Many users (and even Microsoft) disagree over the question of whether
multiple partitions are better than a single one. I think it varies
depending on how YOU want to use YOUR computer. I'm not sure I would ever
buy a computer from a vendor that saddled me with a policy like you
My typical configuration - dating back a decade or so to when I began
dual-booting Win95/NT4 - is to create a single primary partition on EACH HDD
(I currently have 4, two of which are a RAID 1 mirror) and mark it Active.
Then I install Windows at least once with each HDD set in the BIOS as the
current boot device, so that Setup creates the proper MBR, boot sector and
startup files on that HDD. That way, I can always boot from Disk 2 if Disk
0 is damaged or missing. After creating the one (small) primary partition,
I create an Extended Partition covering the rest of the HDD and divide it up
into multiple logical drives as I need them. My 200 GB Disk 0 has 3 logical
drives, plus 15 GB of Free space. (I don't need the pre-beta build of Win7
anymore, so when Win7 RTM arrives from MSDN next week, I'll just delete or
reformat Drive Y: - the 6th logical drive on Disk 1 - and use that 60 GB to
install RTM. WinXP/Vista/7 doesn't care whether it is in Drive C: or D: or
X:, and I've also learned to not care about that. About half of my 1 TB
Disk 1 is still unused, but I'm running out of alphabet for Drive letters.)
Thanks for the report back about Acer's short-sighted policy.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 RC 7100
"Milleniumaire" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I contacted Acer who tell me they don't support the creation of
> partitons on the main O/S drive as this will affect their recovery
> software! They went on to say that if I do change the way the recovery
> software works it would void the warranty!!!!
> I'm absoluteley amazed. I have a state of the art laptop with 2 x 500gb
> disk drives. I can partition one of them, but not the one with the O/S
> as this will void the warranty.