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Windows 7: Primary partition or Logical drive ???


12 Nov 2013   #1

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 
Primary partition or Logical drive ???

Hello friends,

Sorry for dumb question . I have recently fresh installed Windows 7 on 500 GB SATA disk. After created partition it look like following.
Please check and advice me that d:\ setup as Primary partition and f:\ displayed as Logical drive. Is it ok ????
How can it possible if i want to change f:\ as Primary partition.

Thanks in advance.



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12 Nov 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

It is completely normal for the F: drive to be a logical drive. There is no reason to change it, and a number of reasons not to.

Logical drives were designed many years ago as a means of having more than 4 partitions. There can be a maximum of 4 primary partitions but no limit on logical drives.
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13 Nov 2013   #3

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro 32bit; Desk 2: Win 8.1 64b / Win 7 Pro 64b
 
 

Primary partitions can be bootable or just contain data. Logical partitions can only contain data (you can't boot into a logical partition). If you don't need (or can't) boot into a partition because it doesn't include a bootable system, there's no reason it should be primary. Leave it Logical
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13 Nov 2013   #4

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

thank you LMiller7 and ComputerGeek for reply.

Just last qustion . D:\ in my system is also showing as Primary partition but it does not contain boot and I want to use d: drive for data storage as same as f:\. Is it ok for me ?
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13 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Yes, the D: drive can be used for storage. Primary partitions can be used for any pirpose.
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13 Nov 2013   #6

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thank you
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14 Nov 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ComputerGeek View Post
Primary partitions can be bootable or just contain data. Logical partitions can only contain data (you can't boot into a logical partition). If you don't need (or can't) boot into a partition because it doesn't include a bootable system, there's no reason it should be primary. Leave it Logical
That you cannot boot to a logical partition is not entirely correct. The only caveat is that the boot record must be on a primary partition.

System Reserved : Multi Boot from Logical Partitions
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