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Old 05-05-2006, 04:31 AM   #1
batto
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partition info


Hey all,

ive been playing with linux alot lately (as my other post will say) but im wanting to know a few things which probably might be stupid questions,

firstly Primary and Logical partitions - exactly why are there 2 different types? and what are they? whatta they do?

secondly - ext2, ext3 and reiserfs ?? ?? - lol thats about all i know of those.... i default all my linux instals @ ext3 im not sure if thats a good thing.. .

cheers guys once more

good to see theres a newbie forum too *thumbs up* nothing worse than being flamed for not understanding something


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Old 05-05-2006, 04:39 AM   #2
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ext2, ext3 and reiserfs ?? ?? - lol thats about all i know of those.... i default all my linux instals @ ext3 im not sure if thats a good thing.. .
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Yes, that's ok.
 
Old 05-05-2006, 04:56 AM   #3
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firstly Primary and Logical partitions - exactly why are there 2 different types? and what are they? whatta they do?
When the PC first aquired hard drives, which was somewhere around DOS 2, IBM/Microsoft (with their usual foresight) allowed for 4 partitions. It quickly became apparent that 4 partitions weren't enough, so they came up with the concept of the extended partition. This extended partition points to a logical partition, and that logical partition points to next logical partition and so on. So you can have 4 "primary" partitions, one of which can be an "extended" partition. The extended partition can hold any number of "logical" partitions (well, as many as you have cylinders as drives are partitioned in multiples of a cylinder).

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secondly - ext2, ext3 and reiserfs ?? ?? - lol thats about all i know of those.... i default all my linux instals @ ext3 im not sure if thats a good thing.. .
As merchtemeagle said, that is fine. ext2 was the standard linux filesystem for a long time, and is still used for smaller filesystems (e.g. /boot). These days, most people use journalling filesystems, of which ext3 and reiserfs are both fine examples.

Last edited by ioerror; 05-05-2006 at 06:23 AM.
 
  


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