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What will happen if I had more than 26 partitions?


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Hello everyone!

Windows XP names hard drives/partitions using the letters of the alphabet but there are only 26 letters in the alphabet. What will happen if I added another partition if I had 26 partitions?

Edited by QuizMaster, 31 December 2008 - 04:35 PM.

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Good question! When you try it, let me know what happens.
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You probably can't make 26 partitions anyway. Don't forget Windows assigns letters to the drives in the computer as well so you'd only have 24 at the most with no CD units and Drives A and B are reserved.

Under Windows you cannot have more than 26 drives because there are only 26 letters available. If you want more use Volume Mount Points, and this is how you make them, it's only available under XP and Server 2003 but I dare say Vista and Windows 7 should be capable too.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307889
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Thanks for the reply, Neil Jones.
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So if I had 24 partitions, I won't be able to insert a USB Drive in the computer?
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You could probably mount it as described previously but it'll initially want to give it a drive letter which is normal Windows behaviour.
If truth be told, if you are using all 24 letters for what not, you may want to consider slimming it down a bit.
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You could probably mount it as described previously but it'll initially want to give it a drive letter which is normal Windows behaviour.
If truth be told, if you are using all 24 letters for what not, you may want to consider slimming it down a bit.


I'm just using A (Floppy), C (System Drive), D (Personal Drive) and E (CD-RW Drive). F is assigned when I insert a USB Drive.
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I don't think running out of drive letters is a concern for you yet :)
But I dare say there'd be a way of using your USB device once you're past Drive Z.
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