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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Recover external drive after faulty clone

I was trying to restore my formatted D partition using testdisk by following the first answer in this Q&A In one of the steps I was supposed to clone my D drive to an external HDD and did so ...
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Hard drive making light scratching noise [closed]

Ever since I installed Ubuntu, I've noticed the hard drive making a few new sounds. Most of them are soft scratching noises, but I'm not sure if it has to do with a failing drive. I just got this ...
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Change ssd disk for another, and keep /home in on hdd

I have a PC with a SSD 120GB with ubuntu 13.10 partition / is in the SSD, and the /home partition is in another HDD 2TB disk with all my data. The SSD starts to have problem, Ubuntu freeze from one ...
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How to create bootable USB using public library computer, I do not have admin privilege to download USB Creator

The title says it all. I understand that it is necessary to download creator software in order to install Ubuntu/Xubuntu on my brand new hard drive. However, the only computer I have access to is ...
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I am having trouble mounting my external hard drive

I get the error Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/harish/My Passport: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdb1" ...
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ssd msata hot temperature hp on ubuntu 14.04

my laptop hard disk temperature is really hot with win8 is stable and not became hot. i search but not found nothing working for me i have no idea of what i must do ubuntu first is installed ...
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how to Data recovery using ubuntu [duplicate]

I want to recover my hdd files which were deleted while installing ubuntu. Below are my laptop details It was windows 8.1 installed previously 500 GB hard disk was full of data. I tried to install ...
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External Hard Drive Drop/Fall

I actually am having a problem for which I would really appreciate some advice. Yesterday night my external 500GB (USB) hard drive (a big one, with case) fell. It was on my PC and fell down on the ...
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Making HDD Executable

I am very new to Ubuntu and I have experienced much grief in these last weeks as I have tried to download steam and play games on my computer. Steam downloadeds on my ssd and runs fine, but I would ...
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HELP… writing openSUSE image to SD card [migrated]

I am releatively new to linux and I have assembled a raspberry PI 2 model B and I'm relavively unexperience with linux. I have tinkered in the past with SUSE and want to start doing it again. I have ...
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How do I get write access to my external hard drive?

I have recently formatted an external hard drive for use with Ubuntu 14.04 using GParted. I formatted the drive to Ext4, and everything seemed to work until I tried to copy files to the drive, at ...
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Second hard drive not detected

I have an old HP Pavilion dv9000 series laptop that I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on. The laptop is large enough to have two hard drive bays. One has one of the two original Samsung hard drives (it's ...
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Second hard drive and music libraries

I am unable to get any of my music to be recognized immediately when I boot my machine. I have to add everything manually after each boot or reboot. I've used Rhythmbox, VLC, Clementine, and XBMC. ...
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Force format an external HDD

My Seagate 500 GB external HDD stopped working few days ago for unknown reasons. I don't really care about the data on it anymore. I just want it to work properly again but I cant format it in ...
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My computer halts for short times intermittently. Is it related to my fan making a lot of noise?

I have two problems with my computer. The system is halting for short times intermittently so the computers becomes almost impossible to use for short times that can happen just when the computer ...
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disk storage full and cannot add disk space

I set my vm workstation to 100 GB of disk space and after downloading about 4 programs it says error disk full. So I created a new virtual machine and created one with 200 GB or space, but I had the ...
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Hard drive overheating badly

My laptop's hard drive heats up quite badly. The regular operating range hovers around 42-44 Centigrade. It gets even worse when the screen is locked with temperatures shooting up to 50C. The casing ...
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Can I clone a 1TB hard drive with Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 to a sshd on a laptop?

I am using Ubuntu 14.10 and will upgrade to Ubuntu 15.04 this afternoon. I was curious while looking at hard drives and was seeing that SSHD drives are the perfect mix of hard drive and solid state ...
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Why does my root filesystem keep becoming read-only?

I've lately been having an issue with my root filesystem becoming readonly. It happens some amount of time after boot. I don't know exactly when it happens, as I don't usually notice it until ...
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Neuroimaging Use: How big for partitions (root, home, swap) and some other Qs

I will be using my Ubuntu for neuroimaging use. This is my first time using -- I've been using Macs for the last few years so am not familiar with using Ubuntu on a regular PC. A few questions: Are ...
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WD Passport external HD connected but not recognized

I have a 1TB WD Passport External HD. It was working 2 days back and is in perfect condition(its a new one). Today, my HD stopped being detected on my Ubuntu machine. The light on the HD was blinking. ...
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Do Not Have Permission to a Internal HardDrive

So, I had an admin account on my computer. I created another one from it named Rahul Holani, and I later changed it to RahulHolani. I deleted the previous user and began working on the new one. Later ...
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Compatible external hard drive [closed]

can any one please tell me which external hard drives are compatible with Lubuntu? (I am using Lubuntu) Thank you
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If you are log out of the guest. All the contents of your hard disk will be deleted [duplicate]

Ubuntu permit access to the hard drive in case of unavailability put. After restarting the computer, I am able to login using your username. I arrived as a guest. Unfortunately, the message was shown ...
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Hard Drives in Startech Enclosure Are Not Recognized

Issue 1 With Computer 1(Running Ubuntu 12.0.4)? I have 8 external hard drives of varying sizes from different manufactureres that are formatted as either ntfs/ext4. We purchased a Startech 8-bay ...
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Buffer I/O error on device sda1, logical block 4684514

I'm trying to format a hard drive. I've used mkfs.ntfs /dev/sda1 after the fdisk command, but mkfs doesn't work! And when I press Ctrl+Alt+F6 I see this message: Buffer I/O error on device sda1, ...
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Ubuntu on a SSD and… Everything else on a HDD

So i am looking into the future on getting a new computer, one with a 1TB Hard Disk Drive for everything and a Solid State Drive STRICTLY for Ubuntu, i did some research and found out that you half to ...
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Can't mount external HFS+ on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I have a dying macbook and I'm on my last attempts to save the data on it. Mac is not reading it, windows reads but hangs on any actions, so I'm resorting to Linux as my last resort. Upon plugging, ...
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Installed Ubuntu Desktop using a partition on my extra HDD but Win8 keeps booting instead?

I just installed Ubuntu on a HDD and when I restart my computer, it goes straight to Windows 8 login. I have 256GB SSD (where my Win8 and other important programs are installed), and another 2TB HDD. ...
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Prevent usb HDD Sleep mode?

I'm having a problem with my computer running Ubuntu server 12.04, I have an external USB HDD plugged in for samba file sharing but after a few hours not using samba the USB HDD goes to sleep. When I ...
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Check how space is distributed on Linux system

I know how to check space left with: df -h and I know to check the space of a folder with: du -ch /path/to/folder/ But let's say I have a 500 GB HardDisk and 350GB are used: Wich is the best ...
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Can't delete files from ecryptfs backup, HD maxed

Ok, so I had a ubuntu directory encrypted with ecryptfs, than my OS crashed, so I reinstalled lubuntu. kept the partition that had all personal files intact and reinstalled os in other partitions. ...
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How to recover a HDD with first 4MB deleted?

I have a 500GB Western Digital MyBook II which was partioned with one NTFS (pretty sure, but may also have been FAT32) partition spanning the whole disk (partitioning and formatting done with WinXP ...
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Cannot create unallocated space in Hard Drive

So, I want to set up Ubuntu in Dual Boot with Windows 7 and I need to create free unallocated space for it. This is how my drives are ( I'm using EaseUS partition manager) Link to Picture: ...
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Reinstalling ubuntu with secondary ext4 HDD HELP!

Hi im running ubuntu/GUI as a web-server but want to install a fresh distro of ubuntu as i may be upgrading some of the hardware. my problem though is i have a secondary HDD (SDB / EXT4) 2TB which i ...
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fsck took only two seconds to report “clean”. What did I do wrong?

I booted a LiveCD (Ubuntu 14.04.2) and opened a terminal window. I used sudo lshw | more to determine that my usual boot volume was logically named /dev/sda1 . It's the primary partition on a 1 ...
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Slow raid5 resync with WD Green drives [closed]

The Question Why is my initial resync so slow? Initially cat /proc/mdstat reported ~ 30000K/sec. I then increased /sys/block/md0/md/stripe_cache_size from 256 to 16384. That increased the speed to ...
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Loading of applications in ubuntu freeze my system for a while

I have a very powerful ubuntu system with core i3 4370 processor and it works very fast, but it seems it's bottleneck is in harddrive. This log review loading of my hard drive when I try to open ...
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Fix corrupt NTFS partition without Windows

MY NTFS Partition has gotten corrupt somehow (it's a relic from the days when I had Windows installed). I'm putting the debug output of fdisk and blkid here. At the same time, any OS is unable to ...
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What is .Trash-0 and why does it act up every so often?

I noticed that despite deleting several large files from my hard drive my hard drive space wasn't opening up any, and remembered that every once in a while that .Trash-0 folder (no .Trash-1000 in my ...
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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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Identify failed drive from RAID 5 NAS

I have a NAS with 4 drives setup in RAID 5. It recently started making a lot of noise (not good) but I couldn't figure out how to get the NAS system (iomega storcentre) to tell me which drive was ...
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Replaced hard drive in a Windows 7 machine, Will not boot Ubuntu

Just picked up an Acer Aspire x1301 to refurbish. It came with no hard drive and origionally had Windows 7 home premium on it when it shipped. The goal with this piece is to load Ubuntu on this ...
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WD Passport Not Detected On Any Computer

I have had a WD My Passport drive for a while, and today it just stopped working. I have looked around and nothing seems to solve the problem. When I plug the drive in, dmesg says this: ...
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How to Bring HARD rive icons on the Launcher?

I Migrated fro Windows 7. I Partioned my Hard Disk (250 GB). I am not able to access all the Partitions simultaneously like I used to do in Windows. Please tell what should be done to get the ...
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How do I check the integrity of a storage medium (hard disk or flash drive)?

I've run across (personally or by proxy) a bunch of storage media that exhibited physical problems during their life. Hard disks, solid state drives and other flash storage media all fail after some ...
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Copy all files from my old hard drive to my new one

I'm changing my old hard drive (500GB full) with a new one (1TB). I use it to backup all my files, so I just need the best way to copy all files from old one to new one, but I don't want to use the ...
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ZFS with existing data on 1 HDD

I'm thinking about adding a ZFS Raid-5 to my Ubuntu Server (Home use only). Currently, I have 2 HDD, 1 is 120GB for OS and the other is 4TB for download and torrent. I will purchase an addition HDD ...
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Mistakenly encrypted partition while installing Ubuntu

My friend has tried to install Ubuntu on her USB (with live-usb) and used LMV encryption for the USB. Right now, it is not possible to load Windows normally. It seems she mistakenly encrypt her ...
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Can't read and write from hard drive

I have a 1TB hard drive that I recently got, but the problem is that even when formatted I am unable to read and write from the hard drive. Any suggestions? I've tried reformatting it, but the results ...