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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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Moving the Recovery Partition, EFI System Partition, and a 16mb "Reserved Partition" to resize Windows partition

This is my first question, so please let me know if I'm missing something. Long story short, I messed up one of my Windows 10 installation on another SSD and ended up with a Windows system drive too ...
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Trying to install WIndows on the same disk as Windows installation media

I know I can just use a pen drive but that will take a bit of time and I am impatient, so is there any way I can install Windows on my HDD without a pen drive? The machine is an ASUS laptop and it has ...
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How can I expand a partition to the left in Linux (or any other OS)?

I want to expand my 54 GB partition by 11 GB. How can I do it? I know copying the data might do the trick, but I want some other solution as there isn't enough space for me to copy the data.
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Prevent USB Partition to be automount on EVERY WINDOWS device

I have USB stick and What I want to achieve is: Split the USB into 2 partitions Make First Partition bootable and install Multible ISO using YUMI Multiboot Make the Multiboot partition hidden from ...
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C drive memory shortage and D drive copy

So, I have 100GB C drive with a few GB of memory left. I also have a D drive which is 400GB and just third full. When making partitions, I had idea in my mind where I keep C drive as small and empty ...
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Drive apprear had random pariotions appear duplicating another drive after reinstalling windows

So I had 2x1TB SSD's and 1HD. One has windows on it and 2 others have encrypted partitions. I just reinstalled windows 10. Afterwards, I found that my MBR and system partitions were on the second ...
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How to restore a LUKS 2 drive corrupt by improper partition resizing?

I have a 256 GB (232.88 GiB) M.2 SSD with GPT and a root partition which is a "full-drive" LUKS 2. The drive actually has some unencrypted partitions too - bootloader w/ cryptsetup, recovery ...
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Can the remaining space on a an external hard drive being used as a recovery drive be safely used?

I created a recovery drive with the Control Panel's Advanced Recovery Tools, on an external hard drive. Is it safe (for the purposes of retaining a functional recovery drive) to create a new simple ...
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snap crashed on Kubuntu 20.04 and no free space

I have Kubuntu 20.04 and recently I encountered a situation where there was no more free space on the disk. There I have 2 partitions: sda2 (37GB) and sda3(197GB) After df -h →  Filesystem Size ...
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How to create redundant array of assorted commodity hard drives?

Well, I have some good old hard drives and a good idea is to combine them into an array. For example: 250G 300G 500G 1000G 2000G (There is also a 3000G drive, but I'll save it for regular backups). ...
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Use a .img image as a read-only disk or Optical drive in VirtualBox

I have read How to create a virtual machine from a .img disk image? but here the goal is slightly different. With a VirtualBox machine, I know how to: add a .vdi disk mount a .iso as a (read-only) ...
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Use Rufus to create an image of a partition + restore this partition to disk on Windows

Can we use Rufus to save a local disk partition into an .img image file? Basically the Windows equivalent of: dd if=/dev/sda4 of=output.img Also can we use Rufus to write an image, not to a whole USB ...
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Ubuntu 18 partition error

I'm new on Linux, just created VROC NVMe RAID1 and installed Ubuntu 18.04.3 on it. Then noticed that lsblk gives an error: "GPT PMBR size mismatch (1781612543 != 1875385007) will be corrected by ...
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grub unknown filesystem. dual booting windows and arch linux

Device: Dell xps-15 9510 running latest arch I dual boot windows and arch using grub bootloader I restarted my computer yesterday and was put into grub rescue due to unknown filesystem. 'ls' lists all ...
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What is the difference between allocation unit size and sector size?

I have been given the following disk recommendation: The disk drives should have standard native sector sizes of 512 bytes and 4 KB. Hard disks with sector sizes larger than 4 KB may cause errors ...
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Why is there a 16gb blank volume space on my primary partition on C: Drive?

TL:DR - Can I delete the 16gb volume on my c: drive that isn't assigned to anything, without bricking my system? It is to the left of my "Healthy (EFI System Partition)" The only reason why ...
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Why and how does Rufus use FAT32 for a bootable Linux ISO?

I never paid attention to this detail, and always thought that Rufus writes "the original ISO image" to the destination disk without changing anything. But today I noticed that when writing ...
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How to make my win 11 bootable

Here is my situation: I inherited a machine that has already fully used the 4 Primary partitions: Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sdb1 * 2048 1026047 ...
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Can't extend C partition. unallocated space in different disk

Can't extend the C partition that contains windows. Only 3 GB free left. C is an SSD disk. I want to extend the SSD disk from another Disk, that is not SSD,(disk D) that contains unallocated space.
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How do I set up 4TB disk under Ubuntu Linux so that I can use it as an NFS Server drive?

I have a Linux server running Ubuntu 20.04 that I want to use as a network storage server. I currently have a 4TB drive installed ( /dev/sdc ) that I want to use. Originally, I formatted it as NTFS, ...
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Rufus bricked my USB

About 2 days ago, I bought a 64 GB USB drive, and I wanted to try "Rectify11" so I downloaded the iso and opened Rufus, and selected the 64 GB USB drive, and 1 minute in, Rufus showed me an ...
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Is It Possible To Move The Windows C: Drive To A Physically Separate Drive? Workarounds?

I'm trying to help a family member setup a custom built PC. I've run into an issue though in that the boot drive is a M.2 128GB NVMe SSD drive separate from the main storage drive which is a Samsung ...
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Windows 10 clone fails to boot from 2.5” SSD USB 3.0 Enclosure (USB to ATA/ATAPI Bridge)

Prerequisite Description Computer used: UEFI-only laptop with Startup Manager (boot volume can be selected on boot) Clone source: Laptop's internal NVMe AHCI SSD (soldered to motherboard), 500 GB ...
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Repairing broken RaspberryPi partition

My RaspberryPi was acting up and I couldn't connect to it with SSH anymore, so I decided to restart it by cutting the power and plugging it back in. When starting it showed a message with "Kernel ...
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Learning to use dd to burn multiple images in a single USB drive

I am tired of the GUI, there are sometimes problems and it is many times easier to do simple tasks from CLI. I am trying to burn 2ISOS so an USB stick. So this is both about whether it is possible and ...
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"partition disk" option greyed out on macOS Monterey

I'm trying to make a disk partition on my mac. I go to "Disk utility" -> select "Macintosh HD" -> click "partition" -> go to click on the "+" symbol ...
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How to delete fake bad sectors from hard disk?

I have a portable 5TB HDD. I was downloading data on it and it was 3/4 (or so, almost full) full with documents. I did chkdsk /f /v /r /x just to check it. It was shown to be perfect in HDD Sentinel ...
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"You have been logged on with the default profile for the system" error

We are still using Windows 7. System files and programs are in C: partition. User profiles are stored in D: partition. There was no space on C: so user accidentally formatted D: and extended volume C: ...
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Unable to access and format a USB drive, which is seen in Disk Management but not This PC on Window 10

I have tried steps on two posts in this superuser thread: Recovering a Partially Formatted USB Thumb Drive These are my attempts: Attempt 1: referring to user LJD200's post I ran these commands on CMD ...
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How to recover corrupted btrfs partition that nothing can read

I was on Manjaro on a btrfs partition. I came back to my laptop and it wasn't accepting my password, which in the past I solved with a reboot. I tried to reboot from tty 2 which was logged in, and it ...
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Data repair for a FAT32 drive that failed dynamic conversion to NTFS

I used this command "CONVERT F: /FS:NTFS". where F: is a 1Tb FAT32 formatted drive. Process hung and had to close it. After that my files sizes remained same but they were corrupt & ...
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Choose install location on Debian installation

Noob here I'd just like to know if I can choose where to install Debian during the installation. Because I'll use a valid PC to boot up the installer to install on a HDD of an old PC that cannot ...
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Convert MBR 3TB External HDD to SATA Internal without backing up on a 2nd drive

Hello I've been researching this for a bit and haven't found anything substantial: So I have a WD 3TB External HDD, I'm trying to convert it to a SATA drive without losing the data. Here's some ...
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HDD hangs all programs that try to access it

I have a SATA HDD which freezes every process that tries to access the drive (fdisk, disks, gparted, parted, fsck, e2fsck, everything) except lsblk which shows that the device is present: NAME ...
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How to disable CHKDSK permanently, windows 10/11

I want to completely and permanently disable CHKDSK on windows 10 and 11, reason is a long story but as a summary: I work with complex custom builds having multiple SOs(mostly Linux) and 2 NTFSs ...
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Access denied to NTFS drive

I have two system hdd's connected to my laptop. After some manipulation with partitions I can't acess second drive anymore: Got error: Location is not available D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied....
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Partitioning external SSD for multiple backups

I just got a 1 TB external SSD that I want to use to store larger files and save space on my macBook. For some reason, I am very paranoid about data loss. With such a large drive, I see myself filling ...
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How to properly install MyNode on a personal computer?

I want to install MyNode on a desktop amd64 PC with a 1TB hard-drive. Referring to this source: https://mynodebtc.com/download I can download a version of MyNode that is said to be for: PC | Download ...
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How can you merge two hard drives of 4TB?

Yes, I know it is not recommended (but it's only temporary) and yes, I know I would lose all my data if something happens. But, is there any way to merge my two 4TB drives into one ? I tried with the ...
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Possible to boot OS originally installed MBR after converting disk to GPT?

I have Windows 10 and 7 on my hard disk. I installed Windows 10 on a partition on the disk, GPT, converted the disk to MBR, installed Windows 7 on another partition, then converted the disk back to ...
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Restore factory APFS Container layout (bring Macintosh HD to disk1s1 instead of disk1s5)

Similarly to this question I'd like to restore factory APFS partition container structure after reinstalling macOS Big Sur from bootable USB flash drive, exactly: make Macintosh HD volume disk1s1 (...
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Adding a FAT Partition to a bootable USB having persistence

I created a Kali bootable USB using the steps mentioned in the official docs here, and then added persistence as written here. Currently the USB is having 3 partitions, as such: (The other 1MB ...
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How can I interrupt a GParted move filesystem operation and recover the data?

I tried to use GParted to shrink a partition. Apparently, this was a huge mistake because it somehow decided shrink and then move. It took an hour to shrink and it estimates it will take 9 hours to ...
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How can I shrink my LogicalVolume and VolumeGroup using Gparted

I'm trying to use GParted-Live to shrink my LVM LogicalVolume from 900GB to 800GB and create a new LogicalVolume of 100GB on the VolumeGroup. But when I boot up on my Gparted-Live, I don't see ...
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Extend Windows partition using gparted

I use dual boot Ubuntu 20.04 and Windows 10. I want to resize the windows partition (/dev/sda4) by shrink space from Ubuntu partition (/dev/sda1) and add this space to Windows I boot gparted using USB ...
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Disk partitons - extend option greyed out

I have 2 physical disks. One as C: drive, basic type, second, about 700G big disk, contains one 475G ExFat partition, and behind it there is unallocated space about 223GB Yet if i open disk manager ...
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Grub: no such partition

I have dual boot (windows,arch linux) I've changed something in Windows disk manager and after rebooting and booting up in arch I get the following error: Grub: no such partition I've found a fix for ...
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Can I resize a partition that I am currently booted into?

I would like to increase the size of my root partition. I was thinking that I could run fdisk /dev/sdb delete the sdb2 partition and create a new one that is bigger. However, I have read that I need ...
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Using Vmware or other virtual enviroment is it possible tio import your Windows Partition instead of using a new iso

I have a windows 10 physical partition that is gathering dust - its a performance nightmare. Most times I do Linux. Now I am aware using a windows iso files and importing it into vmware but Using ...
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UEFI does not recognize 32 MiB FAT32 EFI system partition

During the installation of Parrot on a VirtualBox machine, I manually created a 32 MiB partition (since I don't intend to multi-boot or upgrade the VM, that's way more than enough for the single OS) ...
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