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Gerard P
24-10-2003, 07:16 PM
XP Pro, 2 x 120 Gb HDD's

I'm in the process of creating partitions on my new computer.

I'm new to all this, so I'm not sure whether I make them Primary or Extended partitions (I think this is the right terminology!). They will just be for data, games, music etc ... nothing fancy.

Also .... I'm pretty sure that the size of a Primary partition can be changed once set-up, but what about a Primary partition that contains the system/OS files? Is this set permanently unless a reinstall of windows is performed?

And finally ..... what is an Active partition?

Thanks

PoWa
24-10-2003, 07:46 PM
For the OS, you would put it on a Primary partition. For everything else, like files etc, you can just make logical partitions for them. You can have up to 4 primary partitions on a disk, and they are used for all the different OS's you might want on it.

Active partition would be the partition with Windows on it, and it is currently in use.

Next you've got to decide what cluster size you want and which filesystem :)

tweak\'e
24-10-2003, 07:54 PM
have a look at the partitioning FAQ.

its best to set up the partitons before installing the OS.

>For everything else, like files etc, you can just make logical partitions for them. You can have up to 4 primary partitions on a disk

only with fdisk. you can have 30+ partitons by useing 3rd party partitioning tools.

active partion would be the bootable partition, normally has the OS on it.

Elephant
25-10-2003, 05:58 AM
I might add that one extended partition can hold multiple drives.