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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Second hard drive acting pretty strange

I've put an SSD in my Macbook, and at the same time moved the original hard drive to the optical drive bay. I'm running the OS (latest Yosemite) and most of my daily apps off the SDD so the hard drive ...
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merging a system partition with a partition preceding it

My hard drive is 500 Gb, I partitioned it with 400gb for windows 7 and 100gb for Windows 10, however I am in need of a bit more space, thus I shrank 50gb from the windwos 7 partition, besides ...
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How do I split a 3TB disk into two 1.5TB disk partitions?

I bought new 250GB SSD drive and 3TB HDD and i want to use it with windows 8.1. I have installed windows on the SSD drive but i cant use my 3TB with its full capacity. What I want is to split my 3TB ...
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Permanently assigning letters to a “lost” partition

I recently installed Linux Mint on my PC, and i have Win8.1 already installed so i have a dual-boot. Windows is on one Hard-Drive (C) while Mint is on another (D) with a separate Partition only for ...
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Drive Letter assigned to system reserved partition

I recently removed my ubuntu installation because I didn't want to go through GRUB every time I turned on my PC. That worked fine. Now in file explorer I have a 100MB partition. I know that this ...
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Hard drive working on TV but not on computer(s)

I have Seagate external powered 1TB hard drive. Its around 5 years old. Around 1 year before I brought Samsung LED TV which supports USB drives to watch media content. After that I use to switch that ...
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System image backup and partition sizes

Quick question. Say I have a 100GB partition C: on a 500GB HDD with my OS and everything. If I make a backup(system image) and store it in a external HDD and repartition the 500GB HDD so that I have ...
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SD card img file copying on linux

I am trying to make Banana PI bootable SD card. First delete old partitions from SD, then create two new partitions and format them as vfat and ext4, as here described Then copying disk image: sudo ...
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Tails Installer fails with insufficient space error on a 64GB usb

I am trying to create a Tails Live USB via the Tails Installer on a 64GB usb key. I can successfully run Tails from a temporary USB key, but I run into trouble on the last step of Tails Installer ...
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Do I need two /boot partitions for a dual boot system

The current partitioning as shown in Gnome Disks is: /dev/sda1 Linux Bootable 500mb /dev/sda2 Linux LUKS Encryption 478gb (this is LVM) Free Space 21gb In /dev/sda2, there is /, swap and /home. I ...
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Removing /tmp partition, what will happen?

We have a CentOS 6.6 server running, which is using a Raid0 on SSDs for the /tmp mount point (used for fast i/o). These SSDs need to be removed from the server, so the device where /tmp is pointing ...
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Disk Utility reading disk incorrectly; viewing ext4 as JHFS+ and seeing Recovery HD

So, I have some strange issues in Disk Utility and diskutil. It's not a problem (hopefully), but I just want to make sure that I'm not on the path to disk corruption or failure. This is how my disk ...
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Why is the system partition C:\? [duplicate]

How come that the system partition is C:\ and not A:\ or B:\? I know A:\ was used for floppy drives, but why not use B:\ then? And why was floppy drives used as A:\ as if it was more important than ...
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Triple boot laptop no longer boots after deleting partition

I am facing a problem on my Lenovo laptop Model No : G500. When I press the power button, then the lenovo screen flashes and the laptop further does not boot,the lenovo screen freezes. It also does ...
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Using a Mac harddrive on a PC

I ordered a portable harddrive, a Western Digital USB3 500GB, to be exact. Upon receiving it, I realized that I had accidentally ordered one "For Mac". While the intention is to use this on a PC as a ...
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Windows deleted my linux partition

So I had three systems on my computer. ElementaryOS (linux) and two windows 8.1 systems. It booted up always to GRUB at first. It aleays showed two options: elementaryOS Windows 8 When I booted ...
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difference between gparted align to MiB and Cylinder in micro SD Card

I just dd'd a 2gb micro sd onto a 16 gb and gparted the partition. First time I resized the partition using gparted to the max. Align to was MiB. The system did not boot. Then I dd'd the same ...
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cloning micro sd card failed, dd commands correct?

I have a cubieboard (similar to Raspberry Pi). I wanted to clone the 2GB micro sd card to a 8Gb card. Commands issued: umount (all partitions on sd) dd if=/dev/sdb of=/root/image.img change sd card ...
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How do I extend the '/' partition in ubuntu 14.04?

I have a root partition of 100 GB and now its full. I want to extend it by adding it to the unallocated space of another 100 GB. Is there any way to do that?
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3TB drive on BIOS system

I have a HP Proliant microserver gen 8 on which I am planning on installing Debian. I was thinking of setting up a raid-1 configuration through the built in raid controller using two Western Digital ...
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Replace Windows 8.1 with Windows 7 by converting to MBR, but keeping Ubuntu partition intact?

I have a Lenovo G500 laptop and I've had a dual boot of Ubuntu 14.10 and Windows 8.1 for a while. I decided to upgrade Windows 8.1 to the Windows 10 technical preview, however it's fairly buggy so I ...
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Cloning windows 8 disk with ddrescue without altering partition table

I cloned today a windows disk. My source is a ~1GB HDD and my destination is only a ~500GB SSD. I used a simple video to guide me through the process -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uuLGNOs6jU ...
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Debian bootdisk USB partitioned, lost access to most of space

I own a gold Kingston DataTraveler USB drive, and I recently used it as a bootdisk for a new computer. I haven't touched it since then, but today I plugged it in and found that most of the space had ...
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Windows, HDD, Accidently clicked on format but cancelled now left with RAW disk [duplicate]

I have a Western digital external hdd of 1TB. I accidently used the following commands in diskpart onto my HDD select disk 2(my hdd partition) select partition '1' clean create partition primary ...
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I can't change the disk layout of an installed Linux system

I have a Debian Jessie system with LVM2 layer. By a mistake, I had installed this system with many partitions (root, usr, home, var,...). Now, I run out of disk space for usr and var partitions, even ...
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cannot partition the unallocated space, keep getting error

I'm trying to allocate this unallocated space and this is the error I get ... I cant delete or do anything .. this a 160 gb hard drive of mine which I'm not able to use .. can't install windows into ...
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How to recover the contents of an internal hard drive without deleting its data?

I backup some files, went back to get them, and they were gone! I couldn’t find the drive that I used to back the files. Can you figure out what happened? Can you help me retrieve my files, find my ...
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OSX Automatic Unlock and Mount Encrypted User Account on Separate Partition

I am using a bootable flash drive with OSX Yosemite, a single admin account, and multiple user accounts (for testing purposes, will migrate to MacBook when I get this to work). I am trying to find a ...
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Increasing size of XFS partition

I've installed Fedora Server ARM on the sdcard of my cubietruck, and now the system partition is full, and I want to expand it. The sdcard have a size of 7.5GiB. Gerät Boot Anfang Ende ...
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What NTFS permissions to choose for secondary partition?

My computer has two disks and two partitions: C: for Windows D: for data The idea is that C: is expendable and can be reimaged quickly. Everything of value is on D:. What NTFS permissions should ...
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Clonezilla can't restore a partition image on a virtual disk

I have an external USB HD with two partitions. First partition is OS, second partiotion is IMG. On the latter partion I wrote a Clonezilla image of the first partition. Then on my laptop I have ...
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How do I efficiently redistribute massive amounts of data spread across multiple drives with almost no space on them?

My problem is simple but severe. I have a huge amount of data (many files in many folders) on multiple drives (4 external HDD). Each drive is at least 1TB in size and the overall size of this "pool" ...
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How to display byte sizes with binary prefixes?

For as long as I can remember, Microsoft DOS and Windows have been displaying byte sizes with decimal prefixes, instead of binary prefixes. This has plagued at least two generations of computer users ...
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Windows didn't recognize my External HDD properly, should I replace it?

Some details: External HDD: WD Elements Portable 1TB OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, SP1 The External HDD was working fine except sometimes when I eject it, windows says the device is in use. the ...
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PC Started getting very slow, stopped booting

On Thursday I was using my PC like normal, bit of work, bit of gaming, no performance issues. About 7PM I went to load a game I'd played earlier in the day and it wouldn't load. I tried a couple of ...
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Grub2 on msdos table partition won't load

my laptop has: 500gb hdd /dev/sda 22gb sdd /dev/sdb I used to boot archlinux from a small ext2 partition on /dev/sda. The bios is set to use BIOS mode (not uefi), secure boot is disabled, AHCI is ...
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Cannot format read-only USB; 'Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error ' when I try to format the drive

I'm trying to format this USB, when I plug it in it mounts and I can read what's on it, but can't write to it or delete anything (read-only error). First I tried the normal 'Disk utility' - unmount - ...
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Create partitions using fdisk/gdisk using linux

I am trying to Install Xubuntu alongside Windows 8. I have two Windows part C: and D: . I want to install Xubuntu in between them, so I shrunk C: (using windows Disk management) and created ...
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Shrinking NTFS partition: numerical result out of range error

I have a NTFS partition on my 2TB hard disk. Currently it is 1.7TB big, and there's some unallocated space to the right of it of about 100GB. There are no other partitions on the disk. I would like ...
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Why are Fedora partitions not listed under the extended partition?

I recently installed Fedora 22 on a desktop PC. I wanted to install it on a logical partition. During installation, in the Anaconda installation wizard, I chose to create a 16 GiB logical partition as ...
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Recover lost Ubuntu Partition

I lost 60GB of my hard disk partition during a failed Ubuntu installation. It is now invisible while using Windows 8.1. How can I recover it? Please help.
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fdisk - do i need it or can i make a filesystem directly?

i read about fdisk being able to creation partition / which is to break down a physical disk into several logical partitions. If i intend to utilize the whole disk as a whole, is it still necessary ...
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Use 4TB partition with old NTFS-3G which doesn't support GPT and RAID

I've a D-Link Router (2750U) which has a USB port and FTP Server. I've also a 4TB External H.D.D which I want to use as one partition with this Router as my home cloud. I don't want to split this ...
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What does this bash script?

In theory, this snippet from pentoo-installer finds all partitions on the selected disc, but it doesn't find my sda1 partition, so I would love to understand it and modify so it does. ...
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Hardware RAID10 HPA recovery

I have a hardware RAID 1+0 based on external CFI-B8253JDGG DAS. It was connected to PC with eSATA and contains 4x1TB HDD (Total capacity is 1.82TB in RAID10). Some days ago I tried to connect the DAS ...
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Can't format partition containing Gpart Live on USB

I have Gpart live on a USB and used tuxboot to make it bootable. I'm running Windows 7. The USB is recognized in Windows 7 and I can browse the files using Explorer on the USB. I can also add files ...
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Do I need to worry about over-provisioning? Can swap be used for this purpose if it is not being used?

I am running Linux Mint 17. I'm posting this on Superuser rather than Unix & Linux because this probably isn't a Linux-specific question. I was thinking of buying a SSD but a ~250GB drive will be ...
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One of the partitions is not showing on my computer

I have 3 partitions on my PC. But automatically when I restarted my PC, then F drive is not showing. F drive is of 201GB and among 204 perhaps 50GB is used. I tried to restore it from Windows Disk ...
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Resizing a partition in Linux - Bad magic number in super-block error

I was trying to resize my partition with parted and resize2fs. I tried the following: #parted Partition Table: msdos Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 1 2097kB ...
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USB-Stick to install Windows 8.1 and CentOS 7.1

I have found tutorials to crate install-media (USB-sticks) for Windows 8.1 and CentOS 7. I now wonder if it is possible to create 2 partitions A and B on my USB-Stick, such that I can copy Installer ...