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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Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)

I'm getting the same error that other questions mention, such as: Installation Error: Kernel Panic - not syncing http://askubuntu.com/questions/41930/kernel-panic-not-syncing-vfs-unable-to-mount-...
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How to recover from a boot hang after deleting old swap?

I did a fresh installation of Fedora 20 in the free space of my hard drive after failing to upgrade from the older version. Everything seems to be working fine until I deleted the partition containing ...
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How does Linux deal with a separate /boot partition?

I am interested to learn about how Linux deals with a separate boot partitions. I am not interested in actually doing this, but I would like to know how this works under-the-hood. Consider a hard ...
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Is this method safe or recommended for moving a /home directory?

I have my linux install on a small disk. I want to put the home directory on a different hard-drive. I was thinking of using this and then this. Would this work? Is there a better way? Should I just ...
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I have a 24 Gb disk and a 1Tb Hard Disk How do I get Ubuntu to install on my 24 GB and my home dir on the 1TB

I used the auto installer for Ubuntu on my 24GB drive my disk space looks like this. kipke@ThePad:~$ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 16395648 3936132 ...
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How can I know how much space software takes? [duplicate]

I am using debian (unstable). My system was partitioning with 9 GiB for /. This is not enough for me and I use already 7,5 GiB. I don't want (for now) to use gparted in order to repartitioning (it ...
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Are partition tables always required? [duplicate]

So I have a home server with 4 hdds: hdd1: 60Gb (SSD - OS drive) hdd2: 4TB (data drive) hdd3: 2TB (data drive) hdd4: 1TB (data drive) So I intend installing ubuntu server onto hdd1 (ssd drive)...
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How to check integrity to HDD with UDF format

I'm having problem with a USB external drive, which seem to be formatted with UDF and was being used for MAC and Windows (or at least that is what told). When I attached the HDD to my Linux system ...
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How does system know where the first logical disk starts?

I'm trying to understand the ms-dos partition table, and there's the following diagram: It comes from this site. Almost everything is pretty clear to me, but there's one thing I don't get. As you ...
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Installing Multiple Linux Distros in a single partition

I'm currently using Ubuntu 13.04, elementaryos, and Windows 8. I would also like to install Backtrack for rare use. But I'm already out of my partition limit. So is it possible to combine two ...
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Why is the current device size bigger that the current volume size after resizing an ntfs partition?

I'm resizing an ntfs partition using ntfsresize (ntfs-3g) and fdisk. I used the following command in order to change the filesystem size: # ntfsresize -f -s 10G /dev/sdb1 ntfsresize v2013.1.13AR.1 (...
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How do I check if a particular hard disk is dynamic?

What commands do I have to check the dynamic or basic type disk/volumes of the Windows partitions? Topic of interest because: Warning: Don't install linux on a Windows Dynamic disk! Bug Report: ...
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Installing Linux on a single primary partition

Is it possible to install Linux on a single primary partition? I already have three primary partitions occupied by Windows 7 which I cannot give up.
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Tool to create recipe to preseed partitioning

I want to preseed an Ubuntu 12.04 installer using a custom partitioning recipe. My disk layout is reasonably complex, and so is the recipe syntax itself. Hand-crafting such a recipe seems tedious and ...
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CentOS can't use new extented space on system disc

I have CentOS installed in my VirtualBox and there was small HDD for the system itself(about 8-9GB). After some time of using this, this virtual disc got full and I couldn't install updates so I ...
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How to make my laptop safe & secure from any accidents like deleting by mistake?

This should be a general question. This Q sprung my mind yesterday late evening because I accidentally deleted files from another partition rather than from the partition I was intending to do. I'm ...
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“unknown partition table” - misconfigured kernel

I was compiling a custom linux kernel for a newly installed machine, and after booting into the new kernel (3.12), the init process fails to find a root device, which I traced to the system getting an ...
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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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Fedora 20 and windows 7 can't create partions

I have installed Windows 7 SP1 in my laptop. I have 4 partitions: System reserved (Primary partition): 100mb C (Primary partition): 70GB D (Logical partition): 150GB E (Logical partition): 175GB I ...
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Partition USB to raw partition

I'm now running Window 7 and I want to install Manjaro Linux on the other disk on my computer. In the installation guide, the author said: Should your attempt to write to a USB stick still be ...
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How do I use unused partition in a dual boot environment

I have Ubuntu installed as a host with Windows operating system.I have installed Ubuntu on one Windows drive having around 70 GB of space. While installing Ubuntu I just specified 30 GB of disk space ...
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Shrink Windows partition to install Fedora 20

I want to install Fedora 20 along already installed Windows 8.1 on my notebook. I found a good how-to on Techotopia, however, the installer for Fedora 20 looks completely different, is simpler (cough ...
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Partitions same size but different block [closed]

I tried to backup my partition using dd on another disk and I created a partition of the same size. When I finished the copy I had problems mounting the partition since I got bad geometry: block ...
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dd primary partition slow transfer rate

Can someone explain me why if backup ,using dd, a primary partition to a primary partition on other disk the transfer rate (MB/s) is significantly slower compared to the the rate I have if the ...
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Extending/resizing Fedora Guest-OS root-drive in VirtualBox

I hope you can help me with that: My VirtualBox Guest-OS (Fedora 19) told me, that there is not enough free disk-space availabe, so I first increased the .vdi-file by using the Windows-Commandline: ...
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How to change swap partition from primary to logical?

I was installing Mint on dual boot with Win8 and I accidentally created primary swap partition. Is there any way I can change the partition type from primary to logical? Or do I have to delete those ...
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Problem with formating Flash Disk

I have intsalled Arch Linux ISO file into Flash disk through following command : dd bs=2M if=~/archlinux-2013.11.01-dual.iso of=/dev/sdd Now, I'm trying to format flash disk with following command ...
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Errors after creating partitions during Fedora 20 installation

I made drives like this : / 10GB /home 37GB swap 8GB but there is an error : you have not created a bootloader stage1 target device. you have not created a bootable partition....
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Arch GRUB asking for /run/lvm/lvmetad.socket on a non lvm disk

I am running this script based on the ArchWiki setup procedure. It fails on the GRUB configuration step I am using the archlinux-2013.12.01-dual.iso inside VMware Player with 1 GB ram, sda is 810 MB....
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Have some 2TB partition for a directory

I have 4 2TB HDD on a VmWare ESXi 5.1 server. I have httpd on /var/www/html directory on a Centos VM. can I have full size of 4 HDD (8TB) on this directory? Or I must mount every HDD to seperate ...
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Wiped out Windows partition table

I tried to install Linux (Mint distro) on my laptop computer after recieving a secondary disk. After installing Mint, I just rebooted the system. Nothing was happening (Actually, I was getting a ...
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boot partition is almost full in CentOS [duplicate]

I got a warning of my /boot partition is almost full(85%). What should I do? Can I remove one of the backup kernel? How to do it safely? My partition right now Filesystem 1K-blocks ...
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Does DM-Crypt partition look like random noise?

If I format partition with dm-crypt does its entry in partition table suggest somehow that this partition is encrypted or for someone from outside it looks like regular partition with random noise ...
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dd behavior, default writing and partitions

I am confused about the behavior of dd. Say we have some SD card called /dev/foo and this card has partitions /dev/foop0 and /dev/foop1. Using dd, I can set the of argument to /dev/foo and dd won't ...
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Linux-swap on reboot

I'm wondering what actually happens to a Linux-swap partition reboot. I've been taking a course in computer organization and while installing/partitioning a new drive I became rather curious about ...
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How do I recover an ext4 volume overwritten by an LVM logical volume?

I was running an Ubuntu desktop. The OS was installed on a SSD. I had two additional drives formatted ext4 and mounted on /storage (1TB) and /storage-bak (1.5TB). I installed Centos over Ubuntu on ...
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How do I find the offset of an ext4 filesystem?

I have a failing hard drive that is unable to write or read the first sectors of the disk. It just gives I/O errors and that is all there is. There are other areas on the disk that seem (mostly) fine. ...
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Linux big disk partition issue

I have a big disk around 4.8 TB (RAID) and it has following partition (created by fdisk) [root@server1 ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sde WARNING: The size of this disk is 4.8 TB (4796404727808 bytes). DOS ...
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Boot partiotionless disk with syslinux

A file system can be configured to span a complete disk, omitting any partition table. Notice intentionally the command to do so does not use /dev/sda1 but the raw, unpartitioned device instead. mkfs....
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Partition table is corrupted after using TestDisk

So, I have Linux Mint installed on my computer and then attempted to install WindowsXP on another primary partition. After the installation finished, I found my data partition sda9 (which is a logical ...
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Cannot add new partition using fdisk - No free sectors available

I would like to add new partitions to sda3, but fdisk says "No free sectors available". What can I do?
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What directories can be shared between distros?

After getting some information about partition scheme, I came to know that using discrete partitions will be more useful. If I'd to install another OS, and see having /home directory in seperate ...
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Installing Android-x86 on a USB (not creating a Live USB)?

I want to carry around an Android OS install on a USB so I can have a Google Authenticator with me everywhere I go since I don't own any mobile devices. The idea being that I can run Android through ...
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How can I flash_erase mtd0?

I am trying to find a way to nandwrite my mtd0 partition which contains my u-boot environment. When I try to flash_eraseall /dev/mtd0 though I get: flash_eraseall: /dev/mtd0: Permission denied ...
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how to tell if a partition is empty/unused

This is certainly a really easy question for you all I am sure. So I have Ubuntu (13.04) as the only OS mounted on my HDD. What I would like to do is re-partition my HDD so as to begin a LFS build. ...
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If /usr partition not specified, does it go on same partition as root by default?

I plan to install Fedora Linux on a machine with an SSD and an HDD. /boot, and the root will have their own partitions on the SSD. If I want /usr to be on same partition as /, will that occur by ...
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Command to reread partitions from media

When I insert media (e.g. an SD card) the system (Ubuntu 12.04) reads the partition table and creates all the /dev/*[1234] links to each partition. If I repartition the media I have to physically ...
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Can I safely delete the Ubuntu 12.04 partition and use the unallocated space for my Elementary OS?

I have this setup: I've decided to switch to Elementary OS Luna (fork of Ubuntu 12.04) as my main Linux distro. Now I need to delete my Ubuntu partition so I could add capacity to my eOS which only ...
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Specify partition data in sfdisk and parted

With this line: (echo o; echo n; echo p; echo 1; echo ; echo +24G; echo a; echo t; echo 7; echo w) | fdisk /dev/sda I can create a new active primary partition for NTFS, 24 Giga large. The syntax ...
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Repartion multiple disks and reallocate storage

I’m trying to re-partition from an Arch Linux install disc. I’m doing so because my current OS is corrupted. When running fdisk –l this is what it looks like: /dev/sda1 * start=2048 end=1026047 ...