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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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 ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a USB drive ext4 partition?

I have a 32GB USB drive with 2 partitions, Partition 1: FAT32 used as storage Partition 2: ext4 intended to be a bootable live Ubuntu 15.04. How can I install the Ubuntu ISO file to the ext4 ...
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Kali Linux doesn't detect my hard drive partitions

I wanted to install Kali Linux on my computer that is currently running windows 7 64bits, so I created a 200Gb free partition, made an installation USB key, and everything was running perfectly during ...
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lost FreeBSD efi loader after upgrading windows 10

How to return option to load FreeBSD, after it was lost next to upgrading windows 10. I use uefi-FreeBSD10, and didn't created another one ESP.
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Zeroing out FreeBSD swap space?

I'd like to zero-fill the partitions/slices in my FreeBSD VMs in order to provide for better compression for archival. For those partitions/slices with file systems the process is no problem for me to ...
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How to safely delete a system partition?

I got the following disk sda9 contains a new Linux installation which I'd like to keep, while sda5 is the old installation which I'd like to free (and successively merge with sda4, but we don't ...
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USB install of Linux Mint - only shows up as a single partition but i've ran out of space

I recently set up an installation of Linux Mint Maya 13.2 on a USB stick. I set it up with UNetBootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/). When this sets up the drive, it makes a "regular" ...
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Linux Mint on USB - mtab is a folder, not a file

I just installed Linux Mint Maya (13.2) onto a USB stick with uNetbootin (http://sourceforge.net/projects/unetbootin/). The install seems to work ok, and has a "persistence" partition which allows ...
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Does Gparted change permissions?

Sometimes but not often, but many times, after formatting an SD card with Gparted, the SD card becomes unaccessible to normal user, so I go as root and change the permissions, happens especially when ...
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Old Xen Installation Unable to be Formatted

I recently tried to format a disk that had an old Ubuntu 14.04 partition and a Xen Swap Disk partition. I am currently running the Ubuntu Live CD and trying to access my partitions on the drive for ...
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Adding a new disk to an exsting partition in linux

I have a sda on my opensuse and want to add a new disk to have more space on it. After adding the disk I have created a partition lets name it sdb. Mr sda has 6 partition and I ant to sdb to 6th ...
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Is there any way to prevent a bad drive from disappearing from /dev?

I'm trying to recover a partition on a bad drive with ddrescue. I run: $ sudo ddrescue -r -1 -v /dev/sdd3 OUT.img dd_rescue_logfile and it seems to do great for a while, but after about an hour, ...
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Innacurate lv_root size after extend

I wanted to increase the disk size of 2 VMs from 20GB to 100GB. I followed the normal procedure, increased vmdk size, fdisk to create a new partition with the free space (sda3), vgextend, then ...
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/dev/mmcblk0 partitions limit

I've just mounted a microSD card which has 17 partitions in my laptop and I'm getting the following error in the YaST partitioner: Your disk /dev/mmcblk0 contains 17 partitions. The maximum number of ...
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How to deallocate extents of physical volume? lvm, encrypted

I just install Debian 8.1. I allocated almost all disk 300 GiB to encrypted partition and a little bit for boot. I want to make smaller 50GiB encrypted physical volume and install different xen OS to ...
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4GB USB Stick is only 1.37GB now?

I wanted to put a .ISO file on my USB stick using dd. But, instead of using: dd if=/my/iso of=/dev/sdb I did dd if=/my/iso of=/dev/sdb1 first. And because I wanted to rectify my mistake, I also did ...
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Why isn't the whole space equal to all the sub partitions?

fdisk -l Partition table entries are not in disk order. Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes ...
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How to combine two partitions into one? [closed]

I have an USB disk. When I insert it into my PC, the USB interface displays two partition:sdb1 and sdb4. root@debian:~# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 149.1 GiB, 160041885696 bytes, 312581808 sectors ...
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Resize an existing LVM partition and add the space to another LVM partition

I'd like to resize an existing LVM partition and add the space to another LVM partition. [root@dckapstaging ~]# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on ...
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How can I copy three partitions of my disk with a specific beginning and ending using dd?

Using the fdisk -l command I got the following answer: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 28266495 14132224 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE ...
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How can I fix an overlapped FreeBSD/UFS partition?

I have a Seagate 1TB Drive [ST1000LM010-9YH146] which had one FreeBSD slice and was formatted as UFS and mounted at /home on a pfsense box. While changing some hardware around, the drive was ...
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How to partition in Ubuntu 14.10 after installed?

I have new system where installed Ubuntu 14.10, HardDisk - 1 TB, Ram - 4 GB. Nothing is installed in the OS right now. So, I want to partition the hardisk. I want to make 2 or 3 partitions instead of ...
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openvz disk used 100%

So i discover after a mysql crash that the partion \ is full I normal condition i got 2 TB root@server:/# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/simfs 39G 32G 0 100% ...
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Cloning root filesystem of a virtualbox partition

I have a test virtualbox partition running CentOS 7. There are many configurations on this particular partition. Some particular configurations, I have forgotten. I need to transfer this virtualbox ...
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Use my PC, or completely dedicated PC for running Linux

I'm new to the world of Programming, and this is my first time posting a question. I've went through a lot of material, both on Youtube, and other areas of the web, and I've started to get a good idea ...
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Make room on my disk to install another OS

I installed Kali Linux on my HDD with the installer Option (right after the partition settings) Use entire disk space(beginners) After installing Kali, I wanted to install 2 More OSs but now i ...
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Installation of linux and windows xp

I have 80 Gb harddrive, 512 Mb RAM in my pentium 4 pc. Now the Windows XP I had got corrupted and i want to install new xp sp3 but each time I use the bootable USB it says unable to find operating ...
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Increase root partition by reducing /home

Hi I need to increase root partition space by reducing /home, in a Centos 6.6,my situation is this: /dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root 50G 46G 1,6G 97% / tmpfs 1,9G ...
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Delete and recreate of NTFS file format in Extended partition will maintain driver letter?

One of my computer system is having the disk partition like below 1-Primary (NTFS) (boot) 2-Primary (NTFS) (Windows C: Drive) (windows XP OS) + (software installed) 3-Primary (NTFS) (Windows D: ...
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fdisk and fdisk -cu

Can someone please help me to understand the difference between fdisk and fdisk -cu? When I use fdisk only, it shows me the below warning WARNING: DOS-compatible mode is deprecated. It's strongly ...
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Swap suddenly vanished from Debian?

Everything has been going fine for 6 months now until my swap suddenly vanished today. Now that I look into it, I find that my disk partitioning is a bit weird. What happened to it, and what should I ...
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What's the difference between a partition and physical volume?

Why can't we directly create a volume group over a disk without creating a physical volume from it? What is a physical extent? Do we even have physical extents in a partition?
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Is it okay to partition my drive while I'm downloading a huge file (4gb)

I'm downloading a huge file using a torrent client and I was wondering if I can use GParted to partition around 100gb of my 1tb to save time because I plan to dual boot this computer right after the ...
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What are the “root”, “home” and “swap” block devices and how do I remove them?

Anyone know how to remove these block devices? I want everything in one partition.
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How to set Clonezilla to clone only a partition

I have been trying to clone my Debian /dev/sda1 partition containing /root with size of 100GB using Clonezilla. I did this by using Clonezilla-live to create iso file with size around 18 GB. It seems ...
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Advantage of GPT over MBR partition table [closed]

What is the advantage GPT partitioned hard drives on older BIOS system ? when boot drive is bellow 2TB on a BIOS system or UEFI boot disabled grub on BIOS system with GPT partitioned needs an ...
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EFI dual-boot problem on HP Pavilion 15 with Windows 8 and Debian 8

Context HP Pavilion 15 Notebook, when I bought it there was Windows 8 pre-installed. Yesterday I partitioned my hard disk and I installed a fresh new Debian 8 everything fine, here's the table: ...
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I tried to resize an ext4 partition and now the VM is not working

I tried to resize the primary ext4 partition and I think that i forgot to set the primary partition as bootable. Now the only thing I see from the VNC is the grub. I used fdisk to resize and ...
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How do I resize the active partition (in Ubuntu 15.04)?

When I first created this virtual server with VMWare it was 16G, but that has proven to be insufficient space. So I recently resized it with GParted to 32G using the Live CD. Judging by the results ...
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How do I identify which disk(s) make up a vxfs disk group?

In case it matters, system in question is Solaris installed on SPARC. System contains two HDDs, same make/model/capacity. On one HDD are the root and var partitions/slices. /etc/mnttab shows me that ...
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Load root partition on embedded linux system

I'm using a zynq-7000 SoC, running a custom petalinux build, which is on an SD card. The boot partition contains a boot.bin (the bootloaders etc) and an image (containing the kernel). The root ...
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Shrinking root partition on Debian

I'm using a headless Debian Wheezy server with 2x3TB disks. It was installed automatically with RAID1. This is the output of df -h: $ df -h Sys. fich. ...
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Exam question about Partitions [closed]

Which Partition is required in Linux? a. /dev-partition b. /home-partition c. /swap-partition My answer was .a (/dev )