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Windows 7: Format partition before installing Win7, or not?

30 Mar 2009   #11
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Not sure which one you want davehc but basically it comes to this.

1. Install on unallocated drive with no other active partitions on your system, you get the 200 MB partition.

2 Install on a drive that is partitioned or have another active partition present in your system and you won't get the 200 MB partition.


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30 Mar 2009   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

Can anyone post a screenshot showing the 100 -200mb partition containing the Recovery Environment?
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30 Mar 2009   #13
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

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30 Mar 2009   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Look at the screenshot in the link. The 200mb partition is 84% free - only 32mb used.

How big is WinRe - 160mb or so?

How to Avoid 200MB Hidden System Partition From Been Created During Windows 7 Installation Ľ My Digital Life

I have never had one of those small System partitions, so this is a surmise.

There may be a Recovery folder on there - check inside - you will probably find a small xml file - pointing at the location of Winre.wim on the Boot partition.
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30 Mar 2009   #15
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

You are increasing my headache M8!!!
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30 Mar 2009   #16
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

End result -- just let Windows partition the way it wants. Don't be a control freak for no good reason. Every other OS I've used has a partition scheme like this -- look at default Solaris, Redhat, VMS, S/390 and z all have the required boot files in a partition separate from the "usermode" stuff. Maybe it will become a place for OEMs to put their utility/recovery partition junk that's at least somewhat standardized. Who knows but at 100MB in current versions it's not worth worrying about on anything but my 4GB eeePC. It's like the old business meeting joke -- when's it over? When you've spend as much in man-hours on the meeting as you would have made or saved on it's topic!
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30 Mar 2009   #17
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Screenshot from build 7068, system partition is now 100 MB does not contain recovery environment. Recovery environment is on root of boot partition, BCD says recovery is enabled so i'll assume the boot manager has the location of the recovery environment.

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30 Mar 2009   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes,

I don't think it ever contained the Recovery environment.

Can you post a screenshot of the contents of the Recovery folder on your boot partition?

Do you have a BCD entry for it?
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30 Mar 2009   #19
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I don't think it ever contained the Recovery environment.
Certainly looks that way.

Recovery folder contains a folder labled "2c30f346-1d91-11de-8561-aa91b7370c75" which is referenced in the BCD. Inside of that folder are two files boot.sdi and Winre.wim.

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30 Mar 2009   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

D:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /enum

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {00718897-e177-11dd-9375-88a25045c9b1}
displayorder {current}
{0b3ceff8-9934-11dd-afd1-c77b513f5f36}
{00718890-e177-11dd-9375-88a25045c9b1}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 3

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {00718899-e177-11dd-9375-88a25045c9b1}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=D:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {00718897-e177-11dd-9375-88a25045c9b1}
nx OptIn

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {0b3ceff8-9934-11dd-afd1-c77b513f5f36}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Vista x64
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {0b3ceff9-9934-11dd-afd1-c77b513f5f36}
nx OptIn
detecthal No
vga No
usefirmwarepcisettings No

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {00718890-e177-11dd-9375-88a25045c9b1}
device partition=E:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description 7000 x86
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {0071888d-e177-11dd-9375-88a25045c9b1}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=E:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {be170ba2-1af3-11de-959b-806e6f6e6963}
nx OptIn

D:\Windows\system32>
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