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Old 04-26-2005, 08:30 AM   #1
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Not enough primary partitions for multiboot

I have a problem creating enough primary partitons on my notebook's harddisk to install a triple-boot system. This is the planned layout:

-Primary partition NTFS with Windows XP (c:)
-Logical partition NTFS for personal data (d:)

After installing Windows I tried to partition the rest of the harddisk to get

-Primary Linux swap-partition
-Primary Linux partition for Slackware textmode-only partition
-Primary Linux Partition for full installation of SuSE

However as soon as I had all but the last partition installed cfdisk would only automatically create a logical partition from the last bit of free diskspace, not allowing me to change the type but also telling me it could not create two different logical partitions on one harddisk.

Is there any way I could solve the problem?

EDIT: disabled smilies to prevent (c:) from turning to (c<smilie> ;)

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Old 04-26-2005, 08:39 AM   #2
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You can't have more than 4 primary partition, while the extended partition (the one that contains the logical partitions) counts as a primary. The part about the logical partitions is strange. I mean it is the purpose of a logical partition to have quite a few of them. I guess you mix-up logical and extended partitions.

But you can always run Linux from a logical partition. It doesn't need to be a primary. So I guess you need to decide for at least one of your partitions to be a logical. Maybe you need to extend the size of your present extended partition to make room for more logicals.
Old 04-26-2005, 10:34 AM   #3
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I usually create three primary partitions and one big extended partition. I can then put as many logical partitions as I need because linux unlike BSD, windows etc, does not have to be installed on a primary partition.


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