Hardware :: Change Primary Partitions To Logical Partitions AND Migrate Their Data?

Mar 28, 2010

I've installed Arch Linux onto my Western Digital SATA drive.I love it, best ever, however, I need the fglrx proprietry driver for better 3-d performace, and decided to create a new partition. I decided to install Linux Mint.Sadly, in all my noobishness, I forgot about the 4 primary partition limit (oops!) and as I have /, /home, swap, and /boot partitions (all primary) already installed, I have run into a bit of a problem.I resized my /home partition (almost 500GB) to about 225, and was then told I have over 200GB unusable space. Is it possible for me to change at least 1 of my primary partitions to logical partitions AND keep all the data intact (AND edit the arch configuration so that it'll still work) so I can install a second linux? I sincerely doubt it

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Ubuntu Installation :: Change Primary Partitions Into Logical?

May 9, 2011

I have first installed Windows7 to sda2 (sda1 being the MBR). Then I installed Ubuntu as follows: sda3 /boot, sda5 swap (sda4 being the Extended partition), sda6 /, sda7 /home. So far so good. Windows and Ubuntu worked fine. I also planned to create another partition for data and two more partitions for Arch Linux. And here is the problem.I just assumed that the Extended partitions were created logical but actually they are also primary. So, as things stand, all my 7 partitions are primary and I cannot create any more partitions.I must've erred somewhere during the Ubuntu installation. Is it possible ti change the Extended partitions into logical, without affecting all the stuff within? Any ideas? Otherwise I will have to delete everything after Windows and install Ubuntu again, making sure that I create logical partitions in the Extended part

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General :: Why Are Logical Partitions Preferred Over Primary

May 9, 2011

So I noticed while using guided partitioning that most distro installers will attempt to create a logical partition for the root file system besides the swap and /boot on the HDD. Why is this the case? Why does the partition for root file system have to be logical and not primary?

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Ubuntu :: Migrate Logical Partition To Primary?

Feb 25, 2011

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10

I have been running a dual boot system for a while now and I haven't logged onto the Windows side for quite a while. I'm ready to whack it.

What I want to do is get rid of sda1, sda2, sda3 partitions(all Windows related) - migrate my Linux install(sda5) to a Primary partition, migrate the swap out of the extended partition, and then make everything else my "data"(ext4) partition...so basically go to 2 primary partitions and a swap.

I know how to ultimately get to my one big "data" partition, but the part I'm not so sure or comfortable with is whacking the current Primary partitions and migrating the Ubuntu install to the new primary partition.

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 13 102400 de Dell Utility
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 * 13 1926 15360000 7 HPFS/NTFS


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OpenSUSE Hardware :: ERROR: Bad Logical Partition 6: Enlarged Logical Partitions Overlap

Aug 22, 2011

After fixing drive partition numbers, I got the following error from cfdisk: Code: FATAL ERROR: Bad logical partition 6: enlarged logical partitions overlap Press any key to exit cfdisk However, I can see all my partitions with fdisk and gparted, I can mount and use all of them.I used the following guide to fix the drive numbers order: Reorder partition drive numbers in linux | LinkedBits Does somebody know whet is cfdisks problem and how can I fix it?

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General :: Which Partitions Should Be Set As Primary

Nov 17, 2010

Which partitions should be set as primary, /, /home, /tmp, /var, /boot or any other?

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General :: Faster To Have More Primary Partitions?

Mar 13, 2011

Why is it faster to have more primary partitions when using Linux? Please give some real examples; I know some theoretical reasons but I don't understand them well.

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Ubuntu Installation :: More Than 4 Primary Partitions Cant Be Done?

Jan 28, 2010

I am having a 250 GB hard disk in my Acer Laptop.
C: - a 65 Gb partition with Win7.
D: - a 150 GB partition with general data.
and 2 partitions by default - a 13 GB and a 3.5 GB one( I guess backup and recovery by Acer or sumthn)
I shrank the D: partition to 135 GB and had made the 15 GB unallocated space to install Ubuntu. Everytime I checked I got the free space shows as 'unusable' in the Ubuntu partitioner. I tried shrinking again with EPM, Win Disk Management and also Ubuntu partitioner. Each time the free space which showed up said Unusable. A friend of mine advised me to defragment and use 'GParted' through the live cd. I did so and when click on the unallocated space to format it said "IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO CREATE MORE THAN 4 PRIMARY PARTITIONS. If you want more partitions you should first create an extended partition. Such a partition can contain other partitions. Because an extended partition is also a primary partition it might be necessary to remove a primary partition first."

I didnt know all of my partitions were primary! And I dont even want D: to be primary. It just is there to hold some data.

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Ubuntu :: HP Pavillion: Too Many Primary Partitions

Apr 30, 2010

I just got an Hp Pavillion laptop, and I'm trying to install Ubuntu. I resized the Windows 7 partition, and tried to install, but was unable because you can have no more than 4 primary partitions. Is there any way around this?

The current partitions are:
Windows 7 ntfs file system

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Ubuntu :: Limit Of 4 Primary Partitions

Aug 25, 2010

Gparted: How do I get around this? It says to use logical partitions, but how?

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General :: Reading Partitions On Non-primary HDD?

Apr 28, 2010

I have a laptop with Ubuntu 9.10 installed. It will not boot to the login screen. If I remove this HDD and connect it as a secondary drive to another PC running Ubuntu, will I be able to access the files on this HDD? There is a lot of data which I haven't backed up which I need to retreive. I don't think the hard drive has failed.

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Red Hat :: How To Define The Three Partitions (also Swapp) Primary

Jun 11, 2010

i have 3 primary partition as follow:

sda1 -> ext3 /boot 1023 cilinder
sda2 -> swapp 2048 MB (i have 1024MB of RAM)
sda3 -> ext3 /

GRUB tell me where to put MBR, and i have to choose beetween sda and sda1, which is the good choice and why? Is right to define the three partitions (also swapp) primary?

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Ubuntu :: Logical Partitions Within Software RAID?

Oct 4, 2010

So, over the next couple of days I'm going to be building a new file server based on Ubuntu with three 2TB drives (and possibly a pair of 500GB drives I already own) in RAID 5 using mdadm. I'm under the impression that I would be able to add the 500GB drives using mdadm; while all drives need to be of the same capacity for hardware RAIDs, software RAIDs are able to work with different-sized volumes. Is this correct?

i right in thinking that mdadm presents the RAID as a drive which can then be used like a single drive would be? create a logical partition within the RAID formatted with HFS+ which can be used for network-based Time Machine backups for a few Macs in my house.Now, this is where I particularly show my ignorant side: is it possible to create a logical partition with a variable size? Similar to how a virtual hard drive works with some virtual machines; a "drive" may take up to 200GB, for example, but is only as large as the amount of data it stores. If it is possible, is this only for certain partition formats?

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General :: Cannot Create Logical Partitions Without Errors

Jan 14, 2010

I have run into a Gparted problem that I am not familiar with. I've never seen it before.

I cannot create logical partitions without errors or not at all. I have two choices:

1) not checking 'round to cylinders' - I will get an error* and it will not partition

2) check 'round to cylinders' - it will partition but I will also obtain 4MB of unallocated space (each time)

This applies to Primary partitions, too, I think. At least, #2 will happen.

Imho, this is ridiculous. Why would I retain 4MB of unallocated space? In other words, the two choices above are not choices.

The error message doesn't explain much if anything either. *"Unable to satisfy all constraints on the partition"

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Ubuntu Installation :: Not Possible To Create More Than 4 Primary Partitions?

Dec 1, 2010

I'm trying to install Crunchbang on a partition I made. I managed to resize my Ubuntu for space to install Crunchbang (which essentially is another Linux OS).I currently have Ubuntu 10.10 and Win7 currently installed. The error I get in GParted is the one above in the title. I know there is a way to install a third OS but this problem is killing me. I need some to help my step-by-step. I'm not that bright when comes to technical terms and writing stuff in the terminal. My current filing system:

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes


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Red Hat / Fedora :: F11 Install Created 2 Primary Partitions

Jan 17, 2010

I used Acronis' Disk Director Suite 10.0 ["DDS"] to create 7 logical partitions of 23GB each, into one of which I asked Fedora 11 to install. Fedora 11 completely ignored me and created 2 primary partitions of its own: a 217.4GB, a 2GB and a 2GB "unallocated." I will likely delete this installation for a number of reasons. How can I force fedora to install into a 23GB logical partition that I created for just that purpose? If I can't use DDS-created partitions then why do I need DDS-created partitions?

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Ubuntu :: Partition/Unallocated Space W/ 4 Primary Partitions?

May 3, 2010

I'd be very grateful if some charitable person could help with a problem. I have a portion of unallocated space, 15GB, which is situated to the left of all my other partitions (according to GParted). Unfortunately I already have 4 primary partitions. Although I am willing to delete my last partition, I still amn't sure how I could go about reclaiming the 2 portions of unallocated space under one new partition

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Ubuntu Installation :: 3 Other OS - 4 Primary Partitions Of Equal Size

Jun 21, 2010

I'm trying to install Ubuntu, Windows 7, Meego, and Android x86 for a project. Here is what I have done so far: Partition the drive into 4 primary partitions of equal size (10gb each). Install Windows7, Android, and Meego onto separate partitions, in that order. Then, install Ubuntu, hoping that GRUB automatically detects the other OS's and creates entries for them. Unfortunately, the only entries in GRUB are for Ubuntu and Windows 7. How do I get to the other 2 OS's (Android and Meego) to show up?

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Ubuntu :: Advantages Or Disadvantages Of Primary & Extended Partitions?

Jun 27, 2011

What are the advantages (or disadvantages) in partitioning a disc into 4 Primary partitions versus 1 Primary & 3 Extended Partitions?

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General :: Cloning Logical Volume And Swap And Boot Partitions?

Feb 28, 2011

I have a RHEL4 system with 2 250GB physical volumes. There is a boot partition that is outside LVM and 2 logical volumes (swap and root) within a single volume group. This volume group bridges the 2 physical volumes.

I would like to clone this system onto a single 1 TB physical volume that will replace the 2x250GB currently in use.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Configure Autoyast To Create Three Primary Partitions?

May 18, 2010

I'm trying to configure autoyast to create three primary partitions:

/dev/sda1 (/boot)
/dev/sda2 (swap)
/dev/sda3 (/)

This is the XML I've come up with:

HTML Code:
<partitioning config:type="list">
<initialize config:type="boolean">true</initialize>
<partitions config:type="list">


I seem to be missing an instruction or misunderstand something here.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Remove The 10.04 - Unmount Any Logical Partitions Having A Number Higher Than 5?

Feb 24, 2011

My partition table is as follows:

sda1 - WinRE - Something Windows uses
sda2 - Windows7
sda3 - Data


I need to remove Ubuntu 10.04 and so I therefore need to remove sda5 and sda6, right? Upon deleting sda5 in Gparted it tells me to "unmount any logical partitions having a number higher than 5".

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Fedora Installation :: Cannot Partition And Takes Errors,it Is Of Primary Partitions That Is About 77GB?

Dec 25, 2009

when i install fedora 11 after windows 7 ,i can not partition and takes errors,it is of primary partitions that is about 77GB that windows 7 had installed on it ,but when i install ubuntu ,it can be installled without any error ,when i asked for this one said me that ubuntu has grub installer that reference to another where for primary partition ,

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Ubuntu Installation :: Partitions On Multi-boot--primary Versus Extended?

Jul 12, 2010

I'm setting up my laptop to dual boot (default Vista installation and Ubuntu). There's also a possibility I may add XP later as a triple boot.

My laptop came with two partitions already, the second one labelled "Recovery". I was planning on adding three partitions, one for the Ubuntu installation, one for Swap, and one for storing my files (accessible to both OSs). However, this would be five partitions (or six, if I add XP later).

I've never had to deal with this many partitions before and just learned about the maximum of four primary partitions.

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Fedora :: Boot Can't Access Ext4 Partitions On LVM Logical Volumes On RAID Array?

Feb 8, 2011

i have a fedora 11 server which can't access the ext4 partitions on lvm logical volumes on a raid array during boot-up. the problem manifested itself after a failed preupgrade to fedora 12; however, i think the attempt at upgrading to fc12 might not have anything to do with the problem, since i last rebooted the server over 250 days ago (sometime soon after the last fedora 11 kernel update). prior to the last reboot, i had successfully rebooted many times (usually after kernel updates) without any problems. i'm pretty sure the fc12 upgrade attempt didn't touch any of the existing files, since it hung on the dependency checking of the fc12 packages. when i try to reboot into my existing fedora 11 installation, though, i get the following screen: (click for full size) a description of the server filesystem (partitions may be different sizes now due to the growing of logical volumes):


- 250GB system drive
lvm partition rest of driveVolGroup_System


except he's talking about fake raid and dmraid, whereas my raid is linux software raid using mdadm. this machine is a headless server which acts as my home file, mail, and web server. it also runs mythtv with four hd tuners. i connect remotely to the server using nx or vnc to run applications directly on the server. i also run an xp professional desktop in a qemu virtual machine on the server for times when i need to use windows. so needless to say, it's a major inconvenience to have the machine down.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Number Of Partitions / Logical Volumes Can Create Using Partman-auto Recipes?

Mar 2, 2011

Is there a limit to the number of partitions/logical volumes you can create using the partman-auto recipes? If not, any thoughts on why my preseed using the values included below results in only a /boot partition and logical volumes root, swap, and user? Is there another way to achieve putting /, /tmp, /var, /usr, /usr_local /opt, etc on their own logical volumes with preseeding?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Installer Won't Recognize Partitions - Error Message Saying Partitions Over Sized

Mar 22, 2011

I used Ubuntu before, without problems but since the 10.04 version it won't recognize my partitions. I formated my laptop and partitioned it, installed Windows 7 64bit, which I need for my work, and wanted now to install Ubuntu 10.04/10. I then used GParted to check my Harddisk and it is having troubles to recognize my partitions, too while Windows finds them. GParted is giving me an error message saying my partitions are oversized. I am still in the beginning of my Linux experiences and so I don't know what to do. I have two 250GB harddisks (how Windows recognizes them),


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Jan 9, 2010

I have vista and opensuse 11.2 on my computer, the problem is i can't open ext3 partitions from vista but i can the other way. I tried Ext2fsd but the linux partition is always in a read only mood even when i change this option. Also, all folders are empty I downloaded the program as admin and compatable with XP SP2.

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Ubuntu Installation :: CD Doesn't Detect Partitions But No Apparent Overlapping Partitions?

Mar 3, 2010

Xubuntu 9.04 installation CD not detecting any of the current partitions. This all started when I reinstalled windows XP a few days ago.After, the computer wouldn't boot into GRUB and would boot directly into windows.Other threads have dealt with a similar issue, that of overlapping partitions causing libparted/parted/gparted to detect the whole drive as unallocated space. The problem in these threads seemed to be a corrupted partition table, in which the partitions overlapped with each other. So of course I checked the output of fdisk -l for overlapping partitions, but I don't see any obvious overlapping partitions. I've noticed that the partition that used to be linux swap isn't showing up in the partition table at all. I might just be missing something simple here and would like another set of eyes to help me figure this one out. Does the problem have anything to do with the partition table being out of order (ie. not in order of what regions they cover on the drive)? From the liveCD I've run


sudo fdisk -lu
sudo sfdisk -d
sudo parted /dev/sda print

and have received the following output:


ubuntu@ubuntu:/mnt$ sudo fdisk -lu
omitting empty partition (5)
Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes


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Ubuntu Installation :: Order Of Partitions For Root / Home And Swap With Respect To Windows Partitions?

Feb 9, 2011

I am installing Ubuntu on the same hard drive as Windows 7. The partitions of Windows 7 have already occupied the left part of the hard drive. From left to right, the Windows partitions are one partition for Windows booting, one for Windows OS and software installation, and one for data which is planned to mount on Ubuntu. I was wondering how to arrange the order of partitions of root, home and swap, i.e. which is on the left just besides one Windows partition, which is in the middle and which is on the far right?

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