Steven Vollom stevenvollom at
Tue May 12 03:14:34 BST 2009

On Monday 11 May 2009 03:55:32 am Nils Kassube wrote:
> Steven Vollom wrote:
> > It gets very difficult some times, especially when two of the people
> > I respect most on the list are of opposite belief.  I like you both
> > so much, that when I have to make the final decision, I won't be able
> > to say, or the other will think I respect him more.
> As always when there are conflicting opinions you will have to decide
> which side you prefer. I don't think you would hurt anyone's feelings
> with your decision, what ever it is. After all, it is your computer and
> you have to live with the result.
> > A curiosity for my own understanding though.  Is there a limit to how
> > many logical partitions can be located within an Extended partition?
> Yes, for Linux there is a limit. According to [1] it is 15 for SCSI and
> 63 for IDE disks. The document seems to be a bit dated because there is
> no mention of SATA disks.
> > I have sufficient media in my artwork to want to separate them by
> > partitions rather than just folders.
> I would suggest you use folders even if it makes more sense for you to
> use partitions. If you use separate partitions for individual
> categories, you will have a lot of wasted space on one partition while
> another partition is filled up. I'll try to explain: Let's say you want
> to make two partitions for music and videos. The average size of your
> video files is 5 times as big as your music files. Therefore you decide
> to make a 10GB partition for music and a 50GB partition for videos.
> After a while you find out that you have no more space left on your
> music partition while there is plenty of space on your video partition.
> Now what can you do? You can resize both partitions with the risk of
> data loss (and it is very time consuming) or you can backup all those
> data and create new partitions with appropriate size and restore the
> data from the backup. However, what seems to be the appropriate size
> then may be wrong again and you will hit another size limit some time
> later.
> If you use folders instead, you can write data to the disk until you
> reach the size limit of the entire disk, not the limit of individual
> partitions.
> Nils
> [1] <>
Thanks, my friend.  I am so happy with the response that I am laughing.  It 
was very kind to be so complete.  It makes the decision so easy; folders it 
is.  You are so great and so appreciated.


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