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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External HDD accidentally unlocked from launcher

In Ubuntu 14.04 I accidentally unlocked from launcher my external HDD. How can I have it back there? Thank you in advance
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It possible to restore the system, after dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb? [duplicate]

As a result of the following command dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb (I wanted reset /dev/sdd), I accidentally deleted my system directories. After removal of my ubuntu continued to work as nothing was. ...
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Need help mounting a drive

Hi all I'm sorry if this question has already been asked I've searched over and over but haven't found anything. I'm new to Ubuntu and just downloaded it today because I've been trying to salvage a HD ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not detecting free space

I have a 500GB hard disk. And I currently have a C: drive containing 80GB, a D: containing 280GB, and a system reserved drive with 349MB. I have free space of 104gb approximately which I emptied for ...
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installing ubuntu sda errors

it's the 3rd time I had to reinstall Ubuntu cause after a few weeks, I get the message "Hard Disk Error Please run the Hard Disk Test". I installed 14.04 LTS 64bit first, 32bit now. Last unsuccessful ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Indicator Applet for remaining HDD space?

I've looked all over google but have yet to find what i'm looking for. I just want a simple Indicator that shows the remaining HDD space for my drives. Doesn't need to be fancy because it's being used ...
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Unable to access Internal hdd using Ubuntu 14, says unable to mount volume

dual booting windows 8 & ubuntu 14, I can access my Internal drives from Win 8 but cannot access them from ubuntu 14. says unable to mount!
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Recovering files from old xp using DSL, trouble xfering says hdd has no space left when it is fresh format

I'm not 100% this is the right place to ask, apologies if I am in the wrong place. I have an old Win XP tower that I'm supposed to fix from 1999 for my grandpa. He got some nasty viruses on it and we ...
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Problem accessing hard disk from administrator account

I logged in to my guest account and read the hard disk drive by entering the password and then I logged out from guest account and then log in to administrator account after doing this I am not able ...
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Ubuntu does not see my hard drives and will not install

I have tried to install Ubuntu a few times and when I couldn't install it I tried other versions of linux to no avail. I have an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z mother board. I am trying to make a dual ...
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Can 't mount in hibernation

This is what happened, my vaio all of a sudden crash and i had to turn it off and when i booted it back up it failed to load windows 8, so i ran a check on the internal hard drive and it came back ...
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Hard Drive doesn't show up in “Computer”, but does in BIOS and Disk Utility

I just installed Ubuntu, because Windows XP is no longer supported. Since I only use this old PC for internet and Music, I don't want to waste money on a new PC, just for those things. Installation ...
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Mounted Drives To Show In Devices

When I have an extra drive plugged into the computer, it shows in "devices" as shown here with the 250G filesystems: However, once added to /etc/fstab` for automatic mounting, it will no longer ...
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Ensures that a FS is mounted on the given mount point

While I make some copy/paste from external into internal hard drives, some errors occurred and the device was unmounted and remounted again in a different folder. This lead to many problems as I ...
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Error when mounting local HDD: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb1

Suddenly, when trying to access one of my local HDD, I get this error: Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/j/STORAGE2: Command-line `mount -t "ext4" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid" "/dev/sdb1" ...
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Notebook with dual-boot [Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04] fails to boot into either of them

I own a Dell Inspiron 14 with Windows 7. These days,I format my notebook and install Ubuntu 12.04 and remove Windows. The system works without any problem. Due to my University, I had to reinstall ...
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Laptop freezes on battery Dell Inspiron 3521 - Ubuntu 13.10 Gnome shell 3.10

I am running Ubuntu 13.10, Gnome shell - 3.10 on Dell Inspiron 3521 (bought almost one year ago). Initially it worked fine, but now laptop is suddenly freezing. Nothing works then, no mouse, no ...
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Cannot access internal HDD error mounting /dev/sdb2 (NTFS signature is missing) [closed]

I just installed Ubuntu 13.10. My pc cpu AMD A10-7700K APU with Radeon(TM) R7 Graphics × 4 motherboard gigabyte ga-f2a88xm-d3h ram 8GB have two internal HDD primary =128GB secondary 2TB Just after ...
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external hdd not showing up when inserted

Ok i have a problem with my external hdd not showing up anywhere when i plug it in! The background information is this... my internal 120gb hdd was failing to load windows on dual boot with ubuntu, ...
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Is this drive in 'My Devices' necessary?

I have a 40 GB Volume in My Drives. It has folders like bin, boot, home, sys, root, etc stc. Can I delete the mentioned volume? So as to free up that much space? Or is it required to be there? Any ...
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Hard drive moving folders mysteriously

I had a pretty scary moment today (reminiscent of the highly illogical MS Word 'can't open file' moments that made me abandon Windows altogether) when a folder I was editing a LaTeX report in simply ...
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Remove Ubuntu from stand-alone hard drive. Format drive

I guess that I have no other choice than to add to this question, as seth saw fit to delete the question I thought I was asking as a new question. But whatever. I have a dead computer thanks to my ...
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can microsoft detect pirate licence after formatted & installed ubuntu in hard disk? [closed]

I was using windows pirated version, but now i am using ubuntu 12.0 in same computer. I have full formatted my hard disk also. I request you please give me answer for : can Microsoft trace ...
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Wipe hard drive while booted?

Today is my last day at a job and I want to wipe the hard drive before I leave. It doesn't need to be insanely randomized or anything, just delete the os and most data. I'd rather not have to ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 installed on Seagate 500GB Slim crashes very frequently [closed]

Ubuntu community. I've searched very hard on the internet using Google, and also AskUbuntu's internal search, but I don't seem to find any information relating to what appears to be a very unique ...
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Installing Ubuntu and Windows 8 on SSD and user files on HDD

Quick note about my system: I have an absolutely clean (in terms of data on hard drives) laptop with a 128gb SSD and 1TB HDD, both secure boot and UEFI can be disabled in bios menu. My question is ...
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Repairing Windows 8 Installation via Ubuntu [duplicate]

My HDD is on its verge of death and I have Windows 8 installed on it. I have some pretty important files there that I need to take to the Ubuntu side. My Ubuntu installation is on its separate ...
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USB isues with ubuntu 12.04 new install

I just installed 12.04 from scratch/clean install. but it is not recognizing my external hdds I ran the command sudo lsusb and pluged and unplugged my devices a external hdd 1tb and a 32gb flash ...
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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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How would I transfer music files from a USB flash drive into Rythm Box?

I have tried dragging and dropping and importing through Rhythm Box. I always get the error message "There is not enough space on the destination. Try to remove files to make space." Ive tried ...
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My laptop has both a 500 GB HDD and a 32 GB SSD, what's the best way to partition my Ubuntu Installation, and How?

Would the best method be to install the OS on the SSD and then keep all my files on the HDD? What do you think is the best way to partition my installation, and how would I do so? Thanks!
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System performance is extremely laggy when copying and extracting files

After a clean install of Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 (64-bit) and the according Gnome 3 (stable) PPA my system (Samsung 900X3C) is extremely laggy, when files are copied to the external hard-drive (HDD) or ...
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Create LVM without data loss?

I have three hard drives, one for the OS and two for media. All drives are currently on Ext4 partitions. One of the media drives is full, I'd like to use an LVM to merge the two media drives into one. ...
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Ticking sound from HD

I am using Ubuntu since last three months, after switching to Ubuntun13.10 I installed TLP for improvement of battery life. But then I remove TLP because there is a ticking sound from my Hard Disk, ...
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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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Reasonable partition scheme for Windows 7 Ultimate/Ubuntu dual boot with SSD and HDD

I've just completed a new build and I am planning to install and use Linux for the first time in the form of a dual boot with Windows 7 Ultimate & the latest Ubuntu release. I intend to use a ...
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2nd hard drive Error mounting volume

Please help! I took out the slave sata hdd from Ubuntu system that is running and accessing the drive no problem. Then I put the drive into Window 7 system as slave, it asked for reformat it so I ...
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Side by side Operating System

I have a PC with MS-W7 installed. It is 64 bit with a 1Tb hard drive. Its fast enough and has enough RAM to take on a side installation of UBUNTU. I understand that when I install UBUNTU, the ...
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How to tune disk parameters in hdparm.conf by UUID? [duplicate]

I have a disk that was spinning down too fast and /dev/sda { apm_battery = 254 } per How can I control HDD spin down time? helped. The problem is that I plan on switching the disk in future. ...
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Slow transfer speed from SSD to HDD

I have a lenovo u310 touch laptop. It has an 25GB internal SSD in which I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed. When I transfer data from my SSD to my HDD I get very slow speeds, along the lines of 65KB/s. If ...
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Preventing hard disk being read only in case of hard disk problems

My hard disk is under risk and because of that, the filesysytem permission has changed to be read only. How can I prevent this happening so that I can use my laptop for some more time without any ...
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Dual booting Windows from another hard-drive

I have an old hard-drive with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed which I used to dual boot from. I replaced this hard-drive recently and have only been using Ubuntu but I find myself needing to ...
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removing a partition

A customer recently gave me their old computer with Windows XP on it. They said the motherboard was dead so they just gave it to me. They also said that it was a 40GB hard drive but after taking it ...
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Problem wiping SSD using hdparm command

I want to wipe my ssd using hdparm, but when I use the hdparm -I command to verify whether it's frozen or not, under commands instead of Security: (info here) I get: Integrity word not set (found ...
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Installing Ubuntu after CentOS — how to handle partitions [closed]

Apologies first of all. I'm a newbie, and I'm sure it will be obvious there are many things I don't understand. I'd like to install both Ubuntu and CentOS on a new machine. Ubuntu is what I am used ...
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Install Windows 8 (on secondary hard disk) on an Ubuntu machine (on primary hard disk)

I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed on my primary hard disk and I was not able to install Windows in that drive. So I bought a new secondary drive. How can I install Windows 8 on my secondary drive without ...
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Installing ubuntu on new hard drive

I just got a new motherboard to get my old PC up and running. For some reason I cannot get any usb drives or cd/dvds to boot, however I do have an older hard drive with ubuntu already on it and it ...
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Dual boot fail - cannot instal ubuntu

I tried to install Ubuntu 13 on my laptop. I have a 750GB HDD and a 120Gb SSD. I have Windows 8.1 installed on my SSD. The 750gb hdd is patitioned in 2 partitions : d:649GB and e:32.2GB. I also have a ...
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Make a disk sleep permanently

On my computer I have 3 hard disks with 3 different OSes, but one of those disks it's a little bit old and I want to make it sleep always, because it consumes power and makes noise, but I'm not even ...
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Merge unallocated space to extended partition and create new logical drive

I am new to Ubuntu. I just formatted, and installed Ubuntu alongside Windows. While partitioning, I made a mistake it seems. 20 GB goes unallocated and I am unable to use it. I used Gparted to try to ...