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Can I use a bootable drive partition to install OS on another partition on the same SSD?

I realize this is a little out of the box question so I wanted to reach out to the experts on the matter. I have a 256GB SSD. I have 2 partitions on it. Partition 1 is 20GB, another one is the rest of ...
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How to get system info from a Windows system partition without booting it?

I have some disk/disk-images of previous Windows installations from different machines (some of them from machines I don't own any longer). I'm trying to find out which machine these used to be in. ...
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Cloning SSD to USB but Windows fails to boot

After I cloned my SSD (size:120GB) to an USB (128GB) with EaseUS Partition Master and tried to boot my Motile M142 laptop from the USB, it gave me the same error message of "0xc000000e" I ...
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BeeLink NUC UEFI Shell Command to Format Partition

I have a Beelink NUC that powers on to a "UEFI Interactive Shell v2.2" and Shell>. I have a installation media USB for Win10, but when I view the current partitions it says unable to ...
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u-boot partition environement variable is always writable regardless of force_ro value

On my platform, the u-boot environment variables can always be modified. Currently, I'm changing the value of force_ro to '1', which sets the permission mode to read-only. This change is reflected in ...
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Windows updates breaking partition table

I have been using a dual boot setup for a while (Arch Linux + Windows 11). I recently had an issue with a Windows update, and a BOPS update at the same time. This erased the partition table, thus ...
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How to recover information from hard drive with partitions Windows 10 and linux [duplicate]

I have a hard drive from a desktop PC, which had debian and windows 10 installed. In windows 10 I had disabled automatic updates and the firewall and one day a blue screen appeared, I saw on the ...
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running grub-install during arch installation gives the error "no space left on device". How can I solve this?

I'm dual booting windows 11 and arch linux (i'm installing arch right now). I have created a single partition for /mnt (i created a swapfile in the same partition instead of creating a separate ...
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Create two partitions that share the total disk space

I like having two partitions C: (the boot partition) and D: on my main drive for organizational purposes: all windows data and programs are in C: and my projects and data are in D:. However I don't ...
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Why the location for Partition entry in MBR doesn't contain partition entry?

I'm learning file system recently. wikipedia says the partition table is located at 0x01BE, but when I check my USB drive(NTFS) by a binary tool, there are some words there "Press Ctrl + Alt + ...
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Why does Windows always reports slightly wrong sizes when formatting a disk?

I've installed Windows probably thousands of times since Windows 3.1. I forget the situation in Win 3.1, but from Windows 95 onwards, Windows has never respected partition size reality, and as it's ...
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New install of Pop!_OS, dual booting on a Dell machine with Pre-installed Windows 10. 522mb EFI boot partition is 97% full. Why?

Every time I boot up I get the warning Low disk space on 'efi' The volume 'efi' has only 12.4 MB disk space remaining. Overview: This is a brand new machine, a Dell XPS 17 that came preinstalled ...
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How to properly expand /boot FAT partition (for Arch Linux)

This post is actually a continuation of this GParted answer. I was trying to update/upgrade my Arch dual-boot with Windows, but my /boot partition was too small (100MB). So I expanded it with 1GB via ...
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Windows 7 bootmgr is missing plus partitions are wonky

I rebooted a machine for the first time in a few months to try and sort out why my internal large media drive is disappeared/bring it back up. I poked around, didn't change any hardware, and on bootup,...
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How do I validate a boot partition in Linux?

I have a Linux machine with two SSD drives as its main drive. While installing Ubuntu 20 or CentOS 8, I partitioned the drives each with a 2g boot partition and the rest as a root partition, then used ...
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Linux - resize boot partition

[If this has already been asked/answered, I didn't see it. Please just direct me to the answer. Thanks!] I want to increase the size of my boot partition. If I copy the drive to another one, can I ...
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How do I determine which boot partition is Windows 10 using

This one takes a bit to explain: Had one boot drive in Windows for years (Window 95->7->8->10) - Cloning to a bigger and better drive often. Switched over to an SSD and simply cloned the ...
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Windows 7 & 10 how to make them friends

I need to clone my current installation of Windows 7 to a new computer. I also need to dual boot that with a new installation of Windows 10. The Windows 7 is currently on a BIOS/mbr disk. I don't mind ...
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Can I have two boot partitions on an SSD (UEFI)?

I wish to dual boot windows and pop!_os. My computer has windows 10 already installed, in the disk there is an ESP partition of 100MB followed by a microsoft reserved partition. pop!_os requires that ...
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Dual Boot System: Two EFI partitions in two separate disks - want to wipe one disk

I am using a Windows 10/Ubuntu 18.04 dual boot system, and the Windows OS is stored in my 500 GB SSD (Disk C:), and the Ubuntu OS is stored in my 3TB HDD (Disk D:). I was doing some experiments with ...
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Migrate C Drive

I am looking to migrate the C Partition from a Windows 7 PC from about 2008. I would like to copy the C Partition to a new PC. I am experienced in troubleshooting boot issues, copy/restoring ...
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Can I delete old System Reserved partition after changing mbr to gpt (legacy to Uefi)?

I used a third party software to change form mbr to gpt and it created an new system partition ( I think). It says (EFI System Partition) and the old one is still there labeled System Reserved and it ...
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Bootable partition is not shown in the boot picker or the BIOS

So i couldn’t find my USB drive anywhere, and i thought i’d install Linux from my internal hard drive. Created a new partition, formatted as FAT32, and dd-ed the image onto it. I rebooted, and the ...
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Lost the boot partition

So hi, here is the problem: I have windows 10 and pop os on my laptop, with dual boot. recently there was a problem with the third-party operating system selector that it wouldn't show and it directly ...
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Is it safe to remove the driveletter of the physical drive when native-booting from a VHDX in it?

I'm trying isolate the physical disks/drives away from the VHDX booted OS. Physicals partitions can either be unmounted(drive letter removed) or the other physical disks themselves disabled. The final ...
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Is it possible to merge the partition type of EFI System into Linux Filesystem?

The partition of my machine which is mounted at /boot is almost full, thus I cannot update my kernel anymore. Meanwhile there is another partition which is mounted at /boot/efi and it is totally free. ...
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Clone an old hard drive with multiple partitions to a new Mac

Here's my situation : my old Macbook from 2011 died on me, and the guy at the store said it was beyond repair. He could however extract the hard drive with all the data. I found an E-Sata-to-USB mount ...
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update-initramfs : Error 24 : Write error : cannot write compressed block

I'm running a custom kernel since months, with no modules, no initramfs, no initrd. I've byed a new webcam (lockdown...), and of course it doesn't work because i've haven't the correct module. I ...
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Resizing EFI partition followed by MSR (Microsoft Reserved Partition) - Arch Linux

I have a dual boot setup (Arch/Windows 10) and after installing Windows 10 BIOS update, my ESP partition is now full. I did not follow the Arch recommendations to set the ESP partition to 550MB and I ...
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Accidentally set C: as active partition: Windows won't boot - live USB system won't boot - suddenly CPU overtemperature error?

I just accidentally set the system partition C:\ as active in Windows 7's disk management, trying to get this absolutely useless Windows backup & restore program to work. Now I can no longer boot: ...
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Can I shuffle my drive letters while changing boot sequence?

I'm running Windows 10 v2004. I just installed a new M.2 SSD drive (F) that is faster and larger than the drive my C drive is on. I have cloned C onto F (using Macrium Reflect Free) because I want to ...
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Grub 2.04 install says it's successful but drops into the rescue shell

Our hardware is successfully running with UEFI/GRUB 2.02. The internal disk (/dev/sda) is GPT and the first partition starts at 1Mib, is 5Gb, and formatted as vfat. We are running Gentoo and using ...
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Fix cleared boot sector (and more) of exfat disk

I stupidly used dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 intending to do /dev/sdc. I have a 1 terabyte USB drive on /dev/sdb. It is/was formated exfat. The two partitions are showing in /proc/partitions ...
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UEFI cannot launch grub after deleting linux partition

I had set a multi partition system with ubuntu, kali and windows 10 and when i deleted both the linux distros and restarted my PC it booted into grub rescue mode (unknown filesystem). If I hit up F12 ...
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Remove EFI System Partition & Wipe Drive 0?

Some time ago, installed a bigger SSD (1 TB M.2) to act as my OS boot disk, cloning the original OS-sporting HD (256 GB) onto it and it works fine. Recently, I wanted to try out Linux and installed ...
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Fix unknown file system grub rescue> error

When I boot normally, after the bios screen it shows error : unknown file system entering rescue mode... grub rescue>_ I think it's because, I deleted the Linux(which I used to dual boot) ...
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Live-USB vs Bootable-USB vs USBwithOSonly

So much confusion amongst those three. Say I have a Laptop with C: drive only which is crashed and not booting up..probably a corrupt MBR or MFT...and I want to recover the C: Having not enough ...
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What is the best way to move MBR and bootmgr to new drive (Windows 10)?

I have several hard drives in my desktop but only 1 has the OS (Win 10). Here is an image of my Disk Manager: Disk 2 (D:) is an old slow dying backup HDD. Disk 1 (G:) is a much newer faster (...
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Does Windows 10 use 1 or 2 partitions for system files and user data?

I was wondering if Windows uses a separate partition for system files and another for personal files like Linux does?
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Deleting EFI partition after removing dual-boot CentOS

I installed CentOS 8 yesterday alongside my Windows 10 installation, and I assigned the partitions manually, creating the following: / , /home, /swap, /boot/efi. Unfortunately, I didn't assign enough ...
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Can't get /boot partition to function, installing debian from host machine: Arch linux

I am trying to be a better Unix user. I want to dual boot my arch-linux virtual machine with Debian. I am using VirtualBox. I am installing Debian through the arch-linux environment (https://www....
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Partitions have become inaccessible

SETUP Dell Chromebook 13 7310 (with MrChromebox Firmware) EFI dual boot with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 19.10 WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE PROBLEM EMERGED When my laptop cannot wake up from hibernation ...
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Win 10 boot volume mirror fails: Boot configuration data could not be updated

I'm trying to add a mirror of the C:\ volume in Windows, but Disk Management gives an error: Disk Management The boot configuration data of the system could not be updated. Use bcdedit.exe to update ...
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Accidentally removed boot partition for Windows. How can I recover?

While doing some operation on Ubuntu I accidentally removed boot partition for Windows and now I can’t run Windows again and was unable to run the recovery for Windows 10. Here’s what I have tried: ...
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How to mark a GPT Partition bootable under Linux

How to boot from a GPT Partition? Is it like the MBR way that needs a partition that has the bootable flag on? How to mark a GPT Partition bootable under Linux?
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Win10 - Cloned disk to SSD - how do I identify which EFI system partition is in use?

I got a new Asus laptop with Win10 home. Installed a m.2 SATA ssd and cloned the original hdd to the ssd copying all partitions (and resizing the OS partition to the smaller SSD size). Then in the ...
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Ubuntu moving grub

I need to expand partition with Ubuntu, but in the middle of the drive there is a boot partition. I tried using GParted but there's no option of realocating the grub2. I found some information on ...
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How to setup docker on ubuntu desktop to use folder outside boot?

I want to use docker to run a couple of dockerized 'apps/services' from time to time on my laptop running ubuntu 18.04. I have a boot partition with 100 gb (50gb occupied) and a 900 gb home folder ...
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The directory is not empty when using mountvol to mount efi partition

I followed the answers to this question but none of them seem to work. When I use mountvol E: /s I get the error "The directory is not empty" even though it is empty and I've formatted it multiple ...
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UEFI Where is the boot code and GUID partition table stored?

I'm reading this article and I'm very confused over what the autor sais in the section "Managing partitions and security: BIOS vs UEFI" quote: Unlike BIOS, UEFI stores in the firmware itself both ...
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