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    too many partitions?


    Hey im currently attempting to dualboot 7 onto my 8 computer. I made my partition got everything ready, and realized... i have way tomany partitions? What do i dackup what do i keep? ... currently i have win8 / (blank)win7 / lenovo app / recovery. And 5 other ones!? Are they important? Do i need them? How do i find out?

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    Post a screenshot of Disk Manager so we can see what you have.
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    important ,with out seeing all of them ,i will say yes ,or they wouldn't be there ,created by lenovo ,and win8 for recovery ,refresh purposes
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    Do you mean way too many out of the 128 possible partitions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    Post a screenshot of Disk Manager so we can see what you have.



    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    important ,with out seeing all of them ,i will say yes ,or they wouldn't be there ,created by lenovo ,and win8 for recovery ,refresh purposes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Do you mean way too many out of the 128 possible partitions?
    All my other laptops (I've owned 3 before this one)
    Only had JUST the OS partition, or the OS partition and one recovery partition. so, 2 at the most. Nothing more.

    an XP a vista and a 7 / vista was upgraded to 7 later on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewUserNow View Post


    1000 MB (Recovery Partition) This partition contains Windows Recovery Environment tools and utilities, allowing the user to repair problems that affect the system drive.

    260 MB (EFI Partition) - Bootloader, drivers used by firmware at boot time, etc.

    1000 MB (OEM Partition) Lenovo installation files.

    25 GB - Lenovo drivers and other software.

    20 GB (Recovery Partition) - This partition contains the recovery image that would be restored to the system drive if the Refresh or Reset option in Windows 8 is used.

    350/450 MB (Recovery Partition) - link
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    As Genet illustrates, the 350 and 450 MB partitions were added during the update to 8.1. The 350 MB was added during one update, and the more recent 450 MB was added after a Reset during the second update. So the 350 MB one is no longer used, if you wanted to remove it..

    If you wanted to verify, you could use Diskpart to list your partitions, then the Reagentc /info command to show which partition was currently the one designated as the Recovery Tools Partition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NewUserNow View Post


    1000 MB (Recovery Partition) – This partition contains Windows Recovery Environment tools and utilities, allowing the user to repair problems that affect the system drive.

    260 MB (EFI Partition) - Bootloader, drivers used by firmware at boot time, etc.

    1000 MB (OEM Partition) – Lenovo installation files.

    25 GB - Lenovo drivers and other software.

    20 GB (Recovery Partition) - This partition contains the recovery image that would be restored to the system drive if the Refresh or Reset option in Windows 8 is used.

    350/450 MB (Recovery Partition) - link
    Thanks for explaining all that to me,
    Really I'm just curious which ones I NEED to backup and which ones I don't

    350/450 MB (Recovery Partition) - link
    Was complete jiberish to me, Don't really know what that was / is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    As Genet illustrates, the 350 and 450 MB partitions were added during the update to 8.1. The 350 MB was added during one update, and the more recent 450 MB was added after a Reset during the second update. So the 350 MB one is no longer used, if you wanted to remove it..

    If you wanted to verify, you could use Diskpart to list your partitions, then the Reagentc /info command to show which partition was currently the one designated as the Recovery Tools Partition.
    350mb, Don't need it. gotcha.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Just have 3. 30/40Gbs each (Bigger if you will install many apps) for 7 and 8 and the third one for everything else. Get rid of that recovery crap, never works properly. And yes you have too many partitions than you need. Keep it simple.
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    which ones do i backup
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