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Gparted & Windows handle partition data differently. What passes in Linux as valid sometimes doesn't in Windows. It's frustrating. You should be able to modify the RAW partition using TestDisk such that Windows once again sees it as FAT32. Extra details are provided step-by-step here. Relevant excerpts: Select the disk type (Intel or EFI GPT ...


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why does it seem to be a good choice to leave those gaps on the drive? That seems to be a use of "guard bands". Sometimes I'd see the (intentional?) non-allocation of the last track or two at the end of a partition. In theory they should not be necessary. For a hard disk drive, partitions used to be allocated to start on a cylinder boundary. Such an ...


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This is to do with partition alignment. Essentially, under the hood, your hard drive is divided into sectors. Whenever the hard drive performs an operation, it acts on the entire sector at once; that is to say, when it reads any data that is stored within a sector, it must read the entire sector. If data is split over multiple sectors, it must read the ...


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try gparted running on bare metal rather than in a VM. if that doesn't work, you almost certainly just need to buy a new one. http://download.cnet.com/GParted-Live/3000-2094_4-10698802.html


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I managed to get this to work with one added step. Here was the complete process if anyone else hits this: Make sure your cloned drive is working and you have a backup before you blow away the source disk then. do the following under gparted - I had to make use of my backup, because at one point windows tried to "fix" the problem itself and just made ...



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