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Windows 7: Resize Recovery Partition?

05 Jul 2011   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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If you want to do yourself a favor I recommend not to use Windows7 imaging - or at least not use it as the only option. Win7 imaging can be very iffy - many people had problems with it including myself. You are probably better off using the free Macrium or free Paragon which have a lot more function, are easier to use (especially Macrium) and are reliable.
Thanks for the suggestion. I was wondering just that as I read over the how-to. Looks a little overwhelming. I'm not even sure yet what I'm going to need to do. However, I am glad I have Seven Forums as a resource.
if you need any specific info, just ask.


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05 Jul 2011   #12
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

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You should still get counseling, it seems to be helping me!
It hasn't done me any favours - I can't even remember why I go now!
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05 Jul 2011   #13
bug67

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

OK, I'm home now and this is what I see.


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05 Jul 2011   #14
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

OK, thanks for posting the screenshots.

1. You're worrying about nothing.
2. Your recovery partition is 5.85GB in size, and there should be no more than 10% of free space in it.
3. Your free space is shown as 418MB, which is around the 10% mark.
5. There's no point in even trying to increase its size as nothing else should go in there.
6. If the red bar worries you, go into Disk Management and remove the drive letter (the drive won't be removed), that way you won't see the drive in Windows Explorer or Computer.

As for your other screenshots, you've got separate partitions for your operating system and data, which is good.

I would suggest you just create a system image of Drive C or just re-install Windows to it if your system goes belly-up.

As for your data partition you can use Windows Backup to back it up to an external hard drive, and then do incremental backups on a regular basis.
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05 Jul 2011   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Looks like no files were added to E. The only other culprit could be a restore point (if system restore was accidently enabled for D). You can check that with the following command in elevated Command Prompt:


vssadmin list shadowstorage


Have a look whether E figures on the list. Else, I agree with seavixen - there is not really anything to worry about.
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05 Jul 2011   #16
bug67

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
OK, thanks for posting the screenshots.

1. You're worrying about nothing.
That's been my main thought all along!

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2. Your recovery partition is 5.85GB in size, and there should be no more than 10% of free space in it.
3. Your free space is shown as 418MB, which is around the 10% mark.
Good to know.

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5. There's no point in even trying to increase its size as nothing else should go in there.
Whew! To tell the truth, I'm glad I don't need to mess with it. I was kinda intimidated by the instructions.

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6. If the red bar worries you, go into Disk Management and remove the drive letter (the drive won't be removed), that way you won't see the drive in Windows Explorer or Computer.
Like I said, "OCD"

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As for your other screenshots, you've got separate partitions for your operating system and data, which is good.

I would suggest you just create a system image of Drive C or just re-install Windows to it if your system goes belly-up.

As for your data partition you can use Windows Backup to back it up to an external hard drive, and then do incremental backups on a regular basis.
I already run a data back-up weekly to an external HDD. Good to know I'm not a total head case!
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05 Jul 2011   #17
bug67

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Looks like no files were added to E. The only other culprit could be a restore point (if system restore was accidently enabled for D). You can check that with the following command in elevated Command Prompt:


vssadmin list shadowstorage


Have a look whether E figures on the list. Else, I agree with seavixen - there is not really anything to worry about.
I saw no "E" anywhere after running that command.

So, I guess I'm good.
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05 Jul 2011   #18
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Well, it's done no harm in checking things out and it's been our pleasure to put your mind at rest.

If you consider the topic is resolved, just click the red triangle and type "Solved" in the text box that pops up.

Stay cool and enjoy Windows 7!
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05 Jul 2011   #19
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I suggest you read my sound advice again. You may indeed have something to worry about. You need to find out what is happening with your recovery partition. If it stays exactly as is you may not have a problem. The fact that it went from blue to red means it is being written to.

I suggest you at least keep an eye on the size of your recovery partition over time.
WinDirStat enables you to visually see what's going on.
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05 Jul 2011   #20
bug67

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
You should leave the recovery (factory restore) partition alone and so should everything else I think. Dell seem to use it to double as system active but this is small stuff and shouldn't significantly changing the size of the partition.

You could provide 2 pieces of information if you want more feedback:
1) screenshot from Disk Management
2) screen shot of the contents using the free Partition Wizard Mini Tool. Use the "Explore Partition" option.

As far as resizing the recovery/restore partition I definitely would not. Factory restores should impose the original partition structure.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I suggest you read my sound advice again. You may indeed have something to worry about. You need to find out what is happening with your recovery partition. If it stays exactly as is you may not have a problem. The fact that it went from blue to red means it is being written to.

I suggest you at least keep an eye on the size of your recovery partition over time.
WinDirStat enables you to visually see what's going on.
Here are the screen shots you requested.


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