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    Hidden Partitions

    Have a fairly new Dell laptop that I haven't hosed yet. Just noticed today that disk management shows the 2 recovery partitions and the oem partition as 100% free space. Is this because they are hidden?

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    Either they are hidden [usual] or they are truly empty [unusual].

    Did you make the Factory Restore/Recovery discs/USB Thumb/Flash drive when prompted? Good to do so in the case of a HDD catastrophe. If not it can still be done.

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    They are hidden, only show in disk management. Have not had an HDD catastrophe yet. The only thing I've done is resize my C partition using Partition Wizard which I've never had a problem with.
    I'll just assume they show as empty because they're hidden.

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    Rich,

    They are not Hidden, they just have not been assigned drive letters (there is a difference).

    Windows Disk Management reports them as empty:
    rlfvtDM.JPG

    However, EaseUS Partition Master tells a different story!
    rlfvtPM.JPG

    Note: This was done on a Dell XPS 8700 w/Win 8.1 Update 1.

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    Have not had an HDD catastrophe yet.
    I recommend leaving them alone before you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I recommend leaving them alone before you do.
    I second the motion. Unless one is absolutely certain one is absolutely doing the thing right [so that one does not have to do the "right thing"], 'tis best to leave hidden partitions alone. I learned from bad experience, then I followed Altex's advice.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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