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    Best Partition Layout


    Hi all!
    I have a laptop that the warranty is void since December 10th 2012, although bought on July 20th 2012.
    Since then I repartitioned my 500GB HDD to this:
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    And I wonder, since I upgrade to Windows 8 the Recovery Partition is no use.
    I already backed up the Recovery to a VHD.

    Can you give me advice about the best partition layout?

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    Strathpine, Queensland
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    Personally, I'd keep the recovery partition in case you need to use it again
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    Nice advice!
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    Strathpine, Queensland
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    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    All good?

    Just wondering, can you access that partition at the moment? I'm just curious to know what's actually in it... I mean, it could be useful to use as a backup/reinstall partition should your current install goes bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CeejayMode View Post
    All good?

    Just wondering, can you access that partition at the moment? I'm just curious to know what's actually in it... I mean, it could be useful to use as a backup/reinstall partition should your current install goes bad.
    I can access that partition, but not bootable because of being inactive.
    Once I make it active, it always boot to Recovery and cannot boot to Windows 8. Recovered by launching the Command Prompt from Windows Setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Hi all!
    I have a laptop that the warranty is void since December 10th 2012, although bought on July 20th 2012.
    Since then I repartitioned my 500GB HDD to this:

    ...
    Can you give me advice about the best partition layout?
    Trying to ease into this. How did you install Win8? I take it that the recovery partition is for Win7. Can you actually recover Win7 using it (just making sure)?
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    At First by upgrade, then reinstall using x64.
    I think it can recover the Windows 7. My Aunt just bought my sister a Windows 7 Ultimate disc, and maybe by that using the ei.cfg file edited can recover Windows 7 without HP goodies.
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    I assume that you are using an upgrade-type installer (did you install using UEFI or legacy BIOS?). Regardless, at this point, all you need, at most, to do additional installs of Win8 is evidence of an existing Win8 installation (maybe an upgrade installation) being present when starting the installation.Thus, there doesn't seem to be much reason to have the Win7 recovery partition if you are committed to Win8, but see below.

    Do you have a partition map preference--GPT or MBR? More detailed GPT info here. I have found conflicting info on this point, but I think you need UEFI to install via GPT under Windows 8 (works only for 64-bit). Does your computer support UEFI for sure (your partitions are consistent with having UEFI). I think your PC is good to go on UEFI as evidenced by having the HP_TOOLS partition (for UEFI), but having such a partition may not be conclusive on this matter (check with HP--info you have or online). If yes and interested in using UEFI, then check out this tutorial--on how to install Win8 under UEFI. And, here is a read on UEFI and Windows.

    Ignoring the recovery partition, you may be just where you want to be. If you are, heck with it, just leave the recovery partition alone. You can use what Shawn said on an earlier thread to check to see if you are using GPT:

    "I guess the easiest way to tell is to use the Diskpart command in an elevated command prompt below to see if your Windows 8 drive has a * in the GPT column for the disk or not like below. MBR is default.

    Type and press enter after each command below. You can just close the command prompt when finished.


    • diskpart
    • list disk"


    Below is a related Shawn snip showing results of using diskpart, etc.


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    Last edited by znod; 14 Jan 2013 at 09:06.
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    Nope, I am not using UEFI. HP says that the HP_TOOLS is for UEFI based System Diagnostics only (on my laptop).
    Legacy BIOS with MBR and yes, I am very committed to Windows 8.
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    Well, in general, use this tutorial to install Win8 again if you need to: Clean Install (eliminate unwanted partitions and format as needed).

    Set up new partitions desired as shown here (or use third party partitioning software--e.g., Acronis)

    Interesting reads on partitioning for optimal performance; create a system and data partition (win7, but will apply to win 8); more on having two partitions for system, data, etc.; and more on partitions in general and partitioning schemes.
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