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 recover a deleted partition from a NTFS disk with GNU parted?

I'm testing different methods to recover deleted Windows partitions under Linux. For this experiment, I created a partition in Windows, placed some data on it and deleted it. In order to ...
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LVM - Recovering from partition table corruption

I accidentally deleted a partition on a physical disk that was involved in an LVM system. I tried using testdisk's analyse feature to find the LVM partition, but it couldn't locate it. Should I invest ...
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Installing OpenSUSE - Cannot format partitions

I'll make this fast. OpenSUSE is throwing up a whole bunch of errors when I try to install it. I am 90% sure that the partitions I set up are correct, but the installer doesn't seem impressed by my ...
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Partitioning first Debian box [on hold]

So I've decided to install Debian on my local storage, since I've played with it enough on persistence. It's gonna be for casual use, basically moving all the stuff over from Win, except what doesn't ...
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How to force drop all partitions and erase disk from terminal?

My question is in fact related to OS X, however I'm using Linux tools to resolve my problem. I'm trying to delete all the partitions on my SSD drive and create new GUID (HFS+) partition table. Native ...
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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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YaST - Allocating a new partition leads to warning

So the Win10 Tech Preview will be expiring tomorrow. I need a change. I am trying to install OpenSUSE, but I'm not quite confident where I should designate the Linux partition. I put in the install ...
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Could not allocate requested partitions while instaling Scientific Linux

I am installing Scientific Linux, and I must choose a drive to install it. I have a deleted partition with the size of 150 GB. When I select the deleted partition and try to create a partition ...
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Is it possible to enlarge the / partition without rebooting?

I can enlarge the root (/) partition with fdisk without rebooting (deleting an recreating it with the same 1st sector, but greater last sector). However, I cannot make the kernel to re-read the ...
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Installing Linux mint on a computer running ElementaryOS [duplicate]

I would like to add linuxmint to my laptop running ElementaryOS. I was wondering what was the best way to partition my HDD: Shall I use a common partition for the /home folder or use two different? ...
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Partitioning problem in Kali Linux installation

I'm trying to install Kali Linux dual boot with windows 8.1. During installation, only two partitiones: while I have 3 different partitions . Please help.
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Dual-boot Ubuntu cannot access the Windows drive that it was installed on with wubi

I had Widonws 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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Gparted showing complete drive unallocated

Current Environment Information: Dual Boot with Windows 7x64 and Linux Mint 16 I am currently trying to install Elementary OS instead of Linux Mint. Windows works fine but Mint boots fine but has ...
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LVM unknown device: how to recover?

I have a server with two hard drives that I thought I had correctly installed with LVM, until I discovered that the second hard-drive did not actually seem to be used. I investigated the problem and ...
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Overlapping Partition table

I'm so done with this, i have this 64GB sd card and i just don't know any more. when i format it the data and partition tables just stay there. :'( all i want is for a blank drive, i've got a backup ...
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How to extend filesystem partition on Ubuntu VM?

I'm running Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 as a VM on a mac with vmware fusion. I'm getting space warning issues and now want to expand from 20GB to 200GB. I powered off the VM and on the vmware side ...
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How to inspect the raw contents of a partition?

I'm trying to see the contents in raw bytes of a dummy partition /dev/sda3, which I've made to be 100MiB through gparted. I want to test writing and reading on that partition. Is there a tool that ...
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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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What's the best way to partition your drive?

I usually install Linux on a single partition since I only use it as a personal desktop. However, every now and then I reinstall the box. And what I do is to simply move my files around with an ...
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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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How can I partition a volume in a regular file without loop?

I'm trying to play around with OS development, and I started with a boot loader, where phase 0 loads phase 1 from a file (specified by inode) on an ext4 partition (specified by first LBA). Of course, ...
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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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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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Problems with file system

I created a partition with EXT4 file system and when I'm writing in this partition frequently the Kernel return the following error: Jan 01 01:17:54 infobuffer360 kernel: r7:c0561280 Jan 01 01:17:54 ...
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Can't access NTFS drives after Elementary OS install

I have just setup Elementary OS. I have two hard drives on my desktop and I can’t access either one of them via file manager. To be precise I have two partitions with data that I need to access; ...
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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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How to duplicate my installation partition onto a btrfs partition?

I initially installed Linux Mint 17.1 on a ext4 partition, with the /home on a different partition. The intention is to be able to multi-boot and share the /home data. I'm planning to copy it to a ...
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fdisk - defaults to non Dos but yet uses Dos disklabel

My version of fdisk man page states default is DOS mode is disabled, which is what I want.... but why is it stating 'Created a new DOS disklabel'? localhost four # fdisk /dev/sdc Welcome to fdisk ...
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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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Extending/resizing Fedora Guest-OS root-drive in VirtualBox

I hope you can help me with that: My VirtualBox Guest-OS (Fedora 19) told me, that there is not enough free disk-space availabe, so I first increased the .vdi-file by using the Windows-Commandline: ...
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How to increase size of /dev/sda2 in suse running on vmware

how to increase the partition /dev/sda2 partition. df -h : Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 7.0G 3.7G 3.0G 56% / devtmpfs 432M 172K 432M 1% /dev tmpfs ...
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Cannot mount LVM partition after restoring LVM metadata

I have resized two LVM partition (/var and /home) and somehow resize process went wrong. After reboot system wasn't able to mount /var and /home. I have used RIPLinux to check if I can mount those ...
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Linux Mint Fails To Boot (Unknown Filesystem GRUB ERROR)

The other day I believe I accidentally messed up a disk and set it to a filesystem I didn't want to. Now when I boot up Linux Mint I get “Unknown Filesystem error” in GRUB rescue. Of course I tried to ...
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Separate Partitions usage [closed]

I would like to know the benefits & usage of creating separate partitions for different areas like swap, /, /boot, /home, /var etc. How much size should i assign to them ? Although i want to ...
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CentOS 7 /var/log/messages

We have a CentOS 7 (3.10.0-229.1.2.el7.x86_64) server running as our main file share server. We randomly see the following error messages showing up in our /var/log/messages and have been trying to ...
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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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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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Recover from interrupted partition move

So, I was trying to shift my (NTFS) data partition to the right to accommodate expanding my boot partition. I was using gparted on a Fedora 20 live USB; about 230/560 GB in I closed my laptop, ...
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How can I perform a clean install of Arch?

Basically I had another distro on my hard drive but I want to format it for complete use by Arch. I know how to set it up and such, it's just the formatting/partitioning part that I'm a little bit ...
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How to reduce Volume Group size in LVM?

[root@localhost ~] vgdisplay --- Volume group --- VG Name vg_root System ID Format lvm2 Metadata Areas 1 Metadata Sequence No 7 VG ...
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Short read while trying to open partition

On my personal home computer running Kubuntu Linux 13.04 I'm having trouble mounting a partition that is very dear to me. My backup policy is to perform a backup about monthly, so I do have a backup ...
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/opt partition not mounting in DD-WRT v24-sp2

I'm facing problems trying to install optware packages on a TP-Link TL-WR841n v8 running DD-WRT v24-sp2 (4MB flash, 32MB RAM). I did the following through telnet: nvram set jffs_mounted=1 nvram set ...
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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 formated 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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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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How do I partition my disk to install encrypted Debian installation alongside OSX?

I have a 500gb drive on a recent MBA. I have shrunk the OSX partition to 250gb to allow me to install Debian in the empty space. When I go through the Debian installer, the guided partitioning only ...
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How do I create a utility USB?

I do a lot of work with many different bootable images all on different flash drives. However, it gets annoying to search for a specific drive, plug it in, and use it. Is there a way I can consolidate ...
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how to add boot partition to syslinux boot menu

I'm trying to add "boot from partition" entry to syslinux menu ( isolinux.cfg) to boot from local disk we use localboot 0x80 , but I'm trying to boot a specific partition.. any suggestions?
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Change the number of the partition from sda1 to sda2

I have a disk with two partitions: sda1 and sda2. I would like change the number of sda1 to sda2 and sda2 to sda1. It's possible but I don't remember the procedure. i.e. My first partition will be ...
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Tool to create recipe to preseed partitioning

I want to preseed an Ubuntu 12.04 installer using a custom partitioning recipe. My disk layout is reasonably complex, and so is the recipe syntax itself. Hand-crafting such a recipe seems tedious and ...
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Which partition is mounted to where? [duplicate]

How can we check the mount points for partitions listed in /dev/sd*? For example, I would like know if the partition for my home is /dev/sda4.