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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What's the best tool chain or single tool to transform a NTFS to ext[n] filesystem?

I've decided to go Linux only, finally! This also means that I have a bunch of disks still under NTFS. I don't have spare space anywhere to transfer the files to and then just re-format the drive so ...
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Meaning of hard disk drive software partitions? [closed]

I would like to know What is the exact meaning of primary partitions? Why it is named so? and why it is restricted to 4? What is meant by extended partitions? Why it is named so? and what is the ...
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Hard drive/device partition naming convention in Linux

What is the hard disk drive/device partition naming convention in Linux? For example, [hd0,0], sd0, etc. What does it actually mean? What is the significance of this when i need to install multiple ...
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Preseeding Ubuntu 10.04

I need to preseed a dual boot installation of Ubuntu 10.04. I want partman to use all already existing Linux partitions and all free space (like the option when installing Fedora) what would that ...
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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?
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Change main partition size to install another distribution

I have CentOS 5.5 installed, I have no un-partitioned space and the only ext3 partition I have is huge with lots of free space. Can I change that partition size in order to allocate another one? I ...
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Primary vs Logical partition

I know that you can only have 4 primary partitions on a hard drive. But if you're using less than 4, is there a benefit/penalty for using logical partitions?
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Can I convert an ext3 partition into ext4 without formatting?

my home directory is on a separate partition which still uses ext3. Is there a way to convert this partition into ext4 in a non-destructive way?
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Mounting a partition into a 'sandbox'

I'm wondering if this is possible. I want to set up a linux system that mounts / remote linux machine to / on the local machine. However, I want all changes on the local machine to be saved to ram so ...
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Defragging an ext partition?

Why don't ext2/3/4 need to be defragmented? Is there no fragmentation at all?
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Linux partition table

What kind of partition table does Linux create by default? Is it msdos? Is it different depending on the Linux distribution used(I'm using Ubuntu)? Is there any command line utility I could use to ...
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Installing a second hard drive

My system currently runs an XBMC live install. I am installing a second hard drive in my system, but I am somewhat of a linux newb and only know the basics. Since it is XBMC I believe I need to do ...
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Why put things other than /home to a separate partition?

So recently a Debian 5.0.5 installer offered me to have separate /usr, /home, /var and /tmp partitions (on one physical disk). What is the practical reason for this? I understand that /home can be ...
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Is it good to make a separate partition for /boot?

I've seen some people make a separate partition for /boot. What is the benefit of doing this? What problems might I encounter in the future by doing this? Also, except for /home and /boot, which ...
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How can I move the home directory to a separate partition?

I would like to install another distribution but keep my home directory. Is there a way to move the home directory to a separate partition? I don't have an external hard drive available to back up my ...
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What's the best way to partition your drive?

I usually install Linux on a single partition since I only use it as a personal desktop. However every now and then I reinstall the box and what I simply do is to move my files around with an ...
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How can I use DD to migrate data from an old drive to a new drive?

I am upgrading the internal SATA hard drive on my laptop from a 40G drive to a 160G drive. I have a Linux/Ubuntu desktop which has a SATA card. I would actually like to do the same thing for a couple ...