Dos partition / logical dos drive / extended dos partition

Dos partition / logical dos drive / extended dos partition

Post by Adria » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 23:32:51


(To the "W98 Guy" and the "who where" guy: I have unsuccessfully been
Googeling to find out what the difference is between the referenced terms. I
have also been looking at MSDN. So please don't respond with your bullshit
like previously.)

My question is:

(1) What do the referenced terms mean?
(1.a.) "Dos Partition"
(1.b.) "Logical Dos Drive"
(1.c.) "Extended Dos Partition"

(2) I want to partition a second hard disk, which will only be containing
data. I do not want to subdivide it into several disks, I just want e.g.
"D:".
I believe that I should select "Create a Dos Partition" for that purpose and
not Create Extended DOS Partition. Would you please confirm that is ok?

Alternatively: If you have a reference to an explication of these terms. I
would be very pleased to have it.

Many thanks,
Adrian.
 
 
 

Dos partition / logical dos drive / extended dos partition

Post by John Dula » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 00:36:34


Adrian:

You can proceede as you suggest and use FDISK to "Create a Dos
Partition".

The version of FDISK that comes from Microsoft with Windows 9x (and
earlier) defaults to creating a single primary partition for any drive
that you try to partition and this sounds like what you want to do.

The partition TYPE will be a *primary* and, if you accept the
defaults, it will be set *Active*. The distinction between a primary
partition and an extended partition is academic and irrelevent if you
only want the drive to store data. The active part just flaggs the
partition as a bootable partition so, again, it is irrelevent for your
stated use.

You can get much more elaborate than this, particularly if you use
third party partitioning software, but it does not sound like you need
anything fancy. BTW an *extended* type partition serves as a
"container" for one or more logical drives. Some people like to divide
up a large capacity drive into smaller units for a variety of reasons.

Once you have created the partition you MUST format it as well. There
is a notice about this as you exit FDISK.

More info can be found at:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

HTH & GL

John

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Dos partition / logical dos drive / extended dos partition

Post by John Dula » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 00:45:39


Adrian:

Still more information:

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Since most users rarely have to partition a drive all this will be of
academic interest at best and not at all interesting unless you are a
bit of a "Geek".

John

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Dos partition / logical dos drive / extended dos partition

Post by Adria » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 01:48:21


Tank you very much for your information and for your reference. They provide
a complete answer to my question. I can get on with the partitioning job
now.

Adrian.

(I like your "Kilroy was here" graphic.)
 
 
 

Dos partition / logical dos drive / extended dos partition

Post by John Dula » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 05:37:16


Adrin:

Excellent.

John

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Post by Adria » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 07:47:36


 
 
 

Dos partition / logical dos drive / extended dos partition

Post by RGFu » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 14:08:02

Is this topic cross-posted to another newsgroup and if so please provide that
newsgroup as a courtesy. Thank you and have a great week.