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Harddrive Partitioning


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#1 clifftorn

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 06:28 PM

I've installed a new Western Digital 80 gig hd. I'm using win XP as the os. I also used the Partition Magic to partition it into 4 equal divisions. They are logical partitions, but I want to know if they can be used like the primary partions that are on the smaller master hd. What is the difference between Primary and Logical?

The partions are 18.6 gig in size and I originally installed the larger hd to add data storage space. I formated the spaces after partioning the hd. Did I do okay?

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 12:23 PM

This is a complicated topic that I'm not real sure about myself.

As I understand it, logical partitions have limitations that regular one's don't. They're benefit is that you can have more of them than you can have of the regular ones.

Here's a link about it: http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/structPartitions-c.html
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Posted 16 January 2006 - 10:12 PM

there are several terms that go with partitioning

primary partition >>>> extended partitions >>> logical drives

a logical drive is different from a physical drive / a physical drive (like an 80 gig maxtor) you can actually hold in your hand >>>> a logical drive is a drive partition like D,e,f, g, h, I etc they are drives as far as logic goes >>> but a logical drive can no tbe held in your hand; so to speak that should help to understand the diference.

there are primary partitions and extended partitions / extended partitions are the ones that can be configured into more drive letters



maybe this will explain better >>>>http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/understanding-hard-disk-partitions/

if you can use them >>> you did fine !!!
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