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ok guys thx for all the help and i do realise that i am flooding the forum, but i guess im a linux noob trying to install gentoo. i cant ...
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- 05-22-2005 #1
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- Apr 2005
dont get this primary, extended, logical partion thing
- 05-22-2005 #2
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- May 2004
Correct! Due to some limitations that were built into the system way back when, apparently in the 386 architecture, the drive can only have 4 partitions. At a higher level, one of those can be an extended partition which can act as a container for the logical partitions. You cannot write to the extended partition, you can only read/write the logical partitions within the extended partition. You are not required to assign or format all of the space in the extended partition, you can leave some unassigned / unformatted and then partition that at a later time. That's my recommendation for the big-ass drives that people get these days, when an entire distro can be put on 5Gb: save some space for future expansion. I think most users use their primary partitions for their more important stuff, like a /boot partition and /root and then they can have /home /usr, /var and whatever in the extended partition. For some insight into organizing your filesystem read Linux-Filesystem-Hierarchy from The Linux Documentation Project./IMHO
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