Disk partitioning is the act of dividing a hard disk drive into multiple logical storage units referred to as 'partitions'

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How can I store /var on a separate partition?

I'd like to store /var on a separate partition from /. What is the correct way to set this up?
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Partition resize [duplicate]

I have a dual boot system with C: drive with windows 227 GB E: drive in windows 185 GB Ext4 Ubuntu - 38 GB Linux swap - 4 GB I want to decrease the space from E: drive from 185 GB to say about ...
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Partitions required for Installing Ubuntu?

I have a Laptop with 1TB hard disk space. I can allocate 100GB for Ubuntu. Currently there is only Windows 7 installed. I am new to Ubuntu & am confused by terms like mount point, root partition, ...
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Constant UUID on USB install

I've got an Ubuntu install on a USB with a separate NTFS partition, can I expect the same UUID for the partition if I removed and reattached the USB to a computer?
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Cannot find “Run Ubuntu alongside with windows” option when installing [duplicate]

I have Windows 7, and I'm trying to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu. However, when I try to install Ubuntu with a USB, it doesn't give me the option to dual boot. I can only "Replace Windows 7 with ...
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What is the meaning of the default directories in the Linux filesystem hierachy?

Having installed various Linux distros for tinkering, I'm puzzled by the installers offering partition layouts - for an easy way out I just use the whole available disk space. Some of the partitions ...
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What are “/run/lock” and “/run/shm” used for?

I just want to know where and how /run/lock and /run/shm can help our PC . $ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 56G 13G 41G 24% / udev ...
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How large should I make root, home, and swap partitions?

I have a laptop with win7 installed. I have now made a 60gb partition which I want to install ubuntu into. The question I have, before I do the installation, is how large each of the root, swap, and ...
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Change owner of internal hard drive partition from root to user

I have a number of drives internal and external. Some are partitioned. Most mount automatically at boot (all did at one point). One partition is owned by root and therefore does not mount ...
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What are the pros and cons of having a separate home partition?

This is not a question about how to create a home partition, just as a caveat. :) What are the pros and cons to having a separate home partition? How do I know if having one is right for me? Will it ...
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Should I choose exFat or NTFS for a “shared” partition in a dual-boot system?

I have a new laptop which I am setting up as dual boot Windows/Linux. I would like to access files from both Ubuntu and Windows 7. Should I create a separate NTFS partition?
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Can I remove Windows Vista from my notebook and only install Ubuntu?

I would like to remove Windows Vista from my notebook which is currently running a dual boot Windows Vista + Ubuntu and use Ubuntu as the only OS. The notebook is unstable when running Windows Vista, ...
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“the partition is misaligned” error in Disk Utility - should I repartition?

I have a Dell XPS M1330 laptop that has Vista installed and I just installed Ubuntu 10.4 LTS so I can dual boot. Everything seems to be working well, but when I opened the Disk Utility to have a ...
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Is it safe to format msftres, msftdata and hidden partitions?

I have an acer V7 which came with a 1TB HDD, 24GB SSD and Windows 8 installed. I have installed Ubuntu onto the SSD and formatted the main partitions of the HDD. However, I also notice 3 other ...
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Partitions for Ubuntu and Windows 7 dual boot on SSD + HDD setup

I have purchased a new SSD (120GB) and I had a HDD (1TB) already installed. I will install both Ubuntu and Windows on these drives. As the file space on the SSD is limited and I've read that writing ...
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How to dual boot with Windows XP and Partition?

Windows XP pro S3 is already installed on my laptop HP EliteBook 6930p. I am trying to partition and dual boot. This is all new to me as this is my first time installing Ubuntu. Partition is the most ...
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Installer doesn't detect existing partition table/windows 7 partition

I am having this issue with 11.10 . Ubiquity doesn't detect the existing windows 7 partition and when I choose to manually partition the disk, I can't see any partition there. When I log into the live ...
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How do I erase/format a harddisk from a live CD?

I need to format a drive containing an old install of Ubuntu 10.04, to install Vista (not my idea!) Vista setup apparently refuses to format non-FAT32 or NTFS partitions. However, I can't seem to ...
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“This computer currently has no detected operating systems” when installing [duplicate]

I am new to ubuntu (AMD64) and am attempting to install it on my laptop which already has Windows 7 Home Premium x64. I currently have two partitions on my HDD and I was planning on repartitioning ...
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What does the term “Extended Partition” mean? Is it safe to use this type of partition?

In the image below, what does Extended 103 GB mean?
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Installing Ubuntu 13.04 on a MSATA SSD

I am trying to install Ubuntu 13.04 on my 24Gb MSATA SSD. In my laptop, I've also got a 500Gb SATA HDD. I realize that in order for this to work I need to put my /home directory on the 500Gb HDD. ...
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Need to create a Partition after installing Ubuntu

I have a 1TB hard drive. :P The problem is that I've already installed Ubuntu 12.04, but I did not make any separate partitions beside the one the operating system is installed on. Now I want to ...
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In the installer, when splitting an existing partition, which side is which? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Ubuntu with Windows, which is left and right when allocating space? I am about to install Ubuntu alongside windows. I've reached a setup screen which has a ...
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How to manually fix a partition table ?

I recently had trouble with the MBR/partition table on my laptop. I managed to rebuild the partition table using testdisk, and install GRUB to get it booting properly again (I'm using a dual-boot with ...
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How to mount partition permanently?

I am using Ubuntu Minimal + LXDE. I am wondering how can I auto-mount a partition (internal) on boot automatically. Currently I do something like mount /dev/sda3 /works But I want it to be ...
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How do I resize root partition?

I have a dual boot setup with Ubuntu and Windows 7. I need to shrink my root Ubuntu volume in order to get some free space to create a new partition. Are there any Windows based tools that will do ...
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How to remove GPT from HDD?

I have a Asus K55VM-Sx027V laptop and I formated it with Ubuntu because whenever I tried to install Windows 7 64bit, it wouldn't let me because my HDD had GPT protection. Now that I have Ubuntu ...
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Dual boot ubuntu 13.10 and windows 7

I want to install Ubuntu 13.10 on my pre-installed windows 7 pc and I want a dual boot. I have no empty partition on my hard disk drive. I don't want to re-install windows 7 and don't want to install ...
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Trouble creating 3TB ext4 partition due to msdos-partition-table-imposed error

I just bought a 3TB WD green drive, but when I try to partition in in gparted I get an error like: ====================== libparted : 2.3 ====================== partition length of 5860530176 sectors ...
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What's the difference between ddrescue, gddrescue, and dd_rescue?

The dd command is commonly used to make image backups of a drive or partition. However, it performs poorly if the source drive is unreliable or failing. I read that ddrescue/dd_rescue is a good tool ...
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How do I get rid of “U3 System” on my USB drive?

I have a USB drive (SanDisk SDCZ40-016G) that mounts in a way I've never seen before. When inserted, two items appear in Places -> Computer: "SanDisk Ultra Backup: 16GB" contains my data, and "CD ...
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Automount ext4 partition with user permission/ownership (fstab?) [duplicate]

I just installed Lubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" on my Acer Aspire One D257, creating the partitions: $ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda5 15G 2.1G 12G 15% / ...
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How to enable exFAT in Ubuntu 14.04

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 and I can't mount my exFAT HDD. I get the following error: Unable to access “SeagateHDD” Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/me/SeagateHDD: Command-line `mount -t ...
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How do I remove my Ubuntu partition from Windows 7 and reuse the space?

I am dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu, both installed on separate partitions. I don't need Ubuntu anymore. How can I remove the Ubuntu partition(s) and add the reclaimed space to my Windows 7 ...
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How do I use my home directory on a separate partition?

My understanding of disc partitioning has always been that you partition a disc to install multiple operating systems so you can boot from multiple operating systems on a single disc. However I'm ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 is unable to mount a disk drive from ex-windows system [duplicate]

I just installed Ubuntu 13.04 as a single OS on a system previously installed with windows 8. Almost everything is working fine except 1- I cannot control my brightness (Hotkeys are able to move ...
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Recovering Grub [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I repair grub? Are there some resources that could help me recover from Grub2 problems? I installed Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7 on my hard disk. I had Grub2 as ...
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Is gparted a good tool for resizing an NTFS partition?

I have a dual-boot setup. (Ubuntu / Vista) I need to shrink the partition that Vista is installed on. (It's an NTFS partition.) I tried using Vista's own disk manager, but it didn't work. I heard ...
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Extending Ubuntu Partition size with the unallocated space (swap is between these two)

My Ubuntu 12.04 is set up on virtualbox, the host system is Windows 7. When setting up my system, I created 8GB VDI hard drive. In a short time I run out of free space, so I increased the size of ...
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filesystem types for partitions [closed]

I am going to dual-boot install Ubuntu1 10.04 on my laptop with Windows 7. I was wondering what filesystem types (such as ext2, ext3, ext4, ReiserFS and whatever might come into mind) are ...
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Repair NTFS without Windows? [duplicate]

My machine only has Ubuntu installed (13.04) but one data drive is NTFS (because I didn't realize that the disk was NTFS formatted when I started using it). I now used Gparted to reduce the partition ...
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Safety of installing Ubuntu alongside Windows

Is it really safe to choose the "Install Ubuntu alongside Windows" option from the Ubuntu installation program? I never used that option, instead I used other tools such as partition magic or windows ...
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Grub rescue problem after deleting Ubuntu partition!

After I deleted Ubuntu partition, I rebooted my computer and got grub rescue problem. What I have tried so far is finding the right partition of ubuntu from grub rescue command by ls command. It ...
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Problems Installing Ubuntu 13.10 Alongside Windows 7 - gpart shows unallocated space

I've searched for people with similar problems but none of the fixes seem to be working for me. I have a Windows 7 (200gb + 100mb reserved partitions) and the rest (~800gb) as unallocated. This is ...
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How to create two partitions?

I have a 80Gb HDD with one partition for Ubuntu and want to partition it into two partitions 60G/20G. How can I do this?
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I can't install Ubuntu on my Dell Inspiron 15R at all

I'm attempting to install Ubuntu 12.04LTS, 64bit onto a Dell Inspiron 15R laptop. I've shrunk down one of the windows partitions and even used GParted to format the vacant space as ext4. However, ...
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Recover Lost data/partition

This is what happened: I was running 12.04.1 and wanted to install 12.10. upgrade, but a fresh install. When setting up my computer I anticipated for this by dividing my 640GB HD in following ...
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How do I remove Windows 7 from my dual boot system with Ubuntu?

Hello can someone give me short tutorial how to: Remove Windows 7 from my dual boot system (Ubuntu/Windows7) Let me use free space as new partition for data (so I dont need to extend ubuntu itself ...
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How can I check and change the partition table type?

New computers that ship with Windows 8 also come with a different partition table than before. This along with the move to UEFI causes confusion, as users are unaware of the newer partition table and ...
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What would be a good partitioning scheme for 128 gb SSD and 640 GB HDD

I have a combination of 128 GB SSD and a 640 GB HDD. I'm planning to install Xubuntu 12.04 on it. I have read some question here (like What's a good partition method to combine an SSD boot drive with ...