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Windows 7: this same recovery partion! I can't get rid of it.

09 Nov 2009   #1

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this same recovery partion! I can't get rid of it.

Hey folks. I started a thread last week about deleting partition "D" before or aft of installing Win7. I am having a hard time here. The install went great. Custom install on primary C drive. Left D drive because Someone said nothing to deleting it after. Well, that aint so. If you go to disc management you can't delete because it is in use. Now this is the recovery from the day that I bought computer with Vista installed. It would take me back to the day I bought it. Three years ago. It won't let me delete folders that are on there. Oh, and I can't make a new back up until I get rid of this partition. The back up keeps spinning at 27%. I just know this recovery partition is the blame. Do I have to reinstall Win7 to get to the place where it asks what drive to install and then delete "D"? What the heck? Do I have to get a partition manager software to get rid of this freaking recovery drive? Did Win7 try to put more files on there during install? I need someone who knows what they are writing about before you jump in with what you think. O.K.? I've already got some bad info here already.

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09 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

The one thing I can think of is that the system is using the D partition for the boot files

If you check on the disk management does it show this partition as active?

If this is the active partition thare are things that can be done to solve this :)

If you need a partition manager I can recommend the Partition Wizard software but you should not need this unless you wish to move partitions around

Partition Wizard is a Windows based FREE Partition Manager. It works as partition magic and supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 server and Windows 7. FREE for Home and Business user.
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09 Nov 2009   #3

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

I would not delete the D partition. That is put there by the OEM of your computer. It contains the files which would enable you to put your compter settings the way they were when you bought your computer. You may never need it, but if you want to go back to the OEM because you are still under warranty, they will want to be able to set it back with the origianal settings.
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09 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Installing Windows 7 wont write any files on that partition since it is exclusively reserved for the Hardware Restore of your computer.

I don't know if you've tried this already but you can delete that partiton when you perform a Custom Clean Install.

When you get to the page where you can see the partitions there is a "Drive Options (Advanced)" link on the lower right side of the installation window:

this same recovery partion! I can't get rid of it.-1.png

This will then give you options to "Delete", "Format", create "New" partition and "Extend" partition:

this same recovery partion! I can't get rid of it.-2.png

Just select the Hardware restore partition - delete it or format it and idealy it would merge with the entire HDD. but if you HDD already has Data you would need to format it first so that it becomes one whole partition.

You can now install Windows 7 on the complete whole partition after these steps.

hope this helps

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09 Nov 2009   #5


I remember reading about this in the Giant book I just bought for Win7.

Go to Boarders-------"Windows 7 Inside and Out" pg37

Basically you can delete it if you want to-but it sounds like a big task.
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09 Nov 2009   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Hi mtbarbee,

If you do want to delete it - best post a screenshot of Disk Management, so we can see the situation.
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09 Nov 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP


Yes we need to see a screenshot to know whether that recov partition holds your boot files. It can still be deleted using Partition Wizard disk, recover the space as you wish, mark Windows 7 active, boot into the Win7 installer and run Startup repair 3 times.

Some recovery partitions are not deletable using even 3rd party apps if they are EISA partitions, but require special diskpart commands to delete: Delete and Remove to Unlock EISA Hidden Recovery or Diagnostic Partition in Vista My Digital Life
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10 Nov 2009   #8

windows 7

Now I couldn't log back in because of passsword difficulties. Had to register new again. No worries. O.K. folks. Thanks for the replies. Didn't mean to sound all hasty when I published the first post, but was a little irritated. I removed the recovery partition by using easeus disc manager. All's good on that acct. And no, Richc46, I don't need the recovery because I'm not under warranty and I have all drivers backed up and I'll never take it back to the state that I bought it. I'll set it on the curb first. And Shinobi73, you are right, I could have deleted the partition by RE-INSTALLING win7 and deleting when that option came up. Who wants to go thru install again. That was the whole point of my first post last week. Should I delete it during custom install? Most folks said no. Wait till after do it thru disc mangt. Won't happen like that. The disc is in use and you can not delete it after install. You have to do like I did and use a secondary disc partitoning program. So, I'm writing this to thank all of you for your opinions. Some good. Some not so good. If this comes up in a thread again, you'll know what to tell them. It's o.k. to delete it if you don't think you'll want it. You CAN do it thru custom install. After install, you will need a secondary disc management program. Thank you and good night. Dont forget to tip the senior forum writers.
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