Primary vs Logical Partitions?

Derek Broughton news at
Fri Sep 7 12:25:26 UTC 2007

Fajar Priyanto wrote:

> On Friday 07 September 2007 04:34:56 Tony Arnold wrote:
>> Yes, an extended partition acts as a container for more partitions.
>> These are known as logical partitions and is how you usually get over
>> the 4 partition limit. I can't remember the limit for how many you can
>> have in one extended partition.
> For IDE the max is 63 (4 primary/extended and 59 logical).

True, but iirc, some (most? / all?) versions of Windows can only handle
_one_ extended partition, so if you have a dual-boot system and have
multiple extended partitions, many partitions will be invisible. 
Obviously, that's not likely a problem, as there's no reason I can imagine
why you'd be creating 16+ FAT or NTFS partitions that needed to be accessed
from a single Windows image.

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