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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Arch Linux USB Installer Infinite Loop & How to Properly Partition a UEFI Disk Before Installing Arch Linux

I would like to install Arch Linux and am familiar with GParted and its use. However, my computer comes with Windows on it, along with an EFI system partition on /dev/sda2. This seems to be a pretty ...
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Windows 8.1 boot error

I tried to install linux on a second partition of my hardrive, and now I can no longer boot into either system. The error I get when booting is: The Boot Configuration for your PC is missing or ...
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partition moving crashed mid-process - what damage have it done / what to do ? (AOMEI app used)

I used AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro (5.x) to "Align" an NTFS partition with about 170GB of data. (Cca 800GB partition on standard (non SSD) 1TB hard disk). The app started after reboot in "PreOS" ...
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Persistently naming an unformatted partition

In brief: is there a way to give a persistent name to an unformatted partition? Details: I have a database-like application that reads and writes to an unformatted partition (because it gives me a ...
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Customizing XenServer partitions

I wanted to install XenServer onto a hard disk with existing data on it, by customizing the partitioning and LVM volumes, but I found that the Anaconda installer does not seem to provide any options ...
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multi-booting Linux distros in the same partition

When I install a linux distribution, I allot the disk space to be used during the installation. I could only use up to the allotment. When I am running out of disk space I have to manually shrink one ...
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Protect any unwanted operation by Windows in dual boot?

I have both Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 on different partitions on my hard drive. There is a ntfs partition accessible to the two OSes. I have almost always been using Ubuntu, and haven't used Windows ...
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transfer my laptops recovery partition keeping it bootable

I have an Acer aspire 5750 laptop which initially stopped booting but I placed the hdd into another pc and chkdsk managed to fix it enough to get it booting. Sadly it still resets when certain parts ...
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How to repair SD card that was unplugged during formatting?

I tried to format my SD card on my Windows computer but unfortunately I pulled it out during the process. Now it can't be recognized. I tried to wipe it using disk utility on Mac OS X but after it's ...
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How to use LVM to separate large data?

I have an ultrabook with two discs, an HDD with 500GB and an SSD with 32GB. My SSD is partitioned for /boot, / and /efi, and my HDD is for SWAP and /media/userdata (mainly, media). I was thinking of ...
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Does shrinking a partition to its minimum size then expanding it increase performance?

As a VPS administrator, I've shrunken and cloned partitions (or disk images) to perform backups. The shrinking of the partition adds a few extra minutes of downtime, but reduces the amount of total ...
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Backing up MBR - why not restoring the boot code?

I've seen two pages explaining how to backup & restore the MBR: Linux: How to backup hard disk partition table (MBR) UNIX / Linux: Copy Master Boot Record (MBR) They've shown an example with ...
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SDcard /dev/sdb2 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here

I divided my sdcard into 2 partitions, but It got an error and couldn't create a new partition. Error: /dev/sdb2 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here! My ...
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How to make bigger Macintosh HD partition

I installed OS X Mavericks Server as a virtual machine to ESX. I'm doing some testing and now I need more space. Macintosh HD partition is 50 GB and I have expand it to 100 GB total in ESX but I need ...
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GParted shows that a partition has used 70GB more than has actually been used

So I was about to re-partition my 500GB external HDD to be a bootable drive for Ubuntu 12.10. But when I started up GParted it showed that the only partition has used ~100GB. But in reality, I ...
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Mac: MediaKit reports no such partition (dual boot with linux)

I am trying to update to OSX Maverick on my Mac, but i cant install it since it says "Disk cannot be used to start the computer", when i choose Machintosh HD as installation disk. I searched around a ...
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LVM Unable to remove physical volume

Aim: To remove the physical volume from the LVM in order to reformat it. LVM Setup: 1x 2TB HDD 1x 3TB HDD Problem: When trying to pvmove, I get an error saying "No extents available for allocation" ...
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Windows Converts Mac Drive into Dynamic/Simple Drive

I have a dual boot of Mac/Windows 7 and they are both installed on an SSD. All my user files were on a separate hard drive with 3 partitions and 150gb of free space. The 3 partitions were HFS and 2 ...
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MBRs, VBRs, and partitioning of storage devices: how and why they vary across device-types?

The wikipedia entry for Boot Sector says this, CD- ROMs usually have their own structure of boot sectors, for IBM PC compatible systems this is subject to El Torito specifications. ...
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Windows 8 Loop Issue after disk partitioning

Hi I have some issue with my recently bought (few hours!) laptop. My laptop is a Sony Vaio running a Windows 8 64 bit. It has over 600GB disk size that I immediately decided to partition it into two. ...
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I do not have a restore partition on my r519

Any information you give me would be greatly appreciated. I bought my notebook second hand. There isn't a hidden partition on the drive. I know there are tools like Norton Ghost/Acronis, but I would ...
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Bootcamp not letting me partition a drive for Windows 8

I have two HDDs in my iMac (OS 10.7.5 - Lion) both of which are partitioned as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" (according to Disk Utility). Here's the two drives: df -l -h Filesystem Size Used ...
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Modified Grub4dos to have format tool or command

i want my usb to boot with grub4dos and then using it to format hdd by just choose the number of menu with only 3-4 step and done example boot on usb then grub4dos run choose format or (delete ...
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OSX Reformat and Restore with Time Machine

After learning that Windows 32Bit limits Ram under 4GB, I decided to reformat the partition and install Windows 64Bit through Bootcamp. My goal now is to create a partition of 150GB. Here is what I ...
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Operating System Not Found, Media Test Failure Check Cable, BIOS Shows 10GB HDD Size

I have a Dell Inspiron 1564 laptop. my harddisk partitions are not visible when i try to install OS. In the BIOS the HDD size is 10GB only. But my laptop had 320GB. on boot it shows: PXE ...
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Rebuilding a RAID 1 without data loss, recover from unallocated partition data

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-M/Pro Gen 3 RAM: 32GB (4 x 8GB) Power Supply: corsair HX850 HDDs:Configuration before the problem: 1 x 128GB SSD for Windows 7 professional 64-bit 2 x 3TB drives in RAID 1 on the ...
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lvm and df inconsistent on amount of free space due to swap partition in middle?

I recently did a fresh install of Fedora19 over Fedora17 on a system that is dual booted with Win7. Everything is working properly but what really confuses me is that lvm and df are inconsistent with ...
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Bootable USB disk for Ubuntu from Mac; which partition type (APM/MBR/GPT) to choose?

I want to make a bootable USB disk for installing Ubuntu from Mac. When I format the USB disk from terminal, i use $ diskutil eraseDisk HFS+ KINGSTON GPTFormat /dev/disk1 But there are other ...
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1TB ext4 Harddrive with 400GB NTFS MBR written by mistake

I was imaging my ext4 1tb storage disk that I had accidentally formatted to NTFS with testdisk and an external usb dock when I had to back out. Testdisk asked about writing the MBR and I clicked yes. ...
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Restore semi-formatted hdd

I have problems with my HDD. I tried to reinstall OS but My Windows 7 installer alerted something like "cannot write on disk without driver" while it was deleting existing partitions. Since that my ...
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Are there “bad” ways to partition flash drives?

In an attempt to figure out why a certain flash drive I have stopped working under OS X but continues to work under Windows and Linux, I found the wiki page How to Damage a FLASH Storage Device, which ...
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Using Win 7 bootsect tool

With bootsect.exe /nt** e: I assume, despite bootsect.exe help speaks of "master boot code", it is intended to apply the partition boostrap code to the partition identified by letter E:. Given this, ...
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Restore a Lenovo Thinkpad to Factory Settings, the first few MB of the hard drive were overwritten by dd

I was trying to make a live USB of OpenSUSE on my new Thinkpad laptop, but none of the windows tools I was trying worked. I put in a Live CD of Ubuntu 12.04 and tried to used the "dd" command to write ...
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How to find out if a device is currently is use?

In an effort to create a Linux installation script, I'd like to check if /dev/sda is currently in use by the Kernel, and exit if so. I guess this means finding out what partitions are associated to ...
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Preserving Recovery Partitions

I've just bought a Samsung 530U3C notebook with Windows 8 preinstalled. I would like it to run some Linux distribution but at the same time to preserve recovery partitions so that I could hard reset ...
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conversion of simple volume to primary volume

My Samsung laptop has 5 partition in it . And all are simple volume partition so that there is no primary partition in my disk hence i cannot install Ubuntu in my laptop .I have tried many software ...
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Gparted live CD UI crashed, gpartedbin still running. Anything I can do?

I'm running Gparted live CD v0.15.0-1 on a production file server (after having tested successfully on a similarly-partitioned test server). The actions I wanted to do are: delete /dev/sda5 ...
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Hot File Clustering with multiple partitions

I'm planning a performance-oriented clean install of OS X 10.6 and I was wondering if the hot file clustering feature will exists only on the boot partition or if there will be one for each partition ...
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Internal IDE HDD used as external w/ usb adapter and suddenly 2 partitions were gone

I was searching through the internet trying to solve this problem and saw an answer in this site and it looked you really now about this subject. Of all the other webs I checked, this one seemed that ...
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Windows bootcamp partition still present, unrecognized?

So I recently got a computer that came partitioned via bootcamp with windows 7 and OSX 10.7. It had the ratio of Mac to Windows 1 to 2, and I preferred it to be the other way around. So I went in and ...
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Sharing external hard drive for backups and file exchange by Mac and PC through wi-fi

I've had problems using a BUFALLO 1T HDD for both Time Machine backups on the Mac (Intel based) and system backups on the PC (Win 7) as well as for file sharing for both of the computers via wifi ...
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Recovering Windows 8 folder C:\Users\my_user

I had a problem with a bug on windows 8 where it is stuck in an automatic repair loop. I tried all possible solutions without success. Many ppl are facing the same problem. I tried many checkups and ...
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Increase OS partition of a MyBook Live

I have a MyBook Live 3TB and I want to install a few things in it. One of them is OpenJDK, which takes 185Mb when installed. The filesystem that has / mounted only has 188Mb available which is barely ...
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Partitions, symlinks, mounting as folders and performance

I'm going to have a 128-GB SSD which will contain Windows 8 and most applications, and a 1-TB hard drive which will contain most of the rest (large games, documents, select frequently overwritten ...
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Resize exfat Hard drive

Is it still impossible to to resize, shrink or extend exfat partitions ? I cant find a way to do it, neither in windows nor with partitioning software. Any ideas other than formatting the partition to ...
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Windows 8 Explorer hides the system partition of another disk

I have a another disk attached by SATA on the motherboard and there are two partitions inside, one is a system partition, another one is logical disk. I can't view the system partition by using ...
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Installing Windows clone on a Hybrid Drive

I recently bought a Seagate Momentus XT (750 GB) Hybrid Drive. Before I took out my old hard drive I made a clone of my Windows partition and stored it on an external hard drive(I used partition ...
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TestDisk - Recovered partition not mountable

First here's my Partition Table reported by fdisk. Disk /dev/sda: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector ...
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Impossible to create/format install Windows 7 on unpartitioned HD

I am going nuts reinstalling Windows 7 on one of those Acer aspire all-in-one... The original OS (Windows Professional x64) was not starting, after the initial screen the BIOS was prompted. So Step ...
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Inter-partition space

I am confused about partitioning a hard drive. Recently I have been trying to install Windows 7 on a new computer, and I noticed that Windows setup will attempt to automatically partition the hard ...