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Windows 7: How do I make an extended partition with logical

24 Mar 2010   #11

Windows 7 x64

Some folks feel that logical partitions are just as good as primary, and possibly so.

The point I would like to make is in XP you could make logical partitions whenever you wanted. But Win 7's Disk Management will not allow you to create a logical partition until you create a fourth partition with space still left on the drive.

If Win 7 doesn't seem to like them, I see no reason to disagree....

But there is one item that needs to be considered, if you have the System Reserved (100mb) partition, it is one of the 4 allowed.

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24 Mar 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP


Primary partitions sometimes become marked Active and derail the System MBR from the OS. So I usually suggest Logical partitions for data, although it does require a 3rd party software unless you use Diskpart command line.

You can use either. If you ever need to convert Primary to logical to create a new Primary due to limit, Partition Wizard can do this too.

It is always best to do any shrinking with Disk management as it won't fail, whereas 3rd party partitioning software can sometimes fail during Resize. However during hundreds of times we have helped others use it here for resizing, PW bootable CD has never failed so it is easily the best choice for resizing or any other operations Disk Mgmt can't do.
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24 Mar 2010   #13
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

The need for logical partitions is more or less a given the way the systems come these days. They often already have three primary partitions out of the box (system, recovery and the 100MB partition). So it is prudent to make the next one a logical - just in case one wants to add more.
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24 Mar 2010   #14

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kiwigal View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
There is no real need for Logical partitions in Windows 7. They were mostly used for Windows 95/98 back in the DOS days, I did see some logical partitions with Windows NT but that was because people were formatting FAT32 and needed to dual boot with DOS. You can make primary partitions and put data on them that is perfectly fine.
What is meant by REP? in ".....please add some REP"
Sorry to be ignorant!
I think that JK gave you the links; all you need is to click on the scales icon , for the post that helped.
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