Should external HDD be primary or logical?

georgetok

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Just bought a 2 TB Seagate GoFlex HDD to store data & video Files.

It shows single Primary Partition.

Should I keep it as it is Primary OR do I need to make it Logical ?

Also should it be made active if it is kept as Primary ?

What if I want to make 3 Partitions, again just to separate data files & video Files ?

How then should they be made ? All Primary or one Primary & other 2 Logical OR entirely different ?

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Mizzou

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What if I want to make 3 Partitions, again just to separate data files & video Files ?
Really no need to make separate partitions to manage your content type. Why not just use folders to accomplish the same thing. I also recently purchased a 2TB GoFlex with the USB 3.0 interface, pretty quick for a USB external drive.
 

DavieDee

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External HDD's don't need a primary partition if it's not being used to boot an OS.

Just to store data make 3 NTFS logical partitions.
Again no need to set a primary partition to Active unless it's being used to boot an OS.
 
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jobeard

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Using partitions is another form of Divide-n-Conquer.
  1. Errors or corruption in one does not imply total loss or total recovery
  2. Provides opportunity to have different usage patterns/partition
  3. Allows unique backup scheduling and media.
Sole drawback is any hardware/mechanical issues will still impact all partitions.