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#1 jtphenom

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 11:59 AM

I don't understand why I have 3 primary partitions on my drive when I've never done anything with my partitions since I've bought the computer. My C: is NTFS, and then I have 2 unlabeled partitions, one is a FAT 55MB, and the other a FAT32 5 GB partition. I tried to attach a screenshot in a docx file but it wouldn't let me.

Anyway, can anyone help me with this?

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 12:13 PM

Some OEM computers have one partition for the operating system and a second for recovery. Could you please tell us what the make and model is of your computer?

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 12:31 PM

System manufacturer and model?

Have you checked your owner's manual for a possible explanation?

I would not consider the 55MB "partition" to be more than a partner for the 5GB but I don't really know. A 55MB partition cannot do too much on its own.

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 03:08 PM

System manufacturers will sometimes put a separate data partition on the hard drive - or it can be a recovery partition. A look at the label for the partition and it's contents will usually reveal some telling characteristic.

The smaller partition is rapidly becoming the norm on store bought PC's. Most often it's the boot partition and it has files to refer the boot sequence to the OS (Operating System) partition during the boot. With this method, the manufacturer can allow you to boot to other tools even if your OS is corrupt. It also may be (purely my own speculation) that it's preparing for the "instant on" PC features that I've read about recently - where you can boot quickly to just use your email or surf the web.
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Posted 02 November 2008 - 07:07 PM

System manufacturer and model?

Have you checked your owner's manual for a possible explanation?

I would not consider the 55MB "partition" to be more than a partner for the 5GB but I don't really know. A 55MB partition cannot do too much on its own.

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OK well sorry I took so long to get back to this, but for some reason I'm not getting email notifications that someone responded to my email.

I have a Dell Dimension E510.

I have not looked in my manual for an explanation for this.

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 07:39 PM

http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/

Appears that you have a utility partition (55MB) and a restore partition.

FWIW...that manual probably ought to be read by you, there seems to be information that a user ought to know...included.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...1.htm#wp1114195

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