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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fdisk - do i need it or can i make a filesystem directly?

i read about fdisk being able to creation partition / which is to break down a physical disk into several logical partitions. If i intend to utilize the whole disk as a whole, is it still necessary ...
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Recover lost Ubuntu Partition

I lost 60GB of my hard disk partition during a failed Ubuntu installation. It is now invisible while using Windows 8.1. How can I recover it? Please help.
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Lenovo Disk Partitions

My disk is partitioned as so: (Full sized image) ...And I'm a little confused, and have some questions: Would the recovery/EFI/OEM partitions not exist unless they are being used? If not, safe to ...
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Use 4TB partition with old NTFS-3G which doesn't support GPT and RAID

I've a D-Link Router (2750U) which has a USB port and FTP Server. I've also a 4TB External H.D.D which I want to use as one partition with this Router as my home cloud. I don't want to split this ...
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Do I need to worry about over-provisioning? Can swap be used for this purpose if it is not being used?

I am running Linux Mint 17. I'm posting this on Superuser rather than Unix & Linux because this probably isn't a Linux-specific question. I was thinking of buying a SSD but a ~250GB drive will be ...
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Hardware RAID10 HPA recovery

I have a hardware RAID 1+0 based on external CFI DAS. It was connected to PC with eSATA and contains 4x1TB HDD (Total capacity is 1.82TB in RAID10). Some days ago I tried to connect the DAS to another ...
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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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What does this bash script?

In theory, this snippet from pentoo-installer finds all partitions on the selected disc, but it doesn't find my sda1 partition, so I would love to understand it and modify so it does. ...
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Can't format partition containing Gpart Live on USB

I have Gpart live on a USB and used tuxboot to make it bootable. I'm running Windows 7. The USB is recognized in Windows 7 and I can browse the files using Explorer on the USB. I can also add files ...
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Creating GPT partition using sgdisk on emmc 2GB

I am trying to partition my 2GB emmc using sgdisk to have a GPT partion table. The commands show success and also the GPT partition table looks updated (even on reboot) but the partitions are not ...
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16 GB USB flash drive capacity down to 938 MB

After writing the FreeNAS IMG to a 16 GB USB flash drive, I can now only use 938 MB. I used the Win32 Disk Imager tool to write the IMG to the device. Then later, when I inserted the the USB drive ...
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Data recovery after hard disk format

I had an HP Pavilion 13 a113cl and some months ago, about march or february, I installed Windows 10 Home Insider Preview on the computer. It was going fine until I realized that it did not support ...
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Resizing a partition in Linux - Bad magic number in super-block error

I was trying to resize my partition with parted and resize2fs. I tried the following: #parted Partition Table: msdos Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 1 2097kB ...
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Data recovery on working hard drive

So I have a 5 bay hot swap SATA enclosure that's connected to a Silicon Image-based SATA adapter in a computer. It's running XP Pro. There are two 1.5TB hard drives in slots 1 and 2 respectively, set ...
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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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One of the partitions is not showing on my computer

I have 3 partitions on my PC. But automatically when I restarted my PC, then F drive is not showing. F drive is of 201GB and among 204 perhaps 50GB is used. I tried to restore it from Windows Disk ...
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How to recover BitLocker encrypted partition that is now 'unallocated'/'free space'?

My hard drive had five partitions (including one (some 4-5 GB) BitLocker encrypted one). When I used Disk Management I could view two partitions (24.4 GB and 8.94 GB) in green colour labeled Empty ...
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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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Unable to format partitioned 32 GB micro SD card

I am unable to format my 32 GB micro SDHC card after I made two partitions on it. First partition is FAT32. Second is 4 GB ext3. Now I am unable to format my card and delete partitions on it. It ...
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USB-Stick to install Windows 8.1 and CentOS 7.1

I have found tutorials to crate install-media (USB-sticks) for Windows 8.1 and CentOS 7. I now wonder if it is possible to create 2 partitions A and B on my USB-Stick, such that I can copy Installer ...
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How to recover lost NTFS partition on windows 7

I have a problem with partition. I had one with name "e" and I don't know why it has been lost. (look at screen). I think it is a problem with partition table. Can I recover my partition with files ...
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How to restore deleted/formatted Bitlocker encrypted partitions/ partition tables

Initially I had 2TB Seagate Expansion Desk HDD, partitioned into 500GB, 13GB, 500GB, all three Bitlocker encrypted and 1 more 500GB unencrypted partition, the rest of the space was unallocated. ...
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Not able to format HDD while installing windows

I am asking this new question after trying to recover my crashed windows data please refer below question/link How to recover data from crashed Windows laptop? -------------My query regarding HDD ...
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Claim Free Space / Unallocated space back Mac OSX

I've got a 1TB internal HD that has 213GB of free space that I can't access. 1TB -> -- Macintosh HD 618GB -- Recovery HD 650MB -- BOOTCAMP 104GB -- Unallocated Space 213GB How can I add that ...
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How to move a non-boot partition from one drive to another?

I have a 1TB drive that I used to store files. OS is on an SSD, and I just purchased a 2TB drive. How can I move the partition on the 1TB to the 2TB so that I don't mess up any program ...
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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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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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Windows 7- Unable to format disk

I had a USB drive that I was previously using for a live linux install. It had several previous installs, and there were a lot of unused empty partitions on the disk as a result. I used the DISKPART ...
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Why do I have four free partitions besides by C drive?

I was about to partition my hard drive today when I found that in Disk Management I have four partitions other than my C: drive that have 100% free space. What are those partitions? Can I get rid of ...
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HDD only visible from Linux, GParted says “unallocated partition”

My Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB HDD suddenly is unrecognized by Windows 7. It's an external My Book drive, but plugging it vía USB from his case is unrecognized by Windows 7 or Linux, so I have to ...
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How do I increase the amount of shrink size for a partition? [duplicate]

I have a 298 GB HDD and it shows that I have 179 GB free. When I try to shrink my C drive, it will only allow me to shrink 9474 Mb. How do I increase this number? I have already defrag the drive.
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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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Installing two different linux distros in the same hard drive

I have installed windows 7 and ubuntu 15.04 in my computer and I want to install kali linux in the remaining free space. That's what I have: Partition 1: Windows 7 (primary) Partition 2: Another ...
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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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Possible corrupted userprofile

I think my user profile is corrupted. When I log in, my desktop goes black and all my icons on desktop and shortcuts on the taskbar are gone. Did system restore several times, but I don't think it ...
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About Partitions, Are They Just Glorified File Markers? [on hold]

Do files in a partition exist in their own section of the hard drive? Are they just glorified file markers that allow the computer to say "this is partition 1," "this is partition 2," etc.?
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one of the disks are raw in disk management on dual boot linux

I dual booted my windows 8 laptop with linux mint long time ago.Now the boot menu doesn't appear on starting the laptop.when i opened disk management i saw that i)there were four partitions without ...
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Automatically apply .dmg file from bootable USB to local disk

I have succesfully created a Yosemite package containing Microsoft Office, using AutoDMG. The .dmg file also successfully applies to the disk via the recovery partition on the USB drive. The thing is, ...
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Why Bytes Per Physical Sector : <Not Supported>

I'm trying to fight with mysterious Windows backup error "Volume larger than 2TB can be protected". I can be seen in internet but no solution. Users give advice to check with fsutil tool. Here are ...
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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 restore the efi partition of windows 8 pc after deletion (no backup) [duplicate]

I was trying to install kali linux, which failed when I accidentally deleted the efi windows partition. Windows will no longer boot but I can boot from a live cd. I have windows 8.1 64 bit. Is there ...
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How to clone a Win7 boot partition onto the SAME hard drive?

I want to have two or even three clones of my operating system partition on the same hard drive. No I don't want the clones on different hard drives. I want three partitions on one hard drive, two of ...
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Get boot-partition to recognize a second operating system

I "restored" a system image (that contains an operating system) from one computer ("src") to a partition on a different computer ("dest") which already has an operating installed on one partition. ...
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How to run a 2nd boot instance of Windows 7 on another partition?

*This is my 1st post/question - I believe it's a very similar problem/challenge as isipro at -- Get boot-partition to recognize a second operating system but it seems I'm directed to ask my own ...
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Is it possible to manually set the Windows system partition during installation?

I just finished installing Windows 10 preview, build 10130. But I wanted it to use its own system partition. Instead, it detected my other Windows installations and reconfigured the system partition ...
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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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Restore deleted folder from wiped SSD?

I'm not sure what happened, but when I updated my BIOS and booted into Windows, part of SSD#0 is gone. Not just deleted, but turned into unallocated space. It's a Kingston SV300 240gb SSD, split into ...
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Windows 7 can't see exFat partition that I made in OSX Disk Utility

My HDD is formatted as the following [HFS+ OSX SYSTEM PARTITION] [HFS+ OSX TIME MACHINE PARTITION (just for convenient history)] [NTFS WINDOWS 7 SYSTEM PARTITION] [exFAT PARTITION] [FREE SPACE] the ...
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Harddrive not booting into desktop

One night 5 weeks ago my All in One computer froze and after several hours I did a hard shut down. When I rebooted the computer would not boot and I received error 0x000000f. I bought Easy RE for ...
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Creating lvm partition on raid

I have dedicated server with 3 ssd's (ubuntu 14.04) where are 2 raids. I want to make lvm partition for mysql. 20 gb mounted on / - raid 0 called device /dev/md1 (it is name of 3 ssd -- see below ...