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 do I erase Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from my laptop?

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is the only OS on my laptop. I have spent alot of time researching on how to format the drive along with Ubuntu OS. Kindly help me do this.
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How to access locked hard drive?

I have a hard drive with an old 12.04 server install and a data partition on it. I have the hard drive hooked up to my current desktop using a usb to sata adapter with external power supply. I am on ...
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How is /dev/disk/by-id populated and what would cause a drive to be labeled incorrectly?

I've occasionally noticed that upon reboot, my drive will not be displayed properly in /dev/disk/by-id. When I ls /dev/disk/by-id, I will see something like: scsi-35000c5004ef059d9 (which is the WWN ...
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External Hard Drive Won't Mount on Ubuntu; Previous Solutions Did Not Work

My 4 TB Seagate BUP Fast HDD won't mount on my laptop, but it works fine on my Grandma's Ubuntu computer and my friend's PC. It is recognized in Disks, but won't mount, even when I tried the solutions ...
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Problems auto-mounting 2nd hard drive

Just did a fresh install of ubuntu 12.04 and decided to try something new. I have 1Tb internal hard drive that I use for storage. I found a guide to mounting it, and have followed it, here's my ...
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Does system encryption encrypt /home if it is on a separate HDD?

This question is similar but it seems to deal with a /home partition on same drive as / partition so not sure if answer would be the same as setup I am proposing. I am hoping to set up my new laptop ...
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Ubuntu Won't Let Me Shutdown

I can use my laptop with out any problem for a while ( sometimes around 12 hours and sometimes just half an hour ), then suddenly one by one, the applications will be closed. I can't shutdown. So I ...
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Help fdisk 4 (near) identical 1TB drives

I have 4 drives to setup a Raid 5, but apparently they are not identical. I am not sure what steps to take next. It seems that I have (3) 512 and (1) 4096 sized drives. What should I do to format, ...
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Can I cancel dd command and rebuild partition table?

I am attempting to fix the partition table on a 1 TB hard drive. GParted on my live disk sees the drive as being "2 TiB"... It is clearly labelled as 1 TB on the outside. I started a low level ...
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Ubuntu getting too long to shut down

I had a problem with Grub after I downloaded Windows 8. I couldn't access it anymore and so couldn't access the Ubuntu partition that was on my laptop. Since I needed to restore the files on the ...
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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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Hard disk failure after partition in Ubuntu 13.4 using terminal

I did partition of my Ubuntu system using sudo fdisk in terminal because I could not install Windows 7 because it said something like there has to be some space to save some files on that space. So I ...
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Terminal method of formatting storage drive

I want to know how to format a storage drive from the terminal. Helpful things to provide in the answer would be often used options for commands and base knowledge that one can use to extrapolate ...
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Drive unmounts when I try to scan it for viruses

I have an old hard drive from a friend that I'm trying to get data off of to transfer to a new computer. First, thought, I wanted to scan it for viruses. So I connected it to my Lubuntu computer with ...
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Installed Ubuntu (14.04) on external HDD and lost data

I've installed Ubuntu on external HDD without formating and lost 800GB from it. I've installed it from flash drive from Ubuntu to try. When I plug it into turned on win PC, nothing shows, and when I ...
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Something went wrong with my drive and it won't boot Ubuntu anymore. How do I fix this?

I was using Windows for a bit because I'm still seeing up all the programs on it following a hard drive failure. One thing Seagate said to do was run SeaTools. When I did, it didn't really say which ...
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1 SSD windows, 1 SSD ext4, 1 NTFS Data mutual Drive?

I am trying to use a mutual Data hard drive (NTFS) to run my files between both windows and linux. I am new to linux and having trouble with identifying the 3rd HD, which is NTFS. On the sidebar, ...
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I lost my raid…(it won't load)

After plugging in an extra drive I lost my raid drives. In the drives GUI it shows all of the raid drives as connected but when I go to start the raid it says: /dev/md/Storage assembled from 1 ...
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Something went wrong with my external HD (Ubuntu can't mount it)

Here is my output from the fdisk command: sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = ...
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Serviio running across multiple HDD issues [on hold]

For my first questio9n i will try to give as much detail as possible. I just recently switched over from Windows to Linux and slowly teaching myself all the commands. Anyway my server has 3 HDDs, 1 ...
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How to move Linux on a USB stick to a hard drive partition?

I was running Ubuntu on a USB stick for a while because my hard drive had failed. It had two partitions. I recently installed a new hard drive and installed Windows on it. I created a new partition ...
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Add SCSI drive support in Ubuntu

I need to attach an old SCSI drive (HP Model ST373454LW, 73 GB) to an Ubuntu 14.04 machine. I'm attaching the drive through the forensic bridge UltraBay II. While the bridge recognizes the SCSI drive ...
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System hangs, mountall fails

I'm really new to Ubuntu, Please excuse me if my question sounds stupid (also my bad English). To save disk space, I had formatted my windows installation, and somehow I was able to install Ubuntu ...
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very high IOWait + extremely slow hdparm -tT

I have been running 12.04 on my Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook E751 for almost a year without any problems, and then several days ago I noticed a very high CPU IOwait that makes the system poorly responsive ...
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USB HDD transfer speed varies

So the problem is, that USB speed varies all the time at Download and Transfers. If I connect it to windows/mac machine it works ok. For example i made screenshots of utorrent: ...
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Ubuntu/Gparted won't show all my hard drive capacity

My Asus Laptop's main, internal hard drive has a total 621.4 GB of space, however, Gparted is only showing a total of 332.06 GB of total data space among my partitions. Its pretty much telling me ...
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Regaining access to old External HDD (exfat/Mac&Win, maybe), unallocated maybe toasted HDD

First off, I'm new to Ubuntu, and do not speak really comprehend too much of computer literacy. And English is not my main language. So... I have and old HDD from a friend, that she wants to regain ...
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Enabling the power management for SATA link [duplicate]

After tearing down my laptop, I came to know that most of the heating issue in my laptop is caused by HDD. Powertop is also showing the same problem. I am seeing significantly cooling after activating ...
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PC no longer boots after partitioning second hard disk

I have a PC with two identical disks. Initially I completely ignored the second disk (/dev/sda), setting up the full system on the first one (/dev/sda). I got as far as a fully operational system. ...
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Unable to Access my Hard Disks

I'm new to Ubuntu and still figuring out the whole OS. Tried accessing my hard drives and this is what keeps showing up! Error mounting /dev/sda7 at /media/hellzvenom/WORKDESK: Command-line `mount ...
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How to use SD card as primary drive without corrupting superblock?

I have a netbook which I would like to use with a Linux-based distro. The hard drive has been replaced with a SD to SATA Converter Adapter so that I can run everything off of an SD card similar to a ...
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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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Plex Media Server: Won't find media External Hard Drive

I am attempting to turn an older PC into a home media server with Ubuntu 12.04 using Plex Media Server. I have a newer WD 2 TB external USB HD with all of my media on it. I can not for the life of ...
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External hard drive [closed]

I have an internal hard drive that was a dual boot of Windows and Ubuntu 12.04 and I would like to use it as an external hard drive, but if I mount it using ubuntu machine I can see different folders ...
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How to use multiple Hard drives in Ubuntu linux?

I have a desktop computer and in it there are two hard drives, one SSD and one HDD. I use the SSD for boot that works fine but I want to use the HDD for my files how can I do that. Thanks
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Mounting the windows drives and external usb drives

I am new to Ubuntu 14.04. I installed ubuntu on a windows laptop as the second OS. As I am new user, I created two mounting points in /mnt/.. and /media.. I tried to remove one, but I couldn't, it's ...
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accessing hard drive - have been trying for days

I have spent days reading everything I came across in the attempt to Access files from my internal hard drive on a Windows 7 Computer that no longer works. I don't know what the Problem is. I ...
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Why doesn't the Ubuntu ISO burned to a CD or copied to a USB work on my Mac?

I just installed a new hard drive and for the life of me, I cannot get the .iso file on my USB stick or burned CD to begin the installation process. I keep getting a picture of a folder with a ...
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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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how do i setup raid on my harddrives

yes hello I have 5 2tb hard drives in my computer I use it to record TV as a DVR for my TV one 2tb section has Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I would like to use all the hard drives for TV show. how do I do this ...
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How to disable file indexing in Lubuntu 14.04?

I use Lubuntu on an old XP laptop, and it works like a charm. In XP I was able to turn off indexing of the hard disk and it would increase performance a bit and I found out how to do it Ubuntu as well ...
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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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How do you Image Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 installations for restoration?

I want to do a clean install of Ubuntu and then create an image that I can use to restore the system to a clean state after I've tested the installation and use of an app within Ubuntu. But all I'm ...
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Error creating partition

I am trying to create a new partition in a free slot of an hard drive using the Gnome Disk utility (on 14.04). I always get the message below: Error creating partition on /dev/sda: Command-line ...
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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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Why is my external USB hard drive sometimes completely inaccessible?

I have an external USB hard drive, consisting of an 1 TB SATA drive in a Rosewill RX35-AT-SU SLV Aluminum 3.5" Silver USB 2.0 External Enclosure, plugged into my SONY VAIO VGN-NS310F laptop. It is ...
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Trying to mount drive /dev/sdc: TYPE=“nvidia_raid_member”

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 this weekend. Here is my setup: 128GB SSD = Win7 128GB SSD = Ubuntu 14.04 500GB Seagate Barracuda = Files, music, photos, etc For some reason the SSD with Win7 is ...