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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partitioning and subvol strategy with btrfs

I'm new to btrfs and I'd like some advice on partitioning and subvolume strategy. The system is a light-duty web server, and assume it only has a single disk. With ext filesystems, I've always ...
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Deleting the Ubuntu Swap Partition

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS alongside Windows Xp Xp on C: drive, Ubuntu on D: drive, and E: linux swap E: drive disappeared from XP "My Computer" but it appears in disk management saying unknown ...
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Recreate lost partition [on hold]

On my HDD has c d e f, I move all data of d drive to e drive for install Ubuntu LTS 14.04 so I install it on d drive and accidentally keep e drive to swap , d and e drive are disappears from my ...
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WD My Book Essentials- Can only copy files from command prompt very slow

I have an External WD My Book Essential 3tb that I was running a windows check disk with both options checked (fix file system errors, attempt recovery of bad sectors) during the process the check ...
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Linux lsblk output

If I run lsblk the following is my output. NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 698.7G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 500M 0 part /boot ├─sda2 8:2 0 5.8G 0 part [SWAP] ...
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How to boot from a live cd / DVD or live USB-stick? [duplicate]

I like to know how I can boot from a live cd / DVD or live USB-stick? Is it possible to do that without going to BIOS? And do I have to partition my USB-stick for a live linux? Thanks
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Swap drive and SSD extra space

I'm installing an SSD with a dual boot of Win 7 and Ubuntu. Now, I've learnt that it's 'recommended' to have a swap-partition for Ubuntu. My RAM is 6.0 GB, so I predict I'll put 6GB as swap space as ...
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Reverse the chain of VHDs - Undo the merging

Virtual hard drives are great tool. Especially the possibility to boot VHDs with windows and the possibility to boot differencing VHDs is great. One of my use scenarios is as follows: I install ...
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Swap partition size on a 64 GB RAM computer for memory-intensive work

I have 64 GB RAM and 240 GB SSD on my computer, which I'm going to use for memory-intensive calculations (machine learning, data mining, etc.). Most of the advice I found on the Internet are ...
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Tricky partition editing.. Windows, linux, 2 hard drives

Here's my computer's old setup: 500 GB SSD ~ 140 GB Windows partition (/dev/sdb4 after 3 partitions < 300MB) ~ 200 GB shared data partition (ntfs) ~ 125 GB Linux partition ~ 6 GB ...
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Installing arch without wiping home partition

I was wondering if there was a way to install ArchBang Linux and replace my current install of Fedora without losing my home partition and without running into any crazy erros or whatever with ...
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Expand system partition on my system disc C (Windows 7)

I have a system disc C: (Windows 7 is installed) and all installation program files (installed programs) on D: because of poor space on C:. Now I'm stuck with this question: how to increase the space ...
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Virtual disc, missing bootloader. How to boot?

I had a netbook with HDD partitioned into 3. On one of the partitions (say /dev/sda2) i had an instance of Crunchbang Linux installed. I had backed it up using 'dd' command (dd if=/dev/sda2 ...
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Linux disk quota management tool [on hold]

I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to: Set disk quotas per directory Does not require me to work with any specific filesystem Does not require any changes to partitions Any ideas?
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EASEUS Disk partitioner gives error [on hold]

I have installed Win8 & Linux Mint 14 both in primary partitions. When I try to use EASUS disk partitioner TO INCREASE SIZE OF C: DRIVE it gives error: detected another OS partition...system may ...
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Creating an additional partition on MBR partitioned drive with data on it

I have an external 500GB HDD which already has data on it, there is currently one partition on the drive but I need to create a new one on this drive with at least 10GB of space. I've already used ...
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How do I delete all partitions on USB in Windows 7?

I am trying to encrypt an entire USB drive with Truecrypt 7.1a. But as long as there is a partition it will only encrypt that. This will make it appear like the USB is full instead of completely ...
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How to add or remove partitions using the GParted partition manager?

How can I remove a partition using GParted? How can I create a new partition? This is a Q&A blog-like question to describe the steps of the above operations. Feel free to refer anyone to this ...
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80GB HDD recently stopped appearing in “My Computer”, appears in Disk Manager as unformattable 330GB HDD

My PC recently shut down from overheating, and when I turned it back on I was told Windows couldn't boot because a device was missing. Upon installing windows on a different HDD (Which I'll refer to ...
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dual-boot of mint and windows 8.1 doesnt work - mint doesnt appear

I got a new laptop and installed Linux Mint 17 MATE and Windows 8.1. I want to use dual-boot so that I can choose at start-up which OS will appear. Now only the Windows appears and I dont get asked to ...
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Replacing windows 8.1 with Ubuntu. Is it possible to recover original windows later after some years?

I have bought a new Dell inspiron 15. It came with windows 8.1 installed. But I want to replace it with Ubuntu (formatting OS partition & install Ubuntu), but afraid of loosing the original copy ...
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How to install seprate OSs on different partitions [duplicate]

I know its a newbie question but I have a VAIO VGN-CR353 running linux openSuSE 12.2. The Hard-disk has only one partition (under IDE there is only home/sda1). I want to install Windows on a separate ...
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How to repair Windows partition after moving GRUB in different disk

I had a dual boot setup with Windows 8 and Ubuntu. The laptop has a normal HDD and a smaller SSD. Both OS were on the HDD. I decided to make a clean install of a newer version of Ubuntu on the SSD. ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installation on Asrock H77M UEFI, dual boot with windows 8.1 already installed

As the title says, I need to install ubuntu in dual boot with windows 8.1 on my home PC. I knew that with UEFI partition table was written in GPT, but I found that the partition table on my hard ...
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How to backup data on hard disk before fresh Windows install

My new laptop came pre-loaded with Windows 8. I tried to install Windows 7 but it shows that the drive is partitioned using GPT. Now, I need to delete all partitions and convert it to MBR to install ...
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Having trouble setting up RAID 1 on Fedora

I have been working for a while to setup RAID 1 on my fedora server. I have one installed with Fedora, 1 blank but partitioned. The one with fedora is /dev/sda and the blank one is /dev/sdb. I tried ...
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mdadm on Debian 7 forgetting about a disk

I have a degraded RAID1 array running on Debian 7. I am trying to add another disk to the degraded array, but mdadm forgets the existence of the other disk at reboot. The array devices are /dev/sda1 ...
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installing windows in gpt partition style [duplicate]

I have a problem with my laptop, so I tried to reinstall Windows. I have two partitions, data and system, so I deleted my system partition and created a new one, but I have a problem, it said "can't ...
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How to modify the starting boundary of an ext4 partition?

There are 4 partitions on the disk. parted /dev/sda --script -- print ... 1 1049KB 50.0GB ... ext4 2 50GB 82GB ... linux-swap 3 82GB 100GB ... ext4 4 100GB 1000GB ... ext4 My goal is to ...
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unable to read /dev/sda: Input/output error

I was reinstalling my Windows 8.1 from a mirror, then I've repaired grub2 and things got messed up. Now Windows boots about 20 minutes and then runs so slow, that nothing can be done. When it boots it ...
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Install Windows 8 on different partition than EFI

I've the following partitions: I want to install Windows 8 on /dev/sdb3, but how can I make sure that Windows will use the EFI partition on /dev/sda1? I'm afraid that Windows will create its own ...
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Creating a system image on a blank hdd and using that same hdd

So here's my situation: I have a 1TB HDD that is starting to make noises (fail) so I bought a new 2TB HDD to put my old information on. But here is my question: If I were to make a System Image on the ...
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Multiple Boot Manager [closed]

My computer dual boots with Windows 8 and Ubuntu on separate partitions. I am planning to install Mac OS X on another partition, but I need a better way to manage the boot options if I add more boot ...
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How to un-shrink hard space by windows 7?

I shrinked 150 GB out of my 500 GB hard space by windows 7, in order to install ubuntu beside windows on my laptop. Now some amount of that 150GB is free and I need to have it back on my windows. ...
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Will my Lenovo One Key Recovery work if I resize the system partition on my Ideapad Z510?

I just bought a Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 laptop. Initially the hard disk contains a single partition named Windows8.1 OS (C) and a Lenovo (D). Windows 8.1 is installed in C and the D: drive is packed with ...
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Extra space after resizing NTFS file system

I had a 500 GB hard drive with 2 partitions on it. A Dell recovery partition and a 495gb partition. The larger had a windows 7 pro. Installed on it, and some personal data, such That windows showed ...
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Is my OS installed onto my SSD?

I ordered a new laptop that came with a 500 GB HDD, so I added a 128 GB SSD. I kind of assumed they would install the OS onto the SSD since in my experience that has been the norm. I'm pretty sure ...
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Understanding a HDD data storage and uninstalling windows

Before I go into my exact query here is a small prologue saying what I basically understand about any HDD. May be some 6 years ago, many as a million notebook computers, mine was also manufactured ...
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partitioning for dual boot Windows8 with LMDE on non-uefi sytem

I am using Windows8 on a non-UEFI system. I have one hard disk, and it is partitioned like so: If I shrink my C: drive using windows disk management and install Linuxmint/LMDE-201403 in the extra ...
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Access old Users folder on backed up hdd

I tried googling to no avail. Here is my problem My old harddrive needed to be replaced, so i imaged it and copied to a new hdd. I later upgraded the hardware significantly and installed a new ...
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Move partitions on disk

In order to install btrfs on my computer, I need a 1mb+ space before the first partition. The First Partition is the boot partition which starts at sector 63, the second partition is the dell recovery ...
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Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Ensure the disk's

I recently put together a self built rig. The all the parts seem to work, but when I try to install windows 8, I get the following error message: 'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This ...
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Laptop won't boot anymore

I had Ubuntu only on my Laptop and wanted to try FreeBSD out. My operating system was on /dev/sdb. /dev/sda was spare and I made a 100GB partition on it with the help of gparted. Subsequently I just ...
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OS partition has 512 bytes clusters, should I convert to 4k?

I made a mistake and formatted the OS partition with 512 bytes cluster size, thinking that this will save a lot of space when storing small files (That was a long time ago, I didn't know that it will ...
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we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one intalling windows 8.1

I'm trying to install windows 8.1 and I'm getting this error message after I choose the hard drive to install the windows in we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one just to be ...
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Extend Existing Linux partition

I had a dual boot hard drive with Windows / Centos 6.5. I no longer needed Windows so I removed the /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2 via fdisk. It now looks like: Device Boot Start End ...
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Is it possible to mark or segregate bad blocks on HDD?

Hello I want to know if is it possible to mark bad blocks on HDD for OS to not use them. I don't want to save data written on this blocks, just want to get rid of them. I found some article where ...
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Toshiba external hdd shows no media in disk management

I have a Toshiba 2tb external hdd which was not showing in explorer(windows 7). then i opened disk management, there it showed the volume size and all. first I tried assigning a letter but nothing new ...
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How to re-partition old XP boot drive (with OEM partition) after installing Win7 on new SSD?

Old situation: Machine had 2 232 GB HDDs: - HD 0 contains a 70 MB OEM partition and a 232 GB Windows XP boot partition - HD 1 has one partition (data disk) I bought a new SSD, added it to my machine, ...
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How to clone a Windows image and restore it without OS

I currently have a computer that has windows 7 installed. How can I create an image of my current Windows on this computer, and be able to restore this image back to a partition? The plan is to ...