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 8.1 boot into copied partition

I have a laptop with a mSATA HDD and a normal (spinning) HDD. On the mSATA is an Ubuntu installation, while on the HDD, there is a Windows 8.1. The laptop boots from the mSATA where I have a boot ...
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Is my SSD overprovisioning enabled?

In Samsung Magician software, for an EVO 850: On the one hand, the unpartitioned space says "OP", but on the other hand, the "Set OP" button is grayed out, and it says "OP can be set or cleared ...
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Elementary OS Luna installer doesn't recognize Windows 7 install. Dual boot struggle

I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Elementary OS Luna x64 in dual boot. I've installed Windows first, but after that when I try to install Elementary from live USB the installer doesn't ...
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Recovering 1TB hard drive split into two 500GB drives without formatting

I am using Windows 7 and am trying to recover two working drives. The hard drive in question was: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822204022 I am pretty sure they were ...
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Windows 8 boot from mirrored (shadow) partition on same drive

I have a configured a dual boot option of mirrored partition on two different drives of Win7 successfully in the past but cannot get it to work correctly on Win8 with one drive and two partitions and ...
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OS X - Disk Utility - “Free Space” on external HDD can't be modified

I have an external 1TB HDD and can assure it's fully working. Now I wanted to split it into two partitions, one for r/w on OS X and the other one for r/w on Windows. However, I selected Free Space ...
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Is it safe to convert this partition table from GPT to MBR? [duplicate]

I think I need to convert my partition table from GPT to MBR in order to fix a problem with the bootloader. Here is the output of gdisk -l /dev/sdb GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.8 Partition table ...
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How do I format my HDD to Advanced Format/512E to use 512K blocks with Windows Backup?

I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. When running Windows Backup onto an external 4TB Touro HDD (2TB partition), I receive the error: The last backup did not complete successfully. One of the backup ...
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Is there any way to setup a 3TB SATA drive in Windows XP? [duplicate]

I have a Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC and I want to setup Western Digital 3 TB (dynamic disk) in my PC. But it reads only 700 GB from Windows XP although it read 3TB from the setup screen of my Dell. The ...
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How do I boot into Xubuntu after dual booting along-side Windows

I recently installed Xubuntu 14.04 from USB on a netbook running Windows 7. It installed fine, but before I restarted the machine, I removed the USB stick (out of habit). I couldn't shutdown the live ...
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Partition resize error

I've decided to remove my old linux [/] partition and enlarge my Win7 partition, before install new linux distro. For first time in my experience something gone wrong when I tried to resize (enlarge ...
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Corrupted boot partition on a Windows disk?

I have a laptop with a faulty hard drive that was not booting. I used ddrescue to recover the whole drive to a new drive, there were quite a lot of bad sectors but less than 1mb in total. I ran ...
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Installing RHEL 7 and can't make partition while on dual boot

I've problem while installing RHEL 7 with dual boot. Windows 8.1 pro already installed and try to install RHEL 7 but while on partition segment I can't see unallocated space which was more than 100GB, ...
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issue: bootcamp - windows 8 - fusion drive 1TB

I have an iMac 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 1TB Fusion drive since early January this year. I have added 2 extra 4Gb of memory bringing it to 4x4. I installed Windows 8 without any issue back ...
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Boot Camp: Partition error when installing Windows 7

So I've been trying to install Windows 7 on my Mac (Solid State Drive) with Boot Camp 5.1. Everything goes smoothly until I need to select a partition to install Windows on. The Windows 7 installer ...
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What is “File Packing” done by an Operating System?

I am reading a book on Operating Systems, and I am confused in a part about Internal File Structure. Quoting from the book: Disk systems typically have a well-defined block size determined by ...
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Changing drive format and restoring an Macintosh via Time Machine

Recently I had to take my Mac into repair and they had to wipe everything I thought I had my data mainly photos backed up on my Western Digital Elements hard drive through Time Machine. Once back ...
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How can I clone an entire drive to a smaller drive w?

I have a 1TB hard disk which is set up as MBR with 3 primary partitions. The sizes of the partitions are exactly 250GiB, 250Gib, and 192GiB, respectively. The remainder of the drive is unallocated ...
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BOOTCAMP: Missing Operating System after installing Yosemite

I recently installed Yosemite, and that broke my Bootcamp partition. I think the problem is that I resized my Bootcamp partition after I made it, and now there is a bit of dead space, and the ...
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Moving program files or user to E:/

My C: drive is only 40GB, but I do have an E:/ partition which is 100GB. Is there a way to SAFELY move Program Files or User account to E to use all that free space on it?
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Deleted my Windows 8.1 recovery partition

I bought a HP Envy refurbished laptop from a non HP official source. It came with DOS. I downloaded Windows 8.1 from dreamspark and installed using USB. During install when it asked for the partition ...
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Mix 3 different sized hard drives into a RAID 5

I’ve got three hard drives different sizes and I want to create a RAID 5. The three drives—all Seagate—are: 1.5 TB 3 TB 700 GB Is there a way to RAID these or is it possible to do the folloiwng: ...
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Flash drive is only recognized either/or by Chrome OS, Windows

I have had problems recently after I formatted a USB flash drive on my Chromebook. When I plugged it in to my computer, it did not show a notification for the drive, or indicate that it recognized it ...
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Can not extend disk partition even if the unallocated space is on the left

I shrinked my F drive to create unallocated 20 GB volume. Now I want to extend my F drive back because I don't need it anymore as I have solved the problem for which I initially created it. I want ...
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how to install windows 7 on GPT disk partition [duplicate]

I try to install windows 7 on my laptop. The partition I try to install it on is in NTFS format. When I clicking thorugh the installation steps and come to the part were I'm going to choose where ...
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Can a large hard drive (3 TB) make Windows XP 32bit un-bootable?

As my old hard drive failed, I cloned the operating System (Windows XP SP3 32bit Professional) to a new hard drive (WD 3 TB). It took several attempts, until it worked, but finally it was ok: I had ...
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Rebuilding FakeRAID RAID 5 with new disk, no partitions show up, invalid PMBR

I have a RAID 5 array with 4 2TB disks on a HP Z800. One disk failed and was swapped out for a new one. I went into BIOS Intel Storage Matrix Utility and set the Array to rebuild with the new disk. ...
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All hdd seen as unallocated space in gparted - partitions overlapping - some unaccessible

This odd but funny problem is rather urgent, so until I get an answer this is cross-posted here and here. I have an extended partition containing three Linux systems, each in its own partition. Each ...
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What is best suitable partition style in this situation MBR or GPT

I have a drive 80GB ( Formatted as Primary 1 Partition - MBR ) installed Windows 8.1 64bit. Second, 500GB using for Ubuntu 14.04LTS 64bit ( Dual Boot ) Third, I bought recently 1000GB want to use as ...
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Network File/Media Server with encryption

I am using an Asus RT-AC68U router and I just acquired an external HDD that I want to keep it plugged into the USB 3.0 port in order to expose data into my home network. I am looking for a way to keep ...
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Windows 8.1 no longer recognize disk with a NTFS AND a ext4 ubuntu install

So, as I do every 6 month, I installed a Ubuntu partition on my computer. I have a main SSD (C:) with Win8.1 on it and I had a secondary HDD (D:) with a single huge NTFS partition on it for my data. ...
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Lenovo onekey and reboot stuck in GRUB

I have a Lenovo g50-45 with onekey recovery with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. I dual booted with Ubuntu. Then I uninstalled Ubuntu. then tried to reinstall with USB using onekey. I got this screen: ...
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Resizing LVM Partitions

I'm trying to resize a couple of my LVM partitions. I have one that is 850GB (/dev/mapper/cl-home) and one that is 50GB (/dev/mapper/cl-root). I'd like to make it so that cl-home is 750GB and cl-root ...
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UEFI ESPs and multiple disk drives

I have added a usb connected SSD (sdb) to my (originally Win8) UEFI Toshiba laptop...I am EFI multi-booting via GRUB2 just fine on my laptop HDD (sda)...I have installed a Manjaro KDE distro on the ...
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WinToUSB not giving option to 'next' or continue after choosing partitions

I'm using WinToUsb to install Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit to a USB flashdrive from the Win7 installation iso. WinToUsb says that my flashdrive needs to be formatted, so I let it format it. After it's ...
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How to allocate partition of more than 2TB?

I've installed a Windows 8.1 on a 3TB hard disk, creating an initial system partion with approx. 300GB. Now I'd like to create partitions on the remaining space, however Windows won't let me do it. ...
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make reinstall cd from lenovo partition before updating to windows 10 tp

I'm going to update my lenovo G510(with i7 processor and windows 8.1) to windows 10 tp. When I update to windows 10 tp will it be possible to restore back to windows 8.1? I mean the laptop were ...
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How do i increase my swap partition size in Ubuntu?

I had a 2 GB RAM before. So When i installed Ubuntu i just gave 2 GB for Swap partition. Now I Had increased my RAM capacity to 4 GB . How can i increase my Swap capacity to run my OS smoothly? Please ...
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Linux Mint Installation : EFI Partition

I tried to install Linux Mint 17.1 MATE 64-bit edition on my asus laptop, which had installed Windows 8.1. I put CSM (Legacy BIOS) enabled, Secure Boot disabled, and boot with my Live CD USB (created ...
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(Impossible) Remove UDF partition from external hard disk

I had a OCZ SSD 240GB (HSF+ formatted) and now, after "technical repair", I have a SSD 3GB (UDF formatted). Only Windows can view the SSD connected via USB adapter, and inside it there are Windows 7 ...
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Why do I have four free partitions besides by C drive?

I was about to partition my hard drive today when I found that in Disk Management I have four partitions other than my C: drive that have 100% free space. What are those partitions? Can I get rid of ...
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disk to disk clone in Clonezilla, how to use a part of the backup drive as a disk?

I want to do a disk to disk clone in Clonezilla. I have an external hard drive but I don't want to delete all of it's contents. Is it possible to do a disk to disk clone and choose to backup to a ...
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2 additional partitions next to windows 8

so im trying to move my windows to different disk without harming them, and suddenly I found those two partitions in my disk: Can I just delete them or are they something important? from what I ...
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Hard drive capacity showed in Disk Management is inconsistent

If you look at the highlighted boxes in below image, you can see box 1 shows C: drive has 697 GB of capacity, and box 2 shows the same drive having 354 GB of capacity. The drive capacities ...
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Deleted USB Partitions, now USB drive shows as “No Media”

I've recently been using a USB formatted as HFS+. I was in need of wiping it and formatting it for Windows, so that's what I did. It had an EFI partition as it was a boot device. I attempted to ...
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Login failure in Kali linux. The error message, something is wrong…, I guess it is from no space in /root.

I am using Kali with Windows, in dual grub. I have received a message in Kali login, the low space in /root. I have installed Kali in these partitions: 5 GB swap 17 GB / (/root) 2 GB /boot 30 GB ...
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OSX performance of near-full drive

OSX performance degrades terribly when writing to an HFS+ partition which is over about 96% full. It seems that every write request triggers some sort of process which takes about 10 seconds, during ...
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System Reserved partition is showing up in “My Computer” along with other partitions

I use Windows 8.1 along with Ubuntu 14.04(Gnome) a dual boot. I used boot manager in Ubuntu to fix the grub in Linux to make Windows boot appear in the grub. Later I found Windows has two entries in ...
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Do partitions on SSDs map to physical addresses? 2

My scenario: I partition a 250GB SSD drive in half. I fill the 1st partition with OS and data and leave the 2nd one absolutely empty. Does this affect wear leveling of the SSD? Can partitioning an ...
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How to tell virtualbox how to boot from cloned direct access partition

I've managed to paint myself into a corner. I have a ubuntu machine with a virtualbox windows VM on that I spend about 4hours working in each day. I read up online that having direct disk access for ...