How to list start and end sectors of a partition by parted in Linux?

How to list start and end of a partition by the sectors in parted on Linux? The default behavior seems be listing the start and end by bytes in parted. # parted /dev/sdc print Model: Innostor IS888 ext. HDD (scsi) Disk /dev/sdc: 2000GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: gpt Disk Flags: Number Start End […]

How to attach and mount Xen DomU’s disk partitions on Linux without Xen?

How to attach and mount Xen DomU’s disk partitions on Linux without Xen? You can use kpartx to create devices from the VM disk image (say, ./vmdisk0). To activate all the partitions in a raw VM disk image: # kpartx -av ./vmdisk0 This will output lines such as: add map loop1p1 (253:8): 0 497664 linear […]

mkfs refuses to make filesystem with message “is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here!”

I have a disk from another server installed on a new server. However, when I try to make a filesystem on it, mkfs reports # mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sdd1 mke2fs 1.42.8 (20-Jun-2013) /dev/sdd1 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here! This is a new disk to the new server. […]

How to mount LVM volume from an external hard disk on CentOS?

On Fedora, after inserting/plugging in an exteranl hard disk with LVM partitions on it, the partitions will appear under /dev like /dev/lvm-group/lvm-partition. However, on CentOS 6, the LVM volumes do not appear automatically. How to mount LVM partitions from an external hard disk on CentOS? What you need on CentOS is to activate the LVM […]

How to move all the files under Users for a user to another drive on Windows?

Unfortunately, my C: drive is almost full. Most of the space are used by the user home under C:Users. How can I move the home directory to another drive while not affecting the user’s usage of Windows. On Linux/Unix, moving the directory to another drive/partition and then keeping a softlink is enough. But how to […]

How to allow non-root users on Linux to mount and unmount disks?

On a Linux box, we may allow non-root users mount and umount certain disks, such as /dev/sde1. How to allow non-root users on Linux to mount and unmount disks? Please check the tutorial at Controlling Filesystem Mounting on Linux by Playing with /etc/fstab: Allow non-root users to mount and unmount filesystems. Answered by Eric Z […]

How to dynamically attach a disk to running DomU in Xen?

I want to attach a disk to a DomU. The Xen DomU is running and should not be rebooted. Hence, changing its configuration file is not an option. How to dynamically attach a disk to running DomU in Xen? To attach phy:vg_xen/vm-228-large to vm-228 as xvdb, run this on Dom0: # xl block-attach vm-228 phy:vg_xen/vm-228-large […]

How to adjust the system partition (C:) size of Windows?

The disk management tools of Windows can adjust it to some level. But there are more space available as far as I can tell. How to further adjust the system partition (C:) size of Windows? You may check these tools: EASEUS Partition Master (free) Includes Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery […]