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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Hide a partition in the partition table and make it reappear later

I know this isn't a question that's specific to Unix/Linux, but I think there are people who can answer this question here. I want to hide my Windows partition from the partition table completely, ...
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How do I access files on an external hard drive?

edited 02-25: I thank @Anthon for his replies. I still do not, however, understand the meaning or the how of "pinging" ("Once you update your Q, ping the commenters..."). I also do not understand the ...
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Optimization for an SSD?

I am running Fedora 20 on a Laptop ( Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 2 Pro ) with an SSD. My filesystem is LVM with ext4 as the format option. I am now running Fedora as the only OS on the system with Legacy BIOS ...
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Is there a risk of data corruption if suspended laptop runs out of battery?

I often tend to just put my laptop on suspend using xfce4-power-manager, and although usually the battery is sufficiently charged up until the next time (when I plug in the charger), sometimes I ...
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Target filesystem doesn't have requested /lib/systemd/systemd

I have been using systemd for about a month without any problems on my Debian Jessie. I installed it according to the Debian wiki. But all of a sudden today I got this error:     ...
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Does my hard-drive have bad sectors or not?

I got a new drive and I'm confused if smartctl detects bad sectors or not. Both short and extended self-tests completed without error. But the Error Log indicates Uncorrectable error in data for 96 ...
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Tool to create a bad physical location report on disk

I am in need of a tool that would run on an Ubuntu system that would be able to report the following: Bad physical locations on a disk (cylinders, sectors) Files that are affected by these bad ...
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Shutdown my (backup) hard disk on Linux when I don't use it

I have a hard disk in my computer that I use to make backups of my data. I do not use this disk otherwise. How can I stop this disk from spinning once my backup is finished? Also how would I make it ...
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Recovering data from a damaged hard-drive: the “freezer trick”

I'm currently in the business of recovering data from a damaged---and dying---hard-drive (check this question for background info). The drive was dropped while the system was running; and while ...
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What is the minimum size for the medium used to clone a damaged hard drive?

I'm currently in the business of recovering data from a damaged---and dying---hard-drive (check this question for background info). The damaged hard-drive is 250GB, and I intend to use dd or ddrescue ...
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ddrescue extremely slow on USB hard drive

I'm recovering the HDD from my laptop that died (wouldn't boot up at all, Disk Utility reported that there were no problems, but wouldn't mount the disk). I've hooked up the HDD through the USB ...
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Is this method safe or recommended for moving a /home directory?

I have my linux install on a small disk. I want to put the home directory on a different hard-drive. I was thinking of using this and then this. Would this work? Is there a better way? Should I just ...
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How do I prepare Windows NTFS drives on Linux

I'm upgrading my windows desktop hardware and doing a clean OS install. I'm using SystemRescueCD to prepare my old drives for the upgrade. Long story short, a bit of an emergency, I coudln't do this ...
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Why is dd using direct slower writing to disk than to a file

I am trying to compare aggregate write rates when writing to a file in a GPFS file system, as compared to writing directly to a disk on a system with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.4 ...
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Does the installation computer affect performance?

I recently installed Debian Wheezy onto a hard drive I later intend to connect to a different computer, though the computers use different brands of hardware. Will this work? Or am I setting myself up ...
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How to check integrity to HDD with UDF format

I'm having problem with a USB external drive, which seem to be formated with UDF and was being used for MAC and Windows (or at least that is what told). When I attached the HDD to my Linux system ...
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Which 'smartctl -d' option should I use on this hard-disk: 'scsi' or 'ata'? [duplicate]

On the back of How to repair a corrupted HFS+ partition?, I have separate question. I'd like to run smartctl tests on a hard disk, but I'm not sure which option I should use to correctly initialize ...
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How to repair a corrupted HFS+ partition from a damaged hard-disk?

I have a friend's Mac OS X disk that comes with an HFS+ partition. I am supposed to recover the personal data from this disk, and I'm not yet sure if the filesystem is corrupted or the disk is dying). ...
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Removing failed disk from raid 1

my server (Debian Wheezy) has a failed disk. I have sda and sdb and according to the support of my hoster, sdb needs a replacement. I send them this information with the mdstat: ...
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Why might an external Hard Disk Run super slow?

I have an external Western Digital HDD (1gig) which is running very slow, 0.5 - 1mb per second. This is on a Mac Pro running the latest OS with all the patches. The HDD is connected via USB directly ...
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How can I benchmark my HDD?

I've seen commands to benchmark one's HDD such as this using dd: $ time sh -c "dd if=/dev/zero of=ddfile bs=8k count=250000 && sync" Are there better methods to do so than this?
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How do I check if a particular hard disk is dynamic?

What commands do I have to check the dynamic or basic type disk/volumes of the Windows partitions? Topic of interest because: Warning: Don't install linux on a Windows Dynamic disk! Bug Report: ...
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Debian: Create compressed Harddrive for copy

On my Debian system I have a box with certain configuration settings that I like but I've had to change them continuously. There have been times that I've gotten into a some-what irreversible ...
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where is the user content on a Mac OS X disk?

I have a friend's Mac OS X disk that comes with an HFS+ partition. I am supposed to recover the personal data from this disk (it's not yet clear if the FS is corrupted or the disk dying), but for the ...
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Why are there 2048 sectors of free space between each logical partition?

I know about the advanced format and setting 2048 free sectors at the beginning of a disk. But I just converted a partition table of my disk from MS-DOS to GPT, and I noticed this: Before: Number ...
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lshw lists my drive but it has no /dev file

Ive just got a dedicated server which has 2x 1TB HDD. However when I type df -h I get the following: [root@sd-56537 ~]# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 916G ...
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raid1: how to synchronize harddisks (Debian 6)

My system is Linux/Debian 6, using GPT (GUID Partition Table). If I run the command cat /proc/mdstat I see the following situation: Personalities : [raid0] [raid1] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] ...
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Safely using a hard drive dock

I just pick up an Ez-Dock HD dock 2535. It came with sparse instructions ( and as usual Windows centric ). Software wise ie mounting, syncing,unmounting is not a problem. Hardware wise though I am ...
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Hard disk spins down and up too frequently when on battery

I'm using Debian Wheezy No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 7.3 (wheezy) Release: 7.3 Codename: wheezy $ uname -a Linux debian 3.2.0-4-amd64 ...
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What is the most accurate way to measure disk read/write speed for an OpenVZ VPS host from within the host itself?

CentOS 6.x | OpenVZ I have an openvz VPS host and would like to measure disk read/write speed. Historically, on other physical systems, I've ran hdparm to collect this information. I haven't been ...
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How to check the life left in SSD or the medium's wear level?

We all know that SSDs have a limited predetermined life span. How do I check in Linux what the current health status of an SSD is? Most Google search results would ask you to look up S.M.A.R.T. ...
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What Ubiquity files should I change or interface with to make a change to Ubiquity?

There's a difference between the GTK and Qt/KDE versions of the Ubiquity installer. The GTK version doesn't take you to a manual disk partitioner if you choose the dual boot radio button. The Qt ...
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Can I use hdparm -B254 -S240 /dev/sda?

According man hdparm, -B254 does not permit spindown. -B(1--127)permits spindown. But-B127 -S240` will makes Load_Cycle_Count increase too fast about 4/minute. How to set up hdparm parameter? I use ...
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Hard disk power management with image toggling in display

We have a system in which we almost toggle some display data in the screen 24 hours x 7 days a week. Since our application runs every day, we see some hard disk failures in the field. Unfortunately, ...
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Backup 'empty' parts of disk drive

I have a USB drive which has around 7MB of 'empty' space at its beginning. The first partition in MBR starts at 8225kB, according to Parted. How can I back up this space using something like dd? ...
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linux distro with generic hard drive naming

I manily use SUSE Linux, however it stores all device configuration and paths by ID (example: WD55844-Gh384) - which is a problem if I want to clone a disk then, replace it with a different disk. For ...
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Chromium with ~20 opened tabs freezes my laptop

As the title says, when I have about 20 opened tabs of Chromium I see the hard disk starts writing and everything start to freeze. I have to 'killall' Chromium. Previously I had installed ...
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Linux big disk partition issue

I have a big disk around 4.8 TB (RAID) and it has following partition (created by fdisk) [root@server1 ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sde WARNING: The size of this disk is 4.8 TB (4796404727808 bytes). DOS ...
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Bad blocks only with extension cord?

My external hard drive was acting strangely, so I ran badblocks, and it seemed that nearly every block was bad from the first minute I ran it. If I did badblocks -v > file, the file was over 100MB ...
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Software RAID 1 with dissimilar size and performance drives

Background I was experimenting with a home server setup in a small box I had that was supposed to be a media centre but never found much use. I installed CentOS 6.5 in a software RAID1 configuration ...
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enable SMART for HP hard disk

I would like to use SMART to perform a health check of my hard disk. I have an HP server of 4 years ago I believe. Everytime I try to use the following command smartctl -a /dev/sda I got an error ...
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lde (linux disk editor) open just few beggining blocks

I have installed lde (linux disk editor) to verify some data but I see just only up to 0xB670 block. But it's strage sometime the last block in the page is 0xB4B0 and the next is 0xB0C0. And from ...
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Sound stutters during moderate disk access?

I'm running Xubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander." It's a pretty recent install. I'm playing music over a bluetooth usb dongle on a home theater system. All of my sound goes through pulseaudio. I've ...
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Does a bad sector indicate a failing disk?

My Ubuntu 13.10 system has been performing very poorly over the last day or so. Looking at the kernel logs, it appears that the <1yr old 3TB SATA disk is having issues with a particular sector: ...
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Filesystem not showing correct size in Mac OSX

I installed a new HDD and transferred my old data to it by using dd on my old HDD and then dd again to the new HDD. However, when booting from the new HDD, it does not recognize the new, larger disk ...
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Hard disk drive disappeared

Yesterday I performed a hard-reset while Linux was booting. This led to a hard issue with the HDD (UNC while recovering journal). I had to use ddrescue instead of dd because dd crashed on I/O error. ...
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How can I fill the free space with zeroes in Ubuntu 12.04 (ext4)?

I use windows server 2008r2 with role Hyper-V. The guest system is Ubuntu 12.04 LTC. It is situated on the dynamic virtual hard disk (2TB). The size of this vhd is 360 GB. But the real size is about ...
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Make a USB drive bootable for Windows 7 setup

What is the equivalent of bootsect command available in Windows, on a *nix system? Usage: In order to make a USB drive bootable for Windows 7 setup I have to boot-up VMWare and run bootsect.exe ...
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Varing speed when reading sequentially from a HDD

I have just got a new HDD and I wanted to test the sequential read speed (the whole disk). I used: pv /dev/sda > /dev/null The disk is 500GB WD VelociRaptor (WD5000HHTZ). At the beginning the ...
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Are disks interchangeable in a mirrored RAID setup?

It is often written that disks in a mirrored RAID (like RAID 1) are an exact mirror copy one of another. So can I turn the machine off and simply swap the two harddisks cables? And if one of the two ...