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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Is using multiple partitions a good data protection strategy? [closed]

So this is what I'm thinking of doing: Have 3 partitions on my laptop's HDD - 1 for system files (C drive). One for the data (D). And one for backups (Win 8 file history etc). And then I backup all ...
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Only three primary partitions?

As everyone probably knows, Windows allows a drive to have four primary partitions, one of which may be active. However, I have only three primary partitions. I shrunk one and created a fourth ...
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Extend volume where unallocated space lies ahead of it

I want to extend my volume. However the unallocated space lies ahead of the volume. Is it possible to extend this volume without converting it to a dynamic volume? Large Image I tried to use ...
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Triple boot (OS X/Win/Linux) via rEFIt doesn't work - Linux not visible in rEFIt

Today I installed Mac OS X Lion alongside with Linux (mint) and Windows 7. To be able to boot into Linux, i've downloaded rEFIt. It opens, I see the Mac and the Windows partition in it, but not the ...
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How to recover NTFS partition from Linux?

I've formated partition to empty - only erased information that partition is NTFS. Partition data haven't been changed. So i think only little change to partition table is required. How can i ...
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Does newly formatted SSD get proper partition alignment?

When I create partitions on a new SSD using Windows XP64 SP2, are they properly aligned? The answer for XP was NO, so I'm having another question: How about (up to date) Ubuntu? According to ...
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Windows: Will compressing the hard drive partition speed up disk access? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does NTFS compression affect performance? In theory, on a reasonably fast PC, the processor is mostly idle during hard drive access. A compressed file takes up less ...
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Extend Windows 7 partition to use free space before it

I have some unallocated space before my Windows 7 partition. Can I move the Windows 7 partition so that the free space is after it instead than before it, and then extend the partition to use all ...
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Recover files after unsuccessful partitioning

I wanted to install another Linux on my computer, so I tried to resize one of my NTFS partitions with Norton Partition Magic. It didn't complete successfully, showed some errors, said that the ...
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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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Explain the partitions on Lenovo Y500?

I have a Lenovo Y500 laptop, came with Windows 8, I updated it to Windows 8.1. I'm wondering what all the partitions do. Here is an edited screenshot of Disk Management: (Click image to enlarge) I ...
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Convert MBR to GPT - Without any OS

I just got a new laptop without any OS (it had FreeDOS, but not anymore). When I go to Windows Installer and try to create a new partition from un-allocated space, I don't get any Error message but ...
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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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Turning unallocated space into an NTFS partition

I want to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. Here's my GParted configuration: I want to set all the unallocated space to use the NTFS system so I can store my media files. dev/sda1 is MBR dev/sda2 is ...
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Unable to create a logical drive, all drives are dynamic

I am unable to create a logical drive from my unallocated space. When I click on New simple volume and proceed, it creates another dynamic drive. I tried to creating a logical drive from my Windows 7 ...
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How to mount a disk with data (a deleted partition table) from gpart and testdisk

I am trying to recover the ext4 partition table of a 2TB disk, where I have 900.000 files. I have cloned the original HD and now I am working on the cloned HD. And I am running Parted Magic Live CD. ...
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Starting one OS from another (virtualization?) - Linux

I need to do the following, and I'm not sure which tools I shuold use. I need to have 2 partitions on one PC; each partition contains a Linux Distro (any) in dual boot. Then, whenever I select to run ...
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Migrate to SSD - NTFS mount point for Program Files

Here is my thought. I have a new computer that I just built and am considering migrating to a SSD. I have Windows all setup and my Development environment configured so I want to avoid having to ...
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What is the best way to clone a Linux partition onto a smaller partition?

I've currently got an 80 GB RAID 0 (yes, I know, that's why I'm changing it...) ext3 Linux device that's about 80% free, and I want to change it to a 40 GB ext4 partition using one of ...
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Repartition a disk

I have one disk partitioned into two logical drives, C and D. There is no unallocated space. I need to add space to C: so I want to use some space from D (plenty is available). How can I do this ...
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How do I upgrade to Windows 10 if I have less than 8 GB free?

I have an ASUS X205TA with MS Windows 8.1. This has a 32 GB drive, but it also uses WIMBoot and has a recovery partition. I am unable to get more than 7.5 GB of free space. Microsoft offer a ...
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Recover files from formatted partition

My external HDD suddenly decided that it doesn't want to mount one of the partitions anymore. When trying to open under Windows, I got "corrupted partition. Can't open" type of error. So I just ...
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How to run a 2nd boot instance of Windows 7 on another partition?

*This is my 1st post/question - I believe it's a very similar problem/challenge as isipro at -- Get boot-partition to recognize a second operating system but it seems I'm directed to ask my own ...
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Share /boot partition between distros

I ran the default install of CEntOS 6.5 on my machine a couple months ago and have since added programs and files which I don't want to get rid of. I'd like to dual boot Ubuntu 14.x and am wondering ...
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3TB Western Digital green showing as only 746GB in disk management? [duplicate]

I've just purchased a new hard drive (3TB Western Digital Green) with the intention of transferring everything from my hard drive that has sector issues and is causing BSODs. The problem is, the new ...
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Windows cannot access my external harddisk partition not responding

I'm currently having problem with my External HDD Partitions OS : Windows 8 64 bit. I plugged in my laptop USB port and my laptop recognized the HDD and this is what I sees in "My Computer" So ...
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Windows 8.1 Upgrade fails with error code 0x80070652

I have a Thinkpad T530 running Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.04 from a MBR-partitioned disk, with GRUB being the installed boot loader. I can see that the Windows 8.1 upgrade is offered to me in the Market, ...
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How to cut off access for one user to one particular partition

How can I cut off access for one particular user to one partition on Windows 8.1? I created a GuestUser account (Prey did it for me), but it is a local user (without administrator permissions), ...
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“Windows failed to start 0xc00000e” for OS X + dual-partition Windows 7 disk

How to fix "Windows failed to start 0xc00000e"? I have OS X + dual-partition Windows 7 disk. Before I encountered this error, I was trying to migrate from this (older) disk to a newer one. I tried ...
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re-install windows 8 into a partition on a OEM machine for dual boot (ubuntu)

I have a queation, that I considered rather "simple" until I just didn't get to fix it :/ Since I'm assuming there will be more people facing this problem in the future, I'll just ask here. I bought ...
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re-mount two old disk from raid0 setup to recover data

I had setup two 500gb disk in RAID0 on my server, but recently suffered a hard disk failure (saw a S.M.A.R.T error on the HDD at boot). My host has put 2 new disk in RAID-0 again (re-installed the OS) ...
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New partition has been made automatically

I've just noticed a new partition which I never made: What's this? Isn't it probably caused by a virus or something?
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How can I install Windows alongside Ubuntu?

I recently installed Ubuntu and love everything about it except for one thing: I can't use Adobe Illustrator. When I installed Ubuntu, I reformatted the hard drive. Now I want to partition the hard ...
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Claim space for a partition from another partition nearby?

Suppose there are two partitions side by side. Is it possible to claim space for the right partition from the left partition? Is it possible to claim space for the left partition from the right ...
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I tried installing Ubuntu 10.04 and I got this message - any ideas on what to do?

No root file system defined. Please correct this from the partition menu. This message shows up when I first boot into Ubuntu after the installation. I installed it by mounting the ISO with Daemon ...
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Effect on factory setting after installing Linux

I have a basic question in my mind about the dual operating systems. I bought a new Lenovo laptop G450 which is shipped with Windows 7. Now I want to install Ubuntu Linux as a second operating system ...
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I accidentally made my new hard drive (the non system drive) my primary partition

When installing a new hard drive, I accidentally formatted it using 'Disk Management' and set it up as my primary active partition, even though it isn't the system drive. Then, when I restarted my ...
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Windows Vista partition will not resize using normal tools. Any advice?

I have a 120GB hard drive split into two partitions (C and D). Windows Vista is installed on the C partition with most of my files on D. As I am starting to run out of space within the C drive of my ...
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Changing the size of a FAT32 partition? [closed]

The size of a FAT32 partition cannot be changed without activities associated with reformatting the disk. Explain why this is so.
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How to partition a Flash Drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive? Do you know of any way on how to partition a flash drive. Specifically an 8gb toshiba flash drive. I have tried using ...
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Spanning volume disk usage

I have two SSD disks of 256GB and I want to create a single spanning volume of 512GB. I am using Windows 10. What I want to know is how will Windows handle this under the hood. Will the first disk ...
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Defrag & Pre Optimize OS & Data Partition when cloning from SSD to HDD?

There are times I have had to clone an OS or Data partition from an SSD to a HDD. It results in major performance losses, obviously until I can sit and Defrag/ Optimize / Boot Optimize the ...
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Can't extend (C:) partition [duplicate]

I am trying to extend the C: with the unallocated space on the on the left. I tried using a tool like EaseUS disk tool but it wasn't able to move C: to the left of the unallocated space. Does anyone ...
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How can a partial image backup or restore be performed?

I want to carve out some of the unused space on the Windows partition of my computer for other use. After defragmenting the free space, there are unmoveable files roughly in the middle of the ...
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Recover my SD Card

In windows disk mgr I can see this. I have no option to shrink/expand any of the partitions. Tried to delelete everything by DISKPART, but that's also not working: DISKPART> list disk Disk ...
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Having trouble setting up RAID 1 on Fedora

I have been working for a while to setup RAID 1 on my fedora server. I have one installed with Fedora, 1 blank but partitioned. The one with fedora is /dev/sda and the blank one is /dev/sdb. I tried ...
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What are GPT Protective volumes on Windows 8 and can they be recovered?

I have seen a few GPT Protective volumes now with Windows 8.x. These are default configurations where the users are very "un-savvy" and so they did not enable anything as far as additional security ...
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Installing Windows 7 fails on Mountain Lion

What I want I'm trying to install Windows 7 with bootcamp(Version 5.0.2 (462)) on Mountain Lion(10.8.3). The problem I get this error message upon opening bootcamp and clicking continue: The ...
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Installing Windows 7 Without Formatting Another Disk Partition?

My computer has two hard disk partitions, that is C: and D:, C: partition is about 30 GB and D: partition is about 50GB. In D: There are lot of my important data and I can't lose them, so I cannot ...
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On Windows (and PC), which Partition Recovery tool is a good, reliable one?

This is related to question: How do get my Windows 7 partition back after a blue screen? about losing the Windows 7 partition completely. I wonder if a Partition Recovery tool is a good, reliable ...