Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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 make use of all available storage space?

I'll apologize in advance that I'm very new to Linux and command line, but I'm doing my best to learn as fast as I can! Here's my dilemma: I had some spare hardware laying around, so I purchased a new ...
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PC without hard drive: installtion of Ubuntu server

All this stuff is new to me, so apologies if any of this is blatantly obvious but I have no idea. I’ve picked up an old HP elitedesk 705 g1 sff, which I plan to install Ubuntu Server and run Home ...
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Dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu 20.04 on one drive and PART of another drive (complication)

When I searched about dual booting on two different drives, I got this guide (the top answer): Dual Boot Windows 10 and Linux Ubuntu on Separate Hard Drives When I looked at the guide, I found that it ...
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cant access Disks after update and other problems

I updated my laptop yesterday. after reboot the desktop back to completely new ,even the wallpaper back to factory, files are still safe. all keyboard shortcuts gone . gnome terminal back to new and ...
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HDD shown as 'Unknown' and no free space: how can I create the partitions to install Ubuntu? (I don't want previous files to get deleted)

The OS had crashed, tried to install Ubuntu again using bootable USB drive, now while creating partition file a file (almost taking full space of HDD) is shown as 'Unknown' and there is no free space,...
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Ubuntu does not detect 2nd HDD (Acer Aspire 3)

Installing Ubuntu 20.04 (U20). Laptop: Acer Aspire 3, model # A315-56. Laptop comes with 2 disks: Disk1: 256GB SSD Disk2: 1TB HDD Laptop has Win10 on Disk1. Disk2 is just empty. First attempt to ...
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Installation In HDD or SSD? [duplicate]

Using Lenovo Legion Y540 With 256 SSD+1TB HDD: There is 160gb Free Storage available in SSD , but i'm not able to shrink the drive(Only 25GB is getting shrinked). So how can I install Ubuntu on SSD? ...
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dosfsck seems to be hanging

When I run sudo dosfsck -w -r -l -a -v -t /dev/disk2s2 It just seems to be hanging after the initial log message. It is doing a very low disk I/O (reads 50MB in an hour) and close to 0 CPU usage. ...
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Hard Drive Problems

I have an old laptop (Core i3 with 4GB RAM) with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, which took forever to boot. That's why I installed Ubuntu 18.04. Eventually, I upgraded to Ubuntu 20.04. I have also ...
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/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu filling up disk space, nothing seems to work

I can't use removable media, uninstall programs, or even delete files using the terminal because my disk space is full. I had plenty of space yesterday, but apparently /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu is a ...
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Trying to read a Windows 10 system disk that was part of a Raid 1 set with Ubuntu (18.04)

A friend of mine toasted his Windows 10 laptop which contained 2 mirrored 128GB SSD disks. I am trying to copy the data from one of the system disks (half the mirror set) to save loss of data. I have ...
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Check external disk power condition / current state, Ubuntu terminal

Somewhat relevant to this, but is there a way to check if an external disk is already currently spun down (i.e. in idle state)? I'd like to check a remote disk over SSH, so listening to the disk in ...
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Screen automatically toggle from full screen mode to normal and normal to full screen mode. How can i solve the issue?

Screen flicker during boot and after starting laptop it automatically toggle between normal and full screen mode
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Data recovery software

I have Lubuntu on an old laptop and want to use it to read the contents of a sata hard drive. I have a sata to usb set of cables I just need an easy to use (preferably free) piece of software to read ...
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can read, rename and delete but not creating new files or directories

while i am backing up the data, I am curious as to why that is the only operation that has failed? I have ssd and hdd (Data Disk) and recently my laptop slipped out of my hand. It fell luckily on he ...
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Installing a new HD purchased from ebay, would like to test it first. What is the best way to test it? [duplicate]

Installing 2Tb hybrid SSD/HD into Thinkpad T430. Bought it from ebay, not sure if NIB or ??? would like to test it before loading it up with Ubuntu 20 LTS. (Beginner) Currently running Ubuntu 16.04 ...
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ddrescue with USB Enclosure

I'm about to start a recovery with ddrescue and was wondering if i'm on the right path with these steps. I'm planning to boot via ubuntu live usb and use ddrescue disable automount in ubuntu connect ...
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Is it safe to split the disk partition I installed Ubuntu on? [duplicate]

When I installed Ubuntu,I made a disk partition of 120 GB, which of course is too much as I don't have many heavy weight software. I'm currently using only 16/120GB, I was wondering if I can split the ...
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Physically move Hard drive, with Ubuntu 18.04 on it, to another PC

I would like to move my physical hard drive, on my Dell Optiplex CX620, with Ubuntu 18.04 on it. To my Dell Optiplex 7010. I'd like to review procedures first if any before I attempt this. I have ...
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Ubuntu on USB doesn't recognize TB size on HD for install

I am trying to load Ubuntu desktop ISO that was put on a USB stick, into new PC build. When the process starts, an error Ubuntu requires 8.6 GB, and only 8GB available comes up. I have an 8TB ...
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Remounting Raid1 drives after SSD got wiped: How do to do this without wiping the Raid1 Drives?

I know there are lots of questions asking about how to mount Raid1 drives but I wanted to ask a question here to double check some stuff. A lot of the "mount Raid1 drives" I found were how ...
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Data Recovery: Accessing HDD Files on a different computer

My desktop computer crashed but with a USB adapter I can read it's HDD on my laptop - on my desktop I had a dualboot Ubuntu and Windows, and I have the same on my laptop. When I plug the desktop HDD ...
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How much the file system matters for storing very large amount of files and searching in them in a regular system?

I have a large number of files (around 30 million) that are mostly below 100kb, and are stored in a 8TB SATA3 hard disk, i regularly want to search all the files for the existence of certain bytes, ...
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How to install Ubuntu on SSD using an existing home HDD

as my PC was getting slow I bought a new one without OS or Drives ( it has UEFI and my old PC had a Legacy BIOS) On my old PC I have an SSD with a partition for Xubuntu and one for Windows My Home is ...
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How to install Ubuntu 20.04 on SSD+HDD?

I have a laptop with a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. But i don't know how to setup ubuntu to work properly with them. Any tips or tutorial ? thanks in advance.
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Recover formatted ntfs partition from fat

I have a laptop containing an ssd and hdd. The ssd has windows 10 and ubuntu 20.04 on it. The hdd contained only data and was one ntfs partition. So, I had a usb drive that I wanted to reformat. When ...
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hdparm.conf has no effect in 20.04

I recently did a clean install of 20.04 on my server. In 18.04, I could spin down my mechanical drive with this line in hdparm.conf: /dev/sda { spindown_time = 25 } Now, the config file doesn't ...
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Dual boot, raid 0 and 2 identical hdds

I have a dual boot win10/ubuntu, 2 hdd's in raid 0 and i'm trying to use 2 TB on windows and 2 TB on ubuntu. I gave windows he's 2 tbs but I can't figure out which one is the not allocated in ubuntu. ...
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I cannot unzip.tgz file in my external hard drive

I tried to unzip my .tgz file in external hard drive (directory: /mnt/e) with tar -xvzf (filename).tgz It failed with error message: tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors Also, I ...
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How to replace non-boot hard drive without reinstalling my operating system?

I have an HDD and an SSD on my laptop. My HDD has a very high value of reallocated sector count (~10k) and it's likely i'm going to have to replace it soon. I had dual-booted Windows and Ubuntu and I ...
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External Hard Drive “The backup GPT table is corrupt”

So, I recently installed Ubuntu on my old laptop after using Windows 10. I was using an external HardDrive (Seagate Backup Portable 4TB - formatted as NTFS) on windows, that I started using on Ubuntu. ...
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Getting files from an internal harddrive that ran ubuntu 18

So my last laptop broke and I tried to restore the files from my internal ssd harddrive. I bought an adapter from the harddrive and plugged it into another computer running ubuntu. It asked me for a ...
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What external SSD hard drives can be used for a Ubuntu install?

I have previously installed Ubuntu on both a USB stick and an SSD drive connected through USB. Nevertheless, I have failed to do so recently with the SanDisk Ultra Portable SSD external hard disk. The ...
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Dual booting installation using 2 different HDDs

I have two HDDs, one with Windows 10 (the OS, program files, etc) on the second (HDD2) I have some photos, videos, documents etc. (500 GB each) Now I am looking to use the second one for Ubuntu only, ...
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Inheriting parent folder's permissions for new folders on mounted ext4 drive

Problem: If I create a new folder in my mounted HDD, the permission of that folder is not the same as all other folders on that drive. How do I set it up so that a newly created folder has the same ...
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New Ubuntu install. Still have old Ubuntu install on old drive?

2yrs ago I bought an cheap Windows laptop to install Ubuntu on. I installed Ubuntu and formatted/removed Windows completely. The install went great and the laptop worked great. Last year I decided to ...
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Hard Drive not readable

My previous laptop which had ubuntu 19.10 brokedown somedays back so I got a new laptop and dual booted it with windows 10 and ubuntu 18.04. I have encased the hard drive from the previous system and ...
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External Hard disk (NTFS) unable to mount

I have a problem with my Transcend 1Tb HDD. It is my backup disk (I haven't partitioned it) with lots of data and i am unable to mount it to my Ubuntu 20.04 system. I suspect the problem is due to ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a laptop with a portable external Hard Drive?

System OS:Windows 10 Laptop: Lenovo X1 Carbon gen7 Description I want install Linux Ubuntu on portable external Hard Drive USB 2.0(Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex[500GB]). I have already booted Ubuntu 20.04 ...
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Move server to another drive - minimal downtime

I wish to move a 8TB partition (Ubuntu 20.04 server + data) to a 16TB volume. Both are RAID5 ,both initialized. I could use clonezilla, and wait for xx hrs to copy the 8TB. I really wish to use rsync ...
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Ubuntu fails to mount external RAID with “Disk read failed”. How should I troubleshoot this?

I'm trying to attach a Mediasonic HFR2-SU3S2 to my ubuntu machine. It contains four WD Red 3TB NAS drives in RAID5. The following is the output of dmesg -w when I plug the drive into a usb port. [ ...
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External hard disk is not detected by using fdisk -l and in /dev/disk/by-path/

I am using SATA internal hard disk as an external hard disk by using hard drive enclosure on ubuntu 20.04 but when I use command fdisk -l, it is not detected and also I can't see it in /dev/disk/by-...
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Can't access a hard disk drive which is bitlockerd in ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS

I actually installed ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS as windows 10 was so slow in my old laptop and recently it refused to boot so i installed ubuntu from a friend of mine and upgraded to 18.04.4 LTS. But due to ...
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Ubuntu stuck at starting Authorization manager during boot and hardisk is completely full

I was compressing files in Ubuntu by converting them to tar.xz .Hard disk got out of space during compression and compression stopped and I switched off laptop but now it is not booting. It stucked at ...
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Difference between gparted and df hard drive sizes

In df -h output I can see: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 234G 60M 222G 1% /...
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Warning image next to /dev/sda1/ in GParted [closed]

Everything seemed to be working fine up until I decided to create my first snapshot with Timeshift: a dialog box popped up Unable to mount /dev/sda1/. Concerned, I went into GParted: there was a ...
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Missing mount button in hard drive

I was unintentionally formatted my hard drive then i cancel it after few seconds. But after that my hard drive cant be mounted, its button disappeared. I have tried sudo mount /dev/sda1 /media/DATA ...
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problem with adding my internal hdd

I'm new to ubuntu, and have a hybrid hard disk (2 TB HDD , 256 SSD) I have done the things in this: How do I add an additional hard drive? and mounted it in /hdd I think I have done something wrong, ...
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Is there a way to track the volume of a disk traffic from/to a particular file

I'm running a VM (qemu) that has its virtual disk on my hard drive. It works pretty slow so I'm thinking of moving that virtual disk to SSD. The only thing I am concerned about is whether it would be ...
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Replacing dvd drive with internal HDD through caddy

I have replaced my internal SATA hard disk with SATA SSD and then I installed ubuntu 20.04 on my ssd. After that I have replaced cd/dvd drive with my previously internal hard disk by using caddy but I ...

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