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Windows 7: Primary vs Logical Partition

21 Nov 2010   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Primary vs Logical Partition

I have just purchased a second HD. The new one is 500 GB and the older one is 160 GB. I have divided both into two partitions and made them Primary. The system is working fine. After reading a few websites, I am getting the impression that I should have one primary and one logical parition on each HD. Does it matter? When should I use a logical instead of primary?


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21 Nov 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you're only going to have a couple partitions on each, leave then as Primary partitions.
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21 Nov 2010   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
If you're only going to have a couple partitions on each, leave then as Primary partitions.
Thanks for your help
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21 Nov 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Glad I could help!
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21 Nov 2010   #5
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hard drives are allowed a total of 4 total partitions. So, you can create 4 primary partitions if you wish. However, if you want to have more than 4 partitions on a drive, then you have to create 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition. And in the extended partition, you can create numerous logical partitions.

As BFK said, with less than 4 desired partitions, you can just happily make them primary and go on.
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21 Nov 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Something like this is always an option.


System Reserved : Multi Boot from Logical Drives
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