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I would like to nuke system for clean install. I understand there will be system reserved partitions, however, my main concern relates to OS and DATA partitions - Review attached screenshots :

150 GB for C (OS) drive?
Remaining for DATA?

I am unsure where did I read RECOVERY should be the last partition - how would this be accomplished?

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