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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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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How do I create a utility USB?

I do a lot of work with many different bootable images all on different flash drives. However, it gets annoying to search for a specific drive, plug it in, and use it. Is there a way I can consolidate ...
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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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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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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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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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LVM Encrypted Partition without Partition Table

I have the following Problem. My Laptop is fully encrypted with LVM I know the Passphrase, but the partition table is broken. I booted from an USB Stick in this Case sdb1. Is there any hope to get ...
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chromeos - failed to read partition table

I am trying to install archlinux natively on my chromebook. I am following the instructions here, however when I try to create a new disk label for GPT localhost ~ # parted /dev/mmcblk1 mklabel gpt ...
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Parititioning for a UEFI boot loader, can LVM be used?

I just bought a gently used laptop and I am trying to figure out why this is. It has a single SSD that when running fdisk -l shows as Disk: /dev/sda. Under it though are 5 "devices" under that disk, ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Why creating partitions in linux is good solution for easy recovery?

I have heard if you don't make partitins in linux it is so hard to recovery your data. And if you make some partitions it would be easy to recovery. for example if you make /par1 /part2 /part3 it is ...
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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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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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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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Gnu Parted Error in HardDisk of Linux?

Anyone help me, why the error getting when excuting the fdisk -l command in linux. # fdisk -l /dev/sdb WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdb'! The util fdisk doesn't support ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...