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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What happens to partition labels after removing a partition?

What will happen to all the remaining partition labels if I remove a single partition? For example if I have a layout that looks like this: /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 /dev/sda3 /dev/sda4 /dev/sda5 and if ...
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Why are partion size and df output different?

I have a partition /dev/sda1. Disk utility shows, it has capacity of 154 GB. df -h shows Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 123G 104G 14G 89% / devtmpfs ...
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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 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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What is the effect of deleting utility manufacturer partitions?

I am about to erase everything off of my hard drive and install Linux Mint I'm doing this on a Dell laptop, there is a Dell utility partition that I have never used... I have seen these on other ...
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How can I fix a partition conflict?

I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on a 250 gb hdd. I chose at installation to install all on one partition (it was recommended for beginners). Unfortunately, I need to use Windows 7 too. I didn't want to ...
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Hard drive/device partition naming convention in Linux

What is the hard disk drive/device partition naming convention in Linux? For example, [hd0,0], sd0, etc. What does it actually mean? What is the significance of this when i need to install multiple ...
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Partially overwrote /dev/sda, can I recover anything?

I was messing around with my new hard drive, which only contains some personal files, and to check its write speed, I typed: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda, /dev/sda/ being the new 2 TB connected to ...
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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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Fully seperate two accounts without installing seperate operating systems?

Our class is finally installing Mint Linux on our machines. The problem is our teacher is scared that we'll play war games against the two classes that use the computers. His solution is to install ...
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Install Debian over Ubuntu using same home partition

I'm interested in changing from Ubuntu to Debian. I currently have 12.04LTS installed on its own boot partition which is separate from the /home partition. I would simply wipe the Ubuntu partition ...
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What are the ramifications of not having a valid partition table?

I recently upgraded my Ubuntu from 11.10 (Oneiric) to 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) on a Dell Inspiron B130 Laptop. When I run fdisk -l it says that my HD doesn't contain a valid partition table. I have ...
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How to resize an IMG file's partition info?

I made an ISO this way: sudo partimage save /dev/sdc1 /media/56AE8240AE82191F/Backup/xfcefat.iso The resulting iso file is very small but when mounted I see that it has correctly preserved the ...
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Short read while trying to open partition

On my personal home computer running Kubuntu Linux 13.04 I'm having trouble mounting a partition that is very dear to me. My backup policy is to perform a backup about monthly, so I do have a backup ...
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CentOS can't use new extented space on system disc

I have CentOS installed in my VirtualBox and there was small HDD for the system itself(about 8-9GB). After some time of using this, this virtual disc got full and I couldn't install updates so I ...
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How do I backup my partition table?

I just bought a new laptop with Windows 8 preloaded but without an actual Windows disk. I would obliterate the whole thing, but I need to use Visual Studio for one of my classes and the most recent ...
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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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Edit file on image created with dd [duplicate]

I've a bootable USB with Debian. Normally I clone the disk with dd, write the image on a new USB disk, mount this disk on my filesystem and edit some files. Is it possible to edit files on the image ...
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Can unformatted partitions have UUIDs?

Can a partition have a UUID without a filesystem?
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Problem mounting GPT disk partition

I am trying to mount a partition on a GPT disk, but I get the following error: $ sudo mount -t ext4 /dev/sda1 disk/ mount: special device /dev/sda1 does not exist Looking at dmesg, I don't see any ...
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Why does the MINIX installation ask how big /home should be?

While installing MINIX is was asked how big do want /home to be. --- Step 5: Select the size of /home --------------- MINIX will take up 611 MB, without /home. How big do you want your ...
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Help with unzipping a .dd.gz, possibly corrupted

I recieved this file that I was told was a copy of a hard drive (or disk). The file is "sheeva-mem.dd.gz". I tried to unzip the file in a linux Fedora machine. This yielded "unexpected end of file". ...
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Expanding root partition in SUSE Linux

I have a server where the space distribution among partitions is as follows: GSSJMB02:~ # df -kh Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/cciss/c0d0p5 25G 5.9G 18G 25% / ...
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Does GRUB consider partition order when looking for config files?

I have a HD which has 3 partitions, in the following order: NTFS FAT32 FAT32 (very small) I want to install GRUB into the MBR of the HD, and place the config files (menu.lst, etc.) into the 3rd ...
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Migration from loop-aes to cryptsetup

I've upgraded my linux installation to kernel 2.6.38-2 (Debian testing). With the new kernel, loop-aes does not compile, so I cannot mount my encrypted volumes. I heared that it is possible to use ...
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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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“inode_size (128) * inodes_count (0) too big for a filesystem with 0 blocks” while creating a file system

My partition table looks like this: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 32505855 16251904 83 Linux /dev/sda2 32505856 33554431 ...
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Archlinux, move files to a different partition

During the installation I thought I had generated the correct fstab, but now, after cp complains that the filesystem is full, I discover that fstab is empty. I have this configuration: # lsblk NAME ...
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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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How to mount some folders on a different partition

I recently got an SSD for my computer. Therefore I reinstalled my system and mounted / on /dev/sda1 (which is a partition on the SSD). To protect the SSD, I managed to mount /tmp on the RAMdisk. ...
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Problems moving home partition

I was running low in disk space on my Linux box, Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop, (specifically on my /home partition) so I added another disk to it and I am trying to move the home partition into it. I am ...
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How to mount an encrypted TrueCrypt partition always in the same point?

I just formatted my external HD and divided it in two partitions: an ext4 where important information will be, and a ntfs for "compatibility" things (i.e. movies, music, etc). I encrypted the ext4 ...
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How to add a Linux Partition on FreeBSD

Today I installed FreeBSD 9.0 PPC on my Mac mini G4 with 40GB HDD. During installation, (using the FSBD utility 'gpart') I have allocated a total of about 23GB for FreeBSD leaving 17GB totally free ...
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Linux can't see any of my partitions — The backup GPT table is not at the end of the disk

I'm trying to install Linux on my HP Pavilion 14 inch ultrabook, but without any success. At first I tried installing Ubuntu on it; everything went fine, I got into the Live DVD (yes I'm oldschool ...
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chromeos - failed to read partition table

I am trying to install archlinux natively on my chromebook. I am following the instructions here, however when I try to create a new disk label for GPT localhost ~ # parted /dev/mmcblk1 mklabel gpt ...
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Tool to create recipe to preseed partitioning

I want to preseed an Ubuntu 12.04 installer using a custom partitioning recipe. My disk layout is reasonably complex, and so is the recipe syntax itself. Hand-crafting such a recipe seems tedious and ...
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How do I make use of unused space on my boot drive on FreeBSD

I have an old FreeBSD Server (running 7.3-RELEASE) that desperately needs additional storage. In fact, it has some-- the original 20G SCSI drives have been replaced by 300G SCSI drives, so in theory ...
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Can I split /boot to a different partition on a single partition system?

I have set up my system, configured it and everything, using only one partition for / (ext4). So no separate home, boot, swap etc. So the question is: Is there a way to go from this configuration ...
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How does Linux deal with a separate /boot partition?

I am interested to learn about how Linux deals with a separate boot partitions. I am not interested in actually doing this, but I would like to know how this works under-the-hood. Consider a hard ...
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What is the concept of Drives in Unix Systems?

In windows, we have C drives where all the softwares are installed and other partitions e.g; D, E etc to store our data. Now once we reinstall the windows for some reason, we install everything again ...
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How extend linux partition with?(after success to extend : fail to boot computer)

I have Ubuntu and I want to enlarge the disk space of /dev/sda1 from 10GB to 90GB. gparted Ubuntu 9.04 live cd show: Partition File System Size /dev/sda1 ext4 10GB /dev/sda2 ...
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Utility to TRIM unallocated space on drive

I have a drive (SD card) with a few ext4 partitions but also some unallocated space. The fstrim utility can only work within a filesystem. Before I reinvent the wheel and write one, is there another ...
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FreeBSD and Linux shared partitions

Which directories, and how, can I share between FreeBSD and Linux? In particular, how can I deduplicate respectively /usr/home and /home? I guess directly sharing a partition between both systems ...
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How to repartition pendrive again?

My 8GB pendrive originally contained only a FAT partition, but I tried to install OpenSUSE 11.4 on it. I created a 200MB partition for /boot and the rest was for the root partition. Despite the ...
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How to check accurately the remaining disk space on a partition?

I have my /home partition formatted as ext3. Occassionally, some program that is part of GNOME is giving notifications about there only being 700mb of space left. Nautilius tells me I have 5.6GB. Disk ...
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Do I only need one swap partition for multiple Linux distros? (and other questions)

I have Linux Mint 14 installed as my only OS. I have one extended partition containing /swap, / and /home, and I have some unallocated space on my drive. I'm guessing that Mint decided to put this ...
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Prevent non-root user from formatting a partition

Few days back I mistakenly formatted a partition on my external hard drive by clicking Format from the Context menu in Computer. I want to know that how can I prevent non-root user from being able to ...
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/etc files on a different partition

My setup requires that some of my /etc files reside on a separate partition. For this purpose I've created a softlink: ls -li /etc/group 956 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 21 May 7 15:48 /etc/group -> ...
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How do I find the offset of an ext4 filesystem?

I have a failing hard drive that is unable to write or read the first sectors of the disk. It just gives I/O errors and that is all there is. There are other areas on the disk that seem (mostly) fine. ...
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Figuring out what OS is on which partition?

So I have both Ubuntu and Crunchbang installed on my laptop, and I'm trying to figure out which one is on which partition. I'm going to install another OS (probably BT) and need to know what ...