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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Can't shrink or move linux partition “leftward” in gparted

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Bash scripting parted for GPT

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How do I boot from a different disk?

I have a working Debian installation. It boots from /sda using GRUB2, with the root partition on sda1. Its a standard install, nothing strange. I've added a 16GB mSATA device which appears as sdc. I ...
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MBR and GPT confusion: installing Debian on macbook air

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Cannot boot to old hard drive after installing SSD and Windows

I purchased an SSD and replaced the hard drive in my HP laptop. I then took the old HDD and installed it onto a caddy to my CD drive. When first booting up, my computer was able to recognize the ...
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How do I fix newly added hard drives in Disk Management? [on hold]

I've added some new hard drives to my ASUS-DELUXE motherboard running Win 64. Disk 0, (T:) has a 1.82GB NTFS Healthy Primary Partition and a blue bar over that but under a black bar it says 1861.20 ...
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Change Windows to different EFI partition

So I recently had to reinstall Windows on my dual-boot system after an unsuccessful change to different SSD for my Windows install. I have OpenSUSE on sda and Windows on sdd. My sda drive has a 156 MB ...
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RAW partitions to NTFS

i'v just installed windows 8.1 to a new laptop, i created 3 partitions on the hard drive during the installation process, after i installed the windows i can't find the other two partitions, it's only ...
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How to extend a Mint Linux partition on a dual boot config with Windows 8.1?

I had previously installed windows 8.1 on my hard drive, then I later unallocated some space like 15GB and installed linuxmint separately on that partition, How to extend the 15GB volume that I have ...
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How to show the hidden partitions in Ubuntu 14.04 installation?

I have a computer with Windows 7 and I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows. I have a 320GB harddisk partitioned like this: DISKPART> list volum ::N volume::::Ltr::::::Nom::::: ...
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Two partitions with the same letter from previous install

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How to install Windows 8 after Linux with UEFI

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Create extra partition for /var on an OpenVZ

I have an OpenVZ Debian Wheezy and I've learned that it's generally advised to create an own partition for /var, in order to prevent logs from filling the system partition. My question is if it is ...
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windows 8.1 won't boot after allocating free space from C drive

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How to force System Reserved to be created on the boot disk drive

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Dead flash drive, can't format or partition

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Partition has less shrink space than expected

I have a dual-boot OS setup with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. In the picture below, (C:) 376.14 GB is Windows 7, and Recovery (D:) is 21.87 GB is its recovery partition. I'm not sure what SYSTEM 300 MB is, ...
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grub2-install: “this GPT partition label contains no BIOS Boot Partition”

There seems to be quite a bit of discussion about this but I can't find a simple answer. When I try to install grub2 I get this error: # grub2-install /dev/sda Installing for i386-pc platform. ...
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SD card partition table and allocted sectors very broken

I'm very nearly at my wits end here, fdisk gives my this. Regardless of what i do, everything ive tried it comes back like this. The card even has some music on it and I can still play it. All i want ...
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How can I shrink the disk INSIDE VirtualBox?

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Installing Debian on my macbook air

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Swap Windows and Linux hard drives

Following situation: I have a laptop with a SSD and a HDD in it. Windows 8.1 is installed on the SSD The HDD holds a data partition Some weeks ago is tried to work with Linux an installed it at ...
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Will device-based “wear leveling” equalize access across both SSD partitions?

I can’t see that my specific point is covered by the “Wear Levelling” section in the answer to the earlier question Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD? I’ve been booting Windows 7 from a 32GB SSD ...
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How do I change my boot + system partitions?

I initially had an XP system several years ago. I installed Win7 on a different hard drive and I currently dual boot (though I have not used the XP partition in a very long time). Looking at my ...
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Mounts only 700 MB of 536 GB partition?

cfdisk reports two partitions of 536 GB and 858 GB. I mount both with: mount /dev/... /path The second mounts correctly. According to df -h, the first partition contains only 850 MB. How can I ...
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Intel RAID not detected after rebuilding PC - recovery options?

I'm running a RAID0 array on a Windows 7 PC with an Intel ICH10R SATA chipset, consisting of 4 x 4TB drives (plus a separate drive for the OS). I re-built my PC after getting a new case, and cleared ...
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Full Disk Encryption in existing Linux system without erasing any content from the drives

I am trying to achieve "Full Disk Encryption" in a already installed Linux system. I have come across with LUKS with dm-crypt, it can encrypt a drive/entire disk, but before encrypting it is ...
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How to maximize space on recycled external HDD?

My husband gave me his 4 year old external hard drive, a WD My Passport 0750, 1 TB, to use with my Windows 8 laptop. There is only 29.8 GB worth of free space and it has too many partitions. How do I ...
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Windows 8.1 fails to boot after Linux Mint 17.1 install

My brother wants to move to Linux, so he installed it on his second HDD. The second HDD was the boot sector drive, but Windows and all the data was on the first HDD. After installing, Linux would ...
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How to restore partitions and data after diskpart “clean” command?

I was on my way installing windows 7 alongside linux installation that was scattered over 3 partitions, namely: root, home and additional big partition for data files. I was trying to install windows ...
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Install windows on unallocated space (without formatting rest of partitions)

Situation: I had 2hdd, one was used for OS, the other was just storage divided in several partition. OS hdd was removed, so now I have pc without OS and data that I do not want to loose. ...
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Windows 7 bitlocker no TPM - don't want USB - are multiple partitions with unencrypted system partition an option?

I have a Windows 7 laptop without TPM chip --- have checked BIOS and machine spec - definitely no TPM chip :-( I need to run bitlocker. I understand that without TPM chip I can use a USB key at boot ...
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Fedora 21 reports root file system as 100% full, cannot use yum

When I try to use a yum command like yum update the terminal yields this: Error: Insufficient space in download directory /var/cache/yum/fedora * free 0 * needed 100 k When I ...
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rEFInd mountvol incorrect parameter

I had Ubuntu 14.04 on a single drive. Then, I felt like installing Windows 10 along side with Ubuntu. I resized the main Ubuntu partition and unallocated half of the safe. Then, I installed Windows 10 ...
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LVM: “Volume group is not consistent” and “Incorrect metadata area header” but volume still mountable

I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 with a volume group that has 4 disks in it: Incorrect metadata area header checksum on /dev/sde1 at offset 4096 Incorrect metadata area header checksum on /dev/sde1 at offset ...
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Accumulate all bad blocks and install OS in clean partition [duplicate]

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Windows 8 partition safe to delete

I'm fairly new to Windows since XP. After Windows XP, I happily moved to Linux. Now, I'm back and am looking to dual boot a new Windows 8 machine and am a little disoriented on the new partition ...
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HD Partitioning after a corrupted GPT table

My HD had 3 partitions, one of 20 GB for the OS, the second with 100 GB and the remaining space was used by the third. The thing is, the tables have been corrupted and now I can't access any of those ...
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Shrinking/Extending partitions in Windows 8.1

I have a 4TB HDD and it was partitioned like Partition 1 Unallocated 503GB Unallocated 4GB Partition 2 and I decided to extend second partition with these unallocated ones, BUT, such a problem ...
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Not able to create more than 7 partitions on the am335x(beaglebone black) based custom board

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How to clone the complete HDD except of one big Partition to a smaller hdd? [duplicate]

I have to replace a 250GB HDD with a 128GB HDD. There is a boot-loader partition witch loads several OS on other partitions. There is also a 140GB partition with important but not needed data on it. ...
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How to diagnose missing disk space?

I had a program installed: "Digital Lifeboat", which was a distributed backup service. The company closed up last year so I uninstalled the application. After uninstall, it left behind some folders ...
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Which partition contains my C drive? [closed]

I'm trying to install Windows 8 on my laptop (currently running Windows 7). I am presented with a dialog where two drives are shown, along with their sizes. I don't know which of the partitions ...
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Resize encrypted lvm volume and reallocate the space to windows partition

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Move Windows 8.1 to SSD drive and use both disks

I recently bought an SSD and now my laptop has HDD and SSD (using caddy). I used partition wizard to clone drive C:\ to SSD and also clone preserved partition. Now when i reboot, old windows loads ...
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Is there a way to retrieve data from a hard drive that was initialised but where no simple volume was created?

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windows 7 creating extended logical partition in disk manager causes computer not to boot (black screen)

I searched around and could not find a post or solution for the same situation I am having, so I am going to describe what happened/happens below: I have Windows 7 Home Premium installed on my Medion ...
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The place to store user data in Linux

Where to store the user data, such as documents, photos, music, videos, ebooks etc. in Linux? The main idea is to be able to reinstall & reformat the system drives in Linux without the fear of ...