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Which Partitions Do I Need In Windows 8?

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    Which Partitions Do I Need In Windows 8?


    Hello everyone,

    I have Windows 8.1 64 bit and I wanted to see if I have any extra partitions from a Ubuntu dual boot that I have since uninstalled.

    Here are my current partitions. My system is a Lenovo.
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Well, technically, you do not NEED any partitions.
    That said, there is surely at least 1 recovery partition, and it would be best to keep that.(those?)...

    At the very least, those 100% empty ones could surely be merged...
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    As this is a OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8, which has been updated to Windows 8.1.

    You need all the Partitions

    Partition 1
    Partition 2
    Partition 3
    Partition 4 Hidden in DM
    Partition 5 OS
    Partition 6 The new Windows 8.1 Repair Tool Partition.
    Partition 7 Lenovo Drivers Store.
    Partition 8 Lenovo Recovery Partition.
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    Seriously...??? The top 5 are completely empty, the free space matches the capacity.
    I'm not saying you're wrong, but it does seem ridiculous.
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    Hidden partitions show as empty in DM.
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    Wow... So many partitions let me confused. I hate pre-installed computers ! It's much better when you choose how things work !
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    You can have up to 128 partitions on one HDD.

    120 to go.
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    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.
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    No kidding. Well, I stand corrected.
    Is there any reason one could not simply reformat the hard drive and rid yerself of all that nonsense...???
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    Let us assume for the moment that an OEM wished to store the recovery data in the context of a file system that Windows could understand. What file system could be used? For use on a hard drive Windows 7 understands 3 file systems: FAT 16, FAT 32, and NTFS. FAT 16 is limited to a maximum size of 4 GB so that is out. FAT 32 is limited to a maximum file size of 4 GB so multiple files would be needed. NTFS would work but it is a complex file system with considerable overhead, not to mention the software necessary to read it. You can't use the Windows software because that won't work unless Windows is running.

    Why bother with all of that?
    All that is needed is the raw recovery data and the relatively simple software to read it. No need for a file system at all. From the OEMs point of view this is a win win situation. The only downside is that many users will see what is apparently an empty partition and be tempted to delete it. But what can you do?
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