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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Computer Won't read hard drive

I did a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my friend's laptop to check disk drive problems as my laptop won't read the hard drive. I thought the hard drive was the problem, but it ran fine in my ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 “Unable to access” HDD

I have three external hard drives, one 1TB and two 3TB drives, all formatted as exFAT. They all used to work fine; two still do. But now, when I click on one of the 3TB drives in Nautilus, I get an ...
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Generate decryption key for manual recovery

I'm new to Ubuntu. I'm just learning Linux now. I did try to find the answer first before posting, but could not. Got lots of stuff on encryption, but not the answer I needed. I installed Ubuntu ...
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Crashed Ubuntu 12.04 Server -> Need Help Recovering & Transitioning To New Server

I have been running an Ubuntu 12.04 server with a single 2 TB hard drive in a somewhat-older small form-factor (SFF) PC for a while now. I had a headless CrashPlan client installed on it to back up ...
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Why so slow, Ubuntu?

I've got a problem with Hard Drive on Ubuntu. In fact every operation on hard drive takes really long time and CPU's load is over 3.0 during this (4 cores). For example, packing files into zip file, ...
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Mount Tivo Hard Drive

I would like to mount a drive from a series 2 Tivo hard drive model TCD130040 There are tools available once the drive is mounted. It is detected by both Mac and Windows operation systems I am ...
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Laptop Won't Recognize Working Hard Drive

The drive works. I plugged it into my brand new computer and it worked just fine. I installed Ubuntu while it was plugged into my desktop. I encrypted the OS and my home folder. After I took it out ...
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How to setup a set of disks like I want

I am very new with Linux. I have been using OS X and Windows for many, many years however. I decided to create an Ubuntu Server to handle my scalable file storage needs. I had a Buffalo Linkstation ...
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backup compatibility

I have a PC with Windows 7 64 bit OS installed. I have backed up all data with Western Digital backup drive. Model is Passport Essential. I wish to restore this backup to other a Dell Inspiron laptop ...
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External HDD array prevents installing or running 14.04

I have a system which has the main purpose of running two RAID arrays, the drives for which are in an external array. The boot partition, linux system, and home directories are located on an internal ...
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ata driver issues in 14.04?

Is it possible that ata driver changes between 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS could make a specific hard drive model and integrated SATA motherboard controller incompatible with each other? I have 2 Western ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 dual boot

I built a computer with Windows 7 about a year ago and I just tried to install Ubuntu 14.04 on a second hard drive. My Windows hard drive is 3tb and Ubuntu is 1tb. When I attempted to install Ubuntu ...
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Unable to access/error mounting external hard drive in Ubuntu 14.04

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop and have not previously had any issues using my external hard drive. The hard drive has two partitions - partition one is Linux, Ext3 (version 1.0) and partition ...
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Can detect external hard drive

I have a 14.04 laptop and it does not recognize external hard drivers. I have tried with two external hard drives, one USB and the other eSATA and when I plug them in it seems that the system does ...
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Inspiron 7537 HD beeps & HDAPS

This post is actually 2 questions, one linked to the other. First question: I'm running Xubuntu 14.04 LTS on an Inspiron 7537 bought in 2014. I'm dual booting with Windows 8.1 and one of the ...
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My laptop very slow, Is the problem with Hard Disk or RAM ( very low Timing cached reads value)

My laptop has been running very slow, I reinstalled Ubuntu and also tried Windows but didn’t find any difference. I thought this could be a problem with my HD. I tried the below tests with hdparm ...
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How to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04.2 on different hard drives?

I've recently had a interest in installing Ubuntu and I've been meaning to dual boot it alongside Windows 8.1. The laptop I have has two 1TB hard drives, and I was wondering how to install Ubuntu on ...
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USB GRUB boot HDD -or- The Upgrade parachute

I have a question... I'm upgrading my laptop's HDD to an SSD. Starting basically from scratch (just backing up and partially transfering /home and stuff), but there's software I have installed (such ...
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Installing Ubuntu on NE56R

I have been trying to fix a computer for a client. There was no way for me to get back in to the system (the laptop came pre-loaded with Win 8.1), so I was unable to grab the PID. Now I am having a ...
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Cannot show mounted harddrive due to bug in Disk Manager

Ubuntu 14.04 In order to have my hard drive mount at boot up I have to set up the Disk manager- mount options - correctly. Due to a bug, I am told that the box "Show in User Interface" must be ...
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Rsync error 23: some files were not transferred, when copying files from Windows drive to external HDD

I wanted to copy files from the Windows drive to external HDD using rsync, with the following command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude-from '/home/mint/exclude.txt' '/media/mint/OS/' ...
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Dual boot Windows 8.1 and newest Ubuntu, separate HDDs, Removable HDD caddy for laptop

Okay so a few months back I bought a new HDD for my laptop and installed Windows 8.1 onto the new HDD in place of the old HDD, I then bought a caddy to use my old HDD in place of my DVD drive seeing ...
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Ubuntu system error

Today while i was upgrading my ubuntu 14.04 to the 14.10 version... It showed me a error message,, so i powered off the computer... When i turn it on.. It shows the the screen ehere i dhould type the ...
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Test Disk not showing HDD

The hard drive in this laptop is not showing up in the test disk program, BIOS detects it, but then decides it can't be used. The Disk utility program says that /dev/sdb is OK and has one bad sector. ...
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Making HDD Executable

I am very new to Ubuntu and I have experienced much grief in these last weeks as I have tried to download steam and play games on my computer. Steam downloadeds on my ssd and runs fine, but I would ...
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Partitioning to Install Ubuntu, so Ubuntu has higher performance

I Have a 500gb HDD + 24gb SSD laptop, and I came with Windows pre-installed, I want to know how to change my partitions in a way that Ubuntu keeps roughly 2/3 or more of the HDD disk, and about the ...
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Run command as root when waking from suspend

The mechanical hard drive on my netbook keeps spinning up and down. That makes an annoying sound and is bad for its health. I run sudo hdparm -B 254 /dev/sda and that stops it untill a suspend/wake ...
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SATA drive only detected when plugged in while system is running

The SATA drive is only detected when I plug it in while the system is running. "fdisk -l" only shows it in this scenario (and /dev/hda only shows up in this scenario). This is running on a Banana ...
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Files on an HFS+ backup drive show up as empty text files

I have a external backup drive for my old Macbook, and have recently built a new computer and installed Ubuntu 14.04. There are files on this external drive that I need, from when "Time Machine" ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 and HP poo1tx, not made for each other

Please refer to this link Say whatever but this time I am sure New HDD There was not a single sound from HDD until I was using Windows 8.1, I used it for hours but as soon as I installed Ubuntu ...
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Internal HD folders appear but most contain zero items, trying to copy to external HD

Ok, so bare with me please and thank you in advance, I just taught myself how to do this. My asus 1005p netbook (no dvd/cd drive) crashed and would not boot. Reading a lot over the course of a week ...
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Why my USB 3.0 external hard drive shutdowns after five minutes?

I'm having a big headache with a Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 external hard drive (code HDTB110XK3BA). After formatted to ext4 filesystem with mkfs, the drive shutdowns itself about five minutes after ...
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Recover files from one drive from a raid1 array

A couple years ago I created a raid 1 array using two 1TB drives in a computer running Ubuntu 12.04. These drives stored my files (pictures, videos and music) and acted as a server for other computers ...
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Network drive crashed, trying to mount in Ubuntu

My Western Digital network drive stopped working in its housing so I pulled it and placed it in my Ubuntu machine. Now I get this error: Error mounting /dev/sdc4 at ...
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Windows NTFS partition fails “check” but passes Ubuntu “ext4”

I want to install a clean copy of Windows and I have tried many different ISOs by now, and every time the disk somehow fails and it has to go and start automatically checking the disk again and again ...
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How can I tell if there is data on an LVM volume?

I recently installed Kodi (formerly XBMC) over an install of ubuntu that had become unusable after an 'upgrade'. The OS is on an SSD. I also had a couple of 2TB drives with video files on them. Now ...
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Transfer Existing install of ubuntu 14.04 to SSD

I have a Samsung NP530U3B, long time ago i installed ubuntu on it (Just ubuntu) and i installed it on the HDD (500GB), this computer has an SSD drive and i want to move the installation to the SSD but ...
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In gnome ubuntu how can I remove unwanted devices from nautilus' sidebar?

I use gnome ubuntu... installed it last night. I'm very pleased with how fast it is and how much ssd space I now have. In windows 8 I had about 20GB left, with ubuntu and the same apps installed I now ...
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Unable to copy from Mounted Drive

I'm very new to Ubuntu, so please bear with me. I have pictures from the past 6 months of my newborn on a Hitachi HDD (which unfortunately I did not backup), which crashed on me without warning. ...
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Using live USB to recover Iomega Home Media Hard Drive NAS files

I have a Iomega Home Media Hard Drive NAS, and after a firmware update I am unable to access the files on the Hard Drive. Trying to solve the problem, I connected the disk directly to a SATA port on ...
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xfce4-diskperf-plugin not showing disk activity

Never have been able to get the Disk Performance Monitor (xfce4-diskperf-plugin ver 2.3.0-2) to work on mythbuntu 12.04.5 amd64 mythbackend system. Any suggestions? Linux 3.13.0-44-generic ...
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accessing desktop files in ubuntu

Recently, i have broken my laptop and I was using both windows 7 and ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Then, I put hdd to a hdd box and plugged in my new laptop with usb. Although I can access all files in the ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 instllation error, hdd encrypted

So I unknowingly selected the second option of installation with the encryption. I entered my password and click next. Then it said something and I hit go back then it froze. Happens so my battery ...
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Having Trouble Accessing Samba Share

I recently reformatted my XBMCbuntu HTPC to 14.04. It wiped everything off the first HDD but doesn't seem to have touched the second one. I'm trying to set up a Samba share on the second HDD and Its ...
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Late 2011 Macbook Pro, Two Hard Drives, and Ubuntu 14.04 alongside OS X 10.9.5.

I plan on using rEFInd to accomplish the dual boot. That part is OK. This next part though, I need a little guidance, or at least a suggestion or two. Anyway, 2011 MBP, 128 GB SSD, 500 GB HDD ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 doesn't see my SSD drive

Just recently I'd bought a two disc Asus G750 laptop with intention to use Ubuntu and Windows 8.1. I decided to install Windows first. I've assigned 350 out of 450GBs to Windows leaving the rest of ...
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Grive deletes files from Google Drive server

I am probably going to sound like a complete moron but, after installing Grive-Tools (Version 1.12 beta) on a second laptop containing Ubuntu 14.04 (32-bit), when I went to sync files that I had ...
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My second hard drive isn't found

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 onto my 256GB Sandisk SSD, but I can't find my 1TB Western Digital that I have installed as well. It is recognized in the bios. cat /proc/partitions major minor ...
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my ubuntu installer doesn't see my hdd.

I have an old PC (dell optiplex gx 620, p4, 2gb ram, 160 gb hdd). I want to install the ubuntu 14.01 lts 32bit from a live dvd, but the installer doesn't see my hard drive. On the hdd is a windows 7 ...
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Not given Windows Boot Manager option

Hello I have a minor problem that I cannot find a fix for. I have Windows 7 and Ubuntu on two separate hard drives with no problem running with an extra Hard drive for storing. The problem is that on ...