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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Do I only need one swap partition for multiple Linux distros? (and other questions)

I have Linux Mint 14 installed as my only OS. I have one extended partition containing /swap, / and /home, and I have some unallocated space on my drive. I'm guessing that Mint decided to put this ...
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convert /dev/md0 to /dev/sda1

I used a Software-RAID I and want to access the data without RAID now. After mdadm --fail /dev/md0 /dev/sda1 mdadm --remove /dev/md0 /dev/sda1 I tried mount -t ext4 /dev/sda1 /mnt but dmesg ...
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How can I resize my root partition in Debian?

I am trying to add space to my root partition and am really not sure the safest way to go about it. I have read this thread, Can I resize the root partition without uninstalling and reinstalling ...
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Reset partitions numbers

I just decided to delete my Windows partition and only use Linux. My old partition table was: sda1: W7 boot partition sda2: W7 partition sda3: Linux sda4: start of logic partitions sda5: swap. I ...
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Resizing of partitions taking too long in Debian 6 installer

I had a Windows 7 PC, with three partitions on it: The default Windows partition (~300GB in size, primary) Some system stuff Windows 7 needs (100MB in size, primary) A partition called Shared, that ...
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Partioning free space for manual install

I have 53 gigabytes that need formating into /root, /swap, /usr/, /var, /home, and /tmp. If there's any help what is the best space allocation? Please let me know.
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Remove /var partition and replace it with /var into / (root) partition

I accidentaly created a /var partition and I'd like to get rid of it. Is it possible to remove this partition and use the / partition to contain /var without reinstalling the OS or do I have to ...
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How to setup KVM partitions?

I'm trying to install SolusVM/KVM on a server with one 500 GB HD and one 256 SSD. I am a complete beginner at Linux. SolusVM has a script on the site to download and install automatically, but how do ...
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Extended partition should have many filesystems

I need some related information on the following lines I found in an answer: A logical partition is a container for a filesystem (or an LVM volume or some swap space or a BSD partition or other ...
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How to resize logical volume to fit filesystem

How can I resize logical volume to fit filesystem automagically?
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What happens to data copied after undoing fdisk?

Suppose I have some drive with a single partition. For some reason I decide to repartition it, using fdisk. I create multiple partitions, then write the partition table, then exit fdisk. At this ...
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Partitioning disk image file

I want to partition raw disk image with the following commands #creating the blank image $ dd if=/dev/zero of=example.img bs=1M count=50 #write the partition table $ parted example.img mktable msdos ...
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Is there an excellent tutorial on how to resize a rootfs partition (and shrink another) on a drive that is 100% allocated?

I'm experiencing the all-too-common "root partition full" situation. 100% of my hard drive is allocated. My home (ext4) partition has plenty of space to give up for my full root partition (rootfs). ...
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Why does X11 on Fedora 16 rely on non-boot device for startup?

I have recently had an incident in which my /var/mail/spool/ file grew to the size of 32G (yes, that is gigabytes), completely filling its system partition (/dev/sda2) and most of what I saw inside ...
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changing the partition of a linux

I have a ubuntu system as a virtual system on Virtual Box. It uses VHD as its hard disk. I manged to change the size of VHD using VHD resizer, now I want to expand the partition on vhd so it uses the ...
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Resize non-LVM ext4 root partition

How can I shrink/resize a non-LVM ext4 root partition? The problem is I can't unmount it and I don't have physical access.
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How can I script the creation of a single partition that uses the entire device?

I am specifically using this to partition and mount EBS volumes on Amazon EC2 instances, but really this should be generally applicable to initializing any new drive. As the question says I want to ...
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Partition /usr/local : Can I use the software there after reinstall?

I want to reinstall Linux OS, and before that, I think I will partition my hard disk again. (I just use a simple one partition / for root, and make Linux automatically put all other directories ...
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How to resize root Volume Group

How Can I reduce size of root volume group? /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 I just have SSH access to Linux host.
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Setup Cloudmin on Centos installed in LVM

I installed CentOS 6 with default LVM partition pattern. according to this pattern Can I use Cloudmin and store KVM Disks in LVM as Logical Volume? I think Cloudmin requires creating new logical ...
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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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LVM with SSD and SATA hard disks

Is it possible to create LVM partitions for both SSD and SATA hard disks? I mean if there isn't any conflicts.
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Identical mount points for two file systems when installing Linux

So, I'm going through Crunchbang's installer (very similar to Debian's), and am at the partitioning step. I chose the 'Guided - use entire disk and set up encrypted LVM' method (usually I do manual ...
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When and why do block devices need to be partitioned? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The merits of a partitionless filesystem So I've got a block device, say /dev/sda or /dev/loop0. Clearly if I want to boot from the former, or I want to subdivide it ...
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Partition table not recognized by Linux kernel

I experience relatively often that the partition table of a USB stick or SD card is suddenly no longer recognized by the kernel while (g)parted and fdisk still see it, as do other systems. I can even ...
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Is it possible to remove Windows 7 from dual-boot?

I have Windows 7 as primary OS with Linux Mint as secondary OS. I am just feeling comfortable with Linux and want to remove Windows from the disk. Is it possible to remove it without damaging data? ...
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how to restore a logical partition to it's original ext4 format

This question is following Unable to mount /home/ partition after reinstalling grub after reinstalling windows 7 where the diagnostic was that installing windows 7 deleted my /home partion, lovingly ...
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Unable to mount /home/ partition after reinstalling grub after reinstalling windows 7

I've reinstall windows 7 on it's asignated partition and, as usually, it override the MBR with it's own stuff and, thus, it was not possible to boot to my ubuntu 12.04 partition. I followed the step ...
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How to add a Linux Partition on FreeBSD

Today I installed FreeBSD 9.0 PPC on my Mac mini G4 with 40GB HDD. During installation, (using the FSBD utility 'gpart') I have allocated a total of about 23GB for FreeBSD leaving 17GB totally free ...
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Help with unzipping a .dd.gz, possibly corrupted

I recieved this file that I was told was a copy of a hard drive (or disk). The file is "sheeva-mem.dd.gz". I tried to unzip the file in a linux Fedora machine. This yielded "unexpected end of file". ...
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Move / to a new partition

I have Windows 7 and Debian dual-booted on my laptop. I'm getting cramped for space on the Debian side, so I want to remove the Windows partition and use the whole computer for Debian. I'm currently ...
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Expanding root partition in SUSE Linux

I have a server where the space distribution among partitions is as follows: GSSJMB02:~ # df -kh Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/cciss/c0d0p5 25G 5.9G 18G 25% / ...
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How to properly align partitions?

I'm trying to understand what are the rules for creating correctly aligned partitions. For the moment I'm playing with parted on a virtual machine, but I'm planning to move to a real hard disk when I ...
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partprobe displays 'msdos'

Why is partprobe -s displaying 'msdos', when I run it in Linux?
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How to extend second CentOS 5 partition in VMware

I know this question has already been answered for a primary partition, but what about a secondary? I have extended the space to 30G in VMware. When I perform an fdisk -l, here's the output: Disk ...
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Is it better to partition one drive or use separate drives?

I am a system admin with limited Linux experience, and have been tasked with setting up Cent OS 5.8 64bit install, and creating a template once complete. My main client base will be developers, and I ...
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Unpack files and directories from an image created by dd?

I created an image of an NTFS partition using dd. I wonder if I can unload/unpack the files and directories in the image to any partition whose size is larger than the image size, so that I can ...
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Why do some of my lvm partitions have “-real” appended to their names?

In the /dev/mapper directory I can see my lvm partitions, but then I'll see some other ones with the same names, but with "-real" appended to them. What's that about?
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How to mount multiple directories on the same partition?

I am installing an SSD and would like to put / on the SSD and /home, /var, and /tmp on the HDD. My current distro is Kubuntu but I would not mind trying another distro if this procedure can be ...
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Moving /usr to its own filesystem/logical volume

My Fedora 17 (x64 - running on VMware Workstation 8) root filesystem is running out of space (this was an install using the default layout as suggested by the Fedora installer): # df -h Filesystem ...
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Is it safe to only have root and swap partitions when dual-booting Linux and Windows?

I am trying to install Linux Mint alongside an existing Windows 7. I found a simple tutorial (I haven't tried it yet), but I wonder if it is healthy to partition / and /swap only. On the other hand, ...
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Changing partition sizes on FreeBSD using bsdlabel

I have recently installed FreeBSD but I don't like the partition sizes that I accepted during installation and would like to change them. I have followed the instructions to do so in the man pages, so ...
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recovering ext4 partition after dd'ing over start of HD

I accidentally used dd and wrote over the first 208MB of my external disk. What I wrote over is a partition on its own (Debian nestinstaller) so what I see now is not my old (now damaged) ext4 ...
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Recreating EXT4 partition without losing data [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't mount EXT4 hard drive after mounting it in windows I have a 2TB Western External USB harddisk. I formatted it to EXT4. one time I plugged it to a windows ...
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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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Defragmentation of LVM2 logical volumes

Question: Is there a tool supporting de-fragmentation of LVM2 logical volumes ? (Making their extents into consistent sequences) Preferably by defining desired order of extents (something like ...
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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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How to mount ext3,ext4 sitting on VDI VirtualBox HDD?

How to mount ext3, ext4 partition sitting on "Fixed-Size VDI" VirtualBox HardDisk ? To be more specific, I ma interested in case when VM is not running.
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Why my partitions don't show the right capacity on a 4096 byte physical block hard drive?

After reading a lot about why newer 4096 byte physical block hard drives should be partitioned taking care of alignment (Linux on 4KB-sector disks: Practical advice, What is partition alignment and ...
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shrinking partition containing root filesystem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change main partition size to install another distribution this is the image showing partitions on my hard drive. I am reading linux from scratch and so i need to ...