My computer's hard disk is divided into four primary partitions:

  1. System
  2. C:
  3. Recovery
  4. HP tools and 80 GB unallocated diskspace.

I'm trying to create a new Partition so that I can save my personal data separately. The problem is that I can't create another partition because I've reached the maximum number of primary partitions. I can't convert any of those partitions to logical ones either. I'm using Easeus, and the error it throws is "No enough free space around the current partition for conversion".

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    See if HP allows you to create recovery DVDs and then delete the recovery or other partition. If not, you can always image the drive/partitions using CloneZilla or similar programs and then repartition the way you want. – Karan Mar 25 '13 at 15:18

MBR architecture is limited to four primary partitions and there's no way to get around this limitation. You have three options:

  1. Extend one of the existing partitions with the unallocated space to increase it's size.
  2. Delete one of the existing partitions and reformat it to use for personal storage (not recommended if you want to keep OEM recovery options or tools).
  3. Add a second hard drive for personal storage.
  4. Convert the drive to a GPT partition-scheme. This would allow up to 128 primary partitions, but would require you format the entire drive first. You would need a tool to back up your data before doing this. More info here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc725671.aspx
  • PC architecture is not limited, the MBR partitioning scheme is. GPT allows for 128 "primary" partitions. – Karan Mar 25 '13 at 15:13
  • @Karan You are correct, I have no idea why I put "PC". Silly me. Updated my answer and included a conversion option. – Moses Mar 25 '13 at 15:19
  • Thanks for answering me, but there's no other solution ? because i don't want to delete any of these partitions, and there's no need for a second hard drive, because i have enough free space ! Creating a logical Partitions seems to be a good solution, but i didn't find the right way to do so ! :s – Radhwen Mar 25 '13 at 22:38

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