Using Basic Disks and Partitions

When you install a new computer or update an existing computer, you’ll often need to partition the drives on the computer. You partition drives using Disk Management.

Partitioning Basics

In Windows Server 2008, a physical drive using MBR partition style can have up to four primary partitions and one extended partition. This allows you to configure MBR drives in one of two ways: using one to four primary partitions, or using one to three primary partitions and one extended partition. A primary partition can fill an entire disk, or you can size it as appropriate for the workstation or server you’re configuring. Within an extended partition, you can create one or more logical drives. A logical drive is simply a section ...

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