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

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Missing partitions MacBook (2006)

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Does “resize2fs” work like this?

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partitioning in ubuntu with gparted cant resize

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GRUB problem after creating new partition - not able to boot live-cd

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no GRUB menu bootloader option

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problem installing ubuntu 14.04

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No operating systems detected error

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NTFS formatted hard disk's partitions not visible in Windows. Although they are visible in Linux

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df showing different disk sizes in 14.04 and 12.04?

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Ubuntu 14.04 Manual Hard Drive Partitioning Help Needed

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Failure proof logical volumes on heterogenous bunch of irreliable hard disks

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/boot on software RAID 10

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Investigating RAID-related issue that caused data loss while using LiveUSB

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Trying to move usr and home to usb drive

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I need advice on partition sizing/placement, please

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Ubuntu 14.04 quit suddenly, won't boot now, “recursive partition table”

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Partitioning Problem

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inconsistency in showing disk label

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Disk '/dev/sdb' doesn't contain a valid partition table

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Is it possible to shrink/enlarge/edit Ubuntu partition/filesystem on a Nexus4 dual boot system?

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Preparing to install Ubuntu hangs on Mac

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Black screen before log in screen in a new installed Ubuntu 12.04

i very confused with this output in my screen, specifically when I am really to login into Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. My computer is a Toshiba Satellite A665-S5117 with double partition with Windows 7. That ...
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Clean Install with pre-existing full disk encryption?

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Configuring grub-pc: GRUB failed to install to the following devices

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Extend Partition size on a Ubuntu Server

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Copy Live CD to partition and add it to GRUB

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Mounting /opt/mongo on new partition or resize primary partition on VMWare server

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Why does “scanning disks” always take 3 -4 hours?

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External USB Drive read-only cannot change to read & write

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Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit; strange boot results

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Merge two Partitions

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Planning Storage

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No operating system found - Windows 8 retail install

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ubuntu-12.04.3-desktop-i386 Installation as dual boot on ProBook 4430s

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Not launching after install

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How to resize an encrypted LLVM volume and configure it to install another Linux distribution alongside Ubuntu?

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