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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Changing system partition to another hard drive

I recently bought a new 1TB hard drive (labelled D:) and cloned it with my 160GB main system hard drive (labelled C:). Now I want to replace my old 160GB hard drive (C:) with my new 1TB hard drive ...
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Debian partitions on an SD card - how to fix?

Here's the output of sfdisk -l: Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 242560 cylinders, 4 heads, 16 sectors/track Units: cylinders of 32768 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0 Device Boot Start End ...
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USB stick boot up won't work. Again

I am planning to wipe my laptop and I am using a Ubuntu Live USB. However, my USB won't show in my boot list. Not even in BIOS setup. I need a way to fix it. Should I continue this way or use a ...
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Lenovo laptop doesn't go beyond boot screen, can't enter BIOS menu

My Lenovo U510 was originally installed with Windows 8, and I wanted to dual boot Ubuntu alongside it, so I shrunk the existing Windows volumes (there's an SSD and a HDD) slightly in order to make ...
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Need help :Drive missing (E;, F:) after the reboot on windows7

i am getting similar issue described in below link: http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/drive-missing-d-f-g-after-reboot-windows-7-pgp I did a shrink on the C: drive, and created new volumes (E, ...
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Does resizing partitions cause damage?

I plan on resizing already-separated partitions. Let's say that there is partition A and partition B on drive C:. All of drive C: is NTFS, and drive C: is, in total, 1 TB. Partition A has 400 GB, and ...
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How can I partition out damaged sectors on a HDD? [duplicate]

So the idea I had is that I want to create a partition with only or at least all the damaged sectors on a HDD (if only damaged sectors are not possible, then a few normal ones are ok as well) and the ...
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move a windows OS partition to another partition of the same size

I want to move my windows partition to another drive that is already partitioned (including a 100 mb partition at the start of the disk and a partition of the same size as the original windows ...
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Cannot partition my hard drive

I'm trying to install CentOS 7 on my laptop, but I've got a problem partitioning the hard drive. Though here's writen the there is 2.49 MB of available space and 476.94 GB of total space, when I try ...
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Cannot remove partitions - losing disk space

I am using Windows 7 Pro, I have a 2GB micro SD card which I put a Arch Linux image (iso) on using win32diskimager. _ I no longer care about the iso image or any contents on this drive, I want it ...
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Windows 8: Drive partition is missing

wanted to run 2 operating systems on the same laptop so downloaded manjaro ( I have windows 8). When i opened 'Gparted' (after booting manjaro) in order to partition my disk i got the message ...
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Can I delete this partition?

I have an HP Laptop that came with an OEM version of windows vista. I have set it up to dual boot with windows XP. Therefore there are 2 primary partitions. There is also one more primary partition ...
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How to use testDisk to fix partitioning trouble

I have Laptop Dell with Winodows 7 as primary OS. Also, I have Ubuntu as dual booting with Windows. I got booting trouble. I can't access to my files in both Windows and Ubuntu. My hope is testDisk to ...
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Is installing a different distro over ubuntu on a dualboot system possible? Or deleting partition necessarily?

I run a dualboot with ubuntu 14.04 and windows 8.1. I messed up the ubuntu and now I'm going to install elementary OS instead of ubuntu. I wounder how I should do it in the easiest way possible ...
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How to backup Dell's partitions (PBR Image and WINRETOOLS) using Linux?

My HDD recently crashed and I can't access my Windows 8 PRO partition anymore, so I bought a SSD to reinstall it. The problem is that my Windows is OEM and I need to backup the PBR Image and ...
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Harddisk reinstalled - can data be recovered?

We have a laptop here which had Ubuntu installed on it. When it came back we removed the old partitions, created a new one and installed Windows 7 on it. This install is still fresh. Will it be ...
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Lost partition restoration [duplicate]

While trying to install my bios update on windows 7 the installation program made an automated allocation for 8GB(volume 2 partition 2 of Type Fat32). But the allocation happened by substracting these ...
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grub-mkconfig doesn't detect /boot

lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 596.2G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 25G 0 part /mnt/arch ├─sda2 8:2 0 2M 0 part ├─sda3 8:3 0 4.5G 0 part ...
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USB not showing up, switching from Ubuntu 14.10 to Windows 7

My PC came with Ubuntu 14.10, I'm trying to make a bootable Windows 7 USB. I've heard that I need to downgrade to 13.10 to get WinUSB to work since it just simple WILL NOT WORK no matter what I do, ...
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Why does copying files from one partition to another of the same disk take time?

Applying my general understanding if partitioning is done within the same physical hard drive, copying data from one partition to another should involve only changing indexes to where the GUI ...
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Can't install Windows 7, software center crashing

This computer came with Ubuntu installed and I want to install Windows 7 from a USB. For some reason it won't let me. I've mounted the ISO onto the USB and tried to boot from it (with safe boot ...
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Can I recover data from a clobbered NTFS volume? [duplicate]

First of all, yes, I know I'm a moron. Long story short, I overwrote the first few dozen megabytes of a 2 terabyte disk, clobbering the partition table and beginning of an NTFS partition. It's all ...
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Partitioning Linux Mint Cinnamon [closed]

I am installing Linux Mint Cinnamon for the first time and need some help figuring out the best way to partition everything. I have a 120 GB SanDisk Ultra II SSD and 6 GB of RAM. I have no need to ...
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Is dd's extended size notation ignored when bs=<value> is set?

On linux the man page for dd claims: N and BYTES may be followed by the following multiplicative suffixes: c=1, w=2, b=512, kB=1000, K=1024, MB=1000*1000, etc up to M, GB, T, P, E, Z, Y. But ...
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Can't bood freebsd install

I have an amd64 architecture, three hard disks and grub2 in efi mode. FreeBSD is installed in the third disk using a gpt layout with another partition that doesn't contain an OS: partition 1 (NTFS) ...
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OEM partition of 465 GB in a 1TB disk, too big - how to resize it?

I just bought a new computer and I installed a windows 8 and I would to install a Windows Server 2012 in another partition in my PC, but there is this OEM partition that is occupying half of the ...
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How can a 3TB HDD show its capacity as 2.72TiB when using MBR partitioning?

I recently purchased an external disk drive with 3 terabytes (2.72 TiB) of storage capacity. Now according to Wikipedia's article on MBR, the maximum addressable storage space on a disk formatted ...
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Lenovo Y50-70 w/ Windows 8.1: What to do before deleting the D: partition?

I would like to use the space on the Lenovo's Y50-70's D: drive, for installing there Ubuntu 14. This is how the laptop's partitioning looks, out-of-the-box: And from Ubuntu: Before doing so, ...
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How to recreate a partition that has incorrect struture on Lenovo G700

While trying to resstore my OS I g et this message: "The program cannot restore the system partition because its structure is incorrect. You may have to recreate the partition to continue." How ...
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Thinkpad x220 restore factory settings after installing ubuntu

I've been using ubuntu in dual boot for a while now and it works great. I've got a new laptop and I want to bring my old x220 to factory settings. The problem is that I can't find this option. ...
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Accidentally written a small bootable image to an external HD, deleted it and now have a large 'unallocated partition'. What are my options?

I was trying to get a 65MB bootable image (Nook Manager, for rooting my Nook ebook reader) to write to an SD card in Win32 Disk Imager. Somehow it must have selected my external HD and written the ...
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How to hide very large size folder or even a partition in windows 7 x64 in undiscoverable way?

How to hide the very large folder with size near 70 GB in windows 7 x64 and also a partition d for example. so is there a way which the folder will be undiscoverable in, I think with such this way I ...
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Can I reduce the free space on my windows 8 Restore partition?

I recently did a hard drive clone from the out-of-the-box HDD of my new laptop to a smaller SSD. The cloning software (Acronis True Image HD) handled the resizing of the primary partition to make it ...
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Add unallocated space to free space

The Free space was a partition with Linux, so I just deleted the partition (didn't have a "Format" option) and it became "Free". Then I just shrank the D:// drive with some 50 GB. Now I want to add ...
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Cannot extend non-system bitlocker partition

The "Extend Volume" command is greyed out when trying to extend a Logical NTFS drive, despite there being unallocated free space to the right with nothing in the way. Is this because of Bitlocker? I ...
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recover partition after resize

I booted from HBCD, tried to resize the partition and finally it failed. The first partition is ok, but the second is missing. When I click on the second, Windows wants to format it. If I use a ...
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After installing Fedora Linux using Asus vivobook, cannot access OS

3 days ago, I installed Fedora on my Asus Vivobook s551. After the installation, I could not enter either the Linux OS nor the original Windows 8.1 OS! I need to access my original operating system, ...
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How Do Those 4TB External Hard Drives Have One Partition Yet Work In XP?

Usually I'm able to answer my own questions by looking at the forums here and other places as well as searching online; but this one seems elude me. I'm going to focus specifically on the Seagate ...
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How to help windows detect hidden drive after bios update?

After I reinstalled windows, I updated the bios using an update executable from the hp drivers website. It changed the legacy boot drives to raid, and I was unable to boot into windows, however I am ...
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Macbook resizeVolume and rEFInd won't work

I am on a macbook pro, late 2012. I had installed linux on my mac on a separate partition which I created using diskutil. Then I formatted my mac one day and now everything seems to have changed. I ...
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Format ext3 partition to NTFS and merge it with another one in Windows 8.1

A few months ago I had Linux and Windows OS on one HDD. Now I don't use the Linux and I want to format the partition to NTFS and merge it with the Windows one or at least be able to use it with ...
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Truecrypt: Knowing if a drive is crypted or not and how truecrypt handles drives

I've got a laptop with 2 116gb drives on it. I've done a full system encryption with truectypt, but I'm not sure if truecrypt has encrypted both of them or not. When I go in the menu Tools-->Volume ...
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How much memory of the minimum requirement of 20 GB hard disk space for installing windows 7 can be used as storage space by the user?

How much memory of the minimum requirement of 20 GB hard disk space for installing windows 7 can be used as storage space by the user? Is that 20GB used entirely by the windows installation as the ...
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How to dump a Windows XP image onto a brand new and no partition hard disk drive

I am trying to replicate a BSoD. I want to be able to restore a Windows XP imaged file onto a fresh hard disk drive without partitioning or initializing it. or Is there a way that I can blank ...
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I've got my MBR on a different drive to my system drive so I need two hard drives to keep my system operational

System: Lenovo E20 Thinkstation 2.93Ghz Xeon / 12GB memory dual 1TB drives. Radeon 5750 GPC Win 7 Ultimate SP1. Ok first off my system is operating fine, but it worries me because it's a bit ...
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Partitioning issue after HDD to SSD sector copy and swap in Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

Recently decided to replace my nearly full 500GB hard disk drive with a 1TB SSD to breathe some new life into my mid-2010 MacBook Pro. I used a “toaster”-style drive cloner (Dyconn Dubbler) to do a ...
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NTFS “desyncronisation” with Linux and Windows

I have common data partition (D:\ in Windows) with NTFS shared by Linux and Windows 7, where Windows is on it's own OS partition (C:\) with NTFS too and Linux (Ubuntu) is on ext4. Because I do spend ...
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Add partition to dynamic disk with 4 partitions already?

I'm thinking about dual-booting Win 8.1 and Xubuntu, but I have encountered a problem. I have 4 partitions already on my HP Laptop, laid out like so: ...
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Unable to format HDD; Partitions & contents are retained after formatting

I have a Seagate Laptop HDD which I want to format. Since I encountered problems formatting it while installing Windows 7, removed it and connected to PC using USB adapter. Tried the following: ...
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Will Steam not run if its partition is copied to another using dd?

If I have Steam installed on one windows partition and then I copy that windows partition into another partition using dd, will Steam not run in that new partition? If so is there a way to fix it?