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new 320gb HDD - why only 4 created patricians?

by freelys / September 20, 2011 10:56 PM PDT

Am I going mad- the seagate 320 gb sata hdd can ONLY put 4 new particians, with paragon! Ive always been under the impression that any number could be created (and the normal settings etc) but Im left with a ton of free room(unassigned and unformatted) at the end!? Surely not- the continuation of partician creation is not given after the fourth, paragon partician manager swtched off availablity, there are no messages or reasons?

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The rules
by Jimmy Greystone / September 20, 2011 11:17 PM PDT

The rules for partitions are as follows:

You can have up to 4 primary partitions on any drive, or you can have up to 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition. Within that extended partition you can have essentially infinite numbers of logical partitions, until you run out of space.

So you can think of it like an office building. You have three managers who all have actual offices, and then a big open area with a bunch of cubicles. You can arrange those cubicles in any way you want, but you're limited to however large the floor is.

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That's interesting.
by ahtoi / September 21, 2011 12:36 AM PDT
In reply to: The rules

I didn't know there was a 4 "primary" partition rule, but it interesting to know...and why would anyone want more then one...or maybe two at most. Any reasons for 4 (just curious)?

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Re: partitions
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 20, 2011 10:59 PM PDT

Why use that software? What's wrong with Windows Disk Management to partition a drive? The important question here: does the standard Windows functionality allow more that 4 partitions? Only trying will tell.


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Can you tell ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 20, 2011 11:20 PM PDT

what's the use of all those tiny partitions you want to make?


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by Bob__B / September 20, 2011 11:34 PM PDT

Does this have something to do with primary/extended/logical?
I'll let you run that stuff through google.
Looks like primary is a max of 4.

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WHOAAAAAAA.........who would`ve suspected that!
by freelys / September 21, 2011 4:14 AM PDT
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Where do I start-I guess my curb on it was that it is only the partician-and thats it,never read any where about four, and extended was delving-all I remember is a picture of some guy in front of his comp with every letter in the alphabet attatched to a partician, terrabyte specialist,so It figures `lump em on` even if they are primary and it just so happens that today I did look into windows managment to see if I could break the deadlock --BUT-it said the whole drive was then converted to a`...something... drive` and that no other os was ever going to be installed on it other than the one I got (Ive just got out of my second install on vista with a mash load of mash from it, last thing I want is more mash) plus using paragon gave me the alternative to fully intergrate the drive AGAINST previous installs renewing methods,not bad--my hair stands on end,even now.

Yep interesting.extended . Oh my use is for my old XP,linux, builds and Backups-NEVER touch those places kinda thing-I will need heeps of `em. I`ll have to rethink this.

THANKYOU for your input, thats sorted.

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