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How to change a Logical Partition

  1. #1


    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 x64 with 8.1 Update

    How to change a Logical Partition


    Hi

    My PC is W8.1 x64.

    I have a 2TB external (USB) drive and have created four partitions of equal size using Windows Disk Management,
    the first three are three are Primary (Healthy) but the fourth is "Logical"

    How do I change it to a Std Partition, Basis or Primary.

    Or does it matter, the Partition will be used for backup of files, so is it okay to use it as Logical?

    Thanks

    Daniel

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  2. #2


    There should be no issues with the partition being a logical partition. This is not an unusual situation. Depending on the situation it may not even be possible to change it to a primary partition. There can be a maximum of 4 primary partitions but an unlimited number of logical partitions.

    But using a partition on the same physical drive as the data you are backing up is not a good idea. If anything happens to the drive then you will lose everything. For a good backup you need a separate physical drive.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    It really doesn't matter, I have 2TB drive with 1 primary and 4 logical drives...

    I would agree that using it as backups isn't a good idea...get an external ESATA drive/enclosure *if your PC has an ESATA port* and use that for backups.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 x64 with 8.1 Update


    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    There should be no issues with the partition being a logical partition. This is not an unusual situation. Depending on the situation it may not even be possible to change it to a primary partition. There can be a maximum of 4 primary partitions but an unlimited number of logical partitions.

    But using a partition on the same physical drive as the data you are backing up is not a good idea. If anything happens to the drive then you will lose everything. For a good backup you need a separate physical drive.
    Hi

    The stuff I am backing up is on other drives, but this is good advice.

    Happy Christmas.

    Cheers

    Daniel
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  5. #5


    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 x64 with 8.1 Update


    Quote Originally Posted by Wullail View Post
    It really doesn't matter, I have 2TB drive with 1 primary and 4 logical drives...

    I would agree that using it as backups isn't a good idea...get an external ESATA drive/enclosure *if your PC has an ESATA port* and use that for backups.
    You did not see my OP, " I have a 2TB external (USB) drive"

    This is a USB 3 Drive on a PC With USB 3 ports, but it is still a valid comment, only not
    in this case.

    Happy Christmas.

    Cheers

    Daniel
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