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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Windows 7- Unable to format disk

I had a USB drive that I was previously using for a live linux install. It had several previous installs, and there were a lot of unused empty partitions on the disk as a result. I used the DISKPART ...
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Creating GPT partition using sgdisk on emmc 2GB

I am trying to partition my 2GB emmc using sgdisk to have a GPT partion table. The commands show success and also the GPT partition table looks updated (even on reboot) but the partitions are not ...
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How do I increase the amount of shrink size for a partition? [duplicate]

I have a 298 GB HDD and it shows that I have 179 GB free. When I try to shrink my C drive, it will only allow me to shrink 9474 Mb. How do I increase this number? I have already defrag the drive.
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About Partitions, Are They Just Glorified File Markers? [closed]

Do files in a partition exist in their own section of the hard drive? Are they just glorified file markers that allow the computer to say "this is partition 1," "this is partition 2," etc.?
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one of the disks are raw in disk management on dual boot linux

I dual booted my windows 8 laptop with linux mint long time ago.Now the boot menu doesn't appear on starting the laptop.when i opened disk management i saw that i)there were four partitions without ...
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Automatically apply .dmg file from bootable USB to local disk

I have succesfully created a Yosemite package containing Microsoft Office, using AutoDMG. The .dmg file also successfully applies to the disk via the recovery partition on the USB drive. The thing is, ...
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Why Bytes Per Physical Sector : <Not Supported>

I'm trying to fight with mysterious Windows backup error "Volume larger than 2TB can be protected". I can be seen in internet but no solution. Users give advice to check with fsutil tool. Here are ...
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How do i restore the efi partition of windows 8 pc after deletion (no backup) [duplicate]

I was trying to install kali linux, which failed when I accidentally deleted the efi windows partition. Windows will no longer boot but I can boot from a live cd. I have windows 8.1 64 bit. Is there ...
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Harddrive not booting into desktop

One night 5 weeks ago my All in One computer froze and after several hours I did a hard shut down. When I rebooted the computer would not boot and I received error 0x000000f. I bought Easy RE for ...
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Restore deleted folder from wiped SSD?

I'm not sure what happened, but when I updated my BIOS and booted into Windows, part of SSD#0 is gone. Not just deleted, but turned into unallocated space. It's a Kingston SV300 240gb SSD, split into ...
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Is it possible to manually set the Windows system partition during installation?

I just finished installing Windows 10 preview, build 10130. But I wanted it to use its own system partition. Instead, it detected my other Windows installations and reconfigured the system partition ...
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i'm trying to install win 7 iso in another partition from my active harddrive

HI, first thanks to take a quick look here, i just need some help around, the issue : can't use my CD reader even USB :/ using right now win7 on C: and i wanna install it again from an iso in D: i ...
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How to boot Win 7 after uninstall partition MBR or GPT of Win 8 PC

i have a ASUS Laptop (windows 8.1). Now i already deleted windows 8 Operating System. now can't Install windows 7 Operating System. after selested partition disk have message "can't install".. So can ...
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DOS unformat memory issues

When I try to format an MSDOS 6.22 FAT16 partition (for restoration reasons, even with 3 AV installed, I get LOTS of virii), it goes about its business until UNFORMAT data is created. It says: ...
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showing unknown file system entering rescue mode .. grub rsescue

i have an error on the starting of my laptop screen window which is unknown file system entering rescue mode.. grub rescue< i had seen many videos on youtube which runs some command for resolving ...
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Creating lvm partition on raid

I have dedicated server with 3 ssd's (ubuntu 14.04) where are 2 raids. I want to make lvm partition for mysql. 20 gb mounted on / - raid 0 called device /dev/md1 (it is name of 3 ssd -- see below ...
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4TB GPT drive is raw

Let me give some background first before I get into the issue. A few days ago my PC died and after an hour of troubleshooting I finally confirmed that it was in fact the SSD, so I ordered a new. This ...
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I have too many partitions, and would like to have less, but some have a lot of data on them

I have a lot of data on my F: that I want to keep, and I would like to not have to reinstall windows on S:, since I have many softwares and drivers and updates. If I move all the data which is on F ...
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Win 8.1 setup program cannot any drive attached to my computer even I see them on Ubuntu Live CD

I try to install Win8.1 with a bootable USB. When I boot the PC with the Win8.1 DVD and select the Install Now option at the drive list there is no recognized drive to install OS even there are one ...
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Missing Operating System Win 7 RAID 0 setup

I have 2x1TB RAID 0 setup on an Asus P8Z77-V PRO Motherboard.Coming out of BIOS my PC just went to a blank screen "Missing Operating System". I have tried booting from the original Win 7 disk, ...
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Is there a performance difference when installing an OS on the last partition?

I have a laptop with Windows installed on a GPT hard drive. I want to have another partition to store data and yet another to install Linux Mint (or Ubuntu, still deciding). Should I install it on the ...
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Correcting drive letters after a partition clone

I have an old XP computer with 3 drives: Disk0 = C: D: E: F: (my current boot drive) Disk1 = I: (a data drive) Disk2 = J: K: L: M: (A new 2x bigger drive in an USB external case) J is a "partition ...
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Should a Linux Swap partition be on the RAID?

When setting up a new system, if I am planning on mirroring two hard drives, what should I do with the SWAP area? I can think of three things I can do... Do a mirror of the SWAP partition Stripe it ...
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How to Install Linux on unallocated partition

I have a disk 0 , which has 5 partitions. How should i convert the unallocated to ext4 partitions and then install ubuntu on it ? I used ubuntu tool gparted, but it does not help me to convert this ...
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How to install Win 8.1 to HDD as booting it from SSD? [duplicate]

I try to install Win 8.1 to my new computer with both SSD and HDD. I want to boot it from SSD but keep the all related files in HDD. Is it possible to choose such a scheme for the installation ? If ...
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I've messed up with dynamic partitions and I need to be able to backup some files

I had a dual boot of winxp on C, and win7 on S. All partitions are NTFS. It was in this order: C, S, (ext4 7gb partition), F. I originally wanted to remove C and the ext4 partition, to have one ...
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How to delete a OS from dual boot system without harming other one? [closed]

If there is a dual boot system ‘Windows-Linux’ or ‘Windows-Windows’, I mean in one HDD there are ‘a Windows 8.1 partition and a Windows 7 partition’ or ‘a Windows 8.1 partition and a Ubuntu ...
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partition drive not appearing in explorer

I originally had a 2 terabyte hard drive partitioned as a 256GB OSX partition, and a 1600~ Dynamic disc (shows up as two blocks on disc management) After i went on disc utility to delete my ...
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Why does the Windows Disk Management tool display my partitions as logical?

Firstly, I own an Acer laptop originally having Windows 7, now upgraded to 8.1, & initially had 3 primary partitions (that is PQSERVICE, SYSTEM RESERVED & Acer (C:)). I decided to migrate my ...
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Windows 8.1 refuses to recognize my extra HDDs

Alright, so I've been trying to install a few extra hard drives since my storage has been getting quite full recently. However, Windows 8.1 will not let me set the disks up for proper use, or do ...
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Installing Hyper-V server on same partition as OS (windows 7)

I need to do multiple Internet Explorer version testing and one of suggestions is to install Modern.IE. To do this one needs visualization running. I have downloaded Remote Server Administration Tools ...
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How to run a 2nd boot instance of Windows 7 on another partition?

*This is my 1st post/question - I believe it's a very similar problem/challenge as isipro at -- Get boot-partition to recognize a second operating system but it seems I'm directed to ask my own ...
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Ext3 drive empty and detected as ext2 after restoring superblock with e2fsck

I have an ext3 disk from my NAS. I took this drive out of the NAS and mounted it under my Debian Wheezy system. When I ran fsck it told me that the superblock was bad. I don't haver a full log, but ...
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Get boot-partition to recognize a second operating system

I "restored" a system image (that contains an operating system) from one computer ("src") to a partition on a different computer ("dest") which already has an operating installed on one partition. ...
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Can multiple Windows installations share applications?

Can I have two installations of Windows 7 (on separate partitions of a hard drive) share applications? E.g. when prompted for installation path - choose a third partition and have both Windows ...
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Grub2 immediately boots into Linux

OpenSuSE 13.2, running grub2. SHORT VERSION: Yesterday I had a normal grub2 boot menu and could choose to boot (successfully) into Linux or Windows. Today, I see the grub2 header displayed for a ...
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Mounting EFI partition on Windows [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount the EFI Partition from Disk Management but all the options for the EFI partition are greyed out, so I can't do anything.. here's a screenshot from the problem :
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Recover data from partition formatted through Android USB

I formatted an sdcard with GParted through the USB share of an Android phone. Neither the phone, nor the computer recognize the partitions on the sdcard anymore. When I share the sdcard through USB, ...
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Encrypted partition between Ubuntu 14 and Windows 7

I've created a 50 GB partition (NTFS) for sharing data between Ubuntu 14 and Windows 7. I would like to encrypt this partition in a "common" way between the 2 OS. Is there any way to do that?
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How I figure the contents, and if it is safe to delete, a recovery partition?

I have a ASUS Laptop with a 750GB disc. Except I don't remember using 750GB before running out of space... And I wanted to try again to install Linux on it. So I opened in Windows the disc manager ...
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Windows 8.1 Installation on a Macbook Pro Triple Boot “EFI system partition was formatted as NTFS” error

I am trying to install Windows 8.1 on a Macbook Pro that already has Mac OS X 10.9.5 and Ubuntu 15.04 installed on it. I created a usb from the iso downloaded, and it boots up successfully into the ...
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I cant format my 64gb transcend sd card

I partitioned my 64gb sd card into two fat32 and ext4. I am using android mobile and used the ext4 as a way to increase the internal memory of my phone. Suddenly the phone gave error that it could't ...
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Partition created with Minitool Partition Wizard or Linux not recognized by Windows 7 and vice/versa

I'm having a helluva problem. The tl;dr background is that I'm trying to set up a dual boot system with a shared TrueCrypt/NTFS partition for work files. Computer details: HP ZBook 15 256G m.2 SATA ...
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“Delete partition” option grayed out in disk management

When I went to disk management on windows 7, I tried to delete the volume and then the deleted volume went to "free space". For some reason, when I then tried to delete the "free space" volume, the ...
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NTFS Partition on a USB Stick shows up as FAT32 and is unaccessible in Windows 8.1

Hi I have the following Problem: I installed Tails on a 16GB USB Drive (Kingston DataTraveler SE9 G2) and then created an 8GB NTFS Partition (also tried FAT32) and then created an 4.6 GB encrypted ...
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Need to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Without Formatting

My hard drives got converted to Dynamic in order to increase the number of partitions. I tried Partition Wizard Server Version, but its not working. I need to convert the partitions to basic to ...
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Clone OS to another partition as bootable

Is there any way to achieve the following: I want to clone my OS (C: drive) onto another partition. I want this other partition to be boot-able as well. I read so many articles on the internet about ...
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Hard disk does not show any Partitions during windows installation

I have a samusung laptop 365e which ive been using for over a year now, it's been working well but it started freezing all of a sudden during it execution. it then finally refused to boot but instead, ...
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Modifying System drive for Windows 7 / Windows Server 2012

I have a computer with two hard disks and a dual boot : Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012. The system partition is on the Windows 7 partition. I want the System partition to be on the Windows Server ...
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Fix Intel RAID0 array, one of disks has bad blocks

I've got an issue with a firmware Intel RAID0 array. It consists of 2 disks 500 GB each. The second disk has several bad sectors, and I can't remap or hide them (they are 8 LBAs or 4096 bytes). I ...