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Create partition aligned using parted

I'm partitioning a non-SSD hard disk with parted because I want a GPT partition table. parted /dev/sda mklabel gpt Now, I'm trying to create partitions correctly aligned so I use the next command ...
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GPT or MBR: How do I know?

How can I tell whether my harddrive is laid out using an MBR or GPT format?
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Can GRUB2 share the EFI system partition with Windows?

I have an existing Windows 7 GPT installation, which already has a EFI System partition. I am now trying to install a Linux on a separate harddisk, which is also GPT formatted. I did not find any ...
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Remove GPT - Default back to MBR

I keep receiving this error: Warning!! Unsupported GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected. Use GNU Parted I want to go back to the normal MBR. I found some advice here and did: parted /dev/sda ...
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Dual boot windows on second harddrive, UEFI/GPT system

I'd like to install linux, but I don't want to risk damaging my current windows installation as I have heard a lot of horror stories. Fortunately, I have an extra hard drive. Can I install linux ...
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Why are there 2048 sectors of free space between each logical partition?

I know about the advanced format and setting 2048 free sectors at the beginning of a disk. But I just converted a partition table of my disk from MS-DOS to GPT, and I noticed this: Before: Number ...
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Getting the extra GPT info; a “fdisk -l” equivalent

What is the equivalent for GPT using HDDs of: # fdisk -l /dev/hda > /mnt/sda1/hda_fdisk.info I got this from https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/disk_cloning (under "Create disk image") for ...
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Where is the GUID Partition Table stored on a device?

A friend of mine used my USB stick to install a new version of OS X on his mac. Now that I got it back, I wanted to wipe it (I use Linux myself). However, I'm having a bit of trouble doing so. The ...
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What's the difference between the Partition GUID Code and Partition unique GUID?

I'm just reading up on GUID partition tables, and messing around with gdisk, I see these two titles. What is the difference between them? I am referring to the following (emphasis mine) shown when ...
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Partitioning a 2tb drive

Im new to linux Im planning to install Squeeze on a 2tb hard drive a follows: / - 10gb swap remaining space will contain /home, around 1.9tb i hope, i will try to use as lvm to add my old 1tb drive ...
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What happens to partition labels after removing a partition?

What will happen to all the remaining partition labels if I remove a single partition? For example if I have a layout that looks like this: /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 /dev/sda3 /dev/sda4 /dev/sda5 and if ...
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Using UUID's with mdadm

I'm using GPT as my partitioning scheme. I check the UUID's of my partitions: # ls -l /dev/disk/by-partuuid/ total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Oct 18 22:39 0793009a-d460-4f3d-83f6-8103f8ba24e2 -> ...
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Problem mounting GPT disk partition

I am trying to mount a partition on a GPT disk, but I get the following error: $ sudo mount -t ext4 /dev/sda1 disk/ mount: special device /dev/sda1 does not exist Looking at dmesg, I don't see any ...
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Does UEFI increase battery life?

I've heard about a better power management when using UEFI instead of BIOS. Is that true? It was about energy consumption being more efficient or something like that. If it is true, has the ...
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Linux can't see any of my partitions — The backup GPT table is not at the end of the disk

I'm trying to install Linux on my HP Pavilion 14 inch ultrabook, but without any success. At first I tried installing Ubuntu on it; everything went fine, I got into the Live DVD (yes I'm oldschool ...
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How to renumber GPT partitions on an umounted disk?

I tried to sort (renumber) partitions on /dev/sdb via terminal, using gdisk from the operating system (running on /dev/sda) and none of the sdb partitions mounted but the only option I get is [-l] ...
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Problems with partition table on 3tb NTFS drive

I have a 3tb HDD which was formatted with NTFS and put in a USB enclosure. It was used under Windows and Linux, with no problems for a year. Recently it stopped mounting under Linux and Windows, and ...
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Partitioning correctly for GPT in BIOS system

I am in doubt whether I have partitioned my hdd correctly as GPT on a BIOS motherboard. I used gparted to partition and I don't know if I aligned the beginning/end of the disk correctly, used correct ...
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Copying OS from one drive to another migrating from MBR to GPT - what to watch out for?

I'm looking at replacing my current MBR-partitioned 2 TB system drive with quite possibly a 3 TB drive. Copying the files should not pose a problem, but are there any gotchas to watch out for, ...
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Installing Arch Linux with UEFI Boot and GPT Layout

I'm trying to set up a dual UEFI boot Windows/Arch Linux, and have already installed Windows on a GPT layout through UEFI boot. I now want to fresh install Arch Linux using GPT layout as well, and was ...
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Can't format HDDs and install linux to Dell hybrid ultrabook

I've tried installing OpenSUSE 13.2, Debian 8/8.1 and Ubuntu 15.04 (all them amd64). Debian/Ubuntu won't show disks and OpenSUSE can't format the partitions created on them. During the install, ...
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Grub fails to install - Debian Wheezy with mdadm RAID1 and GPT partition table

I've been trying all day to get my new Wheezy install completed but it fail to install Grub every time. I'm using x64 netinstall iso. Here is my partition table: Model: ATA ST3000DM001-1CH1 (scsi) ...
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Dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 8. w8 boots through grub shell, but not from menu

I have a laptop, with installations of Ubuntu 12.10, and Windows 8. Windows 8 was first installed on the system, and Ubuntu was installed afterwards. During the Ubuntu installation, the installer ...
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Mounting a multi-partition (GPT/HFS+) USB 2.0 harddrive on Debian

I have a 3TB USB 2.0 hard-drive which has two HFS+ (Mac) partitions using GUID partition table for the partition records. It was partitioned with Mac OS Disk Utility. How can I mount these partitions ...
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Gnu Parted Error in HardDisk of Linux?

Anyone help me, why the error getting when excuting the fdisk -l command in linux. # fdisk -l /dev/sdb WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdb'! The util fdisk doesn't support ...
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Unable to create logical partition with Parted

I was fiddling around with parted command on a loopback disk and tried to create some partitions using gpt part table but I keep getting Error: Unable to satisfy all constraints on the partition. when ...
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Transforming a disk from MBR to GPT

I have a disk with classic MBR and want to transform it to use GPT without data loss. I have seen several more or less useful tutorials, but most of them are dealing with the specific problems related ...
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bootloader configuration with GPT, RAID1, and LVM

Using the GUID Partition Table and RAID 1, the bootloader (syslinux or GRUB) is not able to boot into the machine, which was installed with Arch Linux. First off, there are two drives identical ...
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How to initialize new disk for UEFI/GPT?

Background I'm setting up a new build, with all new hardware, tabula rosa. I want to have multiple Linux installations and common data partitions. From what I'e gathered so far, using new hardware ...
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Is it safe to delete old boot and EFI System partitions?

I have installed a new OS in the free space of the same hard disk after failing to upgrade the old one. Now there are two copies of boot partitions and EFI System partitions. After a harrowing ...
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Can't increase partition size with GParted?

I've got an external disk with 6 partitions: 4 for linux, one storage in HFS+, and one storage in ext4. I'd like to delete the ext4 storage one and move it's resulting unallocated space into my HFS+ ...
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FreeBSD zfs create gpt

How can i create gpt marks on working system. NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM zroot ONLINE 0 0 0 mirror-0 ONLINE 0 0 0 ad4p3 ONLINE ...
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mdadm Software RAID1 with GPT on Debian 8.0 amd64 - Does not boot on disk removal [closed]

INTRO: I have spent countless days attaching/detaching MOLEX->SATA power cables, rebooting machines and trying hundreds of edits and commands. I am on the verge of desperation and desperately in need ...
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Accidentally installed BIOS/MBR on GPT/UEFI

Quite some time ago, I installed a Linux system on my moms laptop. And just recently I noticed I have installed and partitioned (with fdisk) a BIOS/MBR on a system, that already has UEFI. The machine ...
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Creating EFI bootable GPT partition with gdisk on previous MBR, GPT Damaged

So this is a sister question to my previous one about partitioning for a UEFI boot loader. Parititioning for a UEFI boot loader, can LVM be used? Disclaimer: I don't give a flip about the data on ...
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how to reverse the effect of sgdisk -R=/dev/sdb /dev/sda?

I accidentally used sgdisk -R=/dev/sdb /dev/sda instead of sgdisk -R=/dev/sda /dev/sdb after replacing a broken drive in a raid. Can I recover from this or is all data lost now?
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Arch Linux on an UEFI-GPT system with Windows 8.1 dual booting [closed]

I'm going to install Arch Linux on an UEFI computer. I've also Windows 8.1 installed and I would like to keep this operating system in dual boot with Arch. I should ask many questions, because this is ...
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Dual boot Linux Mint in a GPT style hard drive along with Windows 8

I have a Sony VAIO e series laptop which came with Windows 8. I wish to install Linux Mint as additional operating system. Only at the time of installation I could find that my HDD is of GPT partition ...
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Could I add GPT BIOS Boot Partition after Debian installation?

I recently installed Debian Wheezy on a server with 24TB of storage (RAID 6). When I partitioned the big volume I selected Manual option and created the partition scheme. When I was partitioning, I ...
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How to construct a GPT-only partition table on Linux?

All of the tools I've tried until now were only capable to create a dual (GPT & MBR) partition table, where the first 4 of the GPT partitions were mirrored to a compatible MBR partition. This is ...
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Cannot install Ubuntu on EFI/GPT scheme

Shame on me, I have more than 10 years using Linux and all of this about EFI and GPT is a nightmare :( I have a Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook and I cannot install Ubuntu; when I launch the installer it ...
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What's the difference between fdisk -l and df -h?

In my ubuntu system, I want to have a look about my system disk info. When I use fdisk -l without sudo, I get nothing. But with sudo fdisk -l, I only get a device /dev/sda1, but when I use df -h, I ...
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GPT Partition - Used Space immediately after creating partition [duplicate]

I wanted to try out the new GPT system, and used it to partition my new HDD, with the partitions themselves using ext4. For some reason, about 1-2% of the space in each partition is already shown as ...
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Remove all traces of GPT disk label

I've got an USB pen drive and I'd like to turn it into a bootable MBR device. However, at some point in its history, that device had a GPT on it, and I can't seem to get rid of that. Even after I ran ...
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while installing centos error is that 'sda must have gpt label'

While trying to install CentOS 6.4 IN DUAL BOOT with win 7 there was this error "sda must have gpt label". I don't know how to fix it and I also don't want to repartition my hard drive.
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Problems mounting GPT partitioned external HDD

My neighbor brought over a 3TB external hard drive saying that after loaning it out to a Windows user, her Mac is asking her "to initialize something" whenever she plugs it in to her computer. I'm ...
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Using dd to zero a GPT table from disc, how many bytes to write?

In the fdisk area, cleaning out the MBR would require writing 446 bytes, and to include cleaning of the partition information, zero-ing the first 512 bytes was enough: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb ...
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Understanding syslinux and partitioning

I am trying to learn and especially understand how partitionning and boot-loaders work. The problem is that I got it all twisted in my mind. In the end I don't understand anything anymore. I know ...
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How to install after windows 8.1 with MBR partition

I have a laptop, which has a 500GB hard disk and with MBR partition, and I install my windows8.1 on it, but I left ~75G unused which I would like to use it for OpenSuse13.1. Now I have 2 USB, one is ...
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Error installing Grub

I'm trying to install grub but I'm getting the error: Warning This GPT partition label contains no BIOS boot partition: embedding won't be possible I'm using GPT to partition, and the file system ...