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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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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HDD disconnects randomly

My internal Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB randomly disappears. Sometimes, before the HDD gives up, I have enough time to move data to another HDD. Data does not seems to be corrupted. I checked it ...
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Partition table-less HDD [duplicate]

Just this morning, I accidentally created a hdd filesystem without a partition table. I didn't even know it was possible but it happened. Now the issue is to undo it or leave it alone. For this ...
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How to dd a remote disk using SSH on local machine and save to a local disk

How can I create a backup of a remote disk using SSH on my local machine and save it to a local disk? I've tried the following: ssh hostname@my.ip.address "sudo dd if=/dev/sdX " | \ dd ...
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How to exclude a disk so that the OS will not use it?

We have an HDD that is probably having too much bad sectors. The notebook boots extremly slow from it. We put the disk in another notebook (good) via a CR-ROM HDD case. But now that good notebook ...
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Volume Group fails to recover

For the last 10 days I've been living a nightmare trying to recover my data. I'm trying to recover VG and mount it to access the data here's what I get [root@]# pvscan Found duplicate PV ...
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Exundelete can't restore the file

I'm trying to restore 2 important tar.gz files I know their directory but extundelete not restoring them although it's giving me the inode number. Loading filesystem metadata ... 2127 groups loaded. ...
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How can I partially copy a file from a broken disk?

I have a broken disk where I need to copy a 60G file from. From time to time the disk resets and I can't finish the copy. I would like to try and copy partial slices and put them all together. How ...
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Can`t mount external hdd

I am using Debian and I`m using Windows as well (much longer). I loaded a external disk on Windows but when trying to mount on linux again I keep getting the same error: Error mounting: mount exited ...
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ioctl: invalid argument for HDIO_GET_IDENTITY

I wrote a program to get the details of hard disk drive using HDIO_ ioctl calls. For writing program, I'm referring Documentation/ioctl/hdio.txt in kernel source(2.6.32). Here is my main part of ...
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Unable to mount Volume Group [closed]

2 drives connected externally to a new server both are merged using LVM as one drive. vgscan Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while... Found volume group "vol_grp1" using metadata type ...
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rsync partial LVM volume to Remote Directory

Can I rsync a full hdd partition (which is inaccessible) to a remote directory? Inaccessible means it cannot be mounted, it was part of LV volume merged with other HDD which is faulty and removed ...
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Hard Disk Clone Image Size

I've created an image backup for HDDA (partition) from HostA and saved on HostB ssh -c blowfish user@ip-or-hostname "dd if=/dev/sda1 | gzip -1 -" | dd of=sda1.gz conv=sync,noerror The HDD size is ...
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Unknown filesystem type 'LVM2_member' [closed]

I use to have 2 x 500GB drives merged using LVM as one drive. One of the drives is managed and removed from the server and the LVM is corrupted I tried to mount the second HDD but it's not working ...
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Disk ID in chroot / jail

When I print out all information about a disk /dev/sda on my host system, then I get this sort of information (I got this information with command udevadm info --query=all --name=/dev/sda): P: ...
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One disk in RAID setup high usage

I have a system here with 6 disks all same make and model, and on that I have 3 partitions. / RAID 6 /var/log RAID 6 /storage RAID 5 on / I created a swap file instead of partition. With ...
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recover lvm formatted partition

I had 2 old drives having LVM installed showing as 1 drive. They were attached by the datacenter to the new server to migrate data but they weren't able to be mounted I tried everything possible until ...
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Mount LVM volume as external usb drive? CentOS 6

I'm trying to mount my old 2x500GB drives to the new server which has the same drive volume. Both have LVM structure but it's not working. root@server [/mnt/usb]# ls /dev/sd* /dev/sda /dev/sda2 ...
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How to change hard disk spin-down time on my WD MyBook Live?

I have a 2TB Western Digital MyBook Live. It works quite well and provides a web-based administration interface. There is an option to either enable or disable power saving mode, which spins down the ...
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Gentoo Live CD from Hard Drive: No Mountable Filesystems on root after modules loaded

I am attempting to install Gentoo on my PowerPC Mac. I have reached the point where I can boot the Live CD (I have no functional CD Drive, so it is from a spare Hard Drive), but after the kernel is ...
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Purpose of each disk access and why it may not occur

I'm going over past papers for an exam I have and my university do not provide answers so that I can check them, please could you let me know if my understanding is correct and if not please could you ...
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CentOS 6 Partitioning Root Drive

I have recently installed CentOS (into a machine with only one hard drive) and I would like to know how to Partition the main hard drive into two. As it is a fresh install there is no data to lose ...
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Linux Hard Drive Partitioning

I've decided to do a fresh Linux CentOS 6 install onto a small computer which I intend to use as a basic server. The OS has been installed and I would like to partition the 31gig sda drive (there is ...
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Can't mount second hard drive on CentOS 6.6 - Duplicate VG name

Yesterday I add a SSD to my PC configuration and I make on it a fresh installation. At the moment of installation I replace my old HDD and there was only the SSD. When the installation finish I make a ...
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Docker says “no space left on device” but, system has plenty of space?

I'm trying to run a docker image that works on other systems (and you can even pull it from dockerhub, if you'd like: it's dougbtv/asterisk) however, on my general workstation, it's complaining about ...
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How can I choose optimal values for block size and blocks number for badblocks?

I'd like to test my hard disks with badblocks, but I don't know which values I should use for the block size (-b option) and blocks number (-c option). I randomly tried a few values and it seems they ...
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File system not detected after OS upgrade - how do I debug this?

I have a computer with two hard drives in it. One carries the OS and a whole bunch of other stuff; the other was mounted inside /media as a dump-space for an additional terabyte of storage space. ...
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SmartMonTools: How can I know if there is any smartctl test running on my hard disk?

I am testing a hard disk with SmartMonTools. Hard disk status prior to the testings (only one short test performed days ago): $ sudo smartctl -l selftest /dev/sda smartctl 6.2 2013-07-26 r3841 ...
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How can I prevent smartd from reporting that it cannot find a disk?

I have smartd monitoring my hard drives. It works fine generally, but the following error window has been consistently popping up every 24 hours. This email was generated by the smartd daemon running ...
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How to increase size of /dev/sda2 in suse running on vmware

how to increase the partition /dev/sda2 partition. df -h : Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 7.0G 3.7G 3.0G 56% / devtmpfs 432M 172K 432M 1% /dev tmpfs ...
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What SMART attributes are common for HDD and SSD?

I wrote an application on my Linux machine with an HDD that detects these SMART values (Names are as written here) Re-allocated Sectors Count. Power-On-Hours. Command Timeout. Offline ...
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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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Problems with secondary hdd in grub

I had some problems installing Linux mint and or any other Linux distribution in combination with Windows. When I booted my machine it would hang before the grub bootloader showed up. Now i have some ...
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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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Fedora installer doesn't see my Windows 7 partitions

I tried to install Fedora 17 on the same disk I have Windows 7. First I got the message, that there are no free space to create partition, even in Windows part of disk was marked as unallocated. I ...
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Can't read 2TB Hard Disk , don't exist dispositive

I have a new 2TB external USB HardDisk, and I can't open or format it. I'm gotting diferent kind of errors, for example: If i execute: sudo mount -a /dev/sdb sudo mount -a /dev/sdb1 The response ...
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manufacturer's tool found bad blocks, but smartctl doesn't show any

Description of my problem is quite large, so first I will give a short summary, then I will precisely describe the situation. Short summary: manufacturer's diagnostic tools found and repaired some ...
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Problem with former RAID hard drive settings in Linux Mint 17

I'm new to Linux, just installed Linux Mint for the first time. I have two hard drives which were previously in a RAID configuration. Now before I have installed Linux I've changed them to individual ...
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How to image certain portions of hard drive only

I have a failed hard drive which I need to extract data from. My dd kung fu is failing me right now. I know that the drive is failing at sector 60515007 to 60517093 (512b per sector), and multiple ...
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Mount external hard drive automatically

I have an external hard drive (WB My Passport), connected via a USB port. My OS is Elementary OS Freya on a Dell Vostro 1510. Currently, in order to mount the drive, I have to open the file manager, ...
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Map Home to External Drive

Whereas I have my OS (in this case, Elementary OS Freya) installed on my non-partitioned internal hard drive, I have an external hard drive with /Documents, /Downloads, /Movies etc. where I store all ...
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nautilus doesn't display full disk space

Hello I am having an issue with Nautilus, it will not recover disk space. My home partiton is on /dev/sda2 and running fdisk returns Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type ...
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I can read from hard disk, but I can't mount it read only

I have some problems with my hard disk - maybe it is broken, maybe the SATA cable is broken, I am just investigating it. One thing is strange. I can read raw data from this device using: # cat ...
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Hard disk power cable possibly slipped out during copying - now directories empty, error shows “dir: cannot access .: input/output error”

I am pretty sure the powercable to one of my harddisks fell out during copying. The result was two personal backup directories are now empty, but still extant, while the rest of the directories are ...
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Where are all the disks used?

This is almost a little embarrassing to ask, but I just can not figure this one out myself really. I'm trying to find out where the disks of my machine are used and if they are actually used at all. ...
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Exchange data between two identical hard drives

I have two identical hard drives (same model) in my system. One is used for data which is not important (could be downloaded again but would take an eternity). The other is my system disk. Now my ...
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How to split file and save parts to multiple locations?

How do I split a large file into multiple smaller chunks and write each part of it into separate locations? split command seems to only output all the files into one location. The context I need to ...
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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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Use MegaCLI to add a new hard disk to existing RAID0 in Linux

There are two hard disks on my machine, but after installing the operating system, it uses only one hard disk to build RAID0. After installing MegaCLI, I used: MegaCli64 -pdlist -aALL to display ...
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Simple way to keep hard disk alive on activity?

As hdparm does not work for my USB external drive (it spins down to early), I’d like to simulate standy-by control manually by a simple script with the following idea: monitor I/O to the disk when, ...