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Questions tagged [partitioning]

When you create two or more logical volumes (drives) from one physical hard disk (or other storage device), you're working with partitions.

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Trying to format a sandisk pendrive using bash

My sandisk pendrive is write protected and i have tried everything to repair it but nothing worked. Now finally i am trying to format it using bash in my windows machine. But commands like fdisk -l ...
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USB Flash Drive won't format

So I have a 16GB Kingston DataTraveler G4 USB Flash Drive and I used Rufus to make it bootable (I used GPT). Now, if I want to format it. It will unmount and leave me with an error saying that it can'...
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Should I manually copy my Recovery partition after migrating OS?

I have migrated my OS to a new hard drive. My old hard drive has 3 partitions: The Main partition "System Reserved" partition "Recovery" partition However, the one named "Recovery" did not get ...
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Format drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) using linux [on hold]

How do I format a drive to a 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)' partition using a Linux distro?
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How can i convert software RAID 1 to non RAID?

I'm new to software RAID 1, hope I can seek some assistance in this forum. My superior wish to have backup rather than soft RAID1. How can I convert soft RAID 1 back to non RAID without any data lost ...
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GRUB Minimal BASH like after deleting only one linux partition

So I have dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu on my hdd and I wanted to deinstall Linux so I started deleting Linux partitons(there were two and also i had issue with smaller one because option to delete ...
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What's the generated partition function?

When I create partition from disk, there will generate a system retention partition. you see the partition 1 there(350MB) . so, who can tell me the generated partition's function and what's this?
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Malware Hunting With Free Dos/SPFdisk: Questionable Files and Partition

I am trying to track down the location of persistent malware and have found a small partition I am unable to remove along with some files that I can only see when I use SPFdisk (Free Dos). I have ...
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How can I install and launch Windows Server in dual boot?

I my Server, I have a sda disk, on it I installed a Windows Server 2008, and a CentOS7.2 system. Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 209717247 ...
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Can't shrink more than a GB despite having 80gb of free space

I've been trying to create a partition. but When I boot Ubuntu and use GParted it doesn't let me change the partition at all. and when I try to do it in windows it only lets me shrink the partition by ...
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What does this disk/partition GPT Attributes mean?

I have found a recommendation to change the GPT Attributes of a partition in order to prevent windows from automatically detecting and assigning a drive letter to an encrypted USB drive when inserted, ...
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Windows 10 won't install on GPT partition, WD 6TB

I have a new WD 6TB drive, I boot from Windows10 USB, It originally partitioned the drive as MBR, Windows installed, however I could only use 2TB of the 6TB drive and it would not let me create more ...
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Partition table to make bootable USB drive

I use fdisk to set the partition table and to create partitions and unetbootin to install the OS on a USB drive. Can anyone explain why the only partition table which makes USB boot option that ...
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problems to shrink my ssd for an ubuntu partition

I want to install ubuntu as second OS beside win10 on my ssd. First i tried to shrink my ssd in win10 with diskmgmt.msc. i have 75GB free space on the hdd, but just can shrink it by 9gb, obviously ...
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What is the maximum size of hard-drive used MBR partitioning?

I am getting conflicting information about this ... At one place I read The MBR on the other hand supports partitioning hard-disks of space which is up to ONLY 2 Terabytes (TB). If you use a ...
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Change partitions' labels only on Dolphin or change label on not mounted LUKS partition

I have an encrypted LUKS partition, on Kubuntu such partition has to be displayed like "831.5 GiB Encrypted Drive" and cannot be changed. When you mount it and put the password it appears a new entry ...
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Windows does not show FAT32 partition

I created my own Rasbian image, with the following partitions: $ sudo fdisk -l 2018-11-13-raspbian-stretch-lite.img Disk 2018-11-13-raspbian-stretch-lite.img: 2,5 GiB, 2705326080 bytes, 5283840 ...
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Extract tar file directly to stdout or other command like partition image extractor

Let's say I have TAR file with some partition images (dd/patclone/partimage/fsarchiver/whatever) and text file with MD5 sums (of image file and original partitions). I don't want to extract the image ...
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Disk Partitioning using DiskPart - Virtual Disk Service Error

I can find similar posts, but not the exact issue I am having. I am trying to create a partition on a Dell Latitude 7490. If I run the commands below in sequence then it fails on convert gpt with the ...
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Cannot boot Windows after removing reserved partition and resizing installation partition

I removed Windows 10 x64 (1809)'s 16MB reserved partition located just before the installation partition (which I then resized to be 84MB smaller, with the 84MB unallocated space at the beginning) and ...
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A disk error ocurred on Windows 10 [closed]

So I'm running into plethora of problems since I got this desktop. First issue I had: I couldn't go through with the Windows installation initially when I got this computer. The installation would ...
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leaving unused space on SSD (to increase lifetime)?

I am reading that SSD need to have some "garbage collection". For an SSD which would be the main device of a Linux desktop (the precise model I bought is Samsung SSD 970 EVO M2 - 2Tbytes), does it ...
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My computer's hard drive won't show up when I get to the partitioning phase of dual booting Kali Linux and Windows 10

I am trying to set up a dual boot with Kali Linux on my Windows machine for school and work. When I get to the point in the set up where I need to partition the free memory on my machine, the ...
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How to automate partition restore

I'd like to be able to restore a Linux partition on a headless PC via USB. What I envisage is a USB key with two partitions on it. One partition has something like PING (PING is not ghost) (the 'tool'...
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Resizing a bootable partition getting error with cfdisk in Arch Linux

I am using Arch Linux in QEMU and have extra space on the disk but the partition where everything has been installed is now full as 3G’s did not get me so far so I am trying to add 5GB to it but when ...
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Impossible? Restoring/fixing a corrupted partition after updating Mojave?

it seems that my main partition got corrupted and now I can't access it after updating to Mojave. I ended up re-installing Sierra on my bootcamp partition (which is still accessible), but my main ...
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Can't reset Windows 10 to factory state- am currently dual booting Linux Mint

I currently have Windows 10 and Linux Mint dual booting on my computer. My Windows 10 partition has been acting up for years and I wanted to do a factory reset. I have had a variety of issues doing ...
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Making a encrypted persistent Kali Live USB Stick

I have got a 64GB PNY USB 3.0 Stick. I am trying to install the kali-linux-2018.4-amd64.iso with my Razer Blade(512GB Samsung SSD) running Windows 10 onto the stick and use the remaining space on it ...
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Overwrote NTFS header with GRUB core.img

So I was trying to fix my non-booting Windows by installing GRUB. I marked the Windows data partition (/dev/sda4) as BIOS_GRUB in GParted and did and update-grub /dev/sda, with the idea that grub MBR ...
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Windows 10 GPT partition keeps getting MBR corrupted after restart

Recently my friend laptop got problem with the master boot record & keep showing that "no bootable devices can be found". I though it's only a MBR problem but then I fixed the MBR & ...
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GParted detects 3 partitions instead of 1?

So, I want to use my 2nd HDD for Arch Linux and as storage for my Windows 10 installation. My 2nd HDD only has 1 partition on it (as seen by Windows 10's disk management utility) and that's where all ...
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Installing Ubuntu on an external hdd, independent of other hdds & OSes, w/o unplugging the other hdds

We know the consensus for installing an 100% independent linux on an external hdd, without having any boot record etc interference with any other OSes on other hdds, is to unplug all your hdds, plug ...
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Disk reporting incorrect amount, and won't initialize

Sup Currently troubleshooting why this 500 GB WD Blue Sata HDD that is not displaying correct in disk management, it's displaying 928.00 GB as if it was once in a raid 0 array with another drive. I'...
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Partition recognized, volume not

On a Windows 7 machine, the internal hard drive is splitted into three partitions. Two of them work just fine, but the third one is not visible in the explorer. In diskpart, list partition shows all ...
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SSD Boot disk error

This is more just a general question about troubleshooting, as I think I know the answer already, but the behavior is a little odd so here goes... I have two 60gb SSDs striped together (for more ...
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Server disk de-allocated itself - why?

We had an emergency situation happen overnight last month. A virtualised server (Server 2008R2) running under VMWare 6.5 experienced its D drive disappearing and becoming 250GB of unallocated space. ...
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Repartitioning, moving filesystems, right filesystem type for SSD+HDD configuration

My current desktop PC has a 2TB SATA (@7200RPM) HDD, to which I am adding a 240GB SATA SSD. The physical cabling is already done, and in the existing Ubuntu 18.04 installation (on the 2TB SATA HDD), I ...
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The way partitions are arranged affects the MBR of a hard drive?

I have a Dell Inspiron 15 3558. I have a 500 GB hard drive that I use for two things: Allocate personal data of my main OS (which is allocated in a 120GB SSD) and is the first volume of that drive's ...
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Installing Windows Legacy on a GPT hard drive

I am trying to install Windows Legacy mode (NOT UEFI MODE) on a GPT partitioned drive. If I use UEFI mode to install Windows 10, the audio drivers don't work, which is an issue with UEFI. I am ...
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Windows 7 not booting properly after I screwed something up - the partition table maybe?

Back story: I really screwed up - sigh... The USB drive I keep in my car for music was misbehaving, so being the rocket scientist that I am, I booted my notebook to Kali Linux to take a look. While ...
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Can't remove 2 empty volumes mac with Disk Utility - Mac - So I can reformat main Drive

I am baffled. There are two empty volumes under my main drive. I would like to reformat the entire drive and these volumes won't erase when I use Disk Utility - I have also used Bootcamp Assistant to ...
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I accidentally install kali linux on the same partition as windows now i cannot access windows [duplicate]

While installing kali linux on dual windows i I accidentally installed it on the same partition of windows now i cannot access windows nor through the grub boot loader i also tried in kali linux "os-...
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Encrypted LVM in Debian Install - Is whole disk encrypted?

I just installed Debian 9 with desktop environment to see if I can live using linux fairly exclusively. One item during the installation process to encrypt the LVM. I selected to do so and put in a ...
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Rebuild a Windows root partition [duplicate]

I really screwed up - sigh... The USB drive I keep in my car for music was misbehaving, so being the rocket scientist that I am, I booted my notebook to Kali Linux to take a look. While using gparted,...
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What is the “OEM partition” after my system one and before the free space?

So I've just got a new ssd and used clonezilla to copy everything from one hardrive to another. I want to be able to extend my hardrive to use all the memory, but there's a partition in the way. (872 ...
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Masked/Hidden Partition

Rev. 1 - Added mount points for reference and additional blk/snap info. Rev. 2 - Added log files in code block and screenshot as they appear not to match. I believe there is a hidden or masked ...
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Can't add unallocated 2nd drive to C:\ in either striped or spanned volume

I was playing with getting rid of my BIOS RAID 0 and using AHCI. This would destroy the RAID 0 meaning I'd have to create a software RAID with Windows. After converting to AHCI and doing a clean ...
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Can't initiliaze an internal hard drive

I decided to do a clean install of windows. During the setup, i noticed 5 or 6 "system partitions" on my disk 0, so I deleted them all, along with the main partitions where Windows was installed. ...
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Linux boot fails after booting Windows: root partition in use. How to resolve?

I try to setup a Linux Mint 19 and Windows 10 dual-boot. (both in BIOS mode) Windows is installed on /dev/sdc, Linux is installed to /dev/sdb Besides Linux there is a NTFS partition on /dev/sdb too. ...
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Unable to Partition Drive - Ubuntu 18.04

I am unable to repartition my single Linux drive. For clarity, I have done the following: 1a) Restarted my computer on a USB/CD boot of Linux 1b) Used Gparted to unmount the drive I want to ...