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Primary or extended partition

  • As is well known, MBR partition mode is the most commonly seen partition mode under popular Windows operating systems. However, originally, under this mode, the disk only can be divided into at most 4 primary partitions because of partition table limitation, but 4 primary partitions can not meet our storage demands. Later, as MBR partition mode is improved, the concept of extended partition is introduced to partition table. Then, the hard disk under MBR partition mode can be divided into 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition which can be divided into multiple logical partitions. Therefore, the introduction of extended partition can meet our storage demands.

    How to convert primary partition to extended partition?
    Some users divided the hard disk into 4 primary partitions when they partitioned the hard disk. After knowing the concept of extended partition, they want to convert one primary partition to extended partition for creating more partitions to manage hard disk space better. Well then, how to convert primary partition to extended partition safely and quickly? Many users, I believe, do operations to partitions with system built-in disk management tool. However, in the process of converting primary partition to extended partition with this tool, we will find the tool can not realize converting directly, and we have to reformat the partition. Nevertheless, reformatting the partition will lead to data loss, and nobody is willing to see this situation. Well, is there a way to convert primary partition to extended partition safely and quickly? Of course, there is. To convert primary partition to extended partition quickly without influencing data, MiniTool Partition Wizard is the best choice.

    How to convert primary partition to extended partition easily with MiniTool Partition Wizard?
    All users who have used MiniTool Partition Wizard, I believe, know it is easy to perform this professional partition, thereby enhancing operating efficiency and safety to a large extent. If you still have not used this partition magic, you can download it from its official website https://www.partitionwizard.com/, and then use it to convert primary partition to extended partition, experiencing its powerful partition management functions and safety. After running this partition magic, the following main interface will appear:



    The main interface has shown us all partition condition. Please select the partition which needs converting, and then click "Set Partition as Logical" in the left action panel.



    Then, we can see the original primary partition has been converted to extended partition, but we still need to click "Apply" to perform all operations. Reading here, some users may raise a question why the primary partition has been converted to logical partition. In fact, users who have a basic understanding of partition know extended partition is just a concept, so it can not help users store data. If we want to store data on extended partition, we must divide it into one or more logical partitions, and then store data on logical partition. Logical partition is regarded as the way for extended partition to store data, so converting primary partition to extended partition means converting it to logical partition.

    From the above demonstrations, we can see operations of this partition magic are pretty easy. If you still do not believe its operations are easy or you want to prove its high safety, please visit its official website to see more cases or download it to use.