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Old 12-05-2008, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When you partition your hard drive, is it basically making your hard drive recognized as two different drives?


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and you can partition it in different filesystems for different OS's as well. IE linux etc.

it is just an addition to the filetable that "divides" the drive up.

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A drive is partitioned and formatted in order to make it usable for the OS you are running as well as seeing one or more new logical drives. In order to install the OS or simply copy and store any type of file on a drive this has to be done first.

Partitions see different types as well. Windows runs on an MS primary type partition while the open source OS Linux depending on which distribution can also run on the extended type. A maximum of 4 primaries can be seen on a drive while any more have to be extended.
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Disk partitioning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The full and possibly the best explanation of Drive Partitions.
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Good point! Another item when talking about drives and partitions is understanding the terms Basic and Dynamic volumes. The typical desktop will see Basic volumes while servers will generally use Dynamic volumes on drives as a rule. A good article also explaining which versions of Windows would support the Dynamic type is seen at Difference Between Basic and Dynamic Disks in Windows XP/2000/2003
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