Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Shrinking Partitions

12 Mar 2014   #1
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
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




Attached Images
 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 Mar 2014   #2
bigmck

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2014   #3
PSCO2007

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


12 Mar 2014   #4
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2014   #5
PSCO2007

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?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

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
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2014   #7
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Acronis does that automatically - thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2014   #8
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

That was in reply to post #6
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2014   #10
bigmck

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Shrinking Partitions




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to create home partitions and partitions for the OS with programs?
Hello, One of my friends has a windows 7 computer with an account for himself, his mother and his 2 sisters. All the home directorys are stored in drive C. Partition D is shared. The question is, how to get a partition layout like this? Partition 1: OS + programs Partition 2: home partition...
Installation & Setup
Shrinking Volume
Today I defragmented hdd have 298 gb drive with 262 gb free. Reebooted and went to disk management to shrink drive and free up about 50 gb. When I try to shrink it is allowing a maximum of 662 mb. What must I do to increase this amount. Henry
General Discussion
unable to boot win 7 after shrinking partitions
Hello mates, Last nite i messed up my win 7 partitions. i wanted make a separate partition to install ubuntu 11.04. For this, i shrinked one of my partitions to free up some space. however, as soon as i created a "new simple volume" from the newly created partition, all of my partitions on the...
BSOD Help and Support
Shrinking a Partition
I have a 250 gb drive, currently all "C". I would like to shrink it to 80 gb (25 gb used). When I run W7 disk manager, it says I can only shrink it to 116 gb due to unmovable files. When I use resize in Partition Wizard, it seems to let me shrink to 80 gb with no issues. I have not hit "go" in...
Performance & Maintenance
Cannot expand my C: after shrinking it?
I recently tried to follow the guide by Brink located at http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html about how to dual boot my old XP and Windows 7. Well, I didn't have an actual XP Media Center Edition installation disk (all I had was the OEM), so I tried to...
General Discussion
HD Shrinking +/-
I have a 150 GB VelociRaptor with Win7 and programs installed on it. There is 125 GB of free space on the drive. Is there any advantage/disadvantage to shrinking the drive and having the free space be a separate partition? I don't need the space since I have 5 HDs in this machine.
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:56.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App