Formatting new hard drive.

Im using Partition magic to format a new hard drive. Im just wondering whether I should choose to make it a logical partition or a primary partition. Does it matter?

Also, every time I try to format the drive PM tells me "there is no active partition. Are you sure you want to apply these changes". Is this a bad thing?

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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
if you are going to load and operating system, then you want PRIMARY partition... else logical to store data

regarding the second part.  you  partitioned the drive..but you have to accept the change BEFORE you format.

it is NOT a bad thing.
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
torvaldsAuthor Commented:
fdisk no workies is windows xp?
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Just a thought?

If you are running Windows XP it should be recognized when connected and Windows started.  Formating and configuration could be down with Windows.

Hope this Helps!!!
If this is a clean drive, I'd suggest you use the tools that come with your O/S to prepare the drive. Making a primary partition is no problem.
torvaldsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help :)
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thankyou!
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