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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How to enlarge Windows 10 EFI partition

My system currently has this partition setup: I would like to enlarge /dev/sdb2, the EFI System Partition, to 500MB. The problem is that I do not want to delete the Windows Recovery Partition (/dev/...
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how to stop a partition move early

I'm using gParted to try to add some free space to the beginning of a large drive. The partition was 415 GB and set gParted in motion to shrink it to 365gb and move it to the right, giving me 50gb of ...
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Shrink a live, root filesystem on an IoT gadget?

I have a Raspberry Pi 3, and its running a Debian-lite image. The device has 1 GB of RAM, but it has plenty of storage. It has plenty of storage because it lacks on-board eMMC, and it uses a sdCard ...
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How to Expand this unallocated space?

From what I understand you can only have 4 partitions on a single disk. That's fine but how would I add the unallocated space to one of the other drives? I have heard you can use 3rd party tools but ...
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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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How to resize boot partition on ubuntu 14.10 using gparted

I have Ubuntu 14.10 installed on my pc of 500GB HDD. I created a seperate boot partition and now its running low on space while upgrading to 15.04. I even tried cleaning out spaces, still its not ...
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Machine Hang on /dev/sdb1

I have Oracle RED HAT LINUX 6.5 and following is the disk face Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda5 41G 21G 19G 52% / tmpfs 7.9G 164K 7.9G 1% /dev/shm /...
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OS X: can't create a partition because drive is locked

Problem: I have a USB key with Mountain Lion on it and I want to install it on my MacBook Pro. I deleted the existing partition on the laptop and wanted to create a new one where to install the OS ...
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Merge recovery partition with the main one in ASUS T100T?

I have Asus T100T laptop. It has a 7 GB Recovery Partition. I'm trying to merge it with the 29 GB partition. But the Recovery Partition seems protected somehow. Steps I've tried but didn't work out: ...
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How can I create partitions on a SD card (mmc) at a firmware level

I want to prevent data corruption on an SD card by having a read only partition and a read/write partition. SD card controllers don't respect partitions on the physical flash disk so normal ...
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How should I partition the SSD and HDD drives for my dual-boot PC? [on hold]

I will have an 480 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. I want to make a dual-boot machine, where both operating systems benefit from the SSD's speed. I will install Win10 for gaming and will use Linux Mint for ...
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Should I give as much C:/ space to Windows 10 as to Windows 7 if I have a system partition and a data partition?

I just bought a new laptop that has W10 on it and doing a clean install on it (my current computer dates back 2012 and has Windows 7). I usually have two partitions, one for system and one for data. ...
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Issues setting up Win 7

Im trying to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium on Samsung Ultrabook. My first try was to create a bootable USB drive with a .iso file. Next I created a new partition with diskpart, set it on ntfs, ...
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Cloned old SSD to new, larger SSD - can't align partitions

I went from a 120GB SSD to a 480GB SSD, but because I dual-boot between Windows and Linux, I can't seem to get the new, unallocated space beside either of the partitions for an extension to happen. I ...
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How can I free up space in the System Reserved partition

I'm trying to create a system image backup of my Windows 7 64bit syste, however I only have 35MB free in my 100MB System Reserved partition and I need a minimum of 50MB (error code 0x80780119) I've ...
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Dual-booting Kali Linux and Windows 7, error with file: “\NST\AutoNeoGrub0.mbr”

I have tried to install Kali Linux 1.0.6 alongside my current OS - Windows 7 64 bit. I have a Dell computer, with SSD hard drive only (256 GB). At first I tried installing Kali a few times and made a ...
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Make system partition C: bootable on system (wierdly) designed to boot from recovery boot files

For context I am attempting to upgrade from Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 10 before the deadline, and have already been trying for 3 days without success. It appears my problem may relate to my Dell XPS ...
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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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Dynamic disk invalid

I try to install ubuntu in window 7 and I made wrong disk partion via ubuntu after that window cannot boot from disk . i try from other PC to diskpart but it show invalid & not able to change to ...
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What is written in the EFI partition ? In details

I have a HDD(called HDD1) with some partitions such as EFI partition and windows 10 partition. I have another HDD (called HDD2) with only a EFI partition and windows 10 partition. I would like to ...
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How can I recover my files from a broken partition with a negative amount of used space?

Scenario: I was flashing an IMG file onto my SD card for my Raspberry Pi. Or so I thought - it turns out I foolishly selected the wrong device path (D: instead of F:) and flashed the IMG to my WD My ...
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Windows 10 Re-Partitioning Issue

Win7 ---> Win10 Partition Problems: My situation is as follows, I previously had Windows 7 installed and when installing Windows 10 I shrunk the Windows 7 partition and installed Windows 10 to the ...
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External harddrive not showing proper partition table when removed from external case

I have a 2.5TB WD external hdd. I was trying to copy some large files to it and thought I would temporarily shuck it so as to remove the usb 2.0 bottle neck. However when I plug it in directly via ...
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How do I uninstall another windows 10 in my laptop?

After installing an SSD I performed a clean install of windows 10 in the SSD. But windows 10 of previous HDD is still in the bootmanager. As a result when I start the PC , it gives two prompt (Windows ...
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Delete Partition and Extend partition option disabled

I used the "Delete Volume" option to delete my D drive so that I could extend my C drive into it but instead of becoming black coloured and unallocated in Disk Manager, it shows green coloured and "...
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Suse Enterprise Server 12 - Resize Root partition

I have a Suse Enterprise Server 12 installed on a VMware server, I want to be able to increase the root volume, ideal I would like to be able to set it to auto expand. below is the layout. df -h ...
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Can a partition size be changed between cloning and restoring the clone?

I need to do a full backup of a boot partition of Windows 7. I want to be able to restore it if needed. My understanding is that the only way to do this is to clone the partition byte-for-byte using ...
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Windows 7 showing fake/aliased drives

Some years back I used a tool (sorry, can't remember the name) to migrate a Windows 7 install off a spinning drive to a new SSD. I think the old drive had two partitions, one for the system and one I ...
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Will this strategy to try Windows 10 work?

A friend wants to try out Windows 10 on a Windows 7 system. But they want the option to go back to exactly how things are now. Their hard drive is 1TB (platter-based, not SSD), and they don't have a ...
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How to encrypt a dual boot system with Veracrypt?

I want to dual boot Windows 10 alongside Arch Linux on 1 SSD. The SSD is 465GB and I want to use Veracrypt to encrypt the hard drive and enable pre-boot authentication. I haven't attempted to do this ...
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Restore non-RAID Partition's image into a RAID partition

I have Windows 10 installed on a Primary partition (non-RAID).( Windows is installed on 1 Partition only ) I create a backup of this partition. After on the same Pc , i create a structure RAID-0 with ...
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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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How to identify the purpose of a partition?

In the process of helping a friend with a task, we have run into a little snag. They are using Windows 7 SP1, which came pre-installed by the system's manufacturer. They have never had any other ...
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VirtualBox 5.1 - Can not mount SATA device - a real partition (VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED)

The host is Windows 10. I am trying to mount partition as SATA device on one VM but when the VMDK file is attached it throws the following error: ws1-pt.vmdk is generated as explained here. I have ...
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Bad Sector (250kb) (320GB SATA) how to map out bad sectors?

I've read that selecting the option (Full) Format will map the bad sectors but i am not sure what excatly a format on a HDD does because i have never tried that on a HDD only on USBs. Will it delete ...
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Lenovo laptop doesn't go beyond boot screen, can't enter BIOS menu

My Lenovo U510 was originally installed with Windows 8, and I wanted to dual boot Ubuntu alongside it, so I shrunk the existing Windows volumes (there's an SSD and a HDD) slightly in order to make ...
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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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HGST 4kn support on Windows 10 with Z97 and Asmedia?

We've been trying hard and failed to get an HGST Ultrastar 2TB 7K6000 SATA 4KN to work on Windows 8.1 Pro and 10. Windows reports an inaccurate drive size, and Disk Management fails to initialize the ...
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Windows 10, no Bootloader no Microsoft reserved partition

Let me tell you that I have tried many remedies in this forum and elsewhere but none of them worked for me. The problem is this: I have a Thinkpad x200 (I mention it in case it matters), until ...
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OSX El Capitan Disk Utility resized the recovery partition

I'm running a VMWare Fusion VM of OSX El Capitan, VMWare refused to allow me to assign more than 40GB disk when creating the VM. So I decided to boot up Disk Utility from the recovery and resize the ...
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How do I setup large capacity SSD to be my OS and Data Backup?

I have a large capacity SSD drive that I want to utilize as follows. I want: A Linux Distro installed to run on any (reasonably new) PC hardware. An exFAT partition for data storage and backup. ...
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Cannot Install Bootcamp on Mac Fusion Drive

I have two drive installed in my mid-2013 Macbook pro. It is running osx maverick. I set the two drives (an ssd and a regular HD) up using the fusion drive (following the diy fusion drive guides out ...
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How can I maximize free blocks at end of disk on XP?

I would like to know how to take an XP machine, defragment and (I'm not sure what is the right term here--compress, maybe?) move things around so as much of the end of the partition can be partitioned....
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Recovering exfat from ubuntu and windows

I have an exfat external 500gb drive I use with ubuntu and windows 10. Ubuntu froze up, so I had to force quit and of course my drives all become unusable. Neither windows nor ubuntu was able to ...
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Shrink a NTFS partition ? Understand ntfsresize and gdisk?

I have a backup system file, I would like to shrink a ntfs partition inside the system file in order to copy it into a new smaller disk. I mounter the ntfs partition with losetup and used ntfsresize ...
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Is it safe to convert a MBR flash drive to GPT?

I just bought a new flash drive (128GB) and I want to partition it. I have run into problems (AKA windows not recognizing a second volume if I partition it) because it is an MBR drive. Are there any ...
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Creating and formating a partition using a bash script

Is there any way to create and format a partition using a bash script? I think it can be done with fdisk but I don't know how to feed commands from the bash script into the fdisk shell then exit the ...
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Windows within OSX VMWare Fusion not able to access mac partitions

when I run my bootcamp Windows 7 natively, I installed macdrive and it can see all of the HFS+ partitions as windows drive letters. Read/Write performance is great. When I run my bootcamp Windows 7 ...
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Formatting a 3TB hard drive for media

I recently bought a 3TB internal SATA hard drive. This drive is strictly for my Anime collection. I want to use it to store my huge media (Video|Audio) collection. I don't have executables. I don't ...
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Shrinking and Moving a Windows 7 Partition

I have Windows 7 installed on a 1 TB drive and want to move the installation to a 256 GB SSD. I have tried to shrink the Windows partition down to 200 GB using the Windows built in partition manager, ...