Debian :: Partitioning For 2 OS's ?

Oct 30, 2010

Q:How to set a Dual boot for 2 linux OS's on a 80GB HD? I have 5 Lenny 5.0.5 DVD's and that is currently installed. No data on current setup needs to be saved. So a reinstall is not a problem.

Would like to set up as follows:

1st OS permanent Lenny 5.05 (about 50GB).

2nd OS space (about 30mg) is (testing) or playing with CD/DVD's of the month.

My background: I did S/W development on the HPUX about 100 yrs. ago, so I can just get around the command line.

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Debian Configuration :: How To Best Manage Partitioning When Install Programs Not From Debian Repositories

Dec 4, 2010

How to best manage partitioning when install programs not from debian repositories?I just discovered that Debian installs applications not from repositories to /opt and /lib. Both directories or folders reside in root (/) partition.Having made my root (/) partition (which is only around 500MB) -- more than sufficient for holding a couple of linux images but NOT good for holding application.What is the best solution for resolving this? It's annoying and worrying that my system always reminds of a close to full capacity root partition.

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Debian :: Partitioning The HD During Installation?

Dec 15, 2010

I am trying to install Debian Lenny on my iMac. When the installer menu comes to the partitioning scheme, I have no choice other than "manual partitioning".

Based on what I have read so far, I think I need to have at least two partitions:

- a root partition (/) but for how much space I am not so sure yet

- a swap partition equal to the amount of my RAM (which in this case is 2 GB DDR3): is this correct?

I wonder if I should furthermore make a "free space" (around 1 GB) and a boot partitions as well. Should I make any further partitions?

I want to devote some 50 GB of space to Debian so how the rest of this space should be partitioned: that is, when I am done with root, swap, free space, and boot, I am still left with a considerable amount of space.

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Debian :: Resizng Partition LVM Partitioning

Oct 18, 2010

/home is running out of space, the partition on my computer is LVM, any software like Partition Magic etc to handle it? If doing from command line, any know of any tutorial?

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Debian Installation :: Partitioning Scheme For GPT On A SSD

Sep 23, 2014

I have a Intel DH67CL motherboard with UEFI support(and updated to latest BIOS). I have connected a 180GB Intel 330 SSD into my system so as to install Debian testing.

Presently, a 160GB sata hard drive is connected along with SSD and is used to boot default OS.

1. I am planning to do GPT partitioning. I am totally new to GPT partitioning. from what I understands, It needs some mandatory partitions like ESP. My doubt is, in a SSD solely booting Linux, will I need to create separate /(root) and /home and /data partitions? Also, I plan to use /var/log and some other frequently updated directories moved into existing harddrive.

So, what is the partitioning order - is this fine - ESP(512MB), /boot(100MB), /(30GB), /home(50GB) and /DATA(50GB) and remaining 16-17GB for over provisioning for the SSD?

2. is there a need to have 128MB MSR(microsoft reserved) in the case of Linux

3. With gdisk or parted for creating partitions? how to verify if partitions are aligned. In GPT, only primary partitions are supported?

4. Some answers in askubuntu/superuser says ext4 is not really good for SSD, instead take JFS? is this true? Is Btrfs mature enough to use with Desktop system

5. Which bootloader? gdisk creator Roderick is pushing for rEFInd or gummyboot instead of GRUB2.

6. In my PC, 4GB RAM is available with a core i3 processor. Shall I mount /tmp in RAM? Will I need to specify the size of RAM when mounting using /etc/fstab? A size of 1GB is fine?

7. using deadline I/O Scheduler instead of CFQ?

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Feb 11, 2011

So I am helping a friend (computer n00b) to install Debian Squeeze over the telephone, since his Vista had crashed, and after we set up the partitions like so:9 GB /1GB swap 150 GB /homeIt "hangs" for a while, i.e. nothing happens, and then it says that it "failed to partition disks". It did not give any error codes, and I did not see the message first hand, since I was doing it over the phone, but I was thinking that there is something wrong with the hard drive (causing Vista to crash perhaps?) so could this be circumvented by just using the first (or last) 10-15 GB of the disk?

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Debian Installation :: Partitioning Fails On Sun Ultra 450?

Apr 3, 2011

So, I've got as far as partitioning the hard disks on my Sun Ultra 450 Enterprise system, but it always fails with:

SILO (Sparc Linux Loader) can only boot the kernel off of a disk with the "sun" partition table. In the current partitioning scheme the kernel is going to be installed on the /boot partition located on a disk with the partition table of type "msdos".

What is this error message trying to say in its ambiguous way?

I selected automatic partitioning, but it got me to the same place as manual partitioning before it failed in the same way.

I installed four used hard drives in this system - they may have come from PCs for all I know. However, they are SCSI SCA drives, which makes it hard for me to believe they came from a PC environment.

If they did, do I need to to a low-level (or high-level) format of these drives to wipe out the "msdos"ness of them? If so, how do I do that in the SILO installer?

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Debian :: Installation Freezes During Disk Partitioning?

Apr 5, 2011

This has now happened with 3 computers. I boot the i386 iso on a usb stick and I enter my name fine and create an account with a password, and then after the time is checked, the installation gets halfway through the hard disk bar and then suddenly it freezes. Sorry if i'm a little unspecific, I've forgotten what the name of the process was exactly and I don't want to have to try again if unnecessary.

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Jul 31, 2011

I have downloaded the latest version of Debian for PPC to run on my iMac G3 600MHz 1GB ram. The problem is, is when it is partitioning the HD the computer just shuts down and restarts from the beginning. I don't understand this. I chose it to erase and use the entire disk. The HD is 80GB. I really want to install this OS!

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Debian :: Manually Partitioning And Formatting Large Hard Disk

Jan 5, 2016

What is the recommended method these days for command line partitioning and formatting for the Terabyte size hard disk.?

It was easy to keep up when your working or have access to hardware for re-purposing, but that has all dried up and my knowledge has been left behind. The problem(s) are with new, recent hardware

Following a crash from a now detectable faulty stick of RAMM, I've lost one of my data hard disks and my fiddling with replacement seems to leave various errors/warnings mainly about GPT not supported and this message is still present despite trying fdisk, cfdisk, gpart, gparted, and(?).

System is an ASUS mobo using SATA drives (root 500Gb: MBR+3 partitions;/, swap, /home), and two 2.4TB with single partitions.

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Jan 3, 2016

I'm trying to perform a clean installation of 8.0.0-i386 from a CD. Seven consecutive attempts all result in the same issue: Almost immediately after commiting the disk partitioning settings (i.e., to begin formatting), the computer does a hard restart. I have tried doing the partitioning as early as possible in the installation process, just in case the system is running out of memory; I have also tried using the lowmem option. I suspect the problem may be related to my very old hardware...

Micronics serverboard 440BX chipset*
Dual Pentium II 450MHz CPUs*
Adaptec AHA-2940UW SCSI adapter
IBM Ultrastar 36GB UW-SCSI HDD
Matrox G100 AGP video card*
*starred items are all original parts from an Intergraph server with validation/verification stickers attesting to their intercompatibility

No POST errors, the HDD passed verification using the Adaptec ROM utility, all unnecessary hardware removed

Could it be that I need an older release or some custom-compiled kernel? The only thing I could come up with on the web was that a lot of people have a similar failure with modern distros on non-PAE CPUs, but the P-II should not be susceptible to this problem.

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Jan 25, 2011

I've got 4 identical 1 TB drives and would like to use them in a software RAID configuration on my home server. I'm running Debian Linux using 'mdadm' utility to manage the software RAID. I don't know how much I've read is fact or dated or even false so I decided I would ask here to get help from people who know more about this than I do. This is essentially just a file server machine to store all my data so being that I've got four identical SATA hard drives, I was thinking about doing RAID level 5. I guess I'll start here and ask if that is the recommended level of RAID. I think RAID level 5 will be fine for my general server usage. My second issue is partitioning the four individual drives to get maximum performance / space from them. Basically just asking here how would you or you recommend I partition the drives? I was thinking about doing three seperate partitions per drive:

/dev/sda1 = 4 GB (swap)/dev/sda2 = 1 GB (/boot)/dev/sda3 = 995 GB (/Now from that partition schema above, obviously all the types will be 'fd' for RAID and the partition for /boot is going to be bootable. My confusion is that I read Grub doesn't support booting from RAID 5 since Grub can't handle disk assembly. If /dev/sdx2 (sda2, sdb2, sdc2, sdd2) are partitioned for /boot (bootable), how would you guys configure this RAID to match up equally? I don't think I do a RAID level 1 on 4 identical partitions, right?

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Dec 1, 2014

I'm trying to install Debian Jessie beta2 on a UEFI laptop. The installation worked just fine before with setting in manual partitioning an EFI system partition and a root partition.But when I try to partition with root as an encrypted volume I get this error when I wanna write changes to disk:" the attempt to mount a file system with type vfat in scsi1 partition sda at /boot/efi failed"When I choose resume partitioning the installer then freezes at "detect file systems".

Because my harddrive needs specific alignment I've made beforehand in gdisk:EFI System Partition of 100mib at /dev/sda1/boot partition of 512mib at /dev/sda2/ (because I expect the installer to want a /boot too for an encrypted device)rest of harddrive reserved for root at /dev/sda3

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Nov 8, 2011

I'm new to the Debian, but not to Linux. I've previously used Ubuntu for a few years, so I know something about how a successful installation should look like. I'm currently using Windows 7.

I downloaded the debian-6.0.3-amd64-gnome-netinst.iso from [URL] ...., and then made a USB pendrive using the Windows version of Unetbootin. The MD5 sum for the .iso-file was the correct one, b663727d7f5b572c329cea8e2ff5e29c.

I used the usual non-graphical setup, without any special options. The installation process went without hiccups until the "Starting up the partitioner" -screen freezes at "Scanning disks...". The bar stops at 50%. It never progresses any farther, even after an hour. It doesn't give any errors either. After I pressed Alt+F4, the last lines were:

Code: Select allpartman:   No matching physical volumes found
partman:   No volume groups found
partman:   Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while...
partman-lvm:   No volumegroups found

Exactly the same happens with firmware-6.0.3-amd64-netinst.iso too, or any of the live versions I tried. The result of graphical installation was also nothing. The USB pendrive created by LinuxLive USB Creator was nonoperative in exactly the same way.

The computer is brand new, without any previous OS installations. My desktop computer has the following parts:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, AM3, 2.8 GHz (HDT55TFBGRBOX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3, AM3+, AMD 970, DDR3, ATX
Videocard: Gigabyte GT 430
Memory: Kingston 2x2 GB, DDR3 1066MHz, CL7 (KVR1066D3N7K2/4G)
Harddrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Powersupply: OCZ 600W ModXstream, ATX 2.2, (OCZ600MXSP-EU)

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Jan 30, 2010

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Ubuntu :: Partitioning With BTRFS?

Mar 15, 2011

I'm just diving in to figuring out how to partition/utilise BTRFS.I am used to just installing with EXT4 and carving out a / and a /homeBut, from what I understand, this isn't the case with BTRFS?I know you have to create a separate /boot as grub doesn't support the file system.But, with BTRFS, we just create a / and /home and others would then just be subvolumes?What happens if I want to reinstall? I have liked being able to just wipe / and reinstall the OS, leaving my personal files in tact. Does this still happen if the /home is just a subvolume? Hopefully that makes sense

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Ubuntu :: Partitioning Method For 10.10?

Mar 25, 2011

I have a question regarding partitioning method for Ubuntu.Originally I had two partitions C 80GB (Win 7) and D about 160GB (my personal data) both NTFS. What I've done, through Windows 7's Disk Management tool I shrunk partition D and created unallocated space of 23 GB on the drive. Then, I divided this space on two partitions one 20GB (as /) and another one 3GB (as swap) and I formatted them in NTFS. After this operation I started installing Ubuntu 10.10 and I reformatted both of them for 20GB using ext4 file system assigning it as / mount point and 3GB as swap.

My question is does it really matter where I created these partitions? Are they equivalent to if I created them during Ubuntu installation (using free space instead)?

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Ubuntu :: Any Way To Do Advanced Partitioning

Sep 1, 2011

I am getting a 500gb hdd (1 disk 2 heads) i know there is a round to cylinders option but i would like to round to platter i would like my extended partition to be on one side of the disk and the rest to be on the other side of the disk i think it would reduce the seek time this way and increase throughput during piratical use i assume the heads function independently

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CentOS 5 :: Best Way For Custom Partitioning

Mar 19, 2010

What is the best way for custom partitioning. I am completely new to Linux. So i dont know what to do.I have 500 GB of disc space.I also have 3 GB RAM.I mean i don't understand the process so

1: it askes for the partition to install linux /
2: swap partition - what is it and what is it for?
3: there can be some other partitions. Will others be visible? if i create them? how are they called and what are they used for) Mb there is something such newb as me should know about it?) I can format only space used for / and other unused space i can format later when linux installed and I am more used to it. When i know what it is for?

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Nov 21, 2009

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Jun 12, 2011

Just picked up a 64g M4 SSD, bit small I know but wanted to have a play and try the SSD thing out. I am chasing partitioning suggestions. Problem is, you guessed it, space. As always with SSD's, space is at a premium. Formatted I am apparently going to end up with about 58gig usable. A disk usage analysis of my current Fedora 14 install on a 7200rpm drive gives me 30g of files in home, and about 15g to root.

Of that 30g of home files, 8g is tied up in Thunderbird alone, so was going to allocate about 45 to /home; and about 3g to swap. Problem is / (root) I have 8 gig tied up in /usr, and another 5 gig tied up in /var. Is this normal? Can I delete some of those files or will a fresh install of Fedora 15 blow out eventually to fill all that. I know I am trapped with /usr on the SSD but can I move /var to a 7200rpm instead of chocking up my teeny weeny ssd? What have other people partitioned their SSD's as?

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Sep 22, 2010

Just acquired a new laptop, Gateway NV, i5-430, 4GB, 500GB HD, Intel GMA, and, of course, Windows 7. I wish to install openSUSE (as I have on my other laptops and boxes, with Windows/XP and (sigh..) one Vista). No problems with partitoning any of them, but I have not partitioned a Windows 7 HD.I do wish to keep Windows 7, but SUSE has become my primary OS. So the question is: do I use Windows 7 utilities to "shrink" its main partition and then install 11.3 ? Alternatively, I can use the 11.3 install DVD to do the "shrink". I have already run the install up to, but NOT INCLUDING the actual partitioning.Windows has commandeered the first three (3) primary partitions, so SUSE goes to an extended partition. Windows looks something like:

1: 12GB (Recovery Partition)2: 102 MB (System Reserved)3. 453GB Windows 7 primary partitionThe 11.3 install proposes reducing #3 (above) to 163GB and allocating the remaining to SUSE (swap, /, and /home). I will probably tinker with the sizes (I really do not need a 280BG /home), and I want some space for an alternate distro.Any and all advice on the partitioning choice(s) will be appreciated. I did also attempt "GParted" from the Ubuntu liveCD, but the only way to boot that liveCD was to use "-xforcevesa" and I was not completely confident of that!(Note: already created the "factory recovery" DVDs and the apps/drivers DVD. I may dry run them before I do the actual partitioning. There is no data or software on it.)

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Jan 18, 2010

I'm having trouble installing Ubuntu on a brand new HP DL380 G6 server. Any time I go through the install, it freezes at 33% of formatting the first partition. I have tried 9.04 server disk, 9.10 server disk, and 9.10 desktop (all AMD64). I'm running out of ideas to troubleshoot. The server is listed as supported by Ubuntu 9.04. Here's more of the hardware:

2x quad-core Intel Xeon X5550 procs
16GB of RAM
5x 300GB SAS drives in RAID-5 array (1.2TB useable)

I just finished installing with the 9.10 alternate install disk (AMD64), and after reboot, it doesn't seem to find the boot partition and just sits there after attempting to boot from CD and hard disk.

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Jun 9, 2010

I just purchased a new MSI WindTop AE2220 with a 320 GB hard drive running Windows 7. I want to dual boot until I know I have found all of the appropriate drivers. The confusing part is that the computer came with 4 partitions as displayed in the attached screenshot jpeg. How would you recommend I resize and partition my drive?

Current Partitions (in order):
Recovery Partition 14.65GB / 14.45 free
Active Recovery 100 mb / 100 mb free
OS-Install (c) 68.36GB / 42.06 GB free
Data (D) 214 GB / 213 free

Will install Lucid 10.04

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Jul 3, 2010

i currently have ubuntu server installed, where i host some files. now is it possible to create a new partition on my disk and move the data there, without resintalling the OS?if so, how?

root@kitsch:~# df -T
Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on


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Nov 11, 2010

I am installing UNR 10.04 but I get stuck at the partition because I want to dual boot with windows and I am afraid to go far without professional advice. What i want to do is install ubuntu on my D:/ drive and keep xp on my C drive. This is the current state of my hard drives at the moment (screenshot.png). I don't know what all the boxes to the right are for either. Also my D drive (which I want ubuntu on) has ext4 on it from a previous failed attempt to install linux mint. Because of this when I go to install ubuntu it shows xp on the C drive and linux mint on the D drive although the installation was botched and I cant really boot into linux mint. I have provided a screenshot of this too (screenshot-1.png). How to install UNR on my D drive properly. Iknow I need to add a swap partition how do I do that?

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Feb 6, 2011

I have available Space and i want this Space on my Ubuntu. That Means that l want the unallocated 92.77GB on my /dev/sda8 (ext4)?!?!?. But I cant Resize the Partition ... What do I have to do ? I tried it using Ubuntu on my USB. But it was the same.... Do I have to unmount something?

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Ubuntu :: Partitioning For Dualboot With Windows7?

Mar 4, 2011

I've got a new box (i.e. I can blow away everything on it) with

CPU=Atom 330
nVidia GeForce 9400M
single drive, single partition=250 GB
Ubuntu 10.10 installed

The box will primarily be used for ubuntu, but my GF also wants to stream Netflix on it. (I have not been able to sell her on the Amazon Instant Video--yet, anyway.) Since Netflix doesn't run on Linux, I need to install a Windows or OSX. I have media for w7 and wXP. I'm planning to install w7 on it, just because that's newer. Is there a reason to install wXP instead for this usecase?

Given w7, I can choose to dualboot or virtualize. I'm told the Atom doesn't virtualize well, so I'm planning to dualboot. I'm told that, when dualbooting linux and windows, one wants to partition first, then install windows, then install linux, so I'm planning to do that.

how to partition for this? My plan is currently to make 5 partitions: 2 primary partitions (one for each OS) and 1 extended partition (to hold linux swap and the homes for w7 and ubuntu)


primary partitions:
system (c:) for w7 = 20 GB
root for ubuntu = 20 GB
extended partition:


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Mar 12, 2011

I've just officially released a new open source partitioning utility: FixParts. As the name implies, its purpose is to fix broken partition tables, although it also has a few other specialized uses. Broken partition tables often manifest in GParted and other libparted-based tools as an empty disk, even when you know partitions exist on it; or sometimes as a disk with incorrect partitions shown. FixParts' three main goals are:

To remove stray GUID Partition Table (GPT) data from MBR disks. This problem can result from re-using a GPT disk by repartitioning it with a GPT-unaware utility, such as Linux fdisk or at least some versions of the Windows installer. To resize extended partitions that are too large or too small. This problem can be created by TestDisk under some circumstances, and perhaps by other tools, too. To change primary partitions into logical partitions, or vice-versa. Such changes might not technically be fixes of problems, but they can be, if something turned a logical partition into a primary partition, as the Windows XP installer does sometimes. This feature of the program can also be helpful in working around the problem of computer manufacturers who place four primary partitions on their disks at the factory.

The program is not intended for general-purpose partitioning; for that, use fdisk, GNU Parted, GParted, Disk Utility, or other tools. You should also be aware that FixParts may change partition numbers. This shouldn't affect a typical Ubuntu installation, but it might if you use partition device filenames rather than UUIDs in /etc/fstab or your GRUB 2 configuration.

FixParts is an offshoot of my GPT fdisk (gdisk and sgdisk) package, which is used to partition GPT disks. Because FixParts has such different uses, though, I've put it into a separate binary package. You can download them all from the GPT fdisk SourceForge download page.

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Apr 6, 2010

I have a pc that has 500GB of hard disk space, I want to install centos and use it has a dev box for java/web applications. Keeping in mind the end us of the box, what partition structure makes the most sense?

I was thinking:

/ -- 150 GB*
/var -- 10 GB
/data -- 340 GB**

*Since there will be a bunch of apps i.e. apache, mysql, vsftpd, postfix, trac, samba, alfresco, and icescrum or agilefant

**For all other files i.e. java/war/jar files, svn directory, backups, samba share

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