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fdisk isn't showing my hard drive as properly formatted (but it is)

I've got 3 1TB drives which I've set up to use LVM. Here's the output of pvdisplay: --- Physical volume --- PV Name /dev/sda1 VG Name vgpool PV Size ...
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What's the best way to list size of / in Terminal?

I want to see how much total space / is taking, but I don't know how to do that. I can use ls -hal and add up the subtotals, or I can use fdisk to tell me the size of that partition, but is there a ...
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How to resize logical volume to fit filesystem

How can I resize logical volume to fit filesystem automagically?
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What happens to data copied after undoing fdisk?

Suppose I have some drive with a single partition. For some reason I decide to repartition it, using fdisk. I create multiple partitions, then write the partition table, then exit fdisk. At this ...
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Partition table not recognized by Linux kernel

I experience relatively often that the partition table of a USB stick or SD card is suddenly no longer recognized by the kernel while (g)parted and fdisk still see it, as do other systems. I can even ...
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How to properly align partitions?

I'm trying to understand what are the rules for creating correctly aligned partitions. For the moment I'm playing with parted on a virtual machine, but I'm planning to move to a real hard disk when I ...
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I ran fdisk on a wrong drive. How can I recover

I ran fdisk on the wrong HD. I basically cleared partition table, pressed w and quited fdisk and only then realized that that was my main harddrive... I got this message: WARNING: Re-reading ...
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What are the ramifications of not having a valid partition table?

I recently upgraded my Ubuntu from 11.10 (Oneiric) to 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) on a Dell Inspiron B130 Laptop. When I run fdisk -l it says that my HD doesn't contain a valid partition table. I have ...
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Do I need to format a CF before installing Linux?

I recently purchased an 8GB Patriot CF card, like this one . I also have a Syba CF/Sata adapter. I put these together into my mini-itx computer (connected via Sata cables, not USB) and booted an ...
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Fdisk partition alignment, NAND, not showing specified heads

I ran fdisk with these options, fdisk -H 32 -S 32 /dev/sdc Then I made a new label, and created an aligned first partition. Disk /dev/sdc: 7743 MB, 7743995904 bytes 32 heads, 32 sectors/track, ...
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Unknown hard disk partition?

I want to mount my second hard disk from my Linux VMware guest but when I try mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb2 it is not available. fdisk -l /dev/sdb gives me unknown format: /dev/sdb1 2048 ...
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HDD Testing En Masse

Does anyone have any ideas about how to set up automatic detection and conditional formatting of a LOT of HDDs? I tried posting this on TomsHardwareForums, but I don't think the responder read my ...
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fdisk hangs on “Syncing disk” when resizing a raw QEMU image

I'm using fdisk to resize the partitions on a raw QEMU image. When I write the new partition table, it hangs at "Syncing disks." Note that I'm running fdisk as non-root since I don't need root to ...
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Adding a populated existing disk device to a QEMU raw image

I have a raw QEMU image (vda.raw), and I would like to resize it and add an existing partition, using data I have in a file that contains a raw ext3 file system populated with data (vdb.raw). The two ...
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how to use “Unusable” sectors outside defined partition boundaries

What might be a convenient way to stash some hidden data in the "Unusable" area following the last partition, or anywhere outside defined partition boundaries? For example, making it appear as a ...
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WD MyBook 3TB - Gparted failed & HDD partitions recovery?

I have this new WD MyBook external HDD (USB 3.0/2.0); I created 3 partitions all of them ext3 type (~1 TB | ~1 TB | ~750 GB) I loaded lots of files all the partitions were like ~30% full on each, and ...
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Change the number of the partition from sda1 to sda2

I have a disk with two partitions: sda1 and sda2. I would like change the number of sda1 to sda2 and sda2 to sda1. It's possible but I don't remember the procedure. i.e. My first partition will be ...
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Why do we need to specify partition type in fdisk and later again in mkfs?

I'm a little confused about fdisk and mkfs. So - here is typical USB flash drive partitioning and formatting: umount /dev/sdb fdisk fdisk /dev/sdb Command (m for help): d Selected partition 1 ...
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Use testdisk and gpart information to mount ext4 partition

I am trying to recover the ext4 partition table of a 2TB disk, where I have 900.000 files. I have cloned the original HD and now I am working on the cloned HD. And I am running Parted Magic Live CD. ...
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How do I check how much free space left on a device to create a partition

Let's say I have this virtual machine running: [root@centos ~]# fdisk -ul Disk /dev/sda: 8589 MB, 8589934592 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1044 cylinders, total 16777216 sectors Units = sectors ...
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Can't access USB HDD

I just bought a WD 1TB Caviar Blue drive, and a Bytecc HD-35SU enclosure for it. Snapped the drive in, went to plug it in on my laptop, nothing happened. I figured that probably meant I needed to ...
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Errors from cfdisk with new external USB backup drive

I've picked up an HP SimpleSave sd500a backup drive. This is a 2.5", 500GB drive. It has a mysterious CD-like partition, but otherwise seems to contain a WD Scorpio Blue disk. It seems that the ...
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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 does partprobe work?

I was looking for a way to refresh the scsi bus (or any other bus, for that matter) that would allow my kernel ( 2.6.18-194-el5 on CentOS 5.5) to know about the partitions on a drive, and I couldn't ...
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fdisk unable to open

I am having problems using fdisk to clear the partition table of my sd card. The sd card is identified in the /dev folder when inserted into the sd card reader, but when the following command in run: ...
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Finding the sector size of a partition

I answered this question, assuming that the *.img file had a sector size of 512. How do I query a device, or the image of a device, to find the correct sector size?