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Old April 21st, 2004, 08:17 PM
Beatrice Beatrice is offline
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Primary partitions vs logical drives

I've read that I can create primary partitions and/or extended partitions onto which I place logical drives - can anyone tell me how a logical drive is different from a primary partition?

I try looking stuff up on the net to answer my questions but this invariably raises more questions and I end up worse than I started off. Hope I'm not annoying anyone...
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Old April 21st, 2004, 08:26 PM
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Each physical drive you install will need a primary partition for booting purposes. The rest should be logical (extended). When you do this, your drive letters may change depending on how your current drive is partitioned. For example if you currently have one physical hard drive with two partitions, C & D, and you add a second physical hard drive and split it into two partions, the primary partition on drive 2 will become D and the logical partition on drive 1 will become E and then the logical partition on drive 2 becomes F.

Hopefully that wasn't too confusing. Below is a very detailed article all about hard drives. You can skip to the chapter titled Drive Letter Assignment and Choosing Primary vs. Logical Partitions unless you feel the urge to read it all.

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Old April 21st, 2004, 10:19 PM
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Thanks very much.
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Old April 22nd, 2004, 12:49 AM
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Get's more confusing if you start using a Partition Manager
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