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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How to format hard drive lenovo z360

So I want to format my hard disk and then reinstall windows 7. I'm using a lenovo Z360 Laptop with windows 7 sp1 installed on it. I know that there's a small protected partition that holds windows 7 ...
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How to build an sd card image, without an sd card?

We have a scripted process that builds up an embedded install of Debian Jesse on an sd card. The relevant parts of the script look like this: export DISK=/dev/sdb umount ${DISK}1 # make sure no ...
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Clonezilla: weird error about destination being smaller, though disks are identical

I want to clone a 1Tb disk which has some issues with the Win7 boot manager. I want to clone it so I can try some remedies on the cloned disk. The destination disk is also a 1Tb, empty disk. (Though ...
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Shrinking Windows 7 partition with \$Secure::$ATTRIBUTE_LIST unmovable file

After reading several questions and answers, disabling virtual memory, windows search and system restore, deleting the System Volume information folder, I am still not able to shrink my Windows ...
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Hard drive management and replacement

How do I switch between partitions on my hard drive without restarting? I got a new SSD that I want to put my OS on. I don't want to image my old hard drive because I want to leave behind any ...
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What do I do after directly copying an NTFS volume from one device to another with ddrescue?

I used ddrescue in a Ubuntu Live boot to rescue data from a failing 3TB external HDD formatted as NTFS. I had it copy the data directly to a new physical device, i.e. I didn't create an intermediate ...
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When deleting and reinstalling Windows 7 alongside Ubuntu, should I delete the SYSTEM partition?

I currently have a scenario where I use Linux (Ubuntu) actively, but need Windows to do CAD and ECAD. Windows picked up a virus, so I'm wiping out my current Windows 7 installation, and reinstalling ...
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Linux how to move space from one partition to another

I am not familiar with Linux OS configuration. I need you help to move more space from one partition to another. I have this disk usage right now: $ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail ...
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Simple way to wipe a partition in Windows

Is there some simple way to wipe a partition in Windows 8? I don't need military-grade security, but basic undelete tools should be unable to recover the data, so simply "overwriting everything once" ...
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reinstalling windows without affecting other partition

Followup to http://superuser.com/a/814091/129716 Does he mean that the partition structure will survive the reset but all the data on D: and E: (to use the example there) will be deleted? Or does it ...
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Lost part of HDD

I have two partitions, HD and HD 2, on my 500 GB SATA HDD. I added another partition, HD 3 for OS X Yosemite Beta. However, after installing the final OS X, I tried to delete HD 3. The partition got ...
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Does low free-disk space on HDD cripple computer performance?

I have 320 GB HDD on my computer. All drives are pretty full. The C drive has just 1.5 GB free space. Other drives have around 5-6 GB free space. Can this be the reason why my computer runs slow? I ...
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Recovering a Partition with data on it

So I stupidly deleted a partition when I was trying to join two partitions from the same disk together. It had been split up to a 100mb partition and the large hunk. This was my old drive that I used ...
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Error “Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition” when installing Win 7 on a laptop with SSD and HDD

I have Lenovo Y500 with 64GB SDD (for Linux, /dev/sda or Disk 0) and 1TB HDD (for Linux data and Windows, /dev/sdb or Disk 1). My HDD is partitioned like this: {empty space} ~292GB ext4 partition ...
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Truecrypt mount system drive from “outside”

i am trying to mount an encrypted system disk from a Winbuilder Win 8 live disk with Truecrypt 7.1a. The encrypted disk originally has a 100GB and a 400GB partition, but truecrypts mount dialogue ...
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What is swap partition

I read that the swap partition must have the double size of your RAM, that is optional to install, that is for hibernation mode only, several technical information that tells me what to do. I am using ...
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How to create space for linux dual-boot when I already have six partitions and C: in the middle?

I bought a Lenovo G50-70 with Windows 8 and I want to dual-boot it with a linux distribution. It has six partitions. In order: 1000 MB recovery partition 260 MB EFI partition 1000 MB OEM ...
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Formatting the SSD with one partition or two?

I am preparing to format all my drives and install the Windows 8.1 now that I purchased the 850 Pro 256GB. What I'm trying to ask is: Is it better to create a partition only for Windows (around ...
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safe to delete EFI system partition (win7) on old drive after cloning?

a while back I cloned my old installation of win7 from my HDD to a new SSD using the tools provided by Samsung (if I remember correctly). I know I should have done a clean new install, but that's not ...
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How can I manage partitions on Windows 7 Install?

On my home desktops I have an SSD as a primary disk, then a larger SATA disk as a secondary. The thing is, when I install Windows 7 on the SSD, the 100MB "System Reserved" system partition is built on ...
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How to recognize the start and end of a zpool partition on byte/HDD block level or with broken GPT?

In case the GPT of a HDD has been deleted and possibly some partitons, but not the one that should be found with the answer to this question (because it is right in the middle of the HDD and writing ...
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How can a bootable partition be created for Windows installation media on an external HDD?

Now I'm not talking about a backup image or creating a partition that holds the entire OS to boot from, just to clarify. What I'm asking for is taking the Windows installation media, plopping that ...
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Asus laptop clean install

The title might be a bit low on information but I couldn't make up my mind on how to explain the issue in one line. I want to install a clean Windows 8.1 on my Asus laptop. Everything is ready to go, ...
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HDD only visible from Linux, GParted says “unallocated partition”

My Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB HDD suddenly is unrecognized by Windows 7. It's an external My Book drive, but plugging it vía USB from his case is unrecognized by Windows 7 or Linux, so I have to ...
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Undo Partitioning on Mac OS X Mavericks Hard Drive

I installed rEFIt and was dual-booting various Linux operating systems for the past half a year or so. When Yosemite Beta came out I made the mistake of simply overwriting my Mac OS X partition (I ...
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Trouble seeing partitions on HD transplanted into windows 8.1

I have a 3T drive that was in an XP system. Due to XP's limitations, this was partitioned into 2T and 750G pieces. Of course the XP machine is being retired, so the drive has been transplanted into ...
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How to make RAID 1 of system partition win7?

I just made a mirror of my system partition as shown on screenshot, but I don’t know how to mirror reserved 100mb hidden partition: I want my system boot normally if I remove one of the hard ...
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Windows 7 does not boot - cannot reinstall [on hold]

After the latest update, my laptop with Windows 7 cannot boot. I plugged the Windows 7 USB in order to re-install them. However, in the "Where do you want to install Windows" question, there are the ...
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Not able to reallocate memory in hard drive through disk management. hard disk partition not booting

I had linux and windows 7 dual booted in my system after which i thought to remove linux ubuntu due to grub problem so i overwritten the loader to get back my windows 7 to use since i was not able to ...
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Weird Windows Partition Problems: Partition inaccessible to Windows, but fine everywhere else

So, I have a bit of a problem and no amount of searching could find the answer. That's shame, because I have horrendous social anxieties and usually I'll fix something myself, if I can. The issue ...
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Will it degrade my SSD life if I use a dualboot of Windows and Ubuntu?

I read somewhere that SSDs weren't made to be partitioned, and I have no idea about the validity of that affirmation. I have just installed Windows on a Samsung 840 EVO 250Gb SSD, and I want to ...
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I can't add an unallocated partition to my primary partition

I have a 40.00 GB sized unallocated partition and is ticking me off because I can't extend my primary (C:) Partition. I checked on C: context menu and it will not let me extend it. I do know that the ...
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VirtualBox VDI's max size exceeds the host's hard drive size

I had a major oops moment that led to my VirtualBox guest VM's hard drive being larger than the host's hard drive. I rushed through reading the commands for resizing a virtual hard drive. As such, I ...
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Does Windows optimise differently for SSD installation?

I have two solid state hard drives in two different laptops, a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB and a Crucial MX100 512GB. I got the Samsung first and in that machine it absolutely flies, with a Windows rating ...
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Windows 8.1 start-up logo replaced with Toshiba logo after changing partition type to gpt and boot mode to UEFI mode

I have an Toshiba Satellite L850-1LL and I decide to install Windows 8.1 x64 to see how it works. First I've installed on CMS Mode and mbr disk partition style and there was logo of Win 8.1 Then I ...
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All change for UEFI/GUID? Windows 7 and Linux new build multi-boot.

Thanks to all for creating such a useful and interesting website. I notice quite a lot of Linux, W7 and UEFI experts on this forum so I'm wondering if I can get a little input and advice ahead of my ...
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Problems formatting USB stick to be bootable (with PeToUSB and Linux)

I'm trying to make a USB stick installation disk for Windows XP. I've done this several times before (using this method), but now it's failing, and I don't know why. The only thing that's going wrong ...
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Reuse broken disk

My Western-Digital hard drive (WDC WD3200BEVT-80A0RT1) got broken yesterday. I don't care about the data on it, but I want to reuse this disk. As long as I do not have Windows installation DVD anymore ...
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External HD not accessible. What could have gone wrong?

I have a WD My Passport 1 TB HD which I purchased around an year ago. Two days ago, I copied a few files from my laptop (running Win 8.1) to this hard disk and then ejected it safely. I gave it to a ...
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How create new partition on an unallocated space using diskpart?

I want to install windows 7 on an unallocated space made by shrinking an extended partition. the problem is that windows setup can't create new partition on unallocated space. how I can create a ...
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Prevent Lenovo recovery to wipe out every personal data

So I have a lenovo T430s with a C and a Q partition. C is for system and Q is for recovery. My plan is to create a D partition with Windows disk management tool where I can save my personal data then ...
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testdisk and load backup of partition table?

I have a new disk, so I wanted to see how the testdisk backup works. After partitioning and formatting the disk with gksu gparted /dev/sdc, this is what I get: $ sudo fdisk -lu /dev/sdc Disk ...
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Dual boot with a x86 OS and a x64 OS

I have a PC with Windows 7 x64 pre-installed on it. I want to install Windows 7 x86, but I don't want to do it over the current one or to loose my Recovery Partition. So I figured that I'll use ...
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First 0x7E00 bytes on USB flash drive have become invisible

I have somehow managed to make the first 0x7E00 bytes (63 sectors) of my USB flash drive invisible to every program in Windows XP. I have tried about 15 different disk editors and tried a lot of MBR ...
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How to fix my hard drives

I’ve installed an extra hard drive into the pc so basically this is the setup. I had a 1 TB partitioned hard drive installed already and the pc was running brilliant until I needed more space and ...
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Write back partition being resized

I have problem with my mac it don,t boot. After some research i find out that it mark partition as crashed and want to check it. But while checking it say invalid sibling link and can't repair because ...
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Are 9 Partitions on a 500 GB HDD too many?

I have 9 partitions on a 500 GB SATA 7200 RPM HDD. I did this few years back to keep things in order. I was also not sure if individual folders instead of Partition would hold 40 GB Up to 100 GB or ...
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How to add additional space in primary partition without deleting secondary partition

I two partitions on my harddisk 1) C: 2 D: C drive is full now and D drive also contain data, what i want to do is to add some additional space to C by getting space from D drive. Is it possible ...
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Using QEMU to install DOS on the second partition of a real HDD - Can it be done?

I've recently been trying to put DOS on an old HDD I've got lying around. Trouble is, it's already got Windows 98 on it. I resized the 98 partition down and made another for DOS. This is where I hit ...
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Duplicate disk shows in explorer, not in disk management

I have a case where a duplicate of one of my drive somehow gets listed in my file explorer. As per below, the file explorer and get-psdrive will show an H: drive that is the same as K: Also this H: ...