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

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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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