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Primary vs. Extended Partitions

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What is the difference between a Primary and Extended Partition? What is the rational of having an Extended Partition? What I am getting at is why just with stick with Primary. If Primary can do the job, why you need Extended?

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The extended partition is mainly there becuase a HD can only have 4 primary paritions on it and this allows for more. The Pirmary parition is one that contains the file system. Extended is there really just to allow for more paritions on a really large drive.

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The extended partition is mainly there becuase a HD can only have 4 primary paritions on it and this allows for more. The Pirmary parition is one that contains the file system. Extended is there really just to allow for more paritions on a really large drive.

 

So if the primary partition is filled up with data, the extended partition comes in & take any data that the primary partition can not store? So the primary and the extended acts like one big hard drive? So can I have multiple extended partitions on mulitple drives? I just need clearity.

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^^ you didn't understand.

Primary partition are meant for installing OS.

NTFS file system support max 4 primary partitions in any HDD. If you make more than 5 partitions rest have to be secondary partitions, and can only be used to store data.

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