Windows 10: How do I re-install Windows with or without recovery partition?

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  1.    08 Apr 2016 #11

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    I've done countless installs just letting setup install to unallocated space and had zero issues. UEFI and legacy BIOS. Why overcomplicate things?
    and you don't even have to go into command prompt to do it. After clicking on custom install just click on each partition on the hard drive and delete it.
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       08 Apr 2016 #12

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    I've done countless installs just letting setup install to unallocated space and had zero issues. UEFI and legacy BIOS. Why overcomplicate things?
    I also just delete any partitions on an HDD [using GPARTED] which makes Windows see it as a new-out-of-the box drive and booting to the installation CD or DVD lets Windows create partitions as needed.
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  3.    08 Apr 2016 #13

    Hi,

    So, you guys waste an entire drive on just an OS ?
    Regardless of its actual size ?

    Seems like a strange policy to me.


    Cheers,
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       08 Apr 2016 #14

    fdegrove said: View Post
    Hi,

    So, you guys waste an entire drive on just an OS ?
    Regardless of its actual size ?

    Seems like a strange policy to me.


    Cheers,
    A waste? Many times when an HDD fails it takes out all partitions so the waste would be when the personal files/data that exists nowhere else has not been backed up onto or copied onto a different drive. GPARTED can be used to create partitions as desired but the downside is properly choosing which partition is to be used for what purpose.
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  5.    08 Apr 2016 #15

    fdegrove said: View Post
    Hi,

    So, you guys waste an entire drive on just an OS ?
    Regardless of its actual size ?

    Seems like a strange policy to me.


    Cheers,
    Only for the initial install. Resizing with MiniTool Partition Wizard Free after Windows is installed works very well.
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  6.    09 Apr 2016 #16

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Only for the initial install. Resizing with MiniTool Partition Wizard Free after Windows is installed works very well.
    For a clean install, you can just use disk management to shrink C drive of course as partitions will be setup nicely.

    Really good plan to separate data from OS drive for ease of backup and reinstalls. First thing I do on any PC.
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  7.    09 Apr 2016 #17

    fdegrove said: View Post
    Hi,

    So, you guys waste an entire drive on just an OS ?
    Regardless of its actual size ?

    Seems like a strange policy to me.


    Cheers,
    If my DATA partition is on the same drive, that's the only partition I leave standing. The rest I just delete and leave the space as unallocated. My laptop and desktop PC have an SSD for the OS and a second drive for my Data. In my laptop its a second SSD, in my desktop its a spinner. It's all backed up anyway to portable media. My wife's laptop is the only PC left here with only the one drive in it.
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