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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Grub Rescue after installing Elementary OS Freya

I used to dual boot windows 10(recently upgraded from windows7) and elementary os luna. Windows is installed on my C drive, and Luna was installed on a partitioned D drive (i splitted 100GB for ...
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How to partition 22TB disk?

I have a 22TB disk on /dev/sdb. How do I create a 22TB partition? Don't really care about the file system - ext4 or zfs is fine. Running CentOS 6.2 - Partition will be used as a data dump. Only a ...
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How do I partition a USB drive so that it's bootable and has a Windows-compatible data storage partition?

split from here I have a 16gb flash drive, which I want a live ISO to boot from (via unetbootin or something similar). It'll be some 32bit distro that I can plug-in and boot on whatever computer I ...
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BTRFS RAID6 array is broken, how do I fix it?

I have a server running a btrfs raid 6 array which seems to have broken. When try to mount it I get the following error message. I don't know how or why it broke maybe a power outage or something (it ...
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Messed up chown in /usr/bin. Caja won't allow me to mount drives

Ok so I did a bad boo-boo and did a chmod 755 on /usr/bin (it was by mistake, there was a folder in /usr i needed to do it on that started with "bi" and I stupidly did chmod -R 755 /usr/bi* cuz I was ...
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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 do i expand a partition? [migrated]

According to Disk Management, I have the following partitions on Disk 0 (698.64 GB): Recovery (E:) (25.00 GB FAT32) OS (C:) (279.45 GB NTFS) DATA (D:) (300.30 GB NTFS) Free space (85.97 GB) ...
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Is there a way to salvage a partition table that was automatically edited by windows?

I tried upgrading to windows 10 and expected it to overwrite the bootloader, but it screwed up the partition table as well. So I'm wondering if there's any way to recover the linux installation. ...
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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 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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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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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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Gparted Shows HDD as unallocated

I've Windows 8.1 & I'm planning to install Kali Linux with it. However, at installation gparted shows the whole hard disk to be unallocated and a warning. The warning is as follows: /dev/sda ...
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How can I change the name of one partition called sdaX to sdaY?

When I use a pendrive with two partitions on a Windows system, it only recognizes the first partition that I've created in that pendrive. I have a pendrive with two partitions: an ext4 and a ntfs ...
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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 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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Where are my saved files in home folder?

I reinstalled my UBUNTU 12.04 after facing some crashing issues with my software. I have separate partitions for / and /home. Output of df -h: root@sougata-SATELLITE-L750:/home# df -h Filesystem ...
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zerombr and clearpart not working in RHEL7

I've been using the following simple partitioning scheme to setup some RedHat machines. zerombr clearpart --all --initlabel bootloader --location=mbr autopart The unfortunate part is that I know ...
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How to add entry for bootable external drive partition to internal bootloader?

I created a bootable partion on a Toshiba Canvio 2 for LinuxMint, leaving one other partition of same size for possibly another install in the future and the rest of the drive is for storage and back ...
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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 to extend partition to all unallocated space in a VPS?

Hello and sorry for the dumb question but I'm a bit new to Linux and I'm always very scared to mess with partitions. Anyway, here it goes my story: I rent a VPS that uses a SSD of 10GB (Debian 7) and ...
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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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Why are partition size and df output different?

I have a partition /dev/sda1. Disk utility shows it has the capacity of 154 GB. df -h shows Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 123G 104G 14G 89% / ...
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The merits of a partitionless filesystem

I ran into something a couple of weeks ago that I'd never seen before: A filesystem (ext3 I believe) installed to a storage device without a partition. In essence /dev/sdb was the entire filesystem. I ...
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tmpfs and disk partitionning (incoherent partition size between df and fdisk)

I will soon run out of space on my hard drive. Therefore I tried to change the partitions and I discovered something that I don't understand. df -h gives mes this output : Filesystem Size Used ...
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Need more disk space for root

Several months ago I bought a new computer and installed/configured dual boot with Arch/Ubuntu Studio. I wanted to try Arch (because it was suggested as a great distro for audio production [since it ...
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Backup full drive structure, skipping one partition content

I need to backup laptop drive. But in fact what matters is not data as in my data files kept on laptop but all systems, settings, lvm and in general whole disk structure - partitioning, UUIDs, LUKS ...
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Need help retrieving FAT32 partition from an unallocated portion of and external HD

I was going to create a liveusb out of my external HD, as indicated in the archwiki, using the dd command, except I didn't know what the result of the command would be. I then realized that it ...
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Defragmentation of LVM2 logical volumes

Question: Is there a tool supporting de-fragmentation of LVM2 logical volumes ? (Making their extents into consistent sequences) Preferably by defining desired order of extents (something like ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a USB drive ext4 partition?

I have a 32GB USB drive with 2 partitions, Partition 1: FAT32 used as storage Partition 2: ext4 intended to be a bootable live Ubuntu 15.04. How can I install the Ubuntu ISO file to the ext4 ...
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Mac OS X partition type problem

As a 2 decades of MS-Windows user I have switched to Mac OS X a month ago. And my knowledge is not enough to fix my big problem which I encountered yesterday and my brand new MBPro is dead now. I ...
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Kali linux doesn't detect my hard drive partitions

I wanted to install Kali Linux on my computer that is currently running windows 7 64bits, so i created a 200Gb free partition, I made an installation USB key, and everything was running perfectly ...
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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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lost FreeBSD efi loader after upgrading windows 10

How to return option to load FreeBSD, after it was lost next to upgrading windows 10. I use uefi-FreeBSD10, and didn't created another one ESP.
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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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Zeroing out FreeBSD swap space?

I'd like to zero-fill the partitions/slices in my FreeBSD VMs in order to provide for better compression for archival. For those partitions/slices with file systems the process is no problem for me to ...
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How can I script the creation of a single partition that uses the entire device?

I am specifically using this to partition and mount EBS volumes on Amazon EC2 instances, but really this should be generally applicable to initializing any new drive. As the question says I want to ...
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How to safely delete a system partition?

I got the following disk sda9 contains a new Linux installation which I'd like to keep, while sda5 is the old installation which I'd like to free (and successively merge with sda4, but we don't ...
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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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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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USB install of Linux Mint - only shows up as a single partition but i've ran out of space

I recently set up an installation of Linux Mint Maya 13.2 on a USB stick. I set it up with UNetBootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/). When this sets up the drive, it makes a "regular" ...
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Linux Mint on USB - mtab is a folder, not a file

I just installed Linux Mint Maya (13.2) onto a USB stick with uNetbootin (http://sourceforge.net/projects/unetbootin/). The install seems to work ok, and has a "persistence" partition which allows ...
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Old Xen Installation Unable to be Formatted

I recently tried to format a disk that had an old Ubuntu 14.04 partition and a Xen Swap Disk partition. I am currently running the Ubuntu Live CD and trying to access my partitions on the drive for ...
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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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Does Gparted change permissions?

Sometimes but not often, but many times, after formatting an SD card with Gparted, the SD card becomes unaccessible to normal user, so I go as root and change the permissions, happens especially when ...
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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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Filesystem for boot partition

I created a BIOS boot partition on a hard drive, using gdisk : $ sudo gdisk /dev/sdb Command (? for help): p Disk /dev/sdb: 7821312 sectors, 3.7 GiB Logical sector size: 512 bytes Disk identifier ...
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Adding a new disk to an exsting partition in linux

I have a sda on my opensuse and want to add a new disk to have more space on it. After adding the disk I have created a partition lets name it sdb. Mr sda has 6 partition and I ant to sdb to 6th ...
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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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Is there any way to prevent a bad drive from disappearing from /dev?

I'm trying to recover a partition on a bad drive with ddrescue. I run: $ sudo ddrescue -r -1 -v /dev/sdd3 OUT.img dd_rescue_logfile and it seems to do great for a while, but after about an hour, ...