Primary vs Logical Partitions?

Scott (angrykeyboarder) geekboy at
Thu Sep 6 19:25:56 UTC 2007

Despite all my research on this subject, I'm still unclear on some things.

If I have my facts straight, you can only have a total of 4 primary

If you've got 2 hard drives you could have one on one and 3 on the other
(or two on each) but the end result is the total can't be more than 4.

And if I have this straight, you can also have a drive with *no* primary
partition. Said drive would have an extended partition and 4 (or 9....)
logical partitions within that.

I'm having lots of difficulty with an external hard drive and I'm not
sure where my problem lies. Right now it's got no primary partition. It
has an extended partition and one logical partition within that. It's
formatted as ext3

Should that work?

The problems I'm having could be unrelated but I'll save them for
another thread if need be.

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