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Windows 7: Is it possible to format the Recovery Partition & make it usable?


28 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Is it possible to format the Recovery Partition & make it usable?

Hello,

My first post on this forum.

Here's my situation: I bought a new Fujitsu laptop which had Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit. After making recovery DVDs, I replaced the Windows 7 Home Basic with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (because some of my softwares don't "sit" easily on Windows 7 Home Basic, they are more "friendly" with Windows 7 Ultimate/Professional)
Plz find the screenshot of the Disk Management view after I installed Windows 7 Ultimate.
1) What I do not understand is why Fujitsu needs the 3 partitions ; namely the 2GB , 1GB and a huge 14GB as Recovery Partitions?
2) Is it possible to format the Recovery Partitions & make it usable for storing my personal folders or add this 14GB to the existing C: drive or D:drive?
3) Am I wrong if I say this format & recovery option (point nr 2 above) was available ONLY during installation of Windows 7 Ultimate and cannot be done now when Windows 7 Ultimate is already installed?

I know the hard drive has huge capacity (750GB); I don't have to regret loosing a little space but I'm curious to know why the manufacturer needed 3 recovery partitions on one hard disk.
And will it be ok if I format these partitions and just make 2 logical drives (C: and D) the next time I reformat my laptop?

Regards




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28 Oct 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

If you don't require the recovery partition, then I would perform a clean install using this technique:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Regards,
Golden
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28 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you have an installation disc then you don't need the recovery partition(s). They are only for people that don't have an installation disc readily available OR for people that want to set their PC back to factory default with all of the crapware still installed.

Also, fill in your system specs so others have an idea of what your computer is
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28 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Besides, clean reinstall suggested by Golden, aren't there other ways / options to format that 14GB and merge it with existing C: or D: drive? ....... some third party tools?
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28 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can use the free MiniTool Partition Wizard to do what you want BUT the reason Golden and now I are suggesting a clean install is because right now your C: and D: drives are extended. It would be much simpler and easier in the long run if you just did a clean install.
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28 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Yes you can but I wouldn`t. It`s only 14 GBs and you may need it someday.

But if you have the rec dvds, I`d wipe the entire drive, split it in 2, C: and D: using partition wizard bootable cd and install windows.

http://partitionwizard.com/partition...otable-cd.html

Have you tested your rec discs ?
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28 Oct 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

It's a concern that the Active partition holding the System boot files doesn't also have the System Flag. We can be pretty sure it is booting the PC since Windows 7 partition is on a Logical volume which cannot hold boot files. But it should still say System and it always concerns me when it doesn't.

Since you've already reinstalled if you want to do it over and follow the steps devleoped here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall then that would probably be your best course given the dodgy flaggin of your boot files on a useless partition now anyway. Part of cleaning up the pathetic mess OEM's make of Windows 7 is to also streamline the HD and yours needs it.
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29 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Dear Gregrocker,

Do you mean the booting still takes place from one of those Recovery partitions and not from the C: drive? (I'm sorry I could not understand your post).

Regards
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29 Oct 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

It's booting from the Active partition now.
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29 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

The Active Partition, as evident from the screenshot, is the first 2GB,if I'm not mistaken.

So far I was under the impression that my Windows 7 installation took place on C: drive and thats where my machine boots from.

Plz bear with my questions ........ I'm just beginning to explore Windows7 and this forum has a wealth of information .

I really appreciate your patience and hope to gain something from your experience and expertise.

Regards
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