# of Paritions Limit on Mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Samuriajackon, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Samuriajackon macrumors 6502

    Samuriajackon

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    I've set up boot camp before and i know I've heard of other people using MacOSx, Windows, and LInux all on one HD with different partitions, but will the Mac have a limit to how many partitions I can have on one HD? I think i wanna run 4 OS's on one HD; OSX, WinXP-SP2, Windows7 Beta, and some Linux/Unix(maybe Free BSD or something cheap).

    THanks for the Help.
     
  2. sammich macrumors 601

    sammich

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    IIRC from my last partitioning venture, you can have at least 22 partitions with GUID.
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    No idea what the limit is, and this is off topic...

    Having your e-mail address in your signature is a really bad idea, I'd remove them if I were you.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I believe that technically with perfect GUID Partition Table implementations there is no upper limit. Of course we don't live in a perfect world. The Wikipedia article notes that 64-bit version of Windows have a limit of 128 partitions on a GPT based drive. It makes no such not for OSX (although there may be a limit imposed here too)...
     
  5. steveza macrumors 68000

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    I think for any kind of practical use you will not run out of available partitions in either Windows or OS X.
     
  6. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    You will definitely be able to install 4 OS's.
     

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