Discussion in 'A+' started by Tyler D, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. Tyler D

    Tyler D Gigabyte Poster

    HI guys,just a quick question for you that i hope some one can help me with.What is the minimum number of partitions that you have to create??Can you create just the one primary partition on the whole HD or must you create an extended partition also?
    Thanks guys
    Martyn :blink
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  2. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    You can create one primary partition in a DOS envorinment - no requirements to have an extened unless desired.

    Here's some more info from HardwareCentral on the subject.

    (click the blue text for the link)

    HTH :)
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  3. Tyler D

    Tyler D Gigabyte Poster

    Cheers Gav,just the answer i was looking for :D
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  4. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    When you install Windows it will automatically create a primary partition and set it to active unless you choose to make an extended to insert logical drives i.e D, E, etc :thumbleft
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  5. AJ

    AJ 01000001 01100100 01101101 01101001 01101110 Administrator

    just a small addition to this. If you are fomatting the partition in FAT then the max size of the partition is 2GB i think. So if your HDD is bigger than 2GB then you would need more than one partition.

    So when looking at this you do need to think which OS you are using and whether your using FAT, FAT32 or NTFS.

    However on the bright side, this really only refers to the older OS's such as win9*, NT and ME.

    think that's right but as usual if i'm wrong please correct me :oops:
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  6. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Actually, according to Microsoft, FAT32 supports drives up to 2 terabytes in size. The link below will include Microsoft's description of the FAT32 file system:
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