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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trying to format old drive, got “ext2fs_mkdir: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while creating root dir”

I had what used to be an old NTFS hard drive. Something went wrong years ago with the drive, and it wouldn't boot into windows. I had an invalid windows key, all kinds of pirated software, and ...
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Unable to access 15 GB partition?

I have 250 GB HDD. I have created 5 partitions of it. Unfortunately, I am unable to format, delete, access my 5th partition which is of 15 GB. It says that it is Unallocated. If it is unallocated then ...
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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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Cleared vs. Unformatted partition in GParted

I am running a database-like application that writes and reads data directly to and from a raw block device. I would like to create a new partition for this purpose, and I am using GParted. I've ...
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Replace laptop HDD

I've got a bigger (WD 7500 BPKX Scorpio Black - 750GB) and faster (7200 rpm) HDD for my laptop which has 3200BEVT 320 GB (WD also) 5200 RPM HDD. I tried to clone the old HDD with mini tool partition ...
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Create a single partition from 2 hard drives Windows 7

I have 2x 3TB identical drives and i want to make a single 6TB partition from both drives so i don't have to keep copying files between the drives. ( i know if 1 drive fails i'll lose everything but i ...
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Partition problems after resizing

EDIT3 This might be quite the hopeless case, so I posted another method that is simpler, but still need some help with. will this work? backup partition contents of both linux and windows I've ...
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what is difference between gpt partition and mbr partition and where structure differs?

Where GPT table using and MBR partition table using. Windows 8 installing and booting in UEFI mode so it is supporting GPT partition style so we can create 128 primary partitions using windows8? can ...
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define partition sizes using two harddisks with two OS

I bought a new computer with the harddisks. The first one is a 250GB SSD HD and the second one is a normal 2TB HD. I would like to install windows 8.1 and linux on my computer and to have a common ...
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Resize a dd dump without changing partition size

First of all, apologies if this has been asked before. I found a lot of similar questions, but none that completely match my situation. I have a raw disk image made from an ext4 partition on an ...
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Will data become unrecoverable if I force write partition structure?

I am planning to use the "write" the partition structure option available in testdisk. There is a chance that this structure is wrong. In that case will any of my raw data get overwritten if I write ...
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What steps should I take to recover my data due to partition error?

Specs : HD : 3 TB external Samsung Hard-disk OS : Win 8.1 64 Bit SW : Paragon How it happened : Applied a resize at end operation in Paragon on my 3 TB disk. I wanted the 3 TB to split to 2980 ...
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Mirroring In External Hard Drive

I've recently bought a Seagate Expansion external hard drive (STBV2000200). Searched the Internet but it's still unclear to me how it actually works. Does it have two internal 1TB drives ? ...
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Ununtu 12.0.4 LTS Boots to some unknown mount point

I installed Ubuntu 12.0.4 LTS to a 2TB Sata with a swap partition and a data partition. I installed mdadm and setup an incomplete raid. I later unmounted that raid (to which it erred as non-existent) ...
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I can not edit drive properies even when I use root

I use the gksu nemo (because my file explorer is nemo) command, yet when I go to the drive I use, I right-click, then go to properties I still cannot change the Permissions. I have a 1TB portable ...
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I need assistance with my USB Drive which is in 2 partitions, and I want to rejoin them into 1.

So what happened is that my 32 GB USB Drive was initially 32 GB, more like 29.82, but still. Anyway, I use this for everything, school, personal, educational, everything. So then we recently got the ...
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Create live mulitbootable flash drive with linux and windows7

So recently I have been having some trouble with my laptop, been getting bsod... So I thought, instead of carrying my external around with me and risking it becoming damaged, why not create a ...
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Windows 7 system left in unusable state after moving system partition

I tried doing some PC maintenance on my home computer last night, and hosed it up. A couple years ago i installed a 120GB SSD in my PC. I partitioned it into two equal partitions, the first being my ...
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Western Digital 1TB Drive recognized as 32MB

this is really strange - I've got this 1TB Western Digital HDD and multiple machines (including an USB3-SATA Bridge) detect this HDD with only 32MB capacity. I guess the Harddisk is broken and ripe ...
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Hiding a partition without formatting it

Is it possible to hide a partition of an external HDD without formatting the partition? Is there any free program to do so? If that's not possible, what about introducing it as a removable device by ...
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How do I install an operating system on a hard drive then copy it to a new drive? [duplicate]

I have a computer with only one harddrive but I have a spare harddrive that I can temporarily use. I can't format my computers harddrive because I still need to use the operating system every day and ...
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Can't run Windows 7 after install

When I installed Windows 7, I wanted to do a clean install. I deleted all the partitions, and created 1 new partition on it. Then I installed Windows. When the Windows installer is done, Windows ...
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When partitioning devices for zfsonlinux, what is the correct “Partition type GUID” to use, or is this important at all?

I want to use zfsonlinux on a Debian system. Since I have advanced format drives and will employ LUKS, I have to partition the device by hand. A forum entry at archlinux.org points out that the ...
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Merge Unused Space In Partitions

I have a 2TB HDD that is split into multiple partitions (C:Main, D:Documents, E:Games, F:Media). My E partition is running out of space, but my D and F has plenty of space. Both partitions currently ...
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Converting C:/ partition to Logical Partition

I have an HP dv6 laptop which came with 4 primary partitions: System Reserved Partition C: (contains OS) Recovery Partition HP_Tools I think HP is an amateur company which doesn't even know, ...
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Why can't CDs/DVDs be partitioned?

Nearly everywhere it's written that it's not possible.. But why? Why can't I dump a GPT/MBR partition table in the first sector? Basically dump a disk layout with sector size 2048... Now I'm sure ...
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Putting Debian 7.3 on a USB drive via the dd command

Not sure if this is the correct place to ask this, but I assumed as it's pertaining to the dd command it would be. Normally to do this I'd use the Windows application Universal USB Installer but per ...
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How do I replace one flavor of Linux with another while dual booting with Windows?

I'm currently dual booting Linux Mint 13 along with Windows XP. I want to switch to CrunchBang after removing Linux Mint. Can anyone tell me how to do this while taking care of the master boot ...
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How can I repartition and format 'Toshiba USB 2.0 ext HDD USB device' containing CDFS partition?

[Edited 19 jan 2014] I have rephrased the question and added additional info about failed attempts. The presence of the CDFS partition is essential and has blocked all attempts so far; also this makes ...
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Cut off the broken sector while preserving data

I have 320GB drive with following layout: 100 MB - win data; 100 GB win partition (boot+data); 190GB data; 30 GB Linux Now my system started to hang up, I got many atapi errors and some ntfs errors, ...
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Install Linux error: Could not allocate requested partitions - not enough free space on disks

I'm using Windows 8.1, now for education purpose, I try to install Oracle Linux 6.5 as dual boot on my computer. At the Disk Partition section, I found that I cannot create a Partition, both with ...
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How to make Linux read DOS partition table and create partition devices from loopback?

# blockdev --rereadpt /dev/loop3 BLKRRPART: Invalid argument How to make a "virtual HDD" in linux. It should be like loopback, but also with with automatic linux's detection of partitions and udev ...
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Does there exist a native UEFI disk/partition manager?

UEFI has the infrastructure to support complex applications at boot-time. One of the most urgent needs of the hour is a UEFI application for GPT disk management. A lot of partition management cannot ...
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Hard drive undetectable after failed partitioning

I have an internal 1 TB seagate HDD which I had about 800 gb of important data on. Recently I needed to install an OS on it so I connected it via external casing usb to my laptop and tried making a ...
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Unable to install the linux kernel

I downloaded the Linux kernel version 3.6.10 from http://kernel.org. I was on an Ubuntu Linux when I opened the .tar file to a separate partition of 30GB. My ideal aim is to have my current Ubuntu ...
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Regarding Partiton of hard Disc?

I bought Lenovo z500 with a 1 TB harddrive. In that harddrive I have two partitions other than the C-drive, but there is 400 GB left in the entire harddrive. I can't figure out how to include it to ...
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MacOS - creating continous space for partitioning

I have 80 GB free space, but disk utility only shows about 14 GB available for partitioning. My understanding is that this could get fixed by defragging the disk. But MacOS has no defrag-tools and the ...
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GParted reports bad blocks on a new drive?

I have a pretty old Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop that had a failing drive (boots started failing, S.M.A.R.T. parameters showed reallocated sectors), so I used Clonezilla to copy the data to a new drive ...
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What's the best way to use both an SSD and an HDD? [closed]

I have a Windows 7 laptop with an 128GB SSD and an 1TB HDD. I want to use both efficiently. I have 2 plans so far. Plan A) Use 50GB of SSD for OS. Use the rest of SSD as a cache space to boost an HDD ...
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Explain the partitions on Lenovo Y500?

I have a Lenovo Y500 laptop, came with Win8, I updated it to Win8.1. I'm wondering what all the partitions do. Here is an edited screenshot of disk management: I assume the partitions are the same ...
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How to format a compact flash disk with ext3 filesystem, when the device is apparently in use by the system?

I would like to format a 2 GB compact flash disk in the ext3 format under Linux (Ubuntu). To do so, I put the flsh card into the flash card reader checked dmesg to see the device is under /dev/sdb ...
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How to “cut” sda5 to sda2? or how to boot GParted?

I'm using CentOS 6.4 via VMWare. At once, I created my PC just 20Gb But now, I need to expand my PC to 120Gb. So i've add 100Gb by using VMware. But it doesn't work when i check it via samba. I try ...
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MBR equals msdos for gparted?

I want to create a MBR partition table with GParted. In the confirmation window I can choose between various types of partition table. Default is msdos. Is it the same as MBR partition table? I'm ...
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Get Recovery Partition to work, with overwritten MBR.?

I accidently deleted the MBR on Recovery Partition of my Sony VAIO, now when I try to boot in this it gives Error: MBR : 1234FA , Is there a way in Linux or Windows so that I can get this partition ...
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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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“Enable file and folder compression” option when creating a new partition in Windows 7

It's my first time creating a separate partition (on Windows 7) to store all my data and I'm using the Disk Management tool, and I've been presented with the choice of whether to enable file and ...
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Install Windows from CentOS?

I am working on a virtual machine and I can start it or power it off any time, boot from cd-drom. Now the problem is they only have Linux OS and I would like to install Windows, something like dual ...
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8GB MicroSD as root Linux HDD with data on seperate 1TB drive

I currently have a home file server (CentOS 6.3 w/ Samba) that does some simple WWW (Nginx/PHP) right now. The data (shared files as well as WWW data) currently reside on a 1TB HDD and the kernel ...
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Reformat Debian Bootable USB Drive back to Regular Storage

I created a Debian Netinstall Bootable USB drive using a SanDisk Cruzer Edge. The USB stick booted fine but now I cannot reformat it back. Diskpart reads it as 0B used and 0B free, Disk Management ...
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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 ...