Disk partitioning is the act of dividing a hard disk drive into multiple logical storage units referred to as partitions, to treat one physical disk drive as if it were multiple disks.

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Approximate partition table backup with sfdisk

I wanted to convert some logical partitions to extended ones, so I was following this accepted answer. However, at the step of backing up my current partition table, I messed up and typed the ...
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How does loading an OS work? [on hold]

Now finally comes the time to understand how mounting partitions work. Here I list my partitions : lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 698,7G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 ...
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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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Block device aligment without partitioning?

As new drives with 4096b sized blocks appeared, partition alingment is becoming more and more important. But, what I am interested in is, if I use the whole block device for filesystem (eg. /dev/sdc) ...
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Filesystem for boot partition

I created a BIOS boot partition on a hard drive, using gdisk : $ sudo gdisk /dev/sdb Command (? for help): p Disk /dev/sdb: 7821312 sectors, 3.7 GiB Logical sector size: 512 bytes Disk identifier ...
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Two 500GB (JBOD) drives out of an NAS-200 put into UBUNTO 14-04 and put back into an LVM to access old information

I’m in a dilemma as I’m new to Linux (not helpless, but new) and would like some help if you don’t mind. I have been working with Linux for several years to some extent so I can get around some with ...
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How to change disk layout on a running server? [closed]

I have setup a Debian server and I choose to use different LVM Logical Volumes for /home, /usr, /var, ... Now, I run out of space on /var volume. I want to redirect all of data that is going to ...
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Replicate a complex partition structure with LUKS and LVM volumes

I have two external hard discs on an OpenSUSE 13.1 system. On one I have created a partition structure: An encrypted LVM partition (LUKS) Several volumes (10) on this LVM partition, some formatted ...
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Creating a specific sized LVM logical volume at the end of a physical volume

I have a physical volume that is 49.8GB and I want to have a 2GB logical volume which is at the end of the physical volume and the rest of the physical volume being another logical volume. I read ...
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How to make system file partitions larger without reinstalling

I'm a complete beginner with any Linux distro and I recently picked up SteamOS. SteamOS I believe is Debian based. I wiped the laptop and got it installed nicely. When I started moving my music over ...
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Converting NTFS to Ext3

I recently partitioned a new drive in windows to NTFS. I want to make it ext3 so that I can transfer a WUBI Ubuntu installation onto it. I don't care about the data on this partition. Is there a ...
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Re-partitioning /home partition in CentOS

I have a CentOS 7 system with a /home partition that is too large. I wish to reduce its size but it's XFS so that's pretty much impossible. Since I don't have much user data anyway (only 1 user ...
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vgdisplay shows 0 free PE/size

I'm trying to configure a CentOS HA system with 2 nodes, with DRBD for replicated storage. I'm following the "Clusters from Scratch" guide, and at the DRBD portion, I need to create a partition for ...
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Wrong iso file preventing from booting Debian dvd with uefi

I have this new computer (MSI Ge70 2PE Apache Pro) that came with Windows 8 and UEFI. I made a partition to install Debian testing 64bits on the same HD where Windows is. I had no problem making the ...
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Installing an OS from source on separate partition. Is this possible?

I'm trying to install Minimal CentOS on a small partition and the installer quits and brings me to a prompt every time. It says something like it can't find initrd.img. I was wondering if I could ...
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What's the pros and cons of disabling the swap partition if the RAM is large enough? [duplicate]

My computer has 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. So I think the swap partition is not needful. What's the pros and cons of disabling the swap partition if the RAM is large enough? Is it recommended to disable ...
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How to find out how the filesystem was created?

You can create the filesystem with mkfs... -- how to find out not only what filesystem is used on given partition, but what parameters where passed to mkfs? So how to perform mkfs in reverse -- ...
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full rootfs on big hardisk, installation or update software not possible

Has anyone seen this issue that can help me solve it? I have got a preinstalled server (Debian GNU/Linux 7.6 (wheezy)), where the disk space was partitioned very badly... :-( The Hardisk is very big ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 constantly out of space [duplicate]

I am having this strange problem of my system running out of space constantly. Just yesterday I cleaned up near 15GB of space and today I see it is out of space. I really don't get it. I know some ...
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split one partition into two using cfdisk (will uuids on other parts stay the same?)

I currently have various linux partitions on sda3-13. If I delete sda6 and create two new partitions using cfdisk I get sda3-14. I have /home on sda7 and / on sda11 which will then become sda8 and ...
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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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Sharing Apache-httpd documents across multiple Linux distributions?

I'd like to be able to have multiple distributions, say Fedora and Debian, both sharing an Apache DocumentRoot. For example, I could have the same partition mounted to /var/www in both distributions. ...
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Linux Mint Partition Taking Hours

I booted my Mint 17 install cd, chose English as my language, then connected to the internet, then chose to change half of my FAT32 partition (~160.6 gbs) into Linux Mint. Now it's been partitioning ...
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Should I use the discard flag when configuring the filesystem to be installed over the partitions on my SSHD?

I've recently bought a laptop with an SSHD. My guess is that most SSHDs are self-optimised, so the disk itself will handle wear-levelling issues, and I won't need to add the "discard" flag when ...
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GParted hangs while resizing partition

I decided to shrink a FAT partition on my memory card by 768 MB to make place for a new one. GParted hangs on the fsck step. The progress bar halts and any window above it leaves the part of the ...
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sfdisk don't like partitions - want to dump another hard drive to restore software RAID

I'm using Cent OS 6.5. I have two Hard Drive which are exact copies of each others (/dev/sda and /dev/sdb). /dev/sda failed and had to be replaced. I am trying to copies everything from /dev/sdb to ...
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How to Mount a Drive with Right Filesystem?

I am trying to mount the device /dev/xvdc on my CentOS system. When I run an fdisk command I get: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/xvda1 * 1 33 ...
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Recover data from linux partition

Somehow I managed to really mess up my debian installation and I will have to reinstall it. However I have some data on the partition that I really want to save. Is there any way to access the data on ...
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How to access and edit GRUB files on SSD from Live CD?

Is it possible to access and edit GRUB files on SSD from Live CD? I need edit /etc/grub.d/10_linux /boot is in separate partition on SSD. If that's possible, how to do this using Knoppix Live CD?
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How to interpret the output of safecopy

Just as an example, this is one typical output line. ...........................[12767109](+112394240){X [12792709] X}[12818309](+209715200) I have gone through the DESCRIPTION OF OUTPUT in ...
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Can I delete my home partition and create a new(larger) partition with the same files without issue?

I installed arch linux and figured I might want to have another distro or 5, so I left over half my hard drive space unallocated. Due to the fact that I wouldn't know how to add another distro to my ...
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Debian “Graphical expert install” mode

I made a partitions on a new SSD drive (empty), now I want to install Debian, use netinst ISO CD. I chosed "Graphical expert install" type, which show a series of questions. When installation process ...
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recover lvm after loosing partition table

On one of my hard drives had a few physical volumes/partitions and lvm on them. And then I lost partition table. I still have files from /etc/lvm/* how can I recover my data?
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Shell Script To Find Windows Partitions and Replace Desktop Image [closed]

I am in need of a shell script that will detect Windows partitions and replace the desktop image and place an image on the Desktop. I need it to detect if there are multiple disks in on the computer, ...
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How to reduce and remove Physical Volume from active Logical Volume?

For testing purposes I've tried to extend my logical volume by attaching one more Physical Volume (USB drive). Making the USB drive part from the logical volume with the following steps: Created ...
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zerombr and clearpart not working in RHEL7

I've been using the following simple partitioning scheme to setup some RedHat machines. zerombr clearpart --all --initlabel bootloader --location=mbr autopart The unfortunate part is that I know ...
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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 ...
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Is there a distribution with an installer that can automatically do LVM over LUKS with everything aligned as needed?

http://www.void.gr/kargig/blog/2012/01/11/linux-ssd-partition-alignment-tips/ talks about aligning SSD partitions and LVM physical volumes. ...
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Automated Install Fails due to CRC on /dev/sda

I'm running an X8STI-3F with an onboard LSI 1063E SAS controller running in IT mode. I'm trying to get an automated install going on it and I keep getting ddf1: physical drives with CRC AE516B03, ...
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“inode_size (128) * inodes_count (0) too big for a filesystem with 0 blocks” while creating a file system

My partition table looks like this: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 32505855 16251904 83 Linux /dev/sda2 32505856 33554431 ...
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Which Hex code for /boot partition

I planned to install ArchLinux on my laptop. I'm only at the begining, trying to understand all the step before doing them. I'm only at the first step, i.e. partitioning, that I already have a small ...
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Can not create new partition

I have Centos that have 508G free space i want to create new partition from it. it locates in extended partition I create new partition and format it as anything (ext4, fat32), after apply it can't ...
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automated script to transfer live linux root?

is there a script that can make a bootable copy of the currently running live (ubuntu) root partition from a booted hard disk to another (then bootable) hard disk and/or bootable USB flash disk? such ...
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Why would a partition be in use by the system if it isn't mounted?

I've been migrating my system from btrfs to ext4 after running into performance issues with VMs. I have two hard drives in my laptop to work with. I've successfully moved my home partition, but the ...
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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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Ubuntu How to re-install bootloader

I accidently altered my partition table. Somehow I wiped it out completely and changed the disk label. The system has not been rebooted yet and I managed to rebuild it the way it originally was using ...
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Accidentally reformatted /dev/sda1 - any hope for recovery?

All day today, I've been reformatting a USB flash drive repeatedly and I was doing this multiple times in a row, and I began to grow a little too careless... Without paying attention, I accidentally ...
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android partition and kernel 3.14

I mount a cell phone to my debian i can browse android SD card and internal memory, So i the following output of mount command when i browse android sd card: sysfs on /sys type sysfs ...
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Recovering windows partition in Mint (testdisk fails)

Yesterday I messed up my partitions, wanting to replace Ubuntu with Mint. My other partition had Windows 8 on it. I booted Mint from a live USB and started the Mint setup. I selected the option to ...
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CentOS 5.6 expand ext4 partition , have steps but parted shows as ext3

I have a Adaptec 5805 HW RAID card with a 6.3 TB RAID-6 array (partitioned via Parted GPT, all of which is formatted as ext4 on CentOS 5.6). I want to expand this to 7.5GB and from reading these are ...