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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Restore [non-boot drive] root directory from kernel image

Accidentally overwrote the root directory on a 2nd drive, .. but the subdirectories are still there [i.e. cd to a subdirectory drive is successful]. Problem is, the root directory in the partition is ...
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Can't access Boot Camp partition on Macbook Pro after removing Ubuntu

Up until several weeks ago on my Macbook Pro (mid 2012) I could switch with no problems between OS X, Ubuntu and Windows 7 (installed through Boot Camp) using rEFInd. Then I decided to remove the ...
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Preferred linux partition sizes on modern systems

How much should I allocate for / (root/boot) in 2015? Do I need to account for additional programs to be installed in this partition? I don’t want this to be a discussion about the size of the swap ...
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how to free up recovery disk in win8.1

my laptop(lenovo yoga 11s,win8.1)has more than 15g for healthy recovery partition, and in the mean time I am running low on my c disk. I was wondering if there is a way I could free up some recovery ...
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Shared data partition for dual boot, multiple hard drives [on hold]

What is the best way to approach doing a dual-boot (Windows + Linux) with one SSD and one HDD? Naturally I would partition the SSD to have Windows and Linux. I want the separate HDD to be for data, ...
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Set cloned drive letter to C

I want to switch my laptop HDD from the current 640GB device to a new 480 SSD HDD. So I've shrinked and cloned my windows partition to the new disk; 100MB boot partition too I've also set up the MBR ...
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Getting Dual-boot to work on (non?) UEFI system.

This is the first time I'm working on a Laptop with UEFI so bear with me. I'm gonna bullet-point this to make it quick: HP Envy 6 Windows 7 Preinstalled Default BIOS setting: Legacy Support - ...
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Unsupported GPT detected. Use GNU Parted

I'm installing Android-x86 in Dell XPS on SSD disk. I use GPT on SSD disk as follows with using gparted. $ sudo parted -l /dev/sdb Model: ATA SAMSUNG SSD CM85 (scsi) Disk /dev/sdb: 32.0GB Sector ...
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Switching Distros while keeping /home

Curious question, is it possible to switch to another distro while keeping your home directory if you have the partitions on separate disks? Currently I am running fedora and want to change to Manjaro ...
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Windows 10 Technical Preview worst case scenario

I'm planning on installing Windows Technical Preview on a dual boot on my (gasp) primary Windows 8.1 laptop. Naturally, the repeated cautions relating to this pre-release software have made me ...
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Create virtual disk from some of the partitions on physical device

I am in the process of migrating windows installation to a VM. On the physical device with windows, there are two partitions: /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2. There's also a large amount of free space ...
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invalid partition table - recursive partition on /dev/sdc

I'm using Linux Mint 17.1 and it takes lot of time to start up and also want lot time for boot from usb of Linux Mint 17.1 and gparted saying "Invalid partition table - recursive partition on ...
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Linux mount point for shared data partition in multiboot

I am following up on the top answer in this old thread: Partitioning a Linux based system I just want to ask what mount point I should assign to the shared data partition when installing the first ...
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Debian and Win 8.1 Dual Boot (Separate HDD)

Im trying to install Debian on my new laptop. I have a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD. Windows is on the SSD, and i want to install debian on the other drive. My problem is, when i install debian, i put the ...
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What to do when windows D partition has been deleted? [duplicate]

I have made a big mistake - I accidently deleted the D partition and formatted it to NTFS. Is there a way to recover my data? Is this partition needed by the OS? Can I live without it?
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Free space from C drive due to wrong installation

I am totally new to Ubuntu and stuff. I tried installing it from USB, changed setting and when I tried to install It gave me three options remove windows and install ubuntu, install alongside windows ...
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swap file vs partition

I needed some more swap for something I'm doing so I set up a swap file rather than editing partitions. Are there any disadvantages to using a swap file instead of a swap partition? My OS is ...
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SSD seems to be read-only, nothing can be written to it (linux ext4 filesystem)

After two week of normal use my new SSD began to work strange. Now it seems that no file is written to it. An example: root@hooker3:~# mount |grep ssdhome /dev/sda3 on /ssdhome type ext4 ...
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Trying to create two LVM groups using Preseed

Here's the trick of what I'm trying to do. I have VMs that I'm going to use to test a product feature. Testing that product feature requires that I configure the disks in different ways. My plan is to ...
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in time of dual boot,showing no disk parttion

In my laptop, hard disk is 500GB. two partition 100GB and 50GB, rest of the place is unallocated. In 100GB drive, windows 8 has instilled. i want to do dual boot by Ubuntu 14.04. in time of ...
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Install Ubuntu 14 alongside Fedora 21 [on hold]

Im trying to install Ubuntu 14. I have installed Fedora 21. When the installer asks to replace fedora or do something else, I choose do something else, then I get to the following sreen: ...
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Layouting a disk image and copying files into it

Before asking here, I tried to search on SU/SE and Google without success. This is the closest thing I got. Basically, I'm trying to do the following: - create a disk image of about 128MB; - create ...
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windows 8.1 (64 bit) on a MBR Disk Partition

Can I install win8.1 64bit on a mbr disk partition?? I am tring to install win8.1 enterprize 64bit through a bootable DVD. But my problem is that can only be installed on a gpt disk partition. But my ...
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Windows 8.1 thinks my partitions are SSDs

I just removed an SSD from a PC so that I could put it into my "new-used" laptop. With the SSD, I had simply cloned my System and Windows partitions to partitions onto the HDD as a backup/recovery ...
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Partitioning for linux - How should I go about it?

This is what the current system looks like: As you can see, I have just a single 'C' parition which I can expect to divide further. Is it safe to shrink this partition to ~350GB, and use the rest ...
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Windows 8.1 stuck at startup after deleting the OEM partition (Intel Rapid Storage technology crash)

I have a Lenovo U410 laptop which have a 1TB hdd and a 32gb ssd. The ssd is used for speeding up the startup time with Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The partition table for the SSD looked something ...
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laptop couldn't see SSD [closed]

I'm using Samsung NP355V5C-S0VRU laptop. I want to format it, but laptop couldn't see it. It's AMD Radeon R7 series 480GB SSD and I bought it 4-5 months ago. What's the problem are you thinking? ...
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Can't Format PenDrive(SanDisk Cruzer Blade)

Plz read complete question before marking Duplicate. I have a Sandisk Cruzer Blade 16GB Pendrive(No warranty left). It have one movie file in it now, though copyable, not playable. Problem is I can't ...
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NTFS log file specified size too small?

I was checking my disks and it (chkdsk X: /v /l /x /b) says the log file size (65536 kB - default size) is too small, in each of my partitions, so I doubled it, and redoubled it, and it's now it's 1MB ...
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Validate my plan to load factory.wim onto a new SSD without messing up the current installation

I have a Dell XPS laptop with Win7 Home Premium and just bought a 128Gb SSD drive. I'd like to start with a factory windows image on the new drive, but also don't want to jeopardize the current ...
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How do I convert an EFI System Partition into a normal GPT partition?

I had a Windows 8.1 that required a re-install. In the process, my 4TB secondary disk is now showing up in Disk Management as an EFI System Partition, with no volume. In DISKPART, a volume is shown, ...
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Computer won't boot after Windows Update prompt to restart (Win8.1)

My DIY Win8.1 PC prompted me to do a restart yesterday during normal usage to install updates. Once the restart occurred, though, my PC has not been able to boot into Windows. It used to just show the ...
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Full encryption of multi user Linux Mint Installation and separatly encrypted homes

I have installed my Linux Mint System multiple times already with manual partioning and with full encryption in place. (A good tutorial and/or automatic script, that gives you a better control of the ...
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Explore contents of Live USB(Ubuntu) from other OS(Ubuntu)

I have made a LIVE USB of Ubuntu OS (latest) . I booted form USB stick and saved some data in the pen drive. Now I booted my Ubuntu OS from my Laptop. Suppose now I want to access the data stored in ...
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How can a partial image backup or restore be performed?

I want to carve out some of the unused space on the Windows partition of my computer for other use. After defragmenting the free space, there are unmoveable files roughly in the middle of the ...
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How to install Ubuntu server on a partition

I have an empty partition and i want to install Ubuntu Server into it. However, when I have to choose the disks, it only lists guided and manual. If I use guided, then it uses up my whole hard drive. ...
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Files take up more space on one drive than another?

I have about 1.5TB of files on one external hard drive (a WD My Passport Slim). I copied these files onto another drive (an internal drive, a WD Red, that I have attached externally via an adapter). ...
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Windows 10 Tech Preview error: “Windows cannot be installed on MBR disks”. My hard drive is GPT. Why am I getting this error?

I'm trying to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview from a USB drive. The hard drive I'm trying to install on has multiple partitions and is formatted with a GPT partition table. When I start up ...
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Recover data from deleted Macintosh HD partition from linux

Sad story. Accidentally i remove my single partition from my macbook. It was done from recovery mode. Recovery partition is also gone :-( now i have only option as internet recovery, it will ...
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Ubuntu partition sizes

Today I bought a Lenovo G510 Laptop (4GB Ram, 500GB Hard Drive) and need install both Ubuntu and Windows 7. I have some questions regarding this. What OS should I install first ? What are the ...
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Partition hidden after installation of linux

I tried to install a linux on a partition I made and couldn't complete the process due to some technical problems. I then aborted the installation and went back into booting via windows 8. Now the ...
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copied boot partition to ssd and windows fails to boot

I just got an ssd, my main drive has 2 partitions. The second one stores some large installed apps, but nothing should be used for bootup that I know of(there maybe a few things, not sure, but ...
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external drive, NTFS volume not visible via Linux (OpenSUSE 13.2)

I have an external 3TB drive. I have, connected to a Windows 7 machine, created a new partition (GUID partition table) and formatted the volume with NTFS. So far so good, I can now use the new ...
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Dead Partition Recovery?

I have a hard drive that seems to have lost it's partition. Everything is wanting to just recover "RAW" data which, if I understand RAW data accurately that does me no good as I need to recover the ...
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Ubuntu install hangs after creating partitions

I've been trying to install Ubuntu for quite some time now with no success. I was trying for a while with an older version, but now I'm trying with 14.04. I've tried to boot from a CD, but that ...
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Storing many files as one

I want to keep hundreds of thousands of small files into one image because copying and moving such a load is a nightmare. I want to be able to mount this image under both Windows and Linux and create ...
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Mystery partitions with dynamic disk RAID 1

I have mystery hidden partitions at the beginning and end of the hard drives in my Windows RAID 1 volume and I am trying to find out what their purpose is. Here is the scenario - Before installing ...
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How do you wipe unpartitioned disk space?

I can wipe a single partition: dd if="/dev/zero" of="/dev/sdaX" or I can wipe the whole disk along with all partitions on it: dd if="/dev/zero" of="/dev/sda" But what if I wanted to keep my ...
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Merge two unallocated spaces

I'm wondering if I could merge two unallocated spaces as shown in the picture below: Even by using any third-party application? Thanks!
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What is the use of a Read Only partition?

What is the use of a read-only partition? I am particularly interested in gpt-formatted disks. If the partition is read-only, then data cannot be written to it. If we're reading data from it, then how ...