When you create two or more logical volumes (drives) from one physical hard disk (or other storage device), you're cooking with partitions.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (4)

4
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
310 views

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, ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
7k views

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 ...
4
votes
5answers
2k views

Copy boot partition from one disk to another

I'm currently facing a hardware HD problem. Once of my HDs has semi-died. It works, kind of, data is being read, but every now and then it decides to not respond for a while. Windows hangs for a few ...
4
votes
2answers
405 views

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.
4
votes
2answers
14k views

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 ...
4
votes
6answers
2k views

Install Mac OSX on a partition of a Windows notebook?

Can this be done? Don't care about legal issues just would like to know if possible. I have a 150GB partition on a HP DV6000 Vista machine and was tempted to try... Note SuperUser does not condone ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
6k views

Change file allocation unit size without format

Is it possible to change a hard drive's file allocation unit size without formatting or at least not lose files?
4
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Does partitioning a hard drive give a performance gain?

Back in the day you could gain some performance by partitioning your hard drive to several partitions: Pagefile OS and Apps data There was some debate regarding the order of the drives as the ...
4
votes
2answers
493 views

Criteria for low disk space warning on XP?

According to this article, it says the low disk space warning appears when there is less than 200MB of disk space. However, I find this not to be the case. Two test examples: 1) I create a 3GB ...
4
votes
2answers
6k views

Ubuntu 14.04 installer doesn't show existing partitions

I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 7. I have a 500 GB hard disk split into 3 partitions. I am installing Ubuntu from a live USB drive. But I am stuck at the "Installation type" ...
4
votes
2answers
971 views

Using OEM disks to install Windows 7 partition on Windows 8 laptop

I own a Toshiba Satellite laptop that originally came with Windows 7 on it. I currently have Windows 8 installed only (no other OSs on other partitions). I am a software developer and would like to ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Alignment requirements: converting basic disk to dynamic disk in order to set up software RAID?

On Windows 7 x64 Professional I am struggling to convert a basic disk to a dynamic one. Under Disk Management in the MMC the conversion is supposed to be initiated automatically, but it doesn't. My ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Is it bad to completely fill a partition on an SSD with multiple partitions?

I know the conventional wisdom is to make sure you never completely fill your SSD (always leave 10-20% free, write-leveling or something like that) but what about if you've partitioned your SSD into ...
4
votes
3answers
6k views

What does sfdisk do, and how does it compare to fdisk or parted?

I was looking over documentation for ZFS for Linux and I came accross a command that the instructions tell me to run to prepare a disk for use. The command was; sfdisk -q /dev/zvol/tank/fish ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

How do I fix a Memorex USB 8GB flash drive that shows 0 B available?

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
500 views

Switching Linux Distribution, separate /home partition

Well, I updated to Ubuntu 11.04 and let's just say, it's time for a new distribution. I have my /home directory mounted on it's own partition (which has been a life saver, btw) and I was wondering if ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

Is there a way to do a sector level copy/clone from one hard drive to another?

Without going into distracting details, I'm attempting to duplicate the contents of the 500GB drive in my MacBook to another 500GB drive. But this is turning out to be an unexpected hassle because the ...
4
votes
7answers
979 views

1 TB hdd and no space to create a partition for linux !

I have a brand new Acer aspire 5811 with core i5 processor and all that. There is windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed on it. I want to install arch and setup a dual boot system. EDIT: Looks like ...
4
votes
3answers
6k views

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?
4
votes
3answers
2k views

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). ...
4
votes
2answers
10k views

How to rescan and remount drives on Ubuntu Hardy or Jaunty?

When I connect an USB drive to an Ununtu Hardy and Jaunty system, the system mounts the partitions found on the drive, and opens a Nautilus window for each mounted partitions. Within Nautilus, I am ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

Pagefile on separate partition but same drive

I know that pagefile questions and advice litter the internet, but this question doesn't seem to have been asked very often. I've read that you shouldn't put a pagefile on a different partition of ...
4
votes
2answers
13k views

I get “Your PC needs to be repaired” and “Error code: 0xc0000225” in Windows 8: how can I fix it?

When I boot my Windows 8 laptop (see details below), it displays this message: Recovery Your PC needs to be repaired A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed. Error ...
4
votes
2answers
6k views

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?
4
votes
1answer
212 views

Linux kernel - can't access sda16 & sda17

I can't access sda16 sda17 and higher partitions from my linux. This linux is rather debian (very old); kernel 2.6.23. So, I know that so old linux kernel can't access > 16 partitions on single sata ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How to create an ISO file of a Boot Camp partition from OS X?

How do I create an ISO file of a Boot Camp partition from OS X to use the ISO in Parallels later? I thought Winclone could do it, but it can't. Any alternatives?
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Convert a GPT disk to MBR from XP

So I took some files with me on my external HDD while going on vacation. Through a series of events, I ended up storing the data in a NTFS formatted partition defined in a GUID Partition Table. The ...
4
votes
1answer
535 views

Toasted NTFS File System from Failed Re-Partitioning & Recovery Options

So last night, in attempts to dual-boot Vista alongside Windows 7 RC, I used EASUS Partition Master to attempt to shrink my full-disk partition in order to make room for a Windows 7 partition. After ...
4
votes
1answer
448 views

Extend volume group after extending physical volume

I am using LVM to allocate disk for my VMs so I can increase the "physical disk size". The only way I found to merge this free space to my VM Volume Group was: create a partition on new free space ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Did I screw up my USB stick? And if not, how can I fix it?

Basically, I am doing various tests with Linux/BSD and USB booting at the moment. I had a live CD for a firewall that offered to partition a (hard) disk. I tried to use my flash drive for this - It ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

How to organize a hard drive for Linux/Windows sharing?

I have Linux Mint 14 and Windows 8 installed (dual-booting) on my computer. I mostly use Linux but still need Windows sometimes. Here's a screenshot of the output of sudo fdisk -l command: ...
4
votes
2answers
501 views

Not able to Hibernate or sleep Windows7 after resizing os partiton(c:)

Recently i increased size of my c: where windows7 was installed before re sizing the partition windows was hibernating properly. but now i am not able to hibernate neither sleep. My motherboard ...
4
votes
1answer
5k views

Create ext3 partition on external drive from Windows 7

Are there free CLI tools for Windows (7) which allow me to partition and format an ext3 file system on a external USB drive from Windows natively? I am not looking for a solution with a bootable live ...
4
votes
2answers
6k views

How do I make a VMDK format virtual hard drive from a physical partition on a disk?

I have a 320 GB HDD, which actually only has an 80 GB NTFS format partition which was being used by a Windows 7 system ... I want to create a VMDK format clone of this partition, so that I can use it ...
4
votes
1answer
307 views

Use single settings file for dual-boot XAMPP installs

Similar to other setup questions, but slightly more complicated. With two 500GB drives, please help determine the best setup for web development: RAID 1 for mirroring Partitions: Windows 7 Linux ...
4
votes
2answers
613 views

Cannot assign a letter to a FAT32 partition

I have an external hard disk where I have created many partitions to use also in Linux. First two partitions are FAT32. The third is a Truecrypt partition. I cannot assign a letter to the second ...
4
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Windows Broken after Deletion of HP_TOOLS partition

When I decided to install Ubuntu on my laptop as a dual-boot, I recognized that Windows 7 was using four separate partitions. I (yes, this was stupid) thought the HP_TOOLS partition was probably one I ...
4
votes
2answers
936 views

How to encrypt ONLY a user's profile folder (e.g.: /User/sid) on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2?

I wanted a way to encrypt my user folder e.g. (/User/sid/*) and have Mac OS X auto mount it based off my login credentials. Since that folder also contains profile info, I suspect it would need to be ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Are these partitions properly aligned?

I was recommended to use Ubuntu instead of XP to partition my new SSD. However, I didn't find diskpar, so I used GParted. The partition table type is msdos, fdisk reports the following: Device ...
3
votes
7answers
3k views

Can I extend my hard disk partition backwards without third-party tools?

I'm trying to extend my D: partition in Windows Vista Home Premium to contain the 30.91 GB unallocated space seen below: I've read this thread which says it is not possible to extend "backwards", ...
3
votes
6answers
498 views

Are there any Windows programs to resize partitions?

Are there some applications that are embedded in Windows (such as diskpart) to resize partitions?
3
votes
6answers
988 views

Do I need Partition for any good reason if I only have single boot?

If I will never want to dual boot two OS, then should I have number of partitions in 500GB main hard disk in notebook for any good reasons? Or What are the other reasons someone can have multiple ...
3
votes
5answers
339 views

How can I know if a partition is mounted or unmounted?

maybe this is a simple thing but I have the following doubt. If I perform fdisk -l, in the output I can find these devices that represent 2 partitions on the /dev/sdb device that is my SD card: ...