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Windows doesn't let me remove the recovery partition

  1. #1

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    Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon

    Windows doesn't let me remove the recovery partition

    I have a computer with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. I want to install Linux there and to free some space I need to delete the recovery partition

    I followed this [1] guide, created 3 recovery drives but Windows doesn't offer me to remove the recovery partition. Tried using diskpart (Windows doesn't let me either) or live GParted (which bricks windows). How can I remove the partition?

    [1] How To Delete Recovery Partition In Windows 8
    Last edited by marmistrz; 30 Jul 2015 at 11:03.

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  2. #2

    Mint 17.2 includes the Disks app. Have you tried using that to remove the Recovery partition?
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  3. #3

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    Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon

    Nope, Disks not. GParted is much more powerful, handy and available on the Mint ISO. Anyway, simply deleting the partition breaks Windows. It complains about a device unavailable (0xc0000225)
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  4. #4

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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    Open Admin Command Prompt and use diskpart:
    1. diskpart
    2. list disk
    3. select disk # where # is the disk # containing the recovery partition
    4. list partition
    5. select partition # where # is the recovery partition
    6. delete partition override
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  5. #5

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    Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon

    Opened the admin console and:

    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600 
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation. 
    On computer: MONIKA 
    DISKPART> list disk 
      Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt 
      --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  --- 
      Disk 0    Online           29 GB      0 B        * 
      Disk 1    Online          465 GB  1024 KB 
    DISKPART> select disk 0 
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk. 
    DISKPART> list partition 
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset 
      -------------  ----------------  -------  ------- 
      Partition 1    System             100 MB  1024 KB 
      Partition 2    Reserved           128 MB   101 MB 
      Partition 3    Primary             20 GB   229 MB 
      Partition 4    Recovery             8 GB    21 GB 
    DISKPART> select partition 4 
    Partition 4 is now the selected partition. 
    DISKPART> delete partition override 
    Virtual Disk Service error: 
    Usuwanie nie jest dozwolone dla bieżącego woluminu rozruchowego, systemowego, stronicowania, 
    zrzutu awaryjnego lub hibernacji. 
    The text in Polish means:

    Deleting is not permitted for the current boot, system, page, crash dump or hibernation volume.
    But I'm not sure what they meant in one place - it could be recovery volume instead of the crash dump
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