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What's the difference between partitions and slices?

In the UNIX world, partitions and slices are often used interchangeably.
In the x86 world, partitions usually refer to fdisk partitions.
To avoid confusion, it's preferable to refer to "partitions" as
"fdisk partitions"
You can only have four primary fdisk partitions in a x86 fdisk table.
Solaris doesn't support logical drives in an extended fdisk partition.
In the Solaris x86 world, the term "slice" should be used to refer to slices
which are within the Solaris fdisk partition
(e.g., "root" (/) and "swap" slices.)


[Thanks to John Groenveld]


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