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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mystery of missing file modifications (hybrid drive + Ubuntu 12.04)

Last week (Sep 10) I worked a whole day (on my Ubuntu 12.04 HP elitebook 8530p laptop) using a tex editor (TexWorks) and Jabref to maintain a Bibtex library. Today however I noticed all my ...
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How to remove encryption from volume during installation

I'm currently in the process of installing Ubuntu Server 12.04 onto a fresh build. I have two 3TB hard drives that I'd like to run in software RAID 1, and was following this tutorial. During ...
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Accelerometr in Lenovo Thinkpad E330

How can I enable active HDD protection on Lenovo TP Edge 13. Ubuntu 13.10 hdapsd says that there is no accelerometer, but in windows it worked! I tried to shake a laptop while it was reading hdd, but ...
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GNU ddrescue imaging results — 116 errors a lot?

A little background on this. It's an 256 GB SSD drive with Windows SP3 32-bit and it's encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption. The file system is corrupt and unreadable. I first ran Clonezilla to ...
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Combine two hard drives

I have a PC with 2 physical hard drives, each is 500 GB (sda and sdb) I'd like to combine them in one large hard drive (1T). I couldn't find a clear approach on how to do it. I tried LVM with no ...
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Mounting Additional Harddrive using ntfs-3g

I have desktop with 80gb HDD with ubuntu then i added a 2TB but failed to get it mounted tried all links from mounting ntfs on ubuntu search This is my current config : Dell:~$ sudo blkid /dev/sda1: ...
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“Startup Disk Creator” doesn't see my USB Hard Disk

I have used Startup Disk Creator several times before succesfully creating bootable usb pendrives from iso images. However, now I'm trying to do the same with a Western Digital external USB portable ...
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Moving encrypted home folder to a new hard drive

Recently I bought a new hard drive. I'd like to turn this hard drive into the /home. During original install I set my home directory up as encrypted. At this point I dont know how to move the home ...
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Hard Drive too slow

My computer has been going too slow since I remember, I tried several tips I found on Internet but nothing worked. After spending some time searching about the problem I found that it might be my hard ...
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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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Mark bad sectors on hard drive without formating

I've noticed that on my home Ubuntu server one drive is read only for some reason. Digging up I found that this can happen when hard drives have errors. I used badblocks to check for errors, and ...
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Will Ubuntu spin down harddrives in an RAID 10 array?

I'm about to buy parts for a new home server and I'm planning on using Ubuntu(perhaps 12.04 LTS) For the OS, I'll use an SSD. For cold storage(big files, rarely accessed), I'm planning on setting up ...
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ubuntu 12.04 does not always boot at the first time

I have a recurring problem: my Ubuntu 12.4 does not always boots at once. I often get a message on a black screen, saying "Media test failure, check cable" (it is not only this what's on the screen), ...
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How to mount an external hard drive as root?

I recently changed my external hard drive so that it can be read/edited by all, not just myself. In doing so I think I made it so only the root user can mount it. When I tried to mount it today I got ...
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Fixing broken raid0 with dmraid?

A while ago when I was still on Windows I had two secondary 1 TB hard drives that used a raid0 setup, fakeraid I believe with Intel. My primary hard drive died which seemed to have messed up the raid ...
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when installing /boot inside a lvm group, where do I install the boot loader?

I am setting a personal file/cloud server based on ubuntu server 12.04 and owncloud but there are certain things about the partitioning that I can't get my head around... Let's say for example I want ...
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Copying data from Centos hard drive to Ubuntu

I have a 2 PCs wiht ubuntu 10.04 and centos 5.8 installed.I want to copy all the data from Centos hard drive to one with ubuntu. How can I do this ??? I have tried directly plugging centos hard drive ...
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Problem booting the Ubuntu 12.04.01 OS due to bad sectors on the HDD

I use Ubuntu 12.04LTS(64-bit) desktop edition. Lately I tried to upgrade it to Ubuntu 12.10. Everything was going good, but due to some work I couldn't complete the upgrade, so I disconnected the ...
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Whats wrong with my hard drive?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on an Acer Aspire one D225, and recently replaced my hard drive to a 60gb SSD. The first day I did, I got a kernal panic error about an I/O error to a superblock. It only ...
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Unable to write in mounted drive Kubuntu 12.10

I installed Kubuntu 12.10 in SSD but unable to use HDD because I do not have write permission. kisun@ejo129:~$ sudo fdisk -l [sudo] password for kisun: WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected ...
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Ubuntu wont recognize my internal SSD

I just bought a Lenovo u310 and installed Ubuntu 12.10 with Wubi to try it out. After a couple of days I decided to fully replace windows 7 and installed Ubuntu 12.10 fully with a usb drive in my HDD. ...
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How to make some partitions undetectable by Ubuntu 12.04?

Background My friend has got Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed in his Laptop's internal drive and Ubuntu on External Drive. Recently, there is some problem with his Internal HDD and it seems to me like ...
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Slow writing HDD speed dues to a misaligned partition

It seems that (but I'm not completely sure), that when I'm copying files from gigabit network to HDD, I can't use full potential of the network which in my case is about 60 MB/s, because HDD writing ...
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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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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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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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iotop shows 99.8% IO load on “--render” and “--extension” and “dropbox \fataldb” processes

folks. System works more or less fine, but stucks from time to time. I've tried to detect using iotop it and it seems that disk io is the bottleneck. chrome and jbd2 keep writing to disk all the ...
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unable to edit settings for dirty memory

Ive been reading for quite some time on trying to edit the dirty memory settings and for some reason i cant save changes to any of the files even when I use sudo. The biggest reason I want to change ...
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cannot mount a hard drive

I have a second hard drive that has a partition for /home mounted on the first drive. yesterday, the booting failed because /home cannot be found. I run 'blkid' and see its uuid is gone. but when I ...
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Why does “scanning disks” always take 3 -4 hours?

Is there something wrong with my hard drive? I have tons of small files on my C drive in Windows. I shrunk that partition to make enough room for a new partition. It's taken me days just to get ...
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External USB Drive read-only cannot change to read & write

Recently I bought a FOXCONN AT-5250 barebones computer that I loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with the purpose of using it as a Plex Media Server computer. After I got Plex up and running it worked great ...
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Restore Failed : Failed with an unknown error

I am trying to restore my data to a new hard drive from my old hard drive. I created a backup on the old hard drive. When I restore it gives me the error "Restore Failed: Failed with an unknown ...
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Determine what bay a drive was inserted into

I have the unique problem of trying to figure out what drive bay a drive was inserted into given the disk's device name (e.g: /dev/sdb1). A little bit of background: The machine I'm working with has ...
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I can't find the other hard drive in my computer

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 in my Windows 7 computer. My computer has 2 internal hard drives. After the installation, I can't find my 2nd hard drive. The only hard drive that shows up is the one ...
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How to redefine nautilius unmount to turn off the unmounted hard drive as well?

I have just installed an hdd caddy for my second hard drive. I would like nautilus to turn it off when all of its partitions are turned off (to simplify it we can assume that there is only one ...
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System very slow except while running Smartmontools selftest

I am quite new to Ubuntu. I have a L430 Lenovo with i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz × 4 , 4GB Ram, dual boot with Windows 7. HDD 500 GB TOSHIBA MK5061GSY. Every 10/15 seconds the HDD light turns on for 2-3 ...
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Mount error “exit code 12” on 1 TB USB hard drive

I'm a Linux noob, just now migrating from Windows. This is my first question to the community, and I hope I get the forms right. I've looked around at the other similar questions here, but none seem ...
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USB hardware disappears

I'm just going to use this for an example. I have a Western Digital Passport, external hard drive. I plug it into the USB port on my computer, it shows up immediately, I go through and browse, and ...
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“Read Error” on boot

So my computer froze while it was in powersave mode, and I could not reboot it with REISUB, or access it over the network, forcing me to hard reboot. When I rebooted, I was greeted with the message ...
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Files that were deleted are still taking up space on HDD but are not in trash- Ubunt 12.10

This is the first time I have encountered this problem with Ubuntu 12.10 I am trying to restore data from an external hard drive using TestDisk 6.14. There were read problems so I aborted the app. I ...
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Seagate Barracuda disk problems with Ubuntu 12.04

I have a Seagate Barracuda ST31000528AS. Under Ubuntu 10.04 it works fine. Under Ubuntu 12.04 I have repeatedly had disk errors and the drive spinning down randomly and taking 10s of seconds to spin ...
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Partition problems : HDD seen twice

I am a litle to no experienced with linux, so please be kind :). I have a problem with all linux distributions.What i am trying to do is just install Ubuntu/Mint. Same problem on all. What exactly my ...
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Any Mechanical Drive Tweaks?

Noticed a couple of SSD-specific tweaks like putting log files to tmpfs, discard and noatime, etc. Was curious if such tweaks would also work on mechanical drives or be advisable? I noticed a little ...
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HDD Monitoring Web Interface

Is there a web based application that I can install in UBUNTU 13.10, that will allow me to monitor my drive's and their capicity etc? I'd like a visual interface rather than having to remember all ...
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Migrating LVM installation to new drive - how to create boot partition?

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on a single 1TB HDD under LVM2. The disk contains a separate boot partition with everything else under the LVM. I'd like to move everything to a larger drive and remove ...
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Lost HDD space at home

I have total 365 GB at /home : And 146 Gb is used: So free space must be: 365 - 146 = 219 Gb But it is 17.2 Gb! (See screen2 - it is nautilus directory properties with sudo) 201.8 Gb is ...
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Unable to write to virtual drive placed on different drive in the same hardisk using VirtualBox

So here is the condition, my initial condition is as same as this thread. But the problem is, I have following the same procedure and it just does not work. The virtual machine failed to write to its ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 not recognizing my 4 tb hdd

I am using a SSD as the main hard drive and want to use my 4tb hdd as a storage drive. However, I can't find it in Ubuntu. I checked the bios, and it is known. edit Disk /dev/sda: 240.1 GB, ...
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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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Installation Problem Involving Netbook w/ 2 Very Small Hard Drives, Partitioning Is Being A Problem, Too

I am trying to install Ubuntu 12 on a first generation eee PC that has two itty bitty solid state drives. (One drive is 8GB and one is 4.5GB. And that's ALL I have to work with, too!) I already ...