Recovery, EFIT, MBR partitions - what do they do and how to use them?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by MonarchX, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

    May 5, 2007
    You can cleanly install Windows 10 x64 on a new disk 2 ways:
    1. Simply select the disk (Unallocated space) without pressing Format and Windows 10 x64 will install on that disk, creating only 1 (I think) extra hidden recovery or MBR or whatever partition.
    2. Select the disk, select Format, which creates 3 partition - a Recovery one (450Mb), the main one, the 100mb one, and the 16mb one - sorry do not remember the exact names.

    What is the difference? What is the correct way - to format and have these 3 extra partitions or not format and have only 1 extra partition. What exactly do they do? I would love to have a partition or a system that keeps every single vital file and registry entry that no matter how badly you mess up your OS, no matter what you delete/disable/change, the Recovery partition would always let the OS boot. Too bad it does not seem to be the case...

    I only use UEFI GPT for FastBoot.