Need advice about dual booting please

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Steven M, Jan 28, 2007.

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    Steven M Guest

    I've been preparing my XP system for Vista which I'll be getting next
    weekend. I'm intending to dual boot installing from the DVD.

    I've used Partition Magic to create a second partition which I'm going to
    use as the Vista drive. But I'm confused if the partition should be 'Primary'
    or 'Logical'?

    I've read in this forum that it must be 'Primary', but also read in
    "" that it must be

    Quote "In the install, make sure you select Custom (advanced). And then
    select the newly created partition, ensure it is a Logical†drive.

    What should it be and why (what is the difference?)

    Many Thanks

    Steven...Chigwell Essex
    Steven M, Jan 28, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Steven,

    Primary is the preferred method, though you can also install to a logical
    volume on an extended partition provided there is a least one primary
    partition somewhere on the system (boot code gets written to the active
    primary partition regardless of where the OS files are installed). A primary
    partition is simply space carved out on the hard drive that contains a
    single volume. A logical volume is encased within an extended partition that
    may have one or more volumes. In general (though this is not hard and fast),
    an OS is installed to a primary partition and data is held on a logical

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help -
    Rick Rogers, Jan 28, 2007
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    John Barnes Guest

    Primarily the only reason to use logical partitions is if you are going to
    want/need more than 4 partitions on a HD. Otherwise stick with primary
    John Barnes, Jan 28, 2007
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