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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P2V Failed (Error message attached)

I want to convert physical Ubuntu 12.04 to a virtual server using VMware converter 5.5.2 you can see in the following image the hard disk settings for the physical server in the conversion wizard ...
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Managing rights to Hard drives

I have a 500 GB HDD divided in to five partitions and an 3TB HD. Ubuntu is installed one of the partitions on 500 GB HDD. I updated my Ubuntu from Ver 11 to Ver 14 but after that I lost permissions ...
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format/build raid 5 with one 4k drive, three 512b

I have 4 WD 1TB drives which I want to 4x1TB Raid5. I am not sure what course of action to take next. How do I configure my 4th drive (sde) to align with the rest? Will this affect performance? I ...
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Very slow write access to SSD disks on some Asus P8Z77 motherboards

I have Asus P8Z77-V LK motherboard, that ran Mint 13 (based on Ubuntu 12.04) just perfectly, but recently I've tried to install Mint 17 and noticed abysmal write performance. Write speed on SSD disk ...
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New HDD formating on Ext4 root permission

I have this new 80Gb HDD I want to use it as a backup storage for my actual system (14.04) not a server. I formatted it with Gpart but I just can't write in it, when I search for permissions it tells ...
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How to install Ubuntu on 2 internal hard drives?

My computer has two internal hard drives: sda is 80gb and sdb is 500gb. I want to install Ubuntu on both drives with system files on sda and home directory on sdb. I need step by step instructions.
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Is there a way to back up a whole hard disk (which holds the OS) and use it for a reinstall?

I've built my own system and the ssd i'm using has failed twice already. It's always been during boot up and it just says operating system missing. I've checked and made sure that it was definitely ...
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“Safely remove” doesn't seem to spin down the external hard drive

I have a USB HDD attached to the computer, and I've noticed that, when using "Safely remove" from the launcher, the drive continues producing noise and its LED is on continually. However, if I first ...
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Change owner of internal hard drive partition from root to user 4

I boot the computer from Ubuntu live usb hdd and created two new ext4 partitions by moving space from main hdd with gparted partition editor. but finally after rebooting I tired to move and create ...
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How to remove stale hard drive entries from Cairo dock 'Shortcuts' desklet?

The machine is running Ubuntu 14.04 after multiple distribution upgrades during last 4 years. I use XFCE but also have KDE installed and have had some other desktop environments installed in the past. ...
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RAID 0 Superblock recovery?

Cool, I have a Synology Diskstation 212j, with 2x3TB drives in RAID 0 (I know, I know, I was very naive; never had a drive failure before). About a month back the volume crashed, I recovered the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 is recognizing my full HDD :D drive

Windows 7 and Ubuntu are dual booted on the same drive, however my second drive :D which has 881GB is only showing as 40GB available on Ubuntu labeled as "computer" in system files, in Ubuntu, and my ...
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Can't figure how to boot to Ubuntu on the second drive, just boots to Windows

I have about 4 hard drives in my computer and decided to put Ubuntu on the 80gb one. I managed to install it, though the hard drive still shows up as empty when I'm in Windows, and I can't figure out ...
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New Ubuntu Convert can't access external hard drive files / folders from iMac

I overwrote my iMac Mavericks OS with Ubuntu 14.04. Since then, I am having difficulties easily moving files and folders from the external hard drive (used with Mavericks). I am HOPING to be able to ...
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External HDD not recognized

I just installed 14.04 on a new computer, and attached my old SATA 500GB HDD via USB external enclosure, but it isn't recognized. I can't seem to find it anywhere. Even GParted doesn't see the ...
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WinUSB confused pendrive with external drive?

Mates, I was trying to make a windows bootable image on my flash memmory and seems that winusb confused my pendrive with my external hard drive. The thing is that I've lost like 700gbs. The external ...
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XFS partiton: can't fix missing superblock issues

My 1.4 TB drive in my MythTV system died while I was away last week and I can't seem to get to a next stage in seeing what's wrong. fdisk -l does not show the drive. sudo lsblk -o ...
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External Harddisk converted to UDF Volume. How to reverse?

I was trying to mount an image file over a usb. From one of forums thread I used this solution: sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/sdb I copied the image file from an external HD to my ...
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Accessing Hard drive enclosure through usb

I am trying to get at the files on my old dead computer with the hard drive in an enclosure. It was Ubuntu 12.04. It worked well on my desktop for a while, but I tried to boot to it on my son's ...
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reallocated sector count increases when using ubuntu!

When using Ubuntu the hard drive makes parking noise (windows 7 is silent). When I use the check disk utility the reallocated sector count tells me 1920 with 48 bad sectors. The 48 bad sectors hasn't ...
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Cannot access Disk settings for external USB drive and drive does not sleep

I have a Seagate Plus 4 TB external USB 3.0 hard drive and am running stock Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit. The OS is running on my internal hard drive. External is for backups. I always had my drive set to ...
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Can't access files in internal HDD

I've been trying to get Plex to recognize my internal hard drive. After searching google, I came across this walk-through to mount the HDD in another directory in /mount/ I was getting a similar ...
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Moving files to TrueCrypt encrypted HDD hangs

I'm trying to move several files to an external HDD. The HDD is encrypted with TrueCrypt. Everything works fine until I start moving the files over there. The progress bar moves up to around ~500mb. ...
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Corrupt HDD- How can I fix it? Not in Disk Util

I turned on my PC the other day, and it wouldn't turn on. After a lot of messing around with grub and liveCDs, I found out the problem was in my 2nd hard drive (500GB, SATA connected, used to be sdb1) ...
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Unable to mount WD My Book on 14.04

I broke my UBU system few days ago and accidentally formatted the drive with valuable data on. We have been able to recover the data on MacBook and transfer them to My Book. But anything I tried ...
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Ubuntu Installation not displaying full HDD

I am not sure how to best word my question, but I'll try my hardest. When going to install Ubuntu 14.04 (Alongside Windows 8), when I get to the part where it asks me to set the amount of space for ...
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How to make sure HFS+ drive is writeable

I have a 1TB HFS+ drive mounted on boot (relevant line in fstab:) UUID=1b86e294-8f48-3f8d-932b-634460a0af65 /media/guy/Terra hfsplus defaults,force,rw,user 0 0 . Most of the time it's fine and ...
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SMART tests show rapidly oscillating Hardware ECC Recovered value

I have been subjected to an unholy amount of pain from my desktop tonight, including the near-loss of data due to corruption (in the /tmp directory !?) on one disk and erratic behavior from the other ...
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Error No Boot Device Available

Hello I am running Ubuntu Server Edition 14.04 and I keep running into this problem. When I start the computer it says " No boot device available - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" I ...
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Can't recongnize my SSD device file in /dev

I am using Ubuntu and can't find my SSD device file. The /dev directory has following contents: agpgart audio audio1 audio2 audio3 audioctl char console core dsp dsp1 dsp2 dsp3 fd full kmem kmsg log ...
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Mount point causing problems to unmount other drives

For some reason, Ubuntu created this mountpoint /media/[username]/LACIE Whenever I connect a USB drive, even the Lacie one, this mountpoint makes it imposible to safely remove the drives. For example, ...
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Problem in copying file

I'm using Seagate 2TB expansion external harddisk there is some problem in copying the media files (video,audio) I mean that after copying the file they exist in harddisk but not playing they show ...
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Built my own computer and I have two OS's on one HDD… And can't access the original

On my computer I had originally installed Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04LTS . By purchasing a secondary hard drive to quarantine Ubuntu from Windows so it wouldn't affect my 1.82TiB Main HDD. I have ...
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iMac G5 new hard drive

Please bear with me, as I'm not the best with computers. I have a MacBook Air (Mid 2011 model) currently running Mavericks. I also recently got a free iMac G5 PPC (A1076) that came without an ...
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Lubuntu is not reading a partition of Hard Drive

I have Windows 7 in my laptop. The Windows 7 is installed in the primary Hard Disk(which comes within the laptop). There are 4 partitions C:(labeled as OS),D:(labeled as Recovery),F:(labeled as ...
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Make RAID on one harddrive, but many partitions?

I have been reading a lot about raids and I want to get my hands dirty. The goal: Virtualize a copy of ubuntu and play around with raid. This means that there won't be more than one HD, hell the OS ...
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Installing GRUB in one hard disk only

Initially, my laptop has only one HDD with mainly three partitions which contains Ubuntu, Windows and Data (excluding the swap, boot, recovery partitions). I used GPT as my partition scheme. Now, I ...
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Laptop keeps wiping hard drive every reboot on full linux PC

I am trying to install Ubuntu on my $3,500 laptop. I have a Samsung NP905S3G-K01AU Laptop with GRUB and the Samsung bootloader screen... I inserted my USB and booted my computer, it iscoming up with ...
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FAT partition seems readonly - but not always

I'm trying to delete data from an external FAT drive, which in the past worked. Now, after some system updates, it seems to be stuck in read-only mode -- although I can't figure out why. The mount ...
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Storage Devices Mounting Problem

I'm using Xubuntu 14.04(64bit) and I have two internal hard disk drives installed, few days ago I accidentally ejected one partition. I tried to remount it but it gave me an error. I've already had ...
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14.04 2nd hdd can't change permisions

Hi there I'm new to Linux and ubuntu and iv'e just put in a 2nd hdd, I also have a ssd as my main drive. but I cant change the permission to allow me to place anything into the new 2nd hdd, please ...
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Booting Ubuntu 14.04 from external HDD in windows 8.1

I'm trying to run Ubuntu on an external HDD. I am able to successfully boot from this hard drive on my Windows 7 machine but when I try to boot from it on my Lenovo Think Pad Twist (windows 8.1), I ...
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Bootable USB only works on 1st computer

I've created a USB hard drive (external) and installed 14.04 on it so when I plug it in to my laptop, it will boot. The problem is that now the ubuntu on my hard drive thinks that it IS my laptop, so ...
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Unable To Mount and HDD Information

I know this is a silly question. I got a 2.5" hard disk drive that I use for my laptop. It has problems, so I plugged it out and attached it into a hard disk case and connected the hard disk to my ...
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Trying to boot Ubuntu on Mac from external hard drive. Disk is no longer recognized by computer

I followed the instructions on the ubuntu website found here. After the final step in terminal, I got a pop-up on my desktop saying "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." I shut ...
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Ubuntu stuck on purple loading screen, ctrl alt f2 reveals a sda error?

I've recently built a custom computer and have decided to install the latest release of Ubuntu on it. However, I've run into some problems. When I first boot the system, it brings up a black ...
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Is my harddrive broken?

I've got a new 4TB drive. My old (2TB) drive was NTFS formatted. I formatted my new drive with a single 4TB partition to ext4. I've moved content of my old drive to the new drive to format my old ...
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Windows 8.1 blocking Ubuntu's access to my HDD

So I was trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 on a new Ideapad that comes with Win8.1 and the moment I start the setup I see that the HDD is inaccessible, neither from the install app or from Nautilus. The ...
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new install on hard drive error

I downloaded Ubuntu 14.04LTS and burned a dvd. I then booted on that dvd and ran the install on a newly formatted hard drive with fat32. The hard drive used to have windows XP and is a Maxtor 80 GB ...
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Keeping files on current HDD during SDD upgrade

I'm planning on upgrading my media server to use an SSD for the OS & applications, but my HDD is loaded with a current instal of ubuntu 14 and all of my media. I plan on doing a fresh install on ...