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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Failure to boot from USB

I have created a USB live disk and am trying to boot from it. The computer Im using to learn Linux on is a Dell Optiplex 755 4gb ram C2D 3.0ghz and Im running windows 7 ultimate without any problems. ...
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Booting Ubuntu 14.04 from External HDD

My laptop has Windows 8.1 64-bit and since I have few space on my SSD, I wanted to install ubuntu in an external HDD. From the UEFI settings I disabled the safety boot, fast boot and so on, and I set ...
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Moving / from SSD to HDD

My current installation of Ubuntu 14.04 is done partly on a SSD and a HDD. The file systems /home/ and /usr/share are on the HDD and the rest is on the SSD. But I am running out of space on the SSD ...
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After forcing shutdown during early startup, POST takes super long, and other problems

I recently tried Wake On Lan with my new phone and after it worked, used the power button to shut it down. This was after the POST beep. That was not a good idea... now, POST takes very long to ...
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Ubuntu live CD doesn't show Macintosh HD

I started Kubuntu 14.04 from USB on my Macbook Pro (2011) with OS X Lion (10.7) but I cannot find the internal HDD. It doesn't show up in the file browser (I think Dolphin) and not on the console ...
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Ubuntu and internal WD Digital Black2 Dual Drive — Did anyone managed to make it work?

The Western Digital Black2 Dual Drive is a 2.5 drive which combines a 120GB SSD with a 1TB HDD. It differs from hybrid drives in that it appears to the system as two distinct partitions, leaving to ...
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Recovering lost space due to PhotoRec

I accidentally deleted a important folder, and attempted to use testdisk (photorec) to recover the files. However, it kept taking longer and longer so I stopped it. It created 18 folders in home, ...
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3TB partition disappeared by Windows 7

I am wondering if anyone can help me with a problem... I have a dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 system. I bought a new 3TB HDD as I needed more storage space (the HDD is not used to boot the system). ...
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Installing Ubuntu from External HD

I have a laptop that doesn't seem to detect the DVD of the iso I burned it to. Oddly enough, it does detect any other dvd or cd. I would like to do a full install to this laptop but I only have an ...
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Load_Cycle_Cont increase quick / green hdd dead

an old bug is still there: I use a normal hdd, and the Load_Cycle_Count increade very quick. Every few secounds go the hdd to the park position and is wake up again. One hdd i lost because this bug. ...
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Hard drive reporting wrong size

I have a 1TB Hitachi drive that has been working just fine. I had to repartition it into vfat because a co-worker's Mac drive was dying and I needed to copy what I could. He took the 1TB drive home ...
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Recovering disk with corrupted superblock

I am trying to recover a disk that has corrupted superblock but I cant seem to unmount the disk at all. I used bcache for the three extra drive after a reboot one of the drive stopped working. so I ...
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Change ownership of external drive

I just bought a new SATA disk that I've now formated into ext4 using gparted. When I ran Gparted, I ran it as root. Now, I can't write files to the drive because I'm not the owner of the drive. ...
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lockdir.exe open in linux

I have locked my files using lockdir.exe in my external hard drive when I had Windows 8 in my lap top. I know the password. But now I am using linux 14.04 and now I need to get those file but I cannot ...
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How do I decrypt BitLocker-encrypted external hard drive on Ubuntu 14.04?

I have a 1TB Transcend external Hard drive, which is already encrypted with BitLocker (Windows feature for encrypting drives), I removed my Windows OS and now using Ubuntu 14.04 but unfortunately ...
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Can I Access Hard Drive Files from Ubuntu?

Here's the thing. My windows computer is giving my a hard time getting to use my OS and my files stored. I am planning on install Ubuntu 14.04 on a USB Flash and then I will try to get access to my ...
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ZFS Pool - in dire need of help.

I'm really really new to Ubuntu. Which is probably why I'm facing this predicament... I couldn't load Ubuntu this evening. For whatever reason I could get to the login screen, but absolutely no ...
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Dead ASUS laptop - Can I boot Windows from within Ubuntu terminal?

I have an ASUS laptop (model u56e, windows 7 64-bit) that is baffling me right now. I was recently on a trip, laptop working fine, though partitioned SATA HDD a bit overloaded with vacay pics. On way ...
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HDD spindown on 14.04LTS

I can't get my drives (SEAGATE 750MB, Western Digital 1TB & Western Digital 500GB) to spindown on 14.04LTS. I have added the following lines on hdparm.conf which worked fine on 12.04LTS ...
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How to used windows free HD space in Ubuntu?

I have install Ubuntu. And my HD size is 360 GB. I have used 250 GB HD for windows and 110 GB for Ubuntu. My space for ubuntu is full. But I have 100 GB free space in Windows. I want to use that space ...
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How to mount a host drive as a hard drive in Windows 8 when running inside VMware

I am using VMWare 6.2 (Non-commercial version ) to use win 8 on ubuntu 14.04. I want to add my drive (/dev/sda4) as a drive in Win 8 which is running on VMware. So when I add a hardware on the ...
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System performance is extremely laggy when copying and extracting files

After a clean install of Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 (64-bit) and the according Gnome 3 (stable) PPA my system (Samsung 900X3C) is extremely laggy, when files are copied to the external hard-drive (HDD) or ...
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Make a disk sleep permanently

On my computer I have 3 hard disks with 3 different OSes, but one of those disks it's a little bit old and I want to make it sleep always, because it consumes power and makes noise, but I'm not even ...
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Dual booted win7 with 13.10 and seemingly I have lost the whole hard drive

I seriously need help ! I followed the instructions, and started to install Ubuntu 13.10 alongside win 7. In the middle of installation, there was an error saying some file can not be copied, after ...
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External hard drive disappears even during file operation

I have a Western Digital Green 2TB SATA disk in an ICY BOX IB-368STU3-B box connected via USB 3.0. At a certain moment, the disk is not available anymore (and the blue LED on the back of the box shut ...
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hdparm - version that accepts non-ascii characters for ata passwords

I'm looking for a way of using hdparm to unlock my drive. Simple enough you would think once you have the password? Nope, the password, thanks dell, contain non-ascii characters. I have the password ...
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Can't mount HFS+ drive, bad superblock?

My Macbook (Snow Leopard OS) was giving me the rainbow wheel of death so I tried booting into safe mode and repairing the disk, with no luck. So I decided to pull the drive out and plug it into my ...
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Unable to access External HDD in Ubuntu

I have bought a new laptop Lenevo G500 and installed Ubuntu 13.0, I have taken out my previous laptop's HDD and trying to access it by connecting to USB port, however it has detected only once and ...
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How to backup my system so that I can create an exact replica on another computer

I have a ubuntu 12 LTS and windows dual boot machine. My hard drive is going to fail soon and my machine has also become quite old now. I am buying a new computer soon. How can I restore my ubuntu ...
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Cloning a hard disk or creating a backup

I am changing my hard disk because in Ubuntu it shows "Disk Failure is Imminent". Which option is better: Should I clone my hard disk with new one or Should I create a backup using Ubuntu Backup and ...
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No hdd space left

I have 13.4Gb hdd space for my Ubuntu partition, and the only software that I use is Thunderbird, Firefox, and Play On Linux with MS Office 2010 (.playonlinux uses 2.6Gb). I can't use UbuntuOne ...
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unrecognized eSata

I'm on Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit. I have a NAS at home that uses eSata, since 11.10 my eSata is not recognized anymore. I think I read all the post concerning the eSata mount in Ubuntu but with no luck. ...
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Recover Orphaned RAID 0 from Silicon Image controller with Linux Software RAID?

I had an old XP machine in Raid0, 2 x 120gb drives on a Sil3112 controller. The drives are intact (afaik) but the motherboard or P4 is toast. Id love to recover precious photos from the drive or dump ...
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Can I Reinstall and Format An Encrypted Hard-drive?

In layman's terms, I'm essentially trying to do a reset on my computer. It's my secondary desktop, so I don't have anything important on it. But since I moved, I misplaced my passphrase for the disk ...
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Mounting disk drives among different users

I had this idea about mounting disk drives among different users. I would create a folder called say /media/diskXYZ . Then I would make a softlink from /media/user1/diskXYZ to /media/diskXYZ , and ...
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Is there an fsck command for checking the entire HDD?

This is probably a duplicate, but then please just link the post that answer my question. Fsck seems to check partitions and file system, but is there a way to use a live CD, unmount (well, I guess ...
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Non-persistant user sessions with hard disk

Live CD/USB users often ask how they can have persistent changes but I'm after the reverse - I am building a minimal thin client using a hard disk and want it to act live a live CD, where all changes ...
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Installation process

I want to install ubuntu 12.04 in hdd ,there is no other Operating System available in my hard disk.So will U please tell me ,the complete process that how to make partition in the hard disk.... The ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 doesn't see my 2TB hard drive

I have a small problem. I switched today from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 13.04 on my home PC. I have installed 3 hard drives - 250GB, 500GB and a 2TB. On the 250GB I have installed the system - clean ...
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How can I access missing hard drive partitions?

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.04 alongside Windows 8. I had 4 drives and now I can access only 2 drives. How can I access the other 2 drives from Windows 8?
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ddrescue is taking ages

OK, so my hard disk crashed the other day and I sent the entire notebook for servicing; now I have a brand new hard disk installed in it and the damaged one out in the open. I've installed Ubuntu and ...
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how to modify fstab for windows ntfs drive, and removing RAID

I am trying to automatically mount 2 drives that have been previously formatted in windows and have all my research (so I am trying to tread carefully), but running into some questions. The HD are ...
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Endless swap operation slows computer to a halt. How to fix?

Every so often--usually when I have lots of programs open--my laptop starts doing what I think is an endless swap operation. The hard drive writes and reads like crazy, and the mouse stops being ...
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When I am trying to install Ubuntu for a dual boot, the drive I pick is showing more gigabytes than it actually is

I am trying to make my laptop dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. I have read several tutorials out there and once dabbled with Linux distributions years ago before there really was any tutorials, ...
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Why /dev/disk/by-id/ change after a suddenly server power-off?

I'm management a server that in /etc/fstab have references to some partitions using /dev/disk/by-id/DISK_ID-partN. The server suddenly power-off and DISK_ID part of /dev/disk/by-id/DISK_ID-partN ...
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Dual HDD; reinstalled windows and now can't go past boot screen logo

So I have a three drive set up. 1 SSD (Windows 7), 1 HDD (Windows 7 storage), 1 HDD (Ubuntu 12.04). I was not thinking and reinstalled Windows and messed it up. If I have the Ubuntu HDD disconnected, ...
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Install Ubuntu can't see my second hard drive

When installing Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop, It doesn't show my second hard drive as an installation option. I am trying to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7 on another hard drive. Windows 7 sees my second ...
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Recover HDD after creating USB installer

I just mistakingly used the wrong device to create a USB installer for Ubuntu. I wanted to use my flash drive which was disk1 and ended up using disk2 which was my external HD. Is there any way I can ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 wont mount an External harddrive

I have 2 external 1TB harddrives, both of which normally get mounted on startup. For the past couple of days, one of these drives has not been mounted. I have tried unplugged and plugging the ...
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I have recently installed ubuntu after i erased my hdd and I dont know if the hdd has only one partition now

I am new to Ubuntu(coming from windows), and I don't know if the install went right: I understand that by default there should be 2 partitions after the install so i run this command sudo fdisk -l ...