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Windows 7: primary vs extended partition

24 Jan 2011   #11
AndyH W7f

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

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26 Jan 2011   #12
AndyH W7f

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Regardless of what might be most useful, I want to know how to do the following. Can Windows 7 manage it, or is some non-MS application necessary?

Partition a hard drive into 1 primary partition and several logical partitions.

When I went through this with the first drive, I assigned an amount less than the total remaining space to the 2nd partition. This produced a 2nd primary partition. The same for the 3rd partition. Then, allowing all the remaining space for the 4th partition, I got an extended partition.

I mistakenly concluded, since there seemed to be no other options, that to make the 2nd partition be an extended partition, which I might then subdivide into multiple logical partitions, I merely needed to allow Windows to use all the unallocated space for the 2nd partition. Donít specify a smaller amount, this makes another primary partition.

This is not so. The second partition ends up a large primary partition, no choice. Iíve found no way, within Windows, to avoid multiple primary partitions. Is there something Iím missing?
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26 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

As I understand it you want 1 primary and everything else logical???
You can read my post #10 again. Probably the reason you have problems with windows doing is that it doesn't seem to make sense. BUT if you want to do it, and I don't think it can harm, so try
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly to manage partition.
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26 Jan 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again Andy.

Unfortunately only XP gives you the choice where to place the Extended partition using disk management (there can only be a single Extended); using Windows 7 disk management the first three will be Primary partitions by default and the fourth will be an Extended.

Using Windows diskpart you could create the Extended wherever you like as long as there are no Primary in its way already.

The easiest way would be to use the Windows installable version of the free Partition Wizard program to convert one of the Primary partitions to an Extended, it can be found and dl'd at this link below.

Partition Wizard Free Home Edition

For an outline, in reverse of the convert process have a look at Option Four of this tutorial and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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26 Jan 2011   #15

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I gave you the link to partition wizard in post #14 Immediately above.
Now you can't possibly miss it!
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