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Windows 7: Which partitions do I actually need?

06 Jun 2012   #31
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
If I had no interest in the HP tools or recovery partitions, I'd get rid of them.

As far as I know, there is nothing in either of them that is needed for Windows to boot or run properly, but you might get a second opinion.

Your "system" partition is marked as both active and system.

You say you have already made recovery disks and that your PC is out of warranty.

I'd also download a Windows 7 ISO and burn it to a disk so I could do a clean install using the existing Product Key.
I don't want to get rid of the recovery partition because it would make a restore more of a faf, with getting different discs and stuff.


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06 Jun 2012   #32
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

The HP_Tools and Recovery partitions can be removed since you have made your own backup anyways. Without the HP_tools partition the recovery partition would be unusabe anyways, at least as far as I can tell. You'd want to you a backup you made yourself to restore from anyways.
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06 Jun 2012   #33
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I've not got a copy of the HP tools one! I can't access the files on it. The picture shows the options I get for it.


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06 Jun 2012   #34
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Also I can't delete the system partition, only shrink it. I can't even extend it.


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06 Jun 2012   #35
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

If it makes a difference all the partitions are formatted as ntfs other than the HP tools which is fat32
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06 Jun 2012   #36
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

What's wrong with the "delete volume" choice on the HP tools partition?
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06 Jun 2012   #37
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You cannot delete the system partition as long as it contains your boot files.
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06 Jun 2012   #38
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'll go into more details about what is on the HP_Tools partition. It contains HPs hardware diagnostic software that must be run at startup. HPs diagnostic software, like most OEMs diagnostic software, is rather lacking. They aren't nearly as thorough as programs you can find for free online. OEMs just don't like to do warranty claims unless their software sees a problem. It is believed, although I did not see it confirmed, that HP_Tools is also used for do a factory reset using the recovery partition. As long as you have a backup from a time that the computer was working properly, the recovery partition is useless to you.

Leave the System Reserved partition alone. I see that it is at 199 MB, which is larger than the default 100MB. The size it is now is as perfect as it gets. Remember, without it you can not access the recovery console, which means that without a Windows 7 repair or install disc, if the computer became unbootable, you would be stuck.
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06 Jun 2012   #39
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

If this helps, I've taken a shot of what comes up when preparing for a restore. This may be what is on the HP tools partition.


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06 Jun 2012   #40
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Leave the System Reserved partition alone. I see that it is at 199 MB, which is larger than the default 100MB. The size it is now is as perfect as it gets. Remember, without it you can not access the recovery console, which means that without a Windows 7 repair or install disc, if the computer became unbootable, you would be stuck.
As windows 7 came preinatalled on my PC, I have no install discs other than the recovery discs I made.
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