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Solved: Why do computer manufacturers set up their hard disks this way?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Alex Ethridge, Apr 29, 2010.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

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    Years ago, when I set up a hard disk in DOS, The entire disk was partitioned and used in it entirety, with no empty or unallocated space. Recently, I notice that even when I install Windows XP or 7 from scratch on a new disk, there is always a tiny amount of space left unallocated, maybe only 7- or 8 megs on a 500-Gig+ disk.

    I'm looking now at an HP laptop that has the following partitions:
    Partition 1: 99.2 Gigabytes
    Unallocated Space: 7 Megs
    Partition 2: HP Recovery 11 Gigabytes with 1 Gigabyte free
    Partition 3: 1 Gigabyte with 407 MB free

    I understand partition 1 is the OS and that partition 2 is the recovery partition. I suspect partition 3 is some kind of HP utilities; but, I don't understand that unallocated space. That seems to have been there on every system I remember looking at. Why?
     
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    Now that is a targeted answer. Thanks!
     
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