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Primary Partition count

Postby sigi » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:42 am

When confronted with the question of whether or not to limit Primaries I am uncertain with respect to the following questions:

1) Does an Extended Partitions that contains among other volumes two bootable Linux distros and the EMBRM count as one Primary Partitions(s) or what else?

2) Do FAT-32 Images and 218/DAh Images count as Primary Partitions?
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Re: Primary Partition count

Postby TeraByte Support(TP) » Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:42 am

On 04/05/2012 06:42 AM, sigi wrote:
> When confronted with the question of whether or not to limit
> Primaries I am uncertain with respect to the following questions:
>
> 1) Does an Extended Partitions that contains among other volumes
> two bootable Linux distros and the EMBRM count as one Primary
> Partitions(s) or what else?

An extended partition counts as 1 primary partition, no matter how many
volumes it contains. An EMBRM partition (aka a BIBM partition) always
needs to be a primary partition, so it will always count as one.

>
> 2) Do FAT-32 Images and 218/DAh Images count as Primary Partitions?
>
>

The 218/DAh type partition is a BING image partition (these can't be
created or restored with BIBM), and it can be either a primary partition
or a volume in an extended partition, depending on where it is.

Not sure what you mean by "FAT-32 Images" in this context. If it's just
a normal image file, naturally it won't count as a partition. If it's a
BING image type partition, then the answer above would apply.

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Re: Primary Partition count

Postby sigi » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:30 am

Sorry for confusion. I am transitioning from BING to BIBM and I still have mostly BING images on my hard drives. But I resolved to post in the BIBM forum since many of my forthcoming problems will be mixed BING/BIBM problems.
I am aware, though, that BING images must be restored by BING.

By "FAT-32 Images" I mean those BING generated images that I can see in Windows Explorer and burn on DVD with BINGBURN.

So, according to your answer, any images irrespective of format would not count as primary partitions. But what about the bootable Linux distros and the EMBRM within the Extended Partition? If outside the Extended they count as Primaries. And inside?
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Re: Primary Partition count

Postby Bob Coleman » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:02 pm

sigi wrote:So, according to your answer, any images irrespective of format would not count as primary partitions. But what about the bootable Linux distros and the EMBRM within the Extended Partition? If outside the Extended they count as Primaries. And inside?


Anything within an extended partition is not a primary partition.

As stated above by TeraByte Support(TP), the EMBRM partition cannot be within an extended partition. At least it cannot be there and be used as intended. If you did create such a partition within an extended partition, it wouldn't be a primary partition, but it wouldn't be useful either.
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Re: Primary Partition count

Postby TeraByte Support(TP) » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:17 pm

On 04/05/2012 11:30 AM, sigi wrote:
> Sorry for confusion. I am transitioning from BING to BIBM and I still
> have mostly BING images on my hard drives. But I resolved to post in
> the BIBM forum since many of my forthcoming problems will be mixed
> BING/BIBM problems. I am aware, though, that BING images must be
> restored by BING.
>
> By "FAT-32 Images" I mean those BING generated images that I can see
> in Windows Explorer and burn on DVD with BINGBURN.
>
> So, according to your answer, any images irrespective of format would
> not count as primary partitions. But what about the bootable Linux
> distros and the EMBRM within the Extended Partition? If outside the
> Extended they count as Primaries. And inside?
>

Any partition that is inside an extended partition does not count as a
primary partition. It doesn't matter if it's a Linux partition, a data
partition, a type 218/DAh image partition, or any other type of
partition. The extended partition itself does count as 1 primary partition.

The only images that would count as partitions would be the ones that
you create from BING as 218/DAh type partitions, which is a capability
unique to BING.

Most images are saved as files, so they are just regular files, and not
partitions. These are the ones you can see from Windows because they are
just files.


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