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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Installing Arch Linux on SD Card - Problem Writing Partition Table

I've been trying to install Arch Linux onto an SD card to use plugged into my macbook. Currently, I've booted into the installation media on a usb key and I'm trying to write the GPT partition table ...
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Free-ing up unused space on a partition that is unaccessible after a mount

Originally I had a 50GB disk where the root / was mounted to a 6 GB partition on it. The partition was running out of room so I created a second partition with the rest of the free space (44 GB). ...
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Is partition table type “loop” a good or bad idea on BTRFS?

I have started to convert my disks to btrfs and following tutorials, most of them created the filesystem directly on the device instead on a partition. The file system is working and stores data but ...
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Unable to create partiton when installing RHEL 5.8

I am trying to install RHEL 5.8 on my IBM server. When I try to create a partition manually, I get the following error message. Your boot partition is on a disk using the GPT partition. How can I ...
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Why is the boot sector on a Linux partition empty?

I am aware that Linux systems largely use GRUB 2 as the bootloader stored in the master boot record of a GPT hard disk. However, each partition has its own Volume Boot Record or Partition Boot Record, ...
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Target file system contains files from a past installation

I've recently formatted my harddrive and trying to install Kali Linux on it. The problem is that when I choose to partition the hard drive etc I always come to the same message over and over. This is ...
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4k mode hard disk partition

I am trying to create a 256 MB primary partition for my 320 Gig hdd using fdisk. Since, the drive support 4k I wanted to try the emulation mode. so, for 256 Mb of 512 K blocks leads me with below ...
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How do I resize an ext3 partition that is not part of a LVM group?

I've read various questions/answers such as this one: How to extend CentOS 5 partition on VMware? However I have an ext3 partition I need to extend that isn't part of a LVM group and never will ...
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Resize Arch root partition in gparted

my arch linux(antergos) partition is getting small and I wanted to resize it by using a USB stick with the live version of antergos. So I booted, installed gparted but I'm unable to resize it ...
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create partition inside Linux Mint to install Windows 7

I have installed 64-bit Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon on my laptop, which has no other OS. Right now Mint uses the entire hard disk. Is it possible to create a partition from Mint for Windows 7? (Windows 7 ...
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Can't resize /dev/sda2 extended partition with gparted live cd

I recently got a message while updating some programs that my /boot is full. I've been on other posts and everyone says delete files in /boot but I thought making it bigger seems more logical and ...
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Data deleted accidentally [duplicate]

I installed ubuntu 14.04 by replacing win 8.1 and then all my partions are gone.I thought it would replace the sytem files in C only but all my partions are deleted.So i want to know if there is any ...
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Resize partition after image using dd to another drive

I have a smaller 120GB drive which has run out of space, which I have imaged to a larger 500GB drive using: dd if=/dev/sdb1 of=/dev/sda4 bs=32M After mounting to /R500 df shows me 100% in use which ...
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How do I create a utility USB?

I do a lot of work with many different bootable images all on different flash drives. However, it gets annoying to search for a specific drive, plug it in, and use it. Is there a way I can consolidate ...
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How to reload media parttion table after dd [duplicate]

When I overwrite the partition table with dd command I can't mount my new partition mmcblk0p1 because is not updated I need to force reload partition table of SD-Card mmcblk0, I unplug and plug ...
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Cannot mount LVMm: resume ioctl on failed

I wanted to resize my LVM, followed some tutorial on the net and the system totally crashed (I got some boot error with UUID not found). I ran a LiveCD and tried to at least recover some files but I ...
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Getting partition boundary error when using GPARTED

I am trying to allocate my hard disk with below set of partitions using GPARTED. /dev/sdb1 - 256 MB /dev/sdb2 - 2048 MB With free space preceding as (4 Mb) between partitions. After applying the ...
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About dev mapping of partitions

New Linux user. Today had bright idea of making a backup of two partitions on an sd card to another sd card already in use. Did this: shrunk partition on backup sd, thus creating unallocated space, ...
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Resize root LVM and FS in Debian 7

I have a Debian server and I would like to increase the "root" partition from 5GB to 17GB and to diminish the "home" partition from 14GB to 2GB. I am a newbie in linux sysadmin, so a really need your ...
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Yet another problem mounting SD cards! [closed]

I've got an SD card that's not mounting properly. /dev/mmcblk0 exists, but /dev/mmcblk0p1 doesn't when I insert the card. The output of fdisk -l /dev/mmcblk0 is: 4 heads, 16 sectors/track, 242560 ...
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Approximate partition table backup with sfdisk

I wanted to convert some logical partitions to extended ones, so I was following this accepted answer. However, at the step of backing up my current partition table, I messed up and typed the ...
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Understanding syslinux and partitioning

I am trying to learn and especially understand how partitionning and boot-loaders work. The problem is that I got it all twisted in my mind. In the end I don't understand anything anymore. I know ...
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Block device aligment without partitioning?

As new drives with 4096b sized blocks appeared, partition alingment is becoming more and more important. But, what I am interested in is, if I use the whole block device for filesystem (eg. /dev/sdc) ...
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Filesystem for boot partition

I created a BIOS boot partition on a hard drive, using gdisk : $ sudo gdisk /dev/sdb Command (? for help): p Disk /dev/sdb: 7821312 sectors, 3.7 GiB Logical sector size: 512 bytes Disk identifier ...
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Two 500GB (JBOD) drives out of an NAS-200 put into UBUNTO 14-04 and put back into an LVM to access old information

I’m in a dilemma as I’m new to Linux (not helpless, but new) and would like some help if you don’t mind. I have been working with Linux for several years to some extent so I can get around some with ...
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How to change disk layout on a running server? [closed]

I have setup a Debian server and I choose to use different LVM Logical Volumes for /home, /usr, /var, ... Now, I run out of space on /var volume. I want to redirect all of data that is going to ...
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Replicate a complex partition structure with LUKS and LVM volumes

I have two external hard discs on an OpenSUSE 13.1 system. On one I have created a partition structure: An encrypted LVM partition (LUKS) Several volumes (10) on this LVM partition, some formatted ...
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Creating a specific sized LVM logical volume at the end of a physical volume

I have a physical volume that is 49.8GB and I want to have a 2GB logical volume which is at the end of the physical volume and the rest of the physical volume being another logical volume. I read ...
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How to make system file partitions larger without reinstalling

I'm a complete beginner with any Linux distro and I recently picked up SteamOS. SteamOS I believe is Debian based. I wiped the laptop and got it installed nicely. When I started moving my music over ...
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Converting NTFS to Ext3

I recently partitioned a new drive in windows to NTFS. I want to make it ext3 so that I can transfer a WUBI Ubuntu installation onto it. I don't care about the data on this partition. Is there a ...
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Re-partitioning /home partition in CentOS

I have a CentOS 7 system with a /home partition that is too large. I wish to reduce its size but it's XFS so that's pretty much impossible. Since I don't have much user data anyway (only 1 user ...
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vgdisplay shows 0 free PE/size

I'm trying to configure a CentOS HA system with 2 nodes, with DRBD for replicated storage. I'm following the "Clusters from Scratch" guide, and at the DRBD portion, I need to create a partition for ...
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Wrong iso file preventing from booting Debian dvd with uefi

I have this new computer (MSI Ge70 2PE Apache Pro) that came with Windows 8 and UEFI. I made a partition to install Debian testing 64bits on the same HD where Windows is. I had no problem making the ...
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Installing an OS from source on separate partition. Is this possible?

I'm trying to install Minimal CentOS on a small partition and the installer quits and brings me to a prompt every time. It says something like it can't find initrd.img. I was wondering if I could ...
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What's the pros and cons of disabling the swap partition if the RAM is large enough? [duplicate]

My computer has 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. So I think the swap partition is not needful. What's the pros and cons of disabling the swap partition if the RAM is large enough? Is it recommended to disable ...
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How to find out how the filesystem was created?

You can create the filesystem with mkfs... -- how to find out not only what filesystem is used on given partition, but what parameters where passed to mkfs? So how to perform mkfs in reverse -- ...
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full rootfs on big hardisk, installation or update software not possible

Has anyone seen this issue that can help me solve it? I have got a preinstalled server (Debian GNU/Linux 7.6 (wheezy)), where the disk space was partitioned very badly... :-( The Hardisk is very big ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 constantly out of space [duplicate]

I am having this strange problem of my system running out of space constantly. Just yesterday I cleaned up near 15GB of space and today I see it is out of space. I really don't get it. I know some ...
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split one partition into two using cfdisk (will uuids on other parts stay the same?)

I currently have various linux partitions on sda3-13. If I delete sda6 and create two new partitions using cfdisk I get sda3-14. I have /home on sda7 and / on sda11 which will then become sda8 and ...
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Creating partition tables on USB ATA drives fails with fdisk and KDE partitionmanager

I have a couple old ATA (yes, not SATA) hard drive around with USB enclosures. One of them gave me some EXT4 journal error, so I am not sure whether they have a physical problem. Since they are just ...
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Sharing Apache-httpd documents across multiple Linux distributions?

I'd like to be able to have multiple distributions, say Fedora and Debian, both sharing an Apache DocumentRoot. For example, I could have the same partition mounted to /var/www in both distributions. ...
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Linux Mint Partition Taking Hours

I booted my Mint 17 install cd, chose English as my language, then connected to the internet, then chose to change half of my FAT32 partition (~160.6 gbs) into Linux Mint. Now it's been partitioning ...
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Should I use the discard flag when configuring the filesystem to be installed over the partitions on my SSHD?

I've recently bought a laptop with an SSHD. My guess is that most SSHDs are self-optimised, so the disk itself will handle wear-levelling issues, and I won't need to add the "discard" flag when ...
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GParted hangs while resizing partition

I decided to shrink a FAT partition on my memory card by 768 MB to make place for a new one. GParted hangs on the fsck step. The progress bar halts and any window above it leaves the part of the ...
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sfdisk don't like partitions - want to dump another hard drive to restore software RAID

I'm using Cent OS 6.5. I have two Hard Drive which are exact copies of each others (/dev/sda and /dev/sdb). /dev/sda failed and had to be replaced. I am trying to copies everything from /dev/sdb to ...
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How to Mount a Drive with Right Filesystem?

I am trying to mount the device /dev/xvdc on my CentOS system. When I run an fdisk command I get: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/xvda1 * 1 33 ...
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Recover data from linux partition

Somehow I managed to really mess up my debian installation and I will have to reinstall it. However I have some data on the partition that I really want to save. Is there any way to access the data on ...
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How to access and edit GRUB files on SSD from Live CD?

Is it possible to access and edit GRUB files on SSD from Live CD? I need edit /etc/grub.d/10_linux /boot is in separate partition on SSD. If that's possible, how to do this using Knoppix Live CD?
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How to interpret the output of safecopy

Just as an example, this is one typical output line. ...........................[12767109](+112394240){X [12792709] X}[12818309](+209715200) I have gone through the DESCRIPTION OF OUTPUT in ...
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Can I delete my home partition and create a new(larger) partition with the same files without issue?

I installed arch linux and figured I might want to have another distro or 5, so I left over half my hard drive space unallocated. Due to the fact that I wouldn't know how to add another distro to my ...