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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understanding the “chunk size” in context of RAID

Am I correct that chunk size in context of RAID is essentially the same thing as cluster in file-system context? In other words, chunk size is the smallest unit of data which can be written to a ...
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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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How can I shrink a LUKS partition, what does `cryptsetup resize` do?

I am in progress of resizing a LUKS encrypted partition that contains a single ext4 filesystem (no LVM or something). The cryptsetup FAQ recommends to remove the old partition and recreate it, but ...
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Creating an ext4 partition fails with “invalid blocks count”

Environment: - Virtual machine on VMWare ESX 4.0 - OS: fully up to date RHEL 5.8 After adding a new (virtual) disk I want to create an ext4 partition on LVM on this disk. Steps taken so far: $ sudo ...
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How much disk space should be allocated for FreeBSD?

I have a Samsung N150 netbook with 160 GB hard disk. I want to install FreeBSD OS. There will be no other OSs, no dual booting or like that, just FreeBSD. So the manual says to have a separate ...
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How to create a new partition on a hard disk?

How do I create a new partition on a hard disk, from the terminal? I've been reading the man pages for fdisk and mkfs, but they're confusing. I need to know how to create a new partition on a blank ...
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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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Can I partition around a bad block on a harddrive?

I used a computer too much, running a script for many weeks. Eventually, Debian printed a thousand errors and shutdown, and won't start again. When I ran DBAN on the drive, to write 0's to the disk ...
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Moving unallocated space from Extended partition to create a Primary partition

This is my partition structure : I want to create another primary partition from that unallocated space. If I shrink sda2 to a size less than what I needed for to create another primary partition, ...
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WD Advanced Format confusion

One of my Hitachi DeskStar 7K160 hard disks died today and the other one is not safe (has bad sectors) so I've ordered a new 1 TB WD Blue WD10EZEX. Apparently nowadays new hard disks come with this ...
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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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Boot SystemRescueCd using UEFI?

How would you boot SystemRescueCd if you don't have the option to use the legacy-bios? I have the new UEFI and I have no luck booting SystemRescueCd(with a USB stick). I am planning to back up my ...
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Removing windows partition from dual-boot

I have a dual boot of Windows 8 and Linux Mint 14. I want to remove the windows partitions and format them to ext4. sudo fdisk -lu gives me this.. Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes 255 ...
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do my advanced filesystem partitions have problems?

Recently one of my drive's went bad in my RAID, and I'm replacing with a new drive. I used this answer to mirror the partition on my old drive for resyncing. But I'm concerned about the output. My ...
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Create iso image of ext3 type

I want to create an ISO image which can be mounted with an ext3 partition type. How can I do that? I am using this command: [root@manage upload]# dd if=testParti.txt of=./diskImage.iso 41+1 records ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 and large external drives

I have a Hitachi USB external 3 terabyte drive attached to a Dell Precision T1500. When connected to the computer running Ubuntu 11.04 (2.6.38-11-generic #50-Ubuntu SMP Mon Sep 12 21:17:25 UTC 2011 ...
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How to enable (format) a disk in SunOS then add it to a DiskGroup?

SERVER # vxdisk list DEVICE TYPE DISK GROUP STATUS c1t0d0s2 auto:none - - online invalid c1t1d0s2 auto:none - - ...
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LVM2 partition alignment

How to do the following with Linux tools : LVM partition alignment and alignment of partition on LVM ? What in case where I want to setup LVM partition (for "pv") and then partitions ? To be more ...
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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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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 ...
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How to renumber GPT partitions on an umounted disk?

I tried to sort (renumber) partitions on /dev/sdb via terminal, using gdisk from the operating system (running on /dev/sda) and none of the sdb partitions mounted but the only option I get is [-l] ...
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Partitioning correctly for GPT in BIOS system

I am in doubt whether I have partitioned my hdd correctly as GPT on a BIOS motherboard. I used gparted to partition and I don't know if I aligned the beginning/end of the disk correctly, used correct ...
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Apache Server on different disk partitions

I have an Apache server installed with Debian. Later, I partitioned my hard drive and installed Ubuntu on the new partition. Afterwards, I realized I could not access my Apache server while booted ...
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Repartitioning harddisk

Saturday I have to repartition my HDD. On my server I have 72GB HDD space which is not very much. Currently my system is partitioned as follows: Partition size: Filesystem Size Used ...
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Remount lvm partitions after OS reinstallation

I recently upgraded to Linux Mint from Ubuntu. I have overwritten /dev/sda2 which had Ubuntu. I had earlier created two logical volumes opt and virtualization from /dev/sda1. I forgot to take the lvm ...
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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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Create Logical Volume with non-LVM partition

I'm not sure if the title actually depicts my question, but I will try to explain. I have seen everywhere it is mentioned to create a partition of type LVM (8e) and then create logical volume with ...
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recovering ext4 partition after dd'ing over start of HD

I accidentally used dd and wrote over the first 208MB of my external disk. What I wrote over is a partition on its own (Debian nestinstaller) so what I see now is not my old (now damaged) ext4 ...
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Mount NTFS image file created using partimage

From an old disk which I don't have at hand, I have created a file named winxp.img using partimage. As the filename suggests, the partition contained Windows XP and was formatted with NTFS. (The ...
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Is there a way to install Arch Linux without any installation media?

I want to install Arch Linux on my laptop machine. I have created a 20GB partition to (dev/sda5) to be used as Arch Linux root partition. I tried installing using a usb thumbdrive (I don't have a cd ...
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Paritioning Scheme: Arch Linux server & laptop

What would be a good partitioning scheme for an Arch Linux installation, on a server and on a laptop? My current basic scheme: / [root] ext4 /home ext4 swap I know ...
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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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Is this a so-called “Hybrid” Mac Partition table, and how can I mount this in Linux?

I would like to better understand what is on this hard disk, and how I can mount it into Linux (specifically Debian GNU/Linux, Stable): It was created on a Powerbook g4 "alu book" with the default ...
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While trying to open /dev/mtd2 for read/write access: Permission denied

Looks like my MTD2,and MTD3 partitions are write protected. The OS is booting from SD card on a ARM Cortex A 9 processor. root@Xilinx-ZC702-2013_3:~# mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt/ ...
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Using LVM with SSD and SATA drives

I saw in this question that it is possible to place both a SSD and a standard SATA hard drive into a single LVM volume group (VG). How does this affect performance? Is there a way to force the OS ...
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Finding unallocated disk space (partitioning)

Another (hobbiest) sys admin on they same system as me, pointed out that there is 30Gb of unallocated space on the system. I have need of that space to create a new partition. (I'm going to make a ...
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What is the proper way to shrink a LVM partition?

I want to shrink a Linux LVM partition from 200GB to 150GB. A test is carried out with the following steps: Shrink a file system in a logical volume with reszie2fs Shrink the logical volume with ...
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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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How to add a ms-dos partition table to a loop device?

I recently made a dd from a disk partition. I want to use it as a disk in a virtual machine. I can't because the disk has no partition table. Can I had a partition table to a loop device? how? ...
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Trying to install Windows on a system that has Ubuntu 12.04 installed

I'm a novice in installing & debugging OS errors. I had Windows 7 installed & it crashed today (the great blue screen). No matter what I did (tried to install Windows 7 again & again from ...
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Is it possible to remove Windows 7 from dual-boot?

I have Windows 7 as primary OS with Linux Mint as secondary OS. I am just feeling comfortable with Linux and want to remove Windows from the disk. Is it possible to remove it without damaging data? ...
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Is it better to partition one drive or use separate drives?

I am a system admin with limited Linux experience, and have been tasked with setting up Cent OS 5.8 64bit install, and creating a template once complete. My main client base will be developers, and I ...
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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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Linux boot with broken partition

I have two ext partition on my linux One for / And one for /home I wanted to reduce (with this method) the home partition (which was only something like 10% filled) to create a new partition for ...
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Sharing partitions in qemu

Apart from networking and partition sharing I've made qemu work pretty much like I want it to. I've got a bit of a special setup, I need to pass through /dev/sda, /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2. (Is it ...
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Fix partition alignment in FreeBSD

I'm working on a FreeBSD 8.x (pfSense 2.1) system and post-install, realised that the partition is misaligned to the disk (starts at sector offset 63). GParted doesn't recognise UFS so that is out. ...
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Why is GParted listing an empty parition as using 43.90 GB? [duplicate]

I have a fresh install (well, with package updates) of Linux Mint 16 (Maté) on a 3TB hard drive. I installed with the following partition table: /dev/sda1: bios_grub 1MB /dev/sda2: / 8GB ...
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Unable to close a Luks partition

For backup purposes, I have "snapshotted" a LVM partition. This partition was crypted so I have opened this Luks partition (snapshot) in order to do my backup. The problem is that I have forgotten to ...
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Verify that partition is encrypted

I just installed Debian and as far as I can remember I encrypted my home-partition using LVM. During the boot process I haven't been asked to enter the password. Is there any way to check whether ...
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How can I know how much space software takes? [duplicate]

I am using debian (unstable). My system was partitioning with 9 GiB for /. This is not enough for me and I use already 7,5 GiB. I don't want (for now) to use gparted in order to repartitioning (it ...