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

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Unable to install on an HP Probook

I just received a brand new business laptop from my company. I wanted to install Ubuntu on it. I resized Windows 7 partition and started the installation of the 10.04 LTS. However, I soon discovered ...
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How do I change from dual-boot Windows/Ubuntu to single-boot Ubuntu?

I have an old Vista laptop that I partitioned and installed Ubuntu on, with dual-boot. I've now decided to switch entirely to Ubuntu. What's the best way to achieve this? My current partitions: ...
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Windows 7 sees all ubuntu partitions as primary

I got a new laptop with Windows 7. I resized the windows partition and installed Ubuntu 10.10 to the free space using manual partition, with several partitions for /boot, /, /home, swap, and another ...
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sda1 unmountable and (probably) corrupt

I also posted this on Ubuntu Forums and apart from a guy who tried to help nothing came of it. So i though i'd try posting here... So, after a restart yesterday, my computer doesn't boot correctly... ...
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How to burn an existing recovery partition to iso?

I'm using a laptop with a factory recovery partition. I'd like to scrap it, but I don't know if I might need it, so I'd prefer to create an ISO(s) from the partition if there's a good ...
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Make W7 install as small as possible and increase Ubuntu size

How do I do this all from Ubuntu? When I used Wubi there was a max size, and i ended up liking Ubuntu 10.04 so I kept it installed, but now i want to do just run W7 as a VM. I have around only 58GBs ...
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How do I align my partition table properly?

I am in the process of building my first RAID5 array. I've used mdadm to create the following set up: root@bondigas:~# mdadm --detail /dev/md1 /dev/md1: Version : 00.90 Creation Time : Wed ...
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Errors when performing fsck on encrypted partition in recovery mode

I'm booting in recovery mode Unmount crypto partition. umount /dev/mapper/sda6_crypt and i make fsck -c /dev/mapper/sda6_crypt fsck output: fsck.LVM"_member: not found fsck: Error 2 while ...
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How do I list new drives so I can partition and format them?

I added a bunch of drives to an external enclosure and attached it to a server via eSATA and now need to get them ready for software raid. However they do not appear under fdisk -l I've tried looking ...
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Remove an Extra Entry for Windows 7 in BURG or GRUB?

For some reason I have two entries for the same copy of Windows 7 in burg (and before I installed burg, there were two in the grub menu as well). They are on different partitions but they boot into ...
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Recover partition in / which is umounted

I have a partition /data which supposed to store data and its format is ext4. Since it not in home folder and I forget to format it as FAT at the beginning, I cannot copy any file into here unless I ...
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Repartitioned my Drive and now the Ubuntu LiveCD installer always fails to install grub!

OK. I installed Ubuntu 10.04 a week or so ago over an old Ubuntu partition - no problem. Grub went on fine (it had previously been overwritten by windows). Then, after remembering how much I like ...
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How can I identify what version of ubuntu is installed in a specific partition?

I have two versions of ubuntu installed on my laptop 10.04 and 9.10. They are installed on separate partitions (let's say /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2 respectively), but I forgot which is which. I'm now ...
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Hard drive partition naming convention in Linux

What is the hard disk drive partition naming convention in Linux (for example : [hd0,0] etc...)? What does it actually mean? What is the significance of this when I need to install multiple operating ...
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Preseeding the installer?

I need to preseed a dual boot installation of Ubuntu 10.04. I want partman to use all already existing Linux partitions and all free space (like the option when installing Fedora 13). what would that ...
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Is the swap partition encrypted?

Selecting the encryption option at install time to encrypt the home partition. Does this enable encryption of the swap partition or is the swap partition unencrypted. If the swap partition is ...
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Is a /boot partition necessary anymore?

A fair while ago (~ 2004) I was told to always create a separate partition for the boot directory. And since then I always have. But after reading a few questions about partitioning questions, I'm ...
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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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Can I allocate 'free space' on my harddrive to a partition?

During 10.10 installation I deleted a 30GB partition and changed it to a 2GB swap, and then reinstalled Ubuntu over partition two (where 10.04 was). I have a third large partition where most of my ...
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Grub always fails to install, furthest I get is grub> prompt

Tried to install 10.10 yesterday and eventually got an error that Grub had failed to install. Asked me to select another partition, cancel install or continue without a bootloader. Everytime I ...
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How big should I make my swap partition?

I'm (re)installing Ubuntu on my Toshiba NB100 netbook (Intel Atom, 120GB HD, 2GB RAM). Already have a partition I call "Stuff" with all my media and docs. Will be deleting the one I had Win7 on ...
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How can I move my /home directory to another partition if it's already part of the / partition?

I have a wonderful running Maverick Meerkat install going on right now. I want to move my /home to another partition as per many suggestions. How can I go about doing this without reinstalling the ...
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How can I format my drive to have multiple partitions?

Can I make a Home partition on my drive and move my home folder there without reformatting my entire disk? I am booting my system off a USB stick and running Gparted. I can change the size of the ...
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Why is there 4.86(maybe 15.1) GB of USED-space on a newly partitioned and formatted 298 GB drive (as ext4 by Gparted)

Well the question says most of it... Gparted reports the used space as 4.86 GB Nautilus reports used space as 15.1 GB...(via Properties of /media/U_0298_data) Why is this space used? and who is ...
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Should I use a volume group or a logical volume for /home on LVM?

I'm setting up Lucid on a new laptop and I'd like to use LVM - partly for flexibility and partly to make it easy to move /home to a new distro if needed. Should I be setting up /home on it's own VG ...
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logical partition or primary partition

Today I was setting up an ubuntu server and while partitioning for RAID0 I wound up setting /home as a logical partition. Basically the partitioner defaulted to that option and I hit return and the ...
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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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A partitioning scheme for ubuntu server

I am setting up an ubuntu server to be used for experimentation, testing and learning. Basically with LAMP and then setting up WordPress and most likely Drupal. I also plan to experiment with setting ...
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Setting up a new machine with 2 HD

Here's the partitioning scheme I set up on a machine with 2 80GB drives: SDA 1) root = 15G 2) swap = 4G 3) home = 60G Ok? Or is there a better scenario? Then the partitioner shows the second ...
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Ubuntu Installation Wiped Whole Drive [closed]

An error occurred in the partitioning stage of an Ubuntu 10.10 installation on my computer that caused me to restart and now all of my other partitions are gone. Is there a way to recover these ...
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Partition advice, how can I stop running out of space on “/” partition?

I run Ubuntu 10.04 on an EEEPC with a 4GB fast SSD set as the / partition, and a 16GB slower SSD set as the /home partition. I keep running out of space on "/", and can no longer install the latest ...
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What is LVM and what is it used for?

As a Linux/Ubuntu newbie, what is LVM and what is it used for? In terms of a web server installation, what benefits does it provide? Would you recommend using it?
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How to configure partitions across two physical drives?

I am a Linux/Ubuntu newbie installing Ubuntu Server 10.04 on a fresh box as a web server. My box has two physical drives (40GB and 160GB), and I wish to use them both. With no previous experience in ...
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Easily add mount points to Ubuntu

Is there a nice, possibly GUI way to add mount points to partitions in Ubuntu? For some reason, the mount point for my windows NTFS partition which was recognized during the installation is gone. In ...
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How to move boot and root partitions to another drive

I have two drives on my computer that have the following configuration: Drive 1: 160GB, /home Drive 2: 40GB, /boot and / Unfortunately, drive 2 seems to be dying, because trying to write to it is ...
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Choosing a file system?

I'm having a 250gb disk and 4gb ram. Planning to use: / (15GB) /swap (8GB) /home (the remaining) My question is, for root and home, what file system should we choose. I see to many options... ...
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Change partition sizes after windows removal?

Let's say we install ubuntu side by side with a windows installation. At that time, we will NOT have much space to play with so: / - 5gb /swap - 1gb /home - 5gb After that, we decide to remove ...
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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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Recover EXT4 partition

I was trying to resize my EXT4 partition and something went wrong. I lost it. The space in once consumed is now being represented as Unallocated. How do I recover the partition?
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Migrating, partitioning, and encrypting plan of attack

Right now, I'm running Karmic with an unencrypted home folder sharing a partition with my system files. I'd like to change all that, but I have no idea where to start. Should I move my home folder to ...
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Is there a preferable way of structuring partitions/mounts for /home/userX

I change linux versions/distributions quite often on one of my computers but I would like to keep my home folder working (keep configuration and files), is there another better solution than making a ...
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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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How to move /usr to a new partition?

My /usr folder needs to get moved to a new partition. How can I do this without erasing the contents? Can this be done while Ubuntu is running, or do I need to use the LiveCD for this?
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How do I access an encrypted home folder from a dual-boot machine?

(This might not be an Ubuntu-specific question?) When I installed 9.10, I opted to encrypt my home folder using ecryptfs, but then I discovered this locked me out of my ext3 partition when I tried to ...
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What's your recommendation on drive partitioning schemes for a desktop and home server? [closed]

What partitioning scheme do you recommend for a desktop? I've always created three or four primary partitions -- root, swap, home, and sometimes a separate boot partition. Ubuntu's default install ...