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Windows 7: Can I delete the healthy (recovery partition)?

02 Mar 2010   #11
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you really want to delete that partition, see this thread: Removing 100MB system partition - no re-install needed

To delete the partition in Diskpart, boot from the installation/repair disc and press Shift+F10 on the language screen.

Enter the following:

diskpart
list disk
select disk
[whatever the disk number is]
list partition
select partition
[100mb partition #]
delete partition override

Then mark the main OS partition as active: http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...-problems.html

Then run a Startup Repair: Startup Repair


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02 Mar 2010   #12
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I would advice to only delete the 12gb partition, leave 100mb in place.
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02 Mar 2010   #13
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Don't worry Theog, the 100MB system partition is safe to remove.
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02 Mar 2010   #14
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Don't worry Theog, the 100MB system partition is safe to remove.

Best left in place, if you do delete, make sure you create a repair disc.

System Repair Disc - Create
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02 Mar 2010   #15
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Definitely create the repair disc first. Your installation DVD will also work.

You actually need the repair disc/installation dvd to delete the partition, so that will not be hard to remember.
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02 Mar 2010   #16
RN09

Window 7 Ultimate
 
 

The laptop come with pre-install OS but no cd. I want to delete the 12GB.

I manage to use partition wizard to move the 12GB position. Before it was 12GB - 102MB - 220GB.

Now 102MB - 12GB - 220GB, but only if I can more the 12B to the right so I can delete it and extend 220GB. The problem is I can't move it.
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02 Mar 2010   #17
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Use Partition Wizard if you want to move the partition.

If you want to delete it, select it in Diskpart (like explained above) and type delete partition override.
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02 Mar 2010   #18
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Do this:


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02 Mar 2010   #19
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You say you want to delete the Recovery and System Reserved partitions and recover the space into Win7.

You will also need to recover the MBR and active flag into Win7. Back up your files and make a Win7 Repair CD if you don't have an installation DVD.

Boot Partition Wizard CD, select 1 for screen resolution, right click partitions which you want delete and choose Delete, OK.

Now rightclick Win7 partition>Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Again rightclick Win7 partition>Resize>slide left grey border to the left over all of the deleted space, OK, Apply all steps.

Now Win7 will not boot. Instead, boot Win7 Repair CD or DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write MBR to Win7 partition. You can also use Rebuild MBR on Partition Wizard Disk tab to do this.

Save a Win7 backup image externally so you never have to reinstall Win7 again, just reimage the HD using Repair CD and your image in 15 minutes.
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03 Mar 2010   #20
RN09

Window 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You say you want to delete the Recovery and System Reserved partitions and recover the space into Win7.

You will also need to recover the MBR and active flag into Win7. Back up your files and make a Win7 Repair CD if you don't have an installation DVD.

Boot Partition Wizard CD, select 1 for screen resolution, right click partitions which you want delete and choose Delete, OK.

Now rightclick Win7 partition>Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Again rightclick Win7 partition>Resize>slide left grey border to the left over all of the deleted space, OK, Apply all steps.

Now Win7 will not boot. Instead, boot Win7 Repair CD or DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write MBR to Win7 partition. You can also use Rebuild MBR on Partition Wizard Disk tab to do this.

Save a Win7 backup image externally so you never have to reinstall Win7 again, just reimage the HD using Repair CD and your image in 15 minutes.

Thanks. Followed this and I could delete them. I downloaded iso OS from digitalriver link to use to repair tool.



The reason I like to clone HD because if computer crashed, I can clone back WITHOUT install whole bunches of software.

Question: If i make a back up image dvd, can I use it in the future in case the computer crashed without install softwares or I have to re install everything again?

Sorry for a dumb question. Just try to learn new things from experts.
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