An extended partition in an nutshell is a container for logical partitions. linux can be installed to either a primary or logical paritition and is seperate from XP.. The boot loader is usually installed on the Master Boot Record which is not associated with a partition.
primary partitions have an ID 1-4
logical partitions have an ID >=5
A simple scheme
/dev/hda1 - c: (primary) NTFS for windows
/dev/hda2 - extended, size should be rest of disk
/dev/hda5 - d: FAT32 (logical)
/dev/hda6 - swap (512MB) logical
/dev/hda7 - /boot (100MB) logical
/dev/hda8 - / (remaining disk space)
And BTW an IDE drive can have 64 partitions.
Last edited by michaelk; 12-04-2004 at 10:05 AM.