Partition Types

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Almost every operating system uses its own file system to save its data. The recognition of the file system is initiated via the partition type. Thus, the correct partition type has to be specified for each file system. (The partition type is specified in this program using hexadecimals.)

 

The following list cannot be complete since all manufacturers/vendors of operating systems can define their own types in a very short time.

 

MS DOS:

FAT 12, partition smaller than 32 MB and ends below 8 GB: Type "01"

FAT 16, partition smaller than 504 MB and ends below 8 GB: Type "04"

FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 MB and ends below 8 GB: Type "06"

 

Windows 95:

FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "06"

FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "0E"

 

Windows 95b OSR 2, 98, ME:

FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "06"

FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "0E"

FAT 32, ends below 8 GB: Type "0B"

FAT 32, ends above 8 GB: Type "0C"

 

Windows NT:

FAT 16, partition smaller than 4 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "06"

NTFS, begins below cylinder 1024: Type "07"

 

Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista:

FAT 16, partition smaller than 4 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "06"

FAT 16, partition smaller than 4 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "0E"

FAT 32, partition smaller than 32 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "0B"

FAT 32, partition smaller than 32 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "0C"

NTFS, begins below cylinder 1024: Type "07"

 

OS/2:

FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "06"

HPFS, partition smaller than 2 GB and ends below 8 GB: Type "07"

 

Linux:

ext2fs, begins below cylinder 1024: Type "83"

Linux Swap Partition: Type "82"

 

Expanded Partitions:

Normal: Type "05"

Partition larger than 8 GB or above 8 GB: Type "0F"

 

Others:

If this list omits a partition type use the type "06" for the installation of an operating system. This type is then often corrected automatically during installation.

If needed, check the manual of your operating system for additional information and notes about partition types.

 

 

See also:

File Systems

Creating Partitions

Selecting Partition Type

Partition Properties

 

Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME

Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista

Problems with Linux