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 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? Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources How can not win xp create more than four primary partitions Forum SolvedMultiple primary partitions, no free space, can't format, I'm stuck please help.. Forum Solved3TB Drive as Primary - Can I use MBR with 2 partitions? Forum SolvedHow to create a logical partitions inside existing primary partition Forum SolvedWhy do you have to set the primary video to integrated when connecting to onboard? Forum SolvedHDD showing as two Simple Volume - How do I make it into One Primary Partition? Forum Solveddo one need to create a primary partition on second hard drive Forum SolvedExtend primary partition Forum Solvedneed for primary partition Forum SolvedWhat does it mean when my flash drive says primary partition in disk management Forum My hard hdisk has four partitions, and my O.S has been installed in the last par Forum SolvedSecondary HDD is Primary Partitioned and Cannot be Formatted Forum Multi Boot - Can't access Primary Partitions Forum Acer Reformat, Four Partitions. Forum Understnading Extended, Logical, and Primary partitions Forum Ide drive doesnt exist or all primary partitions are occupied Forum Deleting a primary partition made some extended partitions dissappear? Forum Solvedmy primary OS:C drive is almost full but I have a D: partition with a lot of space...how do I access it? Forum 2 Primary Partitions Forum SolvedHow to add this free space to primary partition? Forum More resources !