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4 Drives/Partitions, possible malware?

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    4 Drives/Partitions, possible malware?


    In CMD I did I found 4 Diskdrives, and I'm only aware I have 'C' and 'D' on my computer, is this possible malware?

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    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello JC,

    That's normal. It looks like they are hidden partitions used for boot and system recovery.

    If you like, post a screenshot of your Disk Management to be sure.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Hey JC, if you have a Card Reader that will show up as 2 to 4 extra drives.\

    Edit - According to your image, one partition is WinRE, a recovery partition and the "fat32" is probably the boot partition for either the whole system or the recovery partition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello JC,

    That's normal. It looks like they are hidden partitions used for boot and system recovery.

    If you like, post a screenshot of your Disk Management to be sure.

    Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Hey JC, if you have a Card Reader that will show up as 2 to 4 extra drives.\

    Edit - According to your image, one partition is WinRE, a recovery partition and the "fat32" is probably the boot partition for either the whole system or the recovery partition.
    My laptop has a um SD card reader on the side of it.

    My bad didn't notice the Edit, so I'm not sure, I dont use recovery since my laptop has no optical drives
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    JC,

    From your screenshot, that's what they are, and is nothing to worry about.

    The 400 MB partition is your WinRE partition used for Startup Options.

    The 260 MB EFI partition is because Windows is installed using UEFI.
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I agree the Disk Management picture looks normal, but Diskpart normally shows a 128 MB MSR partition for a UEFI install....?

    Also I was wondering, since I am seeing more UEFI installs with the 260 MB Fat32 partition instead of the 100 MB one and considering the quote from a Diskpart script Microsoft puts out, are these drives Native 4K (4Kn) or are they just starting to use that partition size for future installs?

    create partition efi size=100
    rem ** NOTE: For Advanced Format 4Kn drives, rem change this value to size = 260 **
    format quick fs=fat32 label="System" assign letter="S"
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    I have no idea what most of it is, but I'm gonna go with it being safe, thanks to everyone to who replied, Solved
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Yah, whatever you do don't delete the small Fat32 fartition, else the system won't boot.

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