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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How is HDD's bad-sector of gnome-disks defined?

In one of my HDD disks, I get in gnome-disks Disk is OK, 3 bad sectors (44° C / 111° F) I also feel that the disk is rather loud, which may indicate worn-out condition. I want reliability, and ...
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External hard drive not detected after first boot [Xubuntu 14.04]

I have the following problem and hope to find help by someone. On the first boot of my Intel NUC after a longer period of time (eg over night) Xubuntu won't mount nor detect (blkid) my external USB ...
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Plex is able to see harddrive but unable to navigate to directories?

Drives are formatted to mac os journaled for reading purposes. Plex sees both drives but is unable to list the contents of such drive so that it can add media to library. What I've tried: sudo ...
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How to Install Ubuntu 16.04 with RAID by default?

I have many HDDs which I would like use for making RAID. The installation process does not ask about it. There has been a sequence of data lost now in my systems because of various hardware/software ...
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Possible to allow read/write operations between ssd and hdd?

So I have two hard drives mounted on my Acer Aspire S3. A 20 GB SSD a 500 GB HDD Previously, I was using Ubuntu 14.10 installed on the HDD. Now when I was installing Xenial Xerias, I had the ...
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Help with moving an Ubuntu Server Installation to new hardware

I was wanting to find out whether my simplistic view of upgrading my server hardware is correct. I have an older dual core intel HP machine with a couple of 2Tb drives with our families media, ...
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This means an external-HDD of mine is dead, right?

When I plugged in this external-HDD to see what's on it and/or why I'm no longer using it, I received this message when I used the ls command (see below). I forget entirely why it was not hooked up, ...
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How Much Hard Space Can Lubuntu Handle because I use Virtualbox

Im wondering if theres a way to do it, and im worried i wont have enough Space. Because my hard drive is humongus, like 273 or something and i got 181 left, Say? Please Answer These How much to ...
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Lubuntu 16.04LTS can't install because of unencrypted swap

I have now been struggling for days trying to install Lubuntu 16.04LTS. I have a 1.5TB drive and a 2TB drive. The 2TB drive fails consistently saying it cannot close the drive. Perhaps there is ...
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How to do Optimization of partition for small files ? (8-12 Kb)

I have to save my SELECT from database info for every company in files, size of every file ~8-9 Kb. Amount ~ 2000 000. 300 000 files it's approx - 2.2 Gb of HDD space. So I have to use a lot of free ...
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HDD mounting problem because of Win

I have a WD Elements HDD, I am using Ubuntu but from time to time I work with Windows too, so I formated it with NTFS (compatible with most devices, as the description says), as I see now I should ...
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How to store program files on a secondary drive?

I have the Ubuntu OS installed onto a SSD. I do not want too many program files on my SSD. I understand that not all software files for a program can be stored on a secondary drive. However, I do ...
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XUBUNTU can not find the hard disk

I want to install xubuntu but the installer do not recognize HDD-0. I've try different things but nothing fixed that. In Live System the hdd is visible; also the 3 Windows partitions and the free RAW ...
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Bad sectors and partitions

I had windows 10, tried changing into Ubuntu, saw the error I/O, did some reading and used the command in How to run a checkdisk? sudo badblocks -nsv /dev/[device-partition] > bad-blocks It ran ...
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How can I fix overlapping partitions ?

How can I fix this, Here is my fdisk -l -u /dev/sda output: Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 ...
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Bad sectors in hard disk and master boot records

I have a spare old hard disk and thinking to install linux onto it along with windows on my desktop. The first question I have is about bad sectors in the hard disk. I know the spare hard disk has ...
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How to reevaluate clusters marked as bad in Ubuntu?

I have some bad blocks in my Hard Drive, and I want to reevaluate those blocks if they are physical or logical,how can I do this?
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How do i share an external Hard drive over a network share?

I cant believe this is as hard as it is. I have a PC running Ubuntu 14.04, it has a My Book WD Harddrive connected to it. When i browse from my wireless Ubuntu Laptop i can see the normal folders and ...
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During a ddrescue, the disk I was writing to was disconnected. Now it is read-only

I'm doing a ddrescue from one external hard drive to another, and I bumped one of the cables and I got the error: ddrescue: Error opening logfile 'logfile' for writing.: Input/output error Fix the ...
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Hard Drive recognises everything as executable

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I have an external Hard Drive that I use for storage data. In order to be able to execute file in this Hard Drive, I modified the /etc/fstab adding the following code: ...
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Partition external hdd for Linux/Mac/Windows/Ps3

So i need 3 Partitions on an external hdd like the following, but i can't get it set up Partition 1: fat32 (Ps3, Windows, Mac, Linux) -> movies etc. Partition 2: exfat? (Mac, Windows, Linux) -> ...
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Using lvm and thin provisioning (thinpool) on a PV larger than 2T

Initial problem I'm trying to make use of lvm thin volumes on Trusty 14.04 with an external drive of 3TB as the PV for the volumegroup, but for some reason this fails and the thinpool gets somehow ...
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Mounting NTFS Drive to Ubuntu Server VM without losing data

I have a Plex Server running on an Ubuntu VM with KVM as Hypervisor. Until now I had my Plex Server running on my Windows Desktop PC. Now i want to mount the NTFS Drive to the Ubuntu Vm so my Plex ...
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Did hard drive ids change in 15.10?

my fstab has entries like /dev/disk/by-id/wwn-0x9236792127351050241x-part2 after upgrading to 15.10 this isn't working because those paths no longer exist? now it's at ...
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Ubuntu Server - itself unmounting, must mount again to work

i have recently installed 1TB Seagate Harddrive (HDD) to my Raspberry Pi 2. I have installed ISPConfig and them Torrent client (Deluged), harddrive is connected via external power adapter and ...
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File System turns read only. How to find the problem?

I realized that the file system on my hdd turns read-only randomly. I tried to run a SMART Data & Self-Tests but it fails and reports some uncorrectable sectors. However, the assessment seems to ...
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Ubuntu doesn't boot with a “bad” HDD

Well, it's not so simple like the title. I have four HDDs in my computer and one of them has some bad blocks in the end of the drive, but I can still use the beginning of the disk, something around ...
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Western Digitial 2tb hard drive detected but cannot mount, no /dev/sd file

I'm having some strange problems with my external hard drive. It's a 2tb "My Passport Ultra" drive from Western Digital. I haven't used it in a while, but needed the extra space so I went to fire it ...
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Fresh Ubutnu 14.04 on External SSD slow

I installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 14.04 onto a new USB3 connected SSD drive and it seems to be very slow. The slowdowns are particularly apparent when performing actions such as opening programs, ...
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USB installation interrupted, now nothing

I put a brand new blank SSD in my old work Dell laptop that I got to buy sans hard drive at its end of life, so there's nothing at all on it. Booted from a thumb drive made with Ubuntu 14.04.4 and ...
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How to adopt an Ubuntu backup of an external hard drive to Amazon S3?

My Ubuntu 14.04 machine gets rebuilt (fresh install) very often (once a month at least) I am trying to setup a backup solution using the Ubuntu built in Backup App for the following scenario: A ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...