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Help with Windows 8.1 clean install. What partitions to delete?

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#1 Lorelai001


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Posted 17 January 2015 - 07:49 AM

I am doing a Windows 8.1 clean install. I got to the part where I am asked where to install Windows. I want to delete partitions and repartition, but not sure if I should delete everything.

This is what I have:

Drive 0 Partition 1: Recovery               Total size: 300mb      Free space: 79mb       Type: Recovery
Drive 0 Partition 2                                                   99mb                          70mb                 System

Drive 0 Partition 3                                                 128mb                         128mb                MSR (Reserved)

Drive 0 Partition 4                                              172.3GB                         145GB                Primary

Drive 0 Partition 5                                              293.0GB                         292.8GB             Primary

There is a trial version of Windows 8Pro installed (from computer service). Partition 4 is the C: drive.
I want to have 3 partitions instead of 2.  What do I do with Partition 1,2,3? Do I delete them too?
I am already in front of the upper mentioned screen and therefore I would really appreciate some feedback.

Thank you!

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Posted 17 January 2015 - 08:19 AM

If you want to use the full capacity of the entire hard drive (HDD), yes, delete them all and reduce the HDD to space. Then reset one new partition, format it, and you are on your way. This also insures that if there were any junkware, viruses, PUP installes, spyware, etc. it is gone for sure. Remember that Windows will automatically create a tiny space for its own use, so when you are done you will see an "unallocated space" of a few megs. This is normal.

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