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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Safe partitions to delete from old Windows install on second drive?

I recently bought a SSD and I installed Windows on it. Before the install I disconnected the Hard Drive (with Windows install) and repluged it once I was able to boot on the SSD. Then, I created a ...
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Device Mapper partitions on RHEL

I've 2 HP Proliant DL 380 Gen8 servers. RHEL 5.10 is running on them. The servers are in cluster. In my cluster configuration I've defined my clustered services to be mounting on partitions defined on ...
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boot windows installed with UEFI on bios only host

I have a crashed computer, the save of my C: partition. The Windows 10 install was done on a GPT disk with UEFI. I would like to restart this Windows as a VM on my workstation to get a few things back ...
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Can someone explain the disk partitions in the images below

I have screen shots below which are confusing to understand. Can I get a detailed explanation of why they are different, why I've 5 primary partitions in windows which is not possible(BIOS) and ...
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Windows 7 installation can't detect hard drive

I had a windows 7 system on a 250gb partition and I wanted to dual boot with Debian. I removed some partition and got about 50 gb unallocated space that I was going to use for debian. I restarted ...
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Ubuntu doesn't show hard drive partitions properly

I first had Windows 8.1 on my laptop installed and now I'm trying to add Ubuntu 15.10 and be able to dual boot. I have freed up some space and partitioned my hard drive for the Ubuntu installation. ...
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Extending RAID 1 Array with different size disks

Please note the following setup is Centos 6.6. I have an existing RAID 1 setup using 2x480GB SSD's. I Just had two new 800GB SSD's installed into the server. The existing RAID 1 setup i want to ...
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How to resize back a logical volumen LVM?

I was trying to leave more available space at /datos and I break the configuration of my server. First at all I discovered a LVM configuration. Then at VMWARE client I click edit settings and add ...
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dd/cat luks lvm on drive that has larger total size (partition plus trailing empty space) into smaller drives that can hold said luks lvm?

I have three drives, 256gb, 128gb and 120gb. My encrypted LVM is 115gb in size. In a gui disk utility, it shows that I have trailing space after the encrypted partition, but I'm not sure if the ...
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DiskView reports unallocated cluster, but WinHex reports cluster occupied by disk file - why?

I've recently been tinkering with deleting text files and seeing what information I can gather from the clusters that those files used to be on. However, I've hit something that's really made me ...
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Lost ability to boot Linux on my Mac (dual boot)

I installed and repeatedly used Debian Linux on my macBook Pro. Initially, I held control+command to boot linux. Recently, I would simply power up the computer, no key-holding (not sure what changed, ...
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How to add persistence to entire Kali filesystem?

So I've set up a live USB with Kali for pentesting, and I'm now trying to get persistence working on it. So far, the USB has been partitioned and an ext2 filesystem installed. When I open Kali, there ...
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Does a hard drive remember bad sectors after formatting?

On an NTFS-formatted hard drive with some bad sectors, does the hard drive still remember bad sectors after Windows's diskpart clean is used to remove the NTFS volume? What about clean all?
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windows does not mount usb ntfs superfloppy

I have a Transcend Storejet external USB hard disk. This is not an SSD, but a mechanical disk with rotating plates. I have formatted the whole disk, without partitioning, as NTFS. I have used 'mkntfs' ...
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Rescue SDcard spoiled by Android phone

My SD card is dead. It is a sandisk 32GB model (genuine one as I bought it from a well known seller). All I can see is a partition with 32MB total space. I've tried to recreate the partition table in ...
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Cannot format new hard drive while installing

I just got my new hard drive (500GB) and I was about to install Windows 7, but received an error while formatting the partition (0x80070057—damaged disk). The disk is new and I've never used it before....
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How to recover backed up GPT disk with DD but without the extra GPT information?

A few years ago I backed up my laptop hdd with dd so that I could install linux but then revert back to windows if I wanted to. I didn't know much about UEFI and none about GPT disks, so I didn't do ...
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Is there a way to clone a hard drive to a smaller hard drive? [duplicate]

The Issue: The issue I have is that I have several hard drives ALL 250GB, however, they vary ever so slightly on the amount of sectors. When cloning with CloneZilla on Parted Magic, I get the volume ...
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Partitioning a USB Drive

I've read other answers; none of which answer my question for different limitations. Goal: Partition a USB to 3 sections: Data (FAT32) , Kon Boot (Bootable with EFI), Linux Live CD (Bootable with EFI)...
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Will 4096 bytes alignment benefit on SSD with 512 bytes sector size?

My SSD physical sector size is 512 bytes. Will 4096 byte alignment benefit in IO operations? Currently the 1st partition (Recovery) has starting offset at 32 256 bytes according to msinfo32. The ...
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Will Windows 10's reset delete my Linux partitions?

I want to use the "reset my PC" feature of Windows 10 to wipe the data on my Windows partition. But I have also a Linux system installed, which I want to keep. Will Windows 10's full reset wipe all ...
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Repair Windows EFI system partition from linux live OS

As part of my project I am working on a ubuntu based live os that can be used as system rescue disk for linux as well as windows. Basically it will be used as a rescue disk in case of boot failures. ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 64 bit disk allocation issue

Looks like the UI of Windows Server 2012 R2 64 bit changed a lot. Wondering how to allocate the unallocated 60G to Disk C? Thanks. Here is the screen snapshot of server manager, disk/storage. ...
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Advanced format

I read this in a superuser.com question: The problem is that "Advanced Format" drives that simulate a 512-byte sector to the operating system but actually work with 4-kilobyte sectors internally ...
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ext4 SD card formatted on Linux, and will not show on OSX

I formatted an SD Card as ext4 on my Debian machine. Before I formatted I deleted all partions, created a single partion, and write the changes. I was able to mount the SD card on my Debian box and ...
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Accidentally lost all my partitions, testdisk can't find them

I had 1 100GB partition with Windows and another ~800GB one with all my data. I shrinked that one to get another 100GB partition to install Mac OS X on (which I did successfully a couple times before) ...
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I need to find what the first (and maybe last) sectors of a NTFS partition were, on a drive with corrupt partition table

I have a 3tb hard drive. I also have its entire disk image backed up, so you don't need to worry about the actual condition of the drive. The problem is this: The GUID Partition Table (GPT) got ...
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Is this SSD dead? what should I do if so

So my dad's laptop won't boot, It won't go beyond the "starting windows" loading screen and when I try to boot it in safe mode it will hang on loading classpnp.sys So now I tried to perform a self-...
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Installing a Debian partition on a drive with Windows

This is what my current setup looks like; -I will be deleting /dev/sda3 onwards and reinstating them with correct sizes. Also the first 100MB partition is actually bootable right now, not sda3. ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 SSD+HDD partitioning scheme [closed]

So, with Ubuntu 16.04 coming I want to reinstall Ubuntu only on my 128GB SSD and 500GB HDD. I've looked around the web and I couldn't find any clear, beginner friendly information on how I should go ...
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Persistent Privilige Violations in Console causing extreme OS delays

I have a 27" iMac at home with Boot Camp running Windows 10 on a "standard" NTFS-formatted partition, in addition to an external hard drive running a GUID partition scheme with an exFAT partition and ...
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Increase storage allocated to Linux directory

I've a challenge I simply can't Google. I manage a Mail server that currently urgently needs more disk space. The partitioning is as follows; Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted ...
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How to enlarge a disk image created by Linux Deploy (Android) in Mac?

I created a disk image with Linux Deploy and installed Debian into it. By using adb pull /sdcard/linux.img ., I obtained the disk image from Android. The image size is 4.5GB. Here is the output of ...
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Increase size in dev/sda

Alright People be nice. First question here. I tried to search on blogs but could get anywhere. I am using debian which is on vmware so case may be little different. Situation : This is machine ...
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Unallocated space at the end of HDDs

Why Windows leaves some unused space at the end of some drives when creating partitions? Those drives are MBR, not GPT. Their purpose is to store user data, not to boot operating system. Filesystem ...
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Debian df - What are my partitions

I have a debian server hosted by Kimsufi. It has 2TB of HDD storage. When I run df -h on my server I get this output: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/root 20G 1.3G 17G ...
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How to remove the global execution permision on my ntfs partition on Linux Mint?

I have toyed with my fstab file to allow automatic mount and execution of scripts on my ntfs partition. I also played with file permission using chmod +x -R. At the begining nothing worked, but now, ...
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ntfsresize and gparted complain about bad sectors on cloned partition but there are none

I have a 2.5year old 1tb HDD (A WD Blue WD10EZEX) that is dying. The 740gb (only 340gb are occupied) Windows 7 partition on it started experiencing bad sector issues after a particularly nasty system ...
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Cut off a ntfs partition and repair it later

I have a semi theoretical question regarding ntfs partitions. Assume we create a ntfs partition inside a file dd if=/dev/zero of=test.img count=40960 mkfs.ntfs -F test.img for testing ...
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Creating dump of partition in windows [closed]

I need create dump of EFI (windows loader) partition. (300 Mb) Did you know simple tool to make it? Also restoring partition feature from dump (in Linux or/and Windows) require.
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how to switch partition on a disk to boot from

I partitioned my hard disk into 2 equally sized disks. On one I have windows 7 and the other is clone of the first one which I want to upgrade to windows 10. Since right now this is a clone of the ...
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Clean Install of Windows 8.1- Will it delete other Partitions?

I am going to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 on my pc running Windows 7 64 bit. My question is, if I do a clean install will it delete my Local Disk D and New Volume E? Can I tell it only to ...
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which recovery partition is safe to remove (active, recovery partition) or (recovery partition)?

I have two recovery partition and I need to delete one of them. I need to know which recovery the active, recovery partition (400 MB)or recover partition (839MB) .
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VirtualBox Windows host, Ubuntu guest installed on RAW partition

I'm a bit confused here. I just installed a new 128GB SSD on a Windows PC and then created a 50GB partition on that drive. I did not format it, so that it is labeled "50,00GB RAW" in the "Disk ...
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My 3TB HD converted to EFI Partition

I have 3TB HD installed in my pc. I dont know how its converted to "EFI system partition" !! Can I return it back to normal patition without formating or cleaning it? This picture shows that disk 0 ...
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Unrecoverable format HDD without touching Recovery partitions

could you tell me how to format partitions on hard drive (normal HDD, not SSD) in such a way that the data would be unrecoverable? I want to sell my laptop, but it has preinstalled Windows 8. I am ...
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Can't see the HDD unallocated space from windows on gparted

I currently have three booted up operating systems on my Desktop: Kali Linux Ubuntu Windows 10 The three of them are booted up from my SSD. both Ubuntu and Kali /home partitions are as shown in ...
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“No bootable device…” after I resized the OS X Partition (Bootcamp on Mac OS X)

I was running out of disk space on my bootcamp Win 7 partition, so I switched to OS X and resized the OS X partition from 400GB to 300GB. I hoped that I could add those 100GB free space to the Win 7/...
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grub2-install: error: /boot/efi doesn't look like an EFI partition on a fresh Gentoo install

I need a Gentoo 13 machine to test some software on the platform. I'm not a Gentoo regular, so I'm suffering their install procedures. I'm at Configuring the bootloader | Installing GRUB2, and it ...
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I cloned a working Windows 7 disk, but it won't boot

I'm trying to clone my Windows 7 computer to a larger SSD. Using GPARTED, I have: Written a 'MSDOS' partition table to the new disk. Cloned the 100MB "System Reserved" partition. Cloned the larger ...