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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Delete

21 Aug 2010   #80
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Glad you got it sorted, thanks for the update.


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21 Aug 2010   #81
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

no Problem! take care@!
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12 Sep 2010   #82
w1ckhunt3r

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi there,

Just got my new laptop with OS Windows 7 64-bit. Stumbled upon this thread when I was searching for more information on partition - this site is great for Win 7 newbies like me

I have a question. When I am at the Disk Management page, I noticed that I have an empty partition with free space 19.53 GB.

Partition or Volume - Delete-partition.jpg

When I right-click the partition, the only options available are Delete volume and Help. If I click Delete, it shows me a dialog box as below.

Partition or Volume - Delete-partition-02.jpg

1) Is it safe for me to delete it?

2) After delete, will it become unallocated space? I would like to either create a new volume or extend it to my existing partitions.

Thanks!


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12 Sep 2010   #83
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Looks like a recovery partition. Used to re-install Windows if things go south.

Not a good Ideal to delete it. What's the brand/model number of that laptop.
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12 Sep 2010   #84
w1ckhunt3r

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
Looks like a recovery partition. Used to re-install Windows if things go south.

Not a good Ideal to delete it. What's the brand/model number of that labtop.
Wow that was quick I am using ASUS A42JV. Is it a mirror image of my factory setting Windows 7, hence the large size? My laptop is equipped with AI Recovery Burner software, is that the source of my Windows backup?
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12 Sep 2010   #85
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

You still want to delete it? I'm going to do some research on the recovery options for your labtop, never a good idea to remove backup stuff.

Did you get an installation disc of Windows with your laptop?
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12 Sep 2010   #86
w1ckhunt3r

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
You still want to delete it? I'm going to do some research on the recovery options for your labtop, never a good idea to remove backup stuff.

Did you get an installation disc of Windows with your laptop?
I will only delete / extend the free space it if it's safe to do so I did not get any installation disc for my Windows.
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12 Sep 2010   #87
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Well, since no one else has pass through I can't say for sure whether or not that's a recovery partition.

If it's a recovery partition and you delete it without having an installation disc, you will have no recovery options.

If you MUST delete that partition and gain that space, here's another option.

Do a FULL virus/malware scan and once you finish run a system defrag.

Then download and install Macrium Reflect Free Edition. Create a system image of your C Drive (OS) and save it to the DATA partition or better yet an external drive if possible. (KEEP it SAFE)
Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums

Then using: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD - Windows 7 Forums
Boot for CD delete that first partition (19.53GB) and move the C partition to the left to gain the space.

P.S. I really wouldn't recommend deleting that partition unless I knew it was safe too, or at the VERY least have an installation disc.
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13 Sep 2010   #88
w1ckhunt3r

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
Well, since no one else has pass through I can't say for sure whether or not that's a recovery partition.

If it's a recovery partition and you delete it without having an installation disc, you will have no recovery options.

If you MUST delete that partition and gain that space, here's another option.

Do a FULL virus/malware scan and once you finish run a system defrag.

Then download and install Macrium Reflect Free Edition. Create a system image of your C Drive (OS) and save it to the DATA partition or better yet an external drive if possible. (KEEP it SAFE)
Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums

Then using: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD - Windows 7 Forums
Boot for CD delete that first partition (19.53GB) and move the C partition to the left to gain the space.

P.S. I really wouldn't recommend deleting that partition unless I knew it was safe too, or at the VERY least have an installation disc.
Thanks eldinv! I will image my OS first for backup before trying anything.
Another question, why do I need the recovery partition if I had imaged my OS and created a system repair disc?
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13 Sep 2010   #89
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

It's an extra level of protection. It's like a backup to your backup image.

If you had done what I learn from WHS the creator of the tutorial: Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums

Create an image, directly after installing the OS, before installing drivers, windows updates or even activation, then I would say go ahead and kill the recovery option/partition.

But since you will be imaging from a different point, post activation and application, possibly a virus- the image will carry all of this.

If you created an image with windows backup and created your system repair disc, then your fine. But won't have a "Clean" install image how I describe above.

If you lose the image then having a system repair disc won't let you re-install the OS.

Hope that helps,
Eldin
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