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Windows 7: Resize Recovery Partition?


05 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 
Resize Recovery Partition?

This is probably a little OCD but, that's kinda how I am so, bare with me.

When I first got my Maingear computer, I could've sworn the recovery partition in system view was blue. Now it's red, meaning close to full. I know this partition doesn't move files on or off it so, how did it go from blue to red?

I guess my real question is, can I re-size the recovery partition enough to make it blue again or, should I seek counseling for my OCD?


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05 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Sometimes the recovery partition gets written to though its not meant to be. The culprit could be system restore points or windows backups. You can check both for the backup location.

As far as the recovery partition is concerned, you need to check whether its usable now. Try launching recovery (dont go through it though). If you made recovery disks earlier, you're fine even if the recovery partition is hosed. If you didnt, you can try ordering them from the vendor- OEMs like HP, Dell etc. do provide an extra set for a nominal charge.

Even if nothing works, dont worry. Just image your current windows install using macrium or acronis or whatever you prefer, you can just restore the image if things go out of hand. For that matter, you can even clean install windows and activate with the sticker key.
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05 Jul 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Resizing the recovery partition is not a valid option in my book. You should find out how it got stuffed. Open the recovery partition and have a look. As Bill mentioned, the main culprit is usually the data backup because that assumes D as default.
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05 Jul 2011   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You should leave the recovery (factory restore) partition alone and so should everything else I think. Dell seem to use it to double as system active but this is small stuff and shouldn't significantly changing the size of the partition.

You could provide 2 pieces of information if you want more feedback:
1) screenshot from Disk Management
2) screen shot of the contents using the free Partition Wizard Mini Tool. Use the "Explore Partition" option.

As far as resizing the recovery/restore partition I definitely would not. Factory restores should impose the original partition structure.
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05 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Sometimes the recovery partition gets written to though its not meant to be. The culprit could be system restore points or windows backups. You can check both for the backup location.

As far as the recovery partition is concerned, you need to check whether its usable now. Try launching recovery (dont go through it though). If you made recovery disks earlier, you're fine even if the recovery partition is hosed. If you didnt, you can try ordering them from the vendor- OEMs like HP, Dell etc. do provide an extra set for a nominal charge.

Even if nothing works, dont worry. Just image your current windows install using macrium or acronis or whatever you prefer, you can just restore the image if things go out of hand. For that matter, you can even clean install windows and activate with the sticker key.
I think Bill's advice is sound and you should consider going with the options he suggested.
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05 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Thanks for the replies. I'm at work and can't take the suggestions at the moment. I'll look into things when I get home.

I guess now would be a good time to come clean. The partition in question (as with the whole Windows 7 OS) is on a SSD. I didn't know I wasn't supposed to but, I tried a defrag about 2 weeks after I got the system. It was after that that I noticed it went from blue to red. Everything seems to be working great. In fact, this is the most awesome machine I have ever had. I just don't like "red" things when they're not supposed to be.

All my data (music, pictures, documents, etc.) are on a separate, conventional HDD. I'm not affraid to re-install although, I'd rather not. A long time ago, on a different machine, I tried the "imaging" thing and it didn't work and I had to re-install anyhow. I imagine there's a tutorial on this site that is recommended for imaging?

When I get home I'll provide some of the info that was asked for. Hopefully, I can resolve this without imaging or a re-install...

Thanks.
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05 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

Our resident tutor, Brink, has produced an excellent write-up for creating a system image:

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

If ever you're not sure of anything, feel free to click the Tutorials link at the top of the page. Chances are, Brink and his colleagues will have covered it.

However, like yourself, I have all my docs, photos, music etc. on a separate hard drive, which in backed up on an incremental basis to an external hard drive. If ever Windows goes walkabout, I just re-install it.

As ever, it's a matter of personal choice as to which method you choose, but not backing up is not an option in my book.
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05 Jul 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you want to do yourself a favor I recommend not to use Windows7 imaging - or at least not use it as the only option. Windows 7 imaging can be very iffy - many people had problems with it including myself. You are probably better off using the free Macrium or free Paragon which have a lot more function, are easier to use (especially Macrium) and are reliable.
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05 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you want to do yourself a favor I recommend not to use Windows7 imaging - or at least not use it as the only option. Windows 7 imaging can be very iffy - many people had problems with it including myself. You are probably better off using the free Macrium or free Paragon which have a lot more function, are easier to use (especially Macrium) and are reliable.
Thanks for the suggestion. I was wondering just that as I read over the how-to. Looks a little overwhelming. I'm not even sure yet what I'm going to need to do. However, I am glad I have Seven Forums as a resource.
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05 Jul 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You should still get counseling, it seems to be helping me!
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