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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Symlinking /var/lib to another partition

Sorry if this question is too similar to others, I didn't find anything that helped me. Following "best practices" I installed my debian with partitions: root, tmp, var and home. Also for the sizes I ...
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how to create a partition in free space using GNU Parted

Below is my hard disk shown in gnu parted: (parted) print free Model: ATA HGST HTS541075A9 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 750GB Sector size ...
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Comparing 2 partitions on identical disks

I have 2 physically identical disks. Each with 1 partition: | Disk | FS | Size | Comment | |----------+------+----------+----------------------------------| | ...
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Solaris 10, change partition size

I have a ultra 10 with solaris 10. I would like to increase the size of the / partition (by reducing /export/home). I'm rarely working with solaris. Some "hands on" advice would be great :) df -h ...
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merging hard drive partition

I removed Windows XP from my hard drive from a dual boot setup with Linux Mint 17.2 which I have just installed recently. How can I merge the unallocated space created by the XP removal with the Linux ...
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Can I change /home partition to /boot?

When installing Arch I did (or I though at least) a /, swap and a /boot partition. I just found out that I have a /, swap and /home partition. Which isn't what I had in mind, I just have like 400mb ...
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“Can't have a partition outside the disk!” for vdi created from a truncated image

I have used dd to create a partial/truncated image of a disk which only includes allocated spaces, then converted it to a vdi file for VirtualBox. I have successfully used the vdi image to run the ...
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Moved /var/log to a new logical volume now data is missing

I have a RHEL server that has /var mounted inside an LVG on its on dedicated LV. Per RH Security Advisory CCE-26215-4 I needed to migrate /var/log to its own dedicated partition. So I shrunk /opt to ...
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How to restore casper-rw file to a casper-rw partition

New to Linux and using Mint 17.2. Started with persistent Live USB that ran out of space after a week. So made a backup of everything (entire filesystem) including the casper-rw file, created new Live ...
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Move root partition to another disk

Below is my df -h output. Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/xvda1 20G 18G 1.2G 95% / tmpfs 2.0G 0 2.0G 0% /dev/shm /dev/xvda2 138G 4.4G ...
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Cannot format device /dev/sda4 which is still in use

When I try to LUKS encrypt a partition on a CentOS 7 server using the command cryptsetup -y luksFormat /dev/sda4, the attempt fails with the error Cannot format device /dev/sda4 which is still in use. ...
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understand the output of bsdlabel

I have a Juniper router which uses Junos(based on FreeBSD) operating system where I can backup certain partitions from router CLI. Under the hood router starts the restore process and copies ...
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Can I install the /home and swap partitions to a different drive than /?

I am in the process of dual-booting my Windows 10 PC to also run Linux Mint. I have both a 240 GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The SSD is for the Windows 10 OS, and the HDD is for my files/documents/everything ...
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why can't I partition a LUKS mounted partition?

A CentOS 7 server has to have LUKS encryption for everything but /boot and /boot/efi. And the large LUKS encrypted remainder partition (1.8 TB) will then need to be partitioned further. I was able ...
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Increasing partition of a SD card

I have a SD card that has two partitions /dev/sdb1 that holds the boot sector, and /dev/sdb2 that holds the OS. The card still has unpartitioned free space. How can I take all the unpartitioned free ...
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why are DATA partitions not consistently reported in CentOS 7?

Why am I getting inconsistent/conflicting pictures of the DATA partitions that were created in the CentOS 7 installation process when I use df -T -h, parted ... print, and fdisk -l? In case it ...
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Grub won't boot after Linux installation

After getting fed up with Ubuntu because it wouldn't boot grub, I decided to use the distro Elementary OS. Elementry OS won't boot grub either. I'm not dual-booting, and I've installed Ubuntu in the ...
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Having trouble setting up an Ubuntu/Windows 8 dual boot

I hope I'm not posting this in the wrong place (and if I am, please direct me to where you think would be a better place to post it) as this doesn't relate entirely to Linux and is really more to do ...
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how do I partition a CentOS 7 server using parted?

I am planning to divide the largest partition on the hard drive of a CentOS 7 server into four smaller partitions using parted. Three of the new partitions will be 300 GB each, and the fourth ...
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GParted on USB: Backup GPT Table is Currupt

I have a new USB and have used it before however when plugging it in, it does not show up on my desktop in Linux Mint. When opening GParted, a message pops up that says Libparted Bug Found! The ...
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Data recovery from corrupted Mint 17 partition

I'm facing a strange issue, I will try to give as much details as I can. I already tried lot of things from stackexchange and ubuntuforum and nothing seem to work. My HDD looked like this : ...
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Partition unaccessable - I/O error

In my laptop I have one drive that has been split in several partitions: sda1 swap sda2 vfat sda3 ext4 (home + root) sda5 ntfs (just for files) One day I wanted to move folder from sda5 to ...
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The file system type of my home partition is 'swsuspend'. Is this recoverable?

Here's how this happened: I've got separate root, home, boot and swap partitions for my Arch Linux installation. Today I booted from a USB stick and mounted my root, boot and home partitions to ...
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How can I set a label on a dm-crypt+LUKS container?

I just received a new USB flash drive, and set up 2 encrypted partitions on it. I used dm-crypt (LUKS mode) through cryptsetup. With an additional non-encrypted partition, the drive has the following ...
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Moving /boot partition without messing up the system

I have deleted my old Linux Mint partition I had installed beside my new current Rafaela one. Thus, I have free space I want to add to my home partition. Above you can see the partition layout: sda4 ...
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/home on 2 separate hard drives

I use my laptop for work and for personal (eg gaming). I need to keep the two separate, which I currently do with two users. I'm currently running Linux Mint 17.2 64-bit (Cinnamon edition), and would ...
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sysv and unknown partition table?

We have disk about 1985, It has a Unix.But we didn't know type of Unix.I did the following step : dd if=/dev/sdc of./all_of_disk.iso #sdc is the given disk Then : hexdump -C all_of_disk.iso > ...
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Repair File System After changing the partition structure

I have dual booted linux centOs with windows. Now I changed the partition structure of linux with a partedMagic live CD. Since I have used the EasyBcd to make the boot menu on windows, I can still ...
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Is it safe to move partitions like that?

I have SSD with installed both Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04. Windows has it's own UEFI starting partition and Linux has Legacy BIOS one. I would like to completely scratch Windows installation from ...
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xenix (sysv) file system doesn't support since kernel 2.1.21

xenix filesystem equvalent sysv filesystem, man mount says: Note that,cohorent, sysv and xenix are equvalent and that xenix amd cohorent will be removed at some point in future use sysv instead. ...
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Old Unix and old partition table

We have a Unix OS which was installed in 1985. This system is installed on a SCSI hard disk. I can probe the specification of the hard disk, but I cannot read the partition table. It's not damaged, ...
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ubuntu merge partitions not placed adjacent in vmWare

I am virtually running ubuntu on my macbook, and want to increase the size of my virtual hdd. The problem is though that the extra memory i have given it, is not allocated to the my main hdd. here ...
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Rescue my Linux installation after made mistake with gparted

I just wanted to reformat my USB stick. But I was tired enough to manipulate my /dev/sda2 where my whole operating system is installed. Because this partition was used (since I am running it now), ...
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How can i expand root online?

I want to have a more space on root(sda7), and I finally search to find that using resize2fs /dev/sda7 can help, but I'm not quite sure. Is it better to resize it by live-cd. Can anyone advice me on ...
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after extension of partition grub says unknown file system

I have a vServer with Debian Wheezy running, yesterday I wanted to extend the partition but after the reboot grub2 says error: unknow filesystem. Entergin rescue mode... grub rescue> Here I am in ...
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how can I delete the remnants of windows from a new CentOS 7 server?

I recently installed CentOS 7 on a new computer that came shipped with Windows 8.1. The BIOS no longer shows windows as a boot option. But my initial analysis of the file system is hard to ...
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Parent mount becomes inaccessible after mounting child into subdir?

Im installing arch. Upon installation, after partitioning my drives, right when I go to chroot to begin the fun stuff, I get an error mount:mount point mnt/etc/resolv.conf does not exist chroot: ...
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How to get disk name that contains a specific partition

If I know that a partition is for example /dev/sda1 how can I get the disk name (/dev/sda in this case) that contains the partition ? The output should be only a path to disk (like /dev/sda). It ...
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BTRFS RAID6 array is broken, how do I fix it?

I have a server running a btrfs raid 6 array which seems to have broken. When try to mount it I get the following error message. I don't know how or why it broke maybe a power outage or something (it ...
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Is there a way to salvage a partition table that was automatically edited by windows?

I tried upgrading to windows 10 and expected it to overwrite the bootloader, but it screwed up the partition table as well. So I'm wondering if there's any way to recover the linux installation. ...
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Grub Rescue after installing Elementary OS Freya

I used to dual boot windows 10(recently upgraded from windows7) and elementary os luna. Windows is installed on my C drive, and Luna was installed on a partitioned D drive (i splitted 100GB for ...
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Messed up chown in /usr/bin. Caja won't allow me to mount drives

Ok so I did a bad boo-boo and did a chmod 755 on /usr/bin (it was by mistake, there was a folder in /usr i needed to do it on that started with "bi" and I stupidly did chmod -R 755 /usr/bi* cuz I was ...
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How can I change the name of one partition called sdaX to sdaY?

When I use a pendrive with two partitions on a Windows system, it only recognizes the first partition that I've created in that pendrive. I have a pendrive with two partitions: an ext4 and a ntfs ...
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Gparted Shows HDD as unallocated

I've Windows 8.1 & I'm planning to install Kali Linux with it. However, at installation gparted shows the whole hard disk to be unallocated and a warning. The warning is as follows: /dev/sda ...
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Where are my saved files in home folder?

I reinstalled my UBUNTU 12.04 after facing some crashing issues with my software. I have separate partitions for / and /home. Output of df -h: root@sougata-SATELLITE-L750:/home# df -h Filesystem ...
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How to add entry for bootable external drive partition to internal bootloader?

I created a bootable partion on a Toshiba Canvio 2 for LinuxMint, leaving one other partition of same size for possibly another install in the future and the rest of the drive is for storage and back ...
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How to extend partition to all unallocated space in a VPS?

Hello and sorry for the dumb question but I'm a bit new to Linux and I'm always very scared to mess with partitions. Anyway, here it goes my story: I rent a VPS that uses a SSD of 10GB (Debian 7) and ...
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tmpfs and disk partitionning (incoherent partition size between df and fdisk)

I will soon run out of space on my hard drive. Therefore I tried to change the partitions and I discovered something that I don't understand. df -h gives mes this output : Filesystem Size Used ...
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Backup full drive structure, skipping one partition content

I need to backup laptop drive. But in fact what matters is not data as in my data files kept on laptop but all systems, settings, lvm and in general whole disk structure - partitioning, UUIDs, LUKS ...
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Need help retrieving FAT32 partition from an unallocated portion of an external HD

I was going to create a liveusb out of my external HD, as indicated in the archwiki, using the dd command, except I didn't know what the result of the command would be. I then realized that it ...