Does WinXP need a fake primary partition for my 2nd harddisk ?

Posted on 2006-03-31
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
With win2000
When I add a 2nd harddisk, I need to create a fake primary partition by partition magic.
These avoid drive letter change.

1st HD  
- Primary partition  C:
- Extended partition D:

2nd HD
- Primary partition  ( smallest size and hidden and doesn't allowcate )
- Extended partition E:

Does Windows XP need to do these trick ? or XP is now smart ?
Question by:tong111797
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    I would have to say no - I don't create Extended partitions anymore - XP uses Disk Signatures it creates when you first install the disk to know which drive letter it should have.

    Author Comment

    Thank you ..

    In case my 2nd harddisk have 2 drives, primary (E:) and extended partition (F:)
    If  I move a 2nd harddisk to the other PC, What happen ?
    (  the other PC have 1 HD and 2 drives too C: and D: )


    Author Comment

    > XP uses Disk Signatures

    These is work with  FAT, FAT32 and NTFS, right ?
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    The disk signature is stored in the boot sector/master boot record so the file system doesn't matter.

    IF you put the drive into another system, it will see the disk as new and read the signatures.  If it doesn't know them, it will assign each partition the next available drive letter.

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