You are a vessel of partitions

How many primary partitions can you have a single hard drive?

A) One

B) Two

C) Four

D) The number of partitions is only limited by available disk space

E) The number of partitions is only limited by our minds

The answer: C) Four

A hard drive can only have four primary partitions, but one of those could be an extended partition that contains additional logical partitions. The logical partitions inside of an extended partition are not bootable, but otherwise appear identical to primary partitions.

Want to know more? Watch “Managing Disks.”

When you add a new hard drive into a Windows system, you’re faced with a large number of partition options, disk status information, and drive options. In this video, you’ll learn the differences in partition types, how to add or modify Windows disks, and how to use the powerful Windows Disk Management utility.