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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How to troubleshoot udev not creating /dev/hda3 on gentoo boot?

My old gentoo laptop seem to have an issue with udev probably due to me updating software using emerge, upgrading udev+kernel, getting some messages "do these things after upgrading udev/kernel" and ...
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Getting “A hard disk may be failing” on startup

I keep getting this error message each time I start GNOME, even though I created a new partition table on this drive, I formatted all the partitions, and created them again, and this just won't go ...
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Hight iowait while the wMB/s is low

I was indexing a MySQL table. It makes a high load on that computer. It seems due to a high iowait. But it also shows that the wMB/s is only 2.87. Isn't even a common SATA HDD able to handle more ...
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How do I know if dd is still working?

I've not used dd all that much, but so far it's not failed me yet. Right now, I've had a dd going for over 12 hours - I'm writing an image back to the disk it came from - and I'm getting a little ...
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What would happen if a hard drive failed while the Linux kernel was running?

I've always been curious of what would happen if a hard drive failed while the Linux kernel was running. Since the kernel image itself is loaded completely into RAM, I don't imagine there would be any ...
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Backup whole hard disk Linux

I am looking for a method to backup a whole disk in case something is screwed up... I don't even know what to install on some special devices of the server, and every time it is not the same. ...
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Is it worth using vdmfec for backups to external SATA/IDE hard drives?

I have some SATA/IDE hard drive enclosures that I use for backups. The drives for formatted with VFAT, since I need to be able to share them with Windows and OS/X machines. The backup scripts pipe ...
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What command do I use to spin up a “power up in standby” drive?

I have 8 drives in my server connected via PATA. The drives are set for no-spin via jumpers on the drive. hdparm -I says powers-up in standby; SET FEATURES subcmd spins-up What command do I use ...
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Diskless workstations

For various reasons I need a setup with one server, and two diskless workstations. The workstations are to be "fat clients", which means I want to enable them to use their own CPU, memory, etc, for ...
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Ubuntu 10.10 installed from windows 7: how to expand drive?

I'm new to Linux. I've installed Ubuntu 10.10 from Windows 7. It's not in Virtual PC, it is independent. It uses a virtual drive in c:, I have chosen it to be 10 Gb. Now I want to increase the size ...
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Creating an extended partition

I'm trying to create an extended partition. In GParted, I shrunk the size of the existing partition and now want to create a new EXTENDED partition in the free, unallocated space. GParted only lets me ...
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How to time grep commands accurately?

I want to compare the speed of these two commands: grep pattern1 files* grep pattern2 files* Unfortunately, the first grep reads much of files* into memory buffers, so the second grep runs ...
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What is the difference between “extended” partition and “logical” partition

What is the difference between "extended" partitions and "logical" partitions on my hard disk? What's the need for each? I am using Linux
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cdrdao is installed, but Brasero doesn't think so [closed]

When I try to copy CD to image, Brasero tells me that cdrdao isn't installed. However I reinstalled cdrdao and Brasero, but the error is still there. [system] Ubuntu Lucid (10.04)
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What would be a good choice for an elastic file system (for adding storage at a later date)?

I'm currently running a Debian 6.0 server with EXT3, but I'd like to move over to Arch. It's being used as a file server right now with a 1TB drive in it (of which 650GB in it is used). What I'd like ...
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Why is badblocks segfaulting?

I am trying to check a mounted partition to see if the drive has errors: [root@virtuality ~]# /sbin/badblocks -v /dev/sdb1 Segmentation fault Uh oh. What does this mean? Why is badblocks ...
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Adding efficient storage to a laptop-based system

I've recently asked an as-yet-unanswered related question. My question here is a bit different: I want to know the best way to add storage to a laptop-based system without sacrificing power ...
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saving data from a failing drive

An external 3½" HDD seems to be in danger of failing — it's making ticking sounds when idle. I've acquired a replacement drive, and want to know the best strategy to get the data off of the dubious ...
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Prevent a USB external hard drive from sleeping

Does anyone know if there is an elegant way to tell an external usb drive not to spin down after a period of inactivity? I've seen cron based solutions that write a file every minute, but nothing ...
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How to see disk details like manufacturer in Linux

With sfdisk -s I can see the disk capacity as follows: $ sfdisk -s /dev/cciss/c0d0: 143338560 total: 143338560 blocks How do I see disk details like disk manufacturer? I tried hdparm, but got an ...
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Why doesn't dm-crypt handle write barriers properly?

One of the well-known properties of dm-crypt is that it does not handle write barriers properly and hence it requires turning off on-drive write cache to prevent corruption of filesystems. As far as I ...
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How to create a new partition on a hard disk?

How do I create a new partition on a hard disk, from the terminal? I've been reading the man pages for fdisk and mkfs, but they're confusing. I need to know how to create a new partition on a blank ...
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How to recover a missing file

I am running ubuntu and last week the system didn't let me alter files as if I had no write permissions. Then on reboot the system did a check of the system which took some time. Then everything went ...
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How do I find out what hard disks are in the system?

I need to know what hard disks are available, including ones that aren't mounted and possibly aren't formatted. I can't find them in dmesg or /var/log/messages (too much to scroll through). I'm hoping ...
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Sync writes very slow. Ubuntu 10.10, 32 bits, ext4

I am running ActiveMQ on my Macbook Pro that runs Ubuntu 10.10, 32 bits with an ext4 partition. Linux iker-laptop 2.6.35-23-generic-pae #40-Ubuntu SMP Wed Nov 17 22:32:51 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux If ...
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How to mount external hard disk every time the server is restarted?

I have a server which the date will be backup to a external windows server hard disk which is mounted. But problem is every time the server is restarted I will need to mount the disk manually. How do ...
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Names for ATA and SATA disks in Linux

Assume that we have two disks, one master SATA and one master ATA. How will they show up in /dev?