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 can I rest assured that GNU Parted has not corrupted a single bit after shrinking my partition?

I shrunk my root partition and it seems nice. But I am thinking about overwriting now at least the most important files from the backup copy (external drive, rsync, weekly backup) in order to be sure ...
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Which files are changed when GNU Parted shrinks a partition?

When shrinking a partition with GNU Parted, some contents must be moved from the area of the physical disk that will be left out of the new shrunken partition. The contents of those files are of ...
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How do I move a vmware guest machine to another user?

I have 2 users in my computer running Arch Linux. I recently moved a virtual installation of windows 7 from one user to another. I changed the owner of the moved folder to the new user recursively. I ...
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Dual Boot Install Question

I have Windows 7 and am going to reformat/reinstall, but want to try a dual boot configuration with Linux mint. If I install Windows creating 3 partitions: one for Windows, one for Linux, and one for ...
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Changing hard disk configuration without reinstall

I have been using Arch Linux since 2013 and I love it The major reason I tried Arch was that it let me install with / on a RAID-0 partition. My laptop has 2 hard drive bays and I had 2 SSDs There ...
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How to create a new partitioning table on SD card from the command line ? [closed]

I have tried to mount a SD card on Linux Mint, I have found the right device file and tried: mount -t vfat /dev/sdb /mnt/zauberportal ,but it failed and I tried some variations like different types of ...
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Linux can't see any of my partitions — The backup GPT table is not at the end of the disk

I'm trying to install Linux on my HP Pavilion 14 inch ultrabook, but without any success. At first I tried installing Ubuntu on it; everything went fine, I got into the Live DVD (yes I'm oldschool ...
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Gparted : Resize (split) Primary Partition?

This is my current partition table: In which /dev/sda8 is the partition on Which I am currently running my primary OS - Trisquel GNU/Linux (you can see it's mount point as /). The /dev/sda1 is the ...
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Shared system partition for multiple linux system

Is it okay to share some partitions for multiple native linux system? For example, if I want to install Ubuntu, Debian and Arch in one harddisk, and I create lvm partition scheme like this: NAME ...
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e2fsck block bitmaps

What exactly are block bitmaps? Why would I get the following error: The filesystem size (according to the superblock) is 1219824640 blocks The physical size of the device is 731447296 blocks Either ...
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Kali Linux can't see my windows partitions!

I'm trying to install Kali Linux alongside with my Windows 8.1 using live USB , but I can't because Kali is unable to see my partitions and unallocated space in my disk which I prepared 50GB ...
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Why creating partitions in linux is a good solution for easy recovery?

I have heard if you don't make partitions in linux, it is so hard to recover the data. And if you make few partitions it would be easy to recover the data. for example if you make /par1 /part2 /part3 ...
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Device files and drivers of a disk, partition, and filesystem?

In Linux, For a hard disk, there is a device file such as /dev/sda or /dev/hda depending on the interface type of the hard disk. Does the existence of its device file mean that the driver for the ...
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how partition for OpenSuSE dual-boot

Currently I'm running Ubuntu 14.10 and have quite a bit of free space on this disc: thufir@doge:~$ thufir@doge:~$ sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors Units:...
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Delete a swap partition without user interaction

I have a VM with a swap partition on /dev/sda5. The problem is fdisk is interactive so I cannot use it to delete a partition without user interaction. How do I delete the partition in my bootstrap....
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External HDD partition not showing [closed]

I have problem with an external HDD. I am using Debian Jessie. The partition is not showing, I can see only the device: # ls /dev/sd* /dev/sda /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 /dev/sda3 /dev/sda4 /dev/sda5 ...
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'No such file or directory' when I am trying to format Logical Volume

I am trying to create Logical Volume on CentOS 7 on EC2 instance. After attaching the volume I am creating partition using fdisk, then I am starting the Logical Volume creation: pvcreate /dev/xvda1 ...
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Setting Up New CentOS server - Partitions Sizes and File Systems

I'm responsible for setting up a new CentOS 7 server. It's my first time so I want to make sure I'm on the right track. After some research, I chose to have 6 partitions: Partition | Type | Device ...
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How to recover a partition recreated with gparted

Yesterday I've had the bad idea to try to follow this tutorial : http://fds-team.de/cms/articles/2013-12/use-a-real-windows-7-partition-in-virtualbox-kvm-vmware-player-u.html these are the commands ...
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Why is grub showing a windows 7 option?

I've recently in installed mint 17 on my pc. $ parted -l Model: ATA PLEXTOR PX-256M5 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 256GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B Partition Table: msdos Number Start End ...
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Trouble installing <distro> onto correct partition for a dual boot

Some of the context might not be relevant to the problem so feel free to skim through the rest of this post but essentially what I'm doing is trying to install an operating system onto the KAOS ...
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Don't I need to move a shrunk filesystem before resizing the partition?

I have a partition of size X GB filled by an ext4 filesystem. Now, I want to shrink this partition (and the filesystem) to only take up the latter X/2 GB. I'm using command-line tools and no parted. ...
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How to stop caching a LVM partition?

I currently have LVM-cache set up on my Ubuntu install as described in https://rwmj.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/using-lvms-new-cache-feature/. (I did have to install some of the vivid/proposed packages ...
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Win7 NTFS Partition is empty using Linux LiveCD

my flatmate crashed her windows installation badly. And of course she just had 1 partition C: on it and no backup. And of course there are very important documents on the HDD. I tried to recover ...
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How do I resize a windows partition without using gparted?

Suppose I have a native (i.e. coming from manufacturers) windows 7 installation on a laptop (with an SSD device, BIOS/MBR partition table if that matters). The partition on the device is completely ...
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/mnt directory is removed undesirable!

Accidentaly I have removed my /mnt directory... how can I restore it? with the exact permissions and etc??? This directory was empty.
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gparted moving unallocated to 1st partition

How can I assign unnalocated space to 1st partition /dev/sda1 ?
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UEFI installation failed Fedora 21

I have installed Windows 8.1 on my Lenovo laptop. When I configure partitions I receive this error: No valid bootloader target device found. For UEFI installation , you must include an EFI System ...
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How can I let high priority processes continue when low priority processes are causing free memory to be low

Ok I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this. It is more of a 'why not' question than a 'how to' one (assumption is that it isn't/can't be done). Why don't we allow RAM to be partitioned ...
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Disk /dev/sda doesn't contain partition table

I am unable to booting with my laptop getting this error No operating system after booing with Live cd if i give this command fidsk -l getting below error. mint@mint ~ $ sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/...
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Recovering a LUKS partition

I have a drive with 2 partitions 1st is plain ext4 2nd is encrypted LUKS. The partition table has been overwritten. I've found the beginning of the second partition, which I need to recover, ...
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How are logical partitions represented in Linux?

In the texts I study (like: LPIC_1 study guide by R.W. Smith), the linux partitions have been introduced directories split as /home, /boot, /usr and /etc... Looking at what lsblk returns as follows: ...
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How to tell which partition is for windows

So I am currently on my arch linux machine and I have forgotten which partition is for Windows 7. Is there any way for me to tell which is which? When I do: $ cat /proc/partitions I get: major ...
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why is there a limitation on hard disk size in MBR partitioning?

As MBR uses 32-bit to record the partition, each partition can only go up to a maximum of 2TB in size. How can this be mathematically explained?
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install with BTRFS: subvolume/partition scheme?

I'm fairly new to both GNU/Linux and btrfs, but I've decided I want to make my next computer (a desktop with one HDD) use Linux with btrfs as the filesystem. However, I've seen some advice online that ...
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Accidental deleted partition with gparted

I Accidentally deleted a partition, using gparted. It contains valuable data. Can I get the data back?
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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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Recover partitions Mac OS internal hd

I booted to a live ubuntu USB, wanting to delete partitions on an SD card, and ended up deleting all my partitions on my mac book pro's internal hd. I have already tried gpart (which gets stuck at "...
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Replacing a partition within a .img with another one

I have 2 .img files (embedded Linux images, each with 2 partitions- a boot partition and a rootfs). I need to replace the rootfs partition in one with the other's. How can I do this In the .imgs ...
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What is the /boot partition really for?

I'm reading a relatively old text on Linux partitions and file systems (the LPIC 1 Certification Bible). It says: Some versions of the Linux boot loaders cannot access a kernel that is outside ...
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How to extend root partition (which wasn't created using LVM) in debian linux

I've read this question Can I resize the root partition without uninstalling and reinstalling Linux (or losing data)? before I ask. But I'm not using LVM when creating the root partition, so I'm not ...
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Raspberry Pi backup server (Mac & Windows) [closed]

I would like to set up my raspberry pi model B and my 2TB hard drive as a backup server for both my windows pc and my mac. I would like to partition my hard drive such that 300GB is for mac time ...
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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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while installing centos error is that 'sda must have gpt label'

While trying to install CentOS 6.4 IN DUAL BOOT with win 7 there was this error "sda must have gpt label". I don't know how to fix it and I also don't want to repartition my hard drive.
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Triple booting Chromium Os, Ubuntu 14.10, Windows 7

I have a lenovo L410, with windows 7 professional pre-installed. On this, I have dual booted Ubuntu 14.10. Now, I want to triple boot with chromium os, but as I have a lot of stuff, I dont want to ...
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What file system should a GRUB 2 boot partition use?

I want to install GRUB 2 to its own, comparatively small (500 MB), partition. Are there any requirements on what file system type it has to be? Are there any that, although possible, are not ...
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Backup and then wipe partition table from head of drive

I have a NTFS hard drive internally attached to my computer and it's causing problems with the other Windows installation on my dual (or triple?) boot machine. I'm not sure if the partition scheme is ...
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How to deny mounting permission?

Consider the following situation: /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, /dev/sda3 are 3 partitions of the /dev/sda disk. Ubuntu is installed on sda1 and /home mounted on sda2. Only one user foo on Ubuntu system so ...
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Creating EFI bootable GPT partition with gdisk on previous MBR, GPT Damaged

So this is a sister question to my previous one about partitioning for a UEFI boot loader. Parititioning for a UEFI boot loader, can LVM be used? Disclaimer: I don't give a flip about the data on it....
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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, ...