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Windows 7: Shrinking Partitions


12 Mar 2014   #1

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Shrinking Partitions

Just got a new laptop (HP 4540s) and I use Acronis Trueimage to make my image backups.

I just want to backup the OS and want to shrink that to about 140gb.

Can I just shrink and get rid of recovery and tools partitions, so I can make an image of the OS only?

Not sure about that tools partition.

Just realized title has an extra "n".

Thanks,

Paul



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12 Mar 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I am not sure what might be in Tools, but it is only 2 GB. I would leave it. Don't delete the Recovery partition. That is to put your computer back in the same shape as when you bought it should there be a problem in the future.
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12 Mar 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

I don't care about that. (recovery partition)

As I said, I use Acronis to make my recovery images - they have OS, programs and updates- that's all I care about.

If I had to use HP recovery, all that would be gone.
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12 Mar 2014   #4

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You can delete partitions HP_TOOLS and HP_RECOVERY without problems (if you have another backup/restore scenario). Just do it. Reboot will give you no problems.... both partitions aren't used at all in normal use.

You can even delete the "system reserved" partition if you wish. See System Reserved Partition - Delete
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12 Mar 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You can delete partitions HP_TOOLS and HP_RECOVERY without problems (if you have another backup/restore scenario). Just do it. Reboot will give you no problems.... both partitions aren't used at all in normal use.

You can even delete the "system reserved" partition if you wish. See System Reserved Partition - Delete
Thanks,

Exactly what I hoped would be the solution.

Can I then just keep the OS on one partition and when doing a backup image, just backup that partition?
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12 Mar 2014   #6

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The "system" partition should contain your boot files, in which case you need to back it up also.

But, you can also move the boot files to C, and then make an image of C alone.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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13 Mar 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Acronis does that automatically - thanks.
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13 Mar 2014   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Acronis does that automatically - thanks.
What does Acronis automatically?
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13 Mar 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

That was in reply to post #6
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13 Mar 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I hope you don't just delete the System Reserved without doing the proper things first. Your PC won't boot.
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