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Re: [SLE] Partitioning in SuSE (or in general)
  • From: Bruce Marshall <bmarsh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 12:36:55 -0400
  • Message-id: <200607011236.55157.bmarsh@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Saturday 01 July 2006 11:56, Marius Roets wrote:
> My problem is, I really don't know when to use primary partitions,
> extended partitions or logical partitions, so I have no idea how to go
> about solving this. Any advice on how to do this, but also more
> general information on what each type of partition is good for, is
> what I am looking for.


Here's the deal on primary vs logical and it's pretty easy.

1) You can have only 4 primary partitions on a single drive.

2) If you want logical partitions, one of the primary partitions must be
define as a 'logical' extended partition. This leaves you with only 3
possible primary partitions plus the logical 'area'.

3) Within the logical area, you can have up to 255 logical partitions.

4) Linux doesn't really care whether you use logical or primary partitions so
if a drive is only to be used for Linux, you might as will make all
partitions logical. (1 primary as a logical extended partition which will
contain all the rest of the partitions)

5) In linux, primary partitions are number 1 thru 4. Logical partitions
start at 5 and go on up. Thus you can easily tell which is a logical and
which is a primary.

6) Windows used to require a primary C: partition.... some versions still do
but I think XP can be placed anywhere but will want a small boot partition
that is primary. I might be wrong on this. DOS still requires that it be
booted from a primary partition.

That's about it in a nutshell.....

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