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Windows 7: how to delete my hidden recovery disk safely?

17 Oct 2009   #1

windows 7
how to delete my hidden recovery disk safely?

my laptop preinstalled vista home p. sony vaio. it has a recovery disk which is 12G. now i am using window 7,and i think that i will never recover my pc to visat home p.
so i want to release the space and add it to one of my partitions. because it 's hidden, it can not be done in normal way. but i have EASEUS partition master home edition installed. hidden drive can be seen with this software, can i just right click to use format comand and make it unallocated? any good tip? thank you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Hi 3night...Welcome to the forums...

IMO unless you have a pressing need for the 12gb of disc space, Id leave it there.. Its always good to have a backup just in case....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

The minimum I would suggest is that you use any system utility provided by the manufacturer to create a set of recovery disks - You never miss a backup option until you really need it
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7600 Build 7600

I agree with the other two posters. Unless you have a hard copy of a recovery disk I would keep the recovery partition.

While you may never revert back to Vista, if you are purchasing an upgrade disk, you will need to have an activated copy of a prior Microsoft OS on the computer if you ever need to reinstall Windows 7.

To my understanding if you needed to reinstall Windows 7 with an upgrade disk you would need to first go back and reinstall Vista. If you delete that partition and have no recovery disk you will not be able to reinstall Windows 7.

If you however happen to have a retail version of Windows 7 that is not the case. However, if you ever want to sell this computer and use your retail copy on another computer you would need to revert it back to Vista.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2009   #5

windows 7

well, it preinstalled vista home p, but i downloaded a copy of msdn vista ultimate and burnt it to a disk. so i have three installation disk. home p , ultimate, not upgrade one. window7. so i think that recovery is not necessary . and just wonder deleting recovery disk would make any damage to my computer?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello 3night,

No, it will not damage your computer by deleting the recovery partitions. It will just remove any chance of being able to do a factory restore from them to your original Vista Home Premium that came with the computer. That's all.

I would recommend to create a set of recovery discs as well from the partiton first in case you ever decide you wanted to restore it back on your computer.

If you still want to delete the recovery partitions, then you can use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to do so. You will need to delete the EASEUS partition (applications & drivers) twice before it becomes unallocated space though.

Partition or Volume - Delete

Afterwards, the two partions will have become unallocated space that you can create a new partition with, or extend the C: partition into if the unallocated space is just to the right of it in Disk Management.

Partition or Volume - Create New

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2009   #7

Window 7 32bit Ultimate

WARNING! You will not be able to get the software for your PC hardware if you delete the recovery partition.....
With "Partition Magic" u will be able to due....
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