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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how to force ubuntu to use 4k sector size

last week my HDD died and i bought a new one 500 GB Toshiba HDD it supports AF ,i installed Ubuntu 15.10 on it with LVM enabled and i made it format the HDD automatically.later when the installation ...
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How do I transfer a 32 bit installation from internal to external USB HDD and install a 64 bit system on internal

I had a 32 bit ubuntu (14.04) on my macbook pro (2010) along with the MacOsX using REFit as a boot loader. My hard drive began to be too small and some of the programs I would like to use now exists ...
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MDADM Superblock can't be read - raid 1 mirror

I have a ubuntu linux box, with a raid mirror, 2x3TB using mdadm It's not the system disk, but a raid 1 mirror that contains my files. After power cut, restarted and now getting "can't read ...
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Unknown FAT for HDD on Ubuntu 14.04

I'm new to Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) and I'm not sure how to configure computer systems yet (although I really want to learn how it all works). I'm trying to enter into my external HDD through GUI (I don't ...
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I am having trouble mounting an internal hard disk partition and another hard disk partition doesn't shows files in it

I am using Ubuntu and Windows 7 in my computer, but lately I can't access Windows 7 since it shows a disk read error. I am able to access Ubuntu, but I can't mount or access the C: drive partition ...
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Unable to boot into ubuntu/mint on 500gb Seagate SATA drive

I assure you I have searched and this is not a duplicate; after searching I am now confused that if I should post it to superuser instead. Please suggest. I am unable to boot into my computer, ...
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Can't mount external hard drive USB

It's NTFS. It's USB3. I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. I have tried the following commands: sudo fdisk -l sudo fdisk -l sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /mnt sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /mnt
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extend drive on a vm qnap?

I am using Ubuntu Server 14.04.3 LTS in my QNAP TVS-463 as a virtual machine. I had set it to 30 GB drive, but want to extend the drive to 60 GB, and I followed the steps in this guide here: ...
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Hardrive Permission

So I added a second drive for to use for back-ups. I changed the ownership, when I try to use the partition, it says that I do not have permission. Here is what mount is showing. /dev/sdb3 on ...
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Which HDD attribute should I trust? (SMART test)

In Ubuntu 15.10, I got different temperature for my SDD. Which one should I trust?
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Hard drive not detected in BIOS

I had dual booted Ubuntu / Win 8 in my Dell Inspiron N5110, I am not sure what started all of this, I think I ran BitBleach as root and it got hung and had to force close it. But I am not sure if ...
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not able to automatically mount HD

I'm facing a weird issue that's really driving me crazy :/ I use Samba to share some folders over my WiFi, however, whenever I reboot my machine the shared folders become un-shared. After doing some ...
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Installing Kubuntu erased drive designation

I installed an unused, formatted SSD just to install Kubuntu on it. I did manage to install Kubuntu; however, somehow in the process, the drive designation was deleted, and now my computer can't ...
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No write option in TestDisk after analysing the disk

I corrupted my partition table by accident. This is the current structure of the disk as shown by ubuntu's disk utility. So I booted my laptop with a live usb having ubuntu. I installed TestDisk and ...
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Ps2 Hdd not recognized

I'm trying to access the files on my ps2 hdd, however; I cannot access the drive because it doesn't show up. I've tried to to use devmapper but every time I try to install it, it fails. Any ideas?
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Disk Utility Error: Input/output error during write

I can't format my flash drive any more I tried different things: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/32945228/usb-flash-drive-input-output-error-during-write I've also tried to scan the flash drive ...
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Hard disk partition -Root has low space

Hard disk partition in my Ubuntu 14.04 was not logical and now am getting message box saying that root has insufficient space. I have installed several lab software and am not confident enough for ...
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Windows partition drive Block on disk

Im new on ubuntu/linux OS, i've installed ubuntu on drive C: using USB, where my old windows OS installed.. after successful installation. i was trying to view/access the drive D: all my files was ...
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Is there a files system that alows you to chnge the partion size without unmounting the disk?

I am looking to have a Ubuntu setup that has a HDD and SSD. My HDD will have four or more (extended partition) that contain the /home and other mount points with the programs that come from the ...
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Cannot fsck or e2fsck to repair disk. dumpe2fs returns “Couldn't find valid filesystem superblock.”

I've been dealing with this hard disk problem all day. External Seagate disk I've foolishly failed to back up still is recognized by PC but cannot be read. When I try to follow the steps here, it ...
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Unable to mount my external disk

I am unable to mount my external usb disk, here is my error message and please help me to solve this problem. Thanks. Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sdb1: Command-line `mount ...
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Cannot access secondary hard drive on ubuntu 14.04

I just formatted my primary hard drive with windows 7 to install Ubuntu 14.04, I also had a secondary 1tb hard drive where i have a lot of information. After installing Ubuntu I cannot access my ...
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I've lost usable access to internal drive: i/o errors

I've lost usable access to a critical internal drive, getting i/o errors. This is not OS drive. Yesterday I was setting up a VPS and file sharing, all of which worked fine. (I don't know that this ...
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Ubuntu AND Computer not recognizing extra SATA hard disks

Just so you know, I'm going old school 9.10 Karmic on an old computer I have attached two 250GB SATA hard disks to my computer for a file server... and none of them work. The main 120GB Hard disk ...
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Unable to read data from external drive

After I've mounted external HDD drive few times I receive window with below message Error mounting /dev/sdc1 at /media/rafal/TOSHIBA EXT: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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Why I can not format Samsung NB530UB Ultrabook 16gb SSD to install Ubuntu 15.10

I have Ultrabook from Samsung model NB530UB. It has 16 Gb SSD. Here is list of harddrives: Model: ATA Hitachi HTS54505 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 500GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B ...
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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 ...