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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C:/ and E:/ drives swapped letters after reinstalling

I have just reinstalled Windows XP on my machine and something weird happened. I have a DATA partition which used to be I:/ but now after reinstalling it's name is C:/ and the system partition's ...
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Is it possible to remove all partitions when upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7?

I bought a Windows 7 upgrade version to upgrade a laptop with Windows XP. The upgrade needs to be done with a clean install, and I would like to change the partitions as well. Microsoft explains (in ...
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Mounting a multi-partition disk image in Linux

I downloaded an raw SD card image that has two partitions. It caused some file system errors when I tried to dd it directly into an SD card. I am not sure if the card is defective or the image. Is ...
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Is it recommended to partition an external drive used as storage?

I'm going to buy a 1TB external hard drive to use it as storage (not backup) and I'm not quite sure if any partitioning at all would be good in this case (i.e. System/Data scheme does not apply). ...
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Moving a LVM/LUKS encrypted partition to the end of a harddrive?

I need to move a LUKS encrypted partition to the end of a harddrive to expand another partition. Does anyone know how to do this? Is it possible to do this with other partition editing programs? ...
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Is it best to partition a 1TB external drive? [closed]

OK – I've got the 1TB WD External hard drive from DSE (see post - http://forums.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=113070 ) Should I create some more partitions on it – from what I've read (not knowing ...
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Why doesn't Windows 7 always create 100MB partition?

I have two 500GB hard drives in my laptop. I have formatted both so they contain nothing. When I'm installing Windows 7, depending on the drive I choose to install Windows on I may or may not get the ...
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Windows 8 recovery partition on main hard drive

I've recently been having a lot of trouble with my current laptop which has caused me to reinstall my operating system several times, and I'm getting sick of always burning installation disks or ...
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Use VirtualBox to boot a physical drive/partition

I have two partitions on my hard drive, one for Windows and one for linux. I would like to use VirtualBox in Linux to boot the Windows partition as a virtual machine. How can I acheive this?
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Laptop doesn't boot up (not even to bios settings) and has corrupted partition table

My laptop fails to boot up. Since it fails even before I could enter bios settings, I thought it has to be a hardware failure. To rescue my data, I removed the hard disk and plugged it to another PC. ...
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Restoring factory recovery partition (samsung)

I have upgraded the HDD in a Samsung laptop and would like to restore the "Press F4 for recovery" partition. My new disk has three partitions, System, Windows, and Recovery. I did a dd of the ...
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Mount a Second Partition of a USB Drive on Windows

I have a Pen-drive of 8GB, I have 2 partitions on it, one of 15MB and another of the remaining (7GB+). I know that Windows only recognizes the first partition, is there any way to mount the second ...
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Partitioning strategy for a 2 TB external hard drive

I got a 2 TB Western Digital Elements hard drive, and I want to use it as a storage device to back up all my movies and songs and other Data. Does partitioning the drive have any performance ...
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Is it possible to convert an ntfs partition to ext3?

Is it possible to convert an ntfs partition to ext3?
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since 1 hard drive is limited to 4 primary partitions, how about using 1 primary and 10 extended partitions instead?

It seems that a hard drive is limited to 4 primary partitions, so if the 4 primary partitions are Vista, Recovery data, Windows 7, Windows 7 64-bit and no more primary partition can be added ...
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Two drives with the same drive letter

I shrunk my D drive by 30 GB, and chose "Extend" on the free space, adding it to E drive. Now I have two E drives as shown in the picture below... Is this normal/okay? If not, how can I combine ...
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How can I unmark an external hard drive partition as being active?

I accidentally marked my external hard drive partition as active in disk management. I meant to change the drive letter but hit the wrong button. Whoops. What are the consequences of having done that ...
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How to make a partition on external storage read-only? And revert to normal?

Sometimes, I have to give my external storage someone else. But, I am worry about files and folders which accidentally deleted, moved, changed etc... Therefore, it is enough that data on the disk can ...
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How to create vdi from existing (off line) partition?

I have an old hdd from my notebook that carries WindowsXP. I would like to run this WindowsXP installation under Virtual box under Windows7. I am able to connect the disk to my Windows7 via usb. So ...
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How did I end up with a partition inside a partition?

I used to have Vista installed, but wanted to upgrade to 7. I partitioned my drive, installed 7 on the new partition then copied all my data over from the Vista partition. Then, I went to remove the ...
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How to get a reinstall of Ubuntu to recognize /home partition?

I have been running Ubuntu 9.04 since it's release and on my last install adventure I took the plunge and created a seperate partition for my /home directory. For reasons not important here I needed ...
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MBR equals msdos for gparted?

I want to create a MBR partition table with GParted. In the confirmation window I can choose between various types of partition table. Default is msdos. Is it the same as MBR partition table? I'm ...
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Windows 8 displays linux ext4 partitions as RAW

I installed Linux Mint in 2 partitions: / and /home Windows 8 is under UEFI boot mode. How to hide those linux partitions in Explorer? When I click on them:
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How to convert a primary partition to logical?

I am using Windows 8 and I partitioned hard disk into separate drives using disk management. The problem is that the new partitions created are shown as primary partitions. How do I change them to ...
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how to convert NTFS to ext4 in windows?

I want to convert one partition of my windows which is NTFS (or can be FAT32) to a linux file system partitioning? I'm looking for some tools or ways to do it for me!
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Can I shrink an NTFS partition running Windows 7 from the 'left' / 'start' side?

This is my current partition layout: This is the current situation on my hard disk. I have a 25 GB NTFS partition with windows 8 developer preview (drive F) and a 660 GB partition with ...
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How can I merge a USB stick shown as two drives?

A local company last year gave away some USB sticks with their products on them in a PDF file. The PDF is now outdated (2010 version) and I find it a waste to throw away a perfectly good USB stick for ...
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Grub rescue, unknown file system. Can't boot into Windows 7

I am confused, so I am also going to use this question to get clarification and fix my computer. Some background: I had Windows 7 on a 1 TB HDD and decided to partition my hard drive into two ~500 GB ...
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Linux cannot see Windows 7 partitions on install

I've been trying to install Linux as a dual boot with Windows 7 on my Dell latitude e6510. It is currently running Windows 7 and I have used the MS disk tools to shrink the Win 7 NTFS partition to ...
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Partition Hard Drive for use with Time Machine

Is it possible to partition a hard drive in two and use one partition for Time Machine and the other for other uses? I am running Mac OS X 10.6.5 if it makes any difference. EDIT: For clarification ...
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Partition Shows Wrong Size

I had been having the small size issue on my drive C (where Windows XP is installed). So i decided to grow the size of this drive by using the software "EASEUS Partition Master 4.0 Home Edition". I ...
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How to completely delete my USB thumbstick? [closed]

I own a Kingston thumb-stick. I have installed a Google Chrome OS image to it, so I could try it out. When it did so, it created 3 partitions (I backed everything up and the software that installed ...
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External hard drive how to format it?

I just bought a hard drive of 500GB that I want to use on Mac OS X and GNU/Linux but be able to use some file on Windows. Basically I have to deal with FAT32 (That doesn't support file over 4GB), ...
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Windows 8 Machines Only Have Primary Partitions?

I just bought a new HP laptop with Windows 8. I tried to partition the hard drive using PartedMagic and discovered that we can't create any extended partitions to have logical volumes. Only primary ...
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Can I delete the OEM partition on the new Dell XPS 15?

My new Dell XPS 15 L521X just arrived. I need to set this up to dual boot Linux. Sadly, the system comes with four primary partitions. I can't do a clean install at the moment, so one of the ...
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Change GPT parition number

I have a 2TB GPT drive that for some reason is mounted as /dev/sdc2. I would prefer all my data drives to be mounted as /dev/sd*1. If I use sudo parted /dev/sdc print I get: Model: ATA WDC ...
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How can I make multiple physical hard drives appear as a single partition?

I'm writing a basic media server where people can upload/download my content. I have 8 2TB hard drives where I would like to store their uploaded files. Problem is navigating a file system that I want ...
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Why will data in a hard disk ever be unmovable?

I understand that to create a new partition, the partitioning software basically moves the data "upwards" so that more space could be provided for partitioning. However, for one reason or another, ...
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Is GPT aligned for 4k blocks?

The Wikipedia article for GUID Partition Table does not make it clear whether it is aligned to an underlying 4k-block filesystem. Seeing as the diagram shows the first block of the data sector as ...
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How long should it take for gparted to shrink a 44 GB partition down to 10 GB

I've had gparted running to shrink a Backtrack partition down to 10 GB from 44 GB. I was wondering how long that should take and wether or not it's jammed. It's been on "shrink file system" for well ...
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Shrink VDI disk

I have vdi file for a disk of 40GB. The vdi file itself is 36GB. I made some room in the disk and was able to resize the partition of the disk to 20GB, leaving an unpartitionned space of 20GB. I ...
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How to avoid issue with windows 8 system reserved partition?

I had Windows 7 Ultimate on my Computer. At the Setup it created a 100 MB sized "System Reserved Partition". I upgraded my operating system to Windows 8 and now, when I modify my system files ...
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How do I fix a Memorex USB 8GB flash drive that shows 0 B available? [duplicate]

Memorex USB 8GB drive that shows 0 B available. I don't know if it's mechanically broken or something is wrong with it. Even disk part shows it as (See Disk 2) Any ideas? EDIT: The bios shows it ...
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Why is it faster to have more primary partitions?

Why is it faster to have more primary partitions when using Linux? Please give some real examples; I know some theoretical reasons but I don't understand them well.
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How to properly install WD Advanced Format Drive in Ubuntu as 2nd HDD?

I got a new Western Digital WD15EARS Caviar Green 1.5TB SATA drive but it seems to use WD new advanced format using 4k blocks or something (I get the general idea but not really). Is there a way to ...
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How do I boot to the Recovery Partition on an eMachines D620 notebook?

I installed the Windows 7 RC on my wife's laptop and now need to reinstall Vista for her. I was very careful to leave the recovery partition intact so that I could do this, but I don't see a way to ...
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How to format a USB stick (flash drive) with FAT32 for use on Linux and Windows?

I want to format a memory stick for moving data between Windows 7 and a non-networked Ubuntu server (Precise). I'm not sure that either of the two ways I've tried are correct, even though I can read ...
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How to boot Windows 7 with UEFI, when Ubuntu is installed on Asus Zenbook Prime?

I've tried two days now to get ubuntu AND windows 7 to dual boot... What is the current status? I have completely removed win 8 and installed ubuntu 13.04 to the whole SSD. You may ask, why I have ...
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Can I add unallocated space to an existing partition?

My machine is windows 7 ultimate 32-bit with the HDD like this (from left to right); C: / unallocated space (about 40GB) / D: / E: Now I want to add this unallocated space into my E: drive ...
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In windows 7, is it possible to extend a logical partition using space, freed up from shrinking the windows(primary) partition? If yes, how?

Please take a look at the snapshot of my current partitions - I want to shrink volume C to a total size of 80 GB or so and use the remaining free space to extend the volume D. Is there a safe way ...