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Windows 7: Recovery partition has grown

23 Oct 2013   #1
truckinguy

Win7 64 Bit
 
 
Recovery partition has grown

It was always about 75mb for a couple of years now after installing my ssd and using paragon backup and recovery it's grown to 2 gb even though most of it's free. Then I tried to shrink it and got an allocation partition which I don't want.
Without going way back in my backups is there a way to shrink the recovery back down and get rid of the unallocated partition as well ?
It carried over to my back up drive shown as disk 1 .


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23 Oct 2013   #2
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I would suggest having no factory bloatware and remove the recovery partition entirely.

See these tutorials for ideas:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

The above tutorial you can download legit copies of windows 7 that matches your version if windows installed. You can then use this as your recovery and have no need for a recovery partition.

Or do the following:

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

With a system image, it also eliminates the need for a recovery partition.
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23 Oct 2013   #3
truckinguy

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

o.k. thanks..I'm going to delete the recovery partition and unallocated patition
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24 Oct 2013   #4
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok. Like I stated, only do this if you burned a copy of windows 7 from my first link above, (which would give you recovery media) or used a system image backup on an external hard drive. (The second link)
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24 Oct 2013   #5
truckinguy

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

I used the partition wizard to shrink the oversized recovery partition back to normal so this works for me. thanks for the link on that.
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24 Oct 2013   #6
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by truckinguy View Post
o.k. thanks..I'm going to delete the recovery partition and unallocated patition
If this refers to your very recently installed Samsung SSD then you should not delete the unallocated partition as Samsung uses this partition for rubbish collection & SSD clean ups.
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24 Oct 2013   #7
truckinguy

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by truckinguy View Post
o.k. thanks..I'm going to delete the recovery partition and unallocated patition
If this refers to your very recently installed Samsung SSD then you should not delete the unallocated partition as Samsung uses this partition for rubbish collection & SSD clean ups.
What I deleted was a partition by mistake trying to shrink the growing recovery partition. Every time I cloned the drive for backup to my backup drive the recovery partition kept growing. I was using Paragon Home 2012. Confusing for me. Then I downloaded Macrium Free Reflect and are using that now and it's much better to understand and does a nice job.
I never had issues cloneing my HDD to HDD using any of the free Seagate,WE,Acronis before. Don't know what happened for sure but new way I've worked out this morning works fine.
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