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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Removing Win8 partition and recovery partitions

I am planning to remove my Windows partition from my dual boot. After asking here I learned that my Win8 License key is stored in the Bios and all I need is to create a bootable stick if I ever wish ...
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Can't install Windows 7 x64 on SSD drive

The title explains my whole problem, I had Windows 7 installed multiple times on the same SSD drive. But when I attempted to reinstall it last night it gives me this error(translated from dutch): We ...
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How to remove undeletable USB drive partition

I received a free 2 GB USB from my school and was wondering if I can remove the small partition of 6 MB that they reserved to store a html file that will take me to a website link for information ...
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Installing Windows From Windows

So here is my issue. I'm looking to install my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium to a Secondary Hard Drive currently installed in my PC. I have partitioned my 3TB(MBR) into two separate Partitions one ...
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How best to iron out disk I/O lag cause?

Running luksCrypt (which I know causes some lag esp. with my -c serpent-xts-plain64 -s 512 -h whirlpool setup) but as of late lag has become very much more noticeable. I use xfs and lvm on this ...
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Which tools can perform cross platform external disk encryption? [on hold]

With TrueCrypt headed out the door, which cross platform tools can one use to transparently encrypt a partition on an external disk? Personally I'm looking for both OS X and Linux support though I ...
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GRUB Bootloader not loading

I had 2 partitions Partition 1 - Ubuntu Partition 2 - Empty So I installed Windows 8 on 'Partition 2' and now I can't load the Ubuntu OS as it directly loads Windows. How do I get back the Grub ...
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Add disk to (and increase size of) bitnami owncloud storage

I am using bitnami owncloud in a virtualbox environment and the installation is on a 2 TB disk. I would like to add another disk (1 TB) and have the actual storage of owncloud files on the secondary ...
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Unable to start windows 10 technical preview

Few time ago, I have installed windows 10 technical preview and it worked perfectly for the first two weeks. After that, it began restarting every few hours saying that windows 10 has expired. I have ...
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HDD extremely slow although SMART seems to be healthy

I've had this hard drive for over two years now. A week ago, it decides to slow down to a crawl in Windows - even after doing the usual things to fix it (disabling Superfetch, closing programs, etc.) ...
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File Allocation for VM

I'm running Kali Linux as a virtual machine inside Oracle's Virtualbox. I've allocated 40GB of hard drive space, file type: VirtualBox Disk Image; Dynamicallly Allocated. On the VM it is showing the ...
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How to resize boot partition on ubuntu 14.10 using gparted

I have Ubuntu 14.10 installed on my pc of 500GB HDD. I created a seperate boot partition and now its running low on space while upgrading to 15.04. I even tried cleaning out spaces, still its not ...
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Installing Red Hat based OS on mbr disk

I currently have installed Windows XP and Linux Mint 17 on my laptop. My disk is MBR type because of Windows XP. I have installed linux mint without any problems, but now I am trying to install Red ...
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Merge two partition without gparted on Centos 6.*

I have been trying to merge two partitions on my centos 6 virtual machine. I have only command line access to this machine. My system look like this: [x@x-y ~]$lsblk NAME ...
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Missing Partition With Recovery Files

I have a 3TB internal hard drive. It was an MBR initialized disk (which doesn't support hard drives over 2TB. You can however use a scheme to make the 3rd Terabyte its own partition. I did so by using ...
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Does disk partitioning impact performance? [duplicate]

I will soon buy a 4 TB HDD and I am wondering if I should split it since it has so much space. My question is: will doing this affect my computer's performance? If I would keep everything in one disk, ...
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Linux partitioning with SSD and HDD

I bought a SSD to re-install Linux Mint on it and use my old HDD to store my personnal data...This way my computer might run faster. I will to partition the disks as follow. / on SSD /home on HDD ...
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What happens to sectors marked as bad when HDD is repartitioned? [duplicate]

If I have an HDD with some bad sectors and I format the disk (from Windows) or re-partition the disk, will bad sectors still be marked as bad?
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How to make partition in windows 8 hard disk? [duplicate]

I have a 1TB hard disk with windows 8.1 running on it. I want to create a partition(preferably of the size around 20 GB) from my C drive to install a linux Operating System along with windows(Dual ...
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Windows installation doesn't detect drive, BIOS and Parted Magic does

Setup: Intel NUC today (model DN2820FYKH) Value Kingston 8GB DDR3L Samsung SSD 840 EVO It starts up okay, BIOS reports correct amount of RAM as well as connected drives. I followed Intel ...
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Pros and cons of creating a partition in Windows [closed]

Recently I got asked by my non-tech neighbour to "create D drive on his notebook". I asked why does he want to do that and got answered back, that it prevents viruses. OK, I explained him this case, ...
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Can't shrink or move linux partition “leftward” in gparted

I have a partition that is completely full, and there is no unallocated space on either side of it to "expand into". So want to shrink one adjacent partition, maybe "scoot" the data over on the ...
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Increase size of a vdi fixed disk, used for a virtualized ubuntu server

I have a fixed vdi disk in an ubuntu server (it's a virtual machine, i'm using virtualbox for handle this from my ubuntu desktop so). I installed a lot of things, and the disk is full (i wasn't pretty ...
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How to make one partition of a multiple partition usb flash drive bootable?

So I have a usb flash drive and I created two partitions on it and I wanted to make one partition of it bootable. I tried using rufus and burned an iso file on it but it made the whole usb bootable. ...
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Bash scripting parted for GPT

Using Bash & Python scripts in Ubuntu 12.04, we are delivering a disk image to customers as a file (generated by dd). Once dd’d to the new disk, we resize the partition to fit the disk. Now that ...
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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

I'm following this question and trying to install Debian on my MacBook. I've lost that account so I couldn't accept that guy's answer (I'm sorry, I'll not loose this one). So, I followed with his ...
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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? [closed]

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

I recently recovered Windows from the Recovery partition and since then I am stuck in a very weird situation. First off, my computer tries to boot off of the previous partition which no longer works. ...
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How to install Windows 8 after Linux with UEFI

I have an Asus Zenbook UX32LN with Linux Mint installed on the whole 256GB SSD. How do I install Windows 8 alongside Linux ? The first step is of course to make a new big-enough partition for Windows ...
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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

using amoei partiton manager I allocated free space from C drive in order to setup ubuntu 14.04 in dual boot. It took half an hour to allocate free space however, when my PC restarted back it refused ...
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How to force System Reserved to be created on the boot disk drive

I have machine with three disk drives - Disk 0 500 GB SSD - Disk 1 4TB Mechancial Drive - Disk 2 4TB Mechanical Driver I am installing windows 8.1 on this machine with SSD being the c:\ ...
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Dead flash drive, can't format or partition

Today I when I was working with my flash drive (thumb drive) it gave some errors in different OS. Now I can't format it. I tried in MacBook and got this error. Posix report: the operation couldn't be ...
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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?

I created a virtual disk using WindowsXP inside VirtualBox, the host is OSX. Initially I created the disk 20Gb, in 2 partitions, each of 10Gb. Because I did not need it, I dropped the 2nd partition, ...
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Installing Debian on my macbook air

I want to install Debian on my macbook air 13" from 2011. I'm following this tutorial: https://wiki.debian.org/MacBookAir4%2C2Testimonial It starts by telling me to use bootcamp on OS X. I don't have ...
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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 ...