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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Cannot format read-only USB; 'Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error ' when I try to format the drive

I'm trying to format this USB, when I plug it in it mounts and I can read what's on it, but can't write to it or delete anything (read-only error). First I tried the normal 'Disk utility' - unmount - ...
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Create partitions using fdisk/gdisk using linux

I am trying to Install Xubuntu alongside Windows 8. I have two Windows part C: and D: . I want to install Xubuntu in between them, so I shrunk C: (using windows Disk management) and created ...
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Why have a single partition on an external hard drive?

I have several external hard drives that I've formatted (in ext4) without creating a partition table and a partition first. I formatted the raw block devices, and they work fine. I only want one ...
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Shrinking NTFS partition: numerical result out of range error

I have a NTFS partition on my 2TB hard disk. Currently it is 1.7TB big, and there's some unallocated space to the right of it of about 100GB. There are no other partitions on the disk. I would like ...
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Why are Fedora partitions not listed under the extended partition?

I recently installed Fedora 22 on a desktop PC. I wanted to install it on a logical partition. During installation, in the Anaconda installation wizard, I chose to create a 16 GiB logical partition as ...
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Recover lost Ubuntu Partition

I lost 60GB of my hard disk partition during a failed Ubuntu installation. It is now invisible while using Windows 8.1. How can I recover it? Please help.
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fdisk - do i need it or can i make a filesystem directly?

i read about fdisk being able to creation partition / which is to break down a physical disk into several logical partitions. If i intend to utilize the whole disk as a whole, is it still necessary ...
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Use 4TB partition with old NTFS-3G which doesn't support GPT and RAID

I've a D-Link Router (2750U) which has a USB port and FTP Server. I've also a 4TB External H.D.D which I want to use as one partition with this Router as my home cloud. I don't want to split this ...
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What does this bash script?

In theory, this snippet from pentoo-installer finds all partitions on the selected disc, but it doesn't find my sda1 partition, so I would love to understand it and modify so it does. ...
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Hardware RAID10 HPA recovery

I have a hardware RAID 1+0 based on external CFI-B8253JDGG DAS. It was connected to PC with eSATA and contains 4x1TB HDD (Total capacity is 1.82TB in RAID10). Some days ago I tried to connect the DAS ...
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Can't format partition containing Gpart Live on USB

I have Gpart live on a USB and used tuxboot to make it bootable. I'm running Windows 7. The USB is recognized in Windows 7 and I can browse the files using Explorer on the USB. I can also add files ...
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Do I need to worry about over-provisioning? Can swap be used for this purpose if it is not being used?

I am running Linux Mint 17. I'm posting this on Superuser rather than Unix & Linux because this probably isn't a Linux-specific question. I was thinking of buying a SSD but a ~250GB drive will be ...
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One of the partitions is not showing on my computer

I have 3 partitions on my PC. But automatically when I restarted my PC, then F drive is not showing. F drive is of 201GB and among 204 perhaps 50GB is used. I tried to restore it from Windows Disk ...
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Resizing a partition in Linux - Bad magic number in super-block error

I was trying to resize my partition with parted and resize2fs. I tried the following: #parted Partition Table: msdos Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 1 2097kB ...
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USB-Stick to install Windows 8.1 and CentOS 7.1

I have found tutorials to crate install-media (USB-sticks) for Windows 8.1 and CentOS 7. I now wonder if it is possible to create 2 partitions A and B on my USB-Stick, such that I can copy Installer ...
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How to restore deleted/formatted Bitlocker encrypted partitions/ partition tables

Initially I had 2TB Seagate Expansion Desk HDD, partitioned into 500GB, 13GB, 500GB, all three Bitlocker encrypted and 1 more 500GB unencrypted partition, the rest of the space was unallocated. ...
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How to recover lost NTFS partition on windows 7

I have a problem with partition. I had one with name "e" and I don't know why it has been lost. (look at screen). I think it is a problem with partition table. Can I recover my partition with files ...
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Data recovery after hard disk format

I had an HP Pavilion 13 a113cl and some months ago, about march or february, I installed Windows 10 Home Insider Preview on the computer. It was going fine until I realized that it did not support ...
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Lenovo Disk Partitions

My disk is partitioned as so: (Full sized image) ...And I'm a little confused, and have some questions: Would the recovery/EFI/OEM partitions not exist unless they are being used? If not, safe to ...
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Claim Free Space / Unallocated space back Mac OSX

I've got a 1TB internal HD that has 213GB of free space that I can't access. 1TB -> -- Macintosh HD 618GB -- Recovery HD 650MB -- BOOTCAMP 104GB -- Unallocated Space 213GB How can I add that ...
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How to move a non-boot partition from one drive to another?

I have a 1TB drive that I used to store files. OS is on an SSD, and I just purchased a 2TB drive. How can I move the partition on the 1TB to the 2TB so that I don't mess up any program ...
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Windows 7- Unable to format disk

I had a USB drive that I was previously using for a live linux install. It had several previous installs, and there were a lot of unused empty partitions on the disk as a result. I used the DISKPART ...
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Creating GPT partition using sgdisk on emmc 2GB

I am trying to partition my 2GB emmc using sgdisk to have a GPT partion table. The commands show success and also the GPT partition table looks updated (even on reboot) but the partitions are not ...
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How do I increase the amount of shrink size for a partition? [duplicate]

I have a 298 GB HDD and it shows that I have 179 GB free. When I try to shrink my C drive, it will only allow me to shrink 9474 Mb. How do I increase this number? I have already defrag the drive.
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Installing two different linux distros in the same hard drive

I have installed windows 7 and ubuntu 15.04 in my computer and I want to install kali linux in the remaining free space. That's what I have: Partition 1: Windows 7 (primary) Partition 2: Another ...
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About Partitions, Are They Just Glorified File Markers? [on hold]

Do files in a partition exist in their own section of the hard drive? Are they just glorified file markers that allow the computer to say "this is partition 1," "this is partition 2," etc.?
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one of the disks are raw in disk management on dual boot linux

I dual booted my windows 8 laptop with linux mint long time ago.Now the boot menu doesn't appear on starting the laptop.when i opened disk management i saw that i)there were four partitions without ...
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Automatically apply .dmg file from bootable USB to local disk

I have succesfully created a Yosemite package containing Microsoft Office, using AutoDMG. The .dmg file also successfully applies to the disk via the recovery partition on the USB drive. The thing is, ...
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Why Bytes Per Physical Sector : <Not Supported>

I'm trying to fight with mysterious Windows backup error "Volume larger than 2TB can be protected". I can be seen in internet but no solution. Users give advice to check with fsutil tool. Here are ...
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How do i restore the efi partition of windows 8 pc after deletion (no backup) [duplicate]

I was trying to install kali linux, which failed when I accidentally deleted the efi windows partition. Windows will no longer boot but I can boot from a live cd. I have windows 8.1 64 bit. Is there ...
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Harddrive not booting into desktop

One night 5 weeks ago my All in One computer froze and after several hours I did a hard shut down. When I rebooted the computer would not boot and I received error 0x000000f. I bought Easy RE for ...
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Restore deleted folder from wiped SSD?

I'm not sure what happened, but when I updated my BIOS and booted into Windows, part of SSD#0 is gone. Not just deleted, but turned into unallocated space. It's a Kingston SV300 240gb SSD, split into ...
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Is it possible to manually set the Windows system partition during installation?

I just finished installing Windows 10 preview, build 10130. But I wanted it to use its own system partition. Instead, it detected my other Windows installations and reconfigured the system partition ...
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i'm trying to install win 7 iso in another partition from my active harddrive

HI, first thanks to take a quick look here, i just need some help around, the issue : can't use my CD reader even USB :/ using right now win7 on C: and i wanna install it again from an iso in D: i ...
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How to boot Win 7 after uninstall partition MBR or GPT of Win 8 PC

i have a ASUS Laptop (windows 8.1). Now i already deleted windows 8 Operating System. now can't Install windows 7 Operating System. after selested partition disk have message "can't install".. So can ...
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DOS unformat memory issues

When I try to format an MSDOS 6.22 FAT16 partition (for restoration reasons, even with 3 AV installed, I get LOTS of virii), it goes about its business until UNFORMAT data is created. It says: ...
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showing unknown file system entering rescue mode .. grub rsescue

i have an error on the starting of my laptop screen window which is unknown file system entering rescue mode.. grub rescue< i had seen many videos on youtube which runs some command for resolving ...
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Creating lvm partition on raid

I have dedicated server with 3 ssd's (ubuntu 14.04) where are 2 raids. I want to make lvm partition for mysql. 20 gb mounted on / - raid 0 called device /dev/md1 (it is name of 3 ssd -- see below ...
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4TB GPT drive is raw

Let me give some background first before I get into the issue. A few days ago my PC died and after an hour of troubleshooting I finally confirmed that it was in fact the SSD, so I ordered a new. This ...
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I have too many partitions, and would like to have less, but some have a lot of data on them

I have a lot of data on my F: that I want to keep, and I would like to not have to reinstall windows on S:, since I have many softwares and drivers and updates. If I move all the data which is on F ...
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Win 8.1 setup program cannot any drive attached to my computer even I see them on Ubuntu Live CD

I try to install Win8.1 with a bootable USB. When I boot the PC with the Win8.1 DVD and select the Install Now option at the drive list there is no recognized drive to install OS even there are one ...
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Missing Operating System Win 7 RAID 0 setup

I have 2x1TB RAID 0 setup on an Asus P8Z77-V PRO Motherboard.Coming out of BIOS my PC just went to a blank screen "Missing Operating System". I have tried booting from the original Win 7 disk, ...
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Is there a performance difference when installing an OS on the last partition?

I have a laptop with Windows installed on a GPT hard drive. I want to have another partition to store data and yet another to install Linux Mint (or Ubuntu, still deciding). Should I install it on the ...
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Correcting drive letters after a partition clone

I have an old XP computer with 3 drives: Disk0 = C: D: E: F: (my current boot drive) Disk1 = I: (a data drive) Disk2 = J: K: L: M: (A new 2x bigger drive in an USB external case) J is a "partition ...
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Should a Linux Swap partition be on the RAID?

When setting up a new system, if I am planning on mirroring two hard drives, what should I do with the SWAP area? I can think of three things I can do... Do a mirror of the SWAP partition Stripe it ...
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How to Install Linux on unallocated partition

I have a disk 0 , which has 5 partitions. How should i convert the unallocated to ext4 partitions and then install ubuntu on it ? I used ubuntu tool gparted, but it does not help me to convert this ...
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How to install Win 8.1 to HDD as booting it from SSD? [duplicate]

I try to install Win 8.1 to my new computer with both SSD and HDD. I want to boot it from SSD but keep the all related files in HDD. Is it possible to choose such a scheme for the installation ? If ...
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I've messed up with dynamic partitions and I need to be able to backup some files

I had a dual boot of winxp on C, and win7 on S. All partitions are NTFS. It was in this order: C, S, (ext4 7gb partition), F. I originally wanted to remove C and the ext4 partition, to have one ...
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How to delete a OS from dual boot system without harming other one? [closed]

If there is a dual boot system ‘Windows-Linux’ or ‘Windows-Windows’, I mean in one HDD there are ‘a Windows 8.1 partition and a Windows 7 partition’ or ‘a Windows 8.1 partition and a Ubuntu ...
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partition drive not appearing in explorer

I originally had a 2 terabyte hard drive partitioned as a 256GB OSX partition, and a 1600~ Dynamic disc (shows up as two blocks on disc management) After i went on disc utility to delete my ...