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Which Partitions Do I Need In Windows 8?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    Most of the partitions may show as empty but don't believe it. As the partitions were created by the OEM for OEM use they do not necessarily follow Windows file system standards. They typically contain data in a private form known only to the OEM.
    True, however I had an Ubuntu partition a while back. So one or two of them could be from that.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You can have up to 128 partitions on one HDD.

    120 to go.

    I lol'd

    I also never knew that!
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by pacificredhawk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    Most of the partitions may show as empty but don't believe it. As the partitions were created by the OEM for OEM use they do not necessarily follow Windows file system standards. They typically contain data in a private form known only to the OEM.
    True, however I had an Ubuntu partition a while back. So one or two of them could be from that.
    None of the partitions are Ubuntu.
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  4. #14


    Maybe for a computer with a SSD, but I wouldn't mind such solution for a magnetic disk based rig. In traditional disks (HDD) the head needs to move from one area to another when data in two partitions is accessed at the same time, what slows down the data transfer speed. For virtualization with HDDs, for example, it's better to keep the VDISK in the host partition for a better disk access transition between the host and guest. I know that the those hidden partitions aren't used unless you need to restore your system, so no pain at all, but anyways there are ways of keeping recovery tools and backup images in one or two partitions only, so why not to simplify !

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  5. #15


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    I am pragmatic. I make an image and keep the EFI partition and C. The rest is for the birds. I am sure theog will not agree, lol.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    If you want to keep the ability to recover your system after some catastrophic event, keep the partitions as Theog suggests.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by pacificredhawk View Post
    Here are my current partitions. My system is a Lenovo.
    Don't delete any partitions! Your hard disk does not have any unnecessary partitions. I have a Lenovo laptop.
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  8. #18


    If you want to see what is in the partitions; go to Control panel > Folder options > View tab > Click on : show hidden files, folders, and drives. > Click : Apply > OK

    Be sure you do the reverse order to hide them again to be safe.

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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    If you want to keep the ability to recover your system after some catastrophic event, keep the partitions as Theog suggests.
    Or restore an image - a LOT easier.
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  10. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I am pragmatic. I make an image and keep the EFI partition and C. The rest is for the birds. I am sure theog will not agree, lol.
    50/50 with imaging.

    With a clean install of Windows 8.1 x64, you can get down to three partitions, using the Windows 7 x64 partition lay-out.

    Diskpart
    Select disk 0
    Clean
    Convert gpt
    Create partition efi size=200
    Assign letter=s
    Format quick fs=FAT32
    Create partition msr size=128
    Create partition primary
    Assign letter=c
    Format quick fs=NTFS

    Click image for larger version
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