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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diskmgmt.msc: Cannot delete volume from USB

I have an USB drive with about 8GB of size. It has a single partition of size 169MB. Don't know why, I got it that way. I wanted to delete this small (FAT32) partition and create a single NTFS volume ...
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Is it possible to mount a disk image, created with dd, to a directory on a mounted external usb hdd?

I have an image of my home (/dev/sda3) partition, which I've created using the "dd" command. dd if=/dev/sda3 of=/path/to/disk.img I've deleted the home partition via gparted in order to enlarge my ...
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VirtualBox - split partitioned VDI into separate VDIs

I'm very new to VirtualBox. I set up an Arch Linux VM and a Ubuntu VM (Ubuntu host), both sharing the same .vdi like so (I had in my mind a dual-boot situation): VDI file (25GB) |- /dev/sda1: 5GB ...
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Viewing and deleting partitions using the BIOS?

I have an M4A785TD-M EVO Asus motherboard which uses Asus Express Gate for its motherboard (says American Megatrends, Inc at the bottom). I activate it by pressing Del; also says Tab activates BIOS ...
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cant allocate free space to partition ubuntu 12.04

I have 26GB of unlocatted space and I want to add that space to my existing partitions. The problem is that i cant seem to use use that space to resize the partitions. Here is my partitions list in ...
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Moving a WIndows 7 installation to a new drive, with a caveat

The goal: I want to move my windows 7 installation from the old SSD to a new one. The problem: The 100MB system partition that windows uses to boot is on another drive. Why and how did it get there ...
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how to partition a harddrive for optimal performance? [closed]

I have a 2TB hard drive and I have 4 partitions: 3 partitions of ~600GB each one (D,E,F) and 1 partition of ~200GB (C) The problem is that my Windows partition (on C drive) is located between my ...
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How to truly erase contents of USB drive?

I have a 2GB USB drive that had about 1.8GB of stored data on it. So I delete these files, and then I check the drive's properties, and I see it still has 1.8GB of data on it (only 0.2GB remaining)! ...
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Can I have both Windows dynamic disk partition and some other non-Windows partition on the same disk?

When a basic Windows disk is converted to dynamic, Windows creates a partition that span the whole disk with the type of "Windows LVM" and manages its dynamic partitions within this space. So even if ...
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HDD(storage) partitions and new OS

Okay, to my understanding.. considering this is how I have my PC set up: SSD [contains Windows 7 and program installations] HDD 2TB [solely storage, and split into two partitions, one being 100GB ...
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Partition used and available size in bytes

I'm not a linux pro, and maybe I have overlooked something in the docs, but: df -ah, for instance, returns automatically largest unit: M / G / T. simply df with no options, returns, what I assume ...
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Creating partition for Ubuntu

I've just got a new laptop, and am working on getting it dual booting with Ubuntu (I do this all the time, so figured it wouldn't be a problem). All seemed well, but the HDD came partitioned into ...
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How to mount a partition on the root directory (for example /data)

I am installing Ubuntu on my empty hard drive and I would like to have a separate partition on which I would store my data, like movies, music, documents, etc. I don't like the idea of putting those ...
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A tiered approach to cloning linux partitons

I'm looking at a strategy for cloning Linux (root) partitions without having to use a Live CD. Literature suggests rightly that the source and target partitions must be umounted to be able to get a ...
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Macbook with Windows and MacOS X - tight integration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What HDD format should I use for Mac OS and Windows? We are developing software for Windows (7&8) and MacOS. I've got a new Macbook Air (8GB/512GB SSD) and I would ...
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Hard drive not correctly recognized on a new Windows 7 installation, but works correctly on Windows XP

I'm having problems configuring a hard disk in a brand new, clean Windows 7 installation. System specs: Hard disk: WD VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX (600 GB, 10000 RPM) Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H BIOS ...
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Resizing Mountain Lion AND Bootcamp partition

I have recently bought a new disk for my macbook pro which runs mountain lion. I have succesfully cloned the old drive to the new drive, but I wish to resize the partitions to take advantage of the ...
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Merge disk partitions - Win 7, Win 8 & Ubuntu

I have three operating systems in my laptop: Windows 7, Windows 8 and Ubuntu. I installed Windows 8 just to test it (I should have installed into a virtual machine...), but now I want to remove ...
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Leopard on a Lion Mac

I have a brand new Mac with OS X Lion on it. I would like to have a 200 gig partition with Leopard on it (I have the discs). When I insert the disc, upon bootup it just gives me a black screen with ...
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Native linux bootable thumb drive with first partition as fat32

I've been trying to do this for quite a while and I feel like I have exhausted my options on it. I want to make a flash drive partitioned similarly to this: Number Start (sector) End (sector) ...
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Windows 7 - How to hide another dual boot partition for one system and still be able to boot?

Well I have a dual boot configuration of two Windows 7's (one x64, 450 GB space and one Mini Windows 7 x32 using 3 gb out of 8). Now, in the main operating system I want to hide the Mini 7 partition ...
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How can I fix the MBR after cloning a Windows XP installation?

I have a dual boot system on a 320GB HDD that contains 3 partitions. The first partition contains a Windows XP installation for tests, the second partition holds another XP install for daily use. The ...
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Better place for home mount

Ok, i'm building large home server (Debian). Will I be able to mount home partition on another disk rather than another partition on the same one during the installation? Thanks a lot.
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Is it possible to set the logical sector size of a USB HDD?

I have two supposedly identical 3TB Western Digital USB HDDs. One contains nearly the full 3TB of data. I want the other to be a backup of that data. There are lots of small files, so running cp would ...
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Is there a Linux CLI tool to resize ext3 partition without data loss in simple step?

There are plenty of tools like parted and fdisk but all of them are not very user friendly. Something like Partition Magic but for CLI Linux? Something that automatically will adjust partition table, ...
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Is it possible to corrupt files by resizing or moving disk volumes? [closed]

A volume is technically a formatted partition. It is commonly referred to just as a "partition" these days. But the distinction between the two is important. Resizing or moving a partition that is ...
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Recover data from GPT NTFS partition after deletion

I accidentally deleted a NTFS partition of 1600 GiB in a 2 TB hard disk. The partition had 355 GiB of data. I tried to recover it using several utilities but could not. I know that the partition ...
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Recover partition tables/bad hd

I had a some problems in my Hard-drive and now the hard drive seems to be corrupted. Its Seagate 500GB Hard-Drive The hard drive started doing problems when i copied files to it, and started to shut ...
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How to remove the windows 7 bootloader from my OEM partition?

I have a laptop with an OEM partition containing the files for a recovery of Windows XP. In the past I've used this OEM partition by setting it active and let the computer boot it. It would ...
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Avoiding the pesky Windows 7 System Reserved Partition

I want to avoid the 100 MB "System reserved" partition which gets created when installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 on a blank hard drive. What is the easiest way do do this?
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Bypass “Daemon is inhibited”

When GParted is open, I cannot use the GUI to mount, unmount, or do other operations to partitions. The GUI (includes GNOME, KDE, and Xfce) complains that the "daemon is inhibited". However, if I ...
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Parted: resize partition without resizing filesystem

Can parted resize a partition without resizing the underlying filesystem? Currently, it prints a warning: WARNING: you are attempting to use parted to operate on (resize) a file system. parted's ...
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Unrecoverable partition: is there still hope?

My desktop's motherboard recently died and I decided to salvage its 2 500GB HDDs while I save up for a new mobo. I bought a docking station to use with my laptop. One HDD works flawlessly; however the ...
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How to install Windows 7 64 bit on a second partition on a GPT style disk?

I'm trying to install Windows 7 64 bit on the second partition of my harddrive, but when I select the second partition in the installation process, I'm unable to install onto it because Windows ...
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How to move my hidden Windows 7 Installer partition from one HD to another?

My HD is failing so I am going to exchange it. The only problem is: my old HD is the one that came with the machine, that means it is the one that contains that reserved partition with the Windows 7 ...
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How can I remove an uncessessary extended partition with only one member in gparted?

I've been changing this hard drive around, and have stumbled into this problem. I'm trying to get my hard drive back to just its original 4 partitions, but I can't seem to get rid of the "shell" of an ...
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Is it possible to move a partition under Windows 7?

I have a laptop with an SSD card. At the card have been defined to drives (c: and e:). Drive C: is almost full while Drive D: still has 20 GB free. At the drive C:\ is windows 7 installed. That is, C: ...
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How many active partition a hard drive may have?

If a primary partition contains operating system then it is marked as active, so if we have more than one OS in different primary partition then more than one partition must be marked as active. So ...
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Corrupted Default WinXP Partition

Here's a longer explanation... I had WinXP already installed on my computer with no partition except for that one. I made a 20 GB unallocated partition using the EaseUS program, then using a FreeDOS ...
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How can I force applications to save data in a different place?

I'm getting ready to nuke both my desktop and laptop, and I would like to make sure all files stay consistent between the two. I want to do this by creating a partition on each computer specifically ...
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Clone McAfee encrypted partition to SSD

I have a corporate laptop with a slow 5400 rpm C: drive, and I want to clone the drive to an SSD drive to improve performance on the laptop. The plan is to replace the original drive with the new SSD ...
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Corrupted WinXP Partition

I corrupted my default partition, after I had made a 2nd partition while trying to do a dual-boot. I then installed WinXP on the 2nd empty partition and now I'm able to view all my files except those ...
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Should i keep /var partition on my SSD?

I have bought Samsung 830 SSD (256GB capacity). I have moved my Win7 system partition (128 GB) to the SSD, and now i want to install Arch linux on the remaining 128GB. I just don't know how to ...
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Clone system partition windows 7

I have bought a Samsung SSD drive, 256 GB. I already have Samsung HDD (512 GB) with several partitions, but now i want to reorganize my system - to move my Windows 7 system partition to the SSD. The ...
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What HDD format should I use for Mac OS and Windows?

I would like to use my external hdd both on Mac os and windows 7. It looks like NTFS format is readable on Mac, but not writeable. What format should I use to make my hdd read/writeable on both mac ...
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How to make new partitions on a laptop that runs Rapid Drive with a 1TB HD and 32GB SSD?

I have a lenovo y480 with a 32GB solid state drive and a 1000GB normal HD. However, I am unable to make new partitions on the HD as the Rapid Drive tool has merged the hard drives. I only have a C ...
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Can I delete the OEM partition on the new Dell XPS 15?

My new Dell XPS 15 L521X just arrived. I need to set this up to dual boot Linux. Sadly, the system comes with four primary partitions. I can't do a clean install at the moment, so one of the ...
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Partitioning Scheme on HDD+SSD system

I have a fresh Samsung ultrabook with 500GB HDD and a 16 GB SSD. It came with Windows 7 installed. I am going to dual boot with Xubuntu 12.04. The following is the layout as seen from GParted. ...
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Accidentally ran “sudo gpart -W /dev/sda /dev/sda” – how can I recover my partitions?

I was trying to repair a damaged MicroSD card located on /dev/sdb, however I accidentally ran the gpart tool on /dev/sda instead. (not gparted, but gpart) I ended up writing one partition and so now ...
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How to partition a drive so it can be used for Windows and Mac OS X?

I want to use this 2TB hard drive with this hard drive docking station with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and Windows 7. What file system should I choose for the partition? I plan to do the initial partitioning ...