two partitions in ASUS notebook

A friend got a new ASUS notebook but he disliked two partitions on it.  He wanted to merge the two partitions to make a bigger C drive.  I cautioned him not to do so.

The use of two partitions on a notebook PC is a good operational practice. The first partition is for holding system files where the other partition is for files of user applications and data.  If Win 7 system crashes  due to viruses, spyware or inadvertent corruption of system files, the recovery disk containing the factory default image can be dumped back to the first partition while keeping the user data unaffected as far as possible. This might be complicated in the event that only one partition is used for holding all kinds of files.  For Linux system, multiple partition requirement is more important not just for backup, recovery but also for scalability and expansion.

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