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Partition and IDE

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Anonymous
July 9, 2010 4:55:28 PM

how many total partitions can standard computer disk (IDE) support?

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July 9, 2010 5:42:43 PM

Under the normal DOS partitioning scheme, up to four primary partitions or three primary partitions and one extended partition containing as many logical partitions as you want. (In practice this is limited by the size of the disk.)

Whether the disk is IDE, SATA, SCSI, whatever is irrelevant.
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July 9, 2010 10:39:38 PM

Another viable alternative on Linux distros to place an entire disk (or partition) under LVM control as a PV. Once that is assigned to a VG, you can create as many LVs as you want (not sure what the limit is, but it's HUGE). LVs take the role of "partition" in the general case.
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July 9, 2010 11:30:40 PM

Or you can use a GPT partition table so long as your BIOS can boot from it. That should give you at least 128 partitions.
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