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Old 10-01-2003, 04:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is your hard drive worthless when no partitions are activated?
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Old 10-01-2003, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hmmm...is this a trick question?
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Yea it is. Send it to me >
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Old 10-02-2003, 01:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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when you set a hard disk partition as "active" it simply means which partition it is going to boot up first. if you want to dual boot more than 1 operatng system you have to make a primary partion for each resulting in at least 2 primary partitions. let me elaborate:

you must have at least 1 active primary partition. each hard disk can have a maximum of 4 primary partitions or 3 primary and 1 extended partition. operating systems should be installed on primary partitions only. here is an example:

hard disk 1 on primary IDE channel on controller IDE1:
primary with winxp installed
extended with 3 logical drives E,D,and F

hard disk 2 on slave IDE channel on controller IDE1
Extended with logical drives G,H,I,K,L and M


as you can see at least 1 physical hard disk needs to have a primary partition to install the operating system. a primary partition is not required on all disks only the one with the OS installed. it is up to you what you want to use.
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