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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copied boot partition to ssd and windows fails to boot

I just got an ssd, my main drive has 2 partitions. The second one stores some large installed apps, but nothing should be used for bootup that I know of(there maybe a few things, not sure, but ...
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external drive, NTFS volume not visible via Linux (OpenSUSE 13.2)

I have an external 3TB drive. I have, connected to a Windows 7 machine, created a new partition (GUID partition table) and formatted the volume with NTFS. So far so good, I can now use the new ...
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Dead Partition Recovery?

I have a hard drive that seems to have lost it's partition. Everything is wanting to just recover "RAW" data which, if I understand RAW data accurately that does me no good as I need to recover the ...
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Ubuntu install hangs after creating partitions

I've been trying to install Ubuntu for quite some time now with no success. I was trying for a while with an older version, but now I'm trying with 14.04. I've tried to boot from a CD, but that ...
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Storing many files as one

I want to keep hundreds of thousands of small files into one image because copying and moving such a load is a nightmare. I want to be able to mount this image under both Windows and Linux and create ...
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Mystery partitions with dynamic disk RAID 1

I have mystery hidden partitions at the beginning and end of the hard drives in my Windows RAID 1 volume and I am trying to find out what their purpose is. Here is the scenario - Before installing ...
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How do you wipe unpartitioned disk space?

I can wipe a single partition: dd if="/dev/zero" of="/dev/sdaX" or I can wipe the whole disk along with all partitions on it: dd if="/dev/zero" of="/dev/sda" But what if I wanted to keep my ...
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Merge two unallocated spaces

I'm wondering if I could merge two unallocated spaces as shown in the picture below: Even by using any third-party application? Thanks!
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What is the use of a Read Only partition?

What is the use of a read-only partition? I am particularly interested in gpt-formatted disks. If the partition is read-only, then data cannot be written to it. If we're reading data from it, then how ...
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Remove OSX partition?

I have a Macbook Air. I have installed Win7 using bootcamp but during the process I was only allowed to allocate 40GB of the 120GB HD to Win 7 and OSX retained 80GB. This isn't big enough for my ...
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Delete Windows-RE partitions

After an upgrade to Windows 8.1 in my dual boot system with Arch Linux, my Partition Table contains three partitions of type "Windows RE" (numbers 1, 6 and 11, see the output of gdisk -l /dev/sda ...
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How to enable linux swap partition?

I've got a swap partition, but the System Monitor in Linux Mint says, 'Swap not available'. I guess I've forgot to set 'Use as: swap' on install. How to fix this?
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OS does not boot after cloning from HDD to SSD

After cloning some of my partitions to SSD (I only left the file partition not cloned yet) I can't boot from my new SSD. The screen is blank with the underscore blinking in the top left corner. The ...
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Secondary Internal HDD Vanishes/Reappears Randomly In Windows 8.1

To clarify, I'm referring to entire disks disappearing, not just partitions. The PC in question is an HP Pavilion 2325DX. Both drives are variants of HGST. One is in the primary slot, the other is in ...
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Partition for a non partitioned ext4

I have a large almost full disk that was written with a ext4 FS but without being first partitioned. I need to use it with a Windows 7 machine (via ext2fs), but I also have a Linux machine available. ...
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Superblock error, but no clue what's the reason

I know this issue is not new, and there're a lot of threads already talking about it, and most of them are actually solved. The difference in this problem is that I've tried everything and still no ...
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Accidentally initialized hard disk with important data

I was running Ubuntu 14.10 with 3 NTFS disks that I used for data storage. So I decided to change the operating system back to Windows 8 and 2 of the disks I was able to read however the third disk ...
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Restore/Edit BCD from a cloned partition

I used GParted to transfer my Windows 8.1 Installation from a 128GB SSD to a 256GB one. (From Ubuntu-Studio in a third HDD drive) Then while I had still two windows partitions I did login from each ...
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Why does “shrink volume” not find any empty space? [duplicate]

I was trying to shrink one drive (in order to add the space to another one), using Computer Management -> Disk Management. However, it told me that the space for shrinking is 0. How can that be? The ...
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mSATA size mismatch and inaccessible partition strangeness

Trying to do data recovery on an mSATA SSD from an Acer laptop... Kingston SMSR150S3/256GB First symptom was simply Windows not booting. Older history of the disk from when the laptop was purchased ...
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Deleting the dual partitioned Unbuntu

I have had Ubuntu and windows 7 dual partitioned for some time now but need the extra space on my computer. I have two questions: When I went into the run window and deleted the two partitions ...
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Complications with External Hard Drive after using partitioning Tool

I have ran into a snag with my external hard drive. Last night I was attempting to shink my 1TB hard drive into a 400GB and a 600GB partition (approx). I was using: MiniTool partition Wizzard Home ...
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LUKS partition recovery

A drive with 2 partitions - 1st is plain ext4, second is encrypted LUKS. The partition table has been overwritten. I've found the beginning of the second partition , which i need to recover, thusly: ...
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Debian is installing to USB instead of HD?

I am trying to install Debian onto an old PC to practice some Linux sysadmin stuff but it continually install onto the USB instead of my hard drive. I have tried the guided and manual partitioning ...
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How to recover my ubuntu (start ubuntu from a raw disk partition)

I have windows 8 PC. 931 GB HD (641 windows and 200 gb for ubuntu.) windows and ubuntu in different drives. Ubuntu partition is a raw type of disk drive while windows is a ntfs. when I needed to ...
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Installing Windows After installing Ubuntu

I had only Ubuntu installed in my system. I formatted the drive in which Ubuntu was installed and trying to install the windows 7 from past 4 days. Initially Windows was showing an alert saying ...
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Attempting to passthru USB disk to XENserver windows guest, reporting wrong size and error

I am attempting to passthru a brand new Seagate USB disk (4TB) to a Windows 2008 virtual guest in XEN 6.2. I connected the device, it is listed properly by fdisk -l (even lists correct size, but says ...
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Why shouldn't I use btrfs for /home?

I'm fairly new to both GNU/Linux and btrfs, but I've decided I want to make my next computer (a desktop with one HDD) use Linux with btrfs as the filesystem. However, I've seen some advice online that ...
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Recovering partitions from a Windows 7 NTFS drive HDD drive that was inserted into a NAS and set with new, Linux partitions

I had a netbook with NTFS formatted SATA HDD. There was Windows 7 installed inside. I ejected HDD from netbook and inserted to QNAP TS-212P NAS enclosure to copy all contents of netbook’s HDD ...
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Cloning laptop HDD with two OSes to a SSD

I have a new SSD for my laptop. It's the same size as the current HDD in my laptop. What I would like to do is clone the HDD to the SSD. It sounds simple enough, but there's a twist. I have two OSes ...
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Move around an Ubuntu installation without losing its booting ability?

I have a multiboot laptop. I need to re-arange its partitions in order to eficientizice HDD usage. I found out that when I move my Ubuntu 14.04 installation it loses the ability to boot. After ...
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Can a single OS installation on a SSD be shared between a desktop & a laptop?

Recently purchased a SSD and was wondering if there was an Operating System that allowed you to swap between 2 different machines (multiple hardware profiles? in this case my laptop / desktop) ...
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Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible

tl;dr: skip to Question section Background I have a drive on which Windows 7 was installed. It had a 100MB Windows 7 boot-partition, followed by a partition that took up the rest of the drive. A ...
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Possible to create Fat32 Filesystem with 512 Byte Allocation unit size?

When right clicking my harddirve within my computer, I have a format option. Inside the format window I have a list called Allocation Unit Size which has entries 2048 bytes 4096 bytes 8192 byes 16 ...
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bootsect.exe /nt60 - No bootcode was successfully updated

I am trying to modify my 500GB usb harddrive so I can use it to mimic a DVD BOOT disk I have formatted and created a primary partition on it using cmd.exe diskpart list disk select disk G clean ...
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Can't recover ext4 partition with TestDisk

I have a disk with some primary NTFS partitions and a extended partition containing Linux and Swap partitions. I lost one of the logical Linux ones I booted a live Linux CD (RipLinux) and TestDisk is ...
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Moving LVM encrypted swap from sda to sdb?

I have configured an encrypted home folder. Naturally this implies that swap falls into the crypto catagory. I have installed a second disk with a swap partition already ready to go and ready to be ...
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Possible corrupted userprofile

I think my user profile is corrupted. When I log in, my desktop goes black and all my icons on desktop and shortcuts on the taskbar are gone. Did system restore several times, but I don't think it ...
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How to get the UNC path of partition?

How can i get the UNC path of the partitions on my hard disk in Windows 7? I mean paths to be displayed in this way: \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1 \Device\Harddisk0\Partition2 ...
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What determines the page size and the cluster size?

Is the size of a memory page determined by the RAM itself, or by the OS? I.e., is the page size for a RAM the same for all OSes which use the RAM? Is the size of a cluster of a file system determined ...
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I wiped my microSD with DBAN and now I can't use it

few days ago I have wiped my microSD card by Darik's Boot and Nuke with PRNG Stream method. Now I formatted my SD to fat32 file system but my Android phone doesn't recognize it, and so does my PC. I ...
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No Disk Space CentOS while my data is only 1.8G

i just beginning to learn some stuff on linux,i have virtual machin on Centos and suddenly my website does not coming up since morning and i get et internal 500 error while trying to login my plesk ...
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Partition a hard drive without losing data

There is a 150GB Hard Disk partition with data in my laptop. I need to create a 50GB partition from this 150GB partition. Is there any method to create a partition without losing data in it ?
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Mounting Safecopy Image in Kali (Or any other OS)

I've been trying furiously for about 2 to 3 weeks to get the data off this drive. And I've had lots of learning while I've done it. However I still am with no data. I have used SafeCopy to make a copy ...
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Get Access to all of the partitions of USB in Windows

I partitioned my USB into 3 partitions each of FAT32 , using software "gparted" in LINUX. So after succesfully partitioned , i tried in Windows PC, but only one of them is accessible. Is it ...
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How do I merge unadjacent partitions without losing the recovery drive?

Typical Windows 8 crap: My brother's laptop came with Windows 8, with a 1TB HDD, stupidly split into 250GB for the OS and 650 for his files. He needs more space for his schoolwork, and I'm pretty ...
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Small recovery partition at beginning of drive

I recently bought a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga that came with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. The disk partition pretty much looked like they describe at the bottom of this page (the portion titled 'For ...
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SDCard restore number of sectors

I have a 8GB SD card which was pre-loaded with android (included in the hummingboard, a raspberry pi alternative). As I want to flash another OS (OpenELEC), I've inserted this card to my windows PC. ...
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Unable to format/delete harddrive while installing Windows 7

I have a laptop that I am trying to do a clean instal of windows 7 on, but I am unable to remove the old instalation. When I boot from USB and get to the "where to you want to install Windows" ...
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Creating new partition on an already dual boot laptop without loosing data

Well, I bought my Lenovo X220t with preinstalled windows 7HP and worked with it for 2 years. After release of windows 8.1 I gave it a try by creating new partition and enabled my PC to dual boot with ...