Originally posted by michaelk
Actually you can have up to 64 partitions on IDE but only 16 on SCSI.
Will you have to reorganize? It appears to be the case but I can't tell for sure unless I know how the drive is exactly partitioned. You will need to resize the extended partition to include the unallocated space.
If the drive is partitioned as:
Primary partition 1
primary partition 2 - extended
primary partition 3
Then you will need to move the primary partition to the end of the disk and then resize the extended partition.
Thanks. Yes, I think the above is my existing drive map. I hope what you wrote "primary partition 2 - extended" means the same term ("extended partition") used by Win2000 or WinXP. My understanding in the way to distinguish an extended from primary is that: an extended allows me to define multiple logical drives under Window/dos environment, while this is not possible with "primary".
It is good to hear all Linux partitions may be logical within the extended partition.
More clarifications to be exactly sure, please.
1) I assume I can mix "Windows type partitions" (partitions with FS of type FAT32 or NTFS) with Linux type partitions within the "extended" one. Is it true that I normally need to define all logical drives for use by Win/dos first, then after that, define more partitions for use by Linux in the extended?
2) Apparently I should have made a much larger "extended" in the very beginning. So now I need to increase the size of the existing "extended" from 50 gb to 55 GB. I usually borrow another disk drive to copy everything out and do the re-partitioning using Windows fdisk command. This is because I don't have any partitioning tools such as "partiition magic". Is there a free-to-use one to make my above task easier (I mean no need to move data to another hard disk)?