What is the 100Mb Partition FOR?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by vlaad78, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. vlaad78

    vlaad78 MDL Novice

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    Does anyone know exactly what this is for, what Windows does with it, etc., etc... ?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    Bitlocker and possibly startup and recovery tools. If you don't use bitlocker then you do not need it.
     
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  3. unawave

    unawave MDL Novice

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    And bitlocker ist only supported by Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise.
     
  4. Hazar

    Hazar MDL Guru

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    It holds the boot files, to prevent them from being overwritten or damaged when repartitioning.
     
  5. unawave

    unawave MDL Novice

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    I don't understand your argument: When the main partition dies whilst a re-partition action – what for is it good to have the 100 Mb partition ?
     
  6. snowflake

    snowflake MDL Novice

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    I often have several Windows partitions and I reinstall relatively often, and it is very handy to have a separate boot partition. I have done it for several years and the reason for it is simple:
    Removing a windows installation and leave the boot files is a tiresome process. It is far more easier to just format the partition you want to install to, knowing that the boot files are on a separate partition. A tiny bit of editing with BCDEdit is also needed.

    I almost never install Windows from a boot media on a physical PC, always installing it from another Windows partition. I made the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit several years ago, that was the last time Insstalled from boot.
     
  7. msr

    msr MDL Senior Member

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    Too right, we should be able to partition ourselves and it should be upto us, how we do our computers.

    I just use my bios to select to boot from which hard drive.
     
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