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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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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How do I safely partition a hard-drive to accept a GNU/Linux distribution in the presence of OneKey Recovery?

I am currently using a Lenovo Essentials G550 Laptop. When the laptop was sold by Lenovo, a proprietary recovery solution created by the same company was bundled with the laptop, taking the name of ...
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do ntfsresize and gparted work on a disk image mounted through the loop device?

I need to resize a NTFS partition in a disk for which I have an image (dumped with dd). I mounted it through the loop device on linux: # losetup -o 32256 /dev/loop0 disk.img # I got the offset from ...
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What steps am I missing in my attempt to create bootable Linux distribution image?

I am trying to create a distribution image (via Linux’s dd command) for an OS that will work with hard drives and flash media. I have been successful at creating the image, but I can’t get it to boot ...
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Migrate Win7 upgrade from 63 sector to 4096 sector advanced format disk

If I use the Windows 7 backup on a system that has the 63 sector starting location and restore it to an advanced format 4096 sector system, will the restore create the starting sector at 63 or 4096?
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How to utilize 4TB HDD, which is showing up as 2.72TB

I have two internal HDD's. They're both 4TB capacity. They're both formatted with the GPT partitioning scheme, and they're Basic Discs (not dynamic). I'm on Windows 8 64bit. I have UEFI, not BIOS. ...
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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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How can I resize a partition managed by LVM?

I have a fresh CentOS install on my machine and I would like to make space on the drive available in order to install Arch Linux. Unfortunately, LVM is new to me and doesn't appear to work well ...
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Cannot format 8GB USB Drive Partition

So, I have a 8GB USB thumbrive I am trying to format so I can use all 8 (or 7.27 to be exact) GB in a single partition. The drive already has a 943 MB partition, which I figured I could extend to ...
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Why does Diskpart tell lies in WinPE?

I'm working on producing a scalable imaging process with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry pro. The hardware is a small form-factor Jetway PC motherboard with a UEFI compatible BIOS. I boot the box using ...
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Benefits of converting Data partition from NTFS to FAT32

Desktop PC with internal SSD is running Windows XP SP3 and partitioned as below. Over time I've come to learn that NTFS does many more read/write operations than FAT32 thus possibly reducing the ...
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Why is the system partition C:\? [duplicate]

How come that the system partition is C:\ and not A:\ or B:\? I know A:\ was used for floppy drives, but why not use B:\ then? And why was floppy drives used as A:\ as if it was more important than ...
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Hard drive space issue

I have a single hard drive split into 2 partitions: Drive C: 16 GB for Windows installation Drive D: 580 GB for Programs Files and Media The C drive is now almost full. Using TreeSize, I see that ...
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Why do I get a GRUB error after deleting the Linux partition?

I had a dual-boot setup with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I used Easus Partition Manager and shrank my Windows 7 partition. In the empty space, I installed Linux Mint. I decided I didn't want it ...
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Started DBAN on an external by accident - can I get my data back?

I was running DBAN on a laptop HDD and I had an external HDD attached. Without realising that, I ran DBAN in auto mode. Completely stupid, I know. I noticed it was attached when the operation started,...
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Partition C disk running Windows 7 in half

I am currently using Windows 7 64 bit on disk C and want to split it in half but not sure how to go about partitioning it. I want it so that the C drive that is running Windows 7 gets sliced in two ...
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Shrink Windows OS partition with unmovable files

I am trying to shink Windows 7 OS partition C: but cannot shrink as much as I plan due to unmovable files. I have tried Windows own defrag tool before but it does not move files that are unmovable. ...
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How to turn off System Restore and remove System Volume Information folders in Windows?

I met the same problem of not being able to shrink the Windows OS partition C: as much as I plan to due to unmovable files. Having learned from this post, I would like to "turned System Restore off, ...
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Looking for a free partition manager [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Partitioning Software for Windows 7 Hi. I'm preparing to attempt to triple-boot my computer and before I start, I'll need to change some stuff around on my hard drive. So,...
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Moving OSX Lion from one Harddrive to another Harddrive

How can I move my OSX Lion installation from my 500GB HDD, to my new 250GB Solid State HDD? Re-installing OSX Lion is not an option.
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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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Force cloned hard-disk image upon a smaller hard-disk

I have a image which was taken with Clonezilla as SAVEDISK on a 160GB harddrive. Now a newer version of the PC released with a 120GB harddrive, the space in use is just 20GB Is there a way I can ...
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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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Someone from Microsoft told me you can always shrink down the partition the most it can, is that true?

Someone from Microsoft told me today that you can always shrink down a partition to the most it can (Update: by using the Win7 or Vista disk management tool) -- for example, when there are 120GB of ...
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Cannot delete partition in diskpart - invalid argument?

I'm trying to delete a partition on a UFD using Diskpart. I am running it through an elevated CMD prompt. But the problem is it reports that I am using an invalid argument. Please see the log below. ...
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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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Any dangers of sharing /home partition between two distros?

I have a laptop with a 250GB HDD. I have an existing installation of Kubuntu across three partitions (A 20GB one for /, 2GB for swap, and something like 97GB for /home). If I add another partition, ...
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Can't shrink partition due to mystery file

My system came with win xp. I installed Win7 in a separate partition, volume E. That was a while ago. I don't need xp anymore and now I want to shrink the C partition so that I can grow E. I ...
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Possible to Hide Mac Partition When in Windows?

I've found out that if I install Windows 7 and use the Snow Leopard Boot Camp drivers (Which I need for the graphics chipset drivers.), the Mac partition appears and is read-only. I'm quite concerned ...
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Moving Bootcamp partition to another drive

I don't know how sketch this is. I currently have Bootcamp with Windows 7 on my internal along with my Snow Leopard. I'm moving to a bigger harddrive. I'm reinstalling Snow Leopard but I would like ...
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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 ...
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How many drives do I have?

This is the first time I ordered a dedicated server with 3 HDDs and I am quite confused. My limited knowledge tells me that /dev/sda /dev/sdb /dev/sdc are the 3 drives that I actually have. But, ...
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Re-reading the partition table failed with error 22: invalid argument

I have Oracle Linux on a VM and I'm trying to create partitions on /dev/sda2 of size 30 gigs using fdisk utility. I made four partitions each of size 512M and they appear in the partition table. ...
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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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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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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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How can I restore my “Unknown” partition type, back to NTFS?

Lately I've been having trouble restoring my PC after uninstalling GRUB, and an Ubuntu install from it. Usually I don't encounter any problems when doing this, but this time is different. My Windows ...
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Does an ext4 writer for Windows exist?

Are there any applications that can write to ext4 file systems from Windows?
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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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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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Partitions on GPT disk are not in the recommended order?

I want to install a clean RTM Windows 8.0 on a laptop that came with OEM Windows 8.0 pre-installed. I have a working ISO image on DVD. The problem is that the setup program complains about "...
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Cleared vs. Unformatted partition in GParted

I am running a database-like application that writes and reads data directly to and from a raw block device. I would like to create a new partition for this purpose, and I am using GParted. I've ...
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How to access both partitions on a bootable USB flash drive in Windows

I have a 16GB USB Flash Drive that is partitioned into two different sizes. The first partition contains a bootable version of Ubuntu, the second partition is for general saving of files. Windows ...
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Windows 7 doesn't recognize second partition on removable disk

I created two partitions on my removable Flash drive, but Windows doesn't recognize the second partition. Both partitions are NTFS and primary partitions. And this image is in disk management on ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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?