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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External HDD won't work after using cipher/encrypting files

It's the second time with another HDD and I can't explain why it's happening this. I used gpg --cipher-algo AES256 -c file to encrypt some files directly on the external drive and after I unplug it ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Hd1/Hd2 Win10. I'm having some issues access to the drive with Ubuntu on it

my first post, hi all by the way, its my first edit too ;D So, i got a pc with two hard disk. One with Ubuntu, One with Windows. My problem with the first hard disk with ubuntu is that i can t walk ...
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HDD randomly unmounted - which log file & possible causes?

For some reason today an HDD in my server decided it no longer wanted to be mounted. There was no "trigger" that I'm aware of, possibly a bad sector being read but can't be sure. Some background info ...
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Where did my files go?

Ok so let me preface this by saying I'm a complete noob when it comes to Linux/Ubuntu so if possible please try to give answers in a way I might be able to understand them, Thanks. Here goes..... I ...
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Error: failed command: READ FPDMA QUEUED

During boot or shutdown I got error: Nov 18 19:41:20 noname kernel: [ 11.696636] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x7fffffff SErr 0x0 action 0x6 Nov 18 19:41:20 noname kernel: [ 11.696641] ...
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How can I set future permissions and user/group for files and folders inside a parent folder?

For days, I am have been scanning the internet trying to find an answer to my questions. I have come across a lot of different options, but none of them are working for me. My situation: I recently ...
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Install ubuntu with windows 10 - SSD and HDD

I bought a laptop with SSD and Installed windows on it . now I want to install Ubuntu on HDD . I did once and ubuntu was not detecting windows. What should I do? any advice ? I uninstalled ubuntu and ...
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How to format an external 4TB HDD in Ubuntu 15.04?

I have a 4TB Seagate drive: ST4000NM033 that I'm trying to partition and format for external storage via the USB port and an external docking station. When I view it in fdisk or other utilities, it ...
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Show external USB Hard drive on desktop

as the title says i cant get my USB harddisk (1TB Toshiba) to show on my desktop, it shows in the launcher and i can open it but i cant get it to show on the desktop. i installed the unity tweak tool ...
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Switched SSD and HDD in laptop. Cannot boot into any

When I bought SSD for laptop I installed it in main slot and HDD in caddy and installed Windows 10 and then Ubuntu MATE 15.10 in separated partitions on SSD. Now I switched places so SSD is in caddy ...
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Should I put Ubuntu and windows on the same hard drive by partitioning, or on separate drives?

slightly above novice ubuntu user here. I have ubuntu 14.04 on one laptop. I want to dual-boot ubuntu 15.10 (or 15.04) with pre-installed windows 8.1 on my new laptop. It's a gigabyte Aorus X3 plus ...
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How to Convert USB flash drive to a Local Disk on Ubuntu

Well I have been looking around on possible ways to convert my USB flash drive to a Local hard drive. I have found several tutorials and videos that are based on WindowsOS for example: USB Hack: Turn ...
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Slow write to sda while copying files

Writing wo ext3 and ext4 on my new Trusty installation is really slow, when I create an NTFS Partition on the same /dev/sda HDD it is quite normal 30MB/sec, about 100 times faster than with ext3. I am ...
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SDA with ubuntu on changes name to SDB?

So after moving in with my girlfriend, I brought my server to our new apartment. After fixing most config files to fit the new subnet, i wanted to access my harddrives. I have a 120gb SSD for system ...
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External disk showing empty files

My ubuntu machine is detecting hardisk , but it shows nothing inside external hard disk . And my external disk is showing all the data in windows machine. What may be the problem. And how may I ...
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USB 3 External Hard drive SMART fails

I am trying to use SMART to check an external hard drive, however when i try to use SMART (from Disk) the option is greyed out and i cannot use it, whether the HDD it is mounted or not. I have ...
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can't access the merged partitions from two hard discs created when the pc was running windows 7

previously my system was running windows 7 64 bit and then created a single drive by sharing two different hard drives. Now PC is running on Ubuntu. But can't mount that partition. help me
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SATA Errors upon boot and slow drive function

I am experiencing multiple sata errors upon booting, and drive functions are very slow. Here is the errors I am experiencing. sysadmin@ubuntu:~$ dmesg | tail -n 50 [ 131.260061] ata4.00: exception ...
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How to create a chron backup to both external hard drive and online service?

I need to create a chron backup to both external hard drive and online service (using ftp). I would like : only one software tool to do that; a daily backup to my external drive ; a weekly backup ...
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How do I fix a corrupted hard drive?

I think that my hard drive has become corrupted. It no longer will show up in the Launcher sidebar and in GParted. I believe that it is corrupted to the point where it can no longer be recognized by ...
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I have been running Ubuntu on an external hard drive and now Windows 10 won't boot

When I turn on my laptop, Windows 10 does not boot and gives me the following options Continue to Windows Recover Environment Continue using another operating system Troubleshoot Turn off PC I ...
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How can i merge two LVM partitons in the same virtual HDD in VMWare ESXi?

I had to add some space to the Virtual HDD on my Ubuntu Server VM in VMWare ESXi 5.1. I switched off the VM. In VM --> Edit Settings, I increased the HDD space provisioned, from 10 GB to 25 GB. On ...
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Mounting External Hard Drive on 15.10 Naming Issue

I upgraded to 15.10 using a bootable medium (USB bootable ISO). After upgrade, when I connect my external hard drive of 3 partitions, they all load up in nautilus nicely, however under a different ...
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Tried to install Ubuntu on separate SSD but can no longer access my Windows OS

I have a 256 GB SSD and a 512 GB SSD in my desktop. I can no longer access my windows OS. I installed them on separate SSDs, but when I try to select the 500 GB drive it gives an: Error mounting ...
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HDD.. I think I'm fsck'd

I am running a virtualization machine that has a few different drives. 2 are being problematic. both drives are having trouble together. both drives switched to ro opposed the norm rw. nothing ...
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Random Freezing of Dell Inspiron PC. Could it be the HDD?

My Dell Inspiron PC has been randomly freezing for several months now. Today, when I was logging on, I got several end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector [various numbers] messages. sudo ...
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Ubuntu freezing with Clicking Hard disk

I was recently installing windows XP on my PC, but during formatting the drive there was a power cut and after that when I started my PC the hard disk was not showing up on my BIOS. So I booted Ubuntu ...
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I attempted to format a HDD with Linux Encryption and have now lost my harddrive

I have recently ditched Windows due to losing my disc and product key. I have used Ubuntu in the past however cant remember a great deal. I installed from Windows 7, formatting my SSD to replace with ...
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Can not mount the drive with ubuntu

My pc is old. It cant install ubuntu or xubuntu(i did not try xubuntu. I would try it on another pc but when i pit ,y hdd, i wanted to try ubuntu on that pc). It has 2 gb ram, p4 3.0 ghz. So i took ...
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WD500 external HDD permissions - can't read & write

Help - I have an external HDD, Western Digital. It is read only, I want it read/write. I have tried sudo chmod -R 755 /media/thomas/"WD 500" however when it runs through all the rows end with 'Read ...
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Fresh Ubuntu install on one of the HDDS I wiped so many times today… Now just a blank screen

I don't know why, but I do a fresh install of Ubuntu server 14.04 on my HDD and for some reason it doesn't boot up, it shows alot of hard drive activity at the beginning and then just stops and doesnt ...
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PXE-E61 Media test failure. I think I deleted my MBR

Okay, so I was using Ubuntu for a while then all of a sudden as I was walking upstairs with my laptop it cut out, no biggie it does it all the time when I move it. Except this time it would not start ...
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Restoring Ubuntu 14.04 onto a new hard-drive when the old system was raid 1. Should I expect problems?

My current system is running software RAID 1 and I have made a backup of this system with the intention of restoring it onto a new hard-drive. For my new hard-drive I do NOT want RAID. Will there be ...
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HDD with ubuntu installed is being recognized and useable but cannot be booted from

I have previously booted ubuntu 14.04 from my hdd and everything was fully functional but I took my drive out run diagnostics on another one and when I put mine back in it refuses to boot. I am ...
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Can't detect internal HDin devices list Ubuntu

I am unable to detect internal HDD in ubuntu(also any external HD's). Initially it used to show the list of devices in devices column in file explorer. This is the output of fdisk -l WARNING: GPT ...
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Unable to access internal/external hard disks in ubuntu

I am running ubuntu alongside windows. Due to some memory issues my laptop froze and I had to do a force shut down. Once the system got rebooted, it went back to factory reset settings(Unity tweak ...
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Hard Drive spins like Crazy when entering GRUB and calms down a little but not completely after booting into Ubuntu

Sometimes, when restarting, the moment it "restarts", the hard drive goes crazy loud. Then it calms down after I enter GRUB, and then boot into Ubuntu. However, it never stops after that. I'm not ...
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I can't mount my second harddisk

I just installed Ubuntu 15.04 on my ssd and I can't mount my second hdd now. before Ubuntu it was working on windows 7. Here is my fdisk -l: Disk /dev/sda: 111,8 GiB, 120034123776 bytes, 234441648 ...
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Setting up a HDD with Ubuntu installed on a SSD

I built a new build yesterday with a SSD for my OS/Applications and a HDD for everything else. Installed Ubuntu on the SSD, but I think I underestimated how I'd go about this and now I'm unsure how to ...
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Dell R430 Raid Array not recognized 14.04 server

I configured the OS to install on 2(mirrored) 16bg SD cards. After installation noticed the array was not created. created a RAID10 array of 4 1TB HDD but cannot get Ubuntu see it to mount it. How to ...
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detect whether block device (drive) has been read from

So, since hdparm doesn't really work for some obscure reasons with my SATA drive when I want it to spin down the drive after X minutes, I've been searching for alternative options and found one using ...
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Restore space to Ubuntu

I would like to delete a Windows 7 partition and give all the space back to Ubuntu. How do I do this? Do redirect if this question has been asked. Thanks.
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Giving Plex permission to read and write to RAID storage

I've been having issues getting Plex to read and write to the RAID storage where we are trying to store our music/pictures. The drive is located at /media/user/storage I've read as much as I could ...
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Extremely slow hard drive on dual boot computer - but only in Ubuntu

I have a computer with two ssd and one hdd drive. I am dualbooting: on one ssd I have Windows 7, the other Ubuntu 14.04, on the hdd I have all my stuff. On Windows, everything is fine. I can move ...
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Retrieving data from old HDD before formatting it

I have an old hard drive from an ubuntu 14.04 installation. I am trying to retrieve the data from it so I bought an external HDD case for it. It's in the case and when I plug it in the light on the ...
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Mount second ntfs partion from second hdd

I beg pardon for possible bad english, I'm self-taught. At school I learned German =) I have problem with mounting partition from second hdd. About my system: First hdd 200 gb - here my ubuntu 15.04 ...
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Use free space in Hard Drive to add to Ubuntu/Mac partitions

The format of my Hard Drive is as follows: Mac OS 400GB Ubuntu 150GB Swap 8GB Free Space 150GB I wish to add some of my free space to my Mac OS partition. Any advice on how to do this would be very ...
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Setting up LVM Snapshot as a backup/restore point in ubuntu on an external drive

Here is a good article on how to use LVM Snapshot as backup/restore. But the thing is I would like to have that backup saved on my external hard drive. This was my approach: Create snapshot of ...
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Access Lubuntu files from an External Harddrive attached to a Windows Machine

Long story short, my last laptop (Let's call it "A") fried and my SATA harddrive is still intact. I'm rebuilding my Lubuntu installation on an older laptop (Let's call it "B"), and I need a few files ...
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Creating partition in ubuntu

In my system I have only one partition when I am executing command fdisk -l it is showing result .. Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 ...