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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Wrong partition sizes (I think?)

I know just enough about Linux to mess things up, so apologies in advance. I have tried looking at some of the other threads here similar to this, but none of the answers seem to help. I have a 4TB ...
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Mounting disk automatically on terminal and persist across users and restarts

On the GUI, we can click on the File > Devices > HDD-Name to automatically mount the disks to /media/. I could mount them one by one manually, i.e. http://superuser.com/questions/467170/how-do-...
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External Hard Drive Automatic “Safely Remove” on Shutdown

I have noticed this problem ever since I installed Ubuntu (14.10) and I still experience this. I have an external USB hard drive which is basically just a laptop hard drive interfaced with a SATA to ...
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Using external hard drive with Virtualbox and Ubuntu

I've just started using Ubuntu via Virtualbox and am trying to get either to recognise my external hard drive. I have tried changing the USB settings in VB but a message popped up telling me that I ...
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Can't make bigger partition. Gparted

I have Linux Ubuntu intalled on partition, that have about 19 GB. I want to make it bigger, to about 40 GB. I have that space unallocated. In GParted (live cd) I have resize option, but i cant make it ...
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Adding loaded SSDs to a clean installation

I have just clean installed Ubuntu on a new PC. I have several other SSDs with data on them. They are not currently installed. Can I plug them in and use them on the new system without losing the data?...
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Cant format external drive, shoulds up with sudo lsblk

Trying to format a 1tb external, windows doesnt see it as a hard drive, and on ubuntu it shows properly if i use lsblk to view all drives (it shows size and everything), but if i try to open it i get ...
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Please advise which partitions I can delete

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 2048 25167871 12582912 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE /dev/sda2 * 25167872 25372671 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/...
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Can't connect to Seagate Central

I have a seagate central HDD. Due to not having a router for that, I am connecting it directly via a LAN-cable to my pc. When I am using Windows 8.1, I see it in the network section, and can access it....
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NO partition on my hard-drive - can't mount

I'm new to Linux and I am having an issue with my Hard-drive. With Windows I have never bothered with partitions on my Hard-drive. I have just put my files directly into it. I am unable to get this ...
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Hard drive will not sleep

I'm using Ubuntu 15.10 x64. From "disks" I've enabled Standby to 10min and APM to 127, but the drive can't sleep. I don't want the machine to sleep, because I want to be able to SSH into it, when I ...
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second hard drive in Ubuntu 14.04.3

I have a second hard drive in Ubuntu. The disk manager has it listed. I want to create a new folder in that second drive. I would like to know how to do this.
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How to carefully cut space from disk D and put it for Ubuntu?

I have Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14.04 on my PC where disk D contains a lot of free space, so I want to put this space for Ubuntu ext4 file system. Can you explain me how I should do it? I really don't ...
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Have to run fsck often

4 times in the last 6 months I go to start my laptop and it won't boot. I boot in using a live CD (SD card) and fix it by running fsck. I have to clear some deleted/unused inodes and deal with a lot ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - One of my harddrives (newest) has dramatically slowed down for writes recently

One of my harddrives, 4TB drv1 (the newest one of 4 drives), has dramatically slowed down for writes recently. Seems like once it reached 2TB (50%) capacity it has slowed down. Writes used to be ~60MB/...
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recover from 'sgdisk --zap /dev/sda' (destroy GPT structures but leave MBR intact)

I just wanted to converted an old computer to an image using Clonezilla disk-to-image, but it failed because of something about GPT and MBR partition tables. But the disk contained only an install of ...
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Is it OK for HDD temperature to reach 50C?

While trying Ubuntu from LiveUSB if one goes to the Disks option and checks the temperature - is it an accurate reading? My new ThinkPad L450 is showing a 50C - is this normal? while idle it goes ...
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How to mount a virtual hard drive to an existing virtual image?

I need help expanding my hard drive. I created a virtual image to run Ubuntu on an Oracle VM (fixed 8Gbs). I have since created a second virtual hard drive that will expand as needed. I want to ...
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Need to rescue Encrypted Hard disk, ubuntu not booting

I'm having trouble booting my ubuntu 14.04, i have set a administrator password for BIOS which appears at startup. once i enter that the system is supposed to go to the screen that shows the password ...
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Ubuntu 15.10: how to disable self-tests on SMART hdd

I used gnome-disks to disable self-tests and self-tests were disabled. I rebooted and self-tests were (re)enabled again and again and again. So it didn't work. I installed smartctl and I disabled ...
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How to select filesize range on data recovery utilities like Photorec

I recently formatted my hard drive in order to install an Ubuntu/Windows dual boot system. Of course, I made a backup to an external HDD of my Ubuntu home folder (had been using Ubuntu for the last ...
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How to access files of Windows using bootable Ubuntu flash drive

How to access files of Windows using bootable Ubuntu flash drive I tried to disable fast startup on windows and then ran shutdown /s /f /t 0 Managed to shutdown, it took a minute. When I tried to ...
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Procedure for rebooting server with Soft RAID mdadm

I've just made a raid10 on my ubuntu 14.04 server, and i was wondering if there was any step too do if i would to shutdown/reboot my server. It a Software RAID with mdadm. Do i need to make a script ...
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Problems restoring damaged sectors on hdd

I have some problems with my laptop hdd, due to a lack of electricity during a critical update. Since then, I have been able to reboot with little to no further issues, but recently, possibly due to ...
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Pc crashes due to very high iowait.

I currently have Ubuntu 15.10 installed on my pc. It is frequently crashing after showing high iowait. I have recently changed my hard drive with a new one after my older one died. Please suggest ways ...
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How to find harddisk access usage as a percentage like in Windows Task Manager

I need to find the hard disk access as a percentage like in Windows Task manager. My hard disk light keep on light up for several minutes when I am working on Android studio, and I need to find what ...
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Is this disk defective? [closed]

I try to attach a USB external disk drive to my Ubuntu laptop (running 15.10), but it doesn't show up. The disk may be defective, but how can I tell for sure? The drive is a Seagate Barracuda 3Tb disk ...
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Constant messages on I/O error on same sectors

I have the following messages on console They say: ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR } ata1.00: error: { UNC } blk_update_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 1476687273 usbhid 6-1.2.3:1.1: couldn't find ...
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Constantly running out of disk space when installing updates [duplicate]

I have been having this problem ever since I installed Ubuntu 14.04LTS for the second time on this machine. For some reason I seem to run out of disk space every time I attempt to install an update. ...
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How to mount drive without super user permissions?

When I click on drive (on left panel) in Dolphin, it automatically mount it to folder /media/[username]/[drivelabel]. Interesting thing is that dolphin does this even if I have no permission to /media ...
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How to recovery the data inside my hard drive? New to Ubuntu

My computer recognizes my 2tb Green WD on bios but not inside any OS I have installed (I'm running dual boot Windows 10 / Ubuntu 15.10). What I wanna do is make it so Ubuntu let me access it and take ...
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Error message on 5TB Harddisk: Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary

I bought a Wester Digital Green 5TB harddisk and have difficulties to format it. fdisk -l shows the following message: WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sde'! The util fdisk ...
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How to copy data from a Mac formatted hard drive to local hard drive [duplicate]

I am a Windows user and new to Ubuntu, the reason I installed Ubuntu because I need to copy data from a Mac formatted (3.5" internal) hard drive (hd) (via an USB hard drive enclosure) to local hard ...
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Interpretation of smartctl output bad_block_count and Erase_Count

What exactly mean? [root@localhost]# smartctl -a /dev/sda (***) 170 Bad_Block_Count 0x0003 100 100 010 Pre-fail Always - 0 406 0 173 Erase_Count 0x0012 ...
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How to find access to all of the partitions on my hard drive

I got a device which a version of Ubuntu is installed on it and I wanted to check the contents of the hard drive. When I do df -h it shows me the partitions but it seems I can't figure out how to ...
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How to run HDD surface test and repair from the command line?

How to run HDD surface test and repair from the command line? Most commands I found says that drive is mounted and/or in use and refused to work. So the question may be is how to run in safe mode or ...
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Convert software RAID fileserver from Windows to Ubuntu

I currently have a fileserver running on Windows 7 (it started as an old backup machine but has grown). It has 1 SSD for the OS, and 6 1TB HDDs, in 3 RAID 1 pairs. This was done via Windows' disk ...
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Where should the bootloader be installed when I want to run Ubuntu from an external HDD?

I have a laptop which is running windows 10 and I want to install Ubuntu on an external HDD and whenever I need it I can just plug it in and boot from the external drive. I've followed a tutorial, ...
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Adding Additional HDD to Ubuntu 14.04.2 Server on Oracle VM VirtualBox

I'm currently using Ubuntu 14.04.2 Server on Oracle VM VirtualBox as I'm trying to understand the deployment to be ready to deploy it in a real network. Here is the situation. Currently, I have ...
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VirtualBox with Ubuntu 14.04 - Gparted shows unallocated storage

I'm running ubuntu 14.04 on virtualbox and recently allocated extra storage to the OS. /dev/sda now shows a total storage of 80 Gb. however, 72 gb lies in unallocated partition. I'm unable to modify/...
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Can't format / delete locked partition from gparted? lvm

I can not format my hard drive for the life of me! I installed ubunutu server, and the installation failed. After re downloading the iso and running the installation again I could not format my ssd. ...
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External Hard Drive Does not Open

I was using my external hard drive in windows 7 and I was leaving the hard plugged-in for a long time and using it from time to another. After that I found my external hard drive does open anymore and ...
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Does Ubuntu LiveCD automatically create a SWAP partition?

Forgive my noob-tastic question, but I'm very confused by what I'm seeing. I was trying to recover a drive, and was always told to make a LiveCD and run that. When I ran the LiveCD from boot, I ...
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Virtual Harddisk LED in the Panel

With my PC out of my sight I'm happy to have a very silent System with no Sound whatsoever, even not from HardDisk. BUT this can be a hazard if you want to know about activity of the Disc. So, I'm ...
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Is copying data in Ubuntu to windows partition (i have dual boot) permissible?

I recently installed Ubuntu 15.10 alongside windows 8.1. My Windows has two partitions C: and D:. While working in Ubuntu, I copied 100.5 GB of data from an external hard drive to the Windows ...
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Choosing “something else” when installing

I am in the process of installing Kubuntu 14.4 on my Windows 10 computer. Normally I would simply use the whole disk, as I don't really like Windows, however there are a few programs I like to use, ...
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Installing Ubuntu In Another Drive

I have to drives in my computer. My main hard drive (with windows installed) and my data hard drive. My data hard drive has two partitions, one with data (200 GB) and one where I want to install ...
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Trying to mount old NAS hard drive - mount: Structure needs cleaning

I had a Western digital. The software was not working anymore, so I remove the hard drive. The HD is a Western Digital Caviar Green of 1 To I connect through a USB hard drive converter and..... root@...
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How to use second HDD as program installation drive path

My issue is that I have no idea how to make Ubuntu recognize my intent to have one drive for the loading and use of the operating system and the other for the storage of programs. Is this even ...
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Log folder files extremely large can't log in

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. A few days ago I couldn't log in to my account. I logged in as Guest and received a notice that my hard drive is full. I used Disk Usage Analyzer as was suggested to see ...