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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Moving stuff off of SSD to HDD after installation. Using mount --bind? LiveCD?

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my SSD. /dev/sda1. No other partitions. No swap. Then I went about reading how to optimize usage, and have come to the conclusion I want my /home, /var and /tmp mounted on ...
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Grub with two hard drives

I am trying to install Mint14 on my machine having two hard drives : Samsung SSD PM830 SATA : 128 Gb ( sda ) - Windows 7 (i want to keep this) ST9500423AS ATA : 500 Gb ( sdb ) - ...
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How to make “/home” partition after installation completed in Fedora 18?

I've installed Fedora 18 Spherical Cow with the new installer and I created 3 partitions from free space on the hard drive (/, /boot and swap). After I completed the installation, I figured out that ...
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Strange IOStat xk. Moving a mere 40GB data is too slow. Can anyone explain?

iostat -xk 5 avg-cpu: %user %nice %system %iowait %steal %idle 0.99 0.00 1.10 11.01 0.00 86.89 Device: rrqm/s wrqm/s r/s w/s rkB/s wkB/s avgrq-...
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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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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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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 there)....
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Can the Fedora installer partition the disk itself?

I've been using Ubuntu for a little while now, but I plan on dual-booting with Fedora just to try it. Does Fedora give you the option to partition your disk and dual boot upon installation or do I ...
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Don't create partition schema in external devices

Is right to create a filesystem without to create a partition table in external devices non-boot? I've created directly a filesystem into a memory card (SD) and it has been mounted automatically when ...
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GParted is Frozen

I've been trying to allocate more space for Windows... And to do that, I have to resize my Linux partition partition. So I booted up from my flash drive and started up gParted. Everything was ...
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Shrink a Linux guest .vdi in VirtualBox?

I've seen instructions for shrinking the .vdi image for a Windows guest machine in VirtualBox 4.1.8. However, it used a tool to write zeroes to free space in the .vdi (nullfile-1.02.exe) that is for ...
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Formatting secondary hard drive that has windows on it

I recently installed an setup an Ubuntu Server machine. It has two drives in it and the other drive has windows installed on it. (I didn't want to overwrite the windows installation until I had my ...
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Keeping multiple root directories in a single partition

I'm working out a partition scheme for a new install. I'd like to keep the root filesystem fairly small and static, so that I can use LVM snapshots to do backups without having to allocate a ton of ...
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Flash an OS to an eMMC, from uSD with larger capacity than eMMC

With a Debian distro installed into a 8GB uSD (although uSD memory is almost free), I need to flash this distro into the 4GB eMMC of a BeagleBone Black board, based on AM335x SoC. The S2 switch ...
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lvm data lost risk

Recently I bought server for my files , I have 4x6TB hard drives : root@Debian-85-64bit-minimal ~ # lvmdiskscan -l WARNING: only considering LVM devices /dev/sda2 [ 5.46 TiB] LVM ...
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Create a partition with fdisk in bytes

i would like to create a partition with fdisk with exact number of bytes. But fdisk only let me input K,M,G,T,P: Last sector, +sectors or +size{K,M,G,T,P} (2048-7814037134, default 7814037134)
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Use format-udf to format a single partition

I came across this tool, format-udf from here: https://github.com/JElchison/format-udf. But it seems I can only format the whole device with a single partition. I have a hard drive with several ...
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kpartx or losetup?

If I have an image file or a data storage device that has no partition table but either has partitions or needs to be mapped to device nodes, which tool is better? A use case might be with flash ...
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set partition bootable with gdisk GPT

Using GPT, how do I set this disk: sda1 ext3 FUJITSUMHV2080B so that the partition is bootable? Or, do I need to reformat using the install disk?
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Installing Mint over Ubuntu in a dual boot with Windows 7

My computer dual boots Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7. I want Linux Mint instead of Ubuntu. I need to keep Windows. I burned the Mint disk I need. I boot from it, and check the desktop, click Install ...
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How do I repair an ext3 filesystem (superblock)?

Disk setup (2) 300GB HDDs in RAID 1 /dev/sda1 - ext3 /boot (1GB) /dev/sda2 - swap swap (20GB) /dev/sda3 - LVM (179GB) (2) 500GB HDDS in RAID 1 /dev/sdb1 - LVM (500GB) LVM - System (...
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resize partition to get some space from EFI partition

I realized that I gave lot more space than required for EFI partition. Is it possible to get some space( 9G ) out of EFI partition into /dev/sda3? This is my current partition: [root@archpc ~]# ...
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Creating F2FS volume with specified size on Android

My smartphone is booted to the TWRP recovery and I'm running the ADB Shell as root on Windows. I have fully unmounted /data with the following command: umount /dev/block/mmcblk0p36 Then checked it'...
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Arch Linux installation (dual-booting with UEFI Windows)

I've searched the web, the manuals, the Arch wiki, the Arch BBS and Stackexchange for answers prior to getting the guts to ask a question here. At this stage I'm just very tired, because I've spent my ...
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crytpsetup on device or partition? [duplicate]

I am creating an encrypted block device (for data) that will use BTRFS on top of LUKS. This device will not hold the root filesystem. With BTRFS, I can create subvolumes. I don't see any need for ...
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Backbox Linux Installation (Ubuntu Derivate) - Problems with partitioning

I did install 5 HardDrives in my computer. (4x 750GB / 1x 500GB) If I boot the Backbox Linux DVD (https://backbox.org/linux) and start gparted all devices are shown up: /dev/sda (750GB), /dev/sdb (...
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Some doubts about disk inconsistency

I have a system with 3 elements: An embedded system with this FAT lib that makes several operations in the FAT filesystem (e.g. add/remove file/dir, append to file). The sector read/write functions ...
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Adding space from sda1 partition from sda on linux server [duplicate]

We recently upgraded our server from 16GB to 256GB. When we did this the space was not added to the partition we wanted. When I run the command lsblock this is the output. NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO ...
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Windows backup, bootable recovery media, and bootable ubuntu media on same flash drive

I'm going to install Ubuntu side-by-side with windows 10 and I'm seeing lots of advice to back up windows onto a system image. Moreover, it looks like to be able to restore that image if something ...
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RHEL 7 Install - Main partition taking up entire allotted space + other problems

I hope this is the proper place to ask RHEL questions, I have already asked on the RHEL discussions area and have not gotten any replies after a week of posting. I am having a few problems in setting ...
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Linux Mint installation showing entire Windows disk unallocated

I'm trying to install Linux Mint next to my install of Windows 10, but there's a problem. Mint is saying that the entire hard drive is unallocated "free space", though in the file explorer you can ...
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Accidental deletion Windows 10 partition and now cannot boot Arch Linux

I inadvertently deleted my Windows 10 partitions on /dev/sda, and as /dev/sda2 was my UEFI partition I can no longer boot Arch Linux (which I was booting using systemd-boot). I cannot figure out how ...
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Where is the “use empty space” option in centos 7?

I didn't find the "use empty space" (the option was available in centos 6) during the installation of centos 7. I need this option because I am using gparted to have a GPT partition and not an MBR ...
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Can I delete a Linux Mint partition and keep the Ubuntu one I have while installing Fedora?

So just yesterday I downloaded and installed Linux Mint on my machine. I wanted a dual boot so I now have two partitions. Linux Mint is great but it lacks one thing- Arc theme support And yes I didn'...
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Instaling Linux Mint with Windows 8.1

I am trying to dual boot Mint with Windows 8.1. So far I formatted disk with fdisk in windows cmd and then installed Windows. Now I am trying to install Mint but mint and even gparted don't see ...
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How to increase space allocated for linux

I am using Linux mint and at the time of installation I allocated 2GB space for file root of Linux. Now I need more space for Linux I tried to do it via gparted. But I can't figure out how to do it. ...
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Bootloader Grub2 - delete partition where ubuntu resides

I have a dualboot with the following two Os's: Windows10 Kubuntu And the bootloader Grub2 What happends with the bootloader if I delete/formats the partition where Kubuntu is installed? Does it ...
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Stuck on grub rescue with no /boot directory?

Deleted a partition during Windows 7 installation. Now all I get is error: no such partition. Entering rescue mode.. grub rescue> I tried to look for /boot directory: grub rescue > ls (...
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sfdisk does not create block files for corresponding partition

I have partitioned my disk using sfdisk. And the (7)partitions got created successfully. sfdisk -l also lists all the (7) partitions which I configured. But the strange thing is, the corresponding ...
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How to move empty disc space between partitions

I want to move an empty disc space from one partition to another. Is this possible? In the below image, I have free space under /local (/dev/sda3). I want to allocate this space to / which is on /dev/...
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Is there a way to get partition information of a disk with sysfs?

my first question here - so please, don't be too hard with me... As the title says: I am wondering if there is a way to get partition information of a disk with sysfs. I know about some different ...
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multi boot win 7 ubuntu 15.10 kali

this is my first time using grub and I am hitting a problem. I can't seem to install ubuntu in the manner I "think" I should AND added to that I get unusable space. Here's what I am doing could ...
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swap goes the second drive, how can I return it to normal from command line?

The following is my plan for partition of CentOS 6.7. I have two disks with A for system and files, B totally for backup. But, after installation, I log in using ssh root. Here is what I see: (...
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I have 3 primary partitions already, can i shrink one of them and install kali-linux?

I have 3 primary partitions and 2 logical partitions already in my windows 8.1 PC. But now i want to shrink a 20gb space from c drive and install kali-linux 2.0 in it.. i tried to install kali linux ...
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Azure Ubuntu Partition management

I'm working on an Azure Ubuntu VM root@dalil:/# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on udev 1.7G 8.0K 1.7G 1% /dev tmpfs 345M 392K 344M 1% /run /dev/sda1 ...
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Partition alignment when imaging with dd

I'm running Debian 7 (Wheezy) on my notebook and want to update to Jessie. When installing, I took care of the partition alignment on the ssd. My next steps would be to clone the existing SSD to a ...
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How do I increase a partition size of a virtual disk?

I created a file using dd if=/dev/zero of=virt_disk bs=1024M count=50. I then formatted this is a vfat file system. Now I want to extend this. I added 5 more MiB of space as dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024M ...
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Dual boot, I've not created the grub file on the 2nd OS

I have Ubuntu 14 and Windows 10 installed on the different partitions and working well. I've created one more partition and installed Arch into it. Actually, I made only the 1st part of installation ...
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Partition for Linux Mint

I tried using GParted using a tutorial but i kind of made a mistake i guess in the middle. I put 40GBs from /dev/sda5 to unallocated as i read in the tutorial. I got an error message saying that i ...
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How to use df -h for only for path I am currently using for copy files and put the output to variable?

I am looking for a way to check the disk space only for partition which I am using to backup some folders and files to. As an example: I am in folder /var/usr/local/foo and I need to copy this ...