Originally Posted by Oubadah
Originally Posted by Sean Webster
The OD partition will be aligned on the drive correctly and increase performance and you will have a clean install and no extra 100MB partition most likely.
What's the 'OD' partition?
Why will there be no extra 100MB partition? Isn't that 100MB partition there for a reason? Without it there will be no access to repair console on the F8 menu?
I have a 1TB drive and I only want to use 100GB of it (short stroke). Your instructions only show how to create a partition using all available space on the disk. Where do I specify partition size?
You can specify the partition size while in the command window using diskpart.
When you issue the command to "create partition primary", add to that the size you want. In your scenario, wanting a 100GB partition, the syntax would be:Create Partition Primary size=100000
. The 100000 is equivalent to 100GB.
The WinRe (windows recovery environment) console is not actually in the 100MB partition. At 160MB, it wouldn't fit anyway. If I recall correctly, Microsoft's original intent was to place it there, and was going to require a 200MB recovery partition. Somewhere between one of the Betas and the RC, the partition shrunk to 100MB, and winre.wim
was move onto the same primary partition as the windows directory (your C:\ drive). Elimination of the 100MB partition does not affect access to the Windows RE console. Without the 100MB partition, the boot files (BCD) also end up on the same partition as the OS.
EDIT: I may be wrong, but I think if you leave space (the extra 900GB) of your 1TB drive as unallocated when you create the 100GB partition, windows is going to create the 100MB system reservered partition anyway during install, strickly because the space to do so is there.