Hi Brink, I replaced my OEM C: drive on a Sony Vaio F Series notebook. I installed the old HDD in a external enclosure & it works fine.
I tried to delete the hidden recovery partition (8GB) using Disk Management but when right clicking, all I get is "Help" while it works fine for the other partitions & lets me delete them. I then tried elevated command & diskpart following your tutorial, same problem! Diskpart deleted my other partitions but quits when I try to delete the recovery partition.
That Sony recovery partition is really protected.
This is nuts! Thanks for your help.