Partition types & format PC from flash disc

Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook (intel penti...
March 12, 2010 at 07:43:22
Specs: Windows 7, core duo
what the diffrent btween logical and extended and primary drive ? and how coulde i boot if i want to format my computer from flash disk ?

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#1
March 12, 2010 at 13:11:34
See wikipedia on the partitions.

What you would need is a flash dirve that has some OS on it and an application that can create partitions. That can be done with some MS versions as well as many linux, bsd, and others.

For Windows 7 see this. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

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#2
March 12, 2010 at 15:44:02
Your hard drive mfg. has partitioning tools on their website, these are usually put on a bootable floppy or CDr, but if your system supports boot from USB, then it could also be a flash drive made bootable. You also can partition from your Windows install CD/DVD as long as you are only planning to use recent windows systems. You can also partition from windows 7 directly (disk manager), as long as you plan on leaving windows 7 in it's current partition (safer).
Know that when you start partitioning, you are likely to loose data, possibly everything on the disk, depending on what you are trying to do. Back up what you need first to a separate drive or other medium.
You can have up to 4 primary partitions OR 3 primary partitions and one extended partition with many virtual drives on the extended partition. Traditionally, only primary partitions could hold an operating system, but I believe that is no longer true.
If you are planning to have a multi boot system, you will have to understand which one to install first (where possible) so you will be creating a boot sector that will allow you to choose which system to boot from (if you go out of order, you will need to 'repair' one or more). On Microsoft systems, install the oldest first, working up to the newest one last. If you are including a Linux system (or more than one), install the MS first, then the Linux last.

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