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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Erasing HDD , re-write only headers , is that safe?

I want to erase my HDD quickly with dd, so If I only "zeroify" the partition headers , like destroy the inode table, block size etc. But is that safe? UPDATE I have some partition not encrypted ...
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How to create a snapshot of a physical disk?

I have Windows 7 installed on one of my disks. I want to boot this Windows system in my Xen HVM, but I do not want the changes to be permanent. So I want to create a snapshot of my Windows 7 ...
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Partitioning Ubuntu and Windows 7 once and for all

I am dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu (installed with wubi). So far there have been no problems, but now it says the disk is out of space all the time (I think that is because /dev/loop0 is used 100% ...
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What is the concept of Drives in Unix Systems?

In windows, we have C drives where all the softwares are installed and other partitions e.g; D, E etc to store our data. Now once we reinstall the windows for some reason, we install everything again ...
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How can I limit the output speed of stdout?

I'm running CentOS 5.7 and I have a backup utility that has the option of dumping its backup file to stdout. The backup file is rather large (multiple gigabytes). The target is an SSHFS filesystem. To ...
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What's faster, dd 1.5TB or rsync 500GB?

I need to save data from a failing hard drive. Sounds like ddrescue or myrescue (or maybe clonezilla?) will be my best friends here, but I'm just wondering what will likely be faster: using ...
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Why is my /home separate from /?

I was confused why I was getting out of space errors so I ran df and saw this: [me@fedlap /]$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on rootfs 43G ...
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How to disable clicking in Seagate ST3000DM001?

Recently I bought this disk and I cannot get rid of funny clicking -- funny because normally not configured disk make dry click. This one make click like a sweet chirp. But besides this, this click ...
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vmstat IO stats: why the high bo during a download?

On my RHEL 4 machine, I was downloading a huge file (2.5GB)..I was checking the output of vmstat and was especially curious about seeing the disk IO using bi and bo. I know iostat is a better tool ...
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Copying an HDD to a larger one by dd

I'm trying to copy an entire HDD which has IBM PC-style partition table to a larger one by dd on GNU/Linux. The questions are: Can I use the additional space on the larger disk by changing the ...
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GNU/Linux (Debian): detecting hard-disks mappings?

Let's suppose you have two hard-disks: one internal (boots GNU/Linux); one external (USB). "fdisk -l" detects both, but will not tell you which is /dev/sda and which is /dev/sdb. "lsusb" will tell ...
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How extend linux partition with?(after success to extend : fail to boot computer)

I have Ubuntu and I want to enlarge the disk space of /dev/sda1 from 10GB to 90GB. gparted Ubuntu 9.04 live cd show: Partition File System Size /dev/sda1 ext4 10GB /dev/sda2 ...
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Is “Disk failure is imminent” causing the errors I am experiencing?

I am getting SMART Status 184 end to end error, and "Disk failure is imminent", suggesting I need to get a new hard drive, and I will do. But now I am also getting error messages such as when running ...
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What is the fastest way to write all sectors on a drive?

The goal in my case is not to securely erase data, but simply to force sector reallocation by the drives firmware. I have a drive that has had a few file corruptions. It seems to be due to getting ...
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Which driver for USB enclosure should I install?

I'd like to connect my old harddrive to my laptop via USB enclosure. I connected it but it only produced strange sounds, so I thought that the enclosure is corrupted. I connected the enclosure to ...
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How to Expand LVM2 Partition in Fedora Linux

I've been using Fedora 15 on a VMWare virtual machine. Over time, the disk space I initially allocated for the file system began to run out, only 12GB left. I've expanded the disk space an extra 25GB. ...
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Cloned VirtualBox CentOS disk is unbootable after cloning in GParted

I cloned and enlarged an existing virtual CentOS-6 disk by the following steps: Create 15GB virtual disk and mount the old and the new disks in GParted. In GParted copy boot, swap and ext3 ...
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“echo 1 > /sys/block/sdX/device/delete” on all disks except predetermined list

I have a list of scsi disks that I need to remove. The list is considered random at best and changes from time to time. I want to remove everything except a predefined list that I have created. Let's ...
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Not enough space on / to install new kernel update

During a recent update I received this: Installing: kernel-default-2.6.37.6-0.11.1 [error] Installation of kernel-default-2.6.37.6-0.11.1 failed: (with --nodeps --force) Error: Subprocess failed. ...
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Comparison of raw block devices

Is there a utility (or some shell magic) that allows me to compare two block devices? Details: I have one large (0.5 TB) RAID device that I've backed up to a slightly larger SATA device using dd. ...
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Finding out what is spinning up harddrive

I am the owner of a NAS, running some Linux distribution. It comes with a web administration frontend, where I can manage several services, user rights and also when it should go to sleep. My problem ...
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Install Chromium OS without USB Disk

You seem to need a 4GB USB disk or flash drive to install Chromium OS onto before you can install it to your hard drive. Is there a way to install Chromium OS onto your hard drive without a handy 4GB ...
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Root filesystem nearly full - should I be worried?

me@netbook:~$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda5 323M 292M 15M 96% / tmpfs 5.0M 4.0K 5.0M 1% /lib/init/rw tmpfs ...
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udev weirdness: /dev/hda1 mounted but file not present

I think my question is related to udev and/or udisks, but I am really not sure at all what's going on here. To start with, my system works more or less fine. The less part is due to the fact that, ...
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Listing a hardrive partition by blocks using LBA

Most hard drive and partition inspection tools seem to list the items using sectors, head.. etc. From another question I was told that these are virtual because they have to be converted from lba, ...
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How to troubleshoot a computer freeze from liveCD?

I'm helping my dad fixing his old computer. I am now running it from Fedora 16 with XFCE Live CD. If I try to install, as soon as it gets to the part where it writes partition to disk however, the ...
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Duplicating a hard disk

I'd like to simply duplicate a hard disk drive to another hard disk drive of the same size. I know I can simply do: dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb (or whatever the names of the drives are in /dev). ...
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Hard drives goes missing until reboot - what can be the cause?

I am struggling here. My end goal is assembling a RAID-6 array on my PC, but time and again, the assemble doesn't complete (and cat /proc/mdstat shows that one drive dropped away). This now happened ...
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Toshiba Drive Sleeping - SDPARM

My toshiba 1tb external keeps going to sleep and I can't seem to locate anything that resembles a standby parameter. Does anyone know a way to get this drive to quit sleeping? Here is the output of ...
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Salvaging a “broken” hard drive

My girlfriend's macbook's hard drive failed, so I gave her a new one and reinstalled OSX on it. Works fine. However, I wanted to see if I could use her old hard drive for backups/fun. I was able to ...
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What tool(s) should I use to test my hardware for errors?

Are there any Linux tools (command line, or Live CD) that will test hardware components for errors (hard drive, RAM, CPU, graphics card, buses) and show me some detailed output with wrong parts etc.?
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How to fix “number of errors while writing to disk(or) multi-zone error rate”?

I ran hard disk checker, and i found this error: Write Error Rate: number of errors while writing to disk(or) multi-zone error rate (or) flying-height --- Normalized: 200 Worst: 200 Value: ...
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How to see free disk space on SunOS?

It really makes me mad. SunOS 5.9 #format Searching for disks...done No disks found! # mount / on /dev/md/dsk/d0...(skip) /var on /dev/md/dsk/d4 ... /opt on /dev/md/dsk/d5 ... /home on ...
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Create a partition from a directory

I have a Linux system with only one partition /dev/sda1 on /dev/sda disk with / mount point. Is it possible to create partitions after installation? e.g. create /dev/sda2 with the mount point /home/ ...
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Discovering EMC PowerPath LUNs and creating partitions on Solaris

I have to work with EMC PowerPath disks/LUNs. I find them in the /dev/dsk/ directory under names such as emcpower0a, emcpower0b, …, emcpower0z, emcpower1a, … Here are my points of confusion: Inside ...
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Can I fix bad blocks on my hard disk with a single command?

I'm working on fixing the errors in my Hard Disk, It's possible to do that manually but it might take hours. After typing this command sudo badblocks -b 512 /dev/sda, I got hundreds of results and I ...
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What does this hard disk error message mean: “Current Pending Sector Count …”?

I grabbed this information from Disk Utillity on Linux Mint: Current Pending Sector Count: Normalized: 200 Worst: 200 Threshold: 0 Value: 22 sectors What does it mean? Is it possible to ...
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How to find HDs associated with a mount point

I am running on Sun Solaris system. I would like to know the following How to find the HDs associated with a mountpoint? How to find all available HDs (those which are used as well as unused for ...
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Mount Freecom Classic SL Network Drive (NDAS) in Ubuntu 11.10

Both the Network Drive and the Ubuntu machine are connected by Ethernet to a Linksys WRT54GL router (192.168.1.1). To access the Network Drive in Windows, I installed the NDAS software and mounted ...
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Create recovery medium from Windows 7 recovery partition

Many laptops are delivered with Windows 7 recovery partition (but without CD or DVD) which takes place on the harddrive that could contain some Linux distribution or serve for data storage. I don't ...
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VirtualBox disk performance?

This option was newly added to latest version of VBox , googled a lot , seems no much information was revealed , could anyone please help me pick one disk format ? Which one owns better performance ...
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What exactly is a “home directory”?

When your University sends everyone an e-mail saying "We're sorry! One or more of our disks have failed; thus we've lost 'x' number of home directories on our servers." Is it basically just the root ...
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Disk Scheduler in Linux

I am studying about Disk Scheduling in my OS class. Thought about the disk scheduler in Linux. When I run cat /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler noop anticipatory deadline [cfq] Someone explain about ...
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Formatting secondary hard drive that has windows on it

I recently installed an setup an Ubuntu Server machine. It has two drives in it and the other drive has windows installed on it. (I didn't want to overwrite the windows installation until I had my ...
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Get Position of RAID Hard Drives

I was recently tasked with creating a hard drive management system on Linux. I needed to write a program that monitored when drives came online and offline and created/removed links to the drive ...
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Equivalent to “copies=2” feature of ZFS in Linux with LVM

I have a laptop with only one HDD and is impossible add other HDD. The feature "copies=2" of ZFS is the perfect solution for to add redundancy to my /home in the laptop. I would like emulate the ...
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Debian preseed.cfg/automatic install setup not detecting hard disks

I'm trying to build a Debian automatic install set up using a preseed.cfg file loaded into a client by PXE. The host and client are both Virtual Box VM's. Everything goes smoothly on the client ...
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iostat usage and output

When I run the iostat command like this: iostat -d I get a result something like this: Linux 2.6.18-238.el5 (mon01) 09/03/2011 Device: tps Blk_read/s Blk_wrtn/s Blk_read ...
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Safest HardDrive Format for Archiving/Media Storage Data?

What is the safest hard drive format (NTFS, HFS+, XFS, ZFS, ...) for archiving or/and storing media (data)? I'd prefer to have the data not corrupt and be relatively safe (From corruption, ...) and ...
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Black Screen When Booting From .VDI Image

I have cloned a VirtualBox machine, which runs Ubuntu 11.04 32-bit as Guest OS. I now wish to transfer it to a new host machine running Windows Vista 32-bit. I’ve transferred the .vdi file and ...