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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Why would Fedora installation crash when using an Nvidia card with SSD, but not in other configurations?

I want to share you a mindblowing problem and want to listen to your ideas. I have a computer (i5, 4GB RAM, etc) Had a Gigabyte NVidia 210 graphics card in it along with a 500GB HDD. Was about to ...
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How large is the img that dd creates?

This is the first time I use the dd command. I execute: dd if=/dev/sdb2 of=/mnt/sdc1/Hdd1.img bs=512 conv=noerror,sync Where the sdb is the destroyed hdd (size: 500 GB). I copying the partition ...
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DF output inconsistency

I moved about 12G files from Linux / partition (to a NFS directory), however it seems that the available size hasn't increased. Here is df result: Filesystem 1K-blocks Used ...
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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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Where to find the VBR on the /dev/sda1 partition?

I have one built-in hard disk /dev/sda which looks like this: Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * ...
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How can I create an LVM volume group spanning 2 hard drives? [closed]

I have rented a dedicated server with two 500gb hardisks running Centos 6. On this server there are 4 partitions: 1.boot 2.root 50gb 3.swap 50gb4. 4.empty 400gb Now I want to create a logical ...
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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 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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HDD with windows OS not connecting to linux via usb to sata adapter

I have an internal hdd from a windows computer. The computer suddenly started giving the message "No bootable device" during startup. So I would like to recover some of the data from the drive. To do ...
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Repair Bad Ubuntu Installation With Grub Rescue & No Changes to BIOS

I have a old Dell PP01X laptop (it has a floppy disk reader & an external wifi card) which I tried to install Ubuntu on. To do this, I partitioned the drive into 3 parts (windows, linux, and swap ...
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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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DDRescue taking months but no errors?

'm having a hard time finding others with the same error, and I'm trying to figure out the best path forward. I have a hard drive that was unusably slow, and then stopped booting. The clonezilla ...
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how to recover the linux OS if boot disk fails

I have only one hard disk installed on a Linux server sda sda1 - root partition sda2 - home,swap etc What to do if sda fails?
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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 formatted 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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Differences between volume, partition and drive

What do these terms mean exactly? partition volume drive On Windows, one may say drive C: or partition C:. On Linux I'm not sure what should be used for partitions because they don't have a name.
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Can't boot into my Linux partition--disk is supposedly at fault, but scans show no errors

I'm trying to boot into my Linux partition, but receive this message: Welcome to emergency mode! After logging in, type "journalctl -xb" to view system logs, "systemctl reboot" to reboot, "systemctl ...
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Copying “live usb” install from USB stick to portable Hard Drive

I have a bootable install of Linux Mint on a usb stick (ie a "live usb" install). It has a writable partition so that i can have persistence between one session and the next. I've copied off the sdb1 ...
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Is it feasible to fill a ntfs partition/device pre install with zeroess?

In my question about copying with dd one of the commentors pointed out the method of filling the unused space with 0s. Is there a way for a dd of a 80 GB hard drive to be minimal in size? Now after ...
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Unable to run the pvcreate command

I am running Linux Ubuntu via VMWare. Currently it has been allocated a space of just 20 GB. I increased the same by 1 GB, on a trial basis. The new partition is named sda3 (screen shot of sudo parted ...
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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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Dual Boot; Ignore HDD

I created a dual boot with Linux and Windows. My system has 4 HDDs of which I use two under Linux and two under Windows. Now Linux always shows me the icons for the two HDDs which I use only under ...
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Arch Linux cfdisk asking for disk label type

I am trying to partition my hard drive I just wiped with dban so that I can install arch linux but when i run cfdisk /dev/sda It says: Select table type gpt dos sgi sun I don't know which to ...
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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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SSD + HDD performance from power on

I'm planing to buy a new laptop with a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. And I would like to have reliability, performance and storage space from power up and during the whole runing time. During the running ...
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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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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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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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Outsource mount of HDD

Not sure if this is sane, but. I'm having some issues with a HDD. It is a storage disk - so no system files are located there. The problem is related to read/write errors as these causes kernel ...
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Hard drive spins down & back up again every 10 seconds; no access shown in `fatrace`

I'm running Fedora 23 on a low-power hard drive[*]. I can hear the hard drive clicking or spinning down & then back up, approximately every 10 seconds. (And the activity LED flashing). If I log ...
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How to know if a disk is an SSD or an HDD

I want to know whether a disk is a solid-state drive or hard disk. lshw is not installed. I do yum install lshw and it says there is no package named lshw. I do not know which version of ...
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Read ahead setting on Solaris

How to get the current read ahead setting on Solaris? On Linux it can be retrieved like this: # echo $(($(blockdev --getra /dev/sda)*512/1024)) (Assuming that blockdev always returns the read-head ...
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I/O Failure when overwriting entire disk

I'm trying to write random data over a partition on my local hard disk. I'm booted into a recovery live CD (Clonezilla) and have tried the following: $ dd if=/dev/urandom bs=1024 count=4 | base64 | \ ...
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Keep getting error while trying to mount external HDD with LVM2 format, using Knoppix from live USB, please help

I am computer savvy, but fairly new to Linux, so forgive me if not technical enough. I have a 3TB external HDD, a Seagate, and it used to be a NAS, but the Ethernet portion failed, so I have plugged ...
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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 ...
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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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Resize2fs doesn't extend my file system to the size of the partition

I have a 1 TB hdd but when I run df -h my root partition is only 888G big.Parted -l shows the following 3 32.2GB 1000GB 968GB primary raid mdstat shows this md2 : active ...
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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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DCO/HPA issue causing ATA_HDD to report Read_Only (looping)

Unused 320gb Seagate Momentus sataHDD originally from (now unsupported) iomega encrypt caddy. edit: there is no encyrption on the drive, although files remaining in hpa relate to encyrption the drive ...
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Does hpdarm -Y suffice to stop IO on my hard drive?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with two hard drives in my laptop. The first contains my root partition and my home partition. The second one is used for backups only. I know that hard drives break down after ...
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How can I use fdisk to create a ntfs partition on /dev/sdx?

I would like to know how to create a ntfs partition on /dev/sdx. I could not figure out if I should use partition type 7 86 or 87. What is the full list of commands to use?
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How can the read/write speed of a partition or drive be measured? [duplicate]

How can I preferable from the terminal measure the read and write speeds of /dev/sdx?
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How can I read a linux hard disk from Windows?

I have a PC with Ubuntu (I think it's 14.4). Pretty recently it completely broke down (motherboard (again)). I want to get rid of it, but on the hard disk there are a lot of photos I want to keep. I ...
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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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Check how long a HDD has been used in LINUX

Under Linux, is it possible to check how much hours a HDD has been used? and how much hours are left for that HDD? So yes, how?
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Cant mount disks

I have a windows 8 ,ubuntu dual boot system. when i open kali . i cant see any of the hard disk partitions . i receive the following error message . Error mounting /dev/sda1 at ...
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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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What text will smartctl output when the drive is not healthy

I run this command to check drive health: smartctl -H /dev/sda Output: smartctl 5.43 2012-06-30 r3573 [i686-linux-4.2.0-rc3+] (local build) Copyright (C) 2002-12 by Bruce Allen, ...
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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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How to Throttle per process I/O to a max limit?

I'm looking for a way to limit a processes disk io to a set speed limit. Ideally the program would work similar to this: $ limitio --pid 32423 --write-limit 1M Limiting process 32423 to 1 megabyte ...
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What could be causing my hard drive to spin down?

Recently I noticed that I could hear my hard drive spinning down very frequently, like once every 10-20 seconds. At that time spin down was set to 30 minutes using the following udev rule: hdparm -B ...