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Windows 7: resizing Recovery partition after a warranty service

22 Jun 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

I have my doubts, but his OEM did an incompetent repair which left recovery absurdly large, so he really had no choice.



OP was advised to test if it would run, make Recovery Disks and even save a Win7 backup image to cover all his bases before shrinking or deleting it if it isn't wanted.

I would have deleted it myself, and still would. He may want to see if it will even run. It does need some breathing room to do so.

Since it shows empty, I would unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View, give Recov partition a drive letter, and see if there's anything even there:
Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums


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27 Jun 2012   #12
fredthewise

Win7 Prof x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I have my doubts, but his OEM did an incompetent repair which left recovery absurdly large, so he really had no choice.



OP was advised to test if it would run, make Recovery Disks and even save a Win7 backup image to cover all his bases before shrinking or deleting it if it isn't wanted.

I would have deleted it myself, and still would. He may want to see if it will even run. It does need some breathing room to do so.

Since it shows empty, I would unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View, give Recov partition a drive letter, and see if there's anything even there:
Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

I confirm that with my new configuration (the recovery partition shrinked has now just 6GB) the recovery works
I'll keep some extra GB free in order to put an extra OS in the next days...

btw, here's the new layout: (sorry for the huge pic)

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27 Jun 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

When you unhide System and Hidden Files in Control Panel and issue a drive letter to Recovery in Disk Mgmt, then what size is the actual Recovery contents? Rightclick the drive in Computer to look at Properties.

How did you confirm it works?
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05 Jul 2012   #14
fredthewise

Win7 Prof x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
When you unhide System and Hidden Files in Control Panel and issue a drive letter to Recovery in Disk Mgmt, then what size is the actual Recovery contents? Rightclick the drive in Computer to look at Properties.
I cannot unhide neither assign a drive letter; I can only delete that volume.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
How did you confirm it works?
I tried to boot the recovery partition and it started the procedure with the initial steps, correctly. Do you assert it could not work? Because it needs some extra space?
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05 Jul 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

That's probably the best you can do to confirm it without running full Factory Recovery. You have the backup disks so you're all set.

Remember that you can also do a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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06 Jul 2012   #16
fredthewise

Win7 Prof x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Remember that you can also do a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
yeah, I actually did a Clean Reinstall using a personal (and bloatware-free Win7 DVD.
The only thing is that I kept there the recovery partition; I thought it would already be there in case of warranty assistance... that's laziness, I admit...
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