Hi, as the title says, i want three bootable partitions on one HDD and a small page file partition.
Partition 1: OS for DAW (audio composition) which has minimal software installed.
Partition 2: 20GB Page file partition that can be shared between the three OS's
Partition 3: OS for games
Partition 4: OS for work. Lots of installs, prone to conflicts etc so want to keep separate from games.
This has proven to be a bit harder than i thought.
MBR allows 4 bootable partitions, or three bootable partitions and one extended partition that can be further divided.
The issue here is that win 7 creates a 100MB system partition. This leaves only 3 bootable partitions only (i need 4 partitions), or, two bootable partitions and an extended partition.
This should work (essentially unlimited bootable partitions) but i can't get it to work with my motherboard/BIOS.
Also, this build has been prompted by a HDD failure that i wasn't quite prepared for and the customer service person at Zero Assumption Recovery (the only SW that would let me recover SOME files) recommended MBR.
Persist with trying to get GPT to work.
Remove the 100MB system partition and use MBR. A lot of information on whether this is a good idea or not is floating round, but i'm yet to find anything that i would consider definitive regarding whether this is a good idea or not.
Can anyone offer any advice on how i can achieve my goal?