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Old 09-30-2003, 01:46 AM   #1
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Primary....Logical.....Wha....?


From my DOS-days I seem to racall a little about partitioning a harddrive with both primary and locical partitions , where the locical partitions where created in the primary partition.
However , running cfdisk , I got the option to create a primary partition alright , but no way to creat logical "drives" in that one.

Now , I handle the rule of "If you don't get it , don't touch it" and so I have my drive now partitioned , using logical partitions only.

Only problem is: I've read somewhere that there's a limited amount of drives you can have this way , without getting into "feacal residu" and something else is required to have it work properly.

I don't want 20Gig partitions for my linux , where 8 or 9 should be more than sufficient.
 
Old 09-30-2003, 02:10 AM   #2
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You may want to check out the Linux Partition HOWTO and/or do some Google searches on the differences between different kinds of partitions. There is apparently a legacy hardware limit of 4 primary partitions, but you can create a primary partition and divide it up into as many as 63 (for IDE) or 15 (SCSI) logical partitions. According to the HOWTO, a primary partition which holds logical partitions is called an extended partition. So I guess all you'd need is an extended partition with as many logical partitions as you want to have.

Also, check around these forums and in that HOWTO for the recommended relative sizes of various partitions on your Linux box. You'll probably want to divide up your filesystem into several partitions, instead of using just one, especially if you're low on RAM and need some swap space.
 
Old 09-30-2003, 02:20 AM   #3
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Thanks ; That was the howto , I was looking for.
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