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Thread: Cannot create more than one extended partition?

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    Cannot create more than one extended partition?

    I am wanting to format my partition like this:

    Primary - Windows
    Extended - 3 linux partitions + swap partition
    Extended - 2 data partitions

    I'm using gparted and have created the primary and first extended partition with no problems but I am unable to create another extended partition with the remaining space.
    It is only allowing another primary.

    Thing is, before I wiped the drive, it was setup exactly as above.

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    Re: Cannot create more than one extended partition?

    Well it seems I may be mistaken since the gparted documentation states that you can't have more than one extended partition.

    So if I did it like this:

    Primary - Windows
    Primary - Data 1
    Primary - Data 2
    Extended - Linux

    Would that be too much and is the any performance difference between having your main OS parition at the beginning or near the end of the drive?

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    Re: Cannot create more than one extended partition?

    Why did you want two extended partitions? As far as I can see, you can have one primary partition for Windows, another extended one, and within that, logical partitions for the rest.

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    Re: Cannot create more than one extended partition?

    More than anything else, I just wanted the data keeping completely separate from the os partitions.

    I haven't played around with distros for a while but I'm about to and I thought having them on a separate extended partition would give a visually clear indication of where they are when it comes to partitioning and deciding where to install when installing new distros.

    Now I think about it, it is pretty pointless really.
    I'm going to stick to one primary and one extended, which is how I must have had it before (really there were so many partitions it was hard to remember).

    Still curious about whether it makes a difference if the OS is at beginning or near end of drive though.

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    Re: Cannot create more than one extended partition?

    The angular velocity of a spinning disk is greater at its edges and gets lower towards the center, which means the beginning is faster. Not that you notice it.

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    Re: Cannot create more than one extended partition?

    Only one extended partition (and it must be a primary) and then logical partitions inside of the extended partition.
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