Questions tagged as ['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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user296662 avatar
Mounting external USB hard disk fails on Ubuntu Mate 20.04 LTS
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I have a USB hard disk drive attached to my computer. This disk has two Linux partitions on it (both formatted as ext3). When I open "Computer" at my desktop, under "devices" it shows both partitions as available. (Their labels are sbp_ext3_0 and sbp_ext3_1.) When I click the first partition to open it I get the error message:

"Error mounting /dev/sdc1 at /media/xx/sbp_ext3_0: wrong fstype, ba ...

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can not format the USB flash with Trojan ( write protected USB)
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My USB have had many files with write protected permission and those are some Trojan, so I have tried the belewo methods :

sudo hdparm -r0 /dev/sdb1

 setting readonly to 0 (off)
 readonly      =  0 (off)

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and tried this instruction:

sudo fsck -n /dev/sdb1

And get the below result which is taking many minutes for ending and I stopped it by pressing ctrl+shift+z, which could be seen  ...

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Happy Dude avatar
Disk partitioning in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
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  1. What is the sequence that happens with Ubuntu during startup? E.g. is it /root first, then /boot, then swap, then /temp and finally /home? I'm asking because I want to do the partition sequence as per the OS does it while we press power button.

  2. If C: is the primary partition in Windows, then other drives are so simple as in we can tag movies drive, song drive and so on to keep our mp4 and other files.  ...

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Truth avatar
ubuntu detected usb but not showing it
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my usb detected by pc but pc doesn't show it.
other usb work well but this one no. this usb works but I do not know what I did wrong that the pc did not show it anymore.(I was trying to bootable it to install Windows)
the result of lsblk for usb is (7.2G):
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I think this link also had a problem with me, but I can't edit mount option.
i tried to format usb but it doesn't allow:
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PonyTale avatar
Expanding available space
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I have three disks in my setup. On one of them I have windows (250GB), one is for Games (1TB) and on the third one is my Ubuntu System (126GB). My Ubuntu disk is divided in 2 (or three?) partitions. There is partition 2 which holds partition 5 and 67GB of free space. Partition 5 has the OS and installed software on it (currently 73,8% full). The 67GB of free space are currently not usable.

I cou ...

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crochambeau avatar
Attempting to clone a musical instrument HDD but all file names are shortened to 8 characters when viewed in Ubuntu Studio 20.04
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Edit: Thank you all for the suggestions! It has given me a lot to chew on. I guess I'll start with refining my original question: I am at present trying to browse directories on a hard drive via Ubuntu Studio 20.04, but am unable to read file names in anything but 8.3 format, whereas the original format of naming supports 16 characters.

It has been posited that the additional 8 characters could r ...

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How can I diagnose wrongly set Hard drive partition?
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I am fairly new at Ubuntu but love it so far, running a headless Ubuntu Server on Dell hardware (RAID1 with HW controller) I have the feeling that my hard drive performance is far from what it should be. My server isn't used for high resources demanding applications however I run easily through high IOWAIT during for example Nextcloud CRON jobs.

Could you please help me by letting me know what co ...

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David avatar
Fail to create fat partition on USB pen
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Hello everyone. I'm pretty ignorant on computer matters and I have a problem. I used a USB stick as bootable device to install anti-x on a old computer. The problem is that I cannot recover the usb stick to its normal function. My windows pc does not even recognize it, my linux laptop does but I can't format it to FAT partition. When I try to using the default app on ubuntu, it just says:

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greetingsEarth avatar
moving ubuntu + windows vmware from computer to external hard drive?
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so basically ive been using ubuntu server and desktop + windows vmware on my mac for a few weeks now for school, but i've noticed that these two things have taken up a BUNCH of space on my computer. i'd like to move it to my hard drive so i can free up some space, but i'm not sure where to start. i've seen some options online on how to move them, but how do i know which is the easiest/least likely to sc ...

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acmoune avatar
Not booting when inserting HDD in another Dell Latitude E6320 laptop
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I have a SATA HDD, with Ubuntu 18.04 installed. My former laptop got broken, and I successfully inserted my HDD in a Lenovo laptop.

Now I just got a Dell Latitude E6320 laptop, but when I install my HDD inside, it just hangs on a black window, nothing is happening.

Any idea of what is going on ?

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Pss avatar
Apps can't access internally mounted SSD
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So this question has been asked a bunch of times but the discussion goes over my head. I need a step by step guide to fix this issue.

I have an internally mounted SSD. Its formatted to ext4. I have modified the permissions on the disk to have read/write enabled for SUDO.

Contents of my /etc/fstab file are as follows:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally u ...
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Dobhran avatar
External HDD opens in Dolphin as empty but data shown and folders/files accessible by entering direct address
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I had been accessing folders and files on a 1TB Toshiba external HDD connected by USB to my Dell laptop with Kubuntu 18.04. I set the laptop down, then returned to it to find that the external HDD showed as connected, but unmounted. This sometimes happens, but I have not experienced trouble over the last few years, clicking "connect" and accessing the external HDD as normal.

On this occasion, how ...

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Format a partition and then the whole disk corrupted
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I have a laptop which has an SSD (2 partitions for Windows 11 and Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS) and an HDD (3 partitions: 2 NTFS and (maybe) 1 exfat for storing data). I formatted a NTFS partition on the HDD the other day in Ubuntu and restarted the PC. After that I found out that the whole HDD was inaccessible both in Ubuntu and Windows. Does anyone know how to fix this?

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How do I remove Linux and GRUB from my computer when I installed it on a seperate drive
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I am trying to remove Linux from my second drive to prepare my laptop for craigslist. Specifically, I have Windows 10 on one SSD and Linux Mint on a different SSD, and I would like to reset my Windows and delete my Mint OS because I want to make my system more vanilla for resale. I was wondering how to delete the linux partition without bricking my laptop, since I am booting using GRUB rather than the d ...

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Thomas Read avatar
How to mount a Microsoft Storage Space HDD to fresh Ubuntu installation
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I have just upgraded my PC from Windows to Ubuntu, but am having some trouble accessing my HDD. The output of sudo fdisk -l is this:

Disk /dev/sdc: 931.53 GiB, 1000204886016 bytes, 1953525168 sectors
Disk model: ST1000DM010-2EP1
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifie ...
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Rushabh Patel avatar
Dual booting Windows And Ubuntu with equal partition on both ssd and hdd
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I have a 500GB SSD and a 1TB HDD and I'm trying to Dual-Boot Windows and Ubuntu.

My plan is to install Windows and Ubuntu only on the SSD, and then give half of the HDD to each OS for storing larger file.

Is this possible and if so, what are the step-by-step instructions of doing this?

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hassan bazai avatar
No longer able to boot
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My computer runs Ubuntu and no longer boots. I’ve attached the log from boot-repair But don’t know how to fix the problem:

boot-repair-4ppa130                                              [20210916_0927]

============================== Boot Info Summary ===============================

 => No known boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.
 => Syslinux MBR (5.00 and higher) is installed i ...
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Rei avatar
External Hard Disk failure?
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First of all sorry if this is a duplicate question but I just want to make sure that I don't erase anything from my Hard disk.

Anyway, my Hard disk is a Seagate Backup Plus Slim and I used it on Windows for a decent amount of time(3~5 months).

I decided to also use it for my Linux system(Ubuntu Studio 20.04LTS).

I then put some Ardour and Blender projects on it and tried to copy some of them into my La ...

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Elphie13 avatar
Help - Possible Bad Drive?
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Okay, first let me preface this with an apology. I was persuaded to set up my Plex server in Ubuntu because it would be 'easy and lightweight'. However, my knowledge of Linux commands in general could barely fill a thimble (I have trouble installing or unpacking .tar files - or whatever it is you do with them - and am heavily reliant on the GUI). That being said, if I can recover the data, I will move i ...

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Scott Mouser avatar
USB hard drive fails to mount on boot
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I have 3 identical make/model external hard drives connected by USB, and /etc/fstab looks like this:

UUID=1b83f30d-cb05-460f-ba98-50912a639330   /mnt/disk1  ext4    auto,defaults,nofail    0   2
UUID=b2653db0-5233-4812-a5af-bf3a8944db80   /mnt/disk2  ext4    auto,defaults,nofail    0   2
UUID=c02d2990-61b6-432d-9b20-b95643607065   /mnt/disk3  ext4    auto,defaults,nofail    0   2

After  ...

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Jack avatar
External USB HDD no longer appears in File Manager mounted list, how to safely remove
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When I plugged in my WD My Passport for the first time it appeared in the File Manager list at the left from where I could "Safely Remove" it which caused the HDD to spin down so I could safely remove it.

But then I formatted it from Gparted and now it is no longer automatically mounted and no longer appears in that list from where I can "safely remove" it.

I don't really care about it being automou ...

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Daniel Paredes avatar
Where does Ubuntu install new programs?
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I'm planning on having the OS both in a partitioned SSD and HDD to take advantage of an M.2 drive while having the space in the normal HDD. But where's does the programs get installed by default?

As far as I know, I can use the / partition in the SSD for faster boot times and the /home one for everything else. But I also would like that some programs (browser and Netbeans por example) get the ben ...

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bardana avatar
Why do I have two disks and can I delete one?
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One is a SSD disk is too small only 14 GB I can't install all the editors I need like Unity, gimp and many more. It does not help completely with the symbolic links, it still needs space to download certain apps and node.js and much more.

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The other one TB Hard disk is really big and I would need that space in the SSD disk. I have links to store images and other things to that disk but it is not enough sp ...

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Steam miscalculating disk size?
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So I have 2 disks, one with 27gb remaining, and other one of 1tb that is empty.

I'm mounting the 1tb disk in /mnt/big-drive, and I've added a steam library in /mnt/big-drive/Games, via Steam > Settings > Downloads > Steam Library Folders.

When I try to install a game, it gives me the option to select the new folder, but the space available keeps the same: 27gb, and as the game is bigger than ...

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halpplz avatar
Can't mount drive without using e2fsck every boot
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If i want to mount this drive, i need to run e2fsck or fsck.ext4 after every boot. All data is visible and accessable after that.

uuid only appears in system listings after "fsck.ext4" or "e2fsck". The uuid appearing after "fsck.ext4" is inside fstab and after "sudo mount -a" it mounts successfully. But next boot i have to do "fsck.ext4" or "e2fsck" and mount again.

I remember accidentally deleting ...

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Isaac Levin avatar
wrong fs type, bad option with USB HDD
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I am fairly new to Linux and wanted to take a USB powered HDD that I was using as storage on a Raspberry Pi and add it as a data drive on an Ubuntu 20.04 PC (I want to go from the Pi to this new machine as my media server and there is data on the drive I want to keep). I plugged in the new drive and all worked fine, there were 2 partitions, system boot and writeable. I removed the system boot partition  ...

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Alex avatar
How can I recover files from a broken dual boot installation?
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I have an MSI GL73-8RD with an SSD and an HDD. I installed windows on the SSD with some files stored in the HDD, then partitioned the HDD and installed Ubuntu 18.04 there.

Later on, Ubuntu was upgraded to 20.04. I just had to click a prompt. Apparently this resulted in 20.04 being installed alongside 18.04, but for some reason I can't use my password on the 18.04 installation anymore.

Moreover, afte ...

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system slow after hibernation, it seems like files dont transfer back to RAM
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i have my main ubuntu OS on a SSD and a swap partinion on HDD. Whenever I boot from hibernation, everything is slower, lags, and for example if i open new chrome windows or even alt+tab to another app , i hear my HDD spinning , making noises. So it seems the files dont transfer back to RAM after hibernation?

swapon -s gives me this:

Filename                Type        Size    Used    Priority
/dev/sdb ...
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Rhys avatar
Why is my 4TB hard drive only letting me use 200GB?
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It shows up as 3.67 TB or something similar when I get to the partition setup. It has no problem partitioning and booting up, but it's only letting me use 200GB-ish. This is a fresh install, so I don't have a 3tb trash bin.

My virtual disk/RAID controller shows it as 3.xx TB as well.

My df -h -x{tmp,devtmp,squash}fs results are here.

Results from df -h

UPDATE: I have an lvm partition on that drive of 200gb as my hom ...