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Windows 7: Managing Partitions

10 Jan 2014   #1
spthomas

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Managing Partitions

I just reloaded Windows 7 due to corruption during and update. So now I have the new Windows 7 in a partition using C:. But I also have other partitions that have data in them. Is this all new data, or should I purge some of this. In particular the Recovery partition has 10GB of data, but this is a new installation about 2 hours ago and no Restore points have been captured yet!

This board won't let me add a screenshot of the partition table, so here's what it looks like:
C: NTFS Healthy (Boot, Primary Partition, Crash Dump, Page File) 285.77gb Cap - 142.71gb Free
D: Recovery NTFS Healthy(Primary Partition) 12.12gb cap - 2.03gb Free
SYSTEM Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition) 199gb Cap - 157gb Free



All these are on the single internal hard disk, Disk 0

My questions are:
Do these look right, and the right size, or should I do something to the HD to clear out old data, move partitions around, resize, or anything else? Is it possible some of this is left over from the previous installation and should be deleted?

If I need to do anything to partitions, now's the time before I reload all the apps and the rest of the data (there is already a bit of data on the C: that I just copied back from backup).

Steve


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10 Jan 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You have to upload your screenshot with the paperclip in the posting window.

And the recovery partition is for reinstalling your system - has nothing to do with restore points. Don't touch it, you may need it one day.
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10 Jan 2014   #3
spthomas

Windows 7
 
 

thanks for the quick answer. And so the Recovery partition is what the mfr (HP) set up so I can do a complete reinstall of everything back to the factory spec? That's why it's still there and has all that data in it?
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10 Jan 2014   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The recovery partition was provided as a means of restoring the system to it's original state. If you use it you will lose all of your own files that are on the Windows partition. So be sure you have a backup of all your important files. The restore partition is not for your use and should not be modified in any way. The partition is not a part of Windows which in fact knows nothing about it.
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10 Jan 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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thanks for the quick answer. And so the Recovery partition is what the mfr (HP) set up so I can do a complete reinstall of everything back to the factory spec? That's why it's still there and has all that data in it?
That is correct.
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