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

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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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Tracking down where disk space has gone on Linux?

When administering Linux systems I often find myself struggling to track down the culprit after a partition goes full. I normally use du / | sort -nr but on a large filesystem this takes a long time ...
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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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“Spare” disk in a 2-disk mdadm RAID1 array?

I recently had a RAID1 volume fail. It had three primary partitions in it, all participating in separate, but similarly configured VGs. This configuration comes from the fact that the machine is ...
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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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full rootfs on big hardisk, installation or update software not possible

Has anyone seen this issue that can help me solve it? I have got a preinstalled server (Debian GNU/Linux 7.6 (wheezy)), where the disk space was partitioned very badly... :-( The Hardisk is very big ...
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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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Using SAR to monitor free disk space data

Is there a way to make sar (from sysstat) collect free disk space data?
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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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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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Problem creating raw disk image and mounting it in rescue mode to QEMU

I am trying to create booting system from raw disk image. This is what I do: $ dd if=/dev/zero of=system2.img bs=1M count=6000 6000+0 records in 6000+0 records out 6291456000 bytes (6.3 GB) copied, ...
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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 ...