Questions about disk drives under the UNIX and Linux systems. See also the "filesystems" tag.

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Disk copying with two OS on it

I want to change HDD in my laptop to bigger one. I have installed WIN XP and Mageia Linux and GRUB ver 1 as bootloader. So I want to use such procedure for copying and changing disk: plug new one ...
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Monitoring Disk Latency

We have quite a few physical machines in our environment, yet we have no trending data over a period of time for disk latency statistics. We can easily run the standard iostat commands to see what the ...
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CentOS 5 - hdparm - how to set DMA mode

I'm running CentOS 5 with a PATA hard drive. I've used hdparm to tune the hard disk for better performance, but there are 2 settings that don't work: hdparm -M 254 /dev/hda gives the error ...
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How can I zero files out inside a VMware image file so that their space can be reclaimed?

is there a command on Linux to remove a file but zeroing it's contents first? so if i do, something like this: rm -rf /var/cache/pacman/pkg/* it would overwrite each file on that directory with 0 ...
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expanding boot, moving LUKS root

GPT > Partition2 > LUKS > btrfs I need some additional space for my boot volume, so far I did: Shrink my btrfs volume by 250MB. btrfs resize -250M / Shrink the LUKS root volume cryptsetup ...
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Stat disk drives wihout lsblk?

I have a minimalist busybox system that I was recently trying to use, and I found a small problem: it has no lsblk command. Is there another command to list disks, partitions, and sizes like lsblk? ...
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midnight commander: rules for accessing archives through VFS

Midnight Commander uses virtual filesystem (VFS) for displying files, such as contents of a .tar.gz archive, or of .iso image. This is configured in mc.ext with rules such as this one (Open is Enter, ...
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Any programs suitable for making a database over disk-content?

I have quite a lot of external hard-drives, and often have a hard time finding what I'm looking for - not to mention not storing the same file several times on different drives or finding free space ...
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Edit partition of disk part of a ZFS Raid

I've gota strange problem. Since a previous failure from one of my hard drive, I had to replace one of my 4 hdd running in RAIDZ. But since I changed this disk, the last partition of my disk appear ...
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How to find the true disk usage on my Linux box?

I have a linux box on my school's server. When I was trying to install Protocol Buffers, disk usage is reported as exceeded. So I checked my disk usage by two command on my home directory: du -h ...
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Install system to Disk on Chip

I'm looking for an easy way to install linux on a PC104 (x86 no cmov) system with a Disk-on-Chip. It can be a very simple system (BusyBox, etc) or a distro the installs in under 512mb. I just need to ...
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Unable to open Windows Disk partitions in solaris 11 [duplicate]

I have recently installed solaris 11, but I am an absolute beginner in unix systems. The only unix like environment I have got myself into before is ubuntu which was quite a bit different from solaris ...
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Expanding the disk size on pfsense under VMWare ESXi

I've been testing pfsense on ESXi for a while. And now I'm almost running out of space. Currently it holds around 30GB and I would like to expand it to 150GB as I'm planning on installing squid for ...
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start qemu by giving it a path to a linux root

Good evening, I installed ArchLinux on a USB stick, and I would like to boot it in qemu. Unfortunately, most examples I found boot an image (iso..). The stick is definitely bootable as if I restart ...
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How can I monitor disk io?

I'd like to do some general disk io monitoring on a debian linux server. What are the tools I should know about that monitor disk io so I can see if a disk's performance is maxed out or spikes at ...
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How does Linux md-RAID handle disk read errors?

There are 2 cases: the read command times out at kernel level (30 seconds by default), the drive reports its unability to read a given sector before the kernel lose patience (the case I'm ...
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Disk on key is read only on every computer

I have a 16 GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade Disk-on-key. After a few days of use, it has become write-protected/read-only. When I plug it in, you can see this in my Ubuntu's dmesg: [ 819.003359] usb 2-5: ...
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How to determine which sd* is usb? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know if /dev/sdX is a connected USB or HDD? The output of ls /dev/sd* on my system is - sda sda1 sda2 sda3 sda4 sda5 sda6 sda7 sdb sdc sdc1 sdc2 ...
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/dev/disk/by-uuid/ not working on one machine

I have a iSCSI disk which I am mounting from several machines (exclusively, not concurrently). On machine A, I start iscsi service open-iscsi start and the iscsi disk is discovered as /dev/sdb1. ...
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How to get total disk read/write in bytes per hdd device from /proc

How to get total disk read/write in bytes per hdd device? for example if i have sda, sdb, and sdc, is there any file on /proc that i could use similar to /proc/net/dev for networking?
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What is a file? [closed]

I thought that the file is a reserved place on disk and it is a Record collection but i found that it is a wrong definition because the empty file capacity is 0kb so it can't be a reserved place on ...
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Unable to close a Luks partition

For backup purposes, I have "snapshotted" a LVM partition. This partition was crypted so I have opened this Luks partition (snapshot) in order to do my backup. The problem is that I have forgotten to ...
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How to get total number of bytes/sectors/blocks written to disk since booting?

I'm considering and update from HDD to SSD. But since Flash cells can only sustain limited writes. I want to know how much data my computer write during normal operation. So I can determine how long ...
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Edit file on image created with dd [duplicate]

I've a bootable USB with Debian. Normally I clone the disk with dd, write the image on a new USB disk, mount this disk on my filesystem and edit some files. Is it possible to edit files on the image ...
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Why I got a strange result for fdisk -l

root@host [~]# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdc: 128.0 GB, 128035676160 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 15566 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 ...
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What is the /dev/disk/by-uuid/ and why does it use all free space on the disk

I have the following Debian that works in Virtual Box: $ uname -a Linux debian 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.51-1 x86_64 GNU/Linux Recently I notice that I don't have any free space: $ df ...
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How to create a fixed size Linux ramdisk which does never swap to disk?

I want to create a fixed size Linux ramdisk which never swaps to disk. Note that my question is not "why" I want to do this (let say, for example, that it's for an educative purpose or for research): ...
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Is there something wrong with df output? [duplicate]

I'm using the command df -h to check disk usage on CentOS 6.4. I see an inconsistency with the output. look at the line Filesystem: total 490Gb, used 55Gb, and Available 411Gb. What is it mean? I ...
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/dev/sdb: No such file or directory (but /dev/sdb1 etc. exist)

I'm not sure what is wrong here but when running fdisk -l I don't get an output, and when running fdisk /dev/sdb # I get this fdisk: unable to open /dev/sdb: No such file or directory I'm ...
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Mounting another VM's .vdi in VirtualBox

I have two VMs in VirtualBox. For exmaple, VM 1 runs Red Hat, and VM 2 runs Ubuntu. For the Red Hat VM I have redhat.vdi and redhat2.vdi, and for the Ubuntu VM I have ubuntu.vdi and unbuntu2.vdi. ...
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Uniquely identifying a drive (not a partition)

I'm writing some automation scripts for full disk backups and I'd like to be fairly precise with which devices are used. I know that one can uniquely identify a partition using UUIDs and blkid, but ...
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How do I navigate to a CD drive?

I'm trying to install Virtualbox Guest Additions in Elementary OS. cd doesn't seem to work with cd VBOXADDITIONS_4.2.6_82870. Update: I did what @ivica recommended, and here's what I'm getting: I ...
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How to create memory-based disk in linux? [duplicate]

I need to have a very fast disk for keeping cache. How can I do that in Linux?
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Difference between “blockdev --flushbufs” and “sync” on Linux?

Is there a difference in practice between running blockdev --flushbufs and sync(1) on Linux? (apart from blockdev flushing for a specific device, and sync being system-wide). sync(1) manpage says it ...
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Free space: 0 bytes and files full of data shown as empty

I don't know what's going on. The last evening I left my computer with about 700MB of free space on the system partition and today there is no free space on disk, moreover a lot of files containing ...
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Repartion multiple disks and reallocate storage

I’m trying to re-partition from an Arch Linux install disc. I’m doing so because my current OS is corrupted. When running fdisk –l this is what it looks like: /dev/sda1 * start=2048 end=1026047 ...
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How to Add Extra Disks on KVM based VM

I installed Redhat 6.4 on KVM Server. Right Now there is only One Disk /dev/vda. Now I need to add extra Disk like /dev/vdb I tried adding New Volume but it is not showing when I do fdisk -l How to ...
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How different is I/O handling of hard disk in AIX and Redhat Linux?

I am running a hadoop I/O workload in redhat linux and have ran that in IBM AIX as well with same underlying hardware, disk and disk configuration. With the default settings on the os redhat linux is ...
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Bad sector on a directory

I've a bad sector on my /home/xyz which make a folder with 10 GB data unreadable. As far as I can see in syslog there's only one badsector with may destruct 4K of data while I have no access to 10 GB ...
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How to measure total disk I/O per hour

I have a cloud server were we get billed also for disk IO usage. Here is an example from the stats: 04/Sep/2013 07:24:19 04/Sep/2013 08:24:19 0,5 GB / 1 vCPU (0,08 Kr. per hour): Charge for ...
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How can I safely remove a SATA disk from a running system?

I sometimes need to plug a disk into a disk bay. At other times, I have the very weird setup of connecting a SSD using a SATA-eSATA cable on my laptop while pulling power from a desktop. How can I ...
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How to detect if a disk is seeking?

I can use a variety of tools to measure the volume of disk I/O currently flowing through the system (such as iotop and iostat) but I'm curious if it's possible to easily detect if a disk is seeking a ...
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Are short-lived files flushed to disk?

My program creates many small short-lived files. They are typically deleted within a second after creation. The files are in an ext4 file system backed by a real hard disk. I know that Linux ...
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Strange problem with IO or file system or what?

On a SLES 11 SP2 32-bit system I'm seeing a strange problem. It's as if the OS can not open a file from the beginning of the file. Say I have a file that is 200 lines. If I cat or more or vi the ...
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Setting up a RAID 1 in Funtoo [closed]

In short Following the guide How to Set Up a RAID 1 Under GNU/Linux, I have setup a RAID 1. Checking the RAID Array for validity in various ways, appeared to be normal. However, after rebooting the ...
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Create my own disk server

I have been wondering how all these small nas boxes that run linux can share over network and usb. The network part is totally under control, but I am completely at a loss on how I could hook up a ...
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What could cause a NAS mount to respond slowly?

I've a directory on a NAS mount (from NetApp), that contains ~6300 image files, total size of this directory is ~ 300 MB. I get two different performances of time ls: First time (or after waiting 5-7 ...
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Changing drives in FTP

I am using RHEL6 and I connect to FileZilla FTP Server in Windows 2008 Server which has more than 10 drives. I have access to all of them but for my user C:\ is Home Directory. I want to change to ...
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How do I refresh the magnetic state on a disks with backups?

I have a couple of large disks with backup/archive material on them. They're ext4. Regarding the ones of those that will be stored for a couple of years without reading the whole disc again I've been ...
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What's the easiest way to decrypt a disk partition?

I made a mistake of encrypting the entire LVM physical volume (contains both home, root, and swap) when installing a CentOS 6.4 (2.6.32-358.6.1.el6.x86_64) box. I soon came to realize that moving ...