I recently got a new Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD and set it up with a GPT partition table in Windows 10. I created one partition on the drive, which is 931.5GiB in size and formatted as NTFS. In Windows, everything appeared fine and there was only one partition on the drive.

However, when I switched to my Linux distribution and ran the command lsblk, I noticed that there were actually two partitions on the drive:

sdc      8:32   0 931,5G  0 disk 
├─sdc1   8:33   0    16M  0 part 
└─sdc2   8:34   0 931,5G  0 part

I’m curious as to why Windows created a 16MiB Microsoft Reserved Partition before the main partition I made. I am using this drive as a data drive and not as an operating system drive, so I’m not sure what the purpose of this partition is.

Is it safe to remove the Microsoft Reserved Partition and try to recreate the main partition without it? If so, how can I do this?

Askify Moderator Edited question May 4, 2023