howmany partitions per disk possible?

Zoltan Szecsei zoltans at
Mon Sep 11 13:49:28 UTC 2006

Alan McKinnon wrote:
> For future reference, the total complete entire purpose and 
> reason for the existence of primary/extended/logical 
> paertitions is a hack to get around yet another microsoft 
> screw-up. MSDOS 2 misjudged how many partitions people would 
> want to have and the current insane partition structure is 
> still the same patch that worked around that. There is no 
> correct way to structure these things, and Linux couldn't care 
> less what type of partitions you use, whether logical or 
> primary they can all be used and be booted from. Some other 
> OSes do care about this, Linux ain't  one of 'em :-)
> alan
....but having said this, the limit is 4 primary partitions per disk.



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