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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Reasonable partition scheme for Windows 7 Ultimate/Ubuntu dual boot with SSD and HDD

I've just completed a new build and I am planning to install and use Linux for the first time in the form of a dual boot with Windows 7 Ultimate & the latest Ubuntu release. I intend to use a ...
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2nd hard drive Error mounting volume

Please help! I took out the slave sata hdd from Ubuntu system that is running and accessing the drive no problem. Then I put the drive into Window 7 system as slave, it asked for reformat it so I ...
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Slow transfer speed from SSD to HDD

I have a lenovo u310 touch laptop. It has an 25GB internal SSD in which I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed. When I transfer data from my SSD to my HDD I get very slow speeds, along the lines of 65KB/s. If ...
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Preventing hard disk being read only in case of hard disk problems

My hard disk is under risk and because of that, the filesysytem permission has changed to be read only. How can I prevent this happening so that I can use my laptop for some more time without any ...
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Problem wiping SSD using hdparm command

I want to wipe my ssd using hdparm, but when I use the hdparm -I command to verify whether it's frozen or not, under commands instead of Security: (info here) I get: Integrity word not set (found ...
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Dual boot fail - cannot instal ubuntu

I tried to install Ubuntu 13 on my laptop. I have a 750GB HDD and a 120Gb SSD. I have Windows 8.1 installed on my SSD. The 750gb hdd is patitioned in 2 partitions : d:649GB and e:32.2GB. I also have a ...
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Booting error: “hd0 out of disk”

My computer has this issue where every once in a while, instead of loading GRUB and sending me to the OS menu, it just spaces out for a couple of seconds, sending me to the grub rescue prompt with the ...
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Full Hard Drive now Black Boot

I had an issue on a 1.5tb hard drive that I needed to run file recovery on. I attached it to my Ubuntu system that has a 1TB hard drive. I ran the recovery (undelete) and it quickly filled up the ...
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restoring deja-dup backups from HDD on windows (individual files ore a collection of files)

This question has been asked before but not in way that answered my question okey doley so with the details I have backed up all my files using deja DUP (aka default backup application in Ubuntu 13.10 ...
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Why won't my previous HDD mount in 12.04?

So after closing the lid one morning and heading out, I come back to my laptop running Ubuntu 12.04, and I'm booted to the grub menu, being asked to choose which kernel I would like to load. I choose ...
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Unable to share folder on mounted hard disk

I am using Ubuntu 13.10 desktop version 64 bit and already installed samba. I mounted an extend hard disk onto /media/dongchirua/ (in this case, dongchirua is my username). Hard disk's label is backup ...
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Alternative method to shrink NTFS

I am attempting to install Ubuntu on my Windows 7 laptop as a second OS. My hard drive has multiple partitions on it already from the manufacturer. My guess is that this laptop is approximately 2 ...
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Ubuntu NAS, cache files to ram for enhanced transfers?

I have a little dual core celeron computer that I will be using as a NAS. I have 8 GB of ram, and I was wondering if there was anyway to leverage that ram to increase file transfer speeds, especially ...
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Is it possible to clone an ubuntu partition to an iso?

I need to copy my hard disk into an iso which I can then turn into an Ubuntu Live CD. Is it possible to make an Ubuntu iso from my hard disk? If so, how would I do this? Thanks.
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Identify SSD cache drive

I've just bought a crunchy piece of Asus N550LF laptop. The supplier claims that it comes with a secondary 16GB SSD drive, however it's neither listed in BIOS, nor can be seen in gparted as a ...
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Progress bar data display

hi how do I get the progress bar to continue the show in MB and not change to GB when I copy a file I use ubuntu 12.04 (precise) 32-bitars GNOME 3.4.2
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copy data off a possible failing hard drive

I have a second hard drive that has a partition for /home mounted on the first drive. yesterday, the booting failed because /home cannot be found. I run 'blkid' and see its uuid is gone. but when I ...
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Unable to mount External Memory - Help!

Please help, my computer had a problem with it's USB ports, they were damaged and sense then didn't want to recognize any mass storage devices. Then I got a 4 port USB hub and that did the trick. I ...
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Working with different size and type hard drive in HP ProLiant ML330 G6 & Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS

I was given a HP ProLiant ML330 G6 with two Seagate Barracuda 250 GB 7200 RPM SATA Drives. There are 4 bay slots on the machine and I've got several other drives I'd like to be able to install on the ...
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My external hard drive Ubuntu won't appear

Alrighty alrighty. I've been using the big M operating system quite a lot, but since two months, my internal hard drive died. Of course I'd like to change it, but I have other priorities. For the ...
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usb drive spin down

I have 2 usb hdd drives connected to my notebook with ubuntu 14.04, each of them spin down after ~10minutes. I need to make them always in active mode (no spin down). I tried sdparm and hd-idle, but ...
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Map my old hard drive to the same path in a new install

I have just done a fresh install on a new HDD and I want to map my old storage partition (on my old disk). This means I won't have to re-do all my music libraries. The problem is that there is an ...
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Cleanly shutdown on read-only root partition - cant sudo

My /dev/sda dropped out for some reason on my server box (12.04.4). This made Ubuntu remount it as RO which is fine but now I cannot shutdown the system cleanly. Is there any way to deal with this? ...
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Errors during boot up of ubuntu 12.04 (related to swap, intallation)

I'm using ubuntu installed on usb external hard disk.. During installation, i had to allocate drive for /boot and /swap... I couldn't create a partition within my external hard drive itself... So I ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 can't access my primary user

I have both Ubuntu 13.10 and Windows XP running on my computer (Pentium IV 3.0 Ghz 2 GB RAM 300 GB HD). My Hard Disk has some weird problem where every since it 'breaks' up and i have to disconnect my ...
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Folders disappering from External Hard Drive in 13.10

I recently upgraded my ASUS netbook from 10.04 to 10.10. Now whenever I plugin my External HArd Drive few folders start to disapper from the External HDD. Again I plucked it back and few more folders ...
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How to read Apple hard drive on Linux without root privileges?

I just want to read my Apple hard drive on my Linux computer without root privileges. My goal is only to read and copy some file from my home directory (in Documents). Currently I can read the ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Samsung HD204UI Spin-Up-Time Fail after Suspend

Samsung's HD204UI 2 Tbyte EcoDrives are known for their slow Spin-Up-Time, so I didn't really wonder about a recent SMART failure, after suspend, in the Spin-Up-Time category. Now there is a ...
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External USB 3 HDD not recognized after new install

I have a MacBook Pro (2013) with lots of Ram and used an install DVD to perform a clean install on a Toshiba 1 TB USB 3 portable HDD (hereafter called THDD) The install of Ubuntu 12, downloaded just ...
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Chrubuntu install - disk space issue? - Acer Chromebook C7

I have an Acer Chromebook with 320GB. I have installed it once with success but I keep seeing my 300 and something HD empty. My questions are: Am I installing correctly? AM I using the 320 GB? Will I ...
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Unable to mount external 80 GB hard disk

I'm using Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 and I'm unable to mount my external HD. It's an 80 GB drive with only one FAT32 partition. The hard disk is working normally if it is plugged directly to the bus IDE on ...
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Problem with a Hard Disk partition

Today when I opened up my laptop, my network status indicator was missing. Also my fan has started running at full speed for about 5 mins at regular intervals even when laptop is idle. Thinking there ...
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Ubuntu boots into terminal mode with read-only access to hard drive?

Ubuntu crashed randomly and had to hard reset the system, now when I boot my machine I get an error has occurred while mounting media/Disk_2 (Disk 2 is a secondary hard disk) I am faced with either ...
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Seagate portable hard disk fails in Ubuntu 13.10

I have a Seagate Expansion portable hard disk. It worked well in Windows-based systems (XP,Win7...) . When I tried to connect it to a Ubuntu machine, it also worked well -- but just several seconds ...
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Transferring Ubuntu from one HDD to another

So basically, I just got Lubuntu back, but the partition is on my music HDD, not my OS HDD (both old 40GB :P ). Is there any way that I can transfer the dual boot to my OS HDD?
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External (encrypted) hard drive shows all space unallocated

I bought a new USB hard drive, formatted it using Ubuntu disks tool and also encrypted the drive with it (I think I used the LUKS+ext4 option). Now that I try to use the drive with my other Ubuntu ...
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Install xubuntu in dual boot with win7 on the same hard drive

My situation is that i have 2 hard drives. One of them is the main hdd that i installed windows on and second one is 500 gb old hdd that i dug out of my old PC and i use it only for storage since it's ...
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Bad sectors “disconnects” the HDD

After a while using a netbook, the HDD fails and mounts into read only. After you reboot, the HDD check begins and the disk can be used again (until randomly happens again) theres a sound in the disk ...
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Is there a cross-platform file type system that works on MAC, W$ and Ubuntu?

The title says it all. I have a drive I will be accessing from Mac, Windows and Ubuntu. Though I only use Ubuntu, several of my family members did not convert yet and I need them to be able to access ...
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Recovering quick formated external hard disk

I accidentally formatted my 1TB external hard disk with quick format mode. Before it was NTFS and now it is formatted as FAT32. I tried testdisk but it says "Filesystem seems damaged". I tried ...
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why booting using pendrive linux say 'Can't find live medium file'… What do I do?

It says it cant find a medium containing a live file. (I'm trying to boot alongside Windows XP) I've tried the PenDrive thing they suggest on the website, and I've tried the ubuntu installer on the ...
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Fix corrupted External HDD

My Seagate HDD is not working properly, connecting it via usb, it gives me this error: Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/sourabh/650BA44F641EEB54: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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My internal SATA 3TB WD only data drive mounts ONLY after shutdown, cant reboot

i am in need of some help.. TL;DR : system works fine after shutdown, after reboot it cant find / wont mount data drive (if i manually skip the mounting it works) I am using ubuntu 12.04 (server ...
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Can't view files on Windows 8 partition

I seem to be having a problem with Windows 8 on my desktop PC (not able to boot), so I created a bootable USB stick with Ubuntu to see if I can use it to access my hard disk and hopefully recover at ...
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Ubuntu drive claims no space for mounting drive but 6Gb is free

I formatted an 8GB thumb drive as FAT32, and used Unetbootin to load Ubuntu version 12.04 LTS (32 bit version). Ubuntu (Live not installed) boots fine on my Dell desktop computer (which contains a 1 ...
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How to perform standard disk check on Ubuntu server

Yesterday my server froze because of an application error. I performed hard reset using my hoster's panel. After that, the server booted pretty quickly so I though the disk check was not performed. I ...
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Can't mount 4k disk partitioned in Win7

I have a 4K disk that was partitioned and formatted as NTFS in Windows. When I try mount that disk in Ubuntu 12.04 it tries to mount it as a 512B-per-sector disk. Under Ubuntu: Model: ATA WDC ...
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Ubuntu VPS repartition disk from command line

I know there are a lot of similar questions on askubuntu, but any of them did not solve my problem. I have virtual server with Ubuntu 12.04. I need more disk space for larg MySQL DB (~140GB). Admins ...
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Ubuntu server 12.04.3 zoneminder

I have Ubuntu server 12.04.3 and zoneminder 1.25.00 on 32Gb ssd drive. All works well till I need to add new hdd for data. After I install 1,5Tb hdd (in fstab last line "/dev/sdb /data ext3 defaults 0 ...
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Can't copy/move anything to external drive

I bought a LaCie 3TB drive while it was on sale to replace a Seagate 2TB drive and formatted it to ext3. No mater what way I set up the partitions in gparted (3TB/1TB+2TB) I never am able to move ...