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W8.1 - which partitions to clone?

  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    If you want to be really fugal, you can copy the bootmgr from the EFI partition to the C partition. Then you need to image only the C partition.

    Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Help Forums

    I have tested it on Windows 8.1. It worked.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    There is already a legacy bootmgr on C:\
    UEFI uses bootmgr.efi and winload.efi

    Delete your EFI partition or try to combine the EFI partition with your windows partition
    and your machine WILL NOT BOOT..

    you can do it in Legacy Mode
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  3. #13


    Posts : 9
    W8.1


    @adamf, if I understand you correctly, all I need for a simple UEFI W8 installation is the ESP partition (SYSTEM_DRV), the C: partition (WINDOWS08_OS) and possibly the MSR partition - I can get rid of the two Lenovo partitions (LRS_ESP and PBR_DRV).

    So far, so good, but what do I do about the first partition (WINRE_DRV)? I'm still confused about what it does. If it comes with W8 (as I think I read somewhere), I'll probably keep it - if it's something that Lenovo installed for their own purposes, I'd like to get rid of it.

    Sorry to ask what may be stupid questions, but I'm having to learn a lot of new stuff.

    Thanks
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    If you delete the PBR and WINRE you will no longer have an on disk factory recovery option..

    Partition 5 contains the recovery image (which is optional)
    all the other partitions are the more to normal partitions and partition sizes

    Attachment 60409

    Partition 1 is the WINRE partition
    Partition 2 is the EFI partition
    Partition 3 is the MSR partition
    Partition 4 is the WinOS partition
    Partition 5 is the PBR image partition

    If you notice your partition sizes they are larger then they have to be - because that is how the OEM created them..

    If you used Control Panel > Recovery > create a recovery disk
    Windows will rewrite two files and properly size all the partitions when you use the recovery media to reset your PC
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  5. #15


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by jollyjack View Post
    Partition 1 - 1000 MB (Recovery Partition) This partition contains Windows Recovery Environment tools and utilities, allowing the user to repair problems that affect the system drive.

    Partition 2 - 260 MB (EFI System Partition) - UEFI firmware loads files stored on the EFI System Partition to start installed operating systems.

    Partition 3 - 1000 MB (OEM Partition) Boot loaders to launch OEM manufacturer-specific recovery tools.

    Partition 4 - 128 MB (Microsoft Reserved Partition) - Note: This partition not visible within Disk Management.

    Partition 7 - 22 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.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    either way you just gotta love OEM setup
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  7. #17


    Posts : 9
    W8.1


    @KYHI, I'm not bothered about having an on-disk factory recovery option. I'd prefer to restore from a cloned image anyway, as it's up-to-date and reflects all the changes I've made. If that doesn't work, there's "Microsoft Installation Media", which apparently I can create myself (though I'd need drivers, updates, etc). After that, I have the "Lenovo Recovery Media" a USB drive that I created first thing. And if that doesn't work (maybe because it needs one of the partitions I've deleted), I'll go back to W7.

    So, as far as I can see, I need my partitions 1,2,4 and 5 (your partitions 1,2,3 and 4) - the rest can go.

    Or have I got that horribly wrong?

    Cheers
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  8. #18


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    So, as far as I can see, I need my partitions 1,2,4 and 5 (your partitions 1,2,3 and 4) - the rest can go.
    you are correct..
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  9. #19


    Posts : 9
    W8.1


    KYHI, many thanks
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  10. #20


    Posts : 9
    W8.1


    One more question, if I may?

    If I delete sda3, then sda4 becomes sda3 and sda5 (which contains W8 OS) will become sda4. Will the EFI boot process still be able to find W8, and boot it?

    If it's going to cause problems, I may just leave sda3 there - it's only 1Gb - and just delete sda7.

    Thanks
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