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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Convert Dynamic Disk To Basic Disk Without Data Loss

My Intent I need to install kali linux on my laptop, dual boot windows and allocate 30 gb to kali as you can see in the screenshot. The Problem I need to convert the Dynamic Disk back to a Basic ...
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GPT partition resizing and boot issues

I am helping a friend migrate his OS from a 500GB mechanical drive to a new 250GB SSD and have run into problems. Where to begin... His current OS is Windows 10, formatted with GPT and boasting 5 ...
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partition resize breaks EFI USB installer

I have a 64GB GPT USB stick, containing EFI installer partitions for Windows 7, Windows 10, 5 linuxes, and a Clover BootLoader to launch an El Capitan installer for Hackintosh. It all works ...
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Harddrive slows down, sata errors on boot

Full rundown: This is not a new drive, I've had it for a while as an ntfs drive and I decided to install it into my linux server and switch it to ext4 filesystem. I partitioned the 4tb drive using ...
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convert logical to primary getting “the operation could not be completed there is no empty slot in mbr”

I have Sony VAIO with Windows7 premium 64-bit and I'm trying to get more free space for drive C -which has only around 8 Gigs free, while I had 48 Gigs free on drive D- so I was thinking of merging ...
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Unable to mount partition / corrupt partition

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 on my computer but have 2 NTFS partitions as well which I access now and then. One of them (C) contains a Windows 7 install, the other partition (D) contains data. Recently I ...
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Booting Win7, GPT and MBR disks setup

I've got the following setup in the PC: Old disk: formatted with MBR, New disk: formatted with GPT Both have Win 7 installed are are booting fine on their own (in legacy or EFI mode, respectively). ...
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Cannot expand/enlarge or add new partition

When I first got my MBP, I reserved a 120GB partition in the SSD as I plan on installing Bootcamp. Now I no longer want to install Bootcamp so I want to recover the 120GB but found that I have no way ...
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Where did my system partition go after cloning from my previous hard drive?

I recently bought a 250GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD for my laptop, and used AOMEI Partition Assistant to clone my previous hard drive. One completed, I physically replaced swapped out the two drives, booted ...
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How to install Windows XP MBR from FreeDOS

I accidentally corrupted my Windows XP installation (i use it for programm testing). Luckily, i had copied the installation files before. Now i made a partition via FreeDOS, and i copied Windows XP ...
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What would be the consequences of deleting a recovery partition

I recently upgraded my 64 bit HP laptop's OS from windows 8.1 to windows 10 via the official free online upgrade offered. This resulted in a recovery partition being created (actually a second one - ...
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How to delete the Recovery Partition in Windows 10?

I need to convert the disk containing my operating system to a dynamic disk (from a basic disk). Unfortunately there is no room on the disk to convert the drive from basic to dynamic. Microsoft ...
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Remove TrueCrypt encrypted partition

I have a laptop that someone gave me to reinstall windows on. The problem is, it's encrypted with TrueCrypt and they do not know the password. So I figured I would just boot up gparted and remove all ...
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Running Windows 7 copied from old Boot camp Partition

I have a macbook pro mid 2012. I had the stock harddrive, 750 gb, with a 550 gb partition for osx and a 200 gb partition for windows/bootcamp. I got a new ssd 960 gb, with 750 gb for osx and 210 as a ...
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Three recovery partitions on Windows 10 laptop. Can I safely remove some of them?

Previously I had Windows 8.1 Single Language and upgrade to Windows 10 Home and after this upgrade to Windows 10 Education and now I have 3 recovery partitions. Could I safely remove some of this ...
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After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, system thinks GPT partition is MBR

I have a Windows 7 system with 3 hard drives - Disc 0 is the boot disc formatted with MBR, Disc 1 is a 4 TB disc formatted with GPT, and Disc 2 is a 2 TB disc also formatted with GPT. Disc 1 has one ...
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Creating a FAT(16) partition at maximum size on a flash drive

Got a copy of AR MAX for use with now very antiquated PS2, but it doesn't recognize my flash drive because it isn't FAT format apparently. It's a 32 gb drive and there's no option to format it to FAT. ...
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Two recovery partitions after upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 10

After upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 10, my disk has the following partitions as listed by the volume management or diskpart: Partition 1 Recovery 300 MB, offset 1024 KB Partition 2 System ...
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Dual Boot Windows 10's in different partitions after hibernating?

I have this question, that SEEMS to be answered but answers I find in SU or other places in google, just talk about Dual Booting Windows-Linux or booting in the same partition. Let me explain my ...
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Acronis True Image 2016: possible to restore hdd from file based backup?

Assuming I have used Acronis True Image 2016 to create a full backup of a Windows 8 system drive using the file based backup function (i.e. not a drive image). If now the system drive dies, is it ...
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Is there a way to boot from a GUID Partition Table on a Intel FakeRaid (IMSM) RAID1 configuration?

I have a Intel H170 based Asus H170 PLUS Motherboard that supports Intel FakeRAID. Attached are two identical Seagate 1TB harddisks on which I want to install ArchLinux 2015-12-01. The UEFI BIOS on ...
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Gparted error — now disk disappeared

I tried to resize my 3TB internal HDD with gparted and it would just hang about halfway through. So I instead tried to reformat the entire drive to ext4 using GParted. I deleted it, then allocated ...
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Problems with my LVM partition, showing wrong size and brings I/O errors on vgscan?

I have a volume group with 3 logical volumes. 1. lv is used for a virtual webserver, 2. is a old backup of lv 1 and the 3. is a storage volume. Now my first lv throws i/o errors and is no longer ...
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Clone multiple partitions to slightly smaller hard drive

I've a Windows 7 / Linux dual boot on a 512GB SSD (such an awkward size). The SSD was an upgrade from my HP Probook 4720's 500GB HD. When doing the upgrade I was cloning from a smaller drive to a ...
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Prepare a Linux partition in Windows

I've installed Windows 10, and now I'm trying to prepare a partition for a Linux installation in order to achieve a dual boot with Windows and Linux. As you can see in the screenshot below, I made a ...
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How do change the file system format of usb? or how do I get gparted to work

alright a little background: I'm currently trying to get a working usb for gparted so I can install arch linux. I'm currently using Lubuntu. I'm relatively new to linux, partitioning, and generally ...
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Formatted SSD No Longer Visible in diskpart

I just purchased an Intel Nuc, I3, 16gb Ram and a 120GB Samsung Evo M2. I don't want to buy Windows 10, so I was installing windows 7 from flash drive(copied from cdrom) in order to update to Win 10. ...
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Win 7 and 8 already dual boot, win7 active. How to delete Win7 without affecting win8 and install ubuntu

I have windows 7 and 8 installed. I thought its simply matter of deleting windows 7 and install ubuntu. But The current windows 7 is set as an active partition, so bootloader is on Win7. So I ...
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Macrium Reflect : Formatting type upon restoration?

I have Macrium Reflect free edition. For those who already used it, while restoring, the backup image should be dragged on a free unallocated space on the target disk and so an implicit (partition) ...
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USB drive completely broken after iso burn. How to fix?

So, I attempted to burn an image of Elementary os to an 8gb flash drive. The image was about 1gb. This appears to have created a 1gb partition on the drive with the rest as unallocated space. That is ...
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Is HDD RAW or NTFS?

I'm troubleshooting an internal HDD because of sporadic I/O errors (cables/SATA ports already checked out). Windows 10 recognizes the 3TB drive as being NTFS, so I run chkntfs /C e: to schedule a boot ...
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Compress a usable disk (available space) in windows 7 disk management

Recently I have a problem that I can't compress a usable disk which shows green and available to install Ubuntu OS. The photos show before and after compression for disk E in windows 7. before ...
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How can I merge these two partitions?

i'm kind of a noob so i figured i should ask first before i destory my laptop. Here is a picture of the partitions: made with a live ubuntu usb flash drive I want to merge the dev/sda6 partition ...
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diskpart failed to clear disk attributes readonly error

I have western digital Hard disk drive of 500gb. It is crashed that is it is getting detected in bios but not it my computer. I can see it in disk management as unallocated hdd. I am trying to remove ...
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Powerful disk editor for linux like Acronis Disk Editor

I would like to have a powerfull disk viewer / editor (raw hex editor) like Acronis Disk Editor. It shows the absolute sector, cilinder, head and relative sector for the part you are looking at, and ...
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(Solved partially) GPT Dual Boot Windows 7 Broke “Disk read error”

Update: Despite 99% of the research I did suggesting the cause was a corrupt boot sector/MBR, the issue appears to be isolated to my Clover boot loader because upon attempting to boot with a Chimera ...
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Editing partitions on USB drive disabled

I recently bought a 128GB USB drive, on which I'd like to make 4 partitions, but when I use Disk Management (Windows) and try to edit the main partition, the items in the list when right-clicked are ...
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Is it safe to split the Windows 7 system partition created by bootcamp on mac book pro?

I have just installed Windows 7 on my Mac Book Pro using bootcamp. As you might aware, bootcamp can only create single Windows partition along side Mac OS partition. But now I want to be able to ...
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Trying to create /boot for Fedora 23 and getting error “local variable 'e' referenced before assignment”

I am running on pre-installed Windows 8 and am trying to install fedora 23 on 133Gb de-allocated space on my hard drive via LiveUSB. In installation, when I try to manually add /boot under LVM, it ...
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The attempt to mount a file system with type vfat in /dev/nvme0n1p1 at /boot/efi failed

Trying to install Debian dual boot with windows 10 on SSD but I have this error message : The attempt to mount a file system with type vfat in /dev/nvme0n1p1 at /boot/efi failed I forced EFI ...
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How do I clone a larger disk to a smaller disk, but retain sizes of the system partitions?

I recently bought an SSD, and I am attempting to move the contents of my current drive to the new one. Using Todo Backup, I am able to do this, but the system partitions ("System Reserved" and ...
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Can't boot Debian after forced EFI installation

I just installed Debian with encrypted /. I made a /boot partition and converted an NTFS partition to EFI. It installed but now I can't boot on Linux. My motherboard boot list put a mirrored "N" sign ...
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Installing Windows 7 on Kali Linux

When I recently installed Kali Linux on my Windows 7 computer, I completely installed Kali Linux to my computer which deleted all my Windows 7 because I didn't need it. Now Kali Linux is installed on ...
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How to restore grub boot on a /boot partition after windows 10 booting restoration

I just installed Debian testing but it didn't put Windows 10 into grub booting options so I restored Windows 10 boot with this tutorial http://www.qliktips.com/2012/11/fix-windows-8-boot-issue.html ...
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Backup Windows 8.1 partition to new hard disk using Linux

I want to reinstall Windows 8.1 on my machine, but keep the current Windows installation running for a short period of time on another machine, e.g. to access Chrome passwords or missing files easily. ...
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Dual boot linux partitions

I have Debian installed. Partitions are as follows: Disk /dev/sda: 931.5 GiB, 1000204885504 bytes, 1953525167 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / ...
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Win 10 installer on Macbook produces “couldn't create new partition” error

I'm trying to install Windows 10 on my late 2011 Macbook Pro. As it's not officially supported, I'm bypassing the use of boot camp assistant. I have a 256GB SSD hosting OSX, I'd like to split that ...
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Windows 10: Can I safely remove WINRE or RECOVERY partitions?

I'm attempting to install Ubuntu Linux alongside Windows 10 in a dual-boot configuration. However, my hard drive comes with four Primary partitions already created, as seen here in gParted: Thus, I ...
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/proc/partitions lists no entries

I'm trying to use the DiskIO plugin with glances, but it's not showing. Digging around in the code, I've found that the psutil.disk_io_counters() file is throwing an error, complaining about no ...
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USB Drive Partition: Assign Letters, 2nd Recognize by DOS

Okay so first let me explain then list my Objective. I didn't like Windows 10 or 8.1, my Laptop can go and went as far as Windows 7. What I am trying to create is a Boot-able USB that can storage (My ...