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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Why are there 2048 sectors of free space between each logical partition?

I know about the advanced format and setting 2048 free sectors at the beginning of a disk. But I just converted a partition table of my disk from MS-DOS to GPT, and I noticed this: Before: Number ...
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Fedora 20 and windows 7 can't create partions

I have installed Windows 7 SP1 in my laptop. I have 4 partitions: System reserved (Primary partition): 100mb C (Primary partition): 70GB D (Logical partition): 150GB E (Logical partition): 175GB I ...
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Partition USB to raw partition

I'm now running Window 7 and I want to install Manjaro Linux on the other disk on my computer. In the installation guide, the author said: Should your attempt to write to a USB stick still be ...
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How do I use unused partition in a dual boot environment

I have Ubuntu installed as a host with Windows operating system.I have installed Ubuntu on one Windows drive having around 70 GB of space. While installing Ubuntu I just specified 30 GB of disk space ...
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Shrink Windows partition to install Fedora 20

I want to install Fedora 20 along already installed Windows 8.1 on my notebook. I found a good how-to on Techotopia, however, the installer for Fedora 20 looks completely different, is simpler (cough ...
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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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dd primary partition slow transfer rate

Can someone explain me why if backup ,using dd, a primary partition to a primary partition on other disk the transfer rate (MB/s) is significantly slower compared to the the rate I have if the ...
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Extending/resizing Fedora Guest-OS root-drive in VirtualBox

I hope you can help me with that: My VirtualBox Guest-OS (Fedora 19) told me, that there is not enough free disk-space availabe, so I first increased the .vdi-file by using the Windows-Commandline: ...
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How to change swap partition from primary to logical?

I was installing Mint on dual boot with Win8 and I accidentally created primary swap partition. Is there any way I can change the partition type from primary to logical? Or do I have to delete those ...
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Errors after creating partitions during Fedora 20 installation

I made drives like this : / 10GB /home 37GB swap 8GB but there is an error : you have not created a bootloader stage1 target device. you have not created a bootable ...
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Arch GRUB asking for /run/lvm/lvmetad.socket on a non lvm disk

I am running this script based on the ArchWiki setup procedure. It fails on the GRUB configuration step I am using the archlinux-2013.12.01-dual.iso inside VMware Player with 1 GB ram, sda is 810 ...
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Have some 2TB partition for a directory

I have 4 2TB HDD on a VmWare ESXi 5.1 server. I have httpd on /var/www/html directory on a Centos VM. can I have full size of 4 HDD (8TB) on this directory? Or I must mount every HDD to seperate ...
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Wiped out Windows partition table

I tried to install Linux (Mint distro) on my laptop computer after recieving a secondary disk. After installing Mint, I just rebooted the system. Nothing was happening (Actually, I was getting a ...
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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 ...
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Does DM-Crypt partition look like random noise?

If I format partition with dm-crypt does its entry in partition table suggest somehow that this partition is encrypted or for someone from outside it looks like regular partition with random noise ...
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dd behavior, default writing and partitions

I am confused about the behavior of dd. Say we have some SD card called /dev/foo and this card has partitions /dev/foop0 and /dev/foop1. Using dd, I can set the of argument to /dev/foo and dd won't ...
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Linux-swap on reboot

I'm wondering what actually happens to a Linux-swap partition reboot. I've been taking a course in computer organization and while installing/partitioning a new drive I became rather curious about ...
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How do I recover an ext4 volume overwritten by an LVM logical volume?

I was running an Ubuntu desktop. The OS was installed on a SSD. I had two additional drives formatted ext4 and mounted on /storage (1TB) and /storage-bak (1.5TB). I installed Centos over Ubuntu on ...
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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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Linux big disk partition issue

I have a big disk around 4.8 TB (RAID) and it has following partition (created by fdisk) [root@server1 ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sde WARNING: The size of this disk is 4.8 TB (4796404727808 bytes). DOS ...
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Boot partiotionless disk with syslinux

A file system can be configured to span a complete disk, omitting any partition table. Notice intentionally the command to do so does not use /dev/sda1 but the raw, unpartitioned device instead. ...
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Partition table is corrupted after using TestDisk

So, I have Linux Mint installed on my computer and then attempted to install WindowsXP on another primary partition. After the installation finished, I found my data partition sda9 (which is a logical ...
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Cannot add new partition using fdisk - No free sectors available

I would like to add new partitions to sda3, but fdisk says "No free sectors available". What can I do?
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What directories can be shared between distros?

After getting some information about partition scheme, I came to know that using discrete partitions will be more useful. If I'd to install another OS, and see having /home directory in seperate ...
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Installing Android-x86 on a USB (not creating a Live USB)?

I want to carry around an Android OS install on a USB so I can have a Google Authenticator with me everywhere I go since I don't own any mobile devices. The idea being that I can run Android through ...
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How can I flash_erase mtd0?

I am trying to find a way to nandwrite my mtd0 partition which contains my u-boot environment. When I try to flash_eraseall /dev/mtd0 though I get: flash_eraseall: /dev/mtd0: Permission denied ...
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how to tell if a partition is empty/unused

This is certainly a really easy question for you all I am sure. So I have Ubuntu (13.04) as the only OS mounted on my HDD. What I would like to do is re-partition my HDD so as to begin a LFS build. ...
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If /usr partition not specified, does it go on same partition as root by default?

I plan to install Fedora Linux on a machine with an SSD and an HDD. /boot, and the root will have their own partitions on the SSD. If I want /usr to be on same partition as /, will that occur by ...
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Command to reread partitions from media

When I insert media (e.g. an SD card) the system (Ubuntu 12.04) reads the partition table and creates all the /dev/*[1234] links to each partition. If I repartition the media I have to physically ...
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Can I safely delete the Ubuntu 12.04 partition and use the unallocated space for my Elementary OS?

I have this setup: I've decided to switch to Elementary OS Luna (fork of Ubuntu 12.04) as my main Linux distro. Now I need to delete my Ubuntu partition so I could add capacity to my eOS which only ...
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Specify partition data in sfdisk and parted

With this line: (echo o; echo n; echo p; echo 1; echo ; echo +24G; echo a; echo t; echo 7; echo w) | fdisk /dev/sda I can create a new active primary partition for NTFS, 24 Giga large. The syntax ...
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Repartion multiple disks and reallocate storage

I’m trying to re-partition from an Arch Linux install disc. I’m doing so because my current OS is corrupted. When running fdisk –l this is what it looks like: /dev/sda1 * start=2048 end=1026047 ...
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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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Local disks detected as multipath device

My local partitions are detected as multipath device $multipath -l mpathb (360014380125d90420000a000003e0000) dm-9 HP,HSV450 size=200G features='1 queue_if_no_path' hwhandler='0' wp=rw `-+- ...
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What's the difference between fdisk -l and df -h?

In my ubuntu system, I want to have a look about my system disk info. When I use fdisk -l without sudo, I get nothing. But with sudo fdisk -l, I only get a device /dev/sda1, but when I use df -h, I ...
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Live boot GUI convert a primary partition to a logical partition?

Is Gparted Live unable to convert a primary partition to a logical partition? i.e. to make an extended partition and make that primary partition a logical partition within the newly created extended ...
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How to use redobackup without free partition

I had a spare 250GB drive a while ago from an old Windows Vista computer. There wasn't much data on the drive. I wanted to use it for a new OS in my computer, and I was in a rush to use it, so I ...
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How I can select a partition to install fedora?

I have a problem on installing fedora. I have already installed windows 8, and I have two different partitions (C (for windows), and D(for data)). I had also shrink the size of D by 50 GB, in order ...
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Manually cloning a Live USB Arch distro to a VMware virtual disk

I installed Arch Linux on a pen drive with yumi, based on syslinux. I would like to test the USB distro in VMware. To speed up things I would like to clone the UFD as a VMware virtual disk (vmdk). ...
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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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Resize an extended partition to the whole drive

I previously had the following partitions on my sda: - - /home - /var - /tmp - swap Now I deleted /var, /tmp and the swap partition of that drive. This leaves me with around 35G of empty space. ...
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create multipath for local partition

Is it possible to create multipath to local partition? I got partition /dev/sda3 and I need /dev/mapper/mpath01 to be pointing to it. This is what I added in my kickstart (rhel 5.7) part ...
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Problems installing Linux Mint

I tried to install Linux Mint 15 on my PC using a bootable USB. I had partitioned a drive on windows for the linux. But while installing from the bootable, I cannot see the partition. I am afraid I ...
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Partclone error

I am trying to clone a disk in a VMware Machine The initial situation is: When cloning, I get the following error: Notes: The VM is bootstrapped with the Arch Linux ISO. sda is a physical ...
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Have to run partprobe at every boot

I created an LVM logical volume. I partitioned it manually. I ran partprobe. I found the new device in /dev/mapper, then I mounted it where I needed it. Everything works. ...except on reboot, ...
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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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Need more disk space for root

Several months ago I bought a new computer and installed/configured dual boot with Arch/Ubuntu Studio. I wanted to try Arch (because it was suggested as a great distro for audio production [since it ...
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Disk problems prevent me from booting, or set the disk to read-only. How do I fix the disk?

Problem: Since about one week ago, my Ubuntu system encounters various severe and strange problems. Sometimes the whole system suddenly freezes. I have to push the power button to shut down the ...
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How do I remove Linux Mint that is sharing a partition with Windows?

I installed Linux Mint on my computer that was already running Windows 7 and later realised it was sharing the same partition C. How do I remove Linux Mint without affecting my files and programs in ...
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Create partition with exact size not to specific distance

How does one create a partition of exact size not to specific distance? I have tried: parted -a optimal /dev/sdd mkpart primary 0% 0%+1GB # and... parted -a optimal /dev/sdd mkpart primary 0% +1GB ...