A permanent data storage device used for storing and retrieving digital information using rapidly rotating discs (platters) coated with magnetic material in a rigid form factor (as opposed to floppy disks).

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Meaning of “mkfs.ext3 -cc” error report

I'm trying to format a supposedly defective hard disk using "mkfs.ext3 -cc /dev/sda1" on a partition that spans over the entire disk. I wish to understand the meaning of the ongoing error report in ...
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Can I connect/disconnect unmounted disks from my SAS card?

I'm using a Dell H200 in IT mode (RAID disabled). Is it safe to add/remove unmounted disks to this device without powering down the system?
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Is the mounting point of a file system not a hard link?

Correct me if I am wrong: A hard link can't link to a file on a different filesystem, because the hard link's entry in the hardlink's parent directory can't point to an inode in a different filesystem ...
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Arch Linux cfdisk asking for disk label type

I am trying to partition my hard drive I just wiped with dban so that I can install arch linux but when i run cfdisk /dev/sda It says: Select table type gpt dos sgi sun I don't know which to ...
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how to check the filesystem type of a logical volume

How to check the filesystem type of a logical volume using lvm or any other utility.. For example, if my logical volume is /dev/vg1/lv1 then how to check its filesystem type ? I have made a ext4 ...
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how to create a partition in free space using GNU Parted

Below is my hard disk shown in gnu parted: (parted) print free Model: ATA HGST HTS541075A9 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 750GB Sector size ...
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HDD cloning and non-matching checksums

I've been trying to clone a 1Tb HDD to a 1Tb SSD following the instructions here. I tried cloning it several times with both dd (painfully slow) and cat (far quicker) but when I came to do checksums ...
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Comparing 2 partitions on identical disks

I have 2 physically identical disks. Each with 1 partition: | Disk | FS | Size | Comment | |----------+------+----------+----------------------------------| | ...
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Unable to mount secondary HDD on CentOS 6.7 (Must specify file system?)

I have a secondary HDD that worked fine in Ubuntu 13.04. I had mounted in to /media/user/<some UUID>/. I could read and write files without problem. My Ubuntu installation was on a primary SSD. ...
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External HDD not mounted at boot, but fstab seems ok

I'm on a Raspberry with DietPI distro and I cannot mount a NTFS hard drive at boot. This is the fstab file: #Internal Drives--------------------------------------------------- proc /proc ...
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Restoring VG configuration from recovered drive

Had to reinstall CentOS on a server with three RAID 1 arrays. I installed the OS on sda (300g), and left sdb and sdc alone (they were not formatted or otherwise fiddled with). The OS is up but ...
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Hardware specs for Linux machine for cluster administration [closed]

I have just started as cluster system administrator and was asked to choose some features to get bought a personal machine to work on, and most intensive calculations will be perform in the cluster. I ...
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Can I install the /home and swap partitions to a different drive than /?

I am in the process of dual-booting my Windows 10 PC to also run Linux Mint. I have both a 240 GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The SSD is for the Windows 10 OS, and the HDD is for my files/documents/everything ...
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How does Linux know which USB hard drive is which?

Currently I have Linux Mint installed on my PC with a USB hard drive partition mounted as /home. This is working well. If I install a second USB hard drive, is there any chance Linux will get ...
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gpart finds partitions but puts zeroes on all their specs

So this isn't my hard drive I'm working on so I'm not too sure how it got into this state. My friend had Windows XP on it and wasn't using it much then suddenly it wouldn't boot anymore. He just wants ...
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sysv and unknown partition table?

We have disk about 1985, It has a Unix.But we didn't know type of Unix.I did the following step : dd if=/dev/sdc of./all_of_disk.iso #sdc is the given disk Then : hexdump -C all_of_disk.iso > ...
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How to ignore write errors while zeroing a disk?

Say you want to zero-out a failing hard disk. You want to overwrite as much as possible with zeros. What you don't want is: the process aborts on the first write-error. How to do that? AFAICS, plain ...
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Is it possible to resume fsck.ext4 using offset X?

I was fscking my HDD, when I had to stop because I needed to get somewhere within an hour. The whole session took quite a while (lasted much longer than I thought!). My question is, is it possible to ...
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How to move linux from thumb drive to internal drive? [closed]

I have latest version of Linux Mint Cinnamon (persistent data) in 16 GB thumb drive and I want to move it to internal hard drive which is 128 GB. How do I do that and do I lose 112 GB or can it make ...
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Mount hard drives in the same order in debian

How can I mount the hard drives always on the same /dev/sd? node? For example, how can I make the hard drive with the UUID xyz to be mounted always on the node dev/sda? The reason why I want to do ...
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Easy mount hdd from remote computer

I've got a computer with an SSD with Linux Mint installed and a bunch of HDD's. When in the file-browser I click one of the HHD's they get mounted in /media, which is fine for me. However I need to ...
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BTRFS RAID6 array is broken, how do I fix it?

I have a server running a btrfs raid 6 array which seems to have broken. When try to mount it I get the following error message. I don't know how or why it broke maybe a power outage or something (it ...
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Trying to install debian 8.1 on Raid0 (4TB x 2) HDD. Tried dmraid; when detecting HDD only 3.6TB is showing

Trying to install debian 8.1 on Raid0 (4TB x 2) HDD. Tried dmraid; when detecting HDD only 3.6TB is showing. Bios is showing whole 7.6GB HDD.. Any solution ??
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LInux Mint not recognizing/mounting 160 GB HDD

I am not sure how to get it to mount. This is what I get for sudo fdisk -l WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted. ...
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Gparted Shows HDD as unallocated

I've Windows 8.1 & I'm planning to install Kali Linux with it. However, at installation gparted shows the whole hard disk to be unallocated and a warning. The warning is as follows: /dev/sda ...
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How to make Drives visible to OS using MegaCLI / MegaRAID not puting them in to RAID at all?

So I have 12 [12:0-12] drives that are "Unconfigured Good" as WebBIOS would say. They are not in any virtual drive span or drive group. I want to use software ZFS RAID instead of hardware one. How to ...
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How to get hard disk information from /proc and/or /sys

How can I get hard disk capacity, usage, etc. using the /proc or /sys filesystems? What file(s) do I need to process to get that information? Does any one know, how to find Hard disk size, usage, etc ...
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ddrescue recovering 0B but drive appears in device manager. Is it failing to connect?

I guess that this is a variant on a previous question "Is this ddrescue command doing anything?" Apologies for going over similar ground. I have a failing 2TB Seagate Barracuda drive which came from ...
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SSD failiure. grub rescue sees files, but I can't mount drives

I have a 2 year old SSD that apparently has died. 2 out of the 3 partitions are completely unmountable (only EFI boot partition mountable). When i turn on my computer I am greeted with grub rescue ...
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No folders in “/” on hard drive, mounts “/boot”

I already posted my problem on askubuntu, but I hope to reach some broader audience here as I also realize it's not really Ubuntu specific. So I messed up my Ubuntu Server and it doesn't boot ...
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Adding a new disk to an exsting partition in linux

I have a sda on my opensuse and want to add a new disk to have more space on it. After adding the disk I have created a partition lets name it sdb. Mr sda has 6 partition and I ant to sdb to 6th ...
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fsck and checking external drives on reboot also

I know about shutdown -rF now that will check the drive on reboot but how can I also have it check all external drives also on reboot?
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Linux blocked on df

I am experiencing some trouble with an external HDD. I'm afraid it is starting to getting corrupted or damaged :S. In an application I am using statfs to retrieve information of that external HDD: ...
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how can I sync a specific device? [duplicate]

Is there a way to sync a specific device in Linux? This would be used to ensure that, e.g., writes to a USB thumb drive have taken place without waiting for queued writes from a video processing job ...
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To recover harddrive of partial formatting to NTFS from FAT

I have a partial formatting of a new disk (2TB of Buffalo) which I was going to format into NTFS from FAT (most probably fileformat of new disks). However, I removed the cable by accident. No ...
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Imaging help for Mac drive w' GDDRescue on Ubuntu 12.04

I'm a novice at Linux command line but I'm slowly making progress. I have a failing 750gb WD Scorpio Black SATA drive with OSX 10.6.8. It was diagnosed with logical errors (drive seen in bios but not ...
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How to obtain the whole disk activities triggered by file systems under linux?

I want to record the disk access activities called by OS. Such data I want to record are received by disk from OS, including disk sector number, request length, arrival time, read or write. To be ...
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HDIO_GETGEO and HDIO_GET_IDENTITY in Linux using C++

Can anyone explain the core difference between HDIO_GETGEO and HDIO_GET_IDENTITY? From the Linux documentation and this document titled: Summary of HDIO_ ioctl calls., I know that the former is for ...
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Explaining SMART power error

I use gsmartcontrol, on the Error tab, it shows: Complete error log: SMART Error Log Version: 1 ATA Error Count: 398 (device log contains only the most recent five errors) CR = Command Register ...
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Setting up my Linux machine with multiple hard drives

I've recently made the switch to a copy of Elementary OS Freya (Ubuntu 14.04) and so far, really been enjoying it coming from a Windows background. After fumbling around a little, I got my 1TB Seagate ...
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Is it good to install Linux on an external hard drive? [closed]

I have an external hard drive. I would like to install Linux on it (I choose Fedora KDE). I made a bootable DVD. I will choose the external hard drive to install Fedora on it. Is it good to do ...
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How should I distribute files/packages/software across multiple drives?

I am primarily a Windows user, but I am starting to use Linux more as I realize all the features it has. In Windows, I install my software that I use regularly on my 120GB SSD, along with the OS, ...
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slow disk I/O speed on NTFS partition

My Laptops internal 640 GB HDD ,WD Scorpio blue(WD6400BPVT). It has 5 partitions. 120 GB NTFS partition, primary, sda1 250 GB NTFS, extended, sda5 20 GB / (root), sda6 4 GB /swap, sda7 ~ 202 GB ...
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How to automatically check for failed hard drives in RAID array?

We've got a couple of servers in-house containing hardware RAID5 and RAID6 arrays with 8-15 disks each. What's the easiest way to automatically check for failing hard drives using a script so that ...
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Formatting drives in linux always makes them read only [closed]

I'm using Debian 8 and trying to create an ntfs partition (on /dev/sdd). Whenever I format a drive either through the nautilus interface of right click > format... or even through command line ...
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Advantage of GPT over MBR partition table [closed]

What is the advantage GPT partitioned hard drives on older BIOS system ? when boot drive is bellow 2TB on a BIOS system or UEFI boot disabled grub on BIOS system with GPT partitioned needs an ...
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Content cached in RAM while writing to disk - Linux

I'm facing this issue since ever I started using Linux Distros. While copying/moving either graphically or with cp one/many big content(anything like big text file, tar.gz archive, iso file, movies) ...
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Shrinking root partition on Debian

I'm using a headless Debian Wheezy server with 2x3TB disks. It was installed automatically with RAID1. This is the output of df -h: $ df -h Sys. fich. ...
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Startup problem: invalid partition table or use UEFI BOOT

I'm working on a Dell Latitude E5430. Recently I booted pcbsd from USB using this file: PCBSD10.1.1-RELEASE-01-31-2015-x64-DVD-USB_0.iso But I guess I did something wrong. I was trying to install ...
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Is BTRFS saying that my HDD is dead?

I noticed that my HP N54L was laboring and discovered that dmesg was reporting this: [ 81.945530] btrfs read error corrected: ino 1 off 16685977600 (dev /dev/sdb sector 2636776) [ 82.010023] ...