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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Use hard disk image like a regular hard disk on Linux

If you have a hard disk image (including partition table, multiple partitions,...), is it possible to let Linux treat it as a regular hard disk? By "regular hard disk" I mean I would like to have the ...
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Resize HFS+ Partition

Is there any way that I can resize (actually growing is what I need, not shrinking) a HFS+ partition? I tried gparted and acronis but of them none seem to be able to do it. So, tell me: is that ...
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Can it cause any kind of REAL problems to resize a partition after having an OS installed on it - or is it just an urban legend?

I just bought a laptop with some pre-setup partitions like recovery partition, OEM partition, a smaller Windows-partition and the Windows system partition. Their structure and size looks like this: ...
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Gparted doesn't detect any partitions

I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on my laptop. First I installed it inside Windows and when it boots for first time I got the error message "couldn't find root filesystem , try partition table ...
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Cannot boot Windows 8.1 after migrating to Samsung SSD using supplied software

I got a brand new Samsung 840 SSD. It came with "Data Migration" software from Samsung. I am running Windows 8.1. Here are my steps exactly: Installed new SSD into secondary bay (Disk 0: HDD, ...
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Can't create partition or locate existing one when installing windows 8.1

I'm trying to install windows 8.1 and I'm getting this error message after I choose the hard drive to install the windows in we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one just to be ...
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How do I combine multiple hard drives without losing any content in Windows 7?

I have 4 hard drives in my computer, one windows drive C:, and other D,E,F, total capacity being 500 GB. I have windows 7 home basic installed on my system. I want to re-install windows and increase ...
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How do I shrink an SD Card image?

I imaged a 16 GB SD card using the dd command. The card however, does not have more than 4 GB of data on it across 2 partitions (FAT32 & ext3). I would like to transfer this image on to a 8GB SD ...
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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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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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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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How to extend the primary partition for Ubuntu Server running in VMWare Player

I ran out of space on a VM I use at home. It runs Ubuntu server and the existing space was 20G. I decided to increase it to 100G to ensure I have plenty of breathing room. So I followed the ...
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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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What's the best way to partition an SSD?

In case you're creating one partition, should it be as big as possible, or should a certain percentage of space be left unpartitioned?
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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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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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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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what is difference between gpt partition and mbr partition and where structure differs?

Where GPT table using and MBR partition table using. Windows 8 installing and booting in UEFI mode so it is supporting GPT partition style so we can create 128 primary partitions using windows8? can ...
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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 to “join” two partitions

I have a laptop hard drive that I'm using now as an external USB hard drive. The drive has two partitions - I don't want this configuration and only want one partition. How can I join the partitions ...
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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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Unable to format disk: 'The system cannot find the file specified'

I have a USB flash drive, which I may have mucked up, so I used DISKPART's CLEAN to clean it up. I created a simple volume, and tried to format it. (This is all using Windows' disk management.) I was ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Advanced format partition alignment

I cloned a non Advanced Format drive (W7 64bit) to a new hard drive (Seagate) that was AF, the software I used supposedly does not support 4k very well (Todo Backup Free 3.5). Is there a Windows ...
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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 ...