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Multiple Extended partitions : why not ?

By k4k ·
Why can't we create multiple Extended Partitions like we do Multiple primary partitions ?
as i know we can have upto 4 Primary partitions, what stops you from having multiple Extended partitions ??

How many logical drives we can have in NT & Win 2k ??

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by TheChas In reply to Multiple Extended partiti ...

I don't have an answer to the first part of your question. I thought we were limited to one primary partition and one extended partition per drive.
You might check out www.fdisk.com for more information on fdisk and it's ideosyncrancies.

As to the second part, there is a maximum of 24 drives in a system. C-Z. I haven't tried to see if there is a limit on a given hard drive as to how many logical drives can be assigned.
That would be an interesting experiment.

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by Mattius In reply to Multiple Extended partiti ...

The number of logical drives is almost unlimited. With 2000 you can now create a volume and mount it to a folder rather than a drive letter. Some applications may not like this though, I have used it in a couple of instances and have not found a problem.

The only thing is that your disk may have to be set up as a dynamic disk for this. A warning, if you are booting multiple OS's you cannot make your boot disk a dynamic disk.

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by curlergirl In reply to Multiple Extended partiti ...

I'm not sure that this is the answer to your question - it could be a case of which came first, the extended partition or multiple volumes. The practical difference between a primary and an extended partition is that you can create multiple logicaldisks in an extended partition and only one in a primary partition. So, primary partitions are "meant" to be used as boot partitions, and extended partitions are "meant" to be used to create other types of areas on your hard drive to be used for other purposes, like different data storage areas. As OS's have progressed, this distinction has meant less and less, but the basic function has stayed the same. Since you can now have a single partition of just about any size you might want to use, it hardly makes a difference any more, IMHO. Maybe somebody else can point out something that makes me wrong to think so. . .Hope this helps!

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