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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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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Windows 8: Drive partition is missing

wanted to run 2 operating systems on the same laptop so downloaded manjaro ( I have windows 8). When i opened 'Gparted' (after booting manjaro) in order to partition my disk i got the message ...
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Can I delete this partition?

I have an HP Laptop that came with an OEM version of windows vista. I have set it up to dual boot with windows XP. Therefore there are 2 primary partitions. There is also one more primary partition ...
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Is over provisioning on SSD just another partition or unreserved space and can it be alongside a dual boot partition OS setup?

I have a few machines I'd want to dual boot different OSs with but also maximise the lifetime of the SSD fitted to them. I am aware that over-provisioning can help maximise the life of the SSD as it ...
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Is installing a different distro over ubuntu on a dualboot system possible? Or deleting partition necessarily?

I run a dualboot with ubuntu 14.04 and windows 8.1. I messed up the ubuntu and now I'm going to install elementary OS instead of ubuntu. I wounder how I should do it in the easiest way possible ...
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Unable to format RAW USB Flash Drive

I have a Kingston 4GB Datatraveller USB flash drive that has seemingly become corrupted. On my main computer, the drive continually connects and disconnects and shows up as an Unknown Device. On my ...
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grub-mkconfig doesn't detect /boot

lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 596.2G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 25G 0 part /mnt/arch ├─sda2 8:2 0 2M 0 part ├─sda3 8:3 0 4.5G 0 part ...
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How to use testDisk to fix partitioning trouble

I have Laptop Dell with Winodows 7 as primary OS. Also, I have Ubuntu as dual booting with Windows. I got booting trouble. I can't access to my files in both Windows and Ubuntu. My hope is testDisk to ...
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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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Lenovo Y50-70 w/ Windows 8.1: What to do before deleting the D: partition?

I would like to use the space on the Lenovo's Y50-70's D: drive, for installing there Ubuntu 14. This is how the laptop's partitioning looks, out-of-the-box: And from Ubuntu: Before doing so, ...
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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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How to backup Dell's partitions (PBR Image and WINRETOOLS) using Linux?

My HDD recently crashed and I can't access my Windows 8 PRO partition anymore, so I bought a SSD to reinstall it. The problem is that my Windows is OEM and I need to backup the PBR Image and ...
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Harddisk reinstalled - can data be recovered?

We have a laptop here which had Ubuntu installed on it. When it came back we removed the old partitions, created a new one and installed Windows 7 on it. This install is still fresh. Will it be ...
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Lost partition restoration [duplicate]

While trying to install my bios update on windows 7 the installation program made an automated allocation for 8GB(volume 2 partition 2 of Type Fat32). But the allocation happened by substracting these ...
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Why does copying files from one partition to another of the same disk take time?

Applying my general understanding if partitioning is done within the same physical hard drive, copying data from one partition to another should involve only changing indexes to where the GUI ...
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USB not showing up, switching from Ubuntu 14.10 to Windows 7

My PC came with Ubuntu 14.10, I'm trying to make a bootable Windows 7 USB. I've heard that I need to downgrade to 13.10 to get WinUSB to work since it just simple WILL NOT WORK no matter what I do, ...
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Can't install Windows 7, software center crashing

This computer came with Ubuntu installed and I want to install Windows 7 from a USB. For some reason it won't let me. I've mounted the ISO onto the USB and tried to boot from it (with safe boot ...
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How to create a partition on a shrunk LVM volume

I have a Linux LVM volume that is about 400 GB. I have shrunk it to 200 GB to get some space for a new NTFS partition on which I can install Win7. umount /local e2fsck -f /dev/mapper/vg00-lvol2 ...
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Can I recover data from a clobbered NTFS volume? [duplicate]

First of all, yes, I know I'm a moron. Long story short, I overwrote the first few dozen megabytes of a 2 terabyte disk, clobbering the partition table and beginning of an NTFS partition. It's all ...
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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 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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Partitioning Linux Mint Cinnamon [on hold]

I am installing Linux Mint Cinnamon for the first time and need some help figuring out the best way to partition everything. I have a 120 GB SanDisk Ultra II SSD and 6 GB of RAM. I have no need to ...
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Is dd's extended size notation ignored when bs=<value> is set?

On linux the man page for dd claims: N and BYTES may be followed by the following multiplicative suffixes: c=1, w=2, b=512, kB=1000, K=1024, MB=1000*1000, etc up to M, GB, T, P, E, Z, Y. But ...
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Can't bood freebsd install

I have an amd64 architecture, three hard disks and grub2 in efi mode. FreeBSD is installed in the third disk using a gpt layout with another partition that doesn't contain an OS: partition 1 (NTFS) ...
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Mint 17 and Windows 8.1 Dual Boot: No EFI partition

I am working on the installation for Mint 17 and need to understand what is going on with my Windows 8.1 booting. Here is an image showing all partitions from Windows: As you can see the EFI ...
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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" ...
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How to recreate a partition that has incorrect struture on Lenovo G700

While trying to resstore my OS I g et this message: "The program cannot restore the system partition because its structure is incorrect. You may have to recreate the partition to continue." How ...
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Accidentally written a small bootable image to an external HD, deleted it and now have a large 'unallocated partition'. What are my options?

I was trying to get a 65MB bootable image (Nook Manager, for rooting my Nook ebook reader) to write to an SD card in Win32 Disk Imager. Somehow it must have selected my external HD and written the ...
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OEM partition of 465 GB in a 1TB disk, too big - how to resize it?

I just bought a new computer and I installed a windows 8 and I would to install a Windows Server 2012 in another partition in my PC, but there is this OEM partition that is occupying half of the ...
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How can a 3TB HDD show its capacity as 2.72TiB when using MBR partitioning?

I recently purchased an external disk drive with 3 terabytes (2.72 TiB) of storage capacity. Now according to Wikipedia's article on MBR, the maximum addressable storage space on a disk formatted ...
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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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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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How to hide very large size folder or even a partition in windows 7 x64 in undiscoverable way?

How to hide the very large folder with size near 70 GB in windows 7 x64 and also a partition d for example. so is there a way which the folder will be undiscoverable in, I think with such this way I ...
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Thinkpad x220 restore factory settings after installing ubuntu

I've been using ubuntu in dual boot for a while now and it works great. I've got a new laptop and I want to bring my old x220 to factory settings. The problem is that I can't find this option. ...
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Partitioning issue after HDD to SSD sector copy and swap in Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

Recently decided to replace my nearly full 500GB hard disk drive with a 1TB SSD to breathe some new life into my mid-2010 MacBook Pro. I used a “toaster”-style drive cloner (Dyconn Dubbler) to do a ...
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Can I reduce the free space on my windows 8 Restore partition?

I recently did a hard drive clone from the out-of-the-box HDD of my new laptop to a smaller SSD. The cloning software (Acronis True Image HD) handled the resizing of the primary partition to make it ...
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Add unallocated space to free space

The Free space was a partition with Linux, so I just deleted the partition (didn't have a "Format" option) and it became "Free". Then I just shrank the D:// drive with some 50 GB. Now I want to add ...
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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 ...
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Cannot extend non-system bitlocker partition

The "Extend Volume" command is greyed out when trying to extend a Logical NTFS drive, despite there being unallocated free space to the right with nothing in the way. Is this because of Bitlocker? I ...
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Permanently lock or remove disk partition

I have a 320GB hard drive and after testing it I found that the first 20GB have many bad sectors, and the rest of the disk is healthy. Now I want to sell it to a friend, I will format it and install ...
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Cannot extend partition to unallocated space

so I deleted a partition in hopes to extend the primary partition, but windows simply wont let me do it http://i.stack.imgur.com/0aduV.png UPDATE: found a solution using diskpart at ...
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recover partition after resize

I booted from HBCD, tried to resize the partition and finally it failed. The first partition is ok, but the second is missing. When I click on the second, Windows wants to format it. If I use a ...
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Truecrypt: Knowing if a drive is crypted or not and how truecrypt handles drives

I've got a laptop with 2 116gb drives on it. I've done a full system encryption with truectypt, but I'm not sure if truecrypt has encrypted both of them or not. When I go in the menu Tools-->Volume ...
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After installing Fedora Linux using Asus vivobook, cannot access OS

3 days ago, I installed Fedora on my Asus Vivobook s551. After the installation, I could not enter either the Linux OS nor the original Windows 8.1 OS! I need to access my original operating system, ...
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How to dump a Windows XP image onto a brand new and no partition hard disk drive

I am trying to replicate a BSoD. I want to be able to restore a Windows XP imaged file onto a fresh hard disk drive without partitioning or initializing it. or Is there a way that I can blank ...
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How Do Those 4TB External Hard Drives Have One Partition Yet Work In XP?

Usually I'm able to answer my own questions by looking at the forums here and other places as well as searching online; but this one seems elude me. I'm going to focus specifically on the Seagate ...
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How to help windows detect hidden drive after bios update?

After I reinstalled windows, I updated the bios using an update executable from the hp drivers website. It changed the legacy boot drives to raid, and I was unable to boot into windows, however I am ...
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Formatting a partition: What should the “allocation unit size” be?

I'm formatting a 1TB external hard drive as NTFS. This drive is mainly meant for storing media such as music and video. What should I choose for the allocation unit size setting? The options range ...
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Macbook resizeVolume and rEFInd won't work

I am on a macbook pro, late 2012. I had installed linux on my mac on a separate partition which I created using diskutil. Then I formatted my mac one day and now everything seems to have changed. I ...
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Format ext3 partition to NTFS and merge it with another one in Windows 8.1

A few months ago I had Linux and Windows OS on one HDD. Now I don't use the Linux and I want to format the partition to NTFS and merge it with the Windows one or at least be able to use it with ...