reached maximum partitions on drive

June 12, 2012 at 02:58:15
Specs: Windows 7
I am wanting another partition to install win 8 release preview. I have a 1 tb drive. I have partitioned this drive into two drives. In computer management it shows 2 main partitions, a recovery partition,100mb system reserved, and 1gb unallocated.I shrank one of the big patitions but it will not let me format that drive and says i have reached the maximum number of partitions.The drives are basic and not dynamic. How can i make another partition for the win8 install. Any help appreciated.
win 7
E5700 dual core 3ghz
1 tb hd, basic.

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#1
June 12, 2012 at 03:41:40
Basically you cant. Hardrives are restricted to four primary partition or three primary partitions and one extended partition.

You can change of the main primary partitions into an extended partition and creat as many logical drive as there is space to make them However that will result in losing all the data and that drive.

There are third party applications that allow the creation of more than four primary partitions but I would not recommend using them as it can make data recovery in the event of a failure almost impossible,.

Stuart


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#2
June 12, 2012 at 05:03:02
If this is a desktop it would be easier to add another hard drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
June 12, 2012 at 05:25:40
Paragon Partition Manager allows you to convert a primary partition into an extended one. There is a free edition - I am not sure if that has the capability, but you can always download it and try.

This would allow you to convert the second main partition into an extended partition, shrink the partition, and create a new logical drive on which you could install Windows 8.

As with any disk resizing operation I would strongly advise that you back up any important data first.

Alternatively, you could install Windows 8 in a virtual machine. I wouldn't recommend that for full-time use, but it's fine if you just want to check out Windows 8.


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#4
June 12, 2012 at 07:17:43
Thanks for the replies, they have been very usefull.

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