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

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reference whole disk (/dev/sda) using UUID

On my system (Debian), I can see the UUID identifier for all of my disks partitions (i.e. /dev/sda1, dev/sda2, ..) ls /dev/disk/by-uuid/ However, I don't see the UUID identifier for /dev/sda ...
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Very slow file operation

I recently rebuild a machine with Centos 5.8 with a brand new disk. This machine is old and has been running 5.8 for a long period with no issues so the only thing which changed recently is the new ...
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Flash memory and set to read only , Is it virus?

Becuase some of limitation of MS.Windows, my friends and my family gime their flash memory to solve their problem. Such as format, partitioning in Linux with the cfidsk ,parted, sfidsk(dump and ...
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Syncing an iPod classic with Rhythmbox, but it is read-only

I have an old iPod classic (2006 model, I believe) and I recently built my own computer, thus transitioning away from my old iMac and moving onto my own Fedora 21 desktop. Despite my negative opinion ...
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View syscalls/kernel activity for I/O from a running process

I'd like to be able to view syscalls or kernel activity for a process...I'm not actually sure of the terminology I need here! Specifically I'm looking for the difference between I/O going to local ...
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Separating SAS from SATA drives

I have to list all SAS drives and separately list all SATA drives, I'm working on CentOS6 and tried lots of commands which will give some specific information about bus of disks. Let me show you ...
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Replace both disks in a raid 1 mirror

I have a 3 years old server with two same disks. I'm planning to replace both before they fails. Can I add two more new disks to the raid and (after it has been rebuild) eventually remove the two old ...
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Eject / safely remove vs umount

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04, and when I rigth click on a my flash drive icon (in the Unity right bar) I get two options that have me confused: eject and safely remove. The closer I came to answer was this ...
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In smartctl output, what does LifeTime(hours) mean?

Specifically, in smartctl output, how is LifeTime(hours) calculated? I'm assuming it's one of the following: The difference (in hours) between the time of the test and the manufacture date of the ...
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Any tool or command can detect flash disk or SSD memory type?

Here I mean "SLC" or "MLC", basically, how many bits per cell for the NAND memory. Is there anything we can get? Thanks.
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how to read any process' /proc/pid/io

I'm trying to monitor disk activity of each process. One way that I found how to do this is to read /proc/pid/io file and compare fields with previous read. That works fine except my monitoring ...
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Why does reading from a symlink to network location cause local disk activity?

I am running RHEL 6.4 and have a symbolic link in my home directory to a large file stored elsewhere on a network. My home directory is a network location as well. I've noticed that when I run a ...
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How to find out which file is affected by a bad sector?

Consider you've been informed about a bad sector like this: [48792.329933] Add. Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed [48792.329936] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] CDB: [48792.329938] Read(10): ...
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Deleted files from home, deleted them from .local/share/Trash/files, System doesn't report back free space

I am running Crunchbang, a Debian variant with OpenBox WM. I have deleted a large number of files via browsing in thunar file manager and pressing del key. They disappear from view. I then go to ...
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Shared NTFS partition conflict, files written under Debian gone

I have a dual-boot W7-Debian Jessie on my laptop, and a NTFS partition initially left for sharing data between OS and keeping big files. With myself getting used to Linux, rebooting to windows became ...
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Is there a good drive torture test tool?

I have been having odd and rare filesystem corruption lately that I suspect is the fault of my SSD. I am looking for a good drive torture test tool. Something that can write to the whole disk, then ...
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UUID Of A drive that won't show up in /dev/disk/by-uuid or blkid

I have a USB drive that is not receiving a UUID. When I look at the contents of the /dev/disk/by-uuid it doesn't exist there. The dev point that the partition lives in is on /dev/sdb. I am able to ...
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1kb partition: is it a problem, can it be removed?

I have a 1KB partition on my drive, sda4. Here is the output of lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 698.7G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 500M 0 part /boot ├─sda2 8:2 ...
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How do I get ata-style IDs in /dev/disk/by-id to work for USB disks?

I have USB drive dock that I'm plugging SATA drives into. The way they show up in /dev/disk/by-id seems to be dependent on whether the drive has a partition table (usb if not, ata if yes). This makes ...
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Disk is a bottleneck. Background processes make things worse. How to improve responsiveness?

Often, the bottleneck of my laptop is the disk. When doing some disk-intensive computations, automatically-started background processes like updatedb, find /something etc. kick in, making things even ...
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getting system level error in solaris system

I am getting below errors, what does it means? Oct 19 01:02:25 amra02 scsi: [ID 107833 kern.warning] WARNING: /pci@7c,0/pci10de,377@f/pci1077,142@0/fp@0,0/disk@w5006016841e00513,0 (sd6): Oct 19 ...
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Why is dd not protected against writing on the active disk ?

I use dd a lot. I live in a contant fear of making a mistake one day, for example writing on sda (computer disk) instead of sdb (USB disk) and then erasing everything I have on my computer. I know dd ...
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Can't format external drive

I am trying to format an external drive, but getting the error /dev/sdb1 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here! Based on the internet, I have to run cat ...
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libata patch to allow disable sata port

My question is related to the patch introduced in this post How to tell Linux Kernel > 3.0 to completely ignore a failing disk? If the kernel is patched with this code what is the kernel parameter ...
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Granting access permission to normal user to a logical volume of a volume group [duplicate]

When I need to run a program with direct disk access, like read/write from /dev/sdb, I simply add the user to 'disk' group. In this way we don't need to disclose the root account the the user. However ...
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???? files in ls -l output

I see ghost files in red colour inside some of my directories: [drey@cyan|23:54|~/downloads]ls -la ls: cannot access teamviewer9_linux.deb: No such file or directory total 1318096 drwxrwx--- 1 root ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 constantly out of space [duplicate]

I am having this strange problem of my system running out of space constantly. Just yesterday I cleaned up near 15GB of space and today I see it is out of space. I really don't get it. I know some ...
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dd, seek with one block size, write with another block size

Background Info: Copying some .bin files to an SD card (to be read by an embedded device, no filesystem) Commissioning the card requires some segments to be wiped (i.e. zero'd), and others to have ...
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How to acquire image of disk on Linux computer?

Pertaining to computer forensics, if the suspect's computer (which cannot be removed from the scene), is Linux, can you directly use tools such as dd or dcfldd on his computer to acquire the disk ...
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Journal commit I/O error for Seagate Expansion external USB hard drive

I am using Debian 7.6 (amd64) and for some reason when I am trying to read or write to my Seagate Expansion 1TB external USB drive, I am getting input/output errors ... Here is what the output of ...
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Given a kernel ATA exception, how to determine which physical disk is affected?

I woke up this morning to a notification email with some rather disturbing system log entries. Dec 2 04:27:01 yeono kernel: [459438.816058] ata2.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0xf SErr 0x0 action 0x6 ...
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harddisk not recognized / filesystem too large to mount safely on this system / hdparm shows garbage

I have a 4 TB Verbatim external hard disk with ext4. It can be successfully mounted at my Raspberry Pi. I am trying to plug it at my WD Mybook Live Duo device where I have SSH root access. When I ...
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AIX equivalent of Solaris' iostat -E

On Solaris you can use the command iostat -En to view "disk error statistics" as counted by the kernel since the last reboot, where the -n option causes iostat to show "nice" device names. I'm ...
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Calculate Total disk i/o by a single process [duplicate]

I am looking for some tool that will dump total disk I/O by a single process after it ends. So far my finding is :- iotop= It shows i/o per process in real time but does not give total after process ...
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What do these errors mean in sysbench disk test?

I have been running a continuous test of sysbench disk tests on my Linux system that uses compact flash. I am seeing some errors in the output, as shown below. What do these errors mean exactly? Do ...
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The proper way to turn off an external sata encolsure?

I have an e-sata external enclosure with a port expander and 4 sata disks in it that I use for periodic backups. I have what I think is a sound method for powering it off, but not sure if it is the ...
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FreeBSD 10 trace disk activity

Is there any way to find some process which is periodically writing to disk (according to hdd led) on FreeBSD 10 with ZFS (maybe turn ZFS into verbose logging mode)? lsof and other instantly ...
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How to mount the `D:\` disk of Windows in linux mint? [closed]

I am unable to mount the D:\ disk of windows in linux mint. What to do?
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SMART extended offline test validity

Is it possible for the smartctl -t long /dev/sda to complete without error and still the drive fail? How detrimental to the disk's life expectancy is running the test daily/weekly? Thanks!
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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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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 ...