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What partitions are there on my drives?

asked 2015-03-07 02:36:05 -0500

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updated 2015-03-07 11:54:48 -0500

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I have a Samsung 840 EVO 120gb SSD and a WD 2TB drive in my computer. I used automatic partitioning when setting up Fedora and Fedora is the only OS on my computer right now. I need to know the partitions that are on each of my drives.

When I look in /home with the file manager, it says that there is 1.7Tb free space which means it must be on the 2TB mechanical hard drive where it belongs. However, when I look in the root of the file system (/) it claims that there is only 52.7GB total capacity (12.2GB of which are used and 37.8GB of which are free). When I look in GParted however, the mecanical drive is setup as /dev/sda and has 3 partitions, /boot/efi (which is 200MB in size), /boot (which is 500MB in size) and a partition referred to simply as "fedora" which is 1.82TB in size which I assume is the /home partition. There is another drive labelled /dev/sdb that is marked as 111.79GB in size which means it must be the SSD. Now comes the confusing part -- there is a single 111.79GB (entire SSD) on the SSD where the OS files ('/' but without '/home') belong there is a mystery partition that doesn't show up anywhere in the file structure. Also, the '/' partition which is apparently 52.7GB in size does not show up in GParted.

I need to install a Windows 7 (I don't own a Windows 8 licence) dual boot to run some programs (virtualbox is not an option, the programs need access to various bits of hardware such as my Nvidia GTX 770). What should I do to ensure that I can install Windows 7 on my computer without data loss? I can't backup any data due to a lack of a place to back it up to.

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answered 2015-03-10 03:31:53 -0500

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updated 2015-03-11 08:40:45 -0500

Well, the first solution that comes to mind is to use the gparted tool to shrink some existing partition(s), and make space for Windows.

NOTE: You need to be a privileged user (say root) to do this.

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They said that they tried gparted and that it didn't display the information in a useful fashion. I assumed that the GUI for gparted was not displaying the information as verbosely as the command "parted" does. In order to resize a partition or format empty space they have to see it and as I understand gparted is only showing them the LVM Partition for fedora and not the partitions it manages.

Kanada gravatar imageKanada ( 2015-03-10 22:13:04 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-03-10 02:24:41 -0500

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Try this; -Open up a terminal. -Type "su" and enter password. -Use "parted" command.

"# parted /dev/sda print all" Worked on my computer and I have a similar configuration on a 1 TB HDD.

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Parted provides the same information as gparted. Therefore, it isn't useful. I'd like to know where the 52.7GB partition is, and where the 120GB partition is mounted.

john01dav gravatar imagejohn01dav ( 2015-05-15 18:02:11 -0500 )edit

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