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 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 do I find out what filesystem my partitions are using?

I am trying to troubleshoot why Ubuntu won't save my settings. Is there a way to find out what filesystem my partitions are using?
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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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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 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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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 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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I recover my data after choosing “Erase disk and install Ubuntu”?

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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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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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 ...
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How to mount UUID under linux name /dev/sdx/

On my workstation after boot, sometimes the name for my same harddisk in linux changes from /dev/sdg/ to /dev/sdi/ How can I make this fixed, that the UUID is mounted exactly with the name /dev/sda ...
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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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Merge Ubuntu and Windows partitions

On my computer there are Windows and Ubuntu (the hard drive is divided). Can I delete Windows and connect it hard disk space join Ubuntu? If "yes" => how?
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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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Ubuntu 15.04 not showing the partitions after installing along side windows 8.1 [duplicate]

I have dual boot system with Ubuntu 14.10 and Windows 8.1, both 32bit, with 5 partitons in windows 8.1. I have insatalled Ubuntu 15.04 64 Bit. Now the 5 windows partitions are not visible and I ...
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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 install Ubuntu 14 on an Asus Vivobook S46CA with 20GB SSD and 1TB HDD? How to do the partitions?

I'm new in Linux world. My entrance is due to the awful Windows 8 which came installed by factory in my Asus Vivobook S46CA (i7 / 6GB RAM / 20GB SSD / 1TB HDD). What a bad experience. So I've tried a ...
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My ntfs partition has no files in it but it shows half full when checked in properties & GParted

The partition name is "New Volume" and its size is 68gb(when viewed in Gparted). it contains no files. but still its properties show that it has 41.3gb used and 32.1gb free. Here are the images. ...
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Lost all my partition after installing Ubuntu 14.4 LTS [duplicate]

Yesterday I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with a bootable pendrive. Before that I had 3 partitions on my windows system (C:, D:, and E:). During the installation process I thought it would be the same as ...
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How to move a program from a partition to another one?

I'm new to Linux and Ubuntu, so sorry in advance if this is a noob question, but I don't know how to solve this situation. I've installed Virtual Box on Ubuntu, and I've also installed Truecrypt ...
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If I remove a partition that was there first, does my second partition get access to the whole drive?

I have Ubuntu 13.04 and Windows 8 Dual-Booted (no UEFI crap, older computer). Windows 8 was installed first, Ubuntu second. I want to remove my Windows 8 Using OS-Uninstaller, but if i do so, does ...
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How safe is it to shrink the root (EXT4) partition?

Note: I'm not asking how. I've found nice tutorials on how to do this and will try it myself and I'll dig some more or ask questions about it after my first attempt. Background: I installed Ubuntu ...
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can i recover my windows xp files after ubuntu install?

i installed ubuntu 10.04 on windows xp sp3, it used all the space in the of 320 gb in the hard drive. I had 200 gb data on hard disk on this hard disk under windows xp. is it all lost? can i get it ...