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Windows 7: Two recovery partitions. One has ~12 GB, the other 100MB

20 May 2016   #11

Windows 7 x64

Hi ismemario,

As i cannot interpret the wording, i have to assumed.

Your 2nd partition, if i am not wrong, it the the Booting purpose, as it just required a small space.
The 1st partition, will be the Recovery partition.
Unless you have the Recovery Disc, then it is not necessary.
This mean that you do not have any Recovery Disc, as most manufacturer include it in the Hard disk.

There is this 4th partition which is not use and available to use &or extend.
Meaning, your " OS_Install (C) " can be extend to use the additional 93.18 GB free.
On the C: partition, right-click, there is all the options available.
To extend the (C) right-click "Extend Volume". Total = approximate 450 GB.
To create a new 4th partition which may become extended partition.
Extended partition have 2 steps, (1) Create Extended partitions (2) Create a partition, or more.

Normally, both 1st and 2nd partitions, you cannot do anything, just leave it alone.
You may able to delete, but this may create other issue, if you do it.

It is best to get a external HDD to store your data.

For info
There is 1 "Active" partition which is the Windows OS.

You have 2 different partition before the "Active" partition.
Both are not name, which is best leave it alone.

The 1st partition of yours will be the Recovery of Original Factory installation.
Unless you have the Recovery CD, then it is not a issue, but best to leave alone.

The 2nd partition is for startup boot, required for boot option, etc.

The 3rd and rest is active partition.

As you have 3 primary partition, the next which is the 4th partition, if you want to have.
For the 4th partition, Windows will take this partition as Extended partition.
Windows can have up to 3 primary partitions and 1 Extended partition.
For Extended partition, you can sub-divide to any number of partitions, from 1 to many more, if needed.

Hence your 4th partition will be the Extended partition.
Extended partition is not for any OS, but it still can be, provided if you want and know how to do it.

As i have 3 partition, namely, Boot, Active, Recovery in this order.
I went to Toshiba service center to buy 2 sets of Recovery disks, for 2 different model Toshiba laptops.
Recovery partition (yours 1st partition) is the same as Recovery Disk.

This type of setting is quite common, as they do not provide any Recovery discs.
If you do not have this Recovery disc, then you cannot delete the 1st partition of 11 GB.
For the Boot partition, it is best not to touch or delete, it is necessary for boot sequence.
But if you have the Recovery Disc, and your hard disk is brand new, boot partition is not necessary.
That is to say, Recovery Disc will create this Boot partition.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 May 2016   #12

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ismemario View Post
I am indeed. I managed to get everything working. Thanks for your help!
If you moved the boot partition into your C partition correctly and you were trying to just get another free Primary partition and thus this is solved please mark the thread as such (solved). Glad you got it working.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 May 2016   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I actually overwrote the boot partition with GRUB. Okay I will close the thread now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 May 2016   #14

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ismemario View Post
I actually overwrote the boot partition with GRUB. Okay I will close the thread now.
yup, that's one way to do it too I guess :).
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Two recovery partitions. One has ~12 GB, the other 100MB

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