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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When installing Ubuntu, can I use the dd command to copy the image to my 1TB hard drive for subsequent insertion into another machine?

Typically people are installing Ubuntu using a USB drive or burned DVD, but I don't have these. I would rather just go with installing to the destination hard drive itself, make it bootable, and ...
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Checking of Residues of Windows

Years ago I had Windows OS in my System. But I now I am using Ubuntu only. I have 3 partitions in my Hard Disc Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * ...
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External drive starts out read/write then after a couple of minutes it turns read only

I have an external drive that starts out read/write and I can make directories and files, but after a few minutes the drive turns to read-only. I'm running ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. Only one user is on ...
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ubuntu freezes with heavy hdd usage (continuous blinking led)

I'm using ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS and it randomly freezes, and while that happen the HDD usage is quite high (LED almost continuously on). I can't move the mouse, can't use alt + tab, can't even go on ctrl ...
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Installing Ubuntu on SSD and using my HDD

I have 500 GB of hard drive on my laptop and 24GB on SSD. After I install Ubuntu on the SSD, how can I make use of the hard drive? How do I make it so that only the operating system is on the SSD and ...
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Slow copy/move transfer rate on the same HD

I have a notebook with Xubuntu 14.04 and everytime I try to copy/move files (of any size) between to partitions of the same HD (both ext4) I get a transfer rate of ~ 3MB/s. What can I do? I ...
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Should I install the bootloader on the internal hard drive?

I've got a mac and I want to install Ubuntu on an external hard drive. Whenever I try to install Ubuntu on the hard drive I get an error when the program tries to install the bootloader on the ...
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unable to install ubuntu on sata hard disk

I would like to install lubuntu in my old pc. I have a pci sata/raid from Syba sa3114 which connect 3 sata hard disk 1TB When I install and create the partition, I recive the following message: The ...
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How to make a user share on a 2nd hard drive in samba?

Im running samba on a small hard drive. i want all the user shares on a 2nd, much bigger hard drive. i can create the user shares, thats not my problem. i just dont know how to see the directory for ...
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Why did dual boot system stop booting Linux?

I'm trying to understand why the following happened... I think (hope) I can fix it using boot-repair but have not yet tried. To clarify... I had a successful UEFI dual boot setup with Win 7 64bit (no ...
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Configuring RAID in HP Proliant ML350e Gen8

We have purchased two stock HP ML350e Gen8 servers. Ubuntu 12.04 is to be installed in those. The stock base unit have provision for 6 hard disks for creating RAID in which, one is filled with 500GB ...
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How can I setup a shared second hard drive over LAN so that users have file edit permission?

I have a second hard drive setup on ubuntu. It is partitioned using ext3. I have set it up as shared over a network. When other members of our office add files to it using both Mac OSX and windows 7/8 ...
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HDD clicking when plugged in, hdparm didn't help (Lenovo L440)

I have a Lenovo L440 with DVD ROM replaced by SSD disk with Ubuntu 14.04 x64 and Windows 8.1 dualboot. The problem is that under Ubuntu whenever I plug the power in (e.g. whenever it's charging) the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 and windows 8 on seperated hard with Hdd power switch

dell inspiron 660 I5. I have two 1tb hard drives and a orico power switch that will let me select which hard drive functions. I have installed ubuntu on the 2nd drive with the windows drive not ...
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files copied in usb hard drive using rsync disappear

I use Ubuntu server 12.04 and using rsync I successfuly copied files using rsync from server to the external usb hard drive which is plugged to the server all the time. For some reasons I reinstalled ...
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Additional HD not recognized after turn on again

I put only the OS and programs in one drive. All the staff and archives goes in a different HD, when I try to work with those files after turning the machine on the next day they are not linked ...
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How to Remove Unmounted drive Folder?

I have a computer that i customized to have PATA external drive attached. These drives work normally when attached, like it is automounted and folders open. I am using Java calls to mount and unmount ...
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Dual boot drive question

I am about to install Ubuntu as dual boot with Windows 8. Currently I have 3 drives installed. Windows is currently installed on a 74GB raptor drive, and then I have a 300GB raptor drive, and a ...
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Creating partition to mount at existing location, moving existing data to new partition

Forever, my ubuntu-studio laptop has been a single-user system, and I've had everything on the computer lumped into one partition. Recently, I've been toying with the idea of adopting a new partition ...
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GRUB freezes if external hard drive is connected. Can I simply make it invisible to GRUB?

GRUB seems to freeze whenever my 2 TB external hard drive (WD My Book) is connected. Connecting it while GRUB is loading does the same thing, but doing it afterwards or not at all will let my computer ...
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External hard drive error

DBus error org.gtk.Private.RemoteVolumeMonitor.Failed: An operation is already pending In English? All I am doing is trying to browse an external HDD (Western Digital)
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Why do I see permanent disk activity on my software raid partition (/home)

I installed Ubutu 14.04 server with this partitioning: / on an SSD /var and swap on a single SATA drive /home on a software raid1 consisting of 2 SATA drives. I switched all partitions to noatime. ...
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Error - Plasma Workspace

Once Kubuntu is open and I select the Quick Access icon>Hard Disc Device I receive this error message: Error - Plasma Workspace The desktop entry file /home/peter/Hard Disc Device is of type ...
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mount of 2 USB-3 hard disks

I got a harddisk Seagate 3TB which I plugged in and was recognized immediately. I got a second hard disk Seagete 3TB, which I cannot mount anymore. sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdc: 3000.6 GB, ...
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Questions about checking for badblocks on a almost-definate bad HDD, I am new to Ubuntu

Heres the deal, I'm on an Asus x53sv-mh71, it's my friend's laptop. He dropped it about a month ago, and it stopped working about a week afterward. Wouldn't boot past the "starting windows" logo. I ...
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Trying to install Ubuntu but internal HDD not present

I am currently trying to install Ubuntu as the primary OS on my new computer from a USB boot. The computer came with an internal 500g HDD which I'm hoping to install onto but whenever I open the ...
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Western Digital External Hard Drive Crash: How to recover data using Ubuntu

My Western Digital 2.0 TB External Hard Drive stopped working all of a sudden. I see the light flashing but the hard drive is not being detected. So, I created a bootable Ubuntu USB drive and I tried ...
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What are these two 8.4 GB volume HDDs shown in tray, and how to access my hard disk?

I'm really new to Ubuntu 14.04, just installed it today. In the tray it shows two hard-disks, each saying "8.4 GB volume". What are those?. Also, my notebook has an internal drive of 500 GB. how can ...
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Slow read/write to harddrive after backup?

Here's the story; I decided to make a backup of some files from an internal hard drive to an external, about 100GB, at something like 5mb each. This started off fine, predicted time at 2/3 hours. ...
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Recover data from crashed mac hard-drive from Ubuntu live CD

I've seen this question already posted but it didn't work for me. I have and old iMac from mid 2007 (iMac 7,1 if I'm not wrong). I made a backup of my iphone on itunes and then I made a complete ...
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Can't get Plex to find folders on External Drives

I just switched from Windows XP to Ubuntu since all I use is Firefox and Plex. Unfortunately, all my media is stored on two external drives but I can't get Plex to "see" anything on the drives. Any ...
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How ti install RockettRaid642L with Ubuntu 14.04 Kernel 3.15. Getting reset errors

Installed a SansDigital box with a HighPoint rr642L controller. Originally I was told to go to the newest kernel, now they say no, 3.6 is as high as they go. I am on 3.15 and keeping getting the ...
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GParted very slow and stucky comparing to other softwares

I know this isn't really an Ubuntu-related question, but I don't know when to ask. I always used GParted to manage my disk and partitions. I have a 2TB external HDD, wich was parted as well: sdb1: ...
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unable to change file permissions on external hard drive, 14.04

Ever since I changed over to 12.04 (Jul 2014) and then 14.04 (Aug) I have been unable to change the permissions of files on an external hard drive. Even though I am the owner and have rwx permission ...
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Help fdisk 4 (near) identical 1TB drives

I have 4 drives to setup a Raid 5, but apparently they are not identical. I am not sure what steps to take next. It seems that I have (3) 512 and (1) 4096 sized drives. What should I do to format, ...
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I lost my raid…(it won't load)

After plugging in an extra drive I lost my raid drives. In the drives GUI it shows all of the raid drives as connected but when I go to start the raid it says: /dev/md/Storage assembled from 1 ...
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How to use SD card as primary drive without corrupting superblock?

I have a netbook which I would like to use with a Linux-based distro. The hard drive has been replaced with a SD to SATA Converter Adapter so that I can run everything off of an SD card similar to a ...
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P2V Failed (Error message attached)

I want to convert physical Ubuntu 12.04 to a virtual server using VMware converter 5.5.2 you can see in the following image the hard disk settings for the physical server in the conversion wizard ...
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Managing rights to Hard drives

I have a 500 GB HDD divided in to five partitions and an 3TB HD. Ubuntu is installed one of the partitions on 500 GB HDD. I updated my Ubuntu from Ver 11 to Ver 14 but after that I lost permissions ...
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format/build raid 5 with one 4k drive, three 512b

I have 4 WD 1TB drives which I want to 4x1TB Raid5. I am not sure what course of action to take next. How do I configure my 4th drive (sde) to align with the rest? Will this affect performance? I ...
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Very slow write access to SSD disks on some Asus P8Z77 motherboards

I have Asus P8Z77-V LK motherboard, that ran Mint 13 (based on Ubuntu 12.04) just perfectly, but recently I've tried to install Mint 17 and noticed abysmal write performance. Write speed on SSD disk ...
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New HDD formating on Ext4 root permission

I have this new 80Gb HDD I want to use it as a backup storage for my actual system (14.04) not a server. I formatted it with Gpart but I just can't write in it, when I search for permissions it tells ...
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How to install Ubuntu on 2 internal hard drives?

My computer has two internal hard drives: sda is 80gb and sdb is 500gb. I want to install Ubuntu on both drives with system files on sda and home directory on sdb. I need step by step instructions.
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Is there a way to back up a whole hard disk (which holds the OS) and use it for a reinstall?

I've built my own system and the ssd i'm using has failed twice already. It's always been during boot up and it just says operating system missing. I've checked and made sure that it was definitely ...
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“Safely remove” doesn't seem to spin down the external hard drive

I have a USB HDD attached to the computer, and I've noticed that, when using "Safely remove" from the launcher, the drive continues producing noise and its LED is on continually. However, if I first ...
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Change owner of internal hard drive partition from root to user 4

I boot the computer from Ubuntu live usb hdd and created two new ext4 partitions by moving space from main hdd with gparted partition editor. but finally after rebooting I tired to move and create ...
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How to remove stale hard drive entries from Cairo dock 'Shortcuts' desklet?

The machine is running Ubuntu 14.04 after multiple distribution upgrades during last 4 years. I use XFCE but also have KDE installed and have had some other desktop environments installed in the past. ...
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RAID 0 Superblock recovery?

Cool, I have a Synology Diskstation 212j, with 2x3TB drives in RAID 0 (I know, I know, I was very naive; never had a drive failure before). About a month back the volume crashed, I recovered the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 is recognizing my full HDD :D drive

Windows 7 and Ubuntu are dual booted on the same drive, however my second drive :D which has 881GB is only showing as 40GB available on Ubuntu labeled as "computer" in system files, in Ubuntu, and my ...
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Can't figure how to boot to Ubuntu on the second drive, just boots to Windows

I have about 4 hard drives in my computer and decided to put Ubuntu on the 80gb one. I managed to install it, though the hard drive still shows up as empty when I'm in Windows, and I can't figure out ...