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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Reformatting a secondary hard drive while keeping some files

I'm almost certain that I'm in a deadlock here. Just recently, my Synology NAS died. So I decided to configure an Ubuntu server instead on an old computer I had laying around. Ubuntu is now installed ...
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Linux file system corruption due to improper shutdown (fs ext4)?

I have been managing many Linux servers, It is very easy to play with Linux servers than any other OS. But Sometime I encounter a problem with Linux OS is that, The file system corruption. This ...
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change FAT16 partition UUID

I have created a FAT16 formatted partition on my USB stick using mkdosfs /dev/sdb1 when I plug in my stick, it appears in /dev/ as: /dev/disk/by-uuid/ABCD-1234 How can I change the UUID of the ...
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CentOS 7 Full Partition Size Not Available [on hold]

I am running CentOS 7 on a HyperV virtual server. I recently increased the size of the hard disk from 32GB to 64GB and used GParted Live to extend the partition, which seems to have worked as shown ...
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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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USB flash drive formatted as “Linux Live CD” keeps the CD-ROM name after re-partitioning

I have an USB flash drive that I formerly used as installation medium for Linux Fedora. The stick still has the "Fedora Live USB" installation files on it. When I insert it into my olde laptoppe, it ...
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How do can I tell what encryption is being used with signed in luks?

What command tells you what encryption is being used by a luks partition (all the relevant information initialization vector generation scheme, mode of operation and block cipher primitive).
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GDiskDump or DD to show partition names? [duplicate]

I have partition names like Data-HD, Yhteinen and W10. I do have lots of other partitions, but I want a little more assurance I am copying a right partition to a correct destination. I am quite ...
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How to modify partition in FreeBSD 10 with gpart

I am using FreeBSD. My HDD has this set of partitions: root@core:/media # gpart show => 63 390721905 ada0 MBR (186G) 63 1985 - free - (993K) 2048 ...
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USB flash-drive with hard-coded partition

I have a Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 16GB USB flash-drive: The weird part with this USB flash-drive is that despite the fact that I have zero-filled the flash-drive: # dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc ...
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List partition labels from the command line

Is there a command that will list all partitions along with their labels? sudo fdisk -l and sudo parted -l don't show labels by default. EDIT: (as per comment below) I'm talking about ext2 labels - ...
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How can I extend VMware Partition on Centos 7 using GParted?

I've a problem with increasing a partition from 20GB to 120GB, VMDK file. Here is what I've done: using vmware-diskmanager to increase vmdk file from 20 GB - 120 GB. It's ok. download and boot from ...
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How is the size of the block containing the “MBR” determined

I have used fdisk to move Ubuntu Mate partitions from a 1M boundary to start on a 4M boundary on a SD card. The "boot" partition now starts at block 8192. This is how the Raspbian distributions are ...
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What is a suitable dual boot partitioning scheme (Debian and openSUSE Leap) [duplicate]

I have been a Debian user since several years but now would like to try openSUSE as well in a dual boot environment. Here are some thoughts: Two root partitions.To avoid the two installations from ...
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File systems vs partitions vs directories

I am new to Linux so pardon me for the possible confusion you may encounter in this question. From what I understand, filesystem specifies how a partition stores/manages file, with standards such as ...
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Why hasn't my CentOS partition resized?

I am running CentOS 6.5 in Hyper-V. It originally started off with a 5GB virtaul hard disk (VHDX) but I later decided I wanted to increase the size. I changed it in Hyper-V settings to 20GB, then ...
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How do I make use of unused space on my boot drive on FreeBSD

I have an old FreeBSD Server (running 7.3-RELEASE) that desperately needs additional storage. In fact, it has some-- the original 20G SCSI drives have been replaced by 300G SCSI drives, so in theory ...
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partitioning a usb stick with gparted

I need partitioning my USB stick into two parts. Specifically my aim is to install Windows-to-go on the second partition and use the first one as a multiboot device for my Linux distros; these ...
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Restoring a big partition to a smaller partition with Clonezilla

Some time ago I created a backup of an EXT4 partition with Clonezilla. Now the HDD crashed and I lost some important data. The size of the image of the partition is 50GB. I tried to restore this ...
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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 ...
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If i install Elementary OS, will it automatically be added to the Grub menu?

I currently have Windows 7 and Linux Mint installed. When my pc starts up, it shows me the Grub menu, it shows an entry for Mint linux and the windows boot menu. I am wondering, if i was to install ...
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Moving /var, /home to separate partition

I am attempting to move some folders (such as /var and /home) to a separate partition after reading this guide: 3.2.1 Choose an intelligent partition scheme I was able to move one folder ...
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If i install Elementary OS, will it automatically be added to the grub menu?

I currently have Windows 7 and Linux Mint installed. When my pc starts up, it shows me the Grub menu, it shows an entry for Mint linux and the windows boot menu. I am wondering, if i was to install ...
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linux + increase temporary the /tmp partition for installation

I have linux VM machines with version red-hat 4 I have the following file system df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 950M 163M 739M 19% / /dev/sda1 ...
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Install Multiple Versions of Slackware in separate UEFI Tables

I have a Slackware 14.1 distro on /dev/sda13, and I've just installed Slackware current on /dev/sdb2. Unfortunately, I can no longer access my /dev/sda13 Slackware 14.1 version, as the installation of ...
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Where is the space from LVM partitions?

Additionally, output from my df -h command and fdisk -l command. Where and how could I utilize space from my /dev/sda4 and /dev/sda5 partitions? I suspect /dev/mapper/fedora-root to be my LVM ...
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No space left to free up on rootfs partition to upgrade kernel

I want to upgrade Linux kernel from 3.16 to 4.3. Unfortunately when I run aptitude install linux-image-4.3.0-1-amd64 installation fails due to no space on rootfs partition. 117MB left, 174MB needed. ...
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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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vgdisplay shows 0 free PE/size

I'm trying to configure a CentOS HA system with 2 nodes, with DRBD for replicated storage. I'm following the "Clusters from Scratch" guide, and at the DRBD portion, I need to create a partition for ...
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How can I create an LVM volume group spanning 2 hard drives? [closed]

I have rented a dedicated server with two 500gb hardisks running Centos 6. On this server there are 4 partitions: 1.boot 2.root 50gb 3.swap 50gb4. 4.empty 400gb Now I want to create a logical ...
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How do I extend a Windows partition that has the swap partition right after it? [migrated]

I know there should be unallocated space to the right of this Windows partition, but the problem is that there is a swap partiton of 2Go, and the 56Go of unallocated space is at the very end. So how ...
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parted: invalid token

I am teaching myself parted. In the docs it reads: Parted has two modes: command line and interactive. Parted should always be started with: # parted device [...] In command line mode, this ...
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Low disk space on Manjaro / , how to resize /dev/mapper/ partitions?

I have Manjaro Linux installed on my laptop. When I log in I get a message Only 0.22GB or 28.71 GB left on / Previous suggestions were to run Pacman -Scc to clear the pacman cache, and that worked ...
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alignment of extended partitions

I read an article on aligning file-systems on partitions and this said that: When manipulating MBR disks, be aware that the alignment of extended partitions is unimportant. These partitions hold ...
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Format a USB drive as unprivileged user

I always thought unprivileged users couldn't format a USB drive, only root user could, so I used to mess up with gparted or fdisk. After years or daily Linux usage I just discovered that ...
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Change encrypted partition UUID

I'm trying to change a partition's UUID, the problem is that I'm trying to change an encrypted volume. So I can't use the usual method described here. Since it throws the following error: tune2fs: ...
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How to change the volume name of a FAT32 filesystem?

I know I can set the volume name when I format the partition with the -n option of mkfs.vfat. But how to just change the name without formatting? I especially want to be able to use lower and ...
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Problem Installing UBUNTU 14.04 (AND Mint 16, which is based on UBUNTU 13.10) as dual boot on RAID 0 with Windows 8.1

Ok, I know that there is Dual-Boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on FakeRAID Installation error - question marks "????..." and that that post has some answers for me, but I don't know if it ...
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How to install Kali linux on to a specific (existing) partition on a USB stick

I'm endeavoring to put Kali linux onto a USB stick - I know it's already written up, but I'd like to use only a portion of the total space (the aforementioned link will use the entire drive space). ...
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Can't fix my boot partition — can I restore Ubuntu from a copy (not properly imaged) of my partition?

On my old Ubuntu system (the one I'm trying to restore to) I had a boot partition /dev/sda1, my main OS partition /dev/sda2, and a swap partition /dev/sda3. I mistakenly formatted over /dev/sda1 ...
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How to copy the partition layout of a whole disk using standard tools

I want to take a backup of the whole partition layout of a hard drive, including logical drives, so that I can restore that layout to another disk. I do not want to copy the contents of the ...
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Major and minor numbers of a partition

$ stat new File: ‘new’ Size: 928 Blocks: 8 IO Block: 4096 regular file Device: 804h/2052d Inode: 28188755 Links: 1 Access: (0622/-rw--w--w-) Uid: ( 1000/ t) Gid: ( ...
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Installing Fedora onto Hard Drive: Error checking storage configuration

I am trying to be able to dual boot my windows laptop. In the setup process, navigating to Installation Destination -> Done with Automatically configure partitioning checked, the error message ...
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How to check integrity to HDD with UDF format

I'm having problem with a USB external drive, which seem to be formatted with UDF and was being used for MAC and Windows (or at least that is what told). When I attached the HDD to my Linux system ...
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Unable to create partiton when installing RHEL 5.8

I am trying to install RHEL 5.8 on my IBM server. When I try to create a partition manually, I get the following error message. Your boot partition is on a disk using the GPT partition. How can I ...
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Windows partition not appearing when I try install Linux Mint

I have a ~500gb hard drive that I intend to split 50/50 for Windows 10 and Linux Mint 17. The Windows partition is 232GB and the Linux partition is, at the moment, uncreated. When I run Mint off my ...
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Dual-boot Ubuntu cannot access the Windows drive that it was installed on with wubi

I had Windows with two drives C: and D:. In the drive C:, I have my Windows. In the drive D:, I had my all other files and data. I installed Ubuntu in the drive D:, without deleting any data from it. ...
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How can I increase the number of inodes in an ext4 filesystem?

I had a problem (new to me) last week. I have a ext4 (Fedora 15) filesystem. The application that runs on the server suddenly stopped. I couldn't find the problem at first look. df showed 50% ...
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Is there an inode for a directory?

Each file has an inode. Is there an inode for every directory ? If not, how does Linux manage directories.
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Arch Linux cfdisk asking for disk label type

I am trying to partition my hard drive I just wiped with dban so that I can install arch linux but when i run cfdisk /dev/sda It says: Select table type gpt dos sgi sun I don't know which to ...