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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Strange IOStat xk. Moving a mere 40GB data is too slow. Can anyone explain?

iostat -xk 5 avg-cpu: %user %nice %system %iowait %steal %idle 0.99 0.00 1.10 11.01 0.00 86.89 Device: rrqm/s wrqm/s r/s w/s rkB/s wkB/s ...
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fdisk isn't showing my hard drive as properly formatted (but it is)

I've got 3 1TB drives which I've set up to use LVM. Here's the output of pvdisplay: --- Physical volume --- PV Name /dev/sda1 VG Name vgpool PV Size ...
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Updating disk free size without rebooting the host

I use RHEL4 with LVM2 on it. At times even after removing large files more that a GB the partition size is not getting updated when is see using df command. -bash-3.00$ df -h Filesystem ...
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How to format Partition

How can I format the following partition on Redhat 5.2? /dev/mapper/VG00-LogVol 148G 111G 36G 76% /u001/app/oracle
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What is Partition System ID?

If I go to fdisk, and I type t and then L I saw: 0 Empty 24 NEC DOS 81 Minix / old Lin bf Solaris 1 FAT12 39 Plan 9 82 Linux swap / So c1 DRDOS/sec (FAT- ...
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Optimal Setup for Windows & Linux - Sharing and Partitioning

This question gets a little complicated so please bear with me. So we have a new custom designed desktop which we will be mostly a dedicated machine for scientific computations in FORTRAN and ...
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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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I deleted the /boot server is still running is reinstall necessary?

This is stupid. I ordered 2SSD from a provicer. Usually I am the one doing the partitioning and formatting. I will then know which one is the SSD by looking at disks that's not partitioned yet. Turns ...
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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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Failed to boot Grub Error Fedora 17

I had two hard disks. One is internal, 320GB, all NTFS, where Windows 7 is installed in a ~20GB partition. The other is external, 160GB, where I have installed Fedora. Now when I had installed Fedora ...
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Tool to reduce a partition's size and create a new one from the command-line

At the moment I don't have any free space: (parted) mkpart Partition type? primary/extended? primary File system type? [ext2]? ext4 Start? 60G End? 62.9G Warning: You requested a partition from ...
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Copying and expanding partitions

I currently have the following setup: 2TB HDD /dev/sda: /dev/sda1: (NTFS) Windows 7 Boot Partition: 100GB 1TB HDD /dev/sdb: /dev/sdb1: (EXT4) Linux General/Backup Partition - 1TB 256GB SSD ...
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Mac OS X partition type problem

As a 2 decades of MS-Windows user I have switched to Mac OS X a month ago. And my knowledge is not enough to fix my big problem which I encountered yesterday and my brand new MBPro is dead now. I ...
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gparted partition master boot record corrupt

I was trying to Linux Mint from live-usb and made a stupid mistake. I created master boot record and my HDD partition become unallocated. After rebooting from live OS, I'm unable to get to boot menu. ...
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Don't have write permission in partition

In my PC I have installs Windows7 and then Ubuntu as OSes. When I try to access other partitions ( E: and F: which I'm using from Winsows7 OS) it get mount without any issue and can read and modify ...
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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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Do I only need one swap partition for multiple Linux distros? (and other questions)

I have Linux Mint 14 installed as my only OS. I have one extended partition containing /swap, / and /home, and I have some unallocated space on my drive. I'm guessing that Mint decided to put this ...
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convert /dev/md0 to /dev/sda1

I used a Software-RAID I and want to access the data without RAID now. After mdadm --fail /dev/md0 /dev/sda1 mdadm --remove /dev/md0 /dev/sda1 I tried mount -t ext4 /dev/sda1 /mnt but dmesg ...
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How can I resize my root partition in Debian?

I am trying to add space to my root partition and am really not sure the safest way to go about it. I have read this thread, Can I resize the root partition without uninstalling and reinstalling ...
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Reset partitions numbers

I just decided to delete my Windows partition and only use Linux. My old partition table was: sda1: W7 boot partition sda2: W7 partition sda3: Linux sda4: start of logic partitions sda5: swap. I ...
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Resizing of partitions taking too long in Debian 6 installer

I had a Windows 7 PC, with three partitions on it: The default Windows partition (~300GB in size, primary) Some system stuff Windows 7 needs (100MB in size, primary) A partition called Shared, that ...
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Partioning free space for manual install

I have 53 gigabytes that need formating into /root, /swap, /usr/, /var, /home, and /tmp. If there's any help what is the best space allocation? Please let me know.
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Remove /var partition and replace it with /var into / (root) partition

I accidentaly created a /var partition and I'd like to get rid of it. Is it possible to remove this partition and use the / partition to contain /var without reinstalling the OS or do I have to ...
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How to setup KVM partitions?

I'm trying to install SolusVM/KVM on a server with one 500 GB HD and one 256 SSD. I am a complete beginner at Linux. SolusVM has a script on the site to download and install automatically, but how do ...
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Extended partition should have many filesystems

I need some related information on the following lines I found in an answer: A logical partition is a container for a filesystem (or an LVM volume or some swap space or a BSD partition or other ...
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How to resize logical volume to fit filesystem

How can I resize logical volume to fit filesystem automagically?
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What happens to data copied after undoing fdisk?

Suppose I have some drive with a single partition. For some reason I decide to repartition it, using fdisk. I create multiple partitions, then write the partition table, then exit fdisk. At this ...
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Partitioning disk image file

I want to partition raw disk image with the following commands #creating the blank image $ dd if=/dev/zero of=example.img bs=1M count=50 #write the partition table $ parted example.img mktable msdos ...
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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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Why does X11 on Fedora 16 rely on non-boot device for startup?

I have recently had an incident in which my /var/mail/spool/ file grew to the size of 32G (yes, that is gigabytes), completely filling its system partition (/dev/sda2) and most of what I saw inside ...
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changing the partition of a linux

I have a ubuntu system as a virtual system on Virtual Box. It uses VHD as its hard disk. I manged to change the size of VHD using VHD resizer, now I want to expand the partition on vhd so it uses the ...
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Resize non-LVM ext4 root partition

How can I shrink/resize a non-LVM ext4 root partition? The problem is I can't unmount it and I don't have physical access.
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How can I script the creation of a single partition that uses the entire device?

I am specifically using this to partition and mount EBS volumes on Amazon EC2 instances, but really this should be generally applicable to initializing any new drive. As the question says I want to ...
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Partition /usr/local : Can I use the software there after reinstall?

I want to reinstall Linux OS, and before that, I think I will partition my hard disk again. (I just use a simple one partition / for root, and make Linux automatically put all other directories ...
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How to resize root Volume Group

How Can I reduce size of root volume group? /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 I just have SSH access to Linux host.
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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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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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LVM with SSD and SATA hard disks

Is it possible to create LVM partitions for both SSD and SATA hard disks? I mean if there isn't any conflicts.
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Identical mount points for two file systems when installing Linux

So, I'm going through Crunchbang's installer (very similar to Debian's), and am at the partitioning step. I chose the 'Guided - use entire disk and set up encrypted LVM' method (usually I do manual ...
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When and why do block devices need to be partitioned? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The merits of a partitionless filesystem So I've got a block device, say /dev/sda or /dev/loop0. Clearly if I want to boot from the former, or I want to subdivide it ...
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Partition table not recognized by Linux kernel

I experience relatively often that the partition table of a USB stick or SD card is suddenly no longer recognized by the kernel while (g)parted and fdisk still see it, as do other systems. I can even ...
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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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how to restore a logical partition to it's original ext4 format

This question is following Unable to mount /home/ partition after reinstalling grub after reinstalling windows 7 where the diagnostic was that installing windows 7 deleted my /home partion, lovingly ...
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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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How to add a Linux Partition on FreeBSD

Today I installed FreeBSD 9.0 PPC on my Mac mini G4 with 40GB HDD. During installation, (using the FSBD utility 'gpart') I have allocated a total of about 23GB for FreeBSD leaving 17GB totally free ...
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Help with unzipping a .dd.gz, possibly corrupted

I recieved this file that I was told was a copy of a hard drive (or disk). The file is "sheeva-mem.dd.gz". I tried to unzip the file in a linux Fedora machine. This yielded "unexpected end of file". ...
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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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Format disk through rootfs terminal

I've got into a strange situation (because of my own stupidity of course:-)). I kept failing to install Chakra Linux from Live USB, so I was thinking that the reason could be that I created the Live ...
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Expanding root partition in SUSE Linux

I have a server where the space distribution among partitions is as follows: GSSJMB02:~ # df -kh Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/cciss/c0d0p5 25G 5.9G 18G 25% / ...
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How to properly align partitions?

I'm trying to understand what are the rules for creating correctly aligned partitions. For the moment I'm playing with parted on a virtual machine, but I'm planning to move to a real hard disk when I ...