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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Writes occurring to fresh ext4 partition every second endlessly. Cause and solution?

I've an external 500GB HDD connected to my Laptop which runs Ubuntu 12.04. I've formatted the external drive with one ext4 partition which spans the entire disk. My problem is that the disk makes ...
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Mounted Drives To Show In Devices

When I have an extra drive plugged into the computer, it shows in "devices" as shown here with the 250G filesystems: However, once added to /etc/fstab` for automatic mounting, it will no longer ...
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Ensures that a FS is mounted on the given mount point

While I make some copy/paste from external into internal hard drives, some errors occurred and the device was unmounted and remounted again in a different folder. This lead to many problems as I ...
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Error when mounting local HDD: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb1

Suddenly, when trying to access one of my local HDD, I get this error: Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/j/STORAGE2: Command-line `mount -t "ext4" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid" "/dev/sdb1" ...
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Setting SATA HDD spindown time [duplicate]

I am able to spindown my SATA HDDs by using sudo hdparm -y /dev/sdc The state shown by sudo hdparm -C /dev/sdc changes from active/idle to standby (and I can hear the HDD spin down). However, ...
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Notebook with dual-boot [Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04] fails to boot into either of them

I own a Dell Inspiron 14 with Windows 7. These days,I format my notebook and install Ubuntu 12.04 and remove Windows. The system works without any problem. Due to my University, I had to reinstall ...
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Choosing which hard drive to boot from

I intend for this to be informative and ask for other insight because I wish I had this available to me when I was struggling through this. I want to share what I did and hope to find a better ...
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How Do I interpret HDD S.M.A.R.T Results?

My laptop has recently started to become a bit unreliable, and for some reason I started to suspect that my HDD was starting to fail. After a bit of hunting on the internet, I found Ubuntu's Disk ...
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Google Chrome hard disk excessive activity / System freezes [on hold]

I've recently installed Gooogle Chrome on Ubuntu 12.04 LST 32-bit. First couple of days Chrome worked like a charm. Extremely fast, much more faster than Firefox. But then step-by-step it start ...
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Laptop freezes on battery Dell Inspiron 3521 - Ubutnu 13.10 Gnome shell 3.10

I am running Ubuntu 13.10, Gnome shell - 3.10 on Dell Inspiron 3521 (bought hardly one year ago). Initially it worked fine. But now laptop is suddenly freezing. Nothing works then, no mouse, no ...
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How would I transfer music files from a USB flash drive into Rythm Box?

I have tried dragging and dropping and importing through Rhythm Box. I always get the error message "There is not enough space on the destination. Try to remove files to make space." Ive tried ...
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Cannot boot from hard drive or access Bios after win 7 deletion

I have a problem with my Asus laptop. Here is my situation: I have windows 7 installed when I bought the laptop. Then I installed win 8 dual boot with Ubuntu on a logical drive (extended from C ...
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Cannot access internal HDD error mounting /dev/sdb2

I just installed Ubuntu 13.10. My pc cpu AMD A10-7700K APU with Radeon(TM) R7 Graphics × 4 motherboard gigabyte ga-f2a88xm-d3h ram 8GB have two internal HDD primary =128GB secondary 2TB Just after ...
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Problem wiping SSD using hdparm command

I want to wipe my ssd using hdparm, but when I use the hdparm -I command to verify whether it's frozen or not, under commands instead of Security: (info here) I get: Integrity word not set (found ...
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external hdd not showing up when inserted

Ok i have a problem with my external hdd not showing up anywhere when i plug it in! The background information is this... my internal 120gb hdd was failing to load windows on dual boot with ubuntu, ...
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Can I use Ubuntu to diagnose hard drive or RAM problems in Windows?

This may be a crazy question, but here goes... My brother suggested that I could somehow use either a Ubuntu Live Boot CD or Flash drive or Kubuntu as a way to diagnose issues I'm currently having ...
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Is this drive in 'My Devices' necessary?

I have a 40 GB Volume in My Drives. It has folders like bin, boot, home, sys, root, etc stc. Can I delete the mentioned volume? So as to free up that much space? Or is it required to be there? Any ...
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Remove Ubuntu from stand-alone hard drive. Format drive

I guess that I have no other choice than to add to this question, as seth saw fit to delete the question I thought I was asking as a new question. But whatever. I have a dead computer thanks to my ...
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Computer is totally useless now

Okay, I tried turning on my other computer this morning, And got the following error message. Error no such device edddc179-e42e-4666-8ff3-00566a57908a Entering rescue node grub rescue > - is ...
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Hard drive moving folders mysteriously

I had a pretty scary moment today (reminiscent of the highly illogical MS Word 'can't open file' moments that made me abandon Windows altogether) when a folder I was editing a LaTeX report in simply ...
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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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Detect and mount devices?

I upgraded Ubuntu today and everything works smooth except that Ubuntu doesn't detect any other storage devices. My / and /home partitions work fine, but my other partitions are just not detected. I ...
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hdparm issue / problem verifying TRIM

I am trying to find out whether TRIM works on my 14.04 installed on a 1TB samsung SSD which is set up as an LVM. I have been following this tutorial and have carried out the following steps: First, I ...
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can microsoft detect pirate licence after formatted & installed ubuntu in hard disk? [on hold]

I was using windows pirated version, but now i am using ubuntu 12.0 in same computer. I have full formatted my hard disk also. I request you please give me answer for : can Microsoft trace ...
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Wipe hard drive while booted?

Today is my last day at a job and I want to wipe the hard drive before I leave. It doesn't need to be insanely randomized or anything, just delete the os and most data. I'd rather not have to ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 installed on Seagate 500GB Slim crashes very frequently [on hold]

Ubuntu community. I've searched very hard on the internet using Google, and also AskUbuntu's internal search, but I don't seem to find any information relating to what appears to be a very unique ...
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Why do I get an error message accessing NTFS hard disk? [closed]

I have two OSs in one computer: Windows 8 and Ubuntu. The first time using Ubuntu I could see every hard disk drive that is NTFS, but from a second time, when I login an error message shows up and I ...
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Change or Assign a Drive Letter to an external hard drive (or any drive)

I have an external hard drive that I formatted with Ubuntu (using the Gnome Disk Utility aka Disks) as an NTFS file system. Most of my computers in the house run Linux but I have a house mate using ...
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Installing Ubuntu and Windows 8 on SSD and user files on HDD

Quick note about my system: I have an absolutely clean (in terms of data on hard drives) laptop with a 128gb SSD and 1TB HDD, both secure boot and UEFI can be disabled in bios menu. My question is ...
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Repairing Windows 8 Installation via Ubuntu [duplicate]

My HDD is on its verge of death and I have Windows 8 installed on it. I have some pretty important files there that I need to take to the Ubuntu side. My Ubuntu installation is on its separate ...
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Something is using my external drive. How do I find out what?

Whenever I attach my external LUKS drive to my laptop, the drive head starts rattling like crazy, as if I am copying the entire thing. Every now and then it pauses. I've seen some tools like iostat ...
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Data Recovery from hardisc

Was trying installing Linux machine. There was an error stating sda must be label gpt, at the verge when disc partition to install the OS was to be selected. I probed into the error over internet and ...
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USB isues with ubuntu 12.04 new install

I just installed 12.04 from scratch/clean install. but it is not recognizing my external hdds I ran the command sudo lsusb and pluged and unplugged my devices a external hdd 1tb and a 32gb flash ...
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Unlock the hard drive [closed]

I've a portable western digital hard drive which is "password" protected. So, in order to open the hard drive, first I need to unlock it, and then move further. But I'm unable to unlock it. Can ...
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My laptop has both a 500 GB HDD and a 32 GB SSD, what's the best way to partition my Ubuntu Installation, and How?

Would the best method be to install the OS on the SSD and then keep all my files on the HDD? What do you think is the best way to partition my installation, and how would I do so? Thanks!
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Which hard disk drive is which?

I want to know which hard disk drive corresponds to which device path. It's trivial to match the hard disk stats (brand, size) with the dev path, but I want more. I want to know which drive is which ...
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Backup Drive Issue: Seagate backup plus 1TB in not getting detected

I just bought a new Seagate backup plus, 1 TB external backup drive, USB 3.0, it is working good with my windows, but when I login into my Ubuntu 12.04 it does not get detected by any way. Before ...
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jbd2 constantly writing to disk

I know there are related issues, but none of them seem to apply to my case. Below is iotop output. jbd2 is constantly above 90% usage. It's been grinding away for 2 days. It stops for a while after a ...
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System performance is extremely laggy when copying and extracting files

After a clean install of Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 (64-bit) and the according Gnome 3 (stable) PPA my system (Samsung 900X3C) is extremely laggy, when files are copied to the external hard-drive (HDD) or ...
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Ubuntu failed to load and partition does not mount in live run

I have Ubuntu 13.10 (32 bits), installed in the whole hard disk. Today I could not load Ubuntu. So, I started the computer with a Ubuntu Live USB, to at least back up my files to make a clean install ...
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Create LVM without data loss?

I have three hard drives, one for the OS and two for media. All drives are currently on Ext4 partitions. One of the media drives is full, I'd like to use an LVM to merge the two media drives into one. ...
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Ubuntu not installing, please help

I bought Lenovo laptop couple of days ago, it comes with original windows 8. I formatted the entire hard disk and installed windows 8.1 pro instead and made 4 partitions file systems - primary. c - ...
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How to restore files from unusable Ubuntu?

My Ubuntu installation got messed up because of an upgrade (on archive manager - which is definitely my fault). Every time I boot my laptop, after logging in, its background is blue with plain and ...
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Iomega Home Media disk corruption - data recovery help asked

Hello ubuntu members... I have since yesterday a problem with a Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive (HMNHD) that used to work for over 2 years now. This resulted after a general power outage and i ...
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'Unable to mount Filesystem' Error

Trying to extract data from a 'bricked' Western Digital MyBook Live 2tb drive. I came across a forum that advised to use Ubuntu (booted from a CD) on my Macbook. Managed to download and create a ...
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After installing ubuntu, windows does not recognize hard drive

I installed ubuntu alongside windows on my netbook. The ubuntu install corrupted my windows. So, I formatted the windows partition in ubuntu ntfs by itself. Only now boot windows does not recognize my ...
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Ticking sound from HD

I am using Ubuntu since last three months, after switching to Ubuntun13.10 I installed TLP for improvement of battery life. But then I remove TLP because there is a ticking sound from my Hard Disk, ...
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Setup config for my SSD [Ultrabay T430]

there are a lot of blog posts about how to configure Ubuntu when using an SSD. The ones I found rely on editing /etc/fstab. Unfortunately my file looks different from their samples which is why I'm ...
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Installing Ubuntu after CentOS — how to handle partitions

Apologies first of all. I'm a newbie, and I'm sure it will be obvious there are many things I don't understand. I'd like to install both Ubuntu and CentOS on a new machine. Ubuntu is what I am used ...
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Reasonable partition scheme for Windows 7 Ultimate/Ubuntu dual boot with SSD and HDD

I've just completed a new build and I am planning to install and use Linux for the first time in the form of a dual boot with Windows 7 Ultimate & the latest Ubuntu release. I intend to use a ...