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Windows 7: Two recovery partitions. One has ~12 GB, the other 100MB

18 May 2016   #1
ismemario

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Two recovery partitions. One has ~12 GB, the other 100MB

Hello,

I have recently ran into an issue where I had too many partitions and needed a new one. Looking at the disk manager, I can see that there are two partitions tagged as 'recovery', one of them also tagged as 'active' and I'm wondering why is that and can I get rid of one of them?



Thank you.


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18 May 2016   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Hi and welcome.

Most likely the 12.97 GB partition is one installed by the computer manufacturer to allow returning your PC to factory original condition.

The 100MB partition is installed by Windows 7. It contains the boot files, among other things.

It appears the you have a 93.18 GB unallocated area that can be used to create the forth partition.
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18 May 2016   #3
ismemario

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, I removed my D: partition and created the unallocated space, but I need another one and I'm wondering if those two are necessary.

Is it possible to remove one of these, while not affecting the Windows OS and keeping the ability to do a recovery?
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18 May 2016   #4
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What do you need another partition for? You could make the unallocated space an Extended partition, in which you could create a number of Logical partitions.
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18 May 2016   #5
ismemario

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Oh, could you please recommend me a way how to make the unallocated space an extended partition?
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18 May 2016   #6
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes , see this tutorial.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
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19 May 2016   #7
ismemario

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Still, I would like to know if I can remove one of the recovery partitions, or somehow make it so that I have only one recovery partition and the C: parititon. Is it possible?
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19 May 2016   #8
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Are you trying to install a second OS on the same drive that you want another open Primary partition? If you change the geometry of the disk at the 100MB (system reserved partition) then your recovery partition might not function properly. You can also enlarge (extend) C into the unallocated space to make it bigger if you want.

I would image your disk if you can with Macrium Reflect first. This does require repairng the BCD after doing this so print out all the steps if this is your only way to access the instructions.
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20 May 2016   #9
ismemario

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I am indeed. I managed to get everything working. Thanks for your help!
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20 May 2016   #10
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

To answer your question the 100 mb IS required because it is a boot partition and not a recovery partition. You wouldn't gain much space by deleting it. The 13 gb recovery partition isn't required but you won't be able to revert to the manufacturer defaults without it. You can always use a windows 7 disk if you have one and the manufacturer might have a tool to put the recovery partition on to a couple of dvds. it will take 2 dual layer dvds or 4 single layer dvds. If you don't care about reverting to the manufacturers default then you don't have to worry about that. The problem with doing that is you probably want to move all of the data to the beginning of the drive to get any real use from it. You could probably do that with easus but I would back up the hard drive first.
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