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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Accessing Hard drive enclosure through usb

I am trying to get at the files on my old dead computer with the hard drive in an enclosure. It was Ubuntu 12.04. It worked well on my desktop for a while, but I tried to boot to it on my son's ...
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reallocated sector count increases when using ubuntu!

When using Ubuntu the hard drive makes parking noise (windows 7 is silent). When I use the check disk utility the reallocated sector count tells me 1920 with 48 bad sectors. The 48 bad sectors hasn't ...
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Cannot access Disk settings for external USB drive and drive does not sleep

I have a Seagate Plus 4 TB external USB 3.0 hard drive and am running stock Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit. The OS is running on my internal hard drive. External is for backups. I always had my drive set to ...
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Can't access files in internal HDD

I've been trying to get Plex to recognize my internal hard drive. After searching google, I came across this walk-through to mount the HDD in another directory in /mount/ I was getting a similar ...
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Moving files to TrueCrypt encrypted HDD hangs

I'm trying to move several files to an external HDD. The HDD is encrypted with TrueCrypt. Everything works fine until I start moving the files over there. The progress bar moves up to around ~500mb. ...
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Corrupt HDD- How can I fix it? Not in Disk Util

I turned on my PC the other day, and it wouldn't turn on. After a lot of messing around with grub and liveCDs, I found out the problem was in my 2nd hard drive (500GB, SATA connected, used to be sdb1) ...
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Unable to mount WD My Book on 14.04

I broke my UBU system few days ago and accidentally formatted the drive with valuable data on. We have been able to recover the data on MacBook and transfer them to My Book. But anything I tried ...
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Ubuntu Installation not displaying full HDD

I am not sure how to best word my question, but I'll try my hardest. When going to install Ubuntu 14.04 (Alongside Windows 8), when I get to the part where it asks me to set the amount of space for ...
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How to make sure HFS+ drive is writeable

I have a 1TB HFS+ drive mounted on boot (relevant line in fstab:) UUID=1b86e294-8f48-3f8d-932b-634460a0af65 /media/guy/Terra hfsplus defaults,force,rw,user 0 0 . Most of the time it's fine and ...
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SMART tests show rapidly oscillating Hardware ECC Recovered value

I have been subjected to an unholy amount of pain from my desktop tonight, including the near-loss of data due to corruption (in the /tmp directory !?) on one disk and erratic behavior from the other ...
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Error No Boot Device Available

Hello I am running Ubuntu Server Edition 14.04 and I keep running into this problem. When I start the computer it says " No boot device available - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" I ...
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Can't recongnize my SSD device file in /dev

I am using Ubuntu and can't find my SSD device file. The /dev directory has following contents: agpgart audio audio1 audio2 audio3 audioctl char console core dsp dsp1 dsp2 dsp3 fd full kmem kmsg log ...
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Mount point causing problems to unmount other drives

For some reason, Ubuntu created this mountpoint /media/[username]/LACIE Whenever I connect a USB drive, even the Lacie one, this mountpoint makes it imposible to safely remove the drives. For example, ...
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Problem in copying file

I'm using Seagate 2TB expansion external harddisk there is some problem in copying the media files (video,audio) I mean that after copying the file they exist in harddisk but not playing they show ...
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Built my own computer and I have two OS's on one HDD… And can't access the original

On my computer I had originally installed Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04LTS . By purchasing a secondary hard drive to quarantine Ubuntu from Windows so it wouldn't affect my 1.82TiB Main HDD. I have ...
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iMac G5 new hard drive

Please bear with me, as I'm not the best with computers. I have a MacBook Air (Mid 2011 model) currently running Mavericks. I also recently got a free iMac G5 PPC (A1076) that came without an ...
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Lubuntu is not reading a partition of Hard Drive

I have Windows 7 in my laptop. The Windows 7 is installed in the primary Hard Disk(which comes within the laptop). There are 4 partitions C:(labeled as OS),D:(labeled as Recovery),F:(labeled as ...
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Make RAID on one harddrive, but many partitions?

I have been reading a lot about raids and I want to get my hands dirty. The goal: Virtualize a copy of ubuntu and play around with raid. This means that there won't be more than one HD, hell the OS ...
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Installing GRUB in one hard disk only

Initially, my laptop has only one HDD with mainly three partitions which contains Ubuntu, Windows and Data (excluding the swap, boot, recovery partitions). I used GPT as my partition scheme. Now, I ...
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Laptop keeps wiping hard drive every reboot on full linux PC

I am trying to install Ubuntu on my $3,500 laptop. I have a Samsung NP905S3G-K01AU Laptop with GRUB and the Samsung bootloader screen... I inserted my USB and booted my computer, it iscoming up with ...
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FAT partition seems readonly - but not always

I'm trying to delete data from an external FAT drive, which in the past worked. Now, after some system updates, it seems to be stuck in read-only mode -- although I can't figure out why. The mount ...
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Storage Devices Mounting Problem

I'm using Xubuntu 14.04(64bit) and I have two internal hard disk drives installed, few days ago I accidentally ejected one partition. I tried to remount it but it gave me an error. I've already had ...
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14.04 2nd hdd can't change permisions

Hi there I'm new to Linux and ubuntu and iv'e just put in a 2nd hdd, I also have a ssd as my main drive. but I cant change the permission to allow me to place anything into the new 2nd hdd, please ...
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Booting Ubuntu 14.04 from external HDD in windows 8.1

I'm trying to run Ubuntu on an external HDD. I am able to successfully boot from this hard drive on my Windows 7 machine but when I try to boot from it on my Lenovo Think Pad Twist (windows 8.1), I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Partition mounts by “mount” command but not using the “Disks” utility

I am facing a weird problem. I formatted a partition in my hard-drive with ext4 filesystem. When I mount it using the sudo mount /dev/sda9 /media/sda9/ command it mounts fine. However, when I use the ...
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How to check if noises are generating by fans or by a hardisk over speed?

My laptop Vostrol 3450, platform 14.04 LTS (same situation of 13.10), sometime generating terrible noises. Checking cpu temperature by "tlp stat -t", it's normal not high temp., it's around 60 degree ...
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External usb3 Hard Drive not recognized

I have usb3 hard Drive when I plug it nothing appears. dmesg says that the device is disconnected. Is there anything I can do? dmesg output: [18563.144738] usb 4-2: new SuperSpeed USB device number 2 ...
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Having a issue getting files off a old mac HDD

So my mac died on me a while back. I was hoping I could connect it to my Ubuntu machine, although when I try to access my music i get a error telling me I don't have proper permissions. How could I ...
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Listing drives that don't exist

Ubuntu 12.04. I have a flashdrive and an external drive on my system. Lately Ubuntu has created ghost drives with the same name. When I try to save a file, it writes the file to the ghost drive and ...
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Slow Data transfer (SATA 6) in ubuntu 12.04

my HDD gives 60MB/s transfer rate in windows 7. but in ubuntu it is only around 21-27MB/s. Any suggestions? config is corei3-2317U with intel HD4000
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Can't share external harddrive

I want to share an external harddrive over my little network. I'm not using Samba, but the nautilus-share option (I know, also Samba). Right click on a Folder - Sharing Options shows an error message ...
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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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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 ...