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Secondary HDD formatted as GPT has 4 unused partitions...

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    Secondary HDD formatted as GPT has 4 unused partitions...

    Hi everyone, I recently set up Windows 8.1 on a new SSD (as GPT). While I'm aware that Windows automatically creates its necessary extra small partitions for recovery, I just realized that my secondary HDD which I also formatted as GPT has these extra partitions. This secondary HDD was the one shipped on my laptop that used to have Win 8 preinstalled so maybe its remnants of that.

    My question is (and I hope this is the right forum to ask): Are those partitions only necessary if the said hard drive contains the OS? In other words, can I delete them since this is a secondary drive?

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    If it's just for data and you don't need OS on it than no other partitions are not necessary. If it was OEM drive than it had some hidden partitions one of which was probably recover one, another one for UEFI and a Windows made one. If your computer boots without that secondary drive, you are free to repartition and format it any way you like.
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    Thank you Count! Bwahahaha!
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