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Windows 7: Recovery partion "D". What do I do with it?

05 Nov 2009   #1
mtbarbee

windows 7
 
 
Recovery partion "D". What do I do with it?

Hi folks. I have a question that i cant seem to find the answer to. I am ready to install Win7 on my HP Pavillion that came with a recovery partition that is the D drive. I should not need this any more since it would take me back to the factory state with Vista if I was to use it after Win7 install. How do I get rid of it? Will the new install give me the option to delete it? Or would Win7 make its own recovery partition if needed? I plan to do the custom installation by wiping the C drive clean. When I am at that state can I delete both? Thanks in advance from a new forum user and hope to be perusing this place alot in future. Also, I just ran a full back up to 10 DVDs for music, photos, vids, etc. Would I need the recovery partition to re-install these items? That is something that very much concerns me.


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05 Nov 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Yes I think you will be able to delete it during installation. Or perhaps try to delete it before installation by using Disk Management.
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05 Nov 2009   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Make sure you burn the Vista installation DVDs from the recovery partition. It takes 3 DVDs. Just in case you ever want/need to reinstall your Vista.
For your files on the DVDs, you do not need the recovery partition. Just make sure the DVDs work. An external disk or a bigger USB stick would have been a better deal for backup.
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05 Nov 2009   #4
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mtbarbee View Post
Also, I just ran a full back up to 10 DVDs for music, photos, vids, etc. Would I need the recovery partition to re-install these items? That is something that very much concerns me.
No, the recovery partition is pretty much useless except for what whs pointed out.
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05 Nov 2009   #5
gregrocker

 

You can create your own primary Recovery partition after installing Win7 by using it's excellent Backup Imaging utlity to save an image there which can reimage your HDD in 15 minutes flawlessly, making reinstalls never again necessary.

Be sure to back up the image to an external drive in case of HDD failure.
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05 Nov 2009   #6
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have a recovery partition on my machine as well (it never came with a recovery disk or driver disk or anything), how do you burn a partition to a disk?
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05 Nov 2009   #7
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wii Master 64 View Post
I have a recovery partition on my machine as well (it never came with a recovery disk or driver disk or anything), how do you burn a partition to a disk?
If you are asking how to burn recovery disks from that recovery partition, you need to look through your Program files to find the utility which does this. Check programs under the manufacturer's name, Recovery, make recovery disks, etc.

If you cannot find these after a thorough search and read of your manuals, call your manufacturer's tech support to ask how to do it.
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06 Nov 2009   #8
mtbarbee

windows 7
 
 

thanks so much for the quick replies. That was the only question keeping me from installing Win7. Gonna pull that trigger this a.m. see ya guys soon nuff!
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06 Nov 2009   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

On many makes of PCs, you can type RECOVERY into the start/search field and "Recovery Disk Creation" will turn up. This is the wizard which will guide you. Have 3 DVDs handy.
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06 Nov 2009   #10
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wii Master 64 View Post
I have a recovery partition on my machine as well (it never came with a recovery disk or driver disk or anything), how do you burn a partition to a disk?
For a HP/Compaq .. look in Programs >> PC Help n Tools ... (Or something like this) ..
And find the recovery DVD creator.


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