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

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What is the best strategy to clone and dual boot an existing OS?

So my setup is looking something like this: I'm using Grub2 I have 4 logical partitions (1 of which is an extended partition) (Logical Partitions): /dev/sda1 (fat32) /dev/sda2 (fat32) /dev/sda3 ...
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partition size for Linux [on hold]

I have got 1 TB of HDD and 4 GB of RAM and I want to install Linux alongside Windows. What is the best partition size to make for linux.
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Trouble installing Ubuntu Studio on separate internal hard drive

I am wanting to install Ubuntu Studio onto a separate internal hard drive than what my windows 7 is installed on, the part I'm having trouble with is the fact that this drive is not empty, so I'd only ...
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Ubuntu Bootloader Help

I'm thinking of installing Ubuntu on my PC (quite old) alongside Windows 8.1. My BIOS mode is Legacy BIOS so no worries about UEFI settings. I have a separate partition (Local Disk E: 30GB) for ...
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kernel / initd boot settings

I have 2 seperate harddrives in my pc, one with windows 7 (working) and one with ubuntu. I am unable to boot into ubuntu for some reason :/ I installed easyBCD to correct the windows bootmenu and used ...
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Can't Resize File System Partition after Installation of ubuntu 14.04 AMD64 Manufacturers Mode

Installed 14.04 AMD in Manufacturer's Mode.. Everything is working good yet but Can't able to resize or unmount the main partition.ie file system partition...to create /home,/user partitions i've ...
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hi…i m not experienced but i had dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. i deleted Ubuntu and freed memory using disk manager…now [duplicate]

i m not experienced but i had dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. i deleted Ubuntu and freed memory using disk manager...now i get error:no such partition grub rescue> i used the following video ...
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gParted shows I/O error while creating a NTFS partition

Whenever I try to create a NTFS partition with gParted, I get this error (bolded for ease of sight): GParted 0.18.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid --enable-online-resize Libparted 2.3 Create Primary ...
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Ubuntu installation confusion

I need to know what are the things that are required to successfully install Ubuntu on my PC alongside Windows 8.1. I want to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 8.1 but every forum/site mentions ...
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how can i dual boot with an already ubuntu computer if i have a harddrive i took out of a windows laptop with all its info on it?

ive looked and looked but cant find anything but repartitioning and creating both on one harddrive. what i want to do is take my built computer that i have ubuntu 13.10 (updating to 14.04 as im typing ...
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Partitioning in Ubuntu?

I just want to ask what "/" and "/home" means? What if I format my PC and re-install Ubuntu? Does it affect the / and /home directory? I want to protect my files in case Ubuntu crashes and I need to ...
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How to roll back failed gparted ext4 partition growth

I had a 12TB ext4 partition which I wanted to extend to 18TB. I've added the new disks to the RAID and after doing that I wanted to re-size the partition to occupy this new space. I started the growth ...
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Installing ubuntu fails with “??? ???” message

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04.1 (ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso), but always get error message same to one from this question (and same stage of installation): When installing Ubuntu, I get ...
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Can't install Windows as dual boot after Ubuntu

I've a quite complicated problem related to dual boot of Ubuntu and Windows 7. At first I had Windows 7 installed in my laptop but then when I tried to dual boot with Ubuntu 14.04, I somehow ...
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How Can I Get GRUB to Work After Restoring Deleted EFI Partition?

First time posting here for help. So Friday night I was playing around with GParted and accidentally deleted several partitions. One of the was an unnamed. After doing this, I restarted and I was ...
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How to recover accidently formatted partitioned hard disk while i was checking centos dvd

My story is a bit different, i was just check a custom allot centos dvd to verify that it was burnt correctly on a dvd, so i booted from the dvd, and it gave me some options to continue into the gui ...
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error attempt to read or write outside of partition

I am getting following error after installing Ubuntu 14.04 on laptop. I have created 3 partitions and installed Ubuntu on primary. error attempt to read or write outside of partition Entering ...
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Lubuntu allow non-admin to mount drive without admin password

Question 1: I'm the administrator of my Lubuntu system. I only have one "Desktop User" account for all kids. But when ever the Desktop User tries to access or open the "Data"[NTFS partition](Drives ...
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Problem partitioning ubuntu as dual boot

I have installed windows 8.1 (64bit), when i try to install ubuntu alongside with windows, it doesn't shows the Alongside windows option, and when we select sometlthing else option, it shows as if the ...
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How to install Ubuntu on dell laptop which already have windows 7

I have Dell-Vostro 1540-amd64 architecture-500 GB Laptop. Had two partitions with 270 GB for Windows 7 and remaining is unallocated. Successfully installed Windows 7 on 270GB partition. I want to ...
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Can't Boot into either Windows or Ubuntu

History I first installed Windows 8.1 and left around 60GBs Unallocated. Then I tried installing Ubuntu with a USB, but the partition table I had made did not show up. I then tweaked some settings in ...
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Can't get GRUB menu to work after installing Ubuntu 14.04

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop and had it set up for a dual boot between Ubuntu and Windows 8. Everything worked fine until I decided to try reinstalling it with the root partition on an SSD ...
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Processing time to delete files from linux-installed partition

Recently I observed that the time taken for my laptop (2GB ram laptop on Intel Core2 Duo processor) to delete folders consisting of a lot of files and subdirectories took considerable time (for ...
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Regarding Extended partition of hard disk after installing Ubuntu

sir, I want to create some extended partitions of my drive.I have already created 3 Primary partitions viz. 30 Gb, 30 GB and 252 GB. but when I'm creating extra partitions, there is showing an alert ...
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GPT partitioning on a bios/non-efi motherboard with a SSD

I have a 2 year old Intel DH67CL1 BIOS motherboard(non-efi). I am reading about GPT partitioning and wonder whether it is useful in my case. I have still reservations whether to use GPT and what ...
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Where exactly is my second hdd?

Im completely new to ubuntu, so this might seem like a silly question, but I'm not sure where to locate my second hdd. I installed Ubuntu onto a computer that had 2 already formatted hard drives in ...
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How would I speed up a full disk dd?

I am doing a dd on two identical drives with this command: dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=4096 Both hard drives are the exact same model number, and both have 1TB of storage space. /dev/sda uses a ...
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Problem with partitions (deleted all of them)

A few months ago, I had Windows 8 as the only operative system on my computer and I wanted to install Ubuntu, having both operative systems on my pc (dual boot). However, after supposedly installing ...
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restoring the applications settings

I am reinstalling Ubuntu with a separate home partition. I have been told that when I do this all the data in the home partition will not be harmed(when I use manual partitioning of course) and that ...
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How to format entire HDD to it's factory condition? [closed]

I tried to install an image onto a secondary HDD but wasn't able to make it work. Now I want to wipe out everything on the HDD to it's original factory condition so I can try again. I tried using ...
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Installing Ubuntu 14.04 on Z97X-gaming gt with nvidia geforce gtx 780ti card

How to install ubuntu 14.04 dual boot with windows 7 on a SSD, system is Z97X-gaming gt with nvidia geforce gtx 780ti card and intel i7 4790k So far after getting throught install the machine ...
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Booting Linux from USB on a Mac

I'm only posting this question because it seems I've been trying to get this to work for the last 2 weeks and feel like im exhausting my options. I'm trying to build a persistent Linux system ...
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Why doesn't Windows 8 appear in the “BIOS” boot selection after Ubuntu is installed?

So, I've installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 8. Everything is fine except when I am in the BIOS I only see the Ubuntu partition. I see the Windows partition in Ubuntu, but just not in the BIOS. What am ...
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can not make primary patition or logical (MBR to GPT)

I wish to make dual boot windows and ubuntu on del inspion 5721 comes with ubuntu installed Hard disk consists of 3 primary and extended swap partitions In order to get new partitions from free ...
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Is there a possibility to change the swap encryption method at runtime?

I'd like to have both hibernation capabilities and encrypted swap partition(s) on my Ubuntu 14.04.1 system. After a short experience of a LUKS encrypted swap partition I decided that entering the LUKS ...
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Installing Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows

I restarted my Ubuntu 12.04 today (after a month or so for which it was continuously on :P) and it's not working. I am thinking of installing Ubuntu 14.04 along with the currently installed 12.04 and ...
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Resizing second drive partition

I have struggled with my problem for days, and have tried to find different kind of solutions, but now I decided to ask. My primary problem is too small sda1 partition which is 243M and 100% full. ...
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Please assist with partition management- cannot reformat drive to install Windows?

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 onto my drive, and am now trying to install Windows . Ideally, I would like to just completely wipe the drive and remove all partitions, so I am working with a blank slate, ...
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Installing Ubuntu alongside with Windows 7

I want to install "Ubuntu 14.04.1 TLS amd64" alongside with "Windows 7 Ultimate x64" on a DELL INSPIRON with I5/6GB/500GB. First of all I installed Windows 7. The partitions are: 1: 100MB System ...
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Installing ubuntu on benq joybook a52e (7 yo laptop)

so here is my problem. I am trying to install ubuntu from usb (CD drive is dead) on benq joybook a52e laptop. But the problem is that usb drive larger than 256mb can not be recognized as bootable ...
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Sharing Installing Ubuntu with an NTFS data partition

Will I be allowed to install Ubuntu on to a 1.5gig HDD of which half of the drive is dedicated to an NTFS data partition, no OS is installed. Thank you.
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Two Volumes? Want to Merge!

I apologize ahead of time for how confusing this may be. I am very new to things such as partitions, disks, and hard drives. When I installed Ubuntu there were two options, install on a 24 GB HD and ...
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Dual Boot Manager: Windows Boot Manager does not work

I first had Windows 8.1 already installed on my machine, and then I decided to install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as well. I first shrunk the size of my Windows Disk. Then I installed Ubuntu, splitting it ...
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Mounting WD external hard drive mybook

UPDATE: When I put in dmesg after plugging the external hd in, the output is the following (last lines): [15233.307914] cfg80211: (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp) ...
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Change location of /opt or /usr? Or other way to improve system portability and save SSD space

I have a 32 GB mSATA drive which I set to be the mountpoint of /. Then I have a 500 GB drive which is set to be /home. I just did a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 (but kept my home folder) and noticed ...
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Live USB Ubuntu on second partition

Is it possible to put a live ubuntu installation on the second partition of a flash drive? I have a flash drive with 2 partitions: The first one is ~10GB formatted FAT32 for storing files on in ...
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How to format a HDD in ubuntu 14.04

So i recently switched to Ubuntu from Opensuse, and i'm loving it. There's one problem though. I've found that the control centre is minimalistic (to say the least) and, coming from a guy with Yast2, ...
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remove ubuntu and install windows 8

I want to remove my version of Ubuntu and install win 8 ,but when I go through win8 installation and choose custom I found ( in the window of choosing partitions that "windows can not installed on ...
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Windows not detected. OS fails to boot

I have seen very similar topics and some solutions throughout the website. But I think none of the questions are asked along with enough details. So here I go. I wanted to Install Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS ...
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USB pen (Kingston 16GB) is not detecting / mount in the system (Ubuntu 12.10 or Windows)

My USB pen (Kingston 16GB) is not detecting in the system (Ubuntu 12.10 or Windows). I tried followings but no any luck. Could any one give an idea to try... I want it with / without current data on ...