A partition is a means of logically dividing a computing resource (most frequently disk storage)

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Mounting individual “partitions” from a ddrescue'd whole-device image file?

I ddrescue'd from a sick drive device into an image file (I had enough free space, but not a spare device to copy onto). It seemed to go quite well, but now I can't find how to mount just one ...
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Creating a local partition with iPXE

Is it possible to create a local partition from an ISO or a similar filetype either within iPXE itself, or with the help of another network boot program? I know PXE is usually used for "diskless ...
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Script partitioning fresh raw disk images with sfdisk (C/H/S ignored?)

I'm trying to automate the process of creating raw disk images. I don't care so much about C/H/S, but that the block size should be a rough standard of 512 bytes. However, I'm having trouble ...
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Downside with moving pagefile to different drive

I've been tasked with managing an old Windows 2003 server which will be decommissioned later this year. I just need to keep the server up and running long enough. The space on the server is running ...
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Which directories in Linux must be part of the root filesystem?

I'm building a few virtual machines under KVM where the base system will be an image (haven't decided specifically which format yet), and all of the remaining system files will be other partitions ...
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VMWare ESXi 4 VMFS Recovery

Had a big time problem with our ESXi 4 on a IBM X3400 M3 with LSI MegaRaid. 4 x 1TB in RAID 10, for 2 datastores of 1 TB. Haven't done any maintennance since 2010. My own big sin! 80) From system ...
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HP DL320e Gen8, 3TB drives, Windows Server 2012 R2 - HDD full capacity alocation difficulties during installation

One interesting task to do but not so easy as i thought. The server is HP DL320e gen8, The main difficulty is with partitioning the RAID1 (2x3TB HDDs) during the installation on 2 partitions (System ...
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Splitting web project across multiple partitions on Linux (SSD, HDD and RAM Disk)

I've got a web project that pretty much consists of three parts: Code, Assets and Cache. I'm thinking of splitting it through multiple drives - Put my whole Code into SSD partition, Assets onto big ...
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Shrinking Linux Partition and VM's

I have a Centos 6.2 x86_64 Virtual machine running on an EXSi 5.1 Server. It currently use 320GB of space which is way too much space and need to be shrunk to about 80GB. What I need to do is reduce ...
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Raid partitions not listed in /dev

I've assembled software raid1 /dev/md1, and made two partitions /dev/md1p1 and /dev/md1p2. Now even after reboot I can't see these two in /dev. Why? (udev service is running) #fdisk /dev/md1 ...
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How can I resize my logical volume in CentOS6?

I increased the provisioned size in the Vsphere client to 32GB and I used gparted to resize the VG to 32GB --- Physical volume --- PV Name /dev/sda2 VG Name vg_proxy ...
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Partitioning & RAID recommendation for a server with 3 disks

I'm installing a server machine (intended to run Debian GNU/Linux) which, among other things, is to be used for backups of our code. Now, I don't need all of the contents of the HDD to be ...
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increase size of temp drive in centos 6 64bit [closed]

df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/md2 1016G 19G 947G 2% / /dev/md1 496M 149M 322M 32% /boot /dev/md3 4.0T 238G 3.6T 7% /home /var/tmpMnt ...
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Unable to resolve data corruption warning with fcsk

In order to create a contiguous space for my file system to grow, I created a new EFI System partition at sda1 so that I can migrate it from the current partition at sda5. The move itself has been ...
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Unable to automatically remove LVM data

I am trying to install ubuntu 12.04 via preceed config onto Dell PowerEdge R710. I had RedHat installed on the box then I tried installing ubuntu 12.04, then auto install popping with Unable to ...
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Is it a good practice to put all partitions into LVM? [closed]

I would like to know what is the best practice regarding the partitioning policy, especially when it comes to Logical Volume Manager. Is it better to put the entire partitioning into LVM or use it ...
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Best Linux Partitioning for Multiple Resizeable HDD

My ISP has a machine with 6 HDDs (3TB+3TB+3TB+2TB+2TB+1TB) which we want to turn into a FTP/Download server for local users. I am planning to install CentOS 6.5 on one 2TB, rest of all space shall ...
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Breaking off /tmp using LVM

I've recently been put in charge of a RHEL6 server running our NMS. I don't know much about Linux filesystem administration. What I'm needing to do is create a partition for /tmp, instead of having it ...
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mysql “hotcopy” and symlinking

this is a question in planning migration. mysql server 5.1.58-1-log (Debian) has datadir set to /dbs0 on disk0 and all myisam databases in it. We would make new /dbs1 on disk1, stopping server, ...
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Repair corrupt GPT partition on graid mini disk

I'm trying to repair a GPT corrupt partition table on a graid mini 1TB external hard drive. Here is the report from gdisk: root@philippe-desktop:/home/philippe/thomasdisk# gdisk /dev/sdb GPT fdisk ...
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Why does fdisk have a discrepancy in translating units between cylinder and sectors?

We were re-partitioning a virtual disk to increase the size of an LVM's physical volume. This is how we initially performed this: $ fdisk /dev/sdb # delete partition fdisk> d ? 1 # create new ...
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Moving partitions to the root partition

I am currently stuck with a restrictive partitioning scheme that makes my partitions fill up. It looks like this: /dev/sda7 870G 315G 511G 39% / /dev/sda6 2.0G 271M 1.6G ...
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How to remove old kernels on CentOS 6 (to free up boot partition)? [duplicate]

How does one determine which kernels to remove in order to free up some space on /boot partition. Here is a scenario (some background info). 1. Parititon info (in case it helps) # df -h Filesystem ...
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Kickstart partitioning with ext4 in autopart mode?

When installing CentOS 6.x, how to specify the filesystem type with ext4 and also use the autopart directive in kickstart file? The default filesystem type with autopart directive used is ext3, which ...
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Drawbacks with smaller fdisk partitions, mdadm RAID10, LVM and KVM?

I am setting up a new virtualized server with KVM and LVM. The KVM host and all guests will be installed on a SSD drive. Each guest will have access to a RAID10 array made of 4x3TB sata drives, used ...
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OEL fresh install while keeping old LogVols

I've been asked to install OEL 5.x on a server and setup a disk with a few directories (there's only one disk in the server). So I have an OEL 5.x server wtih multiple log volumes in a volume group: ...
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Linux backup in-place (no unmount) solutions [closed]

I have an Ubuntu server that I'd like to backup on a daily basis. I want to be able to restore the entire system with the click of a few buttons (or keystrokes). Also, I don't want to bring down / ...
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Installer will not create a partition labeled D:\

I'm creating a new Windows Server 2003 server through VMWamre (VMWare 8, using VCentre 5.1). I have connected to an ISO that is on a local disc, and I've got the the setup step where I can create ...
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Windows 2003 Server R2 system partition full - move and/or expand

PROBLEM: My System (C:) and Data (D:) partitions are full and I need to expand them or move them to larger drives. SPECS: Dell PowerEdge 2900 server Adaptec 39320A SCSI adapters Dell Perc 5/i RAID ...
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When should an EFI partition be used?

If I only deal with Linux servers and Linux laptops, when should I create an EFI partition? From my understanding an EFI partition on a Linux server ensures a standard for the disk layout, where EFI ...
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Partition required for ext4 filesystem?

I read on the arch wiki that it is not recommended to partition a disk before creating the ZFS filesystem on it. I searched but did not find any such statement about ext4. So my question is: can I put ...
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Recommended solution to join partitions (disks) into single partition [closed]

I have 4 hard disks (1 Tb each) on server. It's debian wheezy, amd64. Disks 2,3 and 4 are not partitioned yet. I have to join them into single partition, it must be single filesystem/mountpoint for ...
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How shall I setup my ESX Server 3 partitions?

I have rebuilt my IBM x360 server. Now, I am reinstalling my VMware ESX Server 3 on it, and I have the following drive arrays: Array A is set of 3 36GB U160 (directly on server, channel 1 of my IBM ...
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Increase/refresh the size of the FreeBSD's main partition

I am using VirtualBox and have my FreeBSD mounted on a virtual drive, which recently ran out of space (10 GB) so I have increased the Virtual Drive size up to the 15 GB - started my FreeBSD and its ...
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Preseeding Ubuntu partman recipe using LVM and RAID

I'm trying to preseed Ubuntu 12.04 server installation and created a recipe that would create RAID 1 on 2 drives and then partition that using LVM. Unfortunately partman complains when creating LVM ...
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Powershell script to retrieve the same kind of info reported by DMDIAG for dynamic disks

This article about windows partition alignment explains that checking the alignment offset of dynamic disks can be done with the DMDIAG tool to get the "relative sectors" property. With dynamic ...
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Shrink a mounted LVM partition

I fear I already know the answer to this question, but here goes. I need to carve out a new partition on a running system. /var/ is mounted from an LVM volume (hdd1_vg-var) and has only 3% used disk ...
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Determine filesystem type without partition table

I have an old 16GB SCSI hard drive with some important files I'd like to backup. The problem is cfdisk doesn't recognize the hard drive, it says the partition table is zero. Another problem is, I ...
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CentOS partition reporting out of space

I have CentOS server with 7 partitions and 2 of them are LVM partitions one is divided as 2 LVM partitions. While working with the production software the disk suddenly gets full in a folder that is ...
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windows 2003 extend dynamic system boot volume without losing data

Ok, I know there are many topics on this but I just need clear cut answer. Simply, how do I extend C:\ up to end of unallocated space WITHOUT DATA LOSS? I've done my research and MS KB says you ...
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Extending System Partition Windows 2003 Server

I'm currently trying to find a method to extend the system partition for Windows 2003 Server. I've been trying to use GParted, however I keep running into the issue below. Is there something that ...
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Increasing the size of a partition on a virtual Ubuntu server

I'm a web developer who's been put in charge of a small virtualised web server at work. Unfortunately, I've never done anything to do with server admin before, so I'm a little lost. The guy in ...
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Is it safe to place write-intensive partitions on an SSD (in an SSD+HDD system)?

I'm setting up a (sort of) powerful workstation for SW development work on Linux. It's a Xeon system with multiple cores, 32GB memory, a large HDD and a 120 GB SSD (Samsung MZ7WD120HAFV a.k.a. ...
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Partition block size different from device's and stacked LVM volumes ones

I have a pair of HP ML350 G6 servers with LSI MegaRAID 9266-4i+CacheVault driving Supermicro CSE836E16 enclosures via SAS bracket, filled with WD RE 3TB SATA drives. On these are configured a RAID10 ...
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Create partition on Debian and affect /var

I need to affect /var to a new partition. Do I just need to add a line to fstab file and reboot?? My fstab: /dev/md1 / ext4 errors=remount-ro,relatime,discard 0 1 /dev/md2 /data ext4 ...
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Fedora install in Virtualbox expands to fill drive

I recently completed a Fedora 19 install on an 8GB virtual drive in VirtualBox. For some reason though, it appears as though I have run out of space! Surely my 951MB Fedora .iso can't have expanded ...
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Partition keeps filling up, don't know why

My partition /dev/sda1 keeps filling up. Besides the "/" directory, I cannot tell what directories are even on this partition in order to search for files to delete. I was able to get it down to 97% ...
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Partitioning is taking a long time. How to I get to my data in the meantime?

On Windows Server 2003, we started a job to shrink a an overly large partition. This shrinking is already taking 9 hours (no errors thrown), but now it is in the middle of our peak traffic time in the ...
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mdadm --zero-superblock on disks with other partitions on them

I have three disks which used to hold an MD RAID5 array. I have since removed (or so I thought) this array and created partions for btrfs and swap space. On rebooting the machine, MD still binds the ...
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Resize partitions used in Debian software RAID 1 mirror

I have a simple RAID1 setup with a few drives. I've realised that one of the partitions is not aligned to a cylendar boundary and I'm concerned that this is a bad thing that will cause me grief at ...