Questions tagged [partitioning]

When you create two or more logical volumes (drives) from one physical hard disk (or other storage device), you're working with partitions.

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Do I need a /boot/efi partition in order to start lubuntu even in a MBR disk?

So, I'm trying to install Lubuntu on an old machine to check if it can run a little bit longer. My computer is about 6 or 7 years old, and it has an MBR disk, and has Windows 10 installed, I want to ...
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2012 Mac Pro hard disks disabled after system spontaneously locked with a PIN code

(This was initially posted on reddit.com and shortly after on MacRumors) Equipment: Mac Pro (mid-2012) running macOS 10.14.6 Mojave all patches current Processor 2x3.46 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon Memory 48 ...
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Ran fdisk on wrong disk which was part of an LVM

I wanted to add space to an LVM so added a Virtual disk to my Ubuntu 20.04 Virtual Machine. The VM already had 3 disks /dev/sda 32.2GB # OS Disk /dev/sdb 537GB # Data Disk, part of the LVM: ...
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How to hide a partition on an MBR-formatted SD card?

I have an SD card with MBR, and want one of the partitions to be hidden. I have tried setting partition types to 0x1B and 0x1C, but Windows 10 seems to ignore the "hidden" flag. Is there ...
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Recovering a partition overwritten by a Microsoft Recovery Partition [duplicate]

I'm trying to help a friend recover data from a partition that suddenly disappeared in Windows. Before asking me for help, he tried to reassign a letter to the partition but this obviously created a ...
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How do I know which partitions I can safely remove on Windows 10?

I'm using desktop apps for Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox, which all store files on my computer. Google Drive used a virtual drive for its file, until I changed the Google Drive streaming location ...
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I can't turn off BitLocker on Windows 10: "drive contains system boot information"

BitLocker is suspended on my Windows 10. Therefore there is a warning sign on my c: drive. When I try to turn off BitLocker all together, I get the error bellow: Disable-BitLocker : The drive cannot ...
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Mark partition as readonly on flash drive

I have a flash drive that I've encrypted using VeraCrypt. I'd like it to be portable and useable on any computer (pretty much), so I've partitioned it like so: Flash Drive - Traveller (Fat32), ...
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How can I install windows "portable" on a specific partition, rather than the whole drive?

On WintoUSB by Hasleo and Rufus, there is no option to select a specific partition within a drive to install windows on (unofficial windows to go), I can only select the whole drive. I have a use case ...
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Strange seemingly-unused space on my SSD

This is what I have in Disk Management: I'm wondering what those partitions are on Disk 0, and if there's ways I can use them to increase the size of C: Seems like a waste.
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How to clear extra Microsoft Reserved Partitions

I have an old Dell laptop that I used while teaching Comp Sci at a university. That was about 10 years ago. I have done many things with it, including putting one (maybe more) Linux systems on it. I ...
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Install Fedora Xfce 37 to existing (empty) partition

I have Fedora Xfce 37 installation .iso on a ventoy thumb drive. I want to install it on my M.2 drive in partition 6, which is currently formatted ext4. I get just so far: after I've selected custom ...
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Is there a way to recreate Microsoft reserved partition from Linux machine?

Is there a way to recreate Microsoft reserved partition from Linux machine? Because I have deleted my windows installation(and the reserved partition with that) and have been using only Linux for a ...
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Crucial X6 or X8 SSD reserved partition, what is the purpose?

I recently bought a 1TB Crucial X6 USB portable SSD. I wonder if it is safe to delete the reserved partition of of 128MB (MiB, binary MB). I'm worried that it is reserved as spare sectors/blocks to ...
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Windows partition is no longer detectable, how can i fix this?

Long story short: I bought this new flamboyant pc with Windows 11 preinstalled on it, and I wanted to set up a dual boot with Debian. I'm not a Debian pro (more familiar with Ubuntu), so i tried quite ...
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How to make Windows read ext4, zfs, etc. linux drives?

In linux packages like ntfs-3g enable linux systems to read and write to NTFS drives. However when I connect a drive that was previously used in linux to a Windows system, Windows does not recognize ...
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How to fix A start job is running for /dev/disk/by-uuid/[partition uuid]

I did a stupid thing: I wanted to dual-boot Void Linux with Pop!_OS, so I re-formatted my swap partition just to set it as Void's swap partition. Now when I try to boot Pop!_OS, it says A start job is ...
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Clean up left-over around a RAID5 coming from a QNAP NAS

I just moved a 12TB RAID5 (4 disks of 4TB) from my QNAP NAS into my Linux Server (/dev/md0), and I noticed that there are three "left-over" partitions on each disk (/dev/sd*1, /dev/sd*2, /...
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How to recover accidentily deleted LUKS partition table?

The problem I've accidently deleted a LUKS partition by pressing the red button in the bottom right corner on one of my external hard drives. Now it just says "Free Space": The files are ...
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Why the location for Partition entry in MBR doesn't contain partition entry?

I'm learning file system recently. wikipedia says the partition table is located at 0x01BE, but when I check my USB drive(NTFS) by a binary tool, there are some words there "Press Ctrl + Alt + ...
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How to convert NTFS to ext file system without loosing data in zeroin os

I was using windows 11 and switched to Zeroin OS I have 2 hard disk on my pc 1- Agile 240 GB SSD 2 WD 2 TB HDD (It was having two partition on windows but now showing only one) After switching from ...
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DiskUtility - Containers not displayed in all devices view

I am not sure how this disk got partitioned without me doing it. Also, I am just discovering more technical aspects of disk partition, but I am not sure I don't get to see partition 1 and 2 containers ...
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Recover partition after moving to LVM2

I had two ext4 partitions. The first containing an old linux Mint OS and the 2nd containing backups. I started a fresh installation of Linux Mint from a live CD. At partition options I've choosen LVM ...
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extend C drive without deleting/formatting D drive

Windows 11 (SSD) : C Drive -> Total: 264Gb -> Free: 46.8Gb D Drive -> Total: 210Gb -> Free: 95.9Gb i want to add 30Gb more to C drive(i want to increase C drive) from D drive i seen ...
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Unable to partition new sata drive (Input/Output error) (Debian)

I'm attempting to mount a new Seagate 12TB internal drive. The drive makes a chirping noise on startup http://sndup.net/qzt4 lsblk shows no partitions lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO ...
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How to partition C drive with a very low space to shrink that is lower than available free space?

I have an SSD, which has available free space 553 GB, but when trying to shrink the partition the space available to shrink is only 1068 MB:
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How to make APFS snapshot tidemark smaller?

I want to install Windows on another partition, so I want to shrink it, but Disk Utility says that I can't resize, because of the snapshot tidemark, but I have more than 100GB free space, and the ...
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Convert my drive from MBR to GPT

I installed windows 10 in MBR partitioned table. Due to mistake, I delete c:/ drive data and want to install fresh windows but it requires GPT partition table whereas my D & E drive were in MBR ...
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How can I add space from my D drive to my C drive with different disks?

I'm running Windows 11 and my D drive has 1.8 TB of free space and my C drive only has about 30 GB left. I tried making unallocated space in my D drive but I couldn't allocate it to the C drive ...
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Access Windows Drive From Linux in Dual Boot

I have Windows 10 and Linux Mint installed on the same laptop. Three days earlier, I tried resetting Windows 10 completely but it got stuck at 9%. Turns out, it is a common issue. I forced shut down ...
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LVM volume silently fails to mount

In my server I have one NVMe SSD and two plain old 4TB HDDs which are used for mass data storage. During setup of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS I liked the idea of keeping both HDDs separate and did not set up LVM....
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How to make a RAMdisk on Ubuntu

How does one make a RAMdisk on Ubuntu? I.E., what is the procedure to: Make a RAMdisk Partition it Format it to a particular filesystem Mount it? Things I've tried: step 1 = List block device, ram0 ...
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Removing Linux Partitions

Hello all Had a complete disaster trying to install Linux Mint which caused a corruption in my start boot and sent my windows startup into a loop. I did a start menu fix from recovery and managed to ...
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Diskpart clean: Not deleing anything, but says "DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk." [duplicate]

I have an SD card that I can't seem to clean. I'm running Win10, when inserting the SD Card Windows tells me to format the disk - but it always fails. Using Disk Management I can (attempt to) delete a ...
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SD partition reappears after delete [duplicate]

I have tried deleting the partitions on my SD card (Which is not hardware locked) using fdsik, gparted and the ubuntu formater. All confirm the deletion but after the deletion the partition reappears ...
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SSD with bad sectors, how do I mark them as bad? A lot of drive utilities wont work because windows won't assign it a drive letter

So, I have an SSD with some bad blocks, 86 according to crystalDiskInfo. It has shown some signs of life and it would be really nice to have as a games drive. The SSD is a PALIT PH120. TLDR: I want to ...
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How can I increase system partition size with fdisk without loosing data

I'm trying to increase the size of the /dev/sda3 partition The df -h command return this Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/root 20G 19G 36M 100% / devtmpfs 3.9G ...
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Can you add journaling mode to a mounted disk?

I have a partition that cannot be unmounted since it contains boot, however, I would like to have this partition mounted in ordered journaling mode (see below). Is there anyway I can achieve this? $ ...
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A single HDD stops working in USB 2 enclosure

I have a WD hard drive that simply refuses to be read when put in a WD enclosure for SATA to USB 2. The drive shows up in macOS, Ubuntu and Windows, but appears uninitialized/unpartitioned. Here are ...
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Create a new hard drive for wdmycloud on larger disk

I am trying to follow the instruction wich can be found here I have followed all the instruction in the file "Replace HDD - English.txt" I have a new hard drive with 6therabyte my old hard ...
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Recover corrupted external hard drive on Mac OS

I have a Western Digital My Passport 4TB hard drive which has recently become corrupted. The hard drive is neither able to mount, nor does it show up on Disk Utility (of Mac OS) or third-party data ...
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How to fix USB flash drives showing unallocated space in diskmgmt?

I have 3 USB flash drives (newly purchased, original) which were used to create bootable drives to install Zorin OS on a PC. The flashing failed for some reason, and now I have 3 USB flash drives ...
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I'm trying to install kali linux on a new laptop that currently has windows on it, but my C:\ won't appear when picking a partition to install on

I tried a new version of Kali on a new flash drive, I tried checking the bios, I tried to look at the drive, but realized I can't format my C:\ for obvious reasons, and I tried searching youtube for ...
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hard drive partition went missing

Today, I deleted an unused linux swap partition on /dev/sda4, which was in front of my windows partition, /dev/sda3. Unfortunately, sda3 is now gone, windows became sda4, and it's stuck in auto-repair....
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SD card has to be inserted multiple times before partitions are detected

When I insert a SD card on the slot for the SD card, the OS detects that a disk has been inserted, however the partitions are not listed so I cannot mount the card to access the partitions. I have to ...
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Valid Configuration? One SSD for multiple OS (Windows 11, ArchLinux), and another for data?

I know in the era of SSDs the speed benefits of having a separate OS drive aren't there. But I've also heard that having a separate drive for OS files makes reinstallations much easier. I don't have ...
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Can't mount external USB drive. mount: /dev/sdd1 is already mounted or /mnt/sdd busy

I'm trying to mount my external hard drive with this command on my Citrix hypervisor; mount -o rw /dev/sdd1 /mnt/sdd But I'm getting this error: mount: /dev/sdd1 is already mounted or /mnt/sdd busy ...
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How much space should I use in a RAID-1 (mirrored) disk partition to avoid a "partition too big" issue

We're having issue with a RAID-1 (mirrored) setup when replacing disks. Our current setup has two 1TB disks nearing end-of-life and we wanted to replaced them with two other 1TB disks. The issue is ...
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Arch Linux lvm on luks with btrfs

it's been 4days i'm trying to install arch linux with lvm on luks partitions with this architecture : sda |-> sda1 |- 256Mo EFI (/boot - fat) |-> sda2 |- (LUKS encrypted) |-> ...
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How to change the Partition Label on the vfat filesystem located on device /dev/sda1?

Note: this is about changing the Partition Label and not the filesystem label lsblk -e7 -o type,name,path,size,pttype,fstype,label,partlabel # see both, filesystem label and Partition Label ...
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