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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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Should A Smaller Partition Be Placed First or Last?

I'm wanting to partition my new external HDD based on whether the data is backed up or if it's not backed up (the data they contain are different than he backup). I figure I'll make the backup smaller,...
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Windows 7 keeps changing partition type from 7 to 23 at every startup

I have the following problem: after every boot Windows 7 keeps changing the id (type) of my logical partition 3 to 23. Right after boot it shows up normally in Explorer. A minute after boot is ...
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Copying one partition at a time doesn’t result in a bootable drive. Why? How to fix?

Instead of using clone software, I wanted to copy, one at a time, each partition on my C: boot drive to a larger drive. I did this with no errors (used mini wizard to copy one at a time) I thought it ...
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How do I reduce the space allocated for Persistent Storage on my Ubuntu Live USB?

I used Rufus to create a Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS Live USB with persistence. However, I allocated all of the remaining drive space for the Persistent Storage, thinking that it could be accessed and used as ...
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Accidentally ran `mkfs.ext4` on my `/boot` partition (fedora 36)

I pulled a total amateur-hour move and ran mkfs.ext4 /dev/nvme0n1p2 on accident the other day while trying to troubleshoot a hosed retropi sdcard. /dev/nvme0n1p2 was my /boot partition on my work ...
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How can I have a "main" bootloader, on the first partition? (UEFI)

I tried dual booting Windows and Xubuntu using a different approach. (It worked, but it wasn't the best) Instead of doing what I belive most people do, which is replacing the Windows bootloader with ...
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Resize an OpenBSD *fdisk* partition

I have cloned an OpenBSD qemu image into a physical hard drive and everything works but the fdisk partition dedicated to OpenBSD has the same size it had in the virtual machine and most of the excess ...
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I'm getting the "mmc0: card never left busy state" for an SD card that Windows happily recognises and formats. What can I do to make it work on Linux?

I went and bought a steam deck, and decided to get an SD card for it - a Hunyeiz thing from a Kodak shop. After a messy time accidentally formatting it poorly, hastily typing console commands given to ...
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Confusion on using convert to GPT partition from command line[Windows 10 installation]

I am installing Windows 10 on UEFI Mode on a computer with preexisting Windows 7 with MBR partition. I have 4 partitions created using MBRnamely C,D,E,F. Now when I try to install Windows 10 in UEFI ...
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Consequences of a screwed up recovery environment?

So I recently upgraded a machine to Windows 11 and for some reason, the partitions got messed up. I managed to follow a tutorial and used diskpart to convert a normal partition into a recovery ...
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SSD cannot be recognised on Windows and LInux

I recently bought a new SSD to replace the one in my laptop. I took the old SSD out and stuck it in an external enclosure, planning to use it as an external drive. When I first plugged it in to ...
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How to fix corrupted USB drive

My pendrive was working perfectly fine until I plugged it in the back of my school computer to show my project. The pendrive did not show up there. When I brought it home and plugged it into my ...
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The storage in my partitioned drives are not adding up [duplicate]

I recently bought a Samsung 870 EVO 4TB SSD. I was not sure of what the total usable capacity was before I partitioned it into 2 volumes. In a perfect world I wanted to partition it into 2 volumes of ...
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Is adding a macOS partition while having Ubuntu installed possible?

I want to add another partition to my Late 2014 Mac Mini that has Ubuntu 22.04 installed. However, there seems to be one partition that I cannot move called disk0s2. This contains 251GB of the ...
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No space left in device error despite being empty

Why am I getting No space left on device when I try to create more than 32767 files in my vFat USB Flash Drive? Info Flash drive is empty (freshly formatted) $ df -H > Filesystem Size Used ...
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How to best repair a lost or broken partition on a valued external hard drive without losing data

Can an unallocated external hard drive be repartitioned directly and made usable without losing data and without need to reformat? (Windows 10, 64 bit) My external hard drive's partition has for ...
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Trouble booting in any OS / USB disk

Recently, I have installed Linux MINT into a separate partition next to Windows. But then I realized that I installed the wrong version, so I deleted the partition MINT was installed on. Ever since, ...
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How to prevent small ISO from marking incorrect size on large target drive?

I am trying to write a 20GB iso to a 200GB hard disk. However, when I do this, the partition table from the ISO seems to carry the 20GB drive size marking with it, so that KDE Partition Manager thinks ...
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Can't install windows 10 - "Couldn't find info for boot disk [1]"

Sorry for posting the logs as a photo, I couldn't copy it from the PC. I used to have Ubuntu Server installed on that computer and I decided erase everything and install win 10. In the window where I ...
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Rescue of a live system after deleting LVM signature when recreating partition of new size

I have done something stupid, I'll admit right away. Thankfully, it was done on a test system. I have a DNS server running in a virtual machine on an ESXi 6.7 host. The DNS server required some more ...
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With raw disk, before Partition, before filesystem, how to map bad blocks?

using: neofetch --stdout |grep 'OS:' OS: Kubuntu 22.04.3 LTS x86_64 After zeroing disk with: time sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sd_ bs=1M status=progress #Zero_disk_delete_wipe We have ...
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How to output disk size in GB only with no rounding error? [duplicate]

Output disk size in GB only. Giga Bytes only. Not MB. Not Mega Bytes. Not TB. Not Tera Bytes. Tested thus far: sudo blockdev --getsize64 /dev/sda 1000204886016 sudo blockdev --getsize64 /dev/sda |...
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How to output disk size in GB only with no rounding error?

Output disk size in GB only. Giga Bytes only. Not MB. Not Mega Bytes. Not TB. Not Tera Bytes. Tested thus far: sudo blockdev --getsize64 /dev/sda 1000204886016 sudo blockdev --getsize64 /dev/sda |...
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Why diskmgmt shows many partitions when its the same partition?

Diskmgmt shows many partitions on DISK 0 when it's the same partition, why is that happening? Also when I select one of those so called partitions it highlights all the partitions. I included a photo ...
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Why 892 bytes altered not 446 bytes? 446x2=892 bytes

Experiments were done, before re-purposing a disk: re-purposing = delete all data re-purposing = delete all partitions re-purposing = fill disk with all zeros re-purposing = confirm all zeros, confirm ...
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How to repartition the main disk without disabling Windows recovery partition?

I want to add a partition to my main disk, the one that has C drive. I am running Windows 10. Currently, to the right of the C drive I have my Recovery partition. I do know how to shrink the C drive ...
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Why is my external hard drive so slow to boot xubuntu?

I've got a external hard drive, partitioned, with an NTFS and a Fat32 partition. I've got random stuff on the NTFS and i'm trying to install Xubuntu onto the Fat32 partition. I've created a Xubuntu ...
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Linux - Old MacBook Air - SSD not found

I have a MacBook Air that only supports macOS Catalina. I tried 'upgrading' it by installing Linux Mint on it. That worked fine for a while, untill it crashed, and now it won't boot again. I tried a ...
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Bootable Windows USB UEFI and GPT table

I have an Windows 10 iso I have an SD card with an SD card reader (basically a slow pen drive) I have created an GPT partition table on the pen drive* with one partition of full space.I have copied ...
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Make GPT partition tables accept variable volume size

I often copy SD-cards or other flash drives used as system disks for small computers (Raspberry Pi, NVidia Jetson, small x86 PCs) to image files for backup. However, when restoring those backups, the ...
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How to compact VirtualBox VDI file with free space at the end of the disk?

I've a Debian 8.5 guest in Ubuntu 22.04 Host, and a while ago i expanded space from host terminal stopping guest with VBoxManage modifyhd --resize option in a direct way, booting guest and expanding ...
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Create 4 MB (not GB) partition on memory card

I have a very old piece of equipment that requires a 4 MB (not GB) PCMCIA card. Those aren't available any more. So I bought a PCMCIA adapter with a CF card. I am trying to create a 4 MB partition, in ...
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Mac Partitioning Error (-69624)

I'm trying to create a partition on my Mac so I can run Debian, but whenever I try to partition my disk I get this error: I've factory reset my Mac, and tried partitioning in recovery mode. I'm not ...
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How to move files from the end of the drive to the beginning to allow for a partition?

I am trying to create a partition of 100GB on a 900GB SSD. However, when I go to create the partition Widows Disk Manager says that there is only 1 GB of available space even though File Explorer says ...
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Can't mount, open or list external HDD

I can't format my hard drive. I think I have formatted it with EXT4 some months ago and secured it with LUKS. dmesg gives me this: [ 105.101317] usb 2-1: new SuperSpeed Gen 1 USB device number 4 ...
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BTRFS after multiple power outages bad checksum

After multiple power outages, btrfs have bad checksums, is it possible to recover it? Outages were on Dell R740xd with PERC H730P Adapter looks like the cache was unwritten. now trying to recover in ...
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Can't restore partition table

I wanted to install Ubuntu on my Asus ROG laptop. I previously installed a second NVME SSD and used it under Windows to store stuff. I did, however, leave ~200GiB free for a Linux installation. When I ...
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How can I find out If a disk partition is safe to delete?

Windows 11 I'm just looking through Disk Management and noticed there's a 93GB "Primary Partition" with 100% free space. How can I find out what that partition is used for? I thought a "...
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How can I re-install Windows 10 on a GPT drive?

My motherboard is GA-970-UD3 with Phenom II x4 955 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 I have just fitted a 4Tb Seagate Barracuda as my 1Tb Barracuda had failed after around 6 years. 12 gig memory (3 x 4gig all ...
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How can I find the correct disk number of the hard drive installed in the computer?

I installed a new Kingston nvme m.2 ssd to my hp 15da2014TX laptop. My old drive is an HDD. Both drives are 1TB. I want to clear the Kingston drive but, I am afraid to do it because I can't ...
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Why does boot.ini work with `partition(1)` but not with `partition(2)` when Windows is actually on partition 2?

I have an MBR drive with a Windows XP installation on partition 2, which boots using a boot.ini entry that specifies patition(2). The partition table initially looks like this: 1. Windows recovery ...
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I want to delete Linux Ubuntu from my computer

I have two storage devices on my computer: C: SSD 500gb with Windows 10 on it. D: HDD 1TB with Linux Ubuntu on it. I want to delete Linux from the D: drive while keeping the rest of the data on that ...
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Can I Delete All Partitions Before Fresh Installation Of Windows 11

Hey guys please I'm thinking of reinstalling Windows 11 on my ASUS G14 2020 model but I'm worried about breaking something. The current partitioning looks chaotic to me. Is it possible to delete and ...
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What exactly triggers Windows to move its pagefile.sys to another disk or partition?

I run a number of test systems with Windows 10 Professional installed. All of these systems have a SSD drive with three partitions (C:, D:, and E:) installed. All systems are setup exactly the same ...
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Installing "bootable USB" programs (Gparted, Clonezilla, Memtest, etc.) to internal drive partitions - Bad idea?

Is there any reason why it might be a bad idea to take programs that are typically installed as bootable USB drives and instead create an appropriately sized partition for each of them on the internal ...
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Is it possible to install windows 10 on old BIOS Pc with GPT drive?

I have a GPT formatted SSD Drive that I have moved from a rather new laptop to an older one that has an old BIOS. The drive has multiple partitions including Linux that I don't want to remove and a ...
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Restore 20TB Harddrive after installing 2GB Operating System [duplicate]

Here's what happened: I ran the Fedora Media Write from here (https://fedoraproject.org/fmw/FedoraMediaWriter-win32-latest.exe) and selected my hard-drive, not by accident there was just no warning it ...
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How to expand ubuntu server root storage?

I have a windows server inside of which there's an Ubuntu 22.10 server, more space was given to VM of Ubuntu. But inside of Ubuntu, when I connect through SSH, it shows that it's still the same size. ...
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How to boot GParted Live from USB-C drive on a Dell Precision 7540 Laptop?

I want to partition my system (to install dual boot option for Windows/Ubuntu) using GParted. I downloaded and installed the GParted ISO Image and installed it on an USB (C) Stick using UNetbootin. ...
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How to extend windows partitions, and how to solve C: partition extension issue [duplicate]

The C: drive needs more storage space on my system drive. When I take some space from D: drive, the space out is a free space, the space needed is unallocated space to merge it into C: drive. how can ...
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