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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fsck took only two seconds to report “clean”. What did I do wrong?

I booted a LiveCD (Ubuntu 14.04.2) and opened a terminal window. I used sudo lshw | more to determine that my usual boot volume was logically named /dev/sda1 . It's the primary partition on a 1 ...
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Loading of applications in ubuntu freeze my system for a while

I have a very powerful ubuntu system with core i3 4370 processor and it works very fast, but it seems it's bottleneck is in harddrive. This log review loading of my hard drive when I try to open ...
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Identify failed drive from RAID 5 NAS

I have a NAS with 4 drives setup in RAID 5. It recently started making a lot of noise (not good) but I couldn't figure out how to get the NAS system (iomega storcentre) to tell me which drive was ...
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Replaced hard drive in a Windows 7 machine, Will not boot Ubuntu

Just picked up an Acer Aspire x1301 to refurbish. It came with no hard drive and origionally had Windows 7 home premium on it when it shipped. The goal with this piece is to load Ubuntu on this ...
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How to Bring HARD rive icons on the Launcher?

I Migrated fro Windows 7. I Partioned my Hard Disk (250 GB). I am not able to access all the Partitions simultaneously like I used to do in Windows. Please tell what should be done to get the ...
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Help! One of my raid partitions has disappeared

First time posting but I can't solve this by my self, so pleas help me. I have a problem, I can't access one of my partitions. I have three 2 TB disks that are running "hardware/intel software ...
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Can't read 2TB Hard Disk , don't exist dispositive.

I have a new 2TB external USB HardDisk, and I can't open or format it. I'm gotting diferent kind of errors, for example: If i execute: sudo mount -a /dev/sdb sudo mount -a /dev/sdb1 The response ...
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How to tune HDD read cache? or alternative view on WD Green problem

Setup WD Green HDDs have a feature of parking themselves after 8 sec of inactivity. The timeout can be changed. My portable PC has WD Green HDD as well as another SSD. I have Ubuntu on SSD and use HDD ...
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Pointing Local Folders in Kubuntu 15.04 Kmail to email messages stored on local Hard drive

I have Kmail messages stored in different folders on my local Hard drive. I would like to set up the Local Folders in the Kmail application of Kubuntu 15.04 so that it displays the messages stored on ...
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How to Mount secondary HDD for Virtual Box in Ubuntu 14.04

I'm new to Ubuntu and I love it but I’m having one minor problem installing my VBox. See I'm running the Host OS on a 128GB SDD and and a 1TB HDD for storage. I have an additional 500GB HDD That I'm ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not recognizing my 2nd SATA HDD

I just built a media server running ubuntu desktop 14.04.This is my first ubuntu experience, so bear with me. I have two 3 TB HDD's connected to the motherboard/PSU, but I just noticed that only one ...
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suspended HDD spins up before system suspend

I'm booting Ubuntu 14.10 from the SSD ("sdb") in my notebook. As a second drive I have an HDD ("sda") which is kept on standby via entry in /etc/hdparm.conf: /dev/sda { poweron_standby = on ...
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Noisy HDD in Ubuntu

I have dual boot Windows 7 & Ubuntu 14.04. I found that in Ubuntu in many cases,my HDD is noisy and my computer is freezing and really slow especially when I'm using JetBrains products (CLion, ...
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Ubuntu installation takes the whole hard disk space, leaving no space for other partitions to be created

I installed ubuntu 14.04 LTS (now upgraded to 14.10) from a pen-drive. Accidentally, I chose the whole of my hard disk space as the installation space - even formatting (or deleting, I can't remember) ...
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Partitioning SSD+HDD for ubuntu installation

Ok, I bought a new Samsung SSD 850 Pro 256GB; What I'm intending to do is have a fresh ubuntu installation on my SSD along with a spinning hard drive I previously owned. I read through a lot of ...
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Fix corrupted mSATA boot drive

I was given an disk image for an embedded device. I connect the mSATA drive through a USB 3 enclosure. I did sudo dd if=system.img of=/dev/sdb instead of sudo dd if=system.img of=/dev/sdb1. This ...
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I have a computer running Ubuntu and I have a mac os x snow leopard disk, can I dual boot them on 1 hd?

I would really like to be able to dual boot Ubuntu and mac os x snow leopard on the same computer. Is it possible? and if so, HOW? Thanks James
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Dual HDD manual partitioning woes

Wondering if anyone can lend a hand. Installed an SSD in my laptop, now have two drives (SSD for efi patition and /) (HDD for /home & swap). I am able to install uefi mode with all distros (Arch, ...
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Dual boot with LUKS encryption with 2HDD's(Probably repeat)

As the header states, I am wondering it it's possible to do a FULL DISK encryption on my UBUNTU HDD while having windows on a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HDD? Will Grub2 allow for this? If so.. How? ...
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Putting a Linux distribution on an external drive with Unetbootin

I don't have a USB stick or CD drive, but I'm trying to put some version of Linux on my external hard drive. My computer is running Windows 8 on a Lenovo Yoga. I used SmartDiskFAT32 to reformat the ...
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Allocate disk space to partitions in a fresh install

I'm planing to do a fresh xubuntu install and am wondering about how I would best partition my hard drives, which are as follows: SSD - 128 GB HDD - 2 TB Right now, running ubuntu, I have the ...
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In battery mode disable apm hard drive sleeping?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I want to disable advanced power management level up to 255 when my laptop is in battery mode. At this moment amp change it to level 1 and it's very hard to deal with. ...
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SSD drive errors in dmesg but smartctl says all is ok

I am not extremely experience in SSD monitoring so not sure if there is an issue or not, but yesterday I noticed in dmesg a number of errors being generated from my root disk (/dev/sdb). These seem to ...
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Complete I/O error HDD after doing dd

Ok, before reading this, I just want to say that this is not a duplicate post. I once owned a Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB that contains Windows 8. After messing up a bit, it restarted and what I saw ...
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How do I make the Ubuntu live CD play nice with my SATA controller?

I run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 successfully on my machine. Unfortunately, I need to repartition the drive containing the / mount point as well as the windows start partition. For this, I ...
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Software RAID 1 is only showing half its expected capacity

While installing Ubuntu 14.10 I manually partitioned and set up software RAID 1. I have 4 HDDs, each 2 TB. On each drive I set 8 GB of swap space and made the rest ext4 and bootable (both as software ...
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Retreave file names and directory structure with testdisk

So a few months ago I accidentally reformatted my external hard drive instead of my flash drive using startup disk creator. I already asked a question found here Unformat a drive? on what software I ...
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Shouldn't have left SATA port empty when creating RAID?

I recently added an md RAID5 to one of my computers. The boot & root filesystems were on the motherboard's SATA port 1, which became /dev/sda. I left port 2 empty for future use (oops?!) and ...
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Slow Samba Transfer Speeds with USB 3.0 HDD (lubuntu)

I was noticing slow transfer rates on my new lubunutu system. I'm fairly new to Ubuntu, but I figured it was related to the drive being NTFS. That doesn't seem to be the case, so that's why I'm ...
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Seagate Expansion drive is not detecting

I am trying to connect my seagate 1Tb expansion drive with my ubuntu. drive is not detecting in my system. I tried many forum questions but nothing worked for me. I tried this command in terminal as ...
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Ubuntu won't recognize new hard drive on my Mac

The original drive in my mid 2012 MBP 9-2 died and I replaced it with a completely new drive. Instead of re-installing OSX I decided I would give Ubuntu a try but I'm having some troubles installing ...
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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 ...