive and can boot from said drive. I have installed ubuntu on my hard drive as the only OS on the hard drive. It doesn't ...
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I can not access any drive(like software, movi, raaz) from ubuntu os but i can access from windows os [duplicate]

My Ubuntu was running very nice. I can access all drive.i use two os windows8 and Ubuntu. But when i shut down my Ubuntu os and start with windows 8 and i copy a folder from c(desktop) drive to movies ...
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Help booting Windows 8 (and possibly other problems)

Here are my files... 1.0 TB Hard Disk CD/DVD Drive (Nodus probably) 7.9 GB Drive (I will explain its importance) Other Devices 967 MB Loop Device =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ...
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Why Ubuntu shows less HDD capacity?

I have a laptop with HDD 500GB and I installed Windows and Ubuntu on it. I used about 100gb for Windows partition and the rest is for Ubuntu (368gb). However when I load Ubuntu it shows 105gb volume, ...
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Help booting Windows 8 (And possible other problems)

Here are my files... 1.0 TB Hard Disk CD/DVD Drive (Nodus probably) 7.9 GB Drive (I will explain its importance) Other Devices 967 MB Loop Device =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ...
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Automatically booting Ubuntu from new SSD rather than Windows on old HDD?

So I got Ubuntu working. Problem is if I keep both my SSD and HDD drive connected to the motherboard, Windows automatically starts up completely disregarding Ubuntu. At the moment, i'd like both OSs ...
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make ntfs hdd only visible in Ubuntu

Is it possible to create or make a ntfs partition that only visible in Ubuntu/linux? and how do we make it?
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How Can I find possible problems for my HDD?

I am a new user of ubuntu. I just installed ubuntu 13.10. I suspect that my hard drive has some problems (maybe bad sectors). Ubuntu fails to mount my hard drive. but when I go to settings/system info ...
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Are some hard-drives incompatible with Linux?

Now I've actually been here with a similar question before - but was largely inspecific because I didn't know what I was really looking for. However, onto the question. I have a laptop that I've had ...
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ext4 partition of a 1TB hdd keeps slowing down when in use

I have a 1tb hard disk that has 3 partitons, a 890 ext4 partition and 2 ntfs partitions that add upto around 70gb Accessing the 2 ntfs partitions is fast and read and write operations on them are ...
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Ubuntu 14 installation won't recognize one of my hard drives

So basically I used to have a working machine with ubuntu and windows 7 on a single hard drive. Suddenly, my machine fried, so I got a new rig. Now, I installed windows 7 on a new sdd drive, and I ...
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RAID6 will not reassemble with 2 failed disks

Relevant photo album Hello all. I have a file server running ubuntu 12.04 (See first picture) with 6x Seagate 3TB HDDs in a RAID 6 configuration (giving 12TB of storage). This is a software RAID, ...
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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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Protecting other partitions from ubuntu

I want to protect from inside ubuntu the other partitions i have on my pc. Where protects means not to be able to access them from inside the ubuntu os and only from inside that os. Protecting by ...
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Got an error message when trying to use winusb concerning the amount of recognized spaced on the usb

A few days ago I formatted a usb and installed memtest86 image on it using sudo dd if=memtest86-usb.img of=/dev/sdb. I ran the memtest86 usb on an early 2008 macbook and it seemed to work right but ...
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Replacing hardrive (laptop) [closed]

My laptop has 2 HD's. One broken, one not broken. Can I replace a HDD with a SSD? I noticed by using the smartctl command that my SSD is TWICE as fast! And my HDD is broken so I want to replace it ...
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Is there a command to view hard drive specs

I noticed that my Ubuntu is lagging EXTREMELY badly but only the first time I do things after what I did gets loaded into RAM the lag stops totally. I ran some tests and I guess one of my laptop hard ...
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Can I increase my hard disk space in virtual box which is running Windows 7 currently?

I have my first attempt to install an OS using virtual box and for that I made a 25 gb partition to my hard disk and now I want to increase its size. Is that valid, and if yes, how can i do it?enter ...
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Can my internet speed be higher than my HDD write speed?

i have an old PC with 10/100 lan interface and Hitachi HDD 164GB with IDE interface. i connected 40Mb internt line to this PC. when i am trying to watch live video stream from the internet i am having ...
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Encryption of hard disk [closed]

Is it possible to encrypt the hard disk without formatting in ubuntu. if yes so,please tell me with full description.
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Access data disk on same machine from linux for writing

Can't access data disk on the same machine from linux for writing. Error mounting /dev/sdc1 at /media/armin/1T_20131122: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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Will encrypting hard drive encrypt “deleted” data

When a file is "deleted" it is not truely deleted, of course. I was on windows 8.1. Anyway, I accidentally screwed something up which led to more screw-ups which led to an unbootable hard drive and ...
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Install Ubuntu 14 onto Portable Hard Drive?

My system: OS: Windows 8.1 Brand: Toshiba Satellite P55t-A RAM: 8Gb CPU:2.30 Ghz HHD: 618Gb Free Space Portable HD: 2TB Free Space Toshiba Canvio Hard Drive. Is it possible to install Ubuntu 14 on ...
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Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04

My laptop can hold dual HDDs. I have installed Windows 7 on one HDD and Ubuntu on the other HDD. Installation went fine, but Windows 7 needs CSM on to boot. and Ubuntu needs UEFI on to boot. Is there ...
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accessing Windows files on a separate hard drive (14.04)

I've found information on accessing Windows partitions on the same drive that ubuntu is installed on, but not on a totally separate drive with two partitions. the drive doesn't show up in my ...
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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 ...