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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boot ubuntu on external hard drive

I have a actual hard drive (those used in laptops, W.D. blue 1t, i had to replace it with new one so i have one extra and i connect it to laptop!), I was wondering how can i install Ubuntu on it? i ...
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Installing ubuntu. I have Windows on sdd and want to put ubuntu on hdd

The problem is that my pc already had the hdd divided in 2, which is kinda great, because then one part is for storing stuff at windows and another to install Ubuntu. So atm it looks like this: http://...
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I can't install steam games on my external usb hard drive. What do I do?

I have an hectron 320 G and I cant install steam games on ubuntu . It says it needs execute permission and I've tried other solutions and it dosent work . I've tried the methot in here and it doesn't ...
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Hdd to Sdd without external drive

I want to change from hdd to sdd with no extra drive to backup to. I am right now using dual-boot with Kubuntu 16.04 and Windows 10. On the new sdd, I wish to have only the Kubuntu. What are the ...
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Error fsyncing /dev/sda1 during install

My laptop crashed, so I am trying to install Ubuntu again. But it is showing this error during the install: Any ideas what might be wrong?
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Mount 2 drives as 1

I have a desktop system with a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. I want to install Ubuntu on the SSD, but I want to 'combine' the 2 drives when the system start. I want the system to see the 2 drives as one....
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I crashed /dev/mapper partition using dd to another partition

I have a recently installed server with three disks: 1TB, 2TB, 1.5TB. I installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS onto the 1TB disk /dev/sda and then tried to mirror that disk onto the 2TB /dev/sdc $ sudo dd if=/...
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16.04 Hardware RAID 1 configuration

I just installed Ubuntu Server 16.04 to my home server on ssd disk. I have ASUS M5A78L-M motherboard that claim has RAID 0 and RAID 1. I also have 2 * 2TB same model harddisk. I configured my disks as ...
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LAN not working for 2nd OS of 2nd HDD

I have two HDD. Let me tell you more correctly. I had one HDD where win8.1 was installed and was working fine. Now I connected 2nd HDD in different SATA port but the problem is after installing the ...
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Ubunutu 14.04 HDD won't boot from from another computer

I installed ubuntu 14.04 on a computer and then i moved the HD to my new computer, the OS won't boot but when i boot from Live USB Stick the OS recognizes the HD and the files. What can i do to make ...
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Merging disks into one partition

I have a server with Ubuntu 16.04 installed. The server has 4x2TB drives installed. I want to use all four of them as a one partition and don't know how to merge all of them. The fdisk -l -u command ...
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how do I boot from the 100 GB SSD and run large programs in the 1 TB HDD?

I have Ubuntu 16.04 LTE installed on my 1TB HDD, I cant find any step by step information on how to change it so the computer boots from the 100 GB SSD while still using the 1 TB HDD for larger ...
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Install grub for different OS on different HDD

I have a new system with me and two HDDs from my previous system. Simply put, I have sda with Windows 7 & Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and sdb for additional storage. I upgraded Ubuntu to 16.04 LTS and wanted ...
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Cannot install grub

I can install browserlinux, but I have to always reinstall it. OS on card reader I can load up to "Try Ubuntu" and actually try the OS, but I cannot "Install Ubuntu" and this I can do with Ubuntu 11....
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How to make Ubuntu install software automatically to /home on a different hard drive?

My Ubuntu installs new software that I am downloading (video editing software etc) to /root on my 8GB SDD card which doesn't have much space. Why is software not essential to the system automatically ...
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Did ubuntu really crashes hdd?

After installing ubuntu my seagate barracuda (6yo), died in few days. That is why i had to buy new WD hdd-disk. I installed ubuntu again and everything seems ok, but hdd works too loudly. When i used ...
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Move os from a hard drive to another

Right now, I have two hard drives on my computer, a 1TB one and another 2TB one... The 1TB one has Ubuntu 14.04 in it and the other has data only. So, right now, my computer boots from the first hard ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 (and 14.04) do not recognize harddrive for installation

My Hardware: Motherboard ASRock N68C-S (with latest BIOS) Some SSD Drive BIOS is in IDE Mode (There is IDE and RAID as an Option) Currently there is Windows 7 installed, I want to install Ubuntu and ...
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How to read my external hard drive

Okay, so I have an external hard drive that connects via a USB adapter cable. It is one terabyte. I had it formatted so that it was password protected and only readable by Linux, and it was working ...
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Ubuntu not recognizing external hard drive

I have a 2TB Wester Digital external hard drive. I connected it to USB 3.0 port on my laptop with Ubuntu 14.04 (64 bit) installed. It was working fine till yesterday (Haven't tried on any other OS). ...
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My Acer Aspire 7720z running on Ubuntu Mate screen stops working after some 2 min or so after logging in

So here is my problem I inserted a new HDD drive on my Acer Aspire were in it was installed Ubuntu Mate stable version already used on my other computer eMachines AND WORKING FINE It but after logging ...
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Display does not recognize signal

I just added a new hard drive to my Dell SPX machine because I knew there was no important data. So after installing the hard drive, I did a complete installation from scratch using CD. During ...
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The disk drive for XY is not ready yet or not present

At first I'd like to clarify, how I got to this messages. I wanted to create a system disk image (120GB SSD) to disk for data / backups (750GB HDD), so I created live USB, booted and run a command for ...
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How do you get hard drives to boot at start up?

I have a couple of drives that will not start at boot using 14.04.. I've added them to /etc/fstab. I've tried using /dev/sdb1 (which is what the drive is) and using the uuid, but neither of them ...
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Disk issues (JavaScript error in the main process)

I seem to be having ocassional SSD (Patriot Blaze) I/O Errors evne though all the tests show disk to be healthy, clean and operational, at only 7 months of age. UPDATE: A third instance of disk ...
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Auto stand-by HDD at startup?

I have 3 storages in my NB: 1. SSD with Ubuntu 2. HDD for data like downloads, movies, etc. 3. HDD with Windows which I use just occasionally since I installed Ubuntu I want to restrict activity of ...
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Hard drive partitions does not accesible or detect atter installing ubuntu instead of windows 10

Previously I used windoes 10 on my laptop.I formated the C: drive and installed ubuntu without formating other partitions. But now it does not show other partitions.Even I can't boot any other OS ...
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Internal harddisk to external harddisk

I converted a 500GB internal hard disk to an external one. It previously had Windows 7 installed on it and had 4 partitions. When I tried to format it using Disks in Ubuntu it gave me the following ...
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Unable to recognize hard disks in 16.04

I opened my desktop box and I saw 2 physical hard disks. In Disks I can see /sda and /sdb, and but cannot access them or format them. If I try to format them, I got this error: Error ...
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how to clone Ubuntu with multiple disk with RAID 1 configuration to a new system with almost same hardware

I'm wondering if it's possible to clone a pre-configured Ubuntu 14.04 LTS system to a new system with almost the same hardware. I had some experience cloning a single drive setup but not multiple ...
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Error-checking--

I'm new to Ubuntu. I discovered how to do error-checking on a Windows hard drive which I am certain has bad sectors - or bad blocks - on it. I have used sudo badblocks -sv /dev/sda. It says this is a ...
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Deja Dup root backup fills up backup space way too fast

I am backing up the root folder onto a separate hard drive using Deja Dup on my Ubuntu 14.04 machine. The Ubuntu machine only uses about ~50 GB of memory and I have been backing up the system every ...
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partition scheme for dual boot with android-x86

For an old Inspiron 1420 laptop, how can I dual boot (not VirtualBox) with android-x86? What options do I select when installing Ubuntu 16.04 that the partition scheme will work for both OS's. GPT ...
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Encryption failed and unable to wipe hard drive

My encryption failed on one of my laptops; now it believes the caps lock is on, and the arrow keys don't work. My only option looks like*Ubuntu in GNU GRUB. I have a CD to nuke it and a bootable USB w/...
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copy to ext4 formatted drive HDD until 99.9% full, preventing fragmentation?

In general I do understand how ext4-fs manages it to avoid fragmentation, but one question remains after intense investigations... Situation: I have to copy many files of very different sizes to an ...
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Restore in a new partition

I accidentally installed Ubuntu in a removable hard drive, nay, make that a very old removable hard drive, noisy too, I just installed Ubuntu to fix some problems I couldn't solve on win7, but as I ...
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Can't mount HFS+ drive in Xubuntu

I am trying to gain read access to an old MacBook hard drive, but I cannot even get it to mount in my desktop running Xubuntu 14.04. I have already installed hfsprogs, but when I plug the drive in (...
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Will erasing ubuntu and reinstalling affect both disks?

I'm planning on upgrading from ubuntu 14.04 lts to 16.04 lts. I've got 14.04 installed on my SSD, and my files are kept on HDD. My question is, will erasing and reinstalling ubuntu with liveCD erase ...
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How to check what hard-drives are being used?

When I open "file systems" under "system monitor" I can only see my SSD. How can I check what hard-drives are being used, and how can I add the HDD-drive? I just installed Ubuntu 16.04 on a SSD. I ...
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not able to boot and diagnostic test gives error code 2000-0142

on dell inspiron ubuntu 14 was installed but today the os was not able to boot. I tried diagnostic tools provided in dell which ran Hard disk test and gave error code 2000-0142 and status 79. I tried ...
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how to set swap space of double the ram during installation?

I am having serious problems with my administrator password which I am still dealing with with not much help from here, anyway, after I am done with this I plan to reinstall 14.04 LTS (since the ...
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Cloning disk with DD, System says file is too large but ext HDD is larger

I'm trying to create an image of my hard drive so that in the event that I'm meddling with ubuntu something goes wrong, I can restore what I had previously. Currently, the disk I am copying from is ...
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Hard drive strange mounting behaviour

Ubuntu Desktop, latest version. I'm having an issue with one of my hard drives, randomly (Or an unknown trigger) the mounted hard drive will re-mount it's self, and will become mounted twice, both ...
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ubuntu-16.04-server-i386 installation Error “Failed command Write DMA EXT”

So I know this Error had been already discussed in this Forum several times, but I just want to know a solution perfectly fitting to my Problem. I am trying to Install Ubuntu 16.04 on a really old ...
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Automatically mount partitions of external HDD after login and not to look for them during startup [Ubuntu 14.04]

Currently, during startup the system tells me that : "The disk drive for /.../MyDrive is not ready yet or not present. Continue to wait, or press S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery." So I ...
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Install Linux on SSD and have HDD RAID5

I'm trying to find a solution, but it seems that no one has specifically had my problem. I'm trying to install Linux on an SSD and attach a RAID5 setup so that I have a secure home networked server. ...
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Ceph drive failure and replacement procedure

In my openstack deployment I'm using ceph for block and object storage, which is reporting a healthy status. However, one of the hard drives is displaying a SMART error. I don't remember the exact ...
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Kernel Panic not syncing: Is HDD corrupt?

when I start my laptop, I get a kernel panic every time (even in rescue mode or older kernel versions). I don't know what causes the issue it comes up since last shutdown. Bevore a basic command line ...
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Error formating disk

when trying to format my hardrive which has not been working btw im using a trial on a ubuntu disk to use the computer since its not letting me install anything i got this message Error creating ...
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Errors after removing boot drive/Linux partition from pc

I have Linux installed on my hard drive, some hours ago I made a test on my partition (as in school). after I made it I accidentally removed the drive before it had shut down. It now starts up and ...