why four primary partitions? Tags: File System Microsoft Windows Last response: June 16, 2004 1:24 AM in Windows 2000/NT Share Anonymous June 15, 2004 3:25:47 PM Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?) How did Microsoft arrive at the quantity of four for primary partitions (or three and one extended)? The need for one is obvious. But why the jump to four? More about : primary partitions | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Anonymous June 16, 2004 1:24:22 AM Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?) Stephen That was not a Microsoft decision. It is a limit of the partition table, an industry standard for x86-computers, that has room for up to four entries. Best regards Bjorn -- Bjorn Landemoo - email@example.com - http://landemoo.com/ Microsoft MVP (Windows Server - File System) "Stephen Jones" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >How did Microsoft arrive at the quantity of four for >primary partitions (or three and one extended)? The need >for one is obvious. But why the jump to four? | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Windows 2000/NT>why four primary partitions?> Related ressources: ForumHow can not win xp create more than four primary partitions ForumAdding partitians to former primary drive, go "Dynamic drive"? ForumUnderstnading Extended, Logical, and Primary partitions ForumMulti Boot - Can't access Primary Partitions ForumWhy are WD Green drives not good as primary drive? ForumAcer Reformat, Four Partitions . ForumPrimary Partitions Forum98 and xp dual booting, and many visible primary partitions ForumHow do I make a Slave to a Primary Drive? Forumtriple boot- Multiple visible primary partitions ForumHDD partitions ForumPartitions ForumDifferent Partitions for OS, Applications, and Files ForumUnable to Install Windows 7 - Dynamic Partitions ? ForumIs it possible to migrate my Primary partition to another Hard disk? ForumParallel and com ports not appearing in device manager ForumRecombining Partitions ForumChange from Primary to Secondary ForumPrimary DNS suffix and connection Suffix ForumSecondary DNS: Depends on Primary? More resources !