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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Invalid GPT and No Partitions found on External Hard Drive

Ok so I'll start from the beginning here, and I'll do my best to give you all of the info upfront. Hard Drive: Toshiba DWC120 2TB Original File System: NTFS I was having issues with this hard drive ...
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RAID 0 (striping) for Windows partition, rest in separate partition, 2 disks

I am planning to put two disks (actually SSDs, connected via M.2, does it matter?) in a system, one is 128 gb, the other is 512 gb. Is it possible to stripe/raid 0 the 128 gb disk together with the ...
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How to use external drive for Windows updates

So, the situation I'm in might seem strange, but I certainly can't be the only one. I bought an awesome, inexpensive mini-tablet (a Winbook). It's running FULL Windows 8.1, but it only came with a ...
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Can't boot back to Windows(BOOTCAMP)!

I plugged in my USB few days ago and I keep getting this message when I start my computer. "Need to check FAT 32 file directory for consistency, It's highly recommended that you do this" I don't have ...
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New HDD mounting and partitioning difficulties

I have recently purchased and installed a brand new 8TB Seagate Archive HDD into my desktop computer, and, using the "Disks" program in Ubuntu, I created one 8TB NFTS partition named "MediaStorage" ...
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BootCampAssistant “Install or delete Windows 7” greyed out

I need to install a Windows 7 on my MacBookPro but the installation button is actually greyed out. I first managed to install a first windows but i needed it to be bigger, so i deleted the BootCamp ...
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GParted created 30GB partition with 0.6-1.6GB usage

I have Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon. I intend to install 3 other Linux distros on my SSD, so I installed gparted 0.18 from the package manager. I realized that I cannot resize the root partition with ...
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Elementary os freya installer does not recognize existing OS and partitions

I have tried to install Elementary os freya on my laptop but in the partioning step it shows me a blank disk drive: 750 gb on unallocated space. when I start gparted (still in elementary os live usb) ...
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BootCamp Lost Windows Boot After Repartitioning

I needed more space on windows partition and tried to open dis utility and resized the disk spaces. But now, i can't boot on windows. How can i recover my files and get windows working. ...
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HFS+ external drive missing EFI, will not mount on Mac

First off: Fear not, I have everything from this drive backed up. I'm just trying to reformat it, but I had someone else attempt it on Windows which doesn't look like it helped. I'm a novice but ...
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JFFs Partition for DD-WRT yes or no?

I have a Asus RT-N16 Router with Kongmod Build of DD-WRT. On the USB port i have a 1TB HDD and have 3 Partitions on this drive. /opt /swap /data The DD-WRT guide clearly states multiple times not ...
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Cannot format or remove “extra” partitions on HDD

I have a 500GB Seagate Laptop HDD that I received from a scrapped laptop that I am trying to format. I managed to format one of the partitions but cannot remove or format the remaining ones. Here is ...
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windows 7 diskpart command undo selecting a disk

ok I got curious (and cocky) about looking at partitions - I did a diskpart which then I did a rescan, then a list disks which gave me DISK 0, DISK 1 AND DISK 2. I then did a select disk 0 and it told ...
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System Image Creation Fails in Windows 8.1 Pro

I just finished installing drivers, updates and softwares on a new Windows 8.1 Pro installation. I am trying to create a system image, but the process fails due to a "Volume Shadow Copy size not ...
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Error regarding blockdev /dev/sdb1 “BLKRRPART: Invalid argument”

i had to extend an lv on an enterprise server that belongs to sdb1, i added/allocated the space i needed from the storage array. I rescanned the ports of SAN and then i wanted to blockdev --rereadpt ...
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Upgrade to windows 10 screwed up my partitions(tables?) on an Ubuntu/Windows dual-boot

I thought windows would just overwrite the bootloader as expected, but something wonky is going on with the partitions too, and I can't access linux. I'm not sure if it's recoverable, but any input ...
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Windows 10 Not Booting due to Boot Device not found

I just upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 successfully. I think I made a mistake of formatting the old Window 8.1 recovery partition (which was not needed anymore). This was done via the Disk ...
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How do i expand a partition?

According to Disk Management, I have the following partitions on Disk 0 (698.64 GB): Recovery (E:) (25.00 GB FAT32) OS (C:) (279.45 GB NTFS) DATA (D:) (300.30 GB NTFS) Free space (85.97 GB) ...
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How to use the partition of Ubuntu when I have win 7

I have Ubuntu and Windows to run in the past. Windows has broken, so I have to reinstall Windows. I have 2 partitions for Ubuntu that I have installed. I've just installed Windows 7 into the rest of ...
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“A disk read error has occurred” after partitioning

I used MiniTool partition wizard to resize my C:\ drive. In order to do this, my computer had to restart. It did the boot-time partition, then restarted again, and I faced the error "A disk read error ...
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Need help on windows 8.1

i have Dell 5548 laptop with windows 8.1 single language. Few days back due to some problem i have formatted my laptop again with Win 8.1. Thing is that- Win RE tools, GPT, MSR partitions were missing ...
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How to make a partition in Windows for a Linux distribution?

I've tried to find out how to do this without success. I want to make a partition that will be available for a Linux distribution to use when I install it, so I can set up a dual boot. I have a ...
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Creating Ext2 partition using free windows tool

I want to intsall Linux on my hard drive on a seperate patition. Unfortunately, I can't find a free tool that will format a partition to ext2/3/4, and I can't access the windows made partition from an ...
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Accidentally deleted the wrong partition. Now my drive is not appearing

My computer is in the process of being dual-booted windows 8.1/Arch. I have two drives: a 120GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. I have the SSD reserved strictly for windows (because of recent mistakes made in ...
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Can there be multiple persistent scsi names for the same device?

I'm working on a product that runs on a CentOS 6 VM running on ESX 6. As part of the installation, we attach hard drives a pass-through RDMs to the VM and then make partitions on the drive using GPT. ...
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multiple partitions in windows 8 system causing confusion. Need to install Ubuntu

I have no idea where to install Mangaka Moe as there doesn't seem to be enough room in the partition. I have multiple partitions, some of which seem unnecessary to me. 260 MB OEM Partition 1.44 GB ...
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NTFS recovery - How to find out the first and last sectors of a lost NTFS GPT partition?

So I have this disk where the GPT (GUID partition table) went bad, and was overwritten with a new GPT. This made my NTFS partition inaccessible, but I am sure that the partition itself is still on the ...
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Western Digital hard drive not initializing after being in storage for 3 months

I took my desktop with me abroad, and thought it would be smart to leave out my drive with all my personal pictures on it in a safe at my house. After plugging it into my computer when I got back, my ...
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Deleting partitions [meant to be dual-boot] or a fresh re-install [Virtualization]: Centos 7/Win7

I appreciate any advice given to resolve this particular dilemma. The Background: I need to have Macromedia [Adobe] Dreamweaver and as such a copy of Windows somewhere. My main system is Centos 7.1. ...
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Safe backup/restore of Linux partitions from a Windows system

I have a dual boot laptop, that contains a Linux CentOS 6 partition and a separate Microsoft Windows 7 partition. The Linux partition is not letting me access to its GUI anymore, so I'll have to ...
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Windows 10 EFI partition on different HDD

I've upgraded from windows 8.1 to 10. Once the upgrade completed I wanted to create a system image backup in case anything went wrong down the line. When trying to do this it said my backup size ...
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Microsoft Windows does not detect partitions [closed]

My friend has a 2 TB Western Digital Hard drive that he wants to install Windows on it. The hard drive uses MBR partitioning scheme as follows: a 50 GB primary partition a +1700 GB extended ...
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GRUB2 multi-boot with one boot partition

i'm trying to make a multi-boot disk (5 linux distros) with only one /boot partition. Problem is that the guy before me that made this disk didn't bother to create that separate boot partition, so i ...
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Extending or Merging root partition remotely

I am currently working remotely on a Ubuntu Server, 14.04 LTS. This is the result of df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/md2 20G 20G 0 100% / udev ...
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Neither Linux mint nor Ubuntu can be installed on Alienware m14x r2

I have bought a laptop from Alienware a few years ago and recently have tried to switch to Linux. However, I have had so many issues with any version of Linux installing that I may be forced to use ...
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USB read only with recursive filesystem

I have a USB flash drive 4GB Sandisk Edge After "DD"ing to make a live USB, the drive failed to boot and after checking it, the whole drive is broken. When using Gparted shows: | Partition | File ...
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How to convert a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) on Windows to a Dynamic Disk

I'm trying to convert a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) to a Dynamic Disk but it doesn't seem to be possible. I tried DISKPART hoping there was some command-line way of achieving this but that also was in ...
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VMWare Fusion unmounting more drives than it should

As it is known, VMWare Fusion is able to launch a Boot Camp drive as a VM - which is really handy in many situations. But since my system is a tripple-booting one, I decided to shift and reshape my ...
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Clone A Drive With GParted

I have a SSD Drive that has Ubuntu already on it (can wipe it clean, nothing important on the drive). I am trying to boot from a Ubuntu Live CD and use GParted to format the SSD drive (which is ...
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Windows 7: What can I do with my disk to install Ubuntu 14.04 as second OS?

Right now I have Windows 7 installed as main OS. When I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 as second OS, I see my disk space as one partition. Here are my partitions: Is it possible to create new ...
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Windows 8.1 - Cannot Format Partition as NTFS: “There are no volumes”

I've got two hard drives in a system, one of which (disk 1) is the Windows boot disk, and the other (disk 0) has a partition (partition 1) that I'd like to format with NTFS. However, Disk Management ...
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Utility of having a drive partition in case of a Windows reinstall

I have a PC with 1 TB hdd. My question is based on the utility of using drive partitions (other than dual-boot). In case the Windows OS files get corrupted somehow and it becomes unbootable. Will ...
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Can I use a boot usb as a storage device as well in windows

I recently bought a 32gb usb 3 drive and made it a bootable usb. there is about 25gb of unallocated space, which i formatted to ntfs, however windows only recognises the boot partition as it is the ...
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Merge recovery partition with the main one in ASUS T100T?

I have Asus T100T laptop. It has a 7 GB Recovery Partition. I'm trying to merge it with the 29 GB partition. But the Recovery Partition seems protected somehow. Steps I've tried but didn't work out: ...
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Normal amount of Recovery Partitions and how to know their content

I just bought a new pc and noticed that the available capacity of my C: drive was a lot less than the advertised amount. Taking in account that Windows counts 1 GB = 1024^3 bytes, my pc should report ...
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GParted shows 6 partitions, how did that happen while the maximum partitions allowed is 4? [duplicate]

While installing Linux Mint on my laptop (pre-installed with windows), I erased the main partition for windows and created a swap partition and root partition. Considering there was already an EFI, a ...
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Explaining to systemd that /var is symlinked to /home/var

Suppose an installation of Debian unstable, using systemd for init, with two filesystem partitions, / and /home. Suppose further that, for reasons to do with the physical disks, I have moved the ...
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How do I partition space for Windows 8.1?

I'm stuck at Windows 8.1 Setup where I want to create exactly 125GB volume for C:. When I enter the space in MBs i.e. 125x1024 = 128000MB It shows 124.5GB partitioned space. How do I get the exact ...
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Is there any drawback for having one large (e.g. 512 GB) hard drive partition for Windows 10 instead of having two smaller ones?

I just got a new laptop ( Asus ) with one 512 ePCI SSD harddrive. From the factory, the system comes with two partitions: the one with windows on it, size ~190GB a second one called "data", size ...
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copying recovery partition to flash drive

I have this half-dead drive from a Toshiba laptop. I would like to copy its recovery partition on a usb flash drive and recover Windows 7 from it on the new hard drive. I see 3 partitions on the old ...