Partitioning help

abcat

Distinguished Member
Hi,

I have a friend who have 2 more unallocated space partition from his disk management which is separated between other partition. When he tried to right click it, it only have the help option.

There is already 4 primary partition in his disk management which consist of 2 partition that is link with recover, 1 for vista and 1 for xp.

AFAIK, primary partition can only hold up to the max of 4 but how about other partition type like logical, I can't seems to create from there?

Is there anyway for me to help him create the partition so that he is able to store the data. Also, can I merge the two unallocated space into partition instead of separate partition? One more question to go, what is the difference between free space and unallocated space.

Please advise :smile:
 

Terry60

Telephone Sanitizer (2nd Class)
Staff member
You can have 4 primary partitions, or 3 primaries and an extended. In the extended, you can create as many logical disks as you want (up to the number of spare letters you've got, I think)
You'll have to turn one of your primaries into an extended before you can use the unallocated space, or expand your primaries to include it.
 

abcat

Distinguished Member
You can have 4 primary partitions, or 3 primaries and an extended. In the extended, you can create as many logical disks as you want (up to the number of spare letters you've got, I think)
You'll have to turn one of your primaries into an extended before you can use the unallocated space, or expand your primaries to include it.

Oh I see :smile: Thanks for the explanation. So for instance:
The disk mangement shows:

Partition 1 (Recovery)
Partition 2 Unallolcated
Partition 3 Vista
Partition 4 XP
Partition 5 Unallocated

If different location of unallocated space, let say I delete away Recovery, I guess partition 1 and 2 can be merge but can I still create partition 5 partition or merge with Partition 1&2?

Thanks :smile:
 

Terry60

Telephone Sanitizer (2nd Class)
Staff member
In the example you give, you'll have to merge 5 in with XP to get use of it, but you can delete 1 and then create an extended partition including 1 and 2, and subdivide that into as many logical disks as you need.
If 1 and 2 are merged then you can make 5 a new partition because the total will be 4 again.
Either 1/2 or 5 will have to be an extended if you want futher logical divisions.
 

Terry60

Telephone Sanitizer (2nd Class)
Staff member
Vista's disk management should allow you to shrink or expand partitions in a few seconds.
 
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