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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this mount point is invalid. The /root directory must be on / file system

I'm preparing CentOS 6.5 x86_64 system with following mount points /usr/local – 10 GB or more *** /var – 10 GB or more *** /root – 200 MB or more *** /tmp – 200 MB or more *** The ...
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How to install linux (with crypto /Home + / partition) with enough swap space to hibernate

What are the steps to install Linux (with cryoto /Home + / partition) Mint on a empty hard drive with 1.5x swap space as RAM. I am aware that the CD allows this as a default option but it doesn't ...
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Why are there so many different ways to measure disk usage?

When I sum up the sizes of my files, I get one figure. If I run du, I get another figure. If I run du on all the files on my partition, it doesn't match what df claims is used. Why are there so many ...
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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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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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How can I use these partitions to install fedora 20

I want to install Fedora 20 from a full DVD (not live) on a new computer, with as much software as I can; so, during the set up for the installation, I tick all the repositories offered and then find ...
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Can`t part disk because 'invalid token primary'

I`m trying to partition the external HDD on my raspberry, I am running Raspbian (debian). When I run the command; mkpart primary ntfs 45% It will say: But the help says: What I am doing wrong? ...
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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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Does Linux support Mac OS partitions format?

I want to install Linux alongside Mac-OS. There is something I'm in doubt about. Does Linux support Mac-OS partitions format?
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how to change partitioning?

I have a hdd with /, /home. I just got new SSD and I need to change my partitions without any reinstalling. I would like to create a separate /var partition (which is currently under /) and leave it ...
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Problems mounting a disk

I have a disk that has failed to mount on start up. I have commented out the line in fstab to try to diagnose the issue: # /dev/sdc /media/bigdrive ext4 auto,exec,rw,user,async 0 0 Then rebooted. I ...
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What information is stored on the gap before the first partition?

Partitioning tools(for example fdisk) tend to leave a 2047 sector(LBA 1-2047, 1048064 bytes) between the MBR and first partition. On LBA 0 there is a MBR and from LBA 2048 starts the first partition. ...
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Restoring a big partition to a smaller partition with Clonezilla

Some time ago I created a backup of an EXT4 partition with Clonezilla. Now the HDD crashed and I lost some important data. The size of the image of the partition is 50GB. I tried to restore this ...
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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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Is it dangerous to remount a partition rw/ro frequently?

I'm developing an embedded linux system running on a SD card. To protect the SD against corruption I've used a read only root filesystem as well as an extra partition where I mount /home, also in ...
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Extend Linux partition in Dual boot with Windows without losing data?

I've the following partitions on my hard drive (copied from Gparted): As you can see: ext4 Linux HOME partition THEN ==> windows (8.1) ntfs partition THEN ==> 178 GB of UNUSED space (I got it by ...
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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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Re-installing Fedora 20: are automatic partitions safe to use?

I intend to re-install Fedora 20 on a new computer as I am having a lot of trouble with the installation done by the vendor of the computer. It is a dual boot machine with a small Windows XP3 ...
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Can I change an unmounted partition's type from another partition on the drive?

On my hard drive I have a largish unused partition that I would like to use. Trouble is, it's an old Windows partition and I'd prefer to make it a proper Linux partition (I intend using it via LVM if ...
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Hide a partition in the partition table and make it reappear later

I know this isn't a question that's specific to Unix/Linux, but I think there are people who can answer this question here. I want to hide my Windows partition from the partition table completely, ...
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Does Linux still have to reside within the first XX cylinders of a HDD?

It's been a while since I last bothered with partitioning my hard drive, but now it's time again and I remember last time I did this there was a requirement to put the root partition (or only GRUB?) ...
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Google Chrome - no space on rootfs partition

I've managed to install google-chrome on Debian Wheezy. My rootfs is only 320MB because I didn't predict that some day I will install Google Chrome which has more than 100MB and installs in /opt (opt ...
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Shrinking a partition

I'm trying to shrink a partition on a 64GB SD Card down so that I can fit it on a 32GB USB thumb drive, but I'm not having any success. I have the SD card plugged into a USB adapter, which is plugged ...
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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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Partitionning disk for installation, what size should I give to filesystem? [closed]

I am planning to install debian on dual boot, I have 250GB free for that, but I d prefer answer for any size. I want to separate filesystem on different partition (/, /boot, /root, /home, /var), but ...
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Fdisk cannot read size of this disk is 4.0 TB under RAID-0 enviroment [on hold]

I have server from OVH data center , I have Two SATA Hard Disk Drive , each Disk Size 2.0 T.B , I have RAID controller card but I convert the RAID-1 to RAID-0 through OVH Rescue mode and here is the ...
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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 to rename /dev/sdax(partitions) in Linux

I made a partition like /part on my machine with some important data... But I can't stand the name of it... I want a clear solution to resolve it and change the name of it to for example /test... ...
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Accessing Windows7_OS partition from Linux on a dual-boot

Are there any limitations on accessing the Windows7_OS partition while I am booted on my Linux OS? Occasionally I like to browse files that are on my Windows partition or copy files to my Linux drive ...
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How to format a CF card by a terminal command?

I want to know the command for formatting a compact flash card from the terminal.
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Software RAID 10 + LVM on mixed drives, sector alignment?

I have 4 2.5" 7.2k drives lying about and I'd like to build some RAID arrays for a bit of VM storage on my KVM lab box. There are 2x 320GB drives and 2x 500GB drives. I'm looking to create a RAID 10 ...
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Dual-boot Ubuntu cannot access the Windows drive that it was installed on with wubi

I had Widonws with two drives C: and D:. In the drive C:, I have my Windows. In the drive D:, I had my all other files and data. I installed Ubuntu in the drive D:, without deleting any data from it. ...
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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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Can't create partition table on SSD with Slackware 14

I'm trying to install Slackware 14 from a DVD. It boots fine from the DVD. When I try to use fdisk or cfdisk to create the Linux and swap partitions on the SSD, it complains about a missing or ...
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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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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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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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Isn't /boot a separate mount?

My understanding is that /boot is being accessed by lower level tools (e.g. grub) during system startup and so it is formatted specially in a simpler format than the rest of the disk. But when I do: ...
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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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Using gparted, deleted partition of memory card, then formated to fat 16; now its not working; error: no partition table present

I connected my Sony cyber-shot camera via cable to my laptop having Ubuntu 13.04. I wanted to make the memory card of the camera fresh to re-use. I opened GUI gparted. I did the below: 1) I selected ...
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How to move EFI and boot partitions?

I am in the midst of moving these two partitions from sda5 and sda6 to sda1 and sda2 respectively. This is to allow me to have a contiguous space for the root file system to grow. The following is ...
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Resize vdi size doesn't work as supposed [duplicate]

I just installed the new one Debian xfce via VirtualBox, but decided to increase the vdi size from 8GB to 20GB (because it requires 42% of all disk space at this moment): VBoxManage.exe modifyhd ...
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Windows partition hidden? [duplicate]

(refined for ease of use) Okay, so I'm fairly new to linux, but heres what I've got so far: I'm dual booting BT5R3 and Win7. I was trying to change the grub to set Win7 as the default boot option. ...
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Is it safe to delete old boot and EFI System partitions?

I have installed a new OS in the free space of the same hard disk after failing to upgrade the old one. Now there are two copies of boot partitions and EFI System partitions. After a harrowing ...
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Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)

I'm getting the same error that other questions mention, such as: Installation Error: Kernel Panic - not syncing ...
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How to recover from a boot hang after deleting old swap?

I did a fresh installation of Fedora 20 in the free space of my hard drive after failing to upgrade from the older version. Everything seems to be working fine until I deleted the partition containing ...
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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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Is this method safe or recommended for moving a /home directory?

I have my linux install on a small disk. I want to put the home directory on a different hard-drive. I was thinking of using this and then this. Would this work? Is there a better way? Should I just ...
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I have a 24 Gb disk and a 1Tb Hard Disk How do I get Ubuntu to install on my 24 GB and my home dir on the 1TB

I used the auto installer for Ubuntu on my 24GB drive my disk space looks like this. kipke@ThePad:~$ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 16395648 3936132 ...
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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 ...