I've done clean install of Win 8. At the very beginning of the installation I have deleted the hidden recovery partition hoping that during the installation process a new recovery partition will be created.
However that did not happen and I ended up with only one partition at the end of the installation with the Windows on it.
I did create a Recovery Disk on a USB drive ( took about 350MB of space on it) which of course can be used for booting up and repair/recovery should one day something go wrong.
However, I am not sure how to make a similar small Recovery Partition ( not the Restore/Refresh Partition) on the C drive so I can initiate repair process when C is not able to boot and my USB drive is not around.