whs37 Posted November 21, 2010 Share Posted November 21, 2010 I am trying to clarify whether the e.g. Windows7 Recovery Partition has to be a primary partition or whether it can also be a logical partition. I was always under the impression that only active boot partitions have to be primaries.Unfortunately it has become a bad practice by the PC manufacturers to define 4 primary partitions on their preinstalled OEM Windows7 systems. Those can be:1. A 100MB active boot partition that contains the MBR (Master Boot Record)2. The OS partition that contains Windows73. The recovery partition4. And often also a tools partition with the OEMs specific tool boxThis gives a normal non-geeky user little chance to define e.g. a data partition. I usually recommend to burn the recovery DVDs and then delete the recovery partition to make room for an extended partition without running into the dreaded dynamics. But that is not really a very elegant solution. I would prefer to convert all the primaries (except the active boot partition) into logicals (e.g. with Partition Wizard)Does anybody have any insights whether that will work. Note that I teach classes including the disk management topic in the local computer club. I would hate to recommend schemes that do not work. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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