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 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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Windows detects GPT disk as MBR in EFI boot

This disk is OCZ VERTEX 128GB SSD. It is formatted as GPT from OSX. The disk layout is, /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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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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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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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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Can a 'system image' be restored to a drive with a different storage capacity?

I have a family member who complains that her laptop is slow. I checked the laptop over and indeed, it was slow, so I looked into what was using the most hardware, and found that the hard drive was at ...
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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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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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Creating ext4 partition from console

I have a volume /dev/sda1 (1.2 TB) containing an NTFS partition using 0.6 TB space. I want to make an ext4 partition in the remaining 0.6 TB space. I have not tried anything yet because I don't want ...
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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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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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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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Dell XPS 15 L502X hard drive Partition

I have a situation here. I got my new Dell XPS 15 Laptop. The configuration of hard drive is as below : Volume 1: (OEM Partition): 133MB Volume 2: OS (C:): 685.25 GB Volume 3: Recovery : 13.25 ...
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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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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 ...
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How to remove iso 9660 from USB?

I have somehow managed to write an iso 9660 image onto my USB drive, which makes all my computer think that the device is actually a CD. I have tried various methods of removing this partition, but ...
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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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Is a /boot partition always necessary?

Should I create a /boot partition every time I install a Linux distro? Is a difference between having a /boot partition and making the / partition bootable?
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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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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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Is GParted very reliable? Is it as good as Partition Magic?

In the old days, I used Partition Magic which can support up to 80GB hard drives. But now it seems needing to buy a copy that will support 1TB drive or 2TB drive and pay $60 or $70 for it... (the ...
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5 Primary Partitions?

I have a compaq laptop with an ide hard drive in it. I try a lot of different OS's and I'm currently switch between Ubuntu, Windows7, and JoliOS(another linux distro). However in Win7 the partition ...
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How to move a file from one location to another on the disk?

I want to move a specific file (for example a binary .exe) that occupies a specific low offset (physical position) on my HDD to a lower offset (external edge of my HDD). From what I know I can't do it ...
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security concerns in dual-boot Linux, Windows system?

I plan to install Windows Vista on my second hard drive partition, with Ubuntu Hardy remaining on the first partition. How likely is it that any security holes that may exist in Vista could allow ...
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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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Is it possible to remove all partitions when upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7?

I bought a Windows 7 upgrade version to upgrade a laptop with Windows XP. The upgrade needs to be done with a clean install, and I would like to change the partitions as well. Microsoft explains (in ...
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How to encrypt ONLY a user's profile folder (e.g.: /User/sid) on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2?

I wanted a way to encrypt my user folder e.g. (/User/sid/*) and have Mac OS X auto mount it based off my login credentials. Since that folder also contains profile info, I suspect it would need to be ...
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Is GPT aligned for 4k blocks?

The Wikipedia article for GUID Partition Table does not make it clear whether it is aligned to an underlying 4k-block filesystem. Seeing as the diagram shows the first block of the data sector as ...
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1 TB hdd and no space to create a partition for linux !

I have a brand new Acer aspire 5811 with core i5 processor and all that. There is windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed on it. I want to install arch and setup a dual boot system. EDIT: Looks like ...
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Is it possible to convert an ntfs partition to ext3?

Is it possible to convert an ntfs partition to ext3?
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Restoring microSD partition table

I just found that my HD2 broke its memory card's partition table at once. When I insert the card in my SD reader I get only a whole RAW (unformatted) partition in Windows. Linux doesn't even see it ...
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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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I have (Possibly) Extraneous partitions, can I delete them?

I have an Acer Aspire 5732Z that is currently dual booting W7 and Ubuntu. It is partitioned into 3 primary partitions and 1 extended one that contains 4 logical ones. I am completely sure that the ...
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Windows XP loses drive letter for existing partition on disk

apologies if this has already been asked - I couldn't spot anything exactly the same. I'm looking for help on the fact that Windows XP has suddenly decided to stop assigning a drive letter to the ...
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Windows 8.1 - Why are there multiple recovery partitions in the system?

DISKPART> list partition Partition ### Type Size Offset ------------- ---------------- ------- ------- Partition 1 System 500 MB 1024 KB Partition 2 OEM ...
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Windows XP setup doesn't recognise my netbook's harddrive

Before Christmas, I wiped all partitions off my Acer Aspire One D150 netbook and installed Jolicloud Linux to try out. It's great, but I'm missing too much of my Windows-only software so I'd like to ...
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How do I repartition a hard drive in Windows 7?

I bought a laptop with a 500GB HDD. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The drive was partitioned into one 452GB partition (C:) and a recovery partition. I decided to divide the C Drive. ...
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CloneZilla errors when attempting to clone and create partition table proportionally

Carrying on from a question regarding hard drive space on a cloned hard drive, i'm attempting to recover the space using CloneZilla and using the setting -k1, create partition table proportionally. ...
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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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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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Partition SD Card?

I want to partition the SD card so that I can use Apps2SD application (on my Android phone, a Samsung GT-i5503). I just would like to know if I can partition my SD card using "Computer Management" in ...
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renaming a fat16 volume

What's the easiest way to rename (change the volume label of) a fat16 volume (e.g. on a USB drive) from linux? It seems like mlabel from the mtools package is meant to do this, but the documentation ...
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How to force files together on a Linux partition?

I have a dynamically expanding VDI file which is 14 GB big while the partition itself is only 2 GB. The files are too spread out over the disk so zero-ing the free space and compacting the VDI didn't ...
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WinXP - putting user directories on secondary partition?

I'm refurbishing a computer for my brother and his family. The main drive is split into 4 partitions: WinXP C: drive; Ubuntu system partition; Ubuntu swap partition; NTFS data partition (currently ...
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Partitioning an external hard drive [closed]

I have just purchased a 1Tb external hard drive, the reason being I am moving jobs and changing computers. I thought I could install all my personal programs and data on the external drive instead of ...
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Is there a way to partition USB flash drives, so that both/all partitions appear in Windows?

In Windows, 'removable' drives cannot be partitioned, without the partitions not appearing and receiving drive letters, apart from the first partition. Partitioned flash drives work fine in Linux. ...