howmany partitions per disk possible?

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Mon Sep 11 16:01:06 UTC 2006

On Mon, 2006-09-11 at 15:53 +0200, Alexander Skwar wrote:

> > In the mean time, I've taken the coward's way out and re-installed.
> > Given my partitions were peculiar anyway (one extended containing two
> > logicals, no primaries at all), it was probably the right thing to do.
> Hm? What's strange about this? Extended partitions always only contain
> logical partitions. They cannot, by definition, contain anything else.

I mean there are no primary partitions on the disk at all! The whole
disk is taken up by a extended partition hda4, which contains two
logical partitions, hda5 and hda6. Seems a bit strange to me.

The system was working fine and I know that Linux doesn't care too much,
but I did find it strange that neither gparted no qtparted would shrink
hda6 which is of type LVM. Maybe it's the partition type, or because it
cannot identify the file system, or maybe it's because its a logical
partition! I was just trying all the possibilities.

Tony Arnold, IT Security Coordinator, University of Manchester,
IT Services Division, Kilburn Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL.
T: +44 (0)161 275 6093, F: +44 (0)870 136 1004, M: +44 (0)773 330 0039
E: tony.arnold at, H:

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list