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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What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? [closed]

Can anyone recommend a cheap/free utility that can do this without very much effort? My preference is that it would be really easy. Boot into Windows Pick drive to move Pick target drive It copies ...
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How to shrink Windows 7 boot partition with unmovable files

I have just bought an HP laptop with Windows 7 (64 bit). It has a 500 GB HDD with three partitions: a small hidden system partition, a 12 GiB HP recovery partition, and a 450 GiB ...
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How to delete a partition on a USB drive?

I have a USB drive that I accidentally partitioned when trying to put Ubuntu on it. It's a 16 GB Kingston flash drive but it is now split to two partitions, 7.30 GB each. How do I combine the two ...
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Moving users folder on Windows Vista/7 to another partition

When I format the computer and reinstall Windows, my first step is move the My Documents folder to another partition. In Windows XP it wasn't enough because the desktop folder and another user folders ...
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Why can't I delete all partitions on a flash drive in Windows 7?

Recently I purchased an ADATA C802 8GB flash drive. Since the drive was new I decided to run some of the HD Tune Pro (v4.50) performance tests on it, mostly just for the heck of it. To avoid ...
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How to rename a partition in OS X?

I'm able to erase a partition using the Disk Utility, but I want to change the name without losing data. How is it possible?
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What if the hard disk is partitioned into more than 26 sections in Windows?

As we know, in Windows the partition location is prefixed with [a-z]:. What happens if there are more than 26 partitions?
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Easiest way to move my Windows installation to an SSD?

I've taken the plunge and bought an SSD and want to move my existing Windows installation over. The current hard disk is 500Gb, but I've trimmed the contents down to about ~40Gb. I'm transferring it ...
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USB-Sticks and multiple Partitions

I've got an USB-Stick with multiple Partitions on it (FAT32 (active), FAT32, Ext2 but that's another story) and it seems like that my Windows XP can only mount the first partition of the stick. If I ...
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Creating ext4 partition from console

I have a volume /dev/sda1 (1.2 TB) containing an NTFS partition using 0.6 TB space. I want to make an ext4 partition in the remaining 0.6 TB space. I have not tried anything yet because I don't want ...
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Swap partition size on a 64 GB RAM computer for memory-intensive work

I have 64 GB RAM and 240 GB SSD on my computer, which I'm going to use for memory-intensive calculations (machine learning, data mining, etc.). Most of the advice I found on the Internet are ...
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why does the partition start on sector 2048 instead of 63

I had two drives partitioned the same and running 2 raid partitions on each. One died and I replaced it under warranty for the same model. While trying to partition it, the first partition can only ...
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16 GB USB flash drive capacity down to 938 MB

After writing the FreeNAS IMG to a 16 GB USB flash drive, I can now only use 938 MB. I used the Win32 Disk Imager tool to write the IMG to the device. Then later, when I inserted the the USB drive ...
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What is the recommended boot partition size for Windows 7?

I started using one big partition for everything and separating data out with folders when I got my current computer years ago. I'm preparing to upgrade my system from Windows XP to Windows 7, and I ...
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Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard

I have been able to move Apple's virtual memory swapfiles to a dedicated partition on my hard drive up until now. The technique I have been using is described in a thread on forums.macosxhints.com. ...
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Why is FAT32 limited to just under 2^28 clusters?

With FAT16 the maximum partition size is 2GB when your maximum cluster size is 32K. This is calculated by multiplying the number of addressable units by the cluster size. (216 Allocation units) * ...
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Windows detects GPT disk as MBR in EFI boot

This disk is OCZ VERTEX 128GB SSD. It is formatted as GPT from OSX. The disk layout is, /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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What happened to the B: drive in Windows and why does the hard drive default to C?

Why is it that I see an A: drive and a C: drive but not a B: drive? Is there a reason why the disk partitions start at C? And is it possible to change that letter designation?
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Why create many partitions?

I have noticed that when installing Ubuntu some people create multiple partitions for directories. Like one for root, one for home, one for boot. What is the advantage to doing this over installing ...
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Do partitions on SSDs map to physical addresses?

One of the reasons that some folk partition hard drives is that certain parts of the hard drive are supposed to be faster than others. Considering that HDDs are a serial access medium, partitioning, ...
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How to check the partition alignment on an SSD drive?

As I understand it, for SSD it's important to have partitions starting at the proper offset (i.e. correctly aligned). How can I check this offset under Windows Vista?
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EFI Partition vs /boot partition

I have just sat down to install debian 7, which contains something called 'EFI' which is entirely new to me. I went through the install as I usually do; 256MB /boot partition, bootable, unencrypted ...
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How to move a partition to the end in gparted?

I can't find a way to move the partition /dev/sdb2 to the end, where 12GB are free. I can resize (expand) the partition, but not create (insert) any free space in front of it. How to do the trick? ...
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VirtualBox: using physical partition as virtual drive

Background: I am using VirtualBox installed on Windows 7. From within VirtualBox I am using Xubuntu as a virtual OS. The reason I chose this approach is so that I don't have to keep turning off ...
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How to resize the primary Windows XP partition?

I just cloned my failing 250 GB hard drive onto a 500 GB hard drive (so I wouldn't have to re-install everything, etc.), but now the drive only thinks it is 250 GB. How do I tell it about the other ...
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What is the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive?

What is the maximum number of partitions we can make on hard disk in Windows? If it is limited to some particular number, why can we assign all the letters C through Z to drives? If it is a special ...
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No more space in root filesystem, how could I increase the size?

This is my filesystem : ~  df -h -x tmpfs -x devtmpfs Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/fedora-root 9.8G 7.6G 1.7G 83% / /dev/mapper/fedora-home 50G 27G ...
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Why is windows not able to create a system partition?

I'm reinstalling Windows 7 64 bit, and I encountered an issue I've never seen before. I have a legit copy of Win 64 Professional, and I've installed it probably a half dozen times on this machine in ...
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What are the differences between primary and logical partition?

What are the major differences? Which is more preferable? Are there any OS specific advantages for one over the other?
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How to remove iso 9660 from USB?

I have somehow managed to write an iso 9660 image onto my USB drive, which makes all my computer think that the device is actually a CD. I have tried various methods of removing this partition, but ...
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How to partition a hard drive that has no OS installed?

I have a 500 GB hard drive. The laptop came with Windows 7 preinstalled. Now as I am installing Windows 8, I have deleted the C drive. So I have 460 GB free unused space where I can install Windows ...
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How do I repartition an SDHC card in Windows?

How do I repartition an SDHC card (4 GB or more)? Do I need third-part tools or Linux (a live CD solution would be OK)? In Windows' Disk Management the option Delete Partition is dimmed out: ...
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What are the differences between MBR vs GPT vs any other partition scheme?

Can anyone tell me what the main differences between i.e. MBR vs GPT or any other partition scheme are? Why would one choose one over the other? I am not an expert but from new release of Mac OS X ...
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Is a /boot partition always necessary?

Should I create a /boot partition every time I install a Linux distro? Is there a difference between having a /boot partition and making the / partition bootable?
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Is there a way to partition USB flash drives, so that both/all partitions appear in Windows?

In Windows, 'removable' drives cannot be partitioned, without the partitions not appearing and receiving drive letters, apart from the first partition. Partitioned flash drives work fine in Linux. ...
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Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD?

A wise guy who goes by the name of NickN maintains a lenghty forum post on his views about building a powerful computer (directed towards playing Microsoft's Flight Simulator X, a very demanding piece ...
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Creating and formating a partition using a bash script

Is there any way to create and format a partition using a bash script? I think it can be done with fdisk but I don't know how to feed commands from the bash script into the fdisk shell then exit the ...
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Does a hard drive remember bad sectors after formatting?

On an NTFS-formatted hard drive with some bad sectors, does the hard drive still remember bad sectors after Windows's diskpart clean is used to remove the NTFS volume? What about clean all?
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Making sense of partition tables

This is output of fdisk: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 2048 419424255 209711104 83 Linux /dev/sda2 419424256 1258291199 419433472 ...
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How do you partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive?

Out of the box, Windows will not allow you to partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive. How can you do this? In case anyone is wondering Why you would do this? It's interesting in the case of a BitLocker ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installer doesn't show existing partitions

I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 7. I have a 500 GB hard disk split into 3 partitions. I am installing Ubuntu from a live USB drive. But I am stuck at the "Installation type" ...
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How do I resize a FileVault 2 encrypted partition?

Running Mac OS X Lion. My current setup is a 250 GB partition, encrypted by FileVault2, for Lion. Old Snow Leopard install is in second half, another 250 GB partition, unencrypted, of the same disk. ...
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OSX: cant create a partition because drive is locked

Problem: I have a USB key with Mountain Lion on it and I want to install it on my macbook pro. I deleted the existing partition on the laptop and wanted to created a new one were to install the OS ...
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How do I partition and mount a 3TB Hard Disk using the terminal?

I have a 3TB Hard disk which I wish to mount as a single partition under Ubuntu 11.10 server Because it is over 2TB I know there are some issues with this. I'm unsure of what I need to do to make ...
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Can I delete the 'EFI System Partition' without harming other data on the drive?

I have three external HDDs in a USB enclosure. After a recent upgrade to Windows 7, during which these three drives were actually installed inside the PC tower, two of the three drives now have a ...
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What is partition alignment and why whould I need it? [duplicate]

What is partition alignment and why? Does it have something to do with the 2048-sector gap between two logical partitions?
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How to TRIM/DISCARD a whole SSD partition on Linux?

My partition /dev/sda3 on an SSD drive doesn't contain any filesystem, but it contains garbage. How do I do a TRIM/DISCARD operation on the whole partition?
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Is it possible to determine when a NTFS partition was created?

We have a client where it would be very useful to determine WHEN a drive was a initialized or an NTFS partition created. Is there a timestamp value somewhere? If anyone could shed any advice it ...
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How to prevent Mac OS X creating .DS_Store files on non Mac (HFS) Volumes?

Is there a way to prevent Mac OS X creating .DS_Store and other hidden meta-files on foreign volumes like NTFS and FAT? I share an NTFS partition with data like Thunderird & Firefox's profiles and ...
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What's the best way to share files between linux and windows 7 on a dual/multi boot computer?

Just got myself a new computer and thinking of how set it up. I have win7 HP and will probably install at least some version of Ubuntu on it shortly to have dual boot. Might come other Linux distros ...