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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Pros and cons of creating a partition in Windows

Recently I got asked by my non-tech neighbour to "create D drive on his notebook". I asked why does he want to do that and got answered back, that it prevents viruses. OK, I explained him this case, ...
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How to access the Windows 8 recovery partition?

I upgraded my Asus UX32VD to a new SSD. Now I want to install Windows 8 again, but that is only on a recovery partition on the old HDD and I cannot acess that. Besides that I am not sure if that is ...
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System Reserved partition no longer marked as System

I recently posted a question to Super User about accidentally marking my external HDD's partition as Active and how I could undo my accidental mistake. I followed the instructions provided and they ...
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Bash scripting parted for GPT

Using Bash & Python scripts in Ubuntu 12.04, we are delivering a disk image to customers as a file (generated by dd). Once dd’d to the new disk, we resize the partition to fit the disk. Now that ...
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DVD ROM not working only in windows?

I have an Asus N53SV laptop, and my DVD ROM doesn't read any type of DVD in Windows. I just installed Windows 7 from a bootable DVD, I think this problem occurred after I tried to change my ...
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Unable to boot into OSX after installing Windows with Bootcamp

I installed Windows 8.1 Enterprise via Bootcamp on my MBP (Nov 2013 model), now I can only boot into Windows, no way to boot into OSX. When I hold the ALT button at boot, the menu shows only Windows ...
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Increase size of a vdi fixed disk, used for a virtualized ubuntu server

I have a fixed vdi disk in an ubuntu server (it's a virtual machine, i'm using virtualbox for handle this from my ubuntu desktop so). I installed a lot of things, and the disk is full (i wasn't pretty ...
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Can't shrink or move linux partition “leftward” in gparted

I have a partition that is completely full, and there is no unallocated space on either side of it to "expand into". So want to shrink one adjacent partition, maybe "scoot" the data over on the ...
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MBR and GPT confusion: installing Debian on macbook air

I'm following this question and trying to install Debian on my MacBook. I've lost that account so I couldn't accept that guy's answer (I'm sorry, I'll not loose this one). So, I followed with his ...
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How to make one partition of a multiple partition usb flash drive bootable?

So I have a usb flash drive and I created two partitions on it and I wanted to make one partition of it bootable. I tried using rufus and burned an iso file on it but it made the whole usb bootable. ...
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Why can't CDs/DVDs be partitioned?

Nearly everywhere it's written that it's not possible.. But why? Why can't I dump a GPT/MBR partition table in the first sector? Basically dump a disk layout with sector size 2048... Now I'm sure ...
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How do I boot from a different disk?

I have a working Debian installation. It boots from /sda using GRUB2, with the root partition on sda1. Its a standard install, nothing strange. I've added a 16GB mSATA device which appears as sdc. I ...
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Non-System disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready

I've on my HP 6830S laptop installed again Windows Vista but on other partition (D:). So here were 2 windows instalation (one on C (old) and one on D(new)). I've tried to format C disk with old ...
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Mount more root folders on different partition

I want to mount several root folders on my 2GB SD card so that when the cord connecting my Mint hard drive falls loose, I won't have to reboot the system. I have already mounted /bin on the card. I ...
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Have two partitions in RAID1

The answers are unclear wherever I look. I have two 2TB drives for a RAID1 and I want to mirror them while having two partitions on the drives. One partition will be 100GB and contain programs, the ...
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How do I fix newly added hard drives in Disk Management? [on hold]

I've added some new hard drives to my ASUS-DELUXE motherboard running Win 64. Disk 0, (T:) has a 1.82GB NTFS Healthy Primary Partition and a blue bar over that but under a black bar it says 1861.20 ...
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Cannot boot to old hard drive after installing SSD and Windows

I purchased an SSD and replaced the hard drive in my HP laptop. I then took the old HDD and installed it onto a caddy to my CD drive. When first booting up, my computer was able to recognize the ...
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How to show the hidden partitions in Ubuntu 14.04 installation?

I have a computer with Windows 7 and I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows. I have a 320GB harddisk partitioned like this: DISKPART> list volum ::N volume::::Ltr::::::Nom::::: ...
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Mac OS not allowing for disk partition

I tried adding a disk partition through Disk Utility on a Retina MBP under OS X 10.8.4. It was supposed to be a small, ~20 GB ExFAT partition on a 512 GB disk. For some reason, my disk was ...
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Not able to create more than 7 partitions on the am335x(beaglebone black) based custom board

I am trying to partition eMMC of BBB(am335x) based custom board, I am using sfdisk to do that. I am using following command to do that, #Partition emmc sfdisk -D -H 255 -S 63 -C 467 /dev/mmcblk0 -uM ...
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Dual boot linux mint 14 partitioning

I have 2 primary partitions installed: 100MB system reserved (NTFS) and 230GB Windows (NTFS). Can I make a linux /home partition so that different distros can point at it and use it's files? And will ...
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RAW partitions to NTFS

i'v just installed windows 8.1 to a new laptop, i created 3 partitions on the hard drive during the installation process, after i installed the windows i can't find the other two partitions, it's only ...
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Change Windows to different EFI partition

So I recently had to reinstall Windows on my dual-boot system after an unsuccessful change to different SSD for my Windows install. I have OpenSUSE on sda and Windows on sdd. My sda drive has a 156 MB ...
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SD card partition table and allocted sectors very broken

I'm very nearly at my wits end here, fdisk gives my this. Regardless of what i do, everything ive tried it comes back like this. The card even has some music on it and I can still play it. All i want ...
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How to extend a Mint Linux partition on a dual boot config with Windows 8.1?

I had previously installed windows 8.1 on my hard drive, then I later unallocated some space like 15GB and installed linuxmint separately on that partition, How to extend the 15GB volume that I have ...
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Two partitions with the same letter from previous install

I recently recovered Windows from the Recovery partition and since then I am stuck in a very weird situation. First off, my computer tries to boot off of the previous partition which no longer works. ...
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Creating a USB stick for installing centos 6.x using DVD1 and DVD2 iso files

First, we create 2 partitions on the USB stick that is let's say 16GB. first partition is let's say only 1GB and the second partition is the rest of what is available. after we "w" write the ...
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How to install Windows 8 after Linux with UEFI

I have an Asus Zenbook UX32LN with Linux Mint installed on the whole 256GB SSD. How do I install Windows 8 alongside Linux ? The first step is of course to make a new big-enough partition for Windows ...
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Create extra partition for /var on an OpenVZ

I have an OpenVZ Debian Wheezy and I've learned that it's generally advised to create an own partition for /var, in order to prevent logs from filling the system partition. My question is if it is ...
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windows 8.1 won't boot after allocating free space from C drive

using amoei partiton manager I allocated free space from C drive in order to setup ubuntu 14.04 in dual boot. It took half an hour to allocate free space however, when my PC restarted back it refused ...
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How to force System Reserved to be created on the boot disk drive

I have machine with three disk drives - Disk 0 500 GB SSD - Disk 1 4TB Mechancial Drive - Disk 2 4TB Mechanical Driver I am installing windows 8.1 on this machine with SSD being the c:\ ...
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Dead flash drive, can't format or partition

Today I when I was working with my flash drive (thumb drive) it gave some errors in different OS. Now I can't format it. I tried in MacBook and got this error. Posix report: the operation couldn't be ...
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change boot partition in Windows 8

I have Windows 8 installed on C: drive. But my Laptop boots from E: Drive. Here is the bcdedit output. And Here is the disk management's screenshot. Can anyone tell how to move boot files to C: ...
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Partition has less shrink space than expected

I have a dual-boot OS setup with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. In the picture below, (C:) 376.14 GB is Windows 7, and Recovery (D:) is 21.87 GB is its recovery partition. I'm not sure what SYSTEM 300 MB is, ...
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How do I recover missing partition. Windows 8 with recovery USB?

i bought a Samsung laptop with Windows 8 preinstalled. After a year I removed Windows 8 and installed Windows 7. Before removing Windows 8, I made a Windows 8 recovery USB. Now I want to get back my ...
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WIndows server 2012 will not allow mirroring drives/partitions

I have a dell c1100 server and it gave me a hard time installing windows server 2012. Now installed, I want to setup mirroring inside windows (raid 1 effectively). In disk management, I right click ...
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grub2-install: “this GPT partition label contains no BIOS Boot Partition”

There seems to be quite a bit of discussion about this but I can't find a simple answer. When I try to install grub2 I get this error: # grub2-install /dev/sda Installing for i386-pc platform. ...
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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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Installing Debian on my macbook air

I want to install Debian on my macbook air 13" from 2011. I'm following this tutorial: https://wiki.debian.org/MacBookAir4%2C2Testimonial It starts by telling me to use bootcamp on OS X. I don't have ...
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How can I shrink the disk INSIDE VirtualBox?

I created a virtual disk using WindowsXP inside VirtualBox, the host is OSX. Initially I created the disk 20Gb, in 2 partitions, each of 10Gb. Because I did not need it, I dropped the 2nd partition, ...
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New LaCie drive fails to mount on Mac OSX 10.8

I have a new LaCie d2 Quadra 4 TB external harddrive (this one). When I connect it to my Macbook pro with Friewire 800 cable (provided), the drive beeps about 20 times, then I get "The disk you ...
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Swap Windows and Linux hard drives

Following situation: I have a laptop with a SSD and a HDD in it. Windows 8.1 is installed on the SSD The HDD holds a data partition Some weeks ago is tried to work with Linux an installed it at ...
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Change size on encrypted partitions with partition tools

OS: Windows 7 64-bit My laptop hard drive is encrypted. It seems like partition tool like Partition Wizard or Partition Master can't recognize the partition format, as it only display "unknown" or ...
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Windows 8.1 fails to boot after Linux Mint 17.1 install

My brother wants to move to Linux, so he installed it on his second HDD. The second HDD was the boot sector drive, but Windows and all the data was on the first HDD. After installing, Linux would ...
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Move /home to a new HDD encrypt it with luks

as I'm getting more into linux, I'd like to make a few changes to my setup which seem pretty advanced to me. But first of all let me explain my setup so you know with what you are dealing with. This ...
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Windows 8.1 installation - partitions

I downloaded and burnt windows 8.1 from MSDN, but during installation I noticed that when I formatted and deleted particular partitions they won't merge into one as in windows 7 installation (as far ...
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Full Disk Encryption in existing Linux system without erasing any content from the drives

I am trying to achieve "Full Disk Encryption" in a already installed Linux system. I have come across with LUKS with dm-crypt, it can encrypt a drive/entire disk, but before encrypting it is ...
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How do I change my boot + system partitions?

I initially had an XP system several years ago. I installed Win7 on a different hard drive and I currently dual boot (though I have not used the XP partition in a very long time). Looking at my ...
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What is the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive?

What is the maximum number of partitions we can make on hard disk in Windows? If it is limited to some particular number, why can we assign all the letters C through Z to drives? If it is a special ...
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Will device-based “wear leveling” equalize access across both SSD partitions?

I can’t see that my specific point is covered by the “Wear Levelling” section in the answer to the earlier question Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD? I’ve been booting Windows 7 from a 32GB SSD ...