Frequently Asked Questions Q: Why is there an 8-megabyte (MB) partition after setting up the hard disk partitions during the MS-DOS portion of WindowsXP setup?A:
This is the space at the end of the hard disk that needs to be there for the ability to create Dynamic Disks. Normally there is some space remaining at the end of the hard disk. It used to be hidden from the user. Windows® 2000 and Windows® XP have to guarantee the space is there.