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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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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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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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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How can I shrink a Logical Volume, and re-allocate the freed space into a new partition on the same drive?

I have a drive, sda. It has two partitions: sda1: /boot sda2: LVM managed in Volume Group volgrp01 volgrp01 contains the following Logical Volumes: lv_root (30 GB) lv_swap (8 GB) lv_scratch (430 ...
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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-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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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 ...
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How do get my Windows 7 partition back after a blue screen?

I boot up to Windows 7, clicked on START, and right click on Computer and chose "Manage", and then I right clicked on a primary partition which wasn't the partition for C: but just a useless partition ...
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Linux Mint VM in VirtualBox freezes with DISKFULL error

Disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint Debian This guides shows me how to partition my HD for Linux Mint. I'm trying to install Mint as a guest client on Windows 7 hosted VirtualBox. I used to let it ...
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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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What is the difference between Local Disk and New Volume?

We have a product ,while doing some operation we found this error "Logical disk 'C:' was not found" . When i checked my "C" folder i saw its named as 'New Volume (C:)' , but when i changed to 'Local ...
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Linux installation won't boot due to GRUB “no such device” error

I think I've exhausted all I know to do, so I'm sending up the flares. I'll try to cover it all (albeit, in pieces), so please be patient. I decided to install Linux Mint 11 where I previously had ...
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How to make a drive partition and install Windows on it from an HP install disc

I bought a new HP DV6-S190SE, and I want to make multiple partitions on the hard drive. I went to HP's site and discussed with them using online chat. They said that this is not useful to make more ...
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Gparted: during a partition resize my NTFS partition gone, how can i recover it?

i was using Gparted on Ubuntu 10.04 to resize /dev/sda5 and free up 1 GB of space. during the operation it gave a failure and now the partition is unknown, no type, no data. the disk was 20.0 GB and ...
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I broke my MBR/Windows doesnt let me reformat!

I was trying to solve this and i used partimage to restore the MBR from a file. It completely wrecked my partitions. I now have 3, a 100mb, a large one and a 9mb. Windows XP complained and Windows 7 ...
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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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OSX: cant create a partition because drive is locked

Problem: I have a USB key with Mountain Lion on it and I want to install it on my macbook pro. I deleted the existing partition on the laptop and wanted to created a new one were to install the OS ...
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why does the partition start on sector 2048 instead of 63

I had two drives partitioned the same and running 2 raid partitions on each. One died and I replaced it under warranty for the same model. While trying to partition it, the first partition can only ...
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How to correct 512-byte sector MBR on a 4096-byte sector disk?

Final update: I already knew what I needed to do to fix this problem; I just didn't know how to do it. I was hoping there would be some ready-made tool to do that automatically - but couldn't find ...
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How to move a partition to the end in gparted?

I can't find a way to move the partition /dev/sdb2 to the end, where 12GB are free. I can resize (expand) the partition, but not create (insert) any free space in front of it. How to do the trick? ...
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Resize HFS+ Partition

Is there any way that I can resize (actually growing is what I need, not shrinking) a HFS+ partition? I tried gparted and acronis but of them none seem to be able to do it. So, tell me: is that ...
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Expand C: with another Hard Drive?

I have two hard disk of 30GB each. (First Hard Disk - 30GB) [C:] Windows 8 (Second Hard Disk - 30GB) [D:] Free I would like to use the second hard disk to expand the space of my first hard disk. ...
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Is a /boot partition always necessary?

Should I create a /boot partition every time I install a Linux distro? Is there a difference between having a /boot partition and making the / partition bootable?
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Should I put my page file on its own partition?

I have enough room on my OS hard disk to make a separate partition for the page file, but my power supply isn't enough to give it its own drive. Is it better to put the Windows page file on its own ...
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How can I shrink my Windows partition further than the disk management is allowing?

I just bought a new computer with a 2TB hard drive that has only a single partition. I would like to divide this into at least 4 partitions, but when I try to shrink the current partition, it says the ...
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How to make the Users Directory a different partition in Snow Leopard?

How do I set up Snow Leopard so that my user's folder resides in a separate partition? I want to do this so that when I format my main partition i don't have to backup and restore the user directory. ...
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Is it best to partition a 1TB external drive? [closed]

OK – I've got the 1TB WD External hard drive from DSE (see post - http://forums.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=113070 ) Should I create some more partitions on it – from what I've read (not knowing ...
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How to convert a primary partition to logical?

I am using Windows 8 and I partitioned hard disk into separate drives using disk management. The problem is that the new partitions created are shown as primary partitions. How do I change them to ...
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Windows 8 Machines Only Have Primary Partitions?

I just bought a new HP laptop with Windows 8. I tried to partition the hard drive using PartedMagic and discovered that we can't create any extended partitions to have logical volumes. Only primary ...
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How can I unmark an external hard drive partition as being active?

I accidentally marked my external hard drive partition as active in disk management. I meant to change the drive letter but hit the wrong button. Whoops. What are the consequences of having done that ...
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Is there a way to do a sector level copy/clone from one hard drive to another?

Without going into distracting details, I'm attempting to duplicate the contents of the 500GB drive in my MacBook to another 500GB drive. But this is turning out to be an unexpected hassle because the ...
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Virtualbox: Raw linux partition not booting

I have a dual-boot laptop with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. I am trying to boot the ubuntu partition from windows using Virtualbox. I have successfully created the .vmdk, and created the virtual ...
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Why is windows not able to create a system partition?

I'm reinstalling Windows 7 64 bit, and I encountered an issue I've never seen before. I have a legit copy of Win 64 Professional, and I've installed it probably a half dozen times on this machine in ...
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What file system is swap on Linux

In Linux you can choose things like ext3 and reiserfs for partitions. For the swap partition, you just choose "swap." What file system is this, actually? Can you just create an ext3 partition and make ...
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Do operating systems run faster on smaller hard disk partitions?

If I partition my hard disk, is my computer going to perform faster/better? In other words, the smaller the active partition is (the partition with the operating system), the faster the operating ...
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Create a shared FAT32 partition on Boot Camp MacBook

I have a MacBook set up with Boot Camp, and the XP partition is NTFS. The split is 50-50 and there is no unallocated space on the hard drive. I want to create a shared 50GB FAT32 partition for my ...
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Partition table corrupted (USB flash drive)

It's an 8 GB Patriot thumb drive, which I've used extensively with lots of data. Today, it is detected, but all data is gone: (EDIT at least some data is still there, but the partition table is gone) ...
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Linux kernel - can't access sda16 & sda17

I can't access sda16 sda17 and higher partitions from my linux. This linux is rather debian (very old); kernel 2.6.23. So, I know that so old linux kernel can't access > 16 partitions on single sata ...
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Recover Partition-Table still present in running system

Hy, I accidentially overwrote the first 1M of my harddisk on linux (using dd). So, the partition-table is gone. I can still access all partition (except the first one) using /dev/sda2 (and so on), so ...
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Why can't I extend this partition?

My system hard drive on my Windows computer is partitioned into 3 primary partitions, and 200+GB additional free space. The partitions are contiguous: C: 20GB D: 25GB E: 208GB free: ...
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Move partition data with dd to the right

I need some help to get a dd command line that is moving my partition blockwise to the right. I stumbled upon an error when using tools to image some pcs and now I need to repartiition those machines ...
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logical sector size changes depending on whether it is attached via USB or direct SATA

I have a 3TB WD disk (in a My Book Essential external drive.) I used parted under Linux to partition it with a GPT disklabel and loaded it up with data from my laptop through the USB cable. Then I ...
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Windows 7, disk partition disappeared

I have a Mac Book Pro with 320GB HDD, I had Mac OSX (139.70 GB) on one partition (using BOOTCAMP) and Windows 7 (157.59GB) on other partition (Bootcamp). And in Windows I divided that single partition ...
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How do I make my external USB HDD be treated as a removable drive

I want to connect my external 2TB USB HDD that has 4 partitions, to be treated as a set of removable drives on Windows. This is because I do not want Windows to create "System Volume Information" ...
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How to prepare a flexible partition scheme?

I have an empty PC with 750GB of hard drive space. I'd like to install both Linux and Windows but I don't know yet which one I'll use more. The thing is that I don't want to get my fingers burned. ...
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Free Partition Migration Tool [closed]

I'm looking for a free tool that will move a single partition from one drive to another. I have found tools like HDClone and Clonezilla but both want to clone the entire hard drive, not just one ...
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partitioning Windows 8 drive

I have 3 partitions - Sys reserve, C, and D. When I try to create another partition it creates a logical drive not a primary drive and doesn't ask which one I want. I need a primary with Fat32 ...
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How to restore the OEM partition after installing Windows 8?

I installed Windows 8 onto my Lenovo S-10 netbook. I now want to go back to Windows XP so I can give the netbook away. Previously after installing other OSes such as Windows 7 on the device I have ...