Questions tagged [partition]

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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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 https://askubuntu.com/questions/455511/dual-boot-ubuntu-14-04-and-windows-7-on-fakeraid-installation-error-question-m#new-answer?newreg=f2b8bde40c8947f8ac8e3cedec0d1964 and ...
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How to format & mount a large partition with 4k sector size in Freebsd?

gpart show -l: => 6 146239733 da0 GPT (558G) 6 10 - free - (40K) 16 128 1 (null) (512K) 144 262144 2 efi (1.0G) ...
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When do logical partitions happen to need 1MB gap at each side in gparted?

I had a similar problem with this one: Why can't I create a logical partition with gparted?, where a logical partition cannot be created/formatted. Only in my case I was in a live session and it still ...
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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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Windows partition not appearing when installing 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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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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Change the start of a partition with parted?

How can I change the start location of a partition using parted or similar tool? It looks like you can only change the end location of partitions but that doesn't seem right. https://www.gnu.org/...
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How to interpret fdisk output?

How does one interpret fdisk -l output. I've included a sample output based on an image with my "best guesses", and then show the output based on the device which was used to create the image. ...
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Fedora 25 medialess installation

Trying to install Fedora 25 on my laptop. I was still running an old Fedora 20. However, I can't burn a DVD and I don't have access to a USB media either. So, I tried with this method . It works ...
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lshw and df see a different partition size (5.5 TB vs. 200 MiB). Why?

lshw and df -h see a different partition size (5.5 TB vs. 200 MiB) for one of the partitions of my computer (Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS x64). I'm pretty sure df -h is right, as when I created the partition ...
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How can I fix an overlapped FreeBSD/UFS partition?

I have a Seagate 1TB Drive [ST1000LM010-9YH146] which had one FreeBSD slice and was formatted as UFS and mounted at /home on a pfsense box. While changing some hardware around, the drive was ...
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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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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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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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Verify that partition is encrypted

I just installed Debian and as far as I can remember I encrypted my home-partition using LVM. During the boot process I haven't been asked to enter the password. Is there any way to check whether ...
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Failed to use partClone program to save or restore an image

I want to clone a Windows partition of a dual booted laptop which doesn't boot anymore as described in the following link. I don't know why but I can't clone a partition with Clonezilla. I only have ...
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How to replace osx with Linux

I tried searching for this answer but the only one I would was from 2012 and surely things have changed since then. Anyway, I inherented an iMac from my Dad when he upgraded to a MacBook Air. I'd ...
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Arch ISO not recognizing SSD, does see HDD

I'm installing Arch Linux and when I was about to partition my drives, I noticed something odd. In my laptop, I have two disks: a 1TB HDD and a 512 GB SSD. I would prefer to use the SSD as my boot ...
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Copying files to mounted second drive puts process in state “D”

I am running manjaro. I first noticed this problem when I was trying to install games on my second storage drive from Steam. I would try to install a game, and it would work for a bit, but then steam ...
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How can I re-partition a hard/ssd-drive without losing data?

When I got my notebook with a 512GB SSD, I reformatted it and installed Ubuntu. I've followed Ubuntu's suggestion to partition the drive, so I have it partitioned as follows: $ sudo parted -l Model: ...
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ext2fs_open2: Bad magic number in super-block

I'm trying to resize a Linux partition, but after tweaking a lot with this disk I don't know If I have totally corrupted it. Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sdd1 * ...
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How to resize at the beginning/move a btrfs partition on the command line?

I have a Linux/Windows dual boot setup on my notebook, in which I used to keep most of the data on the Windows partition to be able to access it from both systems. Since I almost never use Windows I ...
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Linux drive not being read anywhere

I installed Manjaro Linux on my new 128GB M.2 SSD. It was all working fine for a week or so. I was then deleting some large files (4+GB) from another 2TB HDD. Each of these deletions took about a ...
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Mounting old cyrillic HFS partition in modern Linux

I'm looking for an easiest way to transfer files to my old Macintosh LCII (to avoid messing with floppies or CD burning). I figured that I can probably get its old SCSI harddrive to mount on my modern ...
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Backup GPT table is corrupt. Fix will disappear at reboot

My recently installed ubuntu 16.04 system is not behaving correctly (does not boot). I did check the status of the hard drives using fdisk and I discovered that somehow the backup GPT table is corrupt....
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set partition bootable with gdisk GPT

Using GPT, how do I set this disk: sda1 ext3 FUJITSUMHV2080B so that the partition is bootable? Or, do I need to reformat using the install disk?
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Why is the block size of a partition smaller than that of the underlying disk?

My understanding is that the block (in the phrase "block size") is like an IO buffer, or minimum IO size for a device. Since partitions are built on top of physical devices, how can they have blocks ...
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What (type of) partition is needed to install Fedora alongside Windows

I've been trying to install Fedora on my laptop since ... last night. I tried the instructions from this page. But I got an error saying local variable 'e' was referenced before... ( my memory ...
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Expanding root partition CentOS 6 With using fdisk

I am trying to expand the root partition on a VM which is not using LVM and I do not have (nor want to try and create then use) a disk to boot from. As such I followed what I felt was the logical ...
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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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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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create partition inside Linux Mint to install Windows 7

I have installed 64-bit Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon on my laptop, which has no other OS. Right now Mint uses the entire hard disk. Is it possible to create a partition from Mint for Windows 7? (Windows 7 ...
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Replicate a complex partition structure with LUKS and LVM volumes

I have two external hard discs on an OpenSUSE 13.1 system. On one I have created a partition structure: An encrypted LVM partition (LUKS) Several volumes (10) on this LVM partition, some formatted ...
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Linux boot with broken partition

I have two ext partition on my linux One for / And one for /home I wanted to reduce (with this method) the home partition (which was only something like 10% filled) to create a new partition for ...
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Best parameters for ext4 filesystem to handle virtualbox disk images

I have ext4 partition, which holds disk image files VirtualBox works with. They all are fixed-size images (i.e. files never change their size). They are defragmented as much as possible (with e4defrag)...
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How to migrate existing linux system to LVM partitioning

I want to migrate my system to LVM. My current setup is the following: Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors Units = ...
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How to detect if the FreeBSD disklabel is on the first sector of the disk?

I have attached a FreeBSD disk to my Linux machine. How to detect if the disklabel(aka bsdlabel) is on the first sector of the disk or the PC MBR is on the first sector of the disk and disklabel is ...
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Multiple Linux or Unix Distributions, Same Home Partition or Data?

To avoid conflicts I have always installed multiple Linux and Unix distributions each with it's own home partion or directory, and in the era of 3TB hard drives this is often very practical; I also do ...
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partitions problem with Debian Squeeze and Windows 7 (Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary)

I have just installed Debian Squeeze in a hard disk where also Windows 7 is installed. Now, if I run cfdisk, I get the following message: "FATAL ERROR: Bad primary partition 3: Partition ends in the ...
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Problem to Install CentOS 6.4 (Second) after that Win7 (First) - dual boot

I want to install CentOS 6.4 in my PC, this image shows my Windows 7 partition before to install it But when I was ask to select my option (mode) of install CentOs like this: Or this (really is my ...
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Live boot GUI convert a primary partition to a logical partition?

Is Gparted Live unable to convert a primary partition to a logical partition? i.e. to make an extended partition and make that primary partition a logical partition within the newly created extended ...
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Extend Linux partition without rebooting

I apologize if I say something wrong out of inexperience but I'm asking for help... because I understand nothing. My computer has been partitioned so to have Windows 10 and Ubuntu years ago. Today, ...
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GParted taking +50h to resize a 900GB partition?

This is the situation: I have a 1TB hard drive with a 900GB HFS+ partition and 480GB of data. I've decided to shrink that partition to 500GB so I have space for another partition. However, GParted ...
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How can I calculate the size of an ext4 partition that is needed to have a predefined amount of space available for the filesystem?

question: How can I calculate the size of an ext4 partition that is needed to have a predefined amount of space available for the filesystem? example: I'd like to have a filesystem with 100 GB space (...
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Does only /boot have to be on a bootable partition?

Normally I know that /boot on (modern?) Linux is simply part of the main / partition, however I'd like to have /boot on a small partition by itself, is this possible? I.e. I want a small partition ...
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Duplicate mounting of USB drive on Linux Mint

I have a problem that I have never encountered before, so I have no idea where to begin TS. One of my external USB drives, named Tolotupon, has always mounted properly. I had done nothing to the ...
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“Outside of the volume reference for inode…” How to proceed?

TL;DR: 1TB NTFS secondary drive. Using GParted, resized main partition to be ~800GB. Created and wrote to new partition in the newly-unallocated space. Deleted new partition, attempted to resize new ...
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Two Partitions had same starting and ending sectors? How is it possible?

When I was practicing with fdisk, unfortunately, two partitions added with same start and end sectors. When I mount them individually I can see the same data on both partitions. Is it a flaw in fdisk? ...
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I am reallocating some partitions in the same disk. Before to do, how can I keep an ephemeral backup of it?

Because I have an ssd and an magnetic hard disk drive I have installed my GNU/Linux distribution like that: The /var and /home in the magnetic one disk whilst The rest of my system in ssd (the /) ...
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Broken LVM Physical volume after resizing partition

I bought a new larger SSD to replace my old one. The old one has 3 partitions, 2 for booting and a third (last) one with LVM2 on LUKS. I did the following to migrate: dd the contents of the old drive ...

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