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Windows 7: Weird Partition


10 Sep 2012   #1

xp 32
 
 
Weird Partition

I have bought my GE70 without any OS. When I was instaling Windows 7 Pro at the partition stage there already was 2gb partition where 1.9gb was already in use. I didnt pay much attention to it; it had a wierd name, just random symbols.
I was doing a defrag and here is a print screen of the partition
imgur: the simple image sharer

Can someone tell me what is this?

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10 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

We might be able to tell more if you would post a copy of your Disk Management expanded so we can read all of the words. Use your Snipping Tool to upload it. If you need help with the upload, read this tutorial Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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10 Sep 2012   #3

xp 32
 
 

what do you mean by expanded. I am posting a screensht of the disk management
sorry about posting the image incorrectly, i'm new here


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10 Sep 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi,

Very odd - looks like a System partition, but formatted as FAT32.

Did you not wipe/format the disk prior to the Windows 7 installation? For security reasons, I recommend this strongly (you don't know what was on the disk prior to you purchasing the computer).

You can wipe the disk during installation using the DISKPART CLEAN command:

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Regards,
Golden
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11 Sep 2012   #5

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Is it possibly the manifacturers partition that contains the boot files? It is the only active partition. I must admit, I have never seen such a partition.
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11 Sep 2012   #6

xp 32
 
 

SO the best solution will be toinstal Windows 7 again and format the hdd?
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11 Sep 2012   #7

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Could you check to see if your hard drive is set up as MBR or GPT?
See here: Hard Drive - GPT or MBR
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11 Sep 2012   #8

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

The GE70 comes with a recovery partition that can be accessed by tapping F3 on startup. I read that you will be able to burn a set of recovery disks by using it. Did you buy it new? If so MSI tech support can tell you exactly what the partition is and what's inside.
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11 Sep 2012   #9

xp 32
 
 

its MBR

Yes I bought it brand new. if its basicly a recovery partition why such a random name?
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11 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I think that is the System Reserved, normally 100 MB partition. Don't delete it. I have a feeling you won't be able to start your PC then. It is strange that the size, name and format are not normal. I think I would format the drive and reinstall Windows. You want to get this right. Use this tutorial to get everything correct.
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