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Why is my hard drive already partitioned? ASUS ESSENTIO Windows 8

I recently bought the aforementioned PC. I have a C drive and a Data drive. Why is this? Also, when I look in disk management, the HDD is partitioned into five partitions: C drive, Data drive, 800mb ...
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Clean install Windows 8 on OEM windows 8 laptop [duplicate]

Long story short, my Ubuntu partition and my Windows 8 partition had a fight, and they both lost. I have a computer booting nothing at the moment. So I'm trying to figure out how to get a ...
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How to restore deleted OEM partition that is “still there”?

I made the mistake of deleting Windows 8 OEM Recovery partition instead of just making it inactive. I used diskpart: select partition n delete partition Now I see the unassigned space in the Disk ...
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Does OEM partition stores Windows 7 serial key ?

Does OEM partition stores the serial key which is grabbed by the Win 7 setup done from the disk provided with laptop. I realized that when you install clean system from Windows 7 disk you get with ...
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How to remove the windows 7 bootloader from my OEM partition?

I have a laptop with an OEM partition containing the files for a recovery of Windows XP. In the past I've used this OEM partition by setting it active and let the computer boot it. It would ...
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Can't install Ubuntu due to “unusable space” - what should I do?

I have the following partitions: When trying to install Ubuntu, it failed to read any of them and said "unusable space". The same from Kubuntu, Arch Linux and OpenSUSE. I tried to reinstall ...
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How can I make an OEM partition an “ordinary” partition

I have an old drive cannibalized from a now non-existent computer. It is not now a boot drive. It has a 100MB OEM partition on it and I can't do anything with it. How can I recover that lost space ...