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 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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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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How to prevent Windows partition to access(read) Linux partition files?

How to prevent Windows partition to access(read) Linux partition files within one physical hard disc? Right now a couple of programs can do that. E.g. Linux Reader I want to prevent that? What are ...
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43 seconds to mount swap on /dev/mapper/cryptswap1

My Linux Mint takes longer than I would expect it to boot. Checking dmesg I see the following consecutive entries: [ 8.335668] Adding 9767484k swap on /dev/mapper/cryptswap1. Priority:-1 ...
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Why doesn't /dev/sda3 created?

I did a pvresize (decrease) on /dev/sda2 so that I can have about 48 GBytes free... and I wanted to create a partition on that free space, but the /dev/sda3 device didn't created.. why? Do I need a ...
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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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How to clone a NTFS partition (WinXP) from a damaged disk to a new one?

I'm an Italian Windows programmer. I know almost nothing of Linux, so please be patient if the question is dumb and pardon my bad english. I need to clone a NTFS partition from a damaged, near to die ...
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Creating partition from a start point till the end of the disk using parted

This is my partition table : Model: ATA Hitachi HTS54757 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 750GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B Partition Table: gpt Disk Flags: Number Start End Size File ...
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How can I solve the issue about mounting my Windows 8 NTFS partition on Linux Mint?

I used Ubuntu for long even along Windows and SOMETIMES I got this problem for mounting the corresponding NTFS partition at the beginning, however with a pair of command lines to the console I got it ...
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SliTaz, usb stick, unable to mount iso or to find a filesystem on it rootfs.gz

I deleted every partition on my system, even the partition on my usb stick. Then I created a partition with SliTaz which I'm currently on. But then I found out that my usb stick didn't get discovered ...
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Can linux systems on multiple virtual machines share the same swap partition? [duplicate]

I'm trying to save some disk space between multiple systems and re-using the same swap partition (which seems to be fine). I'm now getting into multiple virtual machines and am thinking of a ...
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Low Disk Space on Volumn system “Root”

I installed Debian 7 onto a one terabyte drive, I let Debian automatically setup partitions, also selected LVM, Then installed OwnCLoud. All was working fine until I receved the message Low Disk Space ...
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LVM to extend a partition? [duplicate]

I tried to extend my partition with LVM, but not having much success. These are my HDD's in my server. The 2000GB is the new HDD. I would like to add it for my first HDD. root@webstar:~# fdisk -l ...
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How can I use two HDD as one on Debian?

I have installed Debian on my server with a 250GB HDD. Now I have bought another HDD that is 2TB large, but I don't know how I could use that 2TB with my webhosting solution. I heard about LVM, but ...
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pvcreate error on partition

I can't create this partition, I'm getting this error shown below: Device /dev/mapper/vg_paperino-lv_rootp1 not found (or ignored by filtering) Below are the steps that I'm doing on CentOS: ...
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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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What is “Ext'd (LBA)” in fdisk output?

This is my partition table. Output of fdisk -l Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 63 204796619 102398278+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda2 ...
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Safe Linux dual-boot partitioning?

I'm about to get a Linux laptop with Ubuntu preinstalled. Among my first tasks will be a dual-boot installation of Linux Mint. From what I can tell, the following seems like an okay partition ...
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Problem with openSUSE 12.3 dual-boot installation (with Windows 7)

I have a current Windows 7 64 bit installation that I'm using and I wish to create an openSUSE 12.3 partition on my HDD (not my SSD Windows drive). I used the Windows Disk Management tool to shrink my ...
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Installing debian 7 besides windows 8

I ask this question in superuser but no one can answer my question, I hope any one can help me: I bought a VAIO laptop which Windows 8 preinstalled on it in UEFI mode. Now I want to install Debian 7 ...
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GParted doesn't recognize the unallocated space after my current partition

I'm using GParted to resize my partitions on Linux. There is about 5GB of unallocated space following the partition sda5. However, when I right click on sda5 and select 'resize/move', it doesn't show ...
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Can't boot after installing FreeBSD in VMware Workstation

I'm trying to install FreeBSD 9.1-i386 in VMware Workstation. I'm following the guide in the manual on freebsd.org to do this. When I come to the partitioning part I use the guided setting and it ...
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restore filesystem after fdisk

I split a partition in two with fdisk, but after rebooting I've got partition in FAT filesystem (was ext4). What's can be wrong? And how to fix it or get data from bad partition? I hope this is ...
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extending a partition by resize2fs

I have a 4 GB SD card. Before the image load root@ubuntu# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdb: 3965 MB, 3965190144 bytes 49 heads, 48 sectors/track, 3292 cylinders, total 7744512 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * ...
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How to realign a disk on logical volume with minimum to zero down time

A system running un-align disk partition that needs to be aligned without loss of data on all the partition including mbr with the minimum to no down time.
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Linux/GParted can see partition table but dd bs=512 count=1 can't

I have an MBR formatted sd card and when connect to a Linux machine (xubuntu 12.04) it can mount a partition and parse the file system (as can GParted). However, when I try to read the MBR from the ...
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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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Rearrange partitions to install a second Linux distribution

I am new to Linux and just got some foggy idea of partition tables. To be precise here it is: Model: ATA ST3500418AS (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 500GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition ...
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Can I use a disk without partitioning it? [duplicate]

If I have a disk (whether a physical disk or a virtual disk managed by a some VM hypervisor) that I want to use as a single big partition, do I need to actually create a partition table with one big ...
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Disk Partitioning - Can't create partition

I've been following this example to restore capacity to my microSD --> SD card corrupt and stuck at 32MB, any way to fix it? Everything seems to work until I get to mkfs /dev/sdx1 It tells me ...
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Finding all partitions with filesystems

I'm writing a script that will copy all of the files on a device to a directory. The problem is that some of the devices have multiple partitions and some of the partitions don't have filesystems to ...
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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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Question About Bootloader Partition (Mint)

I have a quick question that I ran across while trying to install Linux Mint along with Windows 8 on my computer. I'm pretty new to Linux stuff so I'm sorry if this is pretty obvious. I'm mainly ...
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Flashing rootfs on Embedded Linux with Limited RAM

I'm fairly new to the embedded world, so forgive me if this seems obvious. I'm working on a board based off of the AT91SAM9260. I have 256MB of flash and 64MB of RAM. The current setup flashes two ...
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How to boot into FreeBSD installed in the second partition of an external drive

I have installed FreeBSD 9.1 on the second partition of an external hard disk and I'm not able to get my computer to boot from it. FreeBSD was installed using the FreeBSD memstick image dd'd onto a ...
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How to use DD to clone a partition off a disk image?

I have a disk image, it's a "whole" disk image, e.g., contains multiple partitions, and I want to clone just one of them (not the first one..) onto a partition on an external drive with multiple ...
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Why does this work: “cp image.bin /dev/mapper/loop0p1”?

Why does this work? cp image.bin /dev/mapper/loop0p1 image.bin is a partition image. I have tried it and works, but why? Shouldn't a dd be used?
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How do I name a partition?

Currently, I have a partition where Crunchbang is installed, which shows up as a folder in Mint named either 0d71227f-66fc-45ac-8bfc-93280b93dc8c or "10.0 GB Volume". First question is, of ...
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Fully seperate two accounts without installing seperate operating systems?

Our class is finally installing Mint Linux on our machines. The problem is our teacher is scared that we'll play war games against the two classes that use the computers. His solution is to install ...
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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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How to add a ms-dos partition table to a loop device?

I recently made a dd from a disk partition. I want to use it as a disk in a virtual machine. I can't because the disk has no partition table. Can I had a partition table to a loop device? how? ...
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Accessing hidden partitions [closed]

I have two disks. They're both bootable and run Linux. When I physically mount the disks, I can see scsi devices get added. /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc. However the partitions are not detected. I can't see ...
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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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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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Block Devices & Partitions

I partitioned a microSD card (mmcblk1) into two partitions mmcblk1p1 and mmcblk1p2. If use a dedicated card reader I am able to see the entire SD card and its partitions using various disk management ...
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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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I have replicated partition after I delete it using diskmgmt

I'm a linux newbie, and I messed my partition. I have 5 partition in my 500GB HD, Windows 7, Data, Data, Linux Mint and Lubuntu. I accidentally deleted Lubuntu partition using diskmgmt in Windows 7. ...
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increasing a logical volume

I need to increase the logical volume of the var directory, the maximum size of var right now is 10GB, I need to make it 50GB. I have a Centos 6 server. The output of df -h is: Filesystem ...
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fdisk, dd, and the Rapsberry pi

I was trying to wipe my 4GB SD card which acts as the hard drive for the Raspberry Pi, so I went into Mac OS X Disk Utility* and Erased the entire disk, and specified that the whole disk be one big ...
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netinstall media of CentOS 6.4 is broken?

I couldn't find a way to customize the partition schema during installation of CentOS 6.4, all these 3 options lead me directly to the "confirm disk change" screen. Was it configured to be so? ...