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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Shrinking windows and recovery partitions on the samsung new series 9

I just bought a samsung NP900X3C, and as I was going to install linux, I noticed the windows partitions and recovery partitions occupied a major portion of the disk. The disk is a 128 GB SSD, and I ...
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Max partition no. on a harddisk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive? This question may be repeated. Can anyone tell how many partitions we can create on a hard ...
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Alignment requirements: converting basic disk to dynamic disk in order to set up software RAID?

On Windows 7 x64 Professional I am struggling to convert a basic disk to a dynamic one. Under Disk Management in the MMC the conversion is supposed to be initiated automatically, but it doesn't. My ...
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How to fix corrupted partition without loss of data

Some time ago I accidentally dded ISO to my hard drive. After that I've reinstalled OS, but my Arch installation still recognize extended partition as ISO file and display it in Nautilus: When I ...
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What's the quickest way to move your Windows user account to another HDD partition? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to move Users folder in Windows 7 to another drive in order to save space in SSD main drive? My user is placed on my SSD, which I want to move to my 500GB because my ...
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Notepad++ Explorer Plugin not showing all Partitions

My PC has 3 partitions C, U and A. I installed Explorer Plugin in Notepad++, it shows the two partitions properly. But for some reason the third partition is not there. I have a lot of project files ...
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Everything on hard drive suddenly vanished without explanation, but the drive seems otherwise functional

I have a new desktop that I built a few months ago that has a four-year-old WD hard drive and a two-year-old drive. I had set it up so that the newer drive had Windows and most of my files on it while ...
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Transfer hard drive space from one partition to the other [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Free Software for Partition Manager How do I delete a hard drive partition/merge it with the main one? I have a 500 GB SATA hard drive. The drive is partitioned as: ...
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Accessing another partition

My Ubuntu crashed so I installed a new one in a new partition. I now need to access the old partition. How do I do that? I found a partial answer here: How to access old partitions after installing ...
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Partitions not showing after installing Windows 7

Yesterday, I installed the Windows 7. I found out that my other disks (partitions) automatically disappeared from my computer and only showing C disk. I tried to defragment, hide/unhide the disk, ...
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Enlarge partition on SD card

I have followed Cloning an SD card onto a larger SD card to clone a 2G SD card to a 32G SD card, and the file system is ext4. However, on the 32G SD card I only can see 2G space available. Is there a ...
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Move home to partition or resize home to fit partition

I've two disks in my PC. My /home is in the /dev/sda3 so it's on sda1. Then I have another disk formated and mounted as /data in /dev/sdb1. I want to move /home to /data or delete data complety and ...
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Final questions regarding installing a new system HDD

Of late, my HDD has started to fail and I have to buy a new one. Being a total noob I encountered the following issues: Backing up the data. I solved this problem by using DIXML (Thanks to the SE ...
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How to recover deleted NTFS partitions?

Last night I made a terrible mistake. I was reinstalling Windows and I accidentally deleted all the partitions on all my drives. I realized my mistake before I had created any partitions, so nothing ...
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Create Windows 8 recovery parition on other hard disk

I've bought an Optical Hard Disk bay to increase space storage of my laptop and now I haven't any way to reinstall my operating system if one day it becomes unusable. So, I tried to create a recovery ...
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Is there a risk in deleting one partition when formatting another on the same physical disk? [closed]

I am planning to reinstall windows on my computer (clean install, meaning formatting the disk). I already have 2 partitions, C: and D:, and I already have my important stuff in D: (the same physical ...
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Restoring factory recovery partition (samsung)

I have upgraded the HDD in a Samsung laptop and would like to restore the "Press F4 for recovery" partition. My new disk has three partitions, System, Windows, and Recovery. I did a dd of the ...
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Partitioning a disk with already existing partitions

On a Linux Virtual Machine that i recently setup, I had a disk /dev/sdb of size 20G in which i created 8 partitions (3 primary, 1 extended containing 5 logical partitions), using upto 10G of space. So ...
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Hard disk drive not visible in 'My computer'

I have a 250 GB SATA hard disk, that was partitioned as follows: C: - 60 GB E: - 40 GB F: - 40 GB G: - 45 GB H: - 45 GB However, only C: is visible in My Computer now. All other partitions are ...
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Two System Reserved Partitions after clean install on new drives

I just did a clean install of Windows 7 on a pair of SSDs (RAID 0) and was going to clear out my old HDD when I saw I have two system reserved partitions: AFAIK I'm booting from Disk 1 (BIOS says ...
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How can I change the size of my SD card partition on os x 10.6.8 using gparted or disk utility?

I"m running OS X 10.6.8 and I would like to use gparted to resize a partition on my SD card by following instructions on this page: ...
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how to partition my hdd for win 7 and ubuntu 12.04

I'm totally new to dual booting but I need it so please help me partitioning my hdd. I just got my new laptop with Windows 7 installed and I want Ubuntu with that. I have one 750 GB hdd with 2 ...
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How can I run a clean install of Windows 7 with Windows XP installed?

I'm looking to finally upgrade from XP to Windows 7 after being deterred by the clean install. I know it has to be done but is there anyway to to make it easier? Could I partition my hardrive, move ...
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Partitioning on workstation [closed]

I am using Win server 2012 as workstation and want to know how I can create a partition. I am worried about installation that I already have made. I am also worried if it will decrease my performance ...
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Connect a laptop HDD to another computer

I was wondering how to connect a laptop HDD to another computer, so that some examination on the HDD may be performed by the other computer? The easier, the better, whether it is internal inside the ...
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Self locked out for writing to a partition in Windows 7

In Windows 7, I changed the permissions to access a ntfs partition for all four user groups (Autenticated Users, SYSTEM, Administrators (ADMIN\Administrators), and Users (ADMIN\Users)) to allow only ...
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What differences are between Authenticated Users, SYSTEM, Administrators (ADMIN\Administrators), and Users (ADMIN\Users)

In Windows 7, what differences are between Authenticated Users, SYSTEM, Administrators (ADMIN\Administrators), and Users (ADMIN\Users) I saw them when right click on a partition and click ...
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How to make a ntfs partition on internal HDD read-only, and later writable?

My laptop has a HDD which has several partitions. One ntfs partition is for Windows7 installation, one ntfs partition is for my personal files, and there are some other partitions. I would like to ...
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Re-reading the partition table failed with error 22: invalid argument

I have Oracle Linux on a VM and I'm trying to create partitions on /dev/sda2 of size 30 gigs using fdisk utility. I made four partitions each of size 512M and they appear in the partition table. ...
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Cannot mount TrueCrypt volume

I encrypted a 800GB partition on my 1TB hard drive. The process completed successfully. But, now when I mount the drive it asks me to format it. I cannot open it. I have 600GB of data and I am not ...
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'This computer does not have enough space for temporary files…' error 0x80070103

I am trying to install windows server 2008 r2 a computer with multiple drives. My c drive has 3gb space, and I have 2 other hardrives with more than 100gb space. The error is telling me I need about ...
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TEMP_PART01 and C drive

So we have a Samsung series 9 laptop and it has a 128 GB solid state drive, the problem we are having with it is that it has 4 partitions, one that's 100MB (who knows what for), one thats 40 GB ...
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bash - test if disk is unparitioned

I'm currently working on a DIY network storage which aggregates free disk space using mhddfs. Now what I want is, for example given a hotswap bay, when I insert a brand new unpartitioned disk, I wish ...
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Windows can't see the external exFAT partition but Mac OSX Can

I have a 2TB external hard drive that was pre formatted as one giant NTFS partition. I used windows 7 disk utility to partition it into two 1TB partitions and then formatted as FAT. The formatting ...
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How can I extend / create a new partition from the following setup?

I'm a little unsure what to do in this situation. When I try to create a new simple volume from the unallocated space I get an error because I already have 4 partitions. I have no option to extend ...
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Does OEM partition stores Windows 7 serial key ?

Does OEM partition stores the serial key which is grabbed by the Win 7 setup done from the disk provided with laptop. I realized that when you install clean system from Windows 7 disk you get with ...
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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 ...