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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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 ...
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Trying to mount old NAS hard drive - mount: Structure needs cleaning

I had a Western digital. The software was not working anymore, so I remove the hard drive. The HD is a Western Digital Caviar Green of 1 To I connect through a USB hard drive converter and..... ...
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Run Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux From Separate Harddrives

I wish to put Linux on one hard drive and well, have Windows 10 on the existing hard drive. But how would I go about doing this? Note : I do not want to run them simultaneously, rather, I just want ...
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Ubuntu random hard resets

Since recently migrating to Ubunutu from Windows, I have been have random hard resets of my machine (all new HW except for some of the SSD drives). I have 15.10 installed and looking at kern.log ...
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Move partitions within the same HDD

My hard drive is currently formatted this way: 200GB Windows NTFS, 8GB SWAP, 20GB Root, 92GB Home. I want it formatted `8GB SWAP, 20GB Root, 292 Home'. Is it possible to wipe my Windows partition, ...
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Mounting XBOX360 device on Ubuntu 14.04

Been trying for ages to mount this hard drive to my PC with no hope. I ran lshw and this was the output: *-scsi:2 physical id: 3 bus info: usb@1:6 logical name: scsi9 ...
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Can't boot after removing hard drive

I have a problem when booting my system. I'm currently using Kubuntu 15.10 with kernel version 4.2.0-30-generic. I have an SSD for the OS and three more hard drives in use. If i remove /dev/sdd1 ...
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Cannot mount external hard disk, MFT records error

I am trying to mount a Western Digital "My Book" drive, which I used to share between Linux and Windows. It is formatted in NTFS. When I connect it on Windows, I get the message that the disk is ...
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SSD blocked after shutdown (blackout)

i hope u can help me, i have an ssd, but it is blocked write after my pc was shutdown, it shutdown was because the light off by bad weather (i have desktop), then I can access to my sdd, when i tried ...
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External Hard disk not showing up and has unallocated space

I have Seagate 2Tb backup plus ext hard disk. Today i was watching a movie through it. Suddenly it stopped and resumed after a minute. when the movie ended the hard disk couldn't be mounted It gave me ...
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I need help adding a menu option to the GRUB boot menu

Trying to dual boot Windows 10 with Ubunt 14.04. I have Windows on an SSD, an internal hard drive for games and stuff, and Ubuntu on an external hard drive. Yes, I know it's a bad setup. I've ...
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Moving from two hard drives to one, plus a RAID array. Will I have problems?

I currently have a setup with two filesystems, /dev/sda and /dev/sdb, each with one partition. I boot from /dev/sda1 and have my /home on /dev/sdb1. /dev/sda is a solid state drive and /dev/sdb is a ...
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How do I write an image file to a bootable partition on my USB?

I use a FAT32 1Tb external HDD for my PS3 and I recently found out how to create an image (*.img) file from a virtual machine. Needless to say, I partitioned by HDD half FAT32 and half NTFS 500Gb ...
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install problem ubuntu 14.04 didn't see partitions of hard

My hard disk partitions are: c:/ 84gb for windows 7 (system) D:/ 64gb for data1 (logical drive) E:/ 148 for data2 (primary partition) I had installed Ubuntu on Virtualbox and it was successfully ...
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SSD Not part of Raid?

I was playing around with BTRFS calculator (link below). I have 2 2TB Drives and 1 3TB drive. I also have a 120GB SSD. I was thinking Raid 5 with the operating system loaded on the SSD. It said I ...
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Please help me set up my drives for new server?

I want to build a new home server (really mostly for storage/backup for my other computers and a PLEX server). I'm not too concerned about 24/7 uninterupted access (my point is that if it takes me a ...
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gparted can't have overlap partitions

I made a new volume on Windows and now grub rescue, I can't reinstall Ubuntu , gparted show can't have overlapping partitions this my problem run command fdisk -l /dev/sda Disk /dev/sda: 1.8 TiB, ...
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Trying to add Movies folder on second HDD to Plex. Failing

I'm trying to set up plex with two hard drives. I have my computer configured with Ubuntu and all program files on a SSD, and a second big-ish HDD with a whole bunch of files on it, including all of ...
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System does not boot after installing ubuntu 14?

I have formatted ubuntu 15.04 and installed ubuntu 14.02 in main hard-disk. I have another two other internal hard disk of 3 TB. Main : 256 GB Other : 2 TB Other : 1 TB ...
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Cannot access folders shared on the second hdd

I have two folders shared using samba. One folder is in /home/y directory on the ssd and the second one on the second hdd mounted as /media/y/hdd. I can access the first, but I've got the message ...
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Stop jbd2 writing to hdd

I have /dev/sdb as a storage drive. (used very rarely) I would like to use TLP or hdparm to power it off when not used to save power. However when I monitor disk's activity with watch iostat -d ...
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I can't install Ubuntu 14.05 because of a problem with the hard drive

I am trying to install Ubuntu on a 500 GB hard drive that had Windows XP on it and it was a very slow drive(Also 4 months ago I stupidly used a fridge magnet to try to erase the drive). I put in the ...
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Turn HDD in sleep

I have a laptop with a SSD and a HDD. I used the disks application from Ubuntu to put hem into sleep after a specific time. Works beautifully, but when my laptop wakes from sleep, the HDD isn't ...