A second Extended Partition ?(fdisk)

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Fri Jun 9 15:50:34 MDT 2006

On Thu, Jun 08, 2006 at 09:19:56PM -0600, Joe Crown wrote:
> It was my understanding that you could create an unlimited number of 
> logical partitions inside an extended partition.  When I setup my other 
> computer I'll test that.  I'm going to be testing it with either Kubuntu 
> or Edubuntu 6.06 as well as Windows 9x for kicks & giggles.

Thank you. It sounds like a good test to run. Much of what I recall is
from ancient Mess-DOS days, and different OSs treat the data on the
hard drive differently.

W9x is descended from Mess-DOS, so probably has the same limits. Don't
forget to test with and without the VFAT drivers. The easiest way to
test without the VFAT drivers is to make a boot diskette and use that.

If you have a legal copy of Windows NT, W2K or XP handy, you might
also test with that. They are not descended from Mess-DOS, so may
treat the partition data differently.

Now, it would be interesting to publish your results. Any ideas where?

> Charles Curley wrote:
> >
> >To get five logical partitions, you will need to create two more
> >extended partitions, as an extended partition holds at most four
> >logical partitions (unless that's changed since I was doing this sort
> >of thing. Your present extended partition has a place in its table,
> >but no room for it within the extended partition.
> >
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