Windows 10: What is the difference between a system partition and a boot partition

Discus and support What is the difference between a system partition and a boot partition in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Why does my hard disk have a 500 megabytes unnamed active partition and and a normal 150 gigabytes boot partition as the C:\ Drive? I had thought that... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by junglee, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. junglee Win User

    What is the difference between a system partition and a boot partition


    Why does my hard disk have a 500 megabytes unnamed active partition and and a normal 150 gigabytes boot partition as the C:\ Drive? I had thought that active, boot and system partitions were one and the same.

    :)
     
    junglee, Feb 8, 2019
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  2. /boot Partition?

    [Solved] /boot Partition?

    Ok, I like playing around with multiple operating systems so I tend to have a few installed at a time. My issue is related to the bootloader. Every new Linux OS I install installs its own version of Grub. That's fine until you delete that partition.... *Bang Head :banghead:

    I was thinking about creating a small (ie ~50MB) partition that /boot will reside on. This way I can have one copy of Grub that would boot my several OS(s) depending on what they are. I think this is a good idea so I can delete one OS's partition and still be able to boot the other OS(s).

    Unfortunately, I am not an expert with bootloaders and I'm not really sure how /boot has to do with booting. Can someone tell me how feasible my idea is? I'm looking for a way to have multiple OS(s) but only one bootloader so when I delete one OS, the bootloader will still be intact.

    Any ideas/suggestions/advice is appreciated! *Smile What is the difference between a system partition and a boot partition :)
     
    angelkiller, Feb 8, 2019
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  3. W1zzard Win User
    W7 Hard drive partition issue

    to get rid of that 100 meg windows partition that setup creates for you on a new install on a blank hdd:

    - press shift+f10 when on the partition management screen in setup <-- this opens a command prompt
    - diskpart <-- start the windows command line partition management tool
    - list disk <--- list the installed hdds in this computer for the next step
    - select disk 0 <- might have to replace 0 with the number of the correct disk
    - clean <-- this will erase all data on the disk you selected one step up- dont use the wrong disk!
    - create partition primary <- creates a primary partition taking up all space on the drive, adjust the command if necessary
    - exit, exit to exit diskpart and the command prompt
    - click refresh in partition manager and select your newly created partition and install to that
     
    W1zzard, Feb 8, 2019
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  4. What is the difference between a system partition and a boot partition

    /boot Partition?

    If you have a newer CPU, I would suggest using some Virtualization software.

    Virtual machine software that's free like Virtual Box or a "to buy" one like Vmware...

    You can install, mess with and even straight up destroy OS's in a nice, safe little sandbox, and it doesn't hamper a thing *Wink What is the difference between a system partition and a boot partition ;)
     
    Dippyskoodlez, Feb 8, 2019
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