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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Should I partition my 120GB laptop HDD using Windows 7, and if so, how much space should I give it?

I only have 1 GB of RAM and the processor clocks at ~1.6 GHz. I can't afford to upgrade anything right now; I received this HP free because it was my birthday and my friend was getting a new laptop, ...
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How do I mount an ntfs image created by gnu ntfsclone on Windows?

How do I mount an ntfs image created by gnu ntfsclone on Windows? Neither the gnuwin32 version of ntfsclone nor cygwin's mount seem to be capable.
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Replacing windows 8.1 with Ubuntu. Is it possible to recover original windows later after some years?

I have bought a new Dell inspiron 15. It came with windows 8.1 installed. But I want to replace it with Ubuntu (formatting OS partition & install Ubuntu), but afraid of loosing the original copy ...
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Installed Ubuntu on a partition and now cannot load windows

When I get to the load screen it just says Ubuntu twice. I had been asked me to do some swap thing and I told it to use the other partition for the swap which I'm guessing is why this happened. Is ...
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New LaCie drive fails to mount on Mac OSX 10.8

I have a new LaCie d2 Quadra 4 TB external harddrive (this one). When I connect it to my Macbook pro with Friewire 800 cable (provided), the drive beeps about 20 times, then I get "The disk you ...
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Windows 7 installation is not finding system partition

I've got quite a problem with my computer. I just built it today and all the parts are working, but when I select my SSD as boot drive in the Windows installer, it says "The system could not create a ...
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MicroSD Overlapped partitions

I have a SanDisk MicroSD HC card (16GB) and I'm facing some problems using it. It was installed on a Nolia E71 cellphone (wich can handle SD cards up to 8GB - I believe this is a clue to the answer to ...
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How to partition my hard drive, quicker?

When I install Windows 7 on my hard drive, it makes three partitions. One with the OS itself, one with bootmgr inside (that is 100 MiB), and one with the factory image (all the crapware from HP). My ...
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ubuntu 14.04.1 installer doesnt detect any partitions, even after fixparts corrected partition table

Trying to install 14.04 LTS alongside Windows 7 I have four partitions (2 windows partitions), a ext4 for the ubuntu install, and a remaining ntfs data partition As a follow up to Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Into what format do I need to reformat my External HardDrive for use in Mac OS X, Windows, Linux

Into what format do I need to reformat my External HardDrive for use in Mac OS X, Windows, Linux. Also, can I have the differences of each partition format, I mean the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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How create new partition on an unallocated space using diskpart?

I want to install windows 7 on an unallocated space made by shrinking an extended partition. the problem is that windows setup can't create new partition on unallocated space. how I can create a ...
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USB Thumb Drive partioned oddly

Somehow my 32gb Lexar thumb drive got partioned very strangely, here is the output of lsblk: sdb 8:16 1 29.8G 0 disk ├─sdb1 8:17 1 44M 0 part /media/removable/LEXAR ...
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TrueCrypt Failing to Decrypt External Hard Drive after changing Enclosures

I have a 4TB external hard drive that was previously encrypted using TrueCrypt. The power source on the hard drive enclosure failed, so I had to switch the hard drive itself into a new enclosure. I ...
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Uninstall Linux Mint without deleting partition?

I've got a dual-boot system using Windows 7 and Linux Mint 13. When I first installed Mint using the regular Mint installer, the installer did not give me the option of partitioning my drive, ...
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How do I partition a single hard drive in Linux Fedora so I can dual boot?

I've set up a Linux server that I spent a lot of time on. Now that said Linux server will be used less frequently, I'd like to partition the hard drive, so that I may install Windows Server on it, for ...
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Windows XP deleted Windows 8 bootloader

I bought a new computer which came with Windows 8 preinstalled. Then I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on the same hard drive, after making a partition with GParted using the "Try Ubuntu" option in the Ubuntu ...
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How do I recover missing partition. Windows 8 with recovery USB?

i bought a Samsung laptop with Windows 8 preinstalled. After a year I removed Windows 8 and installed Windows 7. Before removing Windows 8, I made a Windows 8 recovery USB. Now I want to get back my ...
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How do I recover files from a corrupted filesystem without losing folder structure?

A friend gave me his external hard drive to rescue his data. It contains only one NTFS formatted partition. Windows shows this partition as "RAW". CHKDSK fails, because it doesn't recognize a NTFS ...
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Dual boot linux mint 14 partitioning

I have 2 primary partitions installed: 100MB system reserved (NTFS) and 230GB Windows (NTFS). Can I make a linux /home partition so that different distros can point at it and use it's files? And will ...
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Add partitions to drive hosting Windows 8

I have bought a computer with Windows 8 installed on a 500 GB hard disk. The drive has only one "C" partition, which is around 490 GB. How can divide that single partition into multiple partitions ...
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Installing Windows 7 on a new partition

My laptop is two years old and it came with an original Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. Unfortunately, it had one partition and I didn't change this at the beginning. Now, I want to format the ...
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How to change the partition size without re-install the OS?

My system partition is running up. But I can't afford to re-install the OS. I heard that it's possible to change the partition size without re-install OS. Any tools for that? My OS is Windows Server ...
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DVD ROM not working only in windows?

I have an Asus N53SV laptop, and my DVD ROM doesn't read any type of DVD in Windows. I just installed Windows 7 from a bootable DVD, I think this problem occurred after I tried to change my ...
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RAID-1 in RHEL 6; can't get partitioning on identical devices to look identical

I have a RHEL 6 fileserver. It contains two identical 2TB SATA drives. Both are supposed to contain one partition that takes up all the space on the drive (and this used to be the case). When I had ...
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Delete previous partition after reinstalling XP

I was trying to boot my system using USB drive. It formatted my system and reinstalled Windows XP but deleted all the previous partition. Now in my system there is only one partition and that is C: ...
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How can I copy my windows 7 partition to a new drive, keeping the boot partition?

I want to copy my windows 7 partition onto a new hard drive (I've got a linux bootcd with fdisk, which I'm happy using), but I've spotted that there's a boot partition of ~200MB before my main windows ...
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How to install windows 7 from scratch on a disk which already contains partitions

I have following partitions on a 1 TB disk. 14 GB UNKNOWN recovery partition 100MB NTFS System Reserved partition for Windows 7 448GB NTFS Windows 7 system partition 468GB NTFS Data partition for ...
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Adding partition to Lenovo Z580 without formating

I have a Lenovo Z580 laptop which has already 4 partitions : C: drive (NTFS) System drive (NTFS) Recovery Lenovo (NTFS) Making a new volume it not permitted, the error saying that dynamic disks ...
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Partition 2Tbit external hard drive - Part to Clone or Part to backup files

I have a hard drive in my laptop that is about to fail and I want to clone it to an external hard drive which is a lot larger than the laptop. I hope this to be a onetime thing, but just in case I ...
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partitioning problems

I had on my laptop a dual system (Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7) and someway the partitions messed-up. Windows stopped from booting, I just got a blinking cursor, but Ubuntu worked fine. I tried to fix ...
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Disk Partition on Ubuntu

I have a 750 GB hard disk and GB RAM. I will setup LAMP on my system. Now my problem is, how I will make the disk partiton so that I will keep 300 GB for my localhost and the rest of memory will be ...
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Appending the partitions structure of a system

Let's say I received a computer with Windows XP installed, and it has 3 partitions. I want to upgrade the PC to a Windows 7 installation, and also change the partitions structure to only 1 big ...
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Unremovable partition

I have a Asus eee pc netbook with an ssd drive. The drive has 2 partitions, 3.9gb and 15gb. I have tried merging them in to 1 partition, tried deleting the partitions, and tried to format the ssd ...
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Creating partitions for multiple operating systems

I changed my old 120GB harddrive to a new 320GB harddrive. I am using multiple booting, I have two OS: Windows 7 and Ubuntu. My laptop's partitioning table: System reserved, 100MB (Windows 7), NTFS, ...
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is this an overlapping partition? and how do I fix it?

I am using Ubuntu and wanted to clone my HD with the dd command. I have used it before but this time I got an error message: Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 5 will be corrected by ...
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Install Ubuntu without taking over 2 hard drives?

I have 2 hard drives and when I do an auto install.. Ubuntu decides to take both hard drives... how do I prevent this from happening without my intervention?
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Will performance be affected when shrinking partitions on 2 RAID HDDs?

I have a notebook with 2 hard drives (each 500GB) with controller RAID 0 in striping mode. I have Windows 7 64-bit installed. Now I can see just one partition (C about 1TB). My question is: if I ...
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Resize Win2003 system+boot partitions to bigger disks & different controller?

Have an old Win2003 server with 1 SCSI hard drive partitioned as follows: D: boot (includes D:\ntldr, boot.ini, etc.) C: system (includes C:\WINDOWS) Want to move the whole system to new hardware ...
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Where can one download PartEdit a partition listing tool for Microsoft OSes?

There are many references to this tool, which seems to be an advanced fdisk-like utility for microsoft OSes, available from Microsoft. But searching support.microsoft.com provides now download! ...
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External Hardrive partition table recovery

I have a bloody USB Maxtor Personal Desktop External Hardrive with 500G. The partition of it always cannot be read after OS resetting, and windows will prompt to format the partition. Anyone knows ...
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How to format to NTFS my EXT4 partition on Windows 8?

I'd like to format one of my partitions to NTFS which is EXT4 at the moment and an ubuntu is installed on, that I don't need anymore. I can't see the partition in My Computer and I've never tried ...
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LVM: How to enlarge the extended partition without data loss?

How to enlarge the extended partition without data loss? Note that I have a LVM logical partition inside of this extended partition. # fdisk -l Device Boot Start End Blocks Id ...
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How to create a new partition from unpartitioned disk space in Windows 8.1?

Before I installed Windows 8.1, I had two partitions on my system, one 120 GB and one 200 GB. I deleted the 200 GB partition during the installation, and now I want to create a new equal-size ...
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System does not boot from SSD after re-installation

I have an ASUS S56CM with UEFI firmware, x64, Windows 8. Core i3 processor 500 GB HDD (496 GB and 4 GB marked as boot) 24 GB SSD (18 GB and 4 GB marked as OEM partition) 4 GB RAM The system used ...
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Unused Disk after new Windows 7 Install

I have a really big problem.I currently had 2 hard drives, disk0 and disk1. I bought a Western Digital 1TB hard-disk a while ago and installed it on Windows 8 and it was placed as my disk 2. I put ...
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BOOTMGR is missing

While making partition on External HDD I mistakely made the HDD as Active. I forgot to remove the active mode.So while shut down there were 3 active partitions 1. C:\ , 2.Recovery 3.external HDD. ...
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Cannot create a partition because of out-of-space message

I have 69GB of un-allocated space on my hard-drive. When I try to create a partition in it, I get the error message below telling me that there is not enough space to create it. Why am I getting this ...