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So, I have just bought a new laptop. I used a live cd to check the default partitions and I get this error (see screenshot). Why is that? I am slightly worried because my last HD had so many bad sectors that I had to throw it away after a year or so and it was due to bad partitions. enter image description here

Update: I was wondering if the second image with the error message is something I should worry about too:enter image description here

I just clicked ignore.

  • Right click on it and then click "information" or "more info" (or something like that) to see information about the warning. – mchid Sep 4 '15 at 0:38
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I see no error in the screenshot. That Microsoft reserved partition is used by Windows. Probably it is a recovery partition or so. It is hard to say from your screenshot alone. The red symbol in front of it does not signify a problem here. These particular partitions do not have a recognisable filesystem.

  • What do you mean by "These particular partitions do not have a recognisable filesystem"? they are fat32,ntfs and one partition is unrecognizable. – Elysium Sep 4 '15 at 0:51
  • I mean 'these particular partitions' as in partitions like the Microsoft reserved partition. There are more types of partitions with similar characteristics but that's outside the scope of your question. – wie5Ooma Sep 4 '15 at 17:23
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As gparted already reports, this is a Microsoft Reserved Partition.

It is a partition Windows reserves for possible future use.

Wikipedia can tell you a bit more: Microsoft_Reserved_Partition

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