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Windows 7: Removing recovery-partition


30 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Removing recovery-partition

Hi!

Just want to run something by you guys before I install my compy of Windows 7 Ultimate on my laptop.

I have a Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi 2250 with Vista Home Premium. When I got the laptop I created the restore DVD:s (3) and have since then used them a couple of times.

From what I've gathered reading trough this and other forums, and from my own knowledge and experience it should be safe to remove the recovery partition from the HD right? Or could I run in to some kind of problem if I'd like to go back to Vista using my recovery DVD:s and the partition is not there? As I understand it if I for example had a Dell it whould be ok, but could it be different on my computer? Or do these recovery-partitions always work the same way?

Also, if I decide to leave the partition there and I do a clean install of Windows 7 will this do anything to the restore partition? Cause in that case I could just leave it there right?

Greatfull for your input!

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30 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

You are right. You are able to delete that partition if you have made discs. And if you do decide to leave, installing windows 7 will not interfere at all with that partition.
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30 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Good Insurance

Yes, it is safe to delete the recovery partition but personally I wouldn't. Hard drives these days are huge and the recovery partition is relatively small. If your recovery disks become lost or damaged it would be nice to still have that recovery partition as insurance. I kept the recovery partition on my laptop when I installed Windows 7 and I have a relatively small 160G hard drive. But if the recovered space is more important to you than the 'insurance' then there's no problem in deleting it.
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31 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Most recov partitions are not usable when you remove their parent system. The disks should recreate the recov parttion and restore it to factory condition if you wanted to migrate your Windows 7 elsewhere.

The license on your machine will also activate any clean copy of that Vista version, such as one borrowed from a friend, if you lose those disks or didn't want their bloat.
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31 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Is it called WINRE?

If so i had to delete this along with the vista partition and then copy Windows 7 into that space.

Dan
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31 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks a lot. This was pretty much what I tought but as I haven't done any clean install on a laptop with recovery-partition before I felt it was best to double ckeck.

Good to hear that the Windows 7 installation won't meddle with the recovery partition. I tought it whould, and that was one of the reasons why I whould want to remove it. As y2ken pointed out it doesn't use all that much space so I think I'll just leave it there just in case.

Gregrocker: Is seem to recall reading a post in another tread by you about a neat function in Windows 7 where you could create your own recovery discs. Can't seem to find it now tough. Do you think you might be able to point me in the right direction?
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31 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zap18 View Post
Thanks a lot. This was pretty much what I tought but as I haven't done any clean install on a laptop with recovery-partition before I felt it was best to double ckeck.

Good to hear that the Windows 7 installation won't meddle with the recovery partition. I tought it whould, and that was one of the reasons why I whould want to remove it. As y2ken pointed out it doesn't use all that much space so I think I'll just leave it there just in case.

Gregrocker: Is seem to recall reading a post in another tread by you about a neat function in Windows 7 where you could create your own recovery discs. Can't seem to find it now tough. Do you think you might be able to point me in the right direction?
Greg says
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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31 Oct 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Sure, Windows 7 Backup Imaging allows you to save an image of your HDD to a primary-formatted partition or external HDD. Instead of reinstalling, you just boot from the Windows 7 installer>Repair my computer and Recover using image which it will autodetect on your HDD or external drive (if the HDD fails). Takes 15 minutes to reimage flawlessly.

Just type backup into your start box and check it out. It will backup your selected files and the image on a schedule in the background, just keep your external plugged in.
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31 Oct 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zap18 View Post
Thanks a lot. This was pretty much what I tought but as I haven't done any clean install on a laptop with recovery-partition before I felt it was best to double ckeck.

Good to hear that the Windows 7 installation won't meddle with the recovery partition. I tought it whould, and that was one of the reasons why I whould want to remove it. As y2ken pointed out it doesn't use all that much space so I think I'll just leave it there just in case.

Gregrocker: Is seem to recall reading a post in another tread by you about a neat function in Windows 7 where you could create your own recovery discs. Can't seem to find it now tough. Do you think you might be able to point me in the right direction?
This the one your looking for?

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc

If you don't really need the space it's a good idea to keep the recovery partition, might be useful later.
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03 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Yep, that was exactly what I was looking for! Tnx!

The installation went really smooth, probably the easiest ever for me actually. I have one small problem after the installation, well not really a problem since it's not causing me any problems but I'd like to fix it anyhow.

I get one unit in the Device-manager, that's not installed correctly. It's called PCI-memorycontroller. It wont update when I try the online update so I'm not really sure what to do. Is there any way I can find out what unit it is so I can find a driver for it?
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