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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Partition system id FDISK

if I change a partition system id to FAT16 with fdisk and make another file system such as ext2 on that partition with mkfs what is problem? every thing is ok ! so what does (partition system id) do?
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Dual Booting on HP laptop seems impossible due to HD partitioning

I'd like to run Debian on my laptop in dual boot with Win7. I started shrinking my C drive, freeing 150Gb to give to Debian, but when installing and arriving at the point in which I have to choose ...
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Recommended partitioning scheme for Arch Linux when using two hard drives [closed]

I want to install Arch Linux on my laptop, which has two hard drives: a 25GB SSD and a 700GB HDD. I'd like to have the OS installed on SSD and have my data stored on the HDD. Which partitioning ...
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How can I use fdisk to create a ntfs partition on /dev/sdx?

I would like to know how to create a ntfs partition on /dev/sdx. I could not figure out if I should use partition type 7 86 or 87. What is the full list of commands to use?
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Using dd in order to save and restore a boot sector?

Through some legacy code I'm using dd to save and restore (parts) of a bootsector after unzipping the .iso of the system onto the hard drive (from a live cd). I use the following command to save the ...
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Kernel panic after Gentoo install — cannot open root device

I have a Debian system on /dev/sda1 (/) and /dev/sda2 (extended, /dev/sda5 is /home, /dev/sda6 is swap). I want to install Gentoo in parallel, so I shrinked sda2 and created /dev/sda3, in which I ...
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Defining partitions with boot parameters

I read on the GTV Hackers wiki that the partition table for the Logitech Revue is embedded in the kernel instead of residing, say, at the beginning of internal memory. After that I learned that this ...
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Cannot reformat Micro SD Card

I need to reformat my micro SD card, however I am having some issues with it. When I go the card on my computer, it displays the following message: The folder contents could not be displayed ...
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can't reformat usb drive (can only get sdb1 not sdb)

I recently made a 128g kali thumb drive. Well I tried making the encrypted persistence way to large so wiped the whole thing and started again. But now whenever I format (tried from the command line ...
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changing grub boot drive

I just installed a new SSD and I want to move all the files from the HDD to my SSD. I cloned the partitions from the hdd to the ssd. I run on a dual boot - windows 10 and ubuntu 15.10. So, now I have ...
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mkfs.vfat creates multiple MBR signatures

I am creating a FAT32 partition from a file image. My commands are as follows: Create a 2MB file image. dd if=/dev/zero of=fatfs.img bs=1024 count=2048 To create the filesystem I use: mkfs.vfat ...
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How can I manipulate a partition table file without fdisk checking the validity of it?

I'm creating an image in memory (/tmp is a tmpfs): $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/sdcard.img bs=512 count=3147775 It's supposed to hold a partition table and the first 3 partitions of a device $ ...
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Can I get SSD rw performance while keeing data security if I combine SSD & HDD in btrfs RAID1

I have 2 storage devices; classical slow HDD (750GB, /dev/sda) and faster SSD (128GB, /dev/sdb). Currently I have installed Ubuntu & Mint on same btrfs partition on SSD (/dev/sdb5). My btrfs pool ...
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Boot script issue after formatting computer

I am new to Linux, currently using Linux Mint. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to ditch Windows altogether. So I formatted my entire hard disk and installed Linux Mint. I got a warning during the ...
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Error while Installing centos 6.7 alongside windows 7

I am havind almost 50 gb free space in hard disk. But while partitioning its shows that "could not allocate requested partitions : no partition slots in sda". I made free space by shrinking my current ...
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Mount external drive from old eMac with Darwin

How can I mount an external HD from a Darwin console? I've tried running fdisk, but fdisk -l fdisk: unable to stay -l: No such file or directory mount -a didn't barf but didn't do anything material ...
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Which FHS dirs can I outsource and how?

At the moment I have a computer w/ Ubuntu on a HDD with everything on one partition. I'd like to add a SSD and move / to it, outsourcing /boot to a separate partition (on the SSD, too) and leave /home ...
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How can i merge unallocated partition with an extended partition?

I need to combine the unallocated space on my computer into one partition. Originally I had Windows in the other partition but I recently deleted it because I no longer use it and I only ever use ...
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Mountpoint to different partitions and different filesystems

While reading on mount point, I think of file management in Linux as followed : / is the main body of a tree /a is a branch from the main body, /a/b is a branch from /a branch To mount a partition c ...
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File systems vs partitions vs directories

I am new to Linux so pardon me for the possible confusion you may encounter in this question. From what I understand, filesystem specifies how a partition stores/manages file, with standards such as ...
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Difference between sd0/sda, hd0/hda

From what I understand, hdx is naming convention for IDE (PATA) drive, sdx is for SCSI (SATA) drive. Sometimes I see sd0 and sda, similary hd0/hda. What are their differences ? When would we use ...
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How to partition my hard disk [closed]

How to partitioning hard disk for two different linux system on the GPT/UEFI. Size of disk 500gb. I ask because of the fact the disk is limited to 4 primary partition. I want to have 2 partitions on ...
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Decrypt a portion of a corrupted drive

I have a hard drive that got corrupted after a doing an MTP mounting of a cell phone. It was created under Fedora Core 20 using defaults. Originally, I thought I did it as an ext4 partition. I ...
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Fedora installation on particular partition

Let's say in my disk I have two partition, Partition A 100Gb and Partition B 800Gb, I want to install fedora on partition A only. I don't want to touch partition B. Is it possible? if yes than please ...
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Safely resize partitions Debian?

A week ago I had Windows 7 only. Then I installed Debian Jessie 8.2. I made mistakes (I think) on the partitions sizes, I thought it was a good idea to do something like this (and I did it): -/ ...
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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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fstab pass value for non root partitions

If I open /etc/fstab on an up to date Amazon Linux Server (using init, not systemd) I see the following: LABEL=/ / ext4 defaults,noatime 1 1 tmpfs /dev/shm ...
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How to recover files from unused partition (Mint)?

I made 2 partitions, 1 root and 1 swap, 3rd partition was data partition which had files on it, I wanted to allocate free space to that partition and set it as /home, however the computer didn't allow ...
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How do I remove the chrx partition on a chromebook running crouton?

I hope this is the right place for this. If not, let me know where would be more appropriate. I have chosen to ask it here because I am assuming/hoping that the flexibility of linux will allow me to ...
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Are partition and volume the same concept?

From Silberschatz's Operating System Concepts A storage device can be used in its entirety for a file system. It can also be subdivided for finer-grained control. For example, a disk can be ...
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How to get my partition to be bigger

I inherited a messed up file system, and I think I made it worse. My files are all found on /dev/sda5. As you can see I have no more room. I'd like to include sda2 in sda5, but unfortunately the ...
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How can I set up overflow /tmp partition?

I run Antergos as my OS. I have several drives in my computer: a 240gb SSD, a 320gb SATA hard drive, and a 120gb IDE drive. I store most everything on the SSD because I don't generally need more room ...
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Any way to help “visualize” the superblock, filesystem, group descriptors, etc

I've been reading a lot about filesystems, trying to learn all I can in depth, but I'm having trouble really visualizing some of it, especially when it comes to things like the superblock, group ...
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Fedora OSX Partition

I am wanting to dual boot fedora workstation with OSX. 2015 Macbook. However, when I get to the partition scheme screen on the fedora installer it shows my OSX SSD 250GB but with only 6KB free. But if ...
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How to expand /boot partition on Ubuntu 15.10?

Recently I made a fresh install of Ubuntu 15.10 on my laptop after erasing everything. I have got notification from update manager to update my system. But I am getting the below error which says the ...
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Getting mmc_block to display more than 8 partitions

When you format an SD card or a USB drive with the Chromebook Recovery Utility, it creates twelve partitions. It also leaves the rest of the memory unallocated. I want to be able to use this space as ...
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Is it possible to keep files on a disk partition without an OS?

I want to switch from Linux Mint to Musix. I want to backup my files and copy them after installation, but I was unable to do this because my only external medium for storage is an 8 Gb USB stick. ...
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Install Debian safely without destroying Windows

I'm very newbie to Linux and Debian. I have Windows 7 running perfectly. I want to have both Debian and Windows, So what I want is dual-boot. I just almost installed Debian Jessie 8.2, but I had to ...
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Check if partitions are aligned properly for performance?

I just created a GPT disk label for the entire space on my hard disk (/dev/sda) like so: # parted (parted) select /dev/sda (parted) mklabel gpt Warning: The existing disk label on /dev/sda will be ...
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How to create a disk image with a partition table that can be easily resized to the target device?

I want to create a disk image with two partition, boot partition and rootfs partition. I want boot to be a fixed size and rootfs to be easily resizeable to fill the target device after the image is ...
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How do I resize a partition on an img file?

I have a puppy linux img that is 8gb but I need it to fit on a 6gb drive. How do I resize the ext2 partition on the img?
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Accidentally installed Linux Mint over Windows/Ubuntu. How do I recover data (SSD)?

I had Ubuntu and Windows installed on this 480Gb drive (on my laptop) and decided I'd like to try Linux Mint. One of the options given in the Linux Mint installation Wizard was to delete Ubuntu ...
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How can I identify the filesystem/partition type

My hard drive got corrupted at some point after mounting an mtpfs system. I would ask how to fix that, but I'm not confident about the partition and file system types. My OS is new Fedora Core 23, ...
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Permission denied when writing a file

Upon installation, I have created an extra partition and mounted it as /data. The partition is visible, but I get a Permission denied error when trying to create a file or directory in it. Doing it ...
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Can I specify partition in “reboot” or any similar commands?

I like to make scripts for everything that takes a bit of time, and when I have to reboot to another partition, I press the reboot button and then hold alt (⌥) and then I have to choose partition. I'd ...
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How do I add megabytes to free space when creating partitions to dual boot ubuntu?

So I was using this manual to dual boot ubuntu: http://www.linuxandubuntu.com/home/dual-boot-ubuntu-15-04-14-10-and-windows-10-8-1-8-step-by-step-tutorial-with-screenshots I got into a conundrum when ...
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Can't increase partition size due to start

I saw today that my computer didn't want to boot because my /dev/sdb2 (/ partition) was totally full. That was a big mistake from me, I'm a beginner and I've set the size at 10G, which isn't enough. ...
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How to mount a partition at startup in Linux Mint 17.2 KDE by using a GUI?

I would like to have a GUI to set one of my NTFS drives to be automatically mounted at startup as it contains data synchronized with apps that also run at startup (Dropbox, Megasync etc) which ...
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Cannot install PC BSD

Currently I am using Ubuntu. I wanted to try PC BSD so downloaded 10.2. On trying to install it on a separate primary partition(so that I can dual-boot) I am getting the following error. Do anyone ...
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What (type of) partition is needed to install Fedora alongside Windows

I've been trying to install Fedora on my laptop since ... last night. I tried the instructions from this page. But I got an error saying local variable 'e' was referenced before... ( my memory ...