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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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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Extend partition size without unmounting it

I would like to create an image of a Linux Mint disc. Then I'd like to copy it to a bigger disc and extend its partition to the full size of the disc. I have already copied the disc using WinImage ...
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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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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 In fact, it has some-- the original 20G SCSI drives have been replaced by 300G SCSI drives, so in theory ...
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Installing an external drive for 24x7 in Raspberry (ext4 or ntfs?) [on hold]

I'm just installing a new hard drive (wd mypassport ultra usb3). it has 1tb of space. It will be mounted 24x7 on an raspberry server, for sharing media and documents on my familiy house. I use it ...
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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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Problems installing linux mint on clean hard drive: Server authorization directory error

I've had some issues with a dual install of windows and ubuntu lately. I decided to clean things up by wiping my hd and just reinstalling linux mint. I've made a bootable usb. When I select the ...
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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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Best Disk Partitioning Scheme for a Linux-based Developer Machine

Is there some kind of "best disk partitioning scheme" for a Linux-based web and application developer machine, in terms of performance, organization or others?
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Don't I need to move a shrunk filesystem before resizing the partition?

I have a partition of some 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 command-line tools and no parted. ...
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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 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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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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Why are there so many different ways to measure disk usage?

When I sum up the sizes of my files, I get one figure. If I run du, I get another figure. If I run du on all the files on my partition, it doesn't match what df claims is used. Why are there so many ...
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How to know if /dev/hda2 is Primary partition or Extended partition

If all four primary partitions exist on an IDE drive, they are numbered as follows: /dev/hda1 /dev/hda2 /dev/hda3 /dev/hda4 We have also the partitions on a disk with one primary partition and ...
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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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how to find the type of img file and mount it

I have to mount a .img file but I don't know what type of .img it is. How can I figure out what type of .img file it is? # mount -t auto -o ro,loop gmapsupp.img /mnt/iso/ mount: you must specify the ...
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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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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 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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Partition table not recognized by Linux kernel

I experience relatively often that the partition table of a USB stick or SD card is suddenly no longer recognized by the kernel while (g)parted and fdisk still see it, as do other systems. I can even ...
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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 ...
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Disk /dev/sda doesn't contain partition table [duplicate]

down vote favorite 0 down vote favorite 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. ...
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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 to increase /dev/sda2 partition in rhel6?

I have 2 partitions, filesystem is ext4. One is /dev/sda1 mounted with /images. Another one is /dev/sda2 mounted with /videos. /dev/sda2 is 99% full, I need to increase this without using lvm. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to extend CentOS 5 partition on VMware?

I have a CentOS 5 virtual machine and I added 20GB more to disk size. How do I initialize and extend the available space? I'm new to Linux, so what should I do? I tried loading GParted as well, ...
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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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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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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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Local disks detected as multipath device

My local partitions are detected as multipath device $multipath -l mpathb (360014380125d90420000a000003e0000) dm-9 HP,HSV450 size=200G features='1 queue_if_no_path' hwhandler='0' wp=rw `-+- ...
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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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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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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 ...