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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View physical location of a file/directory on a hard disk

Is there any Linux program which offers the same (or some of the) functionality of Sysinternals DiskView, especially being able to view to physical location of a file on a hard disk? DiskView URL: ...
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Does `/proc/partitions` and/or `fdisk -l /dev/sdX` provide me a reliable device size?

I have two 3TB disks, which I hope to be exactly the same size. This means that I can use dd to copy them without being short or in excess of some bytes. Therefore I tried to find out the ...
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Unable to mount location after installing Linux Mint

I have been using Ubuntu for a while, but I decided to move to Linux Mint. I removed everything and clearly installed it. After the installation there are two parts which are File System and Toshiba. ...
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How to open root directory on second HDD?

My situation is very specific. I've applied chmod -R 777 / on my CentOS 7 server, so my system screwed up on next reboot. I took server HDD home and connected it via SATA cable to my home PC. Now I've ...
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How to combine multiple HDDs into one big HDD in Linux?

I'm very new to Linux, being mainly a Windows 7 user, so I may not understand Linux-specific commands without explanation. I've decided to build a NAS running some form of Linux (probably FreeBSD or ...
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Dualboot elementaryOS & Windows 8.1 on SSD with personal files on HDD?

When I create my gaming PC I plan to dualboot Windows 8.1 with elementaryOS and my programs on an SSD. However is it possible to place my data on a HDD for both to access?
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External Hard Drive Issue on mac

After the cd /Volumes command when I type ls it shows me my hard drive name twice, with different permissions. After that when I try to use mkdir to create a directory in the external hard drive I'm ...
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How to “List Disk” in Linux

In Windows, all you have to type is "List Disk" using DisPart in a command prompt and it'll list all physical storage devices available, their size, format, etc. How do I do this in Linux?
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How to write a pattern to a device to use it with badblocks with -t test_pattern option

I recently bought a 4TB hard disk and I want to do a read-write badblocks test on this before I start using it. Since running badblocks with -w option would take ages for 4TB, I've thought to first ...
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Should I use the discard flag when configuring the filesystem to be installed over the partitions on my SSHD?

I've recently bought a laptop with an SSHD. My guess is that most SSHDs are self-optimised, so the disk itself will handle wear-levelling issues, and I won't need to add the "discard" flag when ...
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How to Mount a Drive with Right Filesystem?

I am trying to mount the device /dev/xvdc on my CentOS system. When I run an fdisk command I get: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/xvda1 * 1 33 ...
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Comparing Windows and Linux machine hardware

I have to compare Linux and Windows machine hardware? In windows system, I can open the My computer properties and see the details like processors, RAM Hard disks etc. Through task manager, I can see ...
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How to install Linux Mint 17 on SSD and have Home on HDD

I have Sony Vaio VGN-NW23NE Laptop and I'm using Linux Mint as my Operating System for about two years, I've currently Qiana. I bought a new 120 GB SSD to speed up my Laptop, but I'm confused about ...
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Getting the extra GPT info; a “fdisk -l” equivalent

What is the equivalent for GPT using HDDs of: # fdisk -l /dev/hda > /mnt/sda1/hda_fdisk.info I got this from https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/disk_cloning (under "Create disk image") for ...
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NTFS drive not mounting in Debian

This drive has been working fine for a while, but I recall having had some slight trouble getting it mounted in the past. Anyway, it was disconnected from the machine for some time and when I ...
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How are files or chunks delimited on disk?

I'm trying to recover some lost files by grep-scanning a hard disk. (The OS is Darwin 11.4.2. The file system is HFS.) How can I determine where a file (or contiguous chunk thereof) begins and ends ...
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equivalent of `grep -a /dev/sda1` on Darwin?

I want to run something like % sudo grep -i -a 'some-string' <drive device> On Linux, <drive device> would be something like /dev/sda1. How can I find the equivalent on Darwin? (In ...
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Is reading a file on UNIX faster than writing a file?

Sorry for the sheer simplicity of this question. A rather obtuse performance bottleneck has boiled down to this very small query. I have done some empirical analysis and I think I might be getting ...
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Hard Drive Crash / Gparted Error or Something Else

Well, I had my hard drive crashed some weeks ago. My Ubuntu (14.04) automagically froze and after the moment I pressed the restart button, and it prompted me with busybox prompt. I tried booting with ...
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dd write vs read performance

I have recently done some performance tests on a new server (using dd) and wonder why read performance is so much worse than write performance? Shouldn't it be another way around? file size was in ...
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Discovering possible RAID configuration of a bunch of disks

I have a stack of 8 disks which were at one point all inside of one host. That host no longer exists, but it's been requested that I retrieve data from these disks. No one can tell me anything about ...
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Can I split a disk image and run Photorec on each part individually?

I'm running Photorec on an external HD connected via USB and it's taking too long, with the estimated remaining time constantly increasing. Is there a way to create a disk image from that external ...
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Proper file system for an External Hard Drive to work well on Linux [duplicate]

I have a External Hard Drive (EHD) I want to use to backup the data on my Linux laptop. I want to know how I should format my EHD for it to work correctly with Linux. Thanks.
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Point folder on main HDD to newly mounted 2nd HDD

What is the best way to point a folder in one of my websites directory to a folder in a second HDD I just had installed? I see things about fstab and symlink but am lost at what is the best way to do ...
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Can I partition around a bad block on a harddrive?

I used a computer too much, running a script for many weeks. Eventually, Debian printed a thousand errors and shutdown, and won't start again. When I ran DBAN on the drive, to write 0's to the disk ...
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Partially overwrote /dev/sda, can I recover anything?

I was messing around with my new hard drive, which only contains some personal files, and to check its write speed, I typed: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda, /dev/sda/ being the new 2 TB connected to ...
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How can I unveal files on my external hard drive?

I copied a big folder (around 110 GB) from my (Mac 10.7.5) computer onto a hard drive (exFAT). It took quite some time and afterwards I even checked that the files were actually there. After more ...
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Recovering a (not yet created) RAID5 with URE (Unrecoverable read errors)

I wan't to create a RAID5 array at home, the OS is Linux (Kernel 3.15.7) and the array will be created with mdadm. I wan't to create the array with eigth or ten 1TB discs. Let's assume a single drive ...
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How to use a USB device instead of a hard drive

Recently I setup a webcam that uses ftp, which uploads the current frame every 0.33 seconds. This creates thousands of images on my hard drives. I have a daily cron job deleting anything past 10 days ...
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How to decrease the time the processes would wait (blocked) for disk reads (only to discover an error)?

Waiting too long when encountering an unreadable sector on a disk is really very annoying. (Especially if you are trying to read as much data as can be read from a disk with bad sectors, and do it ...
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Prevent linux from auto scan and mapping partitions on some disk [closed]

TL;DR Linux scan disk (for example /dev/sdc) and add files to address partitions on that disk (for example /dev/sdc1) - how can I tell Linux to not do that for some disk? Long story: I used VM ...
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How to detect exact spec of my disk on a cloud server?

I've already read a question about whether your disk is SSD or HDD. When I issued the below command I've got surprised: cat /sys/block/vda/queue/rotational The output was 1. The question is why ...
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Debian Wheezy live - gparted, dmsg, fdisk etc. do not detect local hard drive but it is shown during installation

Yesterday I finished backing up my data and it was time to wipe that HDD of mine for good and freshly install Debian Wheezy stable with Xfce as a WM. I've booted into a live session to see if things ...
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Secure the content of a hard disk

I have to prepare a computer to give away, and I do not know who is going to use it. The computer has Debian installed, and the HDD is entirely encrypted. All users have their storage on the server. I ...
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Could not commit to disk during OS Installation

I've tried several times to load Fedora 20 onto an Acer 5750z laptop, but during the installation I get an error message of "Could not commit to disk", switched the OS disk to Ubuntu 14.04 and ...
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Lags on file access, is my HDD going to break?

Yesterday, I noticed that there is a 5 second delay around those things which used to be instantly. However, it just occurs sometimes, usually only on the first time (maybe kernel cache). Opening a ...
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Hard disk drive spins up on laptop sleep/wake, can I stop it doing this?

I have in my Arch Linux-running laptop an SSD and an HDD; the latter I use seldom. It is mounted as /mnt/sdb5 and configured to spin down proactively when on battery (/etc/default/tlp, ...
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Is there any danger in changing the labels of my hard drives?

I've have both Ubuntu and Arch installed on my computer, and want to change the labels of the / and /home partitions (four in total), to make it clear which is which. Can this potentially break ...
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Hard drive making strange sound

It sounds like the HDD is put into a power saving/sleep mode, spun down, but immediately started up again, and then this repeated 3-4 times, very quickly. How could I find out what this exactly is, ...
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Backed up over wrong hard drive

I've just written over the wrong hard drive using the command: sudo sh -c 'pv /dev/sdb >/dev/sdc' How do I go about undoing this? I was creating the first even backup of the drive, and I backed ...
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In what sense does SATA “talk” SCSI? How much is shared between SCSI and ATA?

This is nothing new to me at least, that SATA actually "talks" SCSI, hence why these SATA devices show up as SCSI devices in Linux. A related question has been asked before, e.g. Why do my SATA ...
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Reduce bad block retry / wait times in Ubuntu

How can I reduce the IO wait time and retry times so that the OS doesn't continually try to write to a failing drive? I have an system that I use to make copies of demo content that gets loaned out ...
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Full DD copy from hdd to hdd

UPDATE: 2 This seems a lot better than before (Thanks to Groxxda for the suggestions): sudo dd if=/dev/sdb bs=128K | pv -s 3000G | sudo dd of=/dev/sdc bs=128K ETA is about 9 hours for 3TB, whereas ...
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unrecognized inateck hdd enclosure with linux Mint

I have put in a Hitachi 2.5 inch hdd inside a Inateck hdd enclosure. I have connected the enclosure to a Toshiba R630-156 using a usb2 cable on a usb3 enclosure port. I can hear and feel the hard ...
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LVM not coming up after reboot, couldn't find device with uuid

Had a VM that was, up until recently working without issue, but needed to be rebooted after some configuration changes. However after rebooting the VM didn't come back up, saying it couldn't find the ...
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Internal secondary hard disk suddenly failing to mount

In RHEL5, my internal secondary hard disk (1TB) suddenly fails to mount after some unexpected power failure and after my system got off. But it's showing in BIOS and while Booting checking as sdb ...
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Why is dd running forever on a 8 GB drive

I have a filesystem handled by ZFS and it's about 8 GB. I tried to zero out the filesystem by running: dd if=/dev/zero of=/EMPTY bs=1M | true rm -f /EMPTY And normally on an ext4 filesystem, it ...
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Track HDD access?

How can I track HDD access? Not in a monitoring sense of MB/s like iotop. My internal mass storage HDD gets permanently woken up and I want to find the evil process with an absolute list of accesses.
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Error creating ext4 file system

Recently I purchased a Cubietruck Cubieboard 3, and I'm trying to copy Lubuntu server from the builtin NAND memory to a hard disk. I can create a partition successfully, but when I go to format the ...
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Why does hdparm see two different values for the size of a drive?

I have a 1 TB drive attached via USB. It contains an LVM physical volume filling the entire device (without any partition table). When I tried to extend a logical volume by using the entire PV, the ...