Windows 7 partition limitations

February 3, 2011 at 11:56:11
Specs: win7 et al., celeron
i have no idea if this is a hardware question or an OS Q

I have a satellite laptop (Toshiba) with Windows7Home Premium
i also have install CDs for wfw3.11, win95, and openSolaris CD and several versions of linux on CD and DVD

how many partitions can i create and how many of these OSes can i install on this machine
the HDD is about 200+ GB

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February 3, 2011 at 12:43:53
Make life easy for yourself. Install VirtualBox and install the OSes in Virtual Machines. That would allow you to install all of those OSes (disk space permitting).

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February 3, 2011 at 13:02:27
leonard j the point of this fruitless exercise?

You can have a max of 4 primary partitions or three primary's and 1 extended which can have up to 21 logical drives [26 drive letters total minus 5 (can't use A or B and c, d, e are allocated for the primary's]

Be aware you won't be able to install dos os's in a multiboot with win7 being on ntfs.

Installing older ntldr based os's will require you to fix the win7 boot.

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February 3, 2011 at 18:36:55
I totally agree that one plays with OS' s today with a Virtual machine.
In the olden days we used to do a number of things to get multiple OS's working.

One could install any number of OS's. There basically is no limit.

There are apps out there just for the MS limits on booting and primary and logical partition limits.

Actually MS allows an undocumented aa bb cc drive letter too so basically 52 named drives but almost unlimited un-named drives.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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February 3, 2011 at 21:18:09
ALSO for each of those OS's, you would have to find compatible drivers for your hardware (old systems on modern hardware does not usually work, or not easily at least).... If you have the need, go the virtual route and limit yourself to what you really need.

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

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February 3, 2011 at 23:50:39
i am looking for a stable unhackable virus proof malware proof spyware proof totally secure totally rock solid stable uncrashable OS
a no frills simple but reliable dependable OS
functional almost perfect with no need to update etc.

preferably one that will run on this laptop

(Toshiba Satellite 455-)
celeron 232GB HDD, ....

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February 4, 2011 at 01:03:08
No contest - OpenBSD.

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February 4, 2011 at 04:58:31
"Nothing is fool proof because fools are so ingenious"

Windows 7 IS the most secure version of Windows to date.just add a very good antivirus program (NOT Norton or McAfee though) and keep Malwarbytes for occasional spot scanning.

BUT any good version of Linux will be more bullet proof than any version of Windows to date, just make sure you use your Admin account only for changes and updates and use your User account for operating/running.

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

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February 4, 2011 at 10:36:15
look folks

i don't have the inclination to explain digital electronics theory here or how ASSEMBLER and machine code work and interact with the software

just let it be known

computers do not need to "crash"
with the exception of the limitations of the laws of physics and electronics functions and your computer hardware getting abused, computers are just complex switches

just like a like switch, they can work and work reliably if you make them simple enough

just keep it simple

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February 4, 2011 at 10:51:20
the whole point to this excersize in futility is to have a reliable stable secure dependable computer

like when i wipe the hard drive completely and leave my laptop under my bed with a blank HDD

if i were to do a security wipe of the hard drive as well you wouldn't even be able to retrieve the old ghost image of the old data let alone hack the computer

it isn't that big a deal

it is just a complex switch

the Internet and modem/telecomm industry/4th estate/media and press aren't even necessary anymore

the "information age" has made all those do dads obselete
"the situation warrents alarm, not pandomonium"
Emperor of China in "Genghis Khan"

the destruction of freedom and privacy, liberty and private property ownership, free markets and free trade and
information overload is not the solution to national or international instability or decline

sanity and reality is

honesty and integrity don't hurt either

and happiness is not a sin or a crime, despite Big BRothers contentions and claims to the contrary

playing with media doo dads, music, movies, tv, entertainment, computer games, and
sublimating, getting drunk, going to church, fornicating, and or
smoking pot and doing crack are just going to make you more unhappy after the high and distraction wear off

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February 4, 2011 at 11:45:02
Hey! If you know all about digital electronic theory and assembler and machine code, then you certainly don't need any help from us country bumpkins.

It is just like a switch. Don't touch that switch on your computer and all will be well.

Good luck!

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February 4, 2011 at 12:45:38
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Left those and assembly language behind along with punch cards, Fortran and Plago/PL1 in the 1970's, and waited until Windows 95....

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

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February 4, 2011 at 13:04:36
educated beyond your ignorance???

ever hear of actually applying what you learned??

or maybe you were high on pot during those classes???

or maybe you never really understood that stuff and it just became a part of your vocabulary to use as a subterfuge for your ignorance or ambition??? or as a building block or requirement so you could move on to what you really wanted to do
or some management schmuck had you playing with that stuff to "kill time/pass time/waste time/stall, obstruct or whatever

in any case, i have no interest in electronics engineering technology or computers

i'm a capitalist

(homo sapien, human being, person or as Bruce Willis said it in "the Fifth element"

"Ah, ... Negative.

I am classified as a meat popsicle"

anyway, i am not my job or job description or profession
my profession is living

live and let live
it is what it is

is my motto
(on incredibly rare and transient occasion)

ya all can do whatever the hell you want to as far as i'm concerned so long as it doesn't impact or affect me in any way whatsoever

the project is there for the taking if anyone wants it

it is definitely viable

that is all i can tell you
this is a personal project for my own private personal use and has no commercial or industrial applications

i bought the laptop as a large screen portable multimedia player but the OS included is too complex and unreliable and obstructionistic and a great big hassle and waste of time

actually i joined this forum back in 1997 or 1998
i have no idea why it thinks i joined in 2008

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February 4, 2011 at 13:13:43
leonard j what you write is beyond the scope of these forums.

Do you have any further questions?

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February 4, 2011 at 16:27:44


actually i joined this forum back in 1997 or 1998
i have no idea why it thinks i joined in 2008

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February 8, 2011 at 19:12:03
i am also hoping to use this OS OFFLINE ONLY

no network/wifi, etc.

it just needs to be stable and streamlined/simple/easy to use, reliable, dependable

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