I seem to remember (at least in 10.3) that the new drivers (changing from HDA to SDA nomenclature for SATA drives?) imposed a limit of 15 partitions … otherwise old ATA driver module/method had to be selected at installation.
I wish to add another partition to install 11.0 to, for testing. Right now I have:
sda1 is a fat16 boot partition
sda5 is the extended partition container
sda6 to 15 (10 partitions) are various OS’s.
When I use Yast Partitioner in 10.3 it adds the requested new partition right after sda15 in the extended partition, but calls it sda3. My preference is to have it added as sda16 due to the way I have multiboot set up.
So my questions are these:
Is this just 10.3’s behaviour because of the “15 partition” limit which, if this is happening, seems to also be a “no more than sda #15” limitation? In other words, there’s two limits: n.g.t sda15, and no more than 15 actual partitions?
in my situation, do I have 11 or 12 partitions right now (counting the extended container, which is really a primary partition)? Just to know where I am vis-a-vis any limitations.
is this behaviour also in 11.0? My thought here was that if it’s a 10.3 issue, then I’d add the new partition at the time I’m installing 11.0.
if the behaviour is also in 11.0, then I guess I have to put up with the “sda3” insertion of the partitioner. Then the question becomes whether there are any functional differences, performance or “gotcha” issues between the hda (limitless, well, 26 in extended) and sda drivers?