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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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 ...
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Not all hard drives going into spindown

I have 7 datadrives - 6 4TB ones, and 1 2TB. They all have the same setting: APM 127, spindown 10 minutes. Only the 2TB one actually spins down at the 10 minutes mark. if I do sudo hdparm -y ...
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problems mounting ntfs drive on boot also blkid does not work

I have two hard drives, an 80gb HDD that contains my ubuntu installation, and a second 1TB HDD that contains all my personal data on it. When starting the computer up I consistently get an error ...
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Unable to mount RAID 5 array

Let me begin by saying I am a complete beginner using Ubuntu, but I'll try to give as much information as possible. I created a Raid 5 array and formatted it with mke2fs. I was able to mount the image ...
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How to run applications on an external drive such as an external hard drive, flash drive, or SD card

I recently installed Ubuntu on my samsung chrome book. Because the chrome book does not have alot of space, I would like to be able to install and run applications off of an external drive. I would ...
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Where are my files?

I'm sure most of you will know what has happened instantly so thank you :) I was going to keep both windows and WUBI (installed on SSD c:/) and was moving files on the same hdd (d:/) from the windows ...
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Contents of a drive are not visible

My contents of a drive are not visible in Ubuntu, but they are visible in Windows. This drive does not contain either OS. I can see its contents in the terminal however. Using nautilus browser I can ...
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chmod a partition read-add files only

I am looking for a way to chmod an entire drive partition so that you are able to read and add files but not modify or delete them is there an easy way to do that? I have looked arround a bit but ...
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Ubuntu getting too long to shut down

I had a problem with Grub after I downloaded Windows 8. I couldn't access it anymore and so couldn't access the Ubuntu partition that was on my laptop. Since I needed to restore the files on the ...
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Mounting 2nd Hard Drive (Win7)

I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed on my internal hard drive and I’m tiring to mount a 2nd internal to recover data off it. It has Win7 Home installed on it. I am having problems mounting it. What is the ...
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Loaded Ubuntu 13.10 off external HDD, stuck on grub 2.00-19ubuntu2.1

I have an HP with Windows 8.1 and I downloaded Ubuntu 13.10 on to a 1tb WD My Passport Ultra and tried booting from it. Now my laptop is stuck on grub 2.00-19ubuntu2.1 and I cannot access anything ...
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Unable to mount external hard drive. NTFS signature missing

I'm having trouble mounting my external HDD. well I do manage to mount it BUT the thing is that it doesn't work except after running the command sudo f-disk -l and waiting for it about 5 minutes to ...
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I copied all the data from my old 500gb Hard Drive to my new 1tb one but the computer still shows that I only have 500gb. Help!

So I copied everything from my old 500gb hard drive onto my new 1tb (1000gb) hard drive but my computer shows that I still only have 500gb memory. This is probably because I copied that information ...
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Trying to get a 3TB Segate to work in ubuntu 32bit 12.04 3ware controller

I have a 3TB Seagate drive which I am able to format in another machine with no issues, unfortunately it only shows up as 746.5 GB in another machine which I want to use it in for data running 32bit ...