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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Cannot fsck or e2fsck to repair disk. dumpe2fs returns “Couldn't find valid filesystem superblock.”

I've been dealing with this hard disk problem all day. External Seagate disk I've foolishly failed to back up still is recognized by PC but cannot be read. When I try to follow the steps here, it ...
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What to do with a 16gb m.2 disc?

I've bought a Lenovo ThinkPad E540 back in 2013. It came with a 512GB hard disk, which I replaced with a 256GB SSD. When I ordered it there was something written about the 512GB hard disk, that it has ...
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Used dd to clone HDD but will not boot! [closed]

I have 2 x identical HDD's (73GB SAS disks). One in slot 1 and one in slot 2 of my server. I want to make a 'backup' of the HDD, so I loaded a Ubuntu Live DVD and used simple 'dd' command to 'clone' ...
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How to make external hard drive with Ubuntu bootable

I've installed Ubuntu on my Toshiba 500GB external HDD from liveCD. There's there, because I can see from my software on Win7 that there is 10GB used on the disk, so it is Ubuntu I guess. Now I'm ...
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Unable to mount my external disk

I am unable to mount my external usb disk, here is my error message and please help me to solve this problem. Thanks. Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sdb1: Command-line `mount ...
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Cannot access secondary hard drive on ubuntu 14.04

I just formatted my primary hard drive with windows 7 to install Ubuntu 14.04, I also had a secondary 1tb hard drive where i have a lot of information. After installing Ubuntu I cannot access my ...
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Setup Ubuntu on a new drive - help needed [duplicate]

I have an old laptop which had an HDD failure. So I'm trying to fix it... got a new 128gb Solid state HDD. However, the windows(visa) sticker with the product code has over time lost some of the ...
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Mounting unknown filesystem from LG TV

I'm a new linux ubuntu user. I have a LG smart TV, Toshiba External harddisk and already recorded few TV shows inside that Toshiba External hd. I want to mount that hard disk to ubuntu linux. So I ...
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I've lost usable access to internal drive: i/o errors

I've lost usable access to a critical internal drive, getting i/o errors. This is not OS drive. Yesterday I was setting up a VPS and file sharing, all of which worked fine. (I don't know that this ...
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Ubuntu AND Computer not recognizing extra SATA hard disks

Just so you know, I'm going old school 9.10 Karmic on an old computer I have attached two 250GB SATA hard disks to my computer for a file server... and none of them work. The main 120GB Hard disk ...
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Unable to read data from external drive

After I've mounted external HDD drive few times I receive window with below message Error mounting /dev/sdc1 at /media/rafal/TOSHIBA EXT: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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Why I can not format Samsung NB530UB Ultrabook 16gb SSD to install Ubuntu 15.10

I have Ultrabook from Samsung model NB530UB. It has 16 Gb SSD. Here is list of harddrives: Model: ATA Hitachi HTS54505 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 500GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B ...
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Would I need to reinstall OS after I inserted hard drive from one laptop to another

The title is self-explanatory. I have two laptops: the first is as good as broken and the second lacks hard-drive. So I figured it's best to make them one by moving the hard-drive from one to another. ...
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External HDD won't work after using cipher/encrypting files

It's the second time with another HDD and I can't explain why it's happening this. I used gpg --cipher-algo AES256 -c file to encrypt some files directly on the external drive and after I unplug it ...
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Can't install linux

I'm trying to install Ubuntu here but it doesn't works because my HD is a 3TB one , I tried with a 750MB and others ubuntu patchs but it didn't worked... Please help
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Ubuntu 14.04 Hd1/Hd2 Win10. I'm having some issues access to the drive with Ubuntu on it

my first post, hi all by the way, its my first edit too ;D So, i got a pc with two hard disk. One with Ubuntu, One with Windows. My problem with the first hard disk with ubuntu is that i can t walk ...
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Creating disk image where destination partition is smaller than the source

It seems one of the requirements of a disk image tool like Clonezilla is that the destination partition for the image is at least as large as the source partition. I have a Windows disk that I would ...
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HDD randomly unmounted - which log file & possible causes?

For some reason today an HDD in my server decided it no longer wanted to be mounted. There was no "trigger" that I'm aware of, possibly a bad sector being read but can't be sure. Some background info ...
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Where did my files go?

Ok so let me preface this by saying I'm a complete noob when it comes to Linux/Ubuntu so if possible please try to give answers in a way I might be able to understand them, Thanks. Here goes..... I ...
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My windows partition is Fubar, how can I at least reclaim that HDD space for my ubuntu filesystem

My computer bluescreened whilst in windows. after some work and boot from an ubuntu flash drive, I was able to re-install Grub 2 and can boot into my linux partition, after a failed attempt to ...
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Disk partition canceled by ubuntu installation [duplicate]

Using the usb ubuntu I was about to install it. But I accidentally pressed continue instead of cancel when I selected to overwrite windows. I immediately detached the usb from the pc. Now i have an ...
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Error: failed command: READ FPDMA QUEUED

During boot or shutdown I got error: Nov 18 19:41:20 noname kernel: [ 11.696636] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x7fffffff SErr 0x0 action 0x6 Nov 18 19:41:20 noname kernel: [ 11.696641] ...
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Why doesn't Ubuntu constantly run my hard drive like Windows does? [closed]

I'm dual-booting Windows 10 and Xubuntu 14.04. I've noticed that when Windows boots, the hard drive indicator LED on my laptop immediately starts going, and doesn't stop until about 10 minutes after I ...
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How can I set future permissions and user/group for files and folders inside a parent folder?

For days, I am have been scanning the internet trying to find an answer to my questions. I have come across a lot of different options, but none of them are working for me. My situation: I recently ...
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Install ubuntu with windows 10 - SSD and HDD

I bought a laptop with SSD and Installed windows on it . now I want to install Ubuntu on HDD . I did once and ubuntu was not detecting windows. What should I do? any advice ? I uninstalled ubuntu and ...
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mount HD with “special rights”

I auto mount (on boot/startup) an external (USB) HD on my Ubuntu Server. But, my webserver must see, and have access to the filesystem on this HD. My System is 3.16.0-53-generic #72~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP ...
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Dual boot set up on different hard drives or on different partitions?

First of all I 'd like to apologise if this question is not related with this section. I have a 250GB SSD hard drive on my desktop, in which I have installed Windows at the moment, however I'm ...
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How to format an external 4TB HDD in Ubuntu 15.04?

I have a 4TB Seagate drive: ST4000NM033 that I'm trying to partition and format for external storage via the USB port and an external docking station. When I view it in fdisk or other utilities, it ...
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Show external USB Hard drive on desktop

as the title says i cant get my USB harddisk (1TB Toshiba) to show on my desktop, it shows in the launcher and i can open it but i cant get it to show on the desktop. i installed the unity tweak tool ...
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1:1 mirror script with rsync? And do disks spin down by default?

My old NAS crashed and I don't want to use a Hardware RAID controller any more so I created my first server with Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS. It's running on a SSD and stores my data on 2×3TB WD Red ...
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How can i access my encrypted hard drive on another pc?

My ubuntu pc collapsed and i turned my internal hard drive to an external usb hard drive. After a lot of trying i ended up with a live usb on my laptop and after i enabled universe repositories and ...
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Trouble accessing harddrive

Hoping someone can help me out here, im quite new so please excuse any false assumptions. I recently had a relatives mac boot drive fail(seems mechanically fine, but wont appear in OSX or windows). I ...
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I dont see my devices on the left side-bar in Nautilus

I have two hard drives sda and sdb and I also have a cd/dvd drive, but none of those appear on the left side bar of Nautilus. Using: Ubuntu 15.10 Nautilus 3.14.2 My etc/fstab file (I added the ...
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2 TB hard disk partitioning scheme [closed]

I recently bought a 2 TB WD USB hard drive. I want to back up the contents of my Windows and Ubuntu partitions regularly. Also, in addition i want to store some videos, songs and un-related stuff. ...
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Installed Ubuntu from external drive, cannot boot from internal SSD drive

This is my first time trying to install a Linux operating system after reading many interesting exciting articles about it, but I really need some help! I am trying to install ubuntu-14.04.3 onto my ...
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Dual booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15 on SSD and using HDD for storage

I'm looking for advice on how to create this following setup, or if it is even possible at all: I have a PC running Windows 10, which is installed onto my 120GB SSD (C:). I have also installed my ...
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Switched SSD and HDD in laptop. Cannot boot into any

When I bought SSD for laptop I installed it in main slot and HDD in caddy and installed Windows 10 and then Ubuntu MATE 15.10 in separated partitions on SSD. Now I switched places so SSD is in caddy ...
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Should I put Ubuntu and windows on the same hard drive by partitioning, or on separate drives?

slightly above novice ubuntu user here. I have ubuntu 14.04 on one laptop. I want to dual-boot ubuntu 15.10 (or 15.04) with pre-installed windows 8.1 on my new laptop. It's a gigabyte Aorus X3 plus ...
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How to Convert USB flash drive to a Local Disk on Ubuntu

Well I have been looking around on possible ways to convert my USB flash drive to a Local hard drive. I have found several tutorials and videos that are based on WindowsOS for example: USB Hack: Turn ...
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Slow write to sda while copying files

Writing wo ext3 and ext4 on my new Trusty installation is really slow, when I create an NTFS Partition on the same /dev/sda HDD it is quite normal 30MB/sec, about 100 times faster than with ext3. I am ...
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SDA with ubuntu on changes name to SDB?

So after moving in with my girlfriend, I brought my server to our new apartment. After fixing most config files to fit the new subnet, i wanted to access my harddrives. I have a 120gb SSD for system ...
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External disk showing empty files

My ubuntu machine is detecting hardisk , but it shows nothing inside external hard disk . And my external disk is showing all the data in windows machine. What may be the problem. And how may I ...
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Mount and share a drive with bindfs in fstab permissions

I set a drive to mount on boot and set the permissions with bindfs, but I still have no access rights, root only. After reading everything on the issue I could possibly find, I found that mounting ...
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USB 3 External Hard drive SMART fails

I am trying to use SMART to check an external hard drive, however when i try to use SMART (from Disk) the option is greyed out and i cannot use it, whether the HDD it is mounted or not. I have ...
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Question on partitions

I've just started renting a dedicated server which has 2 3TB Hard drives in Raid1. I've just noticed that my home folder only shows as having 1.7 TB of space. Running lsdisk I get the below result. Am ...
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about to install linux, full format or partition? [duplicate]

I'm about to switch from windows to ubuntu but I'm pondering if I should do a whole format when installing ubuntu or keep windows on the side. I'm saving some files that I care about on an external ...
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can't access the merged partitions from two hard discs created when the pc was running windows 7

previously my system was running windows 7 64 bit and then created a single drive by sharing two different hard drives. Now PC is running on Ubuntu. But can't mount that partition. help me
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Cannot access partial C drive

So, i am a complete retard when it comes to computers, and i could desperately need some help. Last week, my win10 laptop had some error on startup, and apparently the only option would be to reset ...
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How to backup data of first computer to the hard drive of second?

I have two computers connected to same network. First computer (laptop) is for my primary use. I use Ubuntu's Backups program to backup my data for that I have to connect external hard drive. Now I ...
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SATA Errors upon boot and slow drive function

I am experiencing multiple sata errors upon booting, and drive functions are very slow. Here is the errors I am experiencing. sysadmin@ubuntu:~$ dmesg | tail -n 50 [ 131.260061] ata4.00: exception ...