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      • krism
        AskWoody Plus

        Just noticed that there is a new partition WindowsRE that was put between Win10 and Win8.1 by 20H2. It was not there before. I do not remember if there was unused space between win10 and win8.1, but now there is a ~500MB (438MB used out of 527MB) partition with about 1mb unused on either side of it, probably for alignment.

        So of course wondering what that is and what I should do with it? and why it put it there?

        - ThinkPad T530-2394-3J8, i5-3380M 2.9GHz, UEFI/GPT: (Win10 20H2 Pro x64, Win8.1 Pro x64), 8GB(15GB/s), Sammy 500GB SSD. -

      • #2315188
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Windows RE is the recovery environment version for troubleshooting.

        If you press F8 as Windows boots, you should be offered the recovery environment as a boot option.

        cheers, Paul

      • #2315375
        krism
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks.

        But I already had a 300mb partition marked recovery on that SSD. I was wondering why it felt the need for a second one? The one circled in black was there since SSD was set up. The one circled in red was put there by/during the 20H2 install-update.

        - ThinkPad T530-2394-3J8, i5-3380M 2.9GHz, UEFI/GPT: (Win10 20H2 Pro x64, Win8.1 Pro x64), 8GB(15GB/s), Sammy 500GB SSD. -

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        • #2315381
          Paul T
          AskWoody MVP

          You’ll need to ask MS that one.

          Why do you have so many partitions? It seems like overkill.
          Why do you have 90GB unused at the end?

          cheers, Paul

      • #2315389
        krism
        AskWoody Plus

        Yup. MS.

        So many partitions? I really only have 4. The rest were created by MS. Granted, I could combine E and Phones, but I keep them separate as an easy way of controlling how much junk I am holding on to. Actually, since I just got an LG that I like and will no longer be flashing any phones I could probably pretty much get rid of Phones partition, but I’ll wait a half year to do that. Who knows, maybe my old Moto G3 will go bust and need to be re-prepped. I would never put that stuff on the c partition as it would make it huge, and there are many times when I need to restore an older version of the operating system, but NOT lose the changes that I have made to apps, documents, etc. documents is always on E for me, along with apps, drivers, etc. Needed that just recently when I didn’t like what my first attempt at 20H2 did. Over the decades, I have simply found it an easy way to do things.

        This SSD appears much too large at the moment because I just went from a 250 to 500 (the old one had been in there a couple years and needed to be retired) and also just deleted several linux builds. So maybe 280gb is unused at the moment. But it doesn’t hurt anything – doesn’t add overhead, and I can always stick a few different linux builds in there if I am overtaken by temporary insanity. Macrium only backs up what exists and that results in an approx 66GB backup, so it’s easy to store a bunch of those on my 2TB external.

        - ThinkPad T530-2394-3J8, i5-3380M 2.9GHz, UEFI/GPT: (Win10 20H2 Pro x64, Win8.1 Pro x64), 8GB(15GB/s), Sammy 500GB SSD. -

      • #2315410
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        You have one FAT32 recovery partition and as your Windows has been installed on NTFS partition you got NTFS recovery partition.
        You can remove the Fat32 partition.

      • #2315461
        krism
        AskWoody Plus

        “If you press F8 as Windows boots, you should be offered the recovery environment as a boot option.”  pressing F8 does nothing. when I start, the bios offers me the “choose win10, choose win8, or other options” screen – there are/is no way to choose other options and pressing F8 does nothing.

        - ThinkPad T530-2394-3J8, i5-3380M 2.9GHz, UEFI/GPT: (Win10 20H2 Pro x64, Win8.1 Pro x64), 8GB(15GB/s), Sammy 500GB SSD. -

        • #2315626
          Paul T
          AskWoody MVP

          Press F8 once you choose 8 or 10. It’s an OS startup command, not a boot command.

          cheers, Paul

      • #2315672
        krism
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks Paul but I tap enter to choose win10 and then immediately press F8 but it just pops up at my win10 logon.

        - ThinkPad T530-2394-3J8, i5-3380M 2.9GHz, UEFI/GPT: (Win10 20H2 Pro x64, Win8.1 Pro x64), 8GB(15GB/s), Sammy 500GB SSD. -

      • #2315871
        krism
        AskWoody Plus

        I whailed on it 23 times but the logon screen still popped up. I am betting none of you are doing dual boot and it is that, that is messing me up. Yes, I could stick a USB stick in and boot from that. Let’s hope I never need it. Thanks for all your time.

        - ThinkPad T530-2394-3J8, i5-3380M 2.9GHz, UEFI/GPT: (Win10 20H2 Pro x64, Win8.1 Pro x64), 8GB(15GB/s), Sammy 500GB SSD. -

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