When you create two or more logical volumes (drives) from one physical hard disk (or other storage device), you're cooking with partitions.

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Uefi partition and resizing C drive and D drive

I recently found how to boot from uefi in windows without reinstalling it.I created the partition needed and converted from mbr to gpt.But now I need more space on C: drive and uefi partition is the ...
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How to enlarge Windows 10 EFI partition

My system currently has this partition setup: I would like to enlarge /dev/sdb2, the EFI System Partition, to 500MB. The problem is that I do not want to delete the Windows Recovery Partition (/dev/...
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Shrink a live, root filesystem on an IoT gadget?

I have a Raspberry Pi 3, and its running a Debian-lite image. The device has 1 GB of RAM, but it has plenty of storage. It has plenty of storage because it lacks on-board eMMC, and it uses a sdCard ...
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How to Expand this unallocated space?

From what I understand you can only have 4 partitions on a single disk. That's fine but how would I add the unallocated space to one of the other drives? I have heard you can use 3rd party tools but ...
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Machine Hang on /dev/sdb1

I have Oracle RED HAT LINUX 6.5 and following is the disk face Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda5 41G 21G 19G 52% / tmpfs 7.9G 164K 7.9G 1% /dev/shm /...
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How can I create partitions on a SD card (mmc) at a firmware level

I want to prevent data corruption on an SD card by having a read only partition and a read/write partition. SD card controllers don't respect partitions on the physical flash disk so normal ...
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Issues setting up Win 7

Im trying to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium on Samsung Ultrabook. My first try was to create a bootable USB drive with a .iso file. Next I created a new partition with diskpart, set it on ntfs, ...
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Should I give as much C:/ space to Windows 10 as to Windows 7 if I have a system partition and a data partition?

I just bought a new laptop that has W10 on it and doing a clean install on it (my current computer dates back 2012 and has Windows 7). I usually have two partitions, one for system and one for data. ...
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How should I partition the SSD and HDD drives for my dual-boot PC? [on hold]

I will have an 480 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. I want to make a dual-boot machine, where both operating systems benefit from the SSD's speed. I will install Win10 for gaming and will use Linux Mint for ...
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How can I free up space in the System Reserved partition

I'm trying to create a system image backup of my Windows 7 64bit syste, however I only have 35MB free in my 100MB System Reserved partition and I need a minimum of 50MB (error code 0x80780119) I've ...
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Cloned old SSD to new, larger SSD - can't align partitions

I went from a 120GB SSD to a 480GB SSD, but because I dual-boot between Windows and Linux, I can't seem to get the new, unallocated space beside either of the partitions for an extension to happen. I ...
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Make system partition C: bootable on system (wierdly) designed to boot from recovery boot files

For context I am attempting to upgrade from Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 10 before the deadline, and have already been trying for 3 days without success. It appears my problem may relate to my Dell XPS ...
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Dynamic disk invalid

I try to install ubuntu in window 7 and I made wrong disk partion via ubuntu after that window cannot boot from disk . i try from other PC to diskpart but it show invalid & not able to change to ...
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How can I recover my files from a broken partition with a negative amount of used space?

Scenario: I was flashing an IMG file onto my SD card for my Raspberry Pi. Or so I thought - it turns out I foolishly selected the wrong device path (D: instead of F:) and flashed the IMG to my WD My ...
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What is written in the EFI partition ? In details

I have a HDD(called HDD1) with some partitions such as EFI partition and windows 10 partition. I have another HDD (called HDD2) with only a EFI partition and windows 10 partition. I would like to ...
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External harddrive not showing proper partition table when removed from external case

I have a 2.5TB WD external hdd. I was trying to copy some large files to it and thought I would temporarily shuck it so as to remove the usb 2.0 bottle neck. However when I plug it in directly via ...
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How do I uninstall another windows 10 in my laptop?

After installing an SSD I performed a clean install of windows 10 in the SSD. But windows 10 of previous HDD is still in the bootmanager. As a result when I start the PC , it gives two prompt (Windows ...
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Delete Partition and Extend partition option disabled

I used the "Delete Volume" option to delete my D drive so that I could extend my C drive into it but instead of becoming black coloured and unallocated in Disk Manager, it shows green coloured and "...
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How to identify the purpose of a partition?

In the process of helping a friend with a task, we have run into a little snag. They are using Windows 7 SP1, which came pre-installed by the system's manufacturer. They have never had any other ...
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Can a partition size be changed between cloning and restoring the clone?

I need to do a full backup of a boot partition of Windows 7. I want to be able to restore it if needed. My understanding is that the only way to do this is to clone the partition byte-for-byte using ...
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Restore non-RAID Partition's image into a RAID partition

I have Windows 10 installed on a Primary partition (non-RAID).( Windows is installed on 1 Partition only ) I create a backup of this partition. After on the same Pc , i create a structure RAID-0 with ...
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Windows 7 showing fake/aliased drives

Some years back I used a tool (sorry, can't remember the name) to migrate a Windows 7 install off a spinning drive to a new SSD. I think the old drive had two partitions, one for the system and one I ...
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Will this strategy to try Windows 10 work?

A friend wants to try out Windows 10 on a Windows 7 system. But they want the option to go back to exactly how things are now. Their hard drive is 1TB (platter-based, not SSD), and they don't have a ...
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Bad Sector (250kb) (320GB SATA) how to map out bad sectors?

I've read that selecting the option (Full) Format will map the bad sectors but i am not sure what excatly a format on a HDD does because i have never tried that on a HDD only on USBs. Will it delete ...
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Windows 10, no Bootloader no Microsoft reserved partition

Let me tell you that I have tried many remedies in this forum and elsewhere but none of them worked for me. The problem is this: I have a Thinkpad x200 (I mention it in case it matters), until ...
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Recovering exfat from ubuntu and windows

I have an exfat external 500gb drive I use with ubuntu and windows 10. Ubuntu froze up, so I had to force quit and of course my drives all become unusable. Neither windows nor ubuntu was able to ...
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Shrink a NTFS partition ? Understand ntfsresize and gdisk?

I have a backup system file, I would like to shrink a ntfs partition inside the system file in order to copy it into a new smaller disk. I mounter the ntfs partition with losetup and used ntfsresize ...
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How do I setup large capacity SSD to be my OS and Data Backup?

I have a large capacity SSD drive that I want to utilize as follows. I want: A Linux Distro installed to run on any (reasonably new) PC hardware. An exFAT partition for data storage and backup. ...
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Is it safe to convert a MBR flash drive to GPT?

I just bought a new flash drive (128GB) and I want to partition it. I have run into problems (AKA windows not recognizing a second volume if I partition it) because it is an MBR drive. Are there any ...
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Formatting a 3TB hard drive for media

I recently bought a 3TB internal SATA hard drive. This drive is strictly for my Anime collection. I want to use it to store my huge media (Video|Audio) collection. I don't have executables. I don't ...
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How to bring a multiple volume LVM back to one volume due to a failing drive

Being new to hosting servers, I previously thought it'd be a good idea to create a logical volume using two hard drives, a 640GB hard drive and a 320GB hard drive. The 320GB hard drive is now failing ...
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How to shrink VirtualBox machine without zeroing full drive capacity?

I've created VM with Kubuntu. I didn't know how much space am I going to need so I randomly typed 2TB dynamically allocated. However now I need to make this VM downloadable so it needs to be as ...
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Deleted Linux partitions on dual-boot computer but GRUB screen appears

I had Linux installation alongside Windows 10 on my dual booted laptop. I wanted to remove the Linux partition so I followed guides online so I deleted the 3 partitions associated with my Linux Mint ...
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VirtualBox 5.1 - Can not mount SATA device - a real partition (VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED)

The host is Windows 10. I am trying to mount partition as SATA device on one VM but when the VMDK file is attached it throws the following error: ws1-pt.vmdk is generated as explained here. I have ...
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Resizing Win 10 partition (only Win 8 installation CD)

I am about to resize my Win 10 partition to install Ubuntu. From what I read Windows partition tool will not be able to give you space you want, since it cannot move certain MFT-files. Using GParted ...
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Buffalo Linkstation NAS (LS-CHL) died, trying to recover data from disk

I have infamous Buffalo Linkstation (LS-CHL) NAS which had one 500GT disk in it. And one day it started to flash red lights and not responding over the net. I tried to put it in different "recovery ...
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Deleted system reserved partition, can't access bios or boot via USB

I have 3 disks. Disk 0 has Win10 installation, and a 350MB system reserved partition. Disk 1 had a 100MB system reserved partition that I (mistakenly) believed was from an old Win7 install. I wanted ...
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Found a way to convert drive from GPT to MBR and vice versa without data loss but,

I also have found a way to convert drive from GPT to MBR and vice versa without data loss using the AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition 6.0 but, I fear because actually, I have Windows 10 already ...
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Resize 5 Tb ext4 empty drive with Gparted takes 40 hs

I have an external 5 Tb drive connected via a USB3 port. I just formatted it to ext4, so it's completely empty. I told Gparted to resize it so as to leave some ~100 Gb of unallocated space at the ...
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Move Linux Partitions, Dual Boot with windows

I'm not thinking about Expand Linux Partitions... I need Shrink (one, the larger) and move it (two, with the swap)... Here my HD from Windows View (Disk Management) Now, I want to reduce the last ...
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cloning SSD onto bigger SSD and resize - alignment or other low level stuff?

I have a Dell M4700, one 128GB mSata SSD, one HDD, 16 GB RAM, some i7 CPU. Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64, installed on SSD, HDD for storage and some big programs. The Windows works fine, all programs ...
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Hard drive showing 333 MB of used space even though there are no files?

I've been using an external hard drive for quite some time, and recently I've upgraded to an internal drive and therefore moved all of my files from the external hard drive to the internal one. Now ...
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HD Partition inconsistence, windows

I'm NOT asking about merge or how shrinking.... I'm asking about: Why I have in Explorer and Total Commander total Size 70.5GB or 67.29GB for Win7 C: according to Disk Management (in top Grid Table) ...
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windows not allowing to create partition

I'm trying to create dual boot on my HDD. (Ubuntu is already installed) When I use my USB stick for a windows 10 boot I can't create a partition. It says I need GPT system. From google I learned that ...
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Deleted System Reserved partition on a notebook Windows 7 [duplicate]

From what I have read this is pretty terminal, but.. The notebook is still running Samsung N130 and no disk drive so I don't know if there is a way to recover it before I shut down and completely ...
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I have an Asus Laptop and I am asked to ad a Drive Partion if i want to restore it Factory Settings

I have an Asus Laptop how can i return it to FActory Settings if they say Have to add a Drive Partion what does that mean and also I have to unlock the drive how do you unlock the drive
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Move and grow partition

I have a disk containing a bunch of free space in the front (111GB) then a "System Reserved" partition (350 MB) and then a partition that Windows maps to my C drive, which is my system drive. I ...
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How to decrease the virtual maximum size of a VMware Workstation VMDK hard disk file?

I have a VMware Workstation VMDK virtual hard disk file that is X GB. I have reduced the size of all partitions within the drive to less than Y size, with the remaining X-Y space being unallocated. ...
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What is the difference between a partition name and a partition label?

I have noticed that when partitioning and formatting a hard drive, I can independently set the partition name and the partition label. For example, when partitioning with gdisk, it is possible to ...
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Reclaim 100GB on disk not “seen” by fdisk but shown in parted

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 and am using lvm for the root and swap partitions. When I use parted ( or gparted) I see 110GB unpartitioned on /dev/sda . hari@Ubuntu02:~$ sudo parted /dev/sda unit GB ...