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#1 Tha7!


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Posted 19 February 2009 - 03:41 PM

i would like to know if it is possible to make four bootable partitions on a single harddrive...is it possible to use the windows xp disc to format all the partitions to make them bootable or do i have to use a "boot floppy"...i know that there's only 4 partitions allowed (excluding logical disks) just not sure if all 4 can be bootable

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 04:35 PM

Any primary partition can contain a Windows operating system. Any partition reflecting a Windows operating system can be bootable.

This, of course, takes no notice of those situations where two copies of Windows accidentally coexist on one partition.

A hard drive is limited to having 4 primary partitions...the limit for bootable partitions containing Windows...on one hard drive is 4.

But I understand that Linux can be be installed on logical partitions...so I have no idea what the limit might be for such involved in multiboot situations.

If you have an XP CD, there is no reason to have a boot floppy. The CD performs the same formatting functions that the floppy used to be used for.


Edited by hamluis, 19 February 2009 - 04:37 PM.

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