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Thread: Why does Windows XP partitioning leaves a 8mb unformatted partition?




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    Default Why does Windows XP partitioning leave a 8mb unformatted partition?

    Does it use that 8 mb partition for something or is it a flaw in the design?
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    Default Re: Why does Windows XP partitioning leaves a 8mb unformatted partition?

    Its system reserved space or something...probably partition information

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    Default Re: Why does Windows XP partitioning leaves a 8mb unformatted partition?

    Quote Originally Posted by sr4470
    Its system reserved space or something...probably partition information

    Is it nessasary if the O.S. is on that drive?

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    Default Re: Why does Windows XP partitioning leaves a 8mb unformatted partition?

    You could just use a disk tool like partitionmagic to recover the unused 8mb after you've installed.

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    Default Re: Why does Windows XP partitioning leaves a 8mb unformatted partition?

    Quote Originally Posted by sr4470
    You could just use a disk tool like partitionmagic to recover the unused 8mb after you've installed.

    I could, but I'm wondering if Win XP needs this 8mb for something. I have an older computer I'm selling to a freind and upon formatting without that 8 mb partition that Win XP leaves behind, windows would not install properly got a blue screen shortly into the Win XP install process (Twice). See the drive use to be a slave drive without an O.S. on it, so I actually didn't have that 8mb partition on it at first. I now have installed Windows but the only 2 things I change were that I repartioned using Win XP and used defualt safe settings in the bios on a Gygabyte GA-8SQ800 mainboard. I'm not sure which solved the problem but I'm leaning toward the Win XP partion with that 8 mb unformatted partition. I'm wondering if this actually serves some sort of purpose for Win XP, since it might have been the reasons for those install attempts gone wrong.

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