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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LVM Unable to remove physical volume

Aim: To remove the physical volume from the LVM in order to reformat it. LVM Setup: 1x 2TB HDD 1x 3TB HDD Problem: When trying to pvmove, I get an error saying "No extents available for allocation" ...
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Windows Converts Mac Drive into Dynamic/Simple Drive

I have a dual boot of Mac/Windows 7 and they are both installed on an SSD. All my user files were on a separate hard drive with 3 partitions and 150gb of free space. The 3 partitions were HFS and 2 ...
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MBRs, VBRs, and partitioning of storage devices: how and why they vary across device-types?

The wikipedia entry for Boot Sector says this, CD- ROMs usually have their own structure of boot sectors, for IBM PC compatible systems this is subject to El Torito specifications. ...
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Windows 8 Loop Issue after disk partitioning

Hi I have some issue with my recently bought (few hours!) laptop. My laptop is a Sony Vaio running a Windows 8 64 bit. It has over 600GB disk size that I immediately decided to partition it into two. ...
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I do not have a restore partition on my r519

Any information you give me would be greatly appreciated. I bought my notebook second hand. There isn't a hidden partition on the drive. I know there are tools like Norton Ghost/Acronis, but I would ...
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Bootcamp not letting me partition a drive for Windows 8

I have two HDDs in my iMac (OS 10.7.5 - Lion) both of which are partitioned as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" (according to Disk Utility). Here's the two drives: df -l -h Filesystem Size Used ...
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Modified Grub4dos to have format tool or command

i want my usb to boot with grub4dos and then using it to format hdd by just choose the number of menu with only 3-4 step and done example boot on usb then grub4dos run choose format or (delete ...
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OSX Reformat and Restore with Time Machine

After learning that Windows 32Bit limits Ram under 4GB, I decided to reformat the partition and install Windows 64Bit through Bootcamp. My goal now is to create a partition of 150GB. Here is what I ...
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lvm and df inconsistent on amount of free space due to swap partition in middle?

I recently did a fresh install of Fedora19 over Fedora17 on a system that is dual booted with Win7. Everything is working properly but what really confuses me is that lvm and df are inconsistent with ...
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My primary partition is inactive but “healthy”

My one partition said it's a primary partition and healthy. But it's not an active partition and I can't create it as active. Look at the picture. How can I enable it?
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Bootable USB disk for Ubuntu from Mac; which partition type (APM/MBR/GPT) to choose?

I want to make a bootable USB disk for installing Ubuntu from Mac. When I format the USB disk from terminal, i use $ diskutil eraseDisk HFS+ KINGSTON GPTFormat /dev/disk1 But there are other ...
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1TB ext4 Harddrive with 400GB NTFS MBR written by mistake

I was imaging my ext4 1tb storage disk that I had accidentally formatted to NTFS with testdisk and an external usb dock when I had to back out. Testdisk asked about writing the MBR and I clicked yes. ...
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Restore semi-formatted hdd

I have problems with my HDD. I tried to reinstall OS but My Windows 7 installer alerted something like "cannot write on disk without driver" while it was deleting existing partitions. Since that my ...
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Are there “bad” ways to partition flash drives?

In an attempt to figure out why a certain flash drive I have stopped working under OS X but continues to work under Windows and Linux, I found the wiki page How to Damage a FLASH Storage Device, which ...
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Using Win 7 bootsect tool

With bootsect.exe /nt** e: I assume, despite bootsect.exe help speaks of "master boot code", it is intended to apply the partition boostrap code to the partition identified by letter E:. Given this, ...
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Restore a Lenovo Thinkpad to Factory Settings, the first few MB of the hard drive were overwritten by dd

I was trying to make a live USB of OpenSUSE on my new Thinkpad laptop, but none of the windows tools I was trying worked. I put in a Live CD of Ubuntu 12.04 and tried to used the "dd" command to write ...
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Preserving Recovery Partitions

I've just bought a Samsung 530U3C notebook with Windows 8 preinstalled. I would like it to run some Linux distribution but at the same time to preserve recovery partitions so that I could hard reset ...
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conversion of simple volume to primary volume

My Samsung laptop has 5 partition in it . And all are simple volume partition so that there is no primary partition in my disk hence i cannot install Ubuntu in my laptop .I have tried many software ...
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Gparted live CD UI crashed, gpartedbin still running. Anything I can do?

I'm running Gparted live CD v0.15.0-1 on a production file server (after having tested successfully on a similarly-partitioned test server). The actions I wanted to do are: delete /dev/sda5 (0....
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Hot File Clustering with multiple partitions

I'm planning a performance-oriented clean install of OS X 10.6 and I was wondering if the hot file clustering feature will exists only on the boot partition or if there will be one for each partition (...
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Internal IDE HDD used as external w/ usb adapter and suddenly 2 partitions were gone

I was searching through the internet trying to solve this problem and saw an answer in this site and it looked you really now about this subject. Of all the other webs I checked, this one seemed that ...
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Windows bootcamp partition still present, unrecognized?

So I recently got a computer that came partitioned via bootcamp with windows 7 and OSX 10.7. It had the ratio of Mac to Windows 1 to 2, and I preferred it to be the other way around. So I went in and ...
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Sharing external hard drive for backups and file exchange by Mac and PC through wi-fi

I've had problems using a BUFALLO 1T HDD for both Time Machine backups on the Mac (Intel based) and system backups on the PC (Win 7) as well as for file sharing for both of the computers via wifi ...
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Recovering Windows 8 folder C:\Users\my_user

I had a problem with a bug on windows 8 where it is stuck in an automatic repair loop. I tried all possible solutions without success. Many ppl are facing the same problem. I tried many checkups and ...
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Increase OS partition of a MyBook Live

I have a MyBook Live 3TB and I want to install a few things in it. One of them is OpenJDK, which takes 185Mb when installed. The filesystem that has / mounted only has 188Mb available which is barely ...
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Partitions, symlinks, mounting as folders and performance

I'm going to have a 128-GB SSD which will contain Windows 8 and most applications, and a 1-TB hard drive which will contain most of the rest (large games, documents, select frequently overwritten ...
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Resize exfat Hard drive

Is it still impossible to to resize, shrink or extend exfat partitions ? I cant find a way to do it, neither in windows nor with partitioning software. Any ideas other than formatting the partition to ...
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Windows 8 Explorer hides the system partition of another disk

I have a another disk attached by SATA on the motherboard and there are two partitions inside, one is a system partition, another one is logical disk. I can't view the system partition by using ...
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Installing Windows clone on a Hybrid Drive

I recently bought a Seagate Momentus XT (750 GB) Hybrid Drive. Before I took out my old hard drive I made a clone of my Windows partition and stored it on an external hard drive(I used partition ...
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TestDisk - Recovered partition not mountable

First here's my Partition Table reported by fdisk. Disk /dev/sda: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector ...
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Impossible to create/format install Windows 7 on unpartitioned HD

I am going nuts reinstalling Windows 7 on one of those Acer aspire all-in-one... The original OS (Windows Professional x64) was not starting, after the initial screen the BIOS was prompted. So Step ...
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Inter-partition space

I am confused about partitioning a hard drive. Recently I have been trying to install Windows 7 on a new computer, and I noticed that Windows setup will attempt to automatically partition the hard ...
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How to add new partition to RAID-1 array on Redhat FC10?

I have a RH FC10 system with RAID 1 partitions, here is mdadm.conf: # mdadm.conf written out by anaconda DEVICE partitions MAILADDR root ARRAY /dev/md1 level=raid1 num-devices=2 metadata=0.90 UUID=...
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Under what circumstances will the serial number of a volume change?

Under what circumstances will the serial number of a volume change? I know that the number is created when the partition is created, but will altering the size, creating a new partition in a different ...
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Getting rid of backtrack 5?

I recently installed backtrack 5 onto my hard drive using the installer program after booting from a usb. The installer program allocated 400 gb of space and now i'm out of room for windows. How do I ...
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Native linux bootable thumb drive with first partition as fat32

I've been trying to do this for quite a while and I feel like I have exhausted my options on it. I want to make a flash drive partitioned similarly to this: Number Start (sector) End (sector) ...
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How can I force applications to save data in a different place?

I'm getting ready to nuke both my desktop and laptop, and I would like to make sure all files stay consistent between the two. I want to do this by creating a partition on each computer specifically ...
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Permissions for user for whole disk ( and/or Partitions) in win7

I have a linux mint partition and a win7 partition on my disk. I am running (oracle) VM on win7, and My goal is to boot to the linux partition with the VM. This was not so difficult to do by creating ...
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Dualbooting, partitions or virtualization?

Hi, I am trying to have Windows 8 and Fedora 17 in a dual boot setup on my laptop. At first I installed Windows 8, gave it first 40GBs of the drive to play with ( windows installer cut off first ...
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Can you boot mac os x of a logical partition?

I currently have a win7 and ubuntu dual boot on my laptop (Sony VAIO) but want to add os x for a triple boot setup. Thanks to system reserved and hidden backup partitions I have long since run out of ...
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Why would Activity Monitor and iotop give completely different output re: Disk Activity?

I am trying to "rebuild" via DiskWarrior an external RAID0 startup drive… and it is "semi-stuck" on step 6.. but I have read that I should let it finish.. The strange thing is.. is that Activity ...
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Missing space on Flash drive (USB) - Can't reformat it also

I have a flash drive which is given as a freebie. I don't know who manufactured it. It got infected by a virus. I am trying to reformat it but I am always receiving a "Windows was unable to complete ...
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sfdisk on extended and Linux swap partitions

Is it possible to perform sfdisk on Extended and Linux swap partitions? or maybe I need to remove the lines with /dev/cciss/c0d0p4 and /dev/cciss/c0d0p7 ? from the file c0d0-partition-info.sfdisk, ...
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Partition SD Card?

I want to partition the SD card so that I can use Apps2SD application (on my Android phone, a Samsung GT-i5503). I just would like to know if I can partition my SD card using "Computer Management" in ...
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“A disk read error occurred” after choosing to boot into Windows XP from GRUB

"A disk read error occurred" appears on screen after choosing to boot into Windows XP from GRUB. [root@localhost linux]# fdisk -lu Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/...
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UFS as a shared partition between Linux and Mac OS?

I see that (i) you can't boot from a UFS disk with Snow Leopard, and (ii) Disk Utility doesn't allow UFS partitions to be created. Why the aloofness? Is UFS still a reasonable choice of shared ...
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Grub4Dos booting ISO's via 2nd Partition

Im looking for a way to temporary map an ISO to a partition VIA Grub Basically have 110GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive that stores mainly ISO's and some Installable software such as Windows Office etc....
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Resizing 2 partitions (NTFS and ReiserFS3)

When creating a Win7 and Gentoo setup I miss allocated the space needed for Windows and Linux. I have a 320 gb drive and created a 40gb partition on Win7 and used the rest of the space on Linux. Now I ...
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Fresh install of Windows 10, keeping intact partition with data

I have to install Windows 10 Pro in a bootable hard drive of about 1Tb (model WD10EARS), formatted like this: first an 850Gb NTFS partition with data, and then 150Gb of unallocated space. My aim is to ...
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Should I reformat from MBR to GPT?

I bought a Lenovo Y700 with FreeDOS on a 1 GB partition with 932 GB of unallocated space on the second partition. I wanted to be able to boot 3 systems on it - Windows 7/10, Debian/Xubuntu and ...