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Windows 7: partition Limit of 4 in windows 7

02 Jan 2011   #1

window 7 ultimate 32 bit
partition Limit of 4 in windows 7

hello i got an problem i want windows 7 dual boot with linux.
but i cant make more partitions and that sucks...
soeone know how to delete this limit or an alternative?
(see attachment)
(i have windows 7 ultimate that is mac theme)

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02 Jan 2011   #2


It has nothing to do with windows 7, but a standard mbr limitation. Which i 4 primary partitions. If you consider logical partition, you should be able to increase the number of partitions drastically. Perhaps merging the primary data partition into a logical one connected to the primary system partition, would be the best. Then you have room for 1 new primary partition.

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02 Jan 2011   #3

MSDN Home Premium

I have 6 partitions on a single 1Tb Sata HDD!

Win 7 HP 32bit

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02 Jan 2011   #4
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Linux and Windows don't always work well on the same hard drive. The boot managers have conflicts.

The best thing to do would be to get a second hard drive and install Linux on the seperate drive.

Or it is possible to run linux as a virtual OS inside Windows.
Never tried it myself but I know many do this.
Check in the Virtual section off of the sevenforums main page.

I realize it isn't what you want but the only place to put it now is where your D is.
Then you have no data space.
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02 Jan 2011   #5
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KremmenUK View Post
I have 6 partitions on a single 1Tb Sata HDD!

Win 7 HP 32bit
Not as Basic.
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02 Jan 2011   #6

window 7 ultimate 32 bit

thanks all
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02 Jan 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello timvdhoorn, welcome to Seven Forums!

You can get an idea from the outline in Option Four of this tutorial at the link below to convert the D: Data partition to an Extended partition/Logical drive as has been suggested and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

There can be only 4 Primary or 3 Primary and 1 Extended no more.
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