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 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 ...
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Is it possible to change the sector size of a partition for zfs raidz pool in linux?

I've been migrating a zfs raidz pool on linux to new discs via virtual devices which were sparse files. I've used partitions on the discs as the discs are different sizes of 1.9T each. The last disc ...
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How to migrate existing linux system to LVM partitioning

I want to migrate my system to LVM. My current setup is the following: Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors Units = ...
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How to detect if the FreeBSD disklabel is on the first sector of the disk?

I have attached a FreeBSD disk to my Linux machine. How to detect if the disklabel(aka bsdlabel) is on the first sector of the disk or the PC MBR is on the first sector of the disk and disklabel is ...
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Dual boot - Kubuntu and Windows 8 - how to?

I recently installed Windows 8 on my computer. These are the specs: Fx-8150 CPU 8 GB RAM ATI HD7870 120 GB SSD 2 TB HDD Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 (rev 1.1) (only bios but EFI mode possible ...
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Setup Cloudmin on Centos installed in LVM

I installed CentOS 6 with default LVM partition pattern. according to this pattern Can I use Cloudmin and store KVM Disks in LVM as Logical Volume? I think Cloudmin requires creating new logical ...
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Partitioning and installing Voyage Linux

I am trying to install Voyage Linux 0.8.0 (a distribution based off Debian) on a Soekris Net4801. I would like to have two partitions, one for the operating system and another one for data. I have ...
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Moving /etc to separate partition

How to put /etc on separate partition? Obviously i can't do that by editing /etc/fstab like i did with /home, because... it's in /etc. I want /etc and /home on one partition (sda7), and the rest on ...
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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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mounting on boot - how to edit

How does linux know which partition should be mounted at which directory? Where is this info stored?
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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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How should I prevent data corruption on an NTFS partition shared by Windows and Linux?

I use Linux for most of the things but I still need Windows sometimes. So, I have Linux Mint 14 and Windows 8 installed (dual-booting) on my computer with the following disk setup: sda1: The 350 MB ...
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Moving a root directory to a separate partition

I'd like to create a new partition and move the contents of the /var directory to it for the security reason of having /var/www and other subdirectories "mounted" with nosuid, noexec, and nodev ...
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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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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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Partitioning. Arch vs Ubuntu manuals

I got a little confused after I had read advices on https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Partitioning and on https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/installation-guide/powerpc/directory-tree.html. Why is there ...
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Is there an excellent tutorial on how to resize a rootfs partition (and shrink another) on a drive that is 100% allocated?

I'm experiencing the all-too-common "root partition full" situation. 100% of my hard drive is allocated. My home (ext4) partition has plenty of space to give up for my full root partition (rootfs). ...
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Move / to a new partition

I have Windows 7 and Debian dual-booted on my laptop. I'm getting cramped for space on the Debian side, so I want to remove the Windows partition and use the whole computer for Debian. I'm currently ...
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How do I backup everything?

What can I use to create a backup image of my entire system that will be saved on a LAN computer via SSH? If I break anything later, I want to be able to restore my entire system as it was before the ...
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Best Disk Partitioning Scheme for a Linux-based Developer Machine

Is there some kind of "best disk partitioning scheme" for a Linux-based web and application developer machine, in terms of performance, organization or others?
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Why is my /home separate from /?

I was confused why I was getting out of space errors so I ran df and saw this: [me@fedlap /]$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on rootfs 43G ...
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Can we add home partition by adding an additional hard disk?

I have installed CentOS 6 and I have configured it as a mail server. All user data is stored in the /home directory now, but it is running out of space. By adding extra hard drive can I increase the ...
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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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area on disk after the MBR and before the partition start-point

If I use a MBR partitioning scheme and create a primary or extended partition with fdisk(version 2.20.1), then it starts on sector 2048. If I remember correctly, then older versions of fdisk started ...
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Mystery of a small 1K hard disk partition, and is it safe or malware on Ubuntu 12.04.02LTS Amd64 generic

Look at my bizarre sda4 partition. It is just 1K in size! Be mindful that this is not cluster size, this is partition size. I did not knowingly install this sda4 super small partition. This is not ...
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GPT "Type device filename, or press <Enter> to exit?

I am attempting to install Arch Linux (for the hundredth time) and I recently ran across another problem. I am trying to find a list of my partitions. In order to do this I entergdisk When I do this ...
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Unable to create logical partition with Parted

I was fiddling around with parted command on a loopback disk and tried to create some partitions using gpt part table but I keep getting Error: Unable to satisfy all constraints on the partition. when ...
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How to mount ext3,ext4 sitting on VDI VirtualBox HDD?

How to mount ext3, ext4 partition sitting on "Fixed-Size VDI" VirtualBox HardDisk ? To be more specific, I ma interested in case when VM is not running.
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Do I need to format a CF before installing Linux?

I recently purchased an 8GB Patriot CF card, like this one . I also have a Syba CF/Sata adapter. I put these together into my mini-itx computer (connected via Sata cables, not USB) and booted an ...
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Why does the /boot partition get updated when I install software

Based on some recommendations I read online, on install of a new (Ubuntu) system, I made my /boot partition separate from / and small in size (only around 50 MB). It makes sense to me that you would ...
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How to extend an ext3 partition over LVM inside a file (virtual machine)?

I need to extend the root partition of a virtual machine (VM) using LVM (Logical Volume Manager). I can afford a few minutes of downtime so a VM shutdown/reboot is fine. The virtual hard disk is in ...
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How to change mount points

I'm not very deep into this mounting/unmouting think on Linux, so here goes my question: With df -h I get the following overview: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 ...
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How do I create a separate partition for my /home directory?

I was reading http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/14/html/Installation_Guide/s1-diskpartitioning-x86.html, but it's not clear to me what this means. What's an LVM Volume Group versus a Hard ...
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How do I resize a partition in Ubuntu linux without losing data?

I ran out of space in my on the drive only to find that there was another unformatted partition in the system that is available. I now want to resize the current partition to take in the empty ...
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Linux partition table

What kind of partition table does Linux create by default? Is it msdos? Is it different depending on the Linux distribution used(I'm using Ubuntu)? Is there any command line utility I could use to ...
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Moving /var, /home to separate partition

I am attempting to move some folders (such as /var and /home) to a separate partition after reading this guide: 3.2.1 Choose an intelligent partition scheme I was able to move one folder ...
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Why should we use a ~15-25 GB root partition?

I have separate partitions for / and /home, yet my root partition is ~30 GB and growing. Why does everyone recommend a 15-25 GB root partition, and how is this achieved? Here is my space usage, along ...
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Where does dd start when copying a partition?

I'm copying an entire HDD using the dd tool, and I'm considering stopping part of the backup due to space limitations. Does the dd tool begin at the front of a partition when copying? The first ~90 ...
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Moving pacman from root to /home partition [duplicate]

Back before I knew what I was doing, I installed my Arch system with a 10 GB root and an 85 GB /home partition. Now my 10 GB root (where my pacman installs to) is full and I'm unable to get gparted ...
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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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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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Partition scheme for installation of Debian

I'm installing Debian Wheezy on a 50 GB partition of a 500 GB Seagate SATA hard disk with 2 GB RAM. I want to use following partition scheme, but stuck at: How much (in percent) of disk space should ...
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How to configure hard drive

I have a hard drive that is not configured, it shows this in fdisk -l: Disk /dev/dm-2: 107.4 GB, 107369988096 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 13053 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = ...
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fdisk. What does the “free” partition mean?

I had two primary partitions (/dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2). Then I created an extended partition to segment it into logical partitions. After I had typed fdisk /dev/sda and n (add a new partition) the ...
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Cannot create a partition after the 4th

When using cfdisk to partition for Arch Linux, I found that after the 4th partition, I can't make any more. I'm using VMWare Player as a VM, and I'm using a single fake HD file. Earlier I thought ...
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Unable to mount /home/ partition after reinstalling grub after reinstalling windows 7

I've reinstall windows 7 on it's asignated partition and, as usually, it override the MBR with it's own stuff and, thus, it was not possible to boot to my ubuntu 12.04 partition. I followed the step ...
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Moving /usr to its own filesystem/logical volume

My Fedora 17 (x64 - running on VMware Workstation 8) root filesystem is running out of space (this was an install using the default layout as suggested by the Fedora installer): # df -h Filesystem ...