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Windows 7: New Hard Drive Partitions Question

31 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro
New Hard Drive Partitions Question

I just installed a new hard drive and have it partitioned into 3 partitions as shown below.


I must have messed up when partitioning using Disk Manager because all three partitons ended up being Primary Partitions.

My intentions are to used this Hard Drive just for Data, Pictures, Musis etc.

Is the any advantage or disadvantage to leaving these partitions as "Primary".

Thank You

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31 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

A HDD can have up to a maximum of 4 Primary Partitions, so I would say that you are fine with it as it is.
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31 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro

Thanks Dwarf

Since there is only data involved, I did NOT think it would matter.
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31 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I always use only primary partitions. To me, there's no reason to ever go above 4 partitions on a single drive anyway...I won't go above two for my own organizational purposes.
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31 Aug 2012   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello mate, have a look at Method One of the tutorial linked below for other options.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

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