Partitions are sections of a storage unit.

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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 do I recover my accidentally lost Windows partitions after installing Ubuntu?

I have a Toshiba satellite A-200 laptop with a Vista OS on it with 4 NTFS partitions (C:) Vista (D:) Entertainment (E:) Work (F:) Sources and I wanted to start using Ubuntu instead. So I tried ...
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Detect and mount devices?

I upgraded Ubuntu today and everything works smooth except that Ubuntu doesn't detect any other storage devices. My / and /home partitions work fine, but my other partitions are just not detected. I ...
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How do I find out what filesystem my partitions are using?

Is there a way to find out what file system my partitions are using?
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How to wipe a hard disk completely so that no data recovery tools can retrieve anything? [duplicate]

How can I do a disk low level formatting in Ubuntu on an external hard disk so that any data recovery tools like test-disk or photorec cannot retrieve any data once formatted to ext4 or any ...
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How to create an encrypted partition?

I am trying to create an encrypted partition, and while I format it I get the option to choose the partition type (fat/ext2/ext3/ext4/xfs/reiserfs/minix/ntfs). Is there any benefit of choosing one ...
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How to prepare a disk on an EFI based PC for Ubuntu?

My computer has UEFI based BIOS and I want to start over from scratch. The PC came with Windows installed - I later installed Ubuntu alongside. I want to completely re-build my whole disk and ...
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How to encrypt external devices?

I've been a Windows power user/administrator and professional tech for years, I just made the decision to go Linux, and wow, what a difference. Is there any decently easy way to encrypt external ...
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How to rename partitions?

I'm new at Ubuntu; I installed Ubuntu 12.10 and the partitions appear like 30 GB volume and like 78EF-2C5E in task bar. I tried to rename it but rename and remove buttons are deactivated so I tried by ...
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How to encrypt folders (not in Home)? [duplicate]

Is there a way to encrypt a folder, which is not in Home (/home/user/) but even in a different partition, so only my user can access/read contained files? Alternatively, I would like to understand if ...
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Why does Ubuntu 13.10 not detect my Win7 partition?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 13.10 alongside Windows 7 on my DELL INSPIRON 14z 5423 laptop and I'm new to all of this. I'm using the Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit ISO burned onto a CD. The first time I tried ...
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How to encrypt external devices using a cross-platform solution?

How can I encrypt an external device (i.e. USB keys, external hard-drives, memory sticks, etc.) so that it would subsequently be readable/writable on any computer that I plug it in? For instance, it ...
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How to mount all partitions at system startup

Hello I searched for this query(mounting all partitions on system startup) and found answer near to it. I added this command to startup applications "/usr/bin/udisks --mount ...
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Deleted Partition Recovery

I was installing ubuntu 12.04 on my system. There were 4 partitions on my system and I selected one of the four partition for the installation and chose the option of resizing the partition. Initially ...
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How to truly secure a hard-drive?

When I boot from an USB stick into my laptop I am able to mount and connect through chroot to the my hard drive and browse my files without a problem, while this has been something very very useful in ...
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How to manage permissions on a shared volume for OSX and ubuntu

On my mac I'm using an unjournaled HFS partition to share files between OSX 10.8 and Ubuntu 12.04. It was a nice thought at first, because Time Machine will automatically backup the volume in OSX, ...
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How do I auto mount my partition?

I've a partition on /dev/sda2 of 279 GB Ext4 filesystem, but I'm not able to auto mount it on login. I've added the partition entry /dev/sda /home ext4 defaults 0 0 in /etc/fstabt still it ...
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How to merge an unallocated partition with an extended partition?

How can I merge an unallocated partition with an extended partition ? I'm having trouble moving this unallocated space to the Linux portion. Here is my partition space:
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Why does Ubuntu 12.10 not detect my Win7 partition?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 alongside Windows 7 on my ASUS laptop and I'm new to all of this. I'm using the Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit ISO burned onto a CD. The first time I tried to install it, ...
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How to recover a lost partition on Ubuntu?

I had two Linux OS installed on my machine: Backtrack 5 Gnome and Backtrack5 KDE. I updated the Gnome version and when I rebooted my Grub2 boot manager displayed a grub rescue> command line. I ...
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GUI program to create partition backup image no larger than its files?

I like 'Disks' (gnome-disk-utility) and its ability to create backups of system partitions. But at some point I read on the internet about a program that would create such images that are not as ...
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List all partition labels

Is there a command to list all partition labels? I can list the partitions with sudo fdisk -l but it doesn't show the labels of unmounted partitions.
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How to copy /sda3 to /sda1? UUID's can't be similar

/dev/sda is a 400 gig drive. It's partitions WERE: /sda1 - Windows boot partition (100 meg); /sda2 Windows "C:\" (68 gig); /sda3 is Linux boot partition; /sda5 is /home partition; /sda6 is linux-swap. ...
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Trying to update but not enough space on boot (answer here) [duplicate]

The error message I get suggests "sudo apt-get clean" I try running it but nothing happens. Just get back to the prompt. Is there any other terminal commands I should try to clean temporary files ...
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GRUB doesn't see Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 12.04

So, this is my first time installing Ubuntu on my hard drive, and I'm running into some problems. Until a couple of hours ago, I had 4 partitions in my hard drive: XP Vista 7 Data partition I ...
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How to resize a partition on a server without a display?

I've recently run into an issue where I need to resize a partition on a server, but the issue is, it has no GUI so I cannot use gparted. What should I do in this case? So I get it that you should use ...
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Possible reasons for skipped numbers in names of drive partitions

Upon running sudo lsblk I discovered that the partitions on one of my drives are numbered as 1, 2, 5, 6. What could have happened to 3 and 4? The drive started out as data drive with Ubuntu later ...
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How to recover data from NTFS partition that was made into a Swap partition?

I have extremely important stuff on my windows partition which during the ubuntu 10.10 installation,when it said that I should create something called swap space, I selected it to be a swap space ...
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How to make a clean re-install over a same release version?

My Ubuntu 13.04 after upgrade was unstable so I decided to make a clean install. When I went to install from bootable DVD I chose the Something else... option so I was able to manually set up my ...
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Replace Fedora Partition With Ubuntu

So I tried installing Fedora along side Windows 7 and after a week of using Fedora, I can't stand it and I'm switching back to Ubuntu. I'm unsure of how to install Ubuntu in place of Fedora. Below is ...
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How can I recover my data after replacing Windows with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I have migrated from Windows 7 to Ubuntu just yesterday. Windows 7 was in my C: drive. I did not realise that if I wipe Windows 7 and install Ubuntu, Ubuntu would be installed in the C: drive only. So ...
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Why is it not showing any partitions?

I'm having a problem installing Ubuntu, and Kali as well. I downloaded the iso from the official site & tried installing using USB. I also tried desktop installation, but the problem is same. It ...
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Amount of data written on a partition

Is there any way to find out how much data have been written on the partition since it was created? Talking about ext4 fs.
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All files erased after installing Ubuntu [duplicate]

Yeah, I know I should have backed up my files before proceeding, I completely forgot. Well, the thing is that I had a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10. Yesterday, I installed Ubuntu ...
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Using a Physical Hard Drive Pariition as a VirtualBox VM and as a Bootable Partition

Is it possible to install Ubuntu OS with VirtualBox using physical Hard Drive Partition and then make it bootable? What I want is the Ubuntu OS that I've installed in VirtualBox can be accessed and ...
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What to do with the config files in home partition?

If i have a separate home partition and reinstalled ubuntu will it be safe to delete all config files?
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Gave up waiting for root device, ubuntu--vg-root doesnt exist

today I installed Ubuntu 64bit on a Netbook. When the Netbook boots this error report blowed up. I think there is a problem with the partitions. Image: lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE ...
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How to find the size of all partitions

How can I find size the of all partitions in Ubuntu with a command that saves to name.txt?
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Cannot delete .Trash-503 directory, returns a $RECYCLE.BIN.trashinfo: Input/output error

I cannot delete .Trash-503 folder via GUI or terminal, it returns a $RECYCLE.BIN.trashinfo: Input/output error Not even sudo rm -r or even a simple ls works in that trash directory. Check terminal ...
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After installing ubuntu 14.04 my windows 8.1 seems to be missing?

I installed ubuntu 14.04 when it was still in beta, and I clicked the option run along side windows. It seems that it didnt actually do that or possibly broke the boot for it something. I am still ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installer not detecting Windows 7 I already have four primary partitions

I recently downloaded Ubuntu 14.04 Trust Tahr and created a bootable USB stick with the .iso image on it. When I choose the USB stick as the boot device it takes me to the Ubuntu installer GUI. ...
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Migrate server with Clonezilla to larger disk

I have a virtual Ubuntu server with a 40 GB hdd. I used Clonezilla and created an disk image of that server. The reason I want to clone it is because of disk space (I need more). The other server is ...
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How to make partitions using gparted? [closed]

Resize move options are disabled, so how are you make partitions using gparted?
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How can I recover my data after choosing “Erase disk and install Ubuntu”? [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop and chose the option "Erase disk and install Ubuntu" from liveUSB without any backup. When I realized that this would format my whole HDD, I immediately unplugged ...
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What does it mean for two partitions to be adjacent? [closed]

I keep reading that to merge two partitions, they must be adjacent. But I haven't found any definition of the word "adjacent" in this context. How do I tell whether two partitions are adjacent?
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Why encrypt the swap partition

I have seen on this site that many Linux users encrypt the swap partition. What are the benefits of encrypting swap?
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how to access windows partitions from linux terminal?

how to access windows partitions like C or D from Linux terminal using commands because I want to work on some .cpp files there using "GCC" compiler as I don't want to change their directory to e.g. ...
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4GB lost in Ubuntu partition after installing Ubuntu

I recently installed Ubuntu in my computer, which I was crazily looking forward to as this was my first big step in installing an open source OS by myself. So I created a 20Gb partition for Ubuntu and ...
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badblocks taking really long time. or is it frozen?

so I issued the sudo badblocks -nv /dev/sda6 yesterday. I just woke up and it's still like that. the documentation here http://www.clearfoundation.com/docs/man/index.php?s=8&n=badblocks says ...
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How to resize partition that is inside “Linux LVM” partition

How to resize partition that is inside "Linux LVM" partition in 13.10 Ubuntu? I transferred Ubuntu installation from 160GB to 500GB disk. I have successfully resized sda3 partition using Ubuntu LiveCd ...