One Final Question On Partitions - Sorry!

Darren Zawislak hi.darren at
Wed Jan 24 06:28:24 UTC 2007

I have re-read all of the partition e-mails several times.

There has been several mentions of more than 4 partitions, especially 
where a dual boot system has been created. I have read about the history 
of partitions in the Wikipedia (VFAT, FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2, 
EXT3.....) and am starting to be able to quote dates from memory (very 
sad :) )

My questions are: How are people creating more than 4 partitions? The 
obvious answer to me is by using a extended partition. But can I only 
have one extended partition with many logical partitions? I have played 
with Partition Manager and Gpart, with several combinations, including 
one suggestion of what happens when you put the swap position in the 
first position ahead of the root, and ahead of Windows (It worked just 

My goal (and please don't hesitate to comment either positively or 
negatively) is to create the following:
partition 1 - Linux swap 2 GB
partition 2 - XP OS & program files 40 GB
partition 3 - NTFS data 160 GB
partition 4 - Linux root - 40 GB (I know, way to large. I can always 
shrink it)
partition 5 - /home - 158 GB - I like the separate home partition as 
suggested for protecting the data during upgrades. Good suggestion from 
the e-mails.

I have a 400GB HD as my computer only has a spot for one only. It's a 
Dell............  about sums that up. Don't ask about the video card 
either :). But it works, its stable, and I am having fun. Since 
Christmas I have re-built/reformatted both OS's 5 times. I just scored a 
copy of Ghost, so now I will be really dangerous. Instant partitions 
with data! Sure beats the Windows install disks plus 400+ MB of updates.

Thanks everyone. Sorry for dragging on about the topic.


There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't. Duh.

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