fdisk (for "fixed disk") is a command-line utility that provides disk partitioning functions.

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Can not create new partition

I have a CentOS system that has 508 G free space. I want to create a new partition from it. It locates in extended partition. I create new partition and format it as anything (ext4, fat32), after ...
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How do I make use of unused space on my boot drive on FreeBSD

I have an old FreeBSD Server (running 7.3-RELEASE) that desperately needs additional storage. In fact, it has some-- the original 20G SCSI drives have been replaced by 300G SCSI drives, so in theory ...
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Debian Linux root disk getting full, need to transfer /var folder to another disk

One of the disks got out of space, however other disk is nearly empty. Need suggestions how to transfer biggest folder(/var) to the other disk and mount at /var. For now /var folder was in / ...
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change boot order

I have 2 partitions sda1 XP and sda2 CENTOS. I have reinstalled grub on /dev/sda but on rebooting, I experienced: error : 22 no such parition for Centos; while Windows boots charmingly on the other. ...
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How is the size of the block containing the “MBR” determined

I have used fdisk to move Ubuntu Mate partitions from a 1M boundary to start on a 4M boundary on a SD card. The "boot" partition now starts at block 8192. This is how the Raspbian distributions are ...
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Why is the block size of a partition smaller than that of the underlying disk?

My understanding is that the block (in the phrase "block size") is like an IO buffer, or minimum IO size for a device. Since partitions are built on top of physical devices, how can they have blocks ...
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How can I merge 2 disk images into one with 2 partitions?

I have 2 (relatively small) disk images for qemu (raw format) containing different filesystems (say fat and ext4). I want to put them into an usb stick as two different partitions so that I can plug ...
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Find device ID for partition in Solaris 11?

I have a laptop I'm setting up to multi-boot between Win 7, Solaris 11, Ubuntu 14.04, and CentOS 7. I have a common FAT32 partition for all of them to save data to. I'm less familiar with Solaris ...
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Reduce the size of an existing VolumeGroup to create a new PhysicalVolume

I have test machine that is set up with default partition settings for CentOS 6. [root@base_machine ~]# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root ...
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Debian Wheezy live - gparted, dmsg, fdisk etc. do not detect local hard drive but it is shown during installation

Yesterday I finished backing up my data and it was time to wipe that HDD of mine for good and freshly install Debian Wheezy stable with Xfce as a WM. I've booted into a live session to see if things ...
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Problem creating raw disk image and mounting it in rescue mode to QEMU

I am trying to create booting system from raw disk image. This is what I do: $ dd if=/dev/zero of=system2.img bs=1M count=6000 6000+0 records in 6000+0 records out 6291456000 bytes (6.3 GB) copied, ...
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Interpreting results of commands

I am having a hard time interpreting the results of the below commands. The more I read about them the more I'm convinced that what I am seeing is somehow not what it's supposed to be. The results ...
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FAT file-system between the MBR and first partition

I have an old 64MB USB flash-disk which seems to have MBR: root@3:~# fdisk -lu /dev/sdd Disk /dev/sdd: 64 MB, 64880640 bytes 2 heads, 54 sectors/track, 1173 cylinders, total 126720 sectors Units = ...
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FDISK human error

I was trying to extend my root partition when I realised that I was not on my liveCD. But I already wrote the fdisk table. After rebooting, the filesystem is corrupted. I tried to restore the fdisk ...
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Can't restore/reformat my USB flash drive after moving to GPT

I have 8GB flash memory stick. Sometimes ago I formatted it to be able to install Windows from it. I can't remember what exactly I did but I think I wanted to be able to install Win 7 64-bit to boot ...
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Re-reading the partition table failed with error 16: Device or resource busy

When re-partitioning the USB drive on CentOS 6.x getting following error and kindly advise to solve this. Disk /dev/sdb: 31.5 GB, 31466323968 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3825 cylinders Units = ...
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Can't increase partition size due to start

I saw today that my computer didn't want to boot because my /dev/sdb2 (/ partition) was totally full. That was a big mistake from me, I'm a beginner and I've set the size at 10G, which isn't enough. ...
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Formatting USB stick with fdisk - negative used space?

I formatted a USB drive using fdisk, and created three partitions. Everything seems to work fine, but Disk Utility is showing a negative amount of used space for all partitions: Partition | Capacity ...
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How can I extend VMware Partition on Centos 7 using GParted?

I've a problem with increasing a partition from 20GB to 120GB, VMDK file. Here is what I've done: using vmware-diskmanager to increase vmdk file from 20 GB - 120 GB. It's ok. download and boot from ...
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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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Expanding root partition CentOS 6 With using fdisk

I am trying to expand the root partition on a VM which is not using LVM and I do not have (nor want to try and create then use) a disk to boot from. As such I followed what I felt was the logical ...
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How to find hidden partition of a USB in linux

I have a USB, which has a protected partition. I think this USB has hidden partitions, which I can't see them. $ fdisk -l /dev/sdb: You must set cylinders. You can do this from the extra functions ...
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Problems with USB goflex 2 TB

I am using CentOS 5.5 and have been using cpio to write backups to a 2 TB GoFlex USB drive. This drive worked great for over a year, but am now running into a problem and not sure what to do. When ...
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Disable RAID auto detect at runtime

In Linux, I'm partitioning two disks for RAID1 with fdisk. The first disk partitioning succedes, but the second fail because the raid starts automatically and occupy also the second disk (why? it ...
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mount: special device /dev/sda1 does not exist

I had a CentOS 6 server suddenly lock up on me after doing about 2 weeks of calculations for a project. Upon reboot, the machine would crash while attempting to mount the devices listed in the fstab ...
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Change Partion Drive Space

Okay I am having some trouble here - pretty new to the Linux environment and need some help. I have a 2.7 TB RAID array, and someone configured a partition at around 200 GB but it really needs to be ...
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Issues while eMMC partitioned using sfdisk

I am writing firmware(MLO,u-boot.img, uImage(ver 3.12), dtb, rootfs.tar.gz) programming script for am335x based custom board. Rootfile system is to be put onto the eMMC. Firmware programming script ...
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Why are USB partitions & disk capacity not coherent between fdisk, parted, dmesg & /dev/sdXy

Disclaimer: I initially posted this on SF : http://serverfault.com/q/645670, but I think it better fits here First, a word of context: I'm trying to burn an ISO on a 16 Gb USB key, but I'm having ...
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4k mode hard disk partition

I am trying to create a 256 MB primary partition for my 320 Gig hdd using fdisk. Since, the drive support 4k I wanted to try the emulation mode. so, for 256 Mb of 512 K blocks leads me with below ...
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Two fdisks seeing different MBRs on same external drive (OpenBSD 4.2/5.5)

I'm trying to use an external USB hard drive to copy data between a legacy production OpenBSD 4.2 system (on a slow, fragile network — that's not an option) and a new OpenBSD 5.5 box, and I'm running ...
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Creating partition tables on USB ATA drives fails with fdisk and KDE partitionmanager

I have a couple old ATA (yes, not SATA) hard drive around with USB enclosures. One of them gave me some EXT4 journal error, so I am not sure whether they have a physical problem. Since they are just ...
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Unable to boot into Mac OS after installing Fedora[Dual Boot]

I installed Fedora on my Mac and now when I boot, it says "booting in insecure mode" an then see a typical Linux "choose what to boot" screen. The List goes like: Fedora Fedora Recovery Mac OSX ...
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How to mount a flushed hard disk in Xubuntu

I want to recover data from an internal hard disk with Windows Vista. I`m using a live CD of Xubuntu. But when I write: sudo fdisk -l I obtain only the USB disk in which I have Xubuntu live. How ...
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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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mdadm does not automount raid0 disks under /media/storage

I've beat my head against this issue all night and I can't seem to wrap my head around it. I've recently installed Linux Mint 17.3 Mate to replace my Windows 10 machine and after some tinkering I've ...
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Unable to create a filesystem on /dev/sda2 on a virtual machine , device showing busy, Kernel can't read partition table

This question has been asked several times on this platform, but none of the solution resolves my issue. Linux OS: RHEL 6.5 I created a partition /dev/sda2. # fdisk -l Device Boot Start ...
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sfdisk does not create block files for corresponding partition

I have partitioned my disk using sfdisk. And the (7)partitions got created successfully. sfdisk -l also lists all the (7) partitions which I configured. But the strange thing is, the corresponding ...
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Unknown Partition on Table

I'm not sure whether this is a problem or I'm just totally missing the mark on this one. What I "think" is going on is, there's about 123GB I'm not using of my hdd. The picture is what gparted sees, ...
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Mount external drive from old eMac with Darwin

How can I mount an external HD from a Darwin console? I've tried running fdisk, but fdisk -l fdisk: unable to stay -l: No such file or directory mount -a didn't barf but didn't do anything material ...
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fdisk and fdisk -cu

Can someone please help me to understand the difference between fdisk and fdisk -cu? When I use fdisk only, it shows me the below warning WARNING: DOS-compatible mode is deprecated. It's strongly ...
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Debian..Can't format and mount external HDD

I have been trying to format my 640GB external Hard Drive in command-line and can't seem to get it working. I have done the following in order: sudo fdisk /dev/sda (Deleted any partitions, created ...
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Live shrinking of root partition has failed on Linux Mint

Steps taken: *Used fdisk to delete the existing root partition and created a new root partition (PV) starting on the same block *Added the 'a' flag using fdisk to make it bootable as /boot is under ...
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External hard drive can't be mounted on linux(windows says: Format it)

I have a hard disk and I can't mount it on linux. These are information may be helpful: # fdisk -l Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 * 63 1250258624 ...
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unable to format usb drive

I'm trying to read an usb drive that until a few day ago seemed to be perfectly working. Today windows started to be unable to access or modify its content. Trying to reformat it with linux (arch ...