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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VirtualBox Windows host, Ubuntu guest installed on RAW partition

I'm a bit confused here. I just installed a new 128GB SSD on a Windows PC and then created a 50GB partition on that drive. I did not format it, so that it is labeled "50,00GB RAW" in the "Disk ...
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My 3TB HD converted to EFI Partition

I have 3TB HD installed in my pc. I dont know how its converted to "EFI system partition" !! Can I return it back to normal patition without formating or cleaning it? This picture shows that disk 0 ...
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Unrecoverable format HDD without touching Recovery partitions

could you tell me how to format partitions on hard drive (normal HDD, not SSD) in such a way that the data would be unrecoverable? I want to sell my laptop, but it has preinstalled Windows 8. I am ...
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Can't see the HDD unallocated space from windows on gparted

I currently have three booted up operating systems on my Desktop: Kali Linux Ubuntu Windows 10 The three of them are booted up from my SSD. both Ubuntu and Kali /home partitions are as shown in ...
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“No bootable device…” after I resized the OS X Partition (Bootcamp on Mac OS X)

I was running out of disk space on my bootcamp Win 7 partition, so I switched to OS X and resized the OS X partition from 400GB to 300GB. I hoped that I could add those 100GB free space to the Win ...
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grub2-install: error: /boot/efi doesn't look like an EFI partition on a fresh Gentoo install

I need a Gentoo 13 machine to test some software on the platform. I'm not a Gentoo regular, so I'm suffering their install procedures. I'm at Configuring the bootloader | Installing GRUB2, and it ...
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I cloned a working Windows 7 disk, but it won't boot

I'm trying to clone my Windows 7 computer to a larger SSD. Using GPARTED, I have: Written a 'MSDOS' partition table to the new disk. Cloned the 100MB "System Reserved" partition. Cloned the larger ...
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No longer able to mount bootable partition of SD card in OS X

Background Info Hardware Using a permanent SD card in MacBook's SD card slot as an external drive. Output of diskutil list /dev/disk2: /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME ...
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File recovery from live disk

Recently I haven't been able to boot into my primary drive which is an SSD, it has the windows installation on it and many important files. I've spent the last few days working on getting the data ...
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Android Studio and Sdk shared between 2 Linux OS'es

I have 2 linuxes installed on different partitions and one more partition for the home dir which is shared between the 2 linux distributives. The names of the users are different, user1 and user2. I ...
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Disk partitioning

I recently installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 8, and I partitioned my D drive and allocated 57GB for Ubuntu. But unfortunately, somehow the other partition in my D drive became unallocated like this ...
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Move HDD dd image to Raid-0 Fake Raid array

I recently robbed a spare 120Gb SSD from an old laptop with the intention to throw it in my desktop machine that had an existing SSD hdd of the same size. My goal was to make a dd copy of my existing ...
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32GB Sandisk unable to be formatted

I received a Sandisk 32GB microSD from my dad who asked me to format it. Plug it into a USB-based adapter (no write protection switch) and tried to access it on my computer. Problems : right ...
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WIll partitioning an SSD make it slower? [duplicate]

Having read a number of SSD reviews, in particular, of those made by Crucial (a.k.a Micron), I've come to the conclusion that partitioning an SSD is going to make it slower. Here is the logic: Those ...
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Cleaned the disk by mistake using diskpart. Is it possbile to recover the data stored in the particular partition?

So I had this particular partition in which there were important files and I was trying to install Windows on the disk but was not able to because it had GPT partition system and by mistake I ran the ...
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Decrease /boot size on Fedora 23

I have a problem with my /boot partition. It only has 200 MB which is insufficient - it is almost full. I have already unistalled old kernels (via dnf, keeping only the latest one) but there are ...
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Modified SDA1 by mistake, Windows does not open on a dual boot

I use dualboot with Windows and Linux, my partitions look like below: Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sda1 * 2048 206847 204800 100M 7 ...
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Moving the Windows Partition to the beginning of a disk

Earlier I had 4 partitions: 1st partition was Dell Recovery, 2nd partition was Windows 7, 3rd was Storage and 4th was Windows 10. (I was dual booting Windows 7 & Windows 10.) I made a full ...
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Weird issue: Two SATA disks mutually incompatible?

I have a Linux system with three SATA HDs. Two of them seem to be incompatible with each other. I've never heard of that with SATA disks but here it is: One drive is a Western Digital 160 GB disk, ...
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Multiple errors on installing Ubuntu after Windows 10

(Please even read the comments to understand better) So let me start from the beginning. I downloaded Ubuntu in my Windows 10 and burned it to the USB. When I restarted I saw boot options and ...
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Most of the files on a NTFS Partition show zero bytes as size after chkdsk on Boot

I was trying ubuntu from a bootable pen drive of ubuntu. But Ubuntu was unable to access F: Drive, it was showing the following error message : Error mounting /dev/sda2 at /media/ubuntu/New ...
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Secondary partition became primary

I was using Windows 10 some time ago and decided to go back to 8.1 by wiping out my main partition and installing 8.1 over it. Since I wanted to backup a lot of stuff, I made a secondary NTFS ...
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Are two partitions with HFS+ and exFAT more efficient or just one with exFAT for storing data?

I use Mac, Windows, and Linux(Ubuntu) computers, and one 1 TB external hard drive. I mainly use Mac, and don't want to use third party drivers. Is it more efficient to: Use one partition for HFS(Mac ...
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2 Smaller Drives or 1 Large Partitioned for Separate OS

I have found a few questions similar to this, but those are assumed with a single OS and this is a different question. What I am wanting to do is have Windows and OS X on my computer. This is a custom ...
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How create and format a new partition

I wiped my laptop and I am repartitioning its 1TB hard disk. I created four primary partitions without problems. But I cannot create a fift primary partition. When I try I get a message stating: disk ...
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Resize partitions on double booted machine

I have Window 8 and Ubuntu on machine and I want to resize both partitions. Shrink windows's and enlarge ubuntu's. Can I do that with gparted from live usb without loss of data?
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Deleted my System Reserved partition, now cannot boot in spite of trying to use DISKPART & BootRec to resolve the issue

I tried to delete my system reserved partition in Windows 10 in order to just boot from my main partition, C. I used EasyBCD to delete the partition, and then tried to use AEOMI Partition Assistant to ...
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How to have bootable linux mint with persistent storage and windows applications in one usb-flash-drive

I've been trying to create a usb with windows applications (like Portable Firefox) along with a bootable copy of Linux Mint with persistent storage larger than 4GB. I've been trying this on a USB 3.0 ...
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computer giving this error when trying to boot into BIOS/UEFI windows 8.1

I was trying to wipe an old computer to sell it, I had Ubuntu 14.04 and Win8.1 dual booted. I put in the windows installation media I had made and it told me it could not use the partition to install ...
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HDD Partitions Management

My Acer E5 511 has HDD with five basic partitions as will be seen from enclosed image. After upgrading to Windows 10, the recovery partition of the size of more than 16 GB is lying empty. It is not ...
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Expand ext4 partition in the beginning

Many posts on superuser explain how to expand a ext partition: Remove the partition entry and create a new partition entry with a larger partition end. However, the partition I need to expand is ...
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How to install all Windows 8 partitions on single drive on multidrive system?

Yesterday I wiped Windows and Linux systems and reinstalled them. My disk setup is: sda - ext4 - 2TB HDD - data sdb - ext4 - 2TB HDD - data sdc - NTFS - 3TB HDD - backup sdd - NTFS - 120GB SSD - ...
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Ubuntu on Virtualbox says 20 GB used when actual size of VDI is only 8 GB

I have a Guest Ubuntu 14.04 on Windows 7 Host. I've set the VDI limit to 20GB dynamically allocated. My Ubuntu boots to say there is zero space left in the system and sure enough df shows that this is ...
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Windows Explorer crashing when I have 2 ATA drives installed

I recently found one of my old hard drives from a computer I used to use when I was was younger and after booting it up in my pentium 4 test machine I decided I wanted to keep the hard drive in use as ...
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How to mount properly ntfs partition shared between linux and windows

I'm currently using a multiboot with Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 15.10 and Windows 10. I' would like to share two partitions between those os : One, named Worspace, to contain all my projects The other ...
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Problems with multiple FAT32 partitions on (micro)sdcard

I have a smallish problem for which I could not find help yet. When my device (on RaspPI) boots up for the first time, it creates the partitions needed for media data. This media partition should be ...
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Windows 10 recovery partition is too large

I bought a 256GB SSD recently to replace my old 40GB SSD. It came with Acronis True Image, which I used to perform a drive clone. Unfortunately it had accidentally allocated the extra 200GB of space ...
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Raspbian system keeps renaming partitions

I have a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian Jessie Lite (the headless version) and I've been using as a file dump and a git server for a little while. I plugged an external USB hard drive into it for it to ...
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Increasing size of possible partition - deleting content index file

Trying to create a new partition from within Win7 to install a linux system on. I disabled the page file, disabled hibernation, disabled restoration (intending to re-enable them once the new ...
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New hard disk Drive does not show when I try to intall Windows 10 on it?

I got an error on my previous hard drive indicating an "Imminent hard Disk failure" so I backed up my data and bought a new hard drive. I disconnected the old one and connected the new one(to my ...
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Multi (Dual) Boot planning - Linux and Windows 7,8,10 - BIOS (not UEFI)

EDIT: I'm adding "(editX)" edits and "A: ..." answers to my question, to avoid posting it as an answer (for now)... Similar to this question has been answered many times in forums and so on, but ...
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Is there any way to access a Ext4 partition from Windows? [duplicate]

I dual boot my PC (Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04), is there any way I can access the Ext4 partition from Windows? I just need to read a couple of folders, nothing else.
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Expand hard drive partition for OSX

I have a single hard drive in OSX El Capitan that has 100gb capacity but only has about 40gb partitioned for use. I'd like to expand that to 100gb but I can't do it in the disk utility (it says the ...
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Linux expand LVM into unallocated space

I have extended the disk space of a linux VM, and I'd like to be able to use that new unallocated space. There are two partitions on my disk so far, the first one has a boot flag, and the second one ...
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GPT partition type for ext4 filesystem

My disk is formatted using GPT. I created a new partition and by default it was create as 'Linux filesystem' (gdisk code 8300). When I am trying to mount it via fstab /dev/sda4 /vmguests ...
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Can’t shrink C: drive beyond 941MB [duplicate]

I'm using a Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10 and I have 14GB Free on my C:\ drive. But whenever I shrink it it only says I have 941MB avalible to shrink.
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Is it beneficial to align partitions on a USB 3.0 flash drive?

I’m planning to install Linux Mint 17.3 on my currently unformatted/unpartitioned USB 3.0 flash drive (I’m referring to a full install, instead of just creating a bootable live usb). I have read that ...
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Is this very large recovery partition necessary?

I've seen some other questions asking if they can delete their recovery partition. Most of these have been <1GB in size. Mine however, is 16GB and I'm not sure why. I've installed Ubuntu a few ...
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Install Linux Mint On Macbook (*Not dual or multi-boot*)

I have a Macbook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 running OS X (10.7.5). I no longer want OS X installed (hated it from day 1 back when the system was new) and would like to replace it with Linux Mint 17. I ...
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Install Windows 10 with UEFI from USB

I'm trying to install Windows 10 on a Lenovo U410 having recently replaced the 32GB mSATA Cache with a larger SSD to be used as a primary system drive. I've created USB install media with Rufus using ...