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Here is my computer setup From Windows 31MB Fat Primary Partition Dell 24.94GB NTFS Primary Partition Might be swap 102MB Primary Partition Extended Partition 2.87GB 1 Logical Drive 24.94GB NTFS ...
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    Is there a limit on primary partitions


    Here is my computer setup From Windows

    31MB Fat Primary Partition Dell
    24.94GB NTFS Primary Partition
    Might be swap 102MB Primary Partition
    Extended Partition 2.87GB
    1 Logical Drive

    24.94GB NTFS Primary Partition Resize this

    I am thinking its 4
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    It is. you should make as many logical partitions as possible. Don't know it's limit. You can make maximum 4 primary partitions, at least one of them has to be an extended partition so you can create logical partitions in it.

    Beware that Windows needs a primary partition to boot from. You don't need to install it on one, but the key files need to be on a primary partition (boot.ini and stuff like that). So your best bet is to install it on a primary partition.
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    Number/Partition/Type/Size
    01 /dev/hda1 Fat16 31.35MB Primary Partition
    02 /dev/hda2 NTFS 24.94GB Primary Partition
    03 /dev/hda3 ext3 101.97MB Linux Swap
    04 /dev/hda4 extended 2.87GB
    05 /dev/hda5 unknown 2.87GB
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    What if I resize my NTFS Partition
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    Quote Originally Posted by borromini
    ...at least one of them has to be an extended partition so you can create logical partitions in it.
    To clarify: you don't have to have an extended partition. But without one, you can have no more than 4 partitions.
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    LVM (Logical Volume Management) partitions provide a number of advantages over standard partitions. LVM partitions are formatted as physical volumes. One or more physical volumes are combined to form a volume group. Each volume group's total storage is then divided into one or more logical volumes. The logical volumes function much like standard data partitions. They have a file system type, such as ext3, and a mount point.

    An administrator may grow or shrink logical volumes without destroying data, unlike standard disk partitions. If the physical volumes in a volume group are on separate drives then administrators may also spread a logical volume across multiple disks and RAID arrays.
    That unknown is LVM in Fedora Core 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by drakebasher
    Quote Originally Posted by borromini
    ...at least one of them has to be an extended partition so you can create logical partitions in it.
    To clarify: you don't have to have an extended partition. But without one, you can have no more than 4 partitions.
    Well yeah... That's what I meant .
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    So I have 3 Primary and it would be safe to resize NTFS to make it 4 and do extended partitions count as primary
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    Do Extended and Swap count as Primary
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    Swap doesn't (it's not mounted), Extended gets counted as one. If you want more than four partitions, you can only make three 'real' primary partitions.
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