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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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/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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Redundant array of NTFS disks

I have a number of NTFS disks with unused capacity. They are leftover external hard drives with a Windows history. I have a very limited number of USB ports on my machine, and want to find a cheap way ...
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How to realign a disk on logical volume with minimum to zero down time

A system running un-align disk partition that needs to be aligned without loss of data on all the partition including mbr with the minimum to no down time.
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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 ...
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Disk Partitioning - Can't create partition

I've been following this example to restore capacity to my microSD --> SD card corrupt and stuck at 32MB, any way to fix it? Everything seems to work until I get to mkfs /dev/sdx1 It tells me ...
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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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How to use DD to clone a partition off a disk image?

I have a disk image, it's a "whole" disk image, e.g., contains multiple partitions, and I want to clone just one of them (not the first one..) onto a partition on an external drive with multiple ...
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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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Block Devices & Partitions

I partitioned a microSD card (mmcblk1) into two partitions mmcblk1p1 and mmcblk1p2. If use a dedicated card reader I am able to see the entire SD card and its partitions using various disk management ...
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Keeping disk caches when hibernating

Is there a way to keep disk caches when hibernating Linux? I understand and agree that dropping them is the best option all-around. But my system is unresponsive after resume and I would like to give ...
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Horrible situation - file systems mounted simultaneously by multiple independent OS instances

How do I get out of this situation safely? Details are as follow: A xen server has got block devices allocated to VMs. But these devices have also been mounted inside Xen. In fact 44 of these ...
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Reasons for choosing primary over logical partitions [duplicate]

I guess anyone knows the benefits of logical volumes. But are there any reasons why I should choose primary partitions if I can?
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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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Really umount external drive

I had a USB drive mounted on /dev/sdb1 and I want to reformat from NTFS to ext3. I did umount -l which unmounted the disk. I deleted the old partition using cfdisk. I ran mkfs.ext3, but got the error: ...
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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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Linux Mint freezes on startup

Premise I am running Linux Mint on my sister's computer. Everything was working fine, but than one day she turned it on and she got a strange message she didn't understand. I think it was some kind ...
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Using SAR to monitor free disk space data

Is there a way to make sar (from sysstat) collect free disk space data?