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 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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How can I expand ext4 partition size on debian

I have a drive with this configuration: fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector size ...
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How to change the volume name of a FAT32 filesystem?

I know I can set the volume name when I format the partition with the -n option of mkfs.vfat. But how to just change the name without formatting? I especially want to be able to use lower and ...
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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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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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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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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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How to properly unplug/plug removable LVM2 device?

How to properly unplug (remove) and later plug (insert) removable (hot-plug, usb etc) storage device with LVM2 on it ? I've found this note Remove (unplug, eject): lvchange -an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How do I create new partitions and format my hard drive in parted?

I'm somewhat new to working with commandline tools when dealing with partitioning, so you'll have to excuse my newness. I'm basically trying to create a new logical partition on /dev/sdb and would ...
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Rearrange partitions to install a second Linux distribution

I am new to Linux and just got some foggy idea of partition tables. To be precise here it is: Model: ATA ST3500418AS (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 500GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition ...
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How can I diagnose and repair missing drive space?

I have a small ext3 / partition on a 2T drive which appears to have a discrepancy in its free space. How can I determine what is causing it and how it can be fixed. After trying everything I could ...
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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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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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mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb on CentOS 6.0

Somehow my partition on /dev/sdb has gotten all buggered up. This hard drive contains a lot of data that I need to recover and haven't been able to backup yet. When I attempt to mount it: # mount -t ...
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Linux Mint freezes on startup

Premise I am running Linux Mint on my sister's computer. Everything was working fine, but than one day she turned it on and she got a strange message she didn't understand. I think it was some kind ...
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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 resize an LVM partition at the beginning

I have resized lvm partitions in the past, but after the resize there is space at the end of the partition. What I want to achive is to have the space at the beginning of the partition instead. The ...
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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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Which partition is mounted to where? [duplicate]

How can we check the mount points for partitions listed in /dev/sd*? For example, I would like know if the partition for my home is /dev/sda4.
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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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If I have an SSD and a hard disk in a system, can the SSD act as cache for the hard disk?

Say I have some partitions; one on a SATA drive and one on an SSD. I want to create a "virtual" hybrid disk. Is this possible?
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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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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 ...