Originally Posted by jlliagre
This 4 partition limitation (and others worse like 16 bit real-mode boot loader and VGA requirements) will be dropped one day where the old BIOS standard will be widely replaced by something smarter.
I fully concur, the 512 byte sector also. The trend will move towards removing restrictions to allow the user to better customize their computing environment as I point out one small example above. Current hard drives are largely mechanical, there will be major changes/improvements in this area sooner than later. And the trickery I use is not trickery, it's ingenuity, the application re-writes the MBR with every selection a user makes and only the 4 or less primaries per hard drive applicable to the OS are written to the MBR, all other primaries appear as free space to the OS. Which allows a user, not M$, to select which OS will be the front runner in their environment with the current hard drive/bios design.
Due to the laws of probability, I never! say never!.