How Many Extended Partitions Can Be Created in a Hard Drive

Here is the thing: I want to create more partitions on my hard drive so that I can store different apps and files in different locations. But when I try to create one more, I can only create logical partitions. Is there a quantity limit for creating extended partitions? How many extended partitions can be created in a hard drive? Appreciate for your answer!

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Oliver· Answered on Mar 18, 2024

It depends on the partition table of your disk.

Extended partitions are limited in quantity if your disk is in MBR format, which only allows one to be created. An MBR disk only supports four primary partitions or three primary partitions and one extended partition(with many logical partitions).

Thus, if you want to create more extended partitions on your hard drive, the only way is to convert the MBR disk to a GPT disk. GPT disk supports over 128 primary partitions. So, here comes the question: how to convert a disk from MBR to GPT?

To do so, you need help from a reliable disk converter like EaseUS Partition Master Professional. It allows you to convert a disk between MBR and GPT without losing any data.

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You can follow the instructions below to perform the conversion:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and go to Disk Converter.

Step 2. Select "Convert MBR to GPT," and then choose the disk you want to convert.

Step 3. Hit "Convert" to start the process.

You can check the following page to learn more information about MBR and GPT disks.

Related article: MBR VS GPT | What's the Difference and Which Is Better

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