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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How can I quickly copy a GPT partition scheme from one hard drive to another?

On a non GPT partition table I can do sfdisk -d /dev/sda | sfdisk /dev/sdb But sfdisk doesn't support GPT partition tables. What can I use instead? I'm looking for a one or two command solution, ...
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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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partitioning using 2 hard disks (SSD and non-SSD) in linux [closed]

I have the following free spaces on 2 disks: SSD - 240G (sda) non-SSD - 240G (sdb) I understand that I should use SSD to install packages and non-SSD just for storing data. What's the best ...
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How to clone a NTFS partition (WinXP) from a damaged disk to a new one?

I'm an Italian Windows programmer. I know almost nothing of Linux, so please be patient if the question is dumb and pardon my bad english. I need to clone a NTFS partition from a damaged, near to die ...
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Partition manager that can handle LVM?

I have been looking but neither Gparted nor KDE Partition Manager can handle LVM. Working with the command line is probably fine but it would be clearer to have a GUI tool here. Does such thing exist? ...
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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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Why do we need to specify partition type in fdisk and later again in mkfs?

I'm a little confused about fdisk and mkfs. So - here is typical USB flash drive partitioning and formatting: umount /dev/sdb fdisk fdisk /dev/sdb Command (m for help): d Selected partition 1 ...
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Why are partition size and df output different?

I have a partition /dev/sda1. Disk utility shows it has the capacity of 154 GB. df -h shows Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 123G 104G 14G 89% / ...
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/dev/mmcblk0 partitions limit

I've just mounted a microSD card which has 17 partitions in my laptop and I'm getting the following error in the YaST partitioner: Your disk /dev/mmcblk0 contains 17 partitions. The maximum number of ...
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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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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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Difference between bootable and non-bootable partitions

What is the difference between a bootable and non-bootable partition? I know that a user cannot boot a system from a partition marked non-bootable and can from one marked bootable. I want to know ...
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Problem Installing UBUNTU 14.04 (AND Mint 16, which is based on UBUNTU 13.10) as dual boot on RAID 0 with Windows 8.1

Ok, I know that there is Dual-Boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on FakeRAID Installation error - question marks "????..." and that that post has some answers for me, but I don't know if it ...
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Gparted says disk is full but it isn't

I'm on Manjaro and today I woke up to find my computer having problems due to a full disk. I have deleted many things but this did not solve the issue. I have no idea what is happening. Is there a ...
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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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Move /usr to SSD

I have an SSD and regular HDD drive in my laptop. The SSD drive is not used at all; it is not even being mounted. I am using Arch Linux. I'd like to start using the SSD, and from what I have read I ...
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Reading a filesystem from a whole disk image

I ran these commands: VBoxManage clonehd d6b9f0a5-98df-48ca-83c8-91a0809ec349 --format RAW Debian.raw sudo dd if=~/.VirtualBox/HardDisks/Debian.raw of=/dev/sda5 When I try to mount the partition, I ...
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/dev/mapper in fdisk

After installing CentOS, I see several lines like /dev/mapper/centos_jackpc--11-swap and /dev/mapper/centos_jackpc--11-root when I issue fdisk -l. What is the purpose of these? And why do they not ...
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How to renumber GPT partitions on an umounted disk?

I tried to sort (renumber) partitions on /dev/sdb via terminal, using gdisk from the operating system (running on /dev/sda) and none of the sdb partitions mounted but the only option I get is [-l] ...
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Is there a BSD operating system that can be booted off a logical drive partition?

From several BSD operating systems' documentation, there is a requirement for it to be booted off a primary partition. Is there any BSD that can be booted off a logical partition in some indirect ...
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Why partition disks?

I've read many times that it's important to partition disks into smaller partitions, and that this is especially true for root or OS disks, but I've never been able to find a good reason for it. A ...
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Deploying filesystem images onto a partition of arbitrary size

I would like to establish a deployment process for Ubuntu machines based on root FS images. I would like to restore the image onto a simply-formatted hard drive (I can completely erase the disk during ...
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Moving /boot partition without messing up the system

I have deleted my old Linux Mint partition I had installed beside my new current Rafaela one. Thus, I have free space I want to add to my home partition. Above you can see the partition layout: sda4 ...
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How to restore an LVM container to a bigger physical partition?

The setup is an encrypted LVM container/PV that holds a few ext4 partitions. I am moving these to a new machine, but there is more room on the disk. So, I have created a bigger encrypted LVM ...
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Programmatically partition disk

I am attempting to create a bash script which will create a new partition with a file system on a disk with existing partition(s). It looks like it's easy to create partitions programmatically with ...
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Is it possible to change the sector size of a partition for zfs raidz pool in linux?

I've been migrating a zfs raidz pool on linux to new discs via virtual devices which were sparse files. I've used partitions on the discs as the discs are different sizes of 1.9T each. The last disc ...
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Linux/GParted can see partition table but dd bs=512 count=1 can't

I have an MBR formatted sd card and when connect to a Linux machine (xubuntu 12.04) it can mount a partition and parse the file system (as can GParted). However, when I try to read the MBR from the ...
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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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Is it possible to enlarge the / partition without rebooting?

I can enlarge the root (/) partition with fdisk without rebooting (deleting an recreating it with the same 1st sector, but greater last sector). However, I cannot make the kernel to re-read the ...
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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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Mounting a hibernated Windows 8 NTFS partition on Linux Mint

I used Ubuntu for long even along Windows and SOMETIMES I got this problem for mounting the corresponding NTFS partition at the beginning, however with a pair of command lines to the console I got it ...
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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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How to Expand LVM2 Partition in Fedora Linux

I've been using Fedora 15 on a VMWare virtual machine. Over time, the disk space I initially allocated for the file system began to run out, only 12GB left. I've expanded the disk space an extra 25GB. ...
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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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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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Ignorantly dd'd /dev/sda*

I was trying to write an iso to a flash drive. I mistakenly thought that all /dev/sda* are flash drives attached to the system. I wasn't sure how to figure out which was which, so I just unplugged my ...
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How do I permanently mount a separate partition as folder in a separate home partition?

I'd like to create the following situation: A separate partition for my user's home directory, A second separate partition for ~/Documents, and A third separate partition for ~/Videos and ~/Music. ...
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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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How to format a write protected pen drive in Linux?

How can I format the write protected pendrive?
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Accidentally deleted the partitions on my boot disk. The system is still running. How can I recover?

I just accidentally scrubbed all the partitions from the wrong disk. /dev/sda is the boot disk, and /dev/sdb is a new disk I am trying to set up as a RAID mirror. I accidentally fat-fingered it, ...
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Why would I want to create more partitions if RHEL will only recognize up to 16?

During some basic RHEL training, I came across this blurb: Although it's possible to create more, RHEL will recognize only up to 16 partitions on any individual SATA, SCSI, PATA, or virtual hard ...
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How can I shrink a LUKS partition, what does `cryptsetup resize` do?

I am in progress of resizing a LUKS encrypted partition that contains a single ext4 filesystem (no LVM or something). The cryptsetup FAQ recommends to remove the old partition and recreate it, but ...
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How can I partition a volume in a regular file without loop?

I'm trying to play around with OS development, and I started with a boot loader, where phase 0 loads phase 1 from a file (specified by inode) on an ext4 partition (specified by first LBA). Of course, ...
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Partition not mounting from fstab

I have mounted a partition and add it to fstab file and then rebooted but I see that the partition is not mounted although it was added to fstab. What is wrong, and how can I solve it? fstab line: ...
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How do I check how much free space left on a device to create a partition

Let's say I have this virtual machine running: [root@centos ~]# fdisk -ul Disk /dev/sda: 8589 MB, 8589934592 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1044 cylinders, total 16777216 sectors Units = sectors ...
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Define physical volume inside non-partitioned disk

I've been able to define a physical volume (LVM) in two ways: Creating a 8e (Linux LVM type) partition and then # pvcreate /dev/sdb1 Usign pvcreate directly using a non-partitioned disk and then # ...
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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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Why are logical volumes used with LUKS partitions?

All of the instructions I've seen on setting up a LUKS encrypted drive require using logical volumes to create root and swap partitions inside a LUKS device. Why not just put standard partitions ...
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how to use “Unusable” sectors outside defined partition boundaries

What might be a convenient way to stash some hidden data in the "Unusable" area following the last partition, or anywhere outside defined partition boundaries? For example, making it appear as a ...
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Debian 6 - Disk partitioning too long

I just got a new pc that comes with an empty 250GB 3G SATA Non-Hot Plug 7,200rpm HDD. I decided to install Debian 6 from a USB, I chose the partition to be Guided - use entire disk and set up ...