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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ATA Secure Erase - password set - not locked

Today I tried to wipe my ssd using ATA Secure Erase (with an Ubuntu live sytem). I basically followed the description here: What is the recommended way to empty a SSD? However, I think I made a ...
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ERROR: The ext4 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSI 1 0,0,0 sda failed

I keep getting the error message "The ext4 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSI 1 0,0,0 sda failed" when trying to install from a USB flash drive. My hard drive is brand new and is totally ...
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Security of JBOD vs RAID while there is no backup

I have some large amount of data (~40 TB) consisting of small files. The data is currently stored on JBOD. Because the data is not super important and I cannot afford the needed disks there is no ...
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Filesystem/RAID configuration to stripe/mirror three hard drives

I have 3 HDDs in my workstation: 1.5 TB (drive "A") 2TB (drive "B") 4TB (drive "C") I am doing a fresh install of 16.04. I would like to find a filesystem/RAID configuration that allows me to ...
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Access is denied because the NTFS volume is already exclusively opened

I'm trying to mount a drive with: sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 usb I get this error: Mount is denied because the NTFS volume is already exclusively opened. The volume may be already mounted, or ...
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Install Linux on SSD and have HDD RAID5

I'm trying to find a solution, but it seems that no one has specifically had my problem. I'm trying to install Linux on an SSD and attach a RAID5 setup so that I have a secure home networked server. ...
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External hard drive not detected after first boot : Xubuntu 14.04

I have the following problem and hope to find help by someone. On the first boot of my Intel NUC after a longer period of time (for example, over night) Xubuntu won't mount nor detect (blkid) my ...
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Denied Permissions to access and move folder from a Mac Hard Disk

I have a iMac in which the Hard disk has failed. I am trying to get files off the users desktop that has not been backed up. I cannot repair the Hard disk and do not have another Mac to transfer the ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on a hard drive using a USB flash drive that already has a full version of Ubuntu installed?

I have a new hard drive that I want to install Ubuntu on. And I have a USB flash drive already running a full version (not "try") of Ubuntu. I want to use the flash drive to install Ubuntu on the new ...
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How to partition a Hybrid drive (SSD+HDD)? [duplicate]

I have a 1TB Hybrid drive (8GB Flash and 1TB disk), that is it has a SSD AND HDD in the same drive unit. This is not two separate drives but one drive with a solid state part and a rotating disk ...
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Backing up to make space space for dual boot

I want to do a backup of Ubuntu to install windows 8.1 and then later on dual boot it with Ubuntu, without losing my data. I'm currently using Ubuntu 15.10 operating system, and I sincerely love it, ...
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Ceph drive failure and replacement procedure

In my openstack deployment I'm using ceph for block and object storage, which is reporting a healthy status. However, one of the hard drives is displaying a SMART error. I don't remember the exact ...
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Can't copy to external harddrive because of error: “invalid or incomplete multibyte or wide character”

I have an external USB HD that I want to backup my music to. When I try using rsync or cp, most files copy, but some don't because of this error: invalid or incomplete multibyte or wide character ...
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Secondary Partition table overlaps the last partition

This is the scenario.. Had a software Raid in an old apple server.. one of the drives failed i will call it drive1 failed.. tried to rebuild it.. did not work.. after a few weeks the server wont boot ...
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Kernel Panic not syncing: Is HDD corrupt?

when I start my laptop, I get a kernel panic every time (even in rescue mode or older kernel versions). I don't know what causes the issue it comes up since last shutdown. Bevore a basic command line ...
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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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Dual Booting Ubuntu 16.04 with Windows 10 - Ubuntu does not see my SSD

I am trying to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 on my Yoga 900 laptop. I created an Ubuntu installation usb and can try Ubuntu just fine, but it does not appear to recognize my computer's SSD. The ...
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How to reset SMART results

How can I reset the SMART results so it does not register previous results. My reason is that I was testing the hard drives closed together on a closed case. This made one of the HDD fail the Airflow ...
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Problems with second hard drive (not detected until click, and extra win10 loader)

I've recently become an Ubuntu convert from windows 10, and i've really loved it so far. It's really far better than windows for development and alot of other things I do regularly. However, there ...
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Are SSHDs with SATA transparent to operating system/mother board?

I was trying to find answer to this question for many days. What my current laptop has: 500GB Serial ATA drive What I want to replace with: Seagate SSHD SATA drive Does this change ...
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Dual Booting Dell XPS 13 Windows 10 Ubuntu 16.04

first timer here. Checked the documentation, don't see a solution. I'm a casual *nix user but I can follow your commands. -- I am having trouble installing for a dual-boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu ...
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Windows 10 disables drive access?

I had installed windows 7 on one drive, and ubuntu 14.04 on another external drive. I always had full access on my third drive, that is used for all the other stuff, games, images, etc. Yesterday I ...
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Can I install Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with less than 25GB hard disk space?

I have a limited amount of free disk space left on my machine, (around 9 - 10 GB), and I would like to try out the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on my computer, so my question is that, Is it possible to ...
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installing ubuntu with full disk encryption including encrpyted boot on i-USB Pendrive ii-A regular HDD

Hi how to install Ubuntu 12.04+ with full disk encryption including encrypted boot partition : a- to a USB drive ie. 16GB or 32GB b- to a HDD
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How to automatically back up multi-partition harddrive?

I have a laptop with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14.04. I would like a quick process to perform nightly backups of the entire hard drive. The ideal scenario would be to plug laptop into a hard drive, boot ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS unrecognized hard drive — not enough disk space to install

I'm attempting to install Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on a partitioned windows 10 laptop (Dell XPS 13 9350, 250 GB SSD, intel i5-6200u @ 2.30GHz CPU, 8 GB of ram). I've livebooted it without issue from a USB, ...
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After OS-Uninstaller tool (linux uninstall), now GPT ntfs partition/disk not visible in Windows 7

I have uninstalled Linux (Ubuntu or Mint - not sure) from dual boot using OS-Uninstaller tool, now boot menu is OK, boot to Windows 7 is OK, but HDD where Linux was installed is not recognized by ...
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Error formating disk

when trying to format my hardrive which has not been working btw im using a trial on a ubuntu disk to use the computer since its not letting me install anything i got this message Error creating ...
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After adding a disk ubuntu wont start normally (sda<->sdb)

In my notebook are 2 disks: mSata appears as sdb and SATA appears as sda. I did a fresh install on the mSATA (sdb) including GRUB. All is fine. But when I remove the SATA the mSATA becomes sda and ...
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External Hard Drive Not Detected on 14.04

My external hard drive, which was working perfectly fine a couple days ago, is not being detected. There's no reason to suspect that it's broken as I have not really touched it. The HDD is connected ...
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Cant mount drive, could this be a zero-length partition?

sudo mount /dev/sdc1 /media/k mount: /dev/sdc1: can't read superblock sudo mkfs.ext4 -n /dev/sdc mke2fs 1.42 (29-Nov-2011) /dev/sdc is entire device, not just one partition! Proceed anyway? (y,n) ...
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How to configure power managment with tlp?

I have a similar issue like this user, that is my hard drive overheats. I'm running Ubuntu MATE 15.10, which has tlp, and I've read that they should not be installed together. So is there a way to ...
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Errors after removing boot drive/Linux partition from pc

I have Linux installed on my hard drive, some hours ago I made a test on my partition (as in school). after I made it I accidentally removed the drive before it had shut down. It now starts up and ...
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hard disk not mounting

it shows error like Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/mrityunjay/LENOVO_USB_HDD: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdb1" ...
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Backbox Linux Installation (Ubuntu Derivate) - Problems with partitioning [closed]

I did install 5 HardDrives in my computer. (4x 750GB / 1x 500GB) If I boot the Backbox Linux DVD (https://backbox.org/linux) and start gparted all devices are shown up: /dev/sda (750GB), /dev/sdb ...
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Mounting Windows 3.1 Harddrive via USB Enclosure

I have recently unearthed my old windows 3.1 machine from the attic and was surprised to see it still works. At a minimum, I would like to back up data from the hard drive and, perhaps, create an ...
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Ubuntu not able to recognize my hard drives

Despite of having read lot of pages on how to mount hard drives and tried already to mount one, neither my Ubuntu nor my Raspberry recognize my hard drives, and this when I connect the hard drives or ...
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Can't mount an IDE HDD - “can't read superblock” error message

I'll be brief, I'm trying to mount my HDD, /dev/sdb, which is connected via an enclosure but every time I try do so I get an error message mount: /dev/sdb: can't read superblock I'm new to Ubuntu ...
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How to fix “unusable disk space” error?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 16.04 for the first time in order to dual-boot it alongside Windows 7. I've freed up some space in my hard-drive, started the installation via USB and I'm having some ...
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All saved data and users are lost after reboot

I partitioned my hard drive and installed and booted Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with UNetBootin and everything worked fine. I saved a file to the desktop and when I restarted, the file and all saved settings ...
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How to upgrade drives in mdadm RAID?

Server that runs mdadm RAID1 2x 1TB HDD needs to be upgraded to 2x 4TB. After I want to configure mdadm monitor to send me e-mail if anything happens to RAID. What is the safest way to do this and ...
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How to re-size hard drive partitions

I am struggling to divide my hard drive into two or more partitions. Evidently, I made a mistake when installing Ubuntu and now I have only one disk which takes the the whole space. I tried to use ...
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Ubuntu installer CAN detect Windows partitions while CANNOT detect existing Windows 10

So this is my situation: I have two drives, one is SSD with Win 10 installed on it, one is HDD with data stored on it. I've made a USB installer for Ubuntu. When I entered the step for detecting ...
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Can I increase my hard disk space in virtual box which is running Windows 7 currently?

I have my first attempt to install an OS using virtual box and for that I made a 25 gb partition to my hard disk and now I want to increase its size. Is that valid, and if yes, how can i do it? ...
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Solved - Ubuntu 16.04 does not recognize external Hard Disk Drive

Solution : I installed ntfs-3gand used sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt to mount. I have a 1TB WD HDD which works fine on any windows computer. My laptop only runs Ubuntu Linux and for some ...
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What is the right way to safely remove external HDD

I have an external HDD which was pulled out from an old laptop and wrapped up with plastic cover. I can connect that same HDD with USB cable to my new PC. My question here is, can i just eject that ...
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Error mounting a drive

Hi. I have an ssd and an hdd drive on my computer. I installed Ubuntu on SSD. When i try to mount the hdd i get the error from the image attached. Tyed several terminal lines i found around here ...
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My main hard drive on ubuntu has no free space left

I have a hard drive that keeps filling up with data, but I'm unable to figure out what is causing it. I tried moving files, but the system just replaces that data with more useless data. This made it ...
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expand drive gparted [duplicate]

I am a newbie to linux, so be patient. I filled up the hard drive on my fog server and need to add space. I can not seem to add the allocated space to the drive. Any suggestions?
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SATA ata2 Errors - ata2.01: failed to IDENTIFY (I/O error, err_mask=0x4) [closed]

I am getting below errors in my server with software raid 1. ata2.01: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen ata2.01: cmd ea/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/b0 tag 0 res ...