How many partitions can one disk hold?

What is the maximum number of primary partitions you can configure on a single hard disk?

A) One

B) Two

C) Three

D) Four

E) 42

The answer: D) Four

A single hard drive can support a maximum of four primary partitions. Only a primary partition can be marked as active, and there can only be one active partition per disk.

Want to know more? Watch “Working with Disk Partitions and File Systems.”

Before you can use a disk in Windows, it must first be partitioned and formatted with an appropriate file system. In this video, you’ll learn how to partition a disk and understand which file systems are available for use in Windows.