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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How to get correct partitioning without“.img” file?

I had an image file which I wrote to a micro sd card(for the Raspberry Pi). However, I deleted the .img file when I was done, thinking I would not need it again. Then I decided I wanted a new image on ...
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External USB disks and logical sector size

I have a WD Green 3.0TB in an external USB enclosure. I wanted to replace the disk with a Green 6.0TB. The USB enclosure is usually connected to a device that only understands FAT32 and MBR, so ...
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Windows won't install

I want to install Windows XP, but this shows up and I can not go further. I have one hard disk. It is split up in two partition. One is primary and is full of documents. The other is logical. I ...
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Create a Windows bootable partition on external hard drive with multiple partitions (FAT32, MAC OS Extended, ExFAT) on a Mac

On my external hard drive, from Disk Utility, the 1st partition is FAT32, 2nd is Mac OS Extended, 3rd is ExFAT. I want to use the FAT32 partition to boot on another machine to install Windows on this ...
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OS X only boots from redundant installer: how to instruct to use internal drive

I installed OS X Mavericks on a external hard drive. This caused a problem I did not anticipate: I can no longer boot from the internal Yosemite installation. How can I instruct OSX to boot from my ...
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How to recover data from ubuntu when unable to load

Recently, I upgraded my desktop hardware to i3 4th gen processor, ram, motherboard and new SSD. I had ubuntu installed earlier on 320GB HDD and I've installed a fresh windows 8 OS on new 120gb SSD and ...
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How to move bootloader from hard drive to usb stick

I've decided to move my Debian bootloader and /boot from hard drive to usb. I'm using LUKS to crypt my hard drive and the bootloader is the only not crypted partition. How can I easily do this? I ...
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Why is my root partition displaying as full in gparted?

I know a little about file systems but not very much. I only have a general idea of what LVMs are, although apparently that is what I am using as my root partition. I have a single 1TB hard drive in ...
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How to dual-boot Fedora and Windows 7 Pro on X220?

I have a kind of simple question, but I past the last 3 days trying to find a full guide for this, and every one that I tried was saying something different. My question is: How do I install Fedora ...
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What is this Recovery Partition for on a fresh installation of Windows 10?

I installed Windows 10 Preview on a fresh SSD and noticed that there is a tiny 450MB Recovery Partition at the end of C: (Ignore the Extended partition containing F:, as I added that myself ...
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Partition configuration for dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 7 in separate partition

Partitions: MBR 100 MB (Primary) C: Windows 7 100 GB (Primary) D: 35 GB (Logical) E: 280 GB (Logical) Unallocated 50 GB (free) ...
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Windows Boot Partition keeps changing

Situation: The system reserve partition keeps getting the drive letter C:\ on a reboot and the C:\ becomes D:\ causing the Windows 7 machine to not boot up. If I go in and manually change drive ...
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Does putting virtual machines in separate partition affect performance?

I have a 500 GB HDD in a laptop. I partitioned it into two drives so I could leave the C drive for windows and the other drive E for virtual machines. I run CrystalDisk benchmark on the C drive and ...
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Can Windows 8 and 7 be installed on the same UEFI computer?

My system has UEFI, and I want to install both Windows 7 and 8 on a large drive formatted for GPT (I want to also install a few other operating systems, and I need more than 7 partitions). After ...
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Partition size from “df -h ” vs “fdsisk -l”

Partition size using "df-h" Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda5 19G 17G 516M 98% / none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup udev ...
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Restore HDD state after making it all one partition

While I was trying to copy windows installation from ISO file to a USB Disk using "WinToFlash" software, I accidentally choose one of my partitions "I had three Partition, I choose the third (E:/)", I ...
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How to creat a dual boot system with umbutu 14.04.2 LTS and win 7

I'm trying to create a dual boot system with win 7 (already installed) and Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS. I've shrunk the partition and formatted. I seem to remember reading somewhere about needing 2 partitions ...
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How can I know which partition is EFI system partition?

I want to install ArchLinux from working dual-boot system. There's one step where I got stuck: # Mount the EFI System partition with: sh-4.3# mount /dev/sdaX /mnt/boot/efi I ran fdisk -l ...
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Convert Hard Disk from Dynamic to Basic ( Windows 7, 32bit)

I need to install Ubuntu with Windows 7 ( Dual boot) in my system. I want to convert my partition from Dynamic to Basic. I wanted this to be a data loss less procedure and I have tried all 3rd party ...
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External hard drive re-formatted for mac (FAT32) but not working on windows

I have a 2TB external hard drive, that I originally bought to store all my files from my old (Sony VAIO vista) laptop, as my new (Macbook pro) doesn't have as big a storage capacity. It was working ...
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Recover a HDD partition after use of Win32DiskImager

I wanted to copy a image to one of my SD cards using Win32DiskImager. But I clicked too fast and it written to one of my external harddrives instead of my SD drive, so I disconnected as fast I could ...
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merged ntfs partitions, missing “Program Files” directories

Nowhere can I seem to be able to find how to resolve this situation in-place. What happened: Before, C: ~= 90GB, freshly installed Win 8.1 Enterprise, 64bit D: ~= 880GB, also ntfs. Mainly for data ...
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Can't see Linux fdisk created GPT disk partitions in Windows 7 (64-bit)

I just added 2 new disks (only for data, no OS booting) and had them set up equally with GPT and equal partitions, to use the partitions as RAID1 in Arch Linux, and the rest of the storage for ...
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Access truecrypt encrypted data from hdd of broken laptop

I am trying to obtain data from my previous laptop which is broken. Part of the data was not backed up at the time the laptop broke down. The hard drive is still functioning properly and I can ...
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gparted live CD won't move/resize unmounted partition

GParted live will not allow me to resize/move partition /dev/sdb5: No other windows (such as error dialogs) appear. The partition is part of a RAID device, but I stopped all raid devices before ...
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“The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors”

I have been trying to fix my computer for a while now, but I haven't been successful. I think I've tried all the options offered on the internet, and I haven't been able to fix my computer. I have an ...
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Mirror new HDD with old (raid 0) HDDs

So after fighting every day with my slow 3TBx2 Raided HDDs I decided to get a new one that's just 4TB (as I don't use more than 2TB currently). It's a WD Black HDD that looks really promising. ...
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Win7 x64 UEFI install error

I bought a Grundig 1452 b1n2 Laptop. It had Win8 x64 (2GB RAM, very slow) I decided to install Win7 x86 via USB (no DVD drive on the laptop). After some struggle with the BIOS I managed to boot into ...
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Why are some files unmovable when shrinking a partition in Windows

From TechNet: When you shrink a partition, certain files (for example, the paging file or the shadow copy storage area) cannot be automatically relocated and you cannot decrease the allocated ...
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How do I resize the main partition of my newly created ubuntu server 14.04 [duplicate]

I am new to ubuntu server and still pretty mystified by all the scripts and such. I have been reading different things available on the web and have successfully created my server and have several ...
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with an encrypted hard drive, how can I add more space to /boot

Since the last kernel update, I have been unable to install any other packages because /boot is full : Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/Temoin--vg-root ...
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My windows 8.1 shows only C:

I have recently installed Windows 8.1, I was previously running 8.0. I had to convert to GPT while installing and had to format my disk. While installing I have created 6 partitions of which I can ...
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Should I move my linux swap partition closer to my ext4 partition?

I am installing both linux mint and win 7 on the same disk on an old machine, I first installed linux (I know I should have installed win first so I wouldn't have to fix grub later but well, it's done ...
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trying to install windows after ubuntu

Recently I have wiped out my macbook pro and reinstalled ubuntu on it.And now I want to install windows alongside so I can have dual boot.After doing some research online, I have created a partition ...
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Moving a partition without gparted [duplicate]

I need to move (shift) an ext4 partition on my disk in a headless Linux machine, like this: Before: [######### Partition #########][- Free space -] After: [- Free space -][######### Partition ...
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Recover Partitions deleted by rm

In my PC I have 3 NTFS partitions 1 for Windows Boot Loader, next one is windows installation directory and the last one is for storing my whole data. They were mounted like this /dev/sda1 => ...
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A system with Deep Freeze loses data on non-frozen drives

My client sells an industrial application that runs on a custom system with multiple drives and partitions on those drives. Drive C: is frozen with Deep Freeze, but the other drives are not frozen. ...
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Is there a way to check/repair a VirtualBox .vdi disk?

I extended a disk with the command: VBoxManage modifyhd <absolute path to file> --resize <size in MB> But now the disk is seen like empty, without even a partition, will not boot. I ...
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Changing the sda partition number in a clonezilla img

I want to copy a linux system from a computer to mine. That linux system is using two partitions. ("/" and an other one) I used clonezilla to copy thoses two partitions and put them in an image. But ...
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Install windows in a partition without OS, without formatting it

I have an HDD with two partitions, one with Win 7, and one with data. On the partition with Win 7, I want to format and install Linux, no problems there. But in the other, I want to install a fresh ...
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I can not partition disk space that I want

I have disk with a capacity of 440 GB. When I select a volume and use the shrink volume button it only allows shrinking by 149 G. I want to do two partitions of 150 GB each and one partition in the ...
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Keep linux software RAID 1 after OS change

Currently I've configured software RAID 1 on ubuntu machine. However I am planning to add SSD drive just for the OS and keep my main 2 HDD for the storage with RAID. The question is, can I put now ...
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Bad Magic Number in Superblock or Not a Block Device

I'm having some real problems getting a drive to have any working partitions on it at all. The drive is a 2Tb one from a NAS that I'm trying to repair. I've written zeros to the first 77Gb of the ...
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Removing Win8 partition and recovery partitions

I am planning to remove my Windows partition from my dual boot. After asking here I learned that my Win8 License key is stored in the Bios and all I need is to create a bootable stick if I ever wish ...
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Can't install Windows 7 x64 on SSD drive

The title explains my whole problem, I had Windows 7 installed multiple times on the same SSD drive. But when I attempted to reinstall it last night it gives me this error(translated from dutch): We ...
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How to remove undeletable USB drive partition

I received a free 2 GB USB from my school and was wondering if I can remove the small partition of 6 MB that they reserved to store a html file that will take me to a website link for information ...
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Installing Windows From Windows

So here is my issue. I'm looking to install my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium to a Secondary Hard Drive currently installed in my PC. I have partitioned my 3TB(MBR) into two separate Partitions one ...
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How best to iron out disk I/O lag cause?

Running luksCrypt (which I know causes some lag esp. with my -c serpent-xts-plain64 -s 512 -h whirlpool setup) but as of late lag has become very much more noticeable. I use xfs and lvm on this ...
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GRUB Bootloader not loading

I had 2 partitions Partition 1 - Ubuntu Partition 2 - Empty So I installed Windows 8 on 'Partition 2' and now I can't load the Ubuntu OS as it directly loads Windows. How do I get back the Grub ...
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Add disk to (and increase size of) bitnami owncloud storage

I am using bitnami owncloud in a virtualbox environment and the installation is on a 2 TB disk. I would like to add another disk (1 TB) and have the actual storage of owncloud files on the secondary ...