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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Preparing a new 500GB Hard drive for Ubuntu 14.04 [on hold]

I am replacing the 500GB hard drive in my Acer Aspire V5-131 laptop that has Win7 on it with a new 500GB hard drive so I can try Ubuntu 14.04 on. I will need to format the new hard drive but have no ...
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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 ...
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Is it safe to format this extended partition?

On a ubuntu server I own, I am running out of space. When I ran sudo parted /dev/sda -l to find all available drives, I got this: Model: ATA ST31000528AS (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 1000GB Sector size ...
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UUID vs /dev/sdX in FSTAB

I have Linux system in which we force /dev/devname for running the system. proc /proc proc defaults 0 0 /dev/sda1 / ext3 ...
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Fixing System boot failure due to GRUB Error

We have a Debian based system, which unpredictably goes in to non bootable mode. Listed are the errors that usually occurs in the system. 1 > GRUB RESUE 2 > INTIRAMFS 3 > INIT SCRIPT FAILURE ...
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harddisk not recognized / filesystem too large to mount safely on this system / hdparm shows garbage

I have a 4 TB Verbatim external hard disk with ext4. It can be successfully mounted at my Raspberry Pi. I am trying to plug it at my WD Mybook Live Duo device where I have SSH root access. When I ...
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Linux boot with broken partition

I have two ext partition on my linux One for / And one for /home I wanted to reduce (with this method) the home partition (which was only something like 10% filled) to create a new partition for ...
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Make that only members of a group can access a specific disk

All members of group vip should be allowed to read,write,execute to a specific disk. Currently, only the logged in user is allowed to access such disk. What is the correct way to allow members of ...
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Create a GPT partition covering the free space

I have 480 GB SSD it currently has the following partitions 256MB EFI partition, 16GB SWAP, and 40GB CentOS 7 see details from lshw below. I want to use the remaining 400GB of unused space on the ...
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Create NTFS partition (in Linux) for dual-boot into Linux/Windows 7

I have installed Linux (Debian) onto my computer (which is not partitioned). Want I want to do is to create an NTFS partition so that I can install Windows 7 onto my computer, so I can dual-boot into ...
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parted: invalid token

I am teaching myself parted. In the docs it reads: Parted has two modes: command line and interactive. Parted should always be started with: # parted device [...] In command line mode, this ...
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Is this a so-called “Hybrid” Mac Partition table, and how can I mount this in Linux?

I would like to better understand what is on this hard disk, and how I can mount it into Linux (specifically Debian GNU/Linux, Stable): It was created on a Powerbook g4 "alu book" with the default ...
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Home folder with Windows + Mint dual boot

I am dual-booting Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64-bit and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Since I use both OSes to work with the same files, I am thinking what would be the best approach to read and write files using ...
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Partition offset at 63 or 64?

I did not wish to use the entire SSD for OpenBSD 5.5. (The SSD is new and pre-formatted with MSDOS using Gparted) During installation and at the fdisk stage, I chose Partition #: 0 to install OpenBSD ...
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Migrate /home to another physical drive

I recently cleared about 500GB of junk from my HDD. Since I'm pretty low on space on my Arch install, I figured I'd dedicate 200GB of that to /home. Problem is that my /home partition is located on my ...
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Two HDD partitions with the same name result in uncertain directories

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on a machine that has a lot of hard drives plugged into it. These hard drives have partitions with old OS's which have a lot of key data that I use often. The problem is, I ...
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Fix LVM physical volume definition after removing /dev/sdb

Recently I set up LVM partition with an new disc /dev/sdc. I created the LVM with the following commands: pvcreate /dev/sdc vgcreate data /dev/sdc mkfs.ext4 /dev/data/srv tune2fs -m 0 ...
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Can I partition around a bad block on a harddrive?

I used a computer too much, running a script for many weeks. Eventually, Debian printed a thousand errors and shutdown, and won't start again. When I ran DBAN on the drive, to write 0's to the disk ...
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Windows installer complains that it can only be installed on a primary partition

I have Linux mint installed on my system as primary partition. I want to install windows 8 along side with it (Dual boot). But when I try to install windows 8 installer says (windows can only be ...
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Partially overwrote /dev/sda, can I recover anything?

I was messing around with my new hard drive, which only contains some personal files, and to check its write speed, I typed: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda, /dev/sda/ being the new 2 TB connected to ...
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FreeBSD 10 with Root-on-ZFS using only a part of the disk

I'm having a bit of trouble here. I'll try and be as concise as possible in describing my objective: I'm setting up a storage server for my employer, using two Intel DC S3500 series 120GB solid state ...
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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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Prevent linux from auto scan and mapping partitions on some disk [closed]

TL;DR Linux scan disk (for example /dev/sdc) and add files to address partitions on that disk (for example /dev/sdc1) - how can I tell Linux to not do that for some disk? Long story: I used VM ...
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Select drive partition table in preseed file automated Debian install

I am using a preseed file for my Debian installs. I am using 1TB drives, and I would like to use MS-DOS partition tables. It is defaulting to GPT. Is there a way to choose which type of table to ...
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Dual boot Linux partition scheme with encryption

I am trying to figure out how I should encrypt my machine. I am reorganizing and will have two 500GB drives. I am setting up a dual boot system (both linux). My prospective partition scheme: sda: ...
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Can't install Ubuntu because pc keeps shutting down

I can't install Ubuntu because during the "copying files" my PC powers off. I've downloaded Ubuntu 14.04 with WUBI on my Windows 8.1 32-bit PC. I made a new partition with 15.9GB, (I don't know if I ...
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Know which partitions are primary and which logical

I have Windows and Ubuntu installed on the same laptop. How can I know which partitions are logical or primary using the command line?
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Install Ubuntu partitions

I am a completely newbie. I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 in my laptop on which windows 8.1 is installed. I have read in some sites that I have to use Gparted or similar tools, but there are also sites ...
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Is there any danger in changing the labels of my hard drives?

I've have both Ubuntu and Arch installed on my computer, and want to change the labels of the / and /home partitions (four in total), to make it clear which is which. Can this potentially break ...
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How to repair lost gpt partition table?

I have a 3TB Seagate. The disk was from an raid system and had 1 partition sdb1 with 3TB and ext4 filesystem. As i wanted to prepair a new disk for a raid, i exchanged in sgdisk sdb1 with an raid disk ...
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Swap partition in LVM?

I was wondering if putting the swap partition into a logical volume group has any drawbacks (e.g. performance), or would it be "just the same" as having it as a separate primary/logical partition? I ...
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dd to clone to smaller sdcard

One of my Raspberry Pi's is using a 4GB SDcard for the root/boot filesystem. As seen when mounted on another system: Disk /dev/sdc: 3904 MB, 3904897024 bytes 121 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1016 ...
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Extend partition size without unmounting it

I would like to create an image of a Linux Mint disc. Then I'd like to copy it to a bigger disc and extend its partition to the full size of the disc. I have already copied the disc using WinImage ...
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Forced reread of partition table: difference between BLKRRPART and BLKPG ioctl? (Linux)

When I want Linux to consider newly created partitions without rebooting, I have several tools available to force a refresh of the kernel "partition cache": partx -va /dev/sdX kpartx -va /dev/sdX ...
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Windows 7 not working correctly after partition resize

I resized the Windows partition from Linux in order to be able to install Elementary OS. After resizing I tried booting to Windows, however it asks to boot normally or in recovery mode. When I select ...
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On Arch Linux Partitioning [closed]

I've been going through the Arch Linux beginner's guide and I'm a bit confused on partitioning the OS. It says I can either have just a root partition or a root and /home partition. What are the ...
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How to destroy existing disk partitions

I added some disks to my system, which were in use before. I tried to create them: $ gpart create -s GPT ada0 gpart: geom 'ada0': Operation not permitted $ gpart show ada0 gpart: No such geom: ada0. ...
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Recommended partition size of SD card for Ubuntu for BeagleBone black [closed]

I am using 16GB SD card for building Ubuntu from scratch for BeagleBone Black. So, I have to make two partition of my SD card, one for Rootfs and second one for Zimage and other stuff. Initially I ...
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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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Why is my hard drive out of space if gparted says I have 500+GB

I recently installed Debian on my machine and made separate / and /home partitions. Yet my disk usage analyzer shows that my /home is inside /. But gparted shows that /home is indeed in it's own ...
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Why does “df -h” show out of sync space used? [duplicate]

I have tried different commands to see sizes of partitions and space used/left and it seems that they always differ in their results. Here is my space used/left with from the command df -h: Size ...