primary partition

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primary partition

A reserved part of a Windows disk, which is identified by a drive letter. The entire C: drive is often one primary partition; however, multiple partitions are created for a user's own organizational purposes or for booting into different operating systems. See extended partition, master boot record, partition and basic disk.


Windows Primary Partitions
Depending on the boot method and partition tables used in the PC (MBR or GPT), from four to 128 primary partitions can be created. See MBR disk, GPT and UEFI.
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0 Unlimited Edition allows you to perform basic and advanced partition operations without destroying any data, including: Resize and Move partitions, Create and Delete partitions, Copy Partition, Copy Disk, Format partitions, Hide and Unhide partitions, set active partition, etc.
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VMware is on a roll at the moment, having last week launched its Control Center active partition management software, which enables live applications running on ESX Server virtual machines to be passed around a network to enable the best use of available resources.
The basic features include: create, format, delete partition by using a friendly disk map in an easy way, resize/move partition without data loss, hide/unhide partition, set active partition, etc.
For example, if a 60 GB drive is migrated to a 120 GB drive, the result will be a 120 GB drive with a 60 GB active partition and 60 GB of unusable drive space.
For example, if an 80 GB drive is migrated to a 200 GB drive, the result will be a 200 GB drive with an 80 GB active partition and 120 GB of unusable drive space.
For its powerful range of functions such as resizing partitions, formatting partitions, copying partitions, creating new partitions, deleting partitions, hiding partitions, changing drive letters, setting active partitions and a handful of other functions, more and more computer users are inclined to download this free partition manager for the first try.
A partition running the ClearPath operating environment works with other active partitions that incorporate special-purpose processors called specialty engines.