Glossary

The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

extended partition

A special kind of primary partition that was developed to overcome the four- partition limit. The extended partition is a container inside of which you can create logical partitions. The extended partition itself does not hold any data, nor is it assigned a drive letter. But logical partitions inside the extended partition can hold applications and data and are assigned drive letters.

A portion of a basic disk that can contain logical drives. An extended partition is used to have more than four volumes on a basic disk. A basic disk can contain up to four primary partitions or three primary partitions plus an extended partition. The extended partition can be further divided into up to 32 logical drives.

A portion of a basic disk that can contain logical drives. Use an extended partition if you want to have more than four volumes on your basic disk. A basic disk can contain up to four primary partitions or three primary partitions plus an extended partition. The extended partition can be further divided into up to 32 logical drives.

See also Basic DiskLogical DrivePartition, Primary Partition.