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Windows 8.1 Recovery Flash Drive Issues

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Recovery Flash Drive Issues


    I have a WinBook TW700 that I got from Microcenter on Black Friday. I was reading an article on How to Geek that said you can copy the Recovery partition to a flash drive so that the space it occupies on the tablet itself can be reclaimed. The only issue I'm running into is it doesn't give me the option to erase that partition once the files have copied over to the flash drive. I've tried two times now and it copied the files over both times but I never got the option to delete the recovery partition.

    So what can I do to get rid of that Recovery Partition?

    Thanks,
    Shawn

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can do it though disk management. Just be careful what you delete. You'll have to delete the partition with the recovery image on it and then expand the partition that precedes it into the empty space. Post a screen shot of your expanded disk management screen and I'll have a look see.
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    I tried deleting the partition the first time I made the recovery USB and Windows wouldn't boot up and I ended up having to reset my tablet and everything was fine afterwards. It was the 5.57GB partition I deleted.


    Here's the screenshot of disk management:
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  4. #4


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I don't know why it won't boot if you delete that partition. The other one is marked as boot? There must be a hook into it on boot some how. I can see why you want to recover than space though, you don't have a whole lot to play with. What happens when it fails to boot? What's shown on screen? I'm not sure this will actually help but have a look, Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8 I've seen posts that state after three failed boots in a row it will automatically launch system repair.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    because it is using a WIM Boot image.. Windows actually uses the recovery partition as it's source file.. The windows partition only has pointer files on it - that point to the recovery image.. So NO YOU CAN NOT remove that partition
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    How does it work?




    In a standard Windows installation (without WIMBoot), every file is written to disk at least twice: once in the compressed form for recovery, and once in the uncompressed form in the applied image. When the push-button reset feature is included, the compressed image remains on the PC. Having both the Windows installation and recovery image on the device can take up a lot of disk space.
    When installing Windows with WIMBoot, you write the files to the disk only once, in compressed format. Next, you apply a set of pointer files onto the Windows partition that point back to the compressed files in the Images partition. When the user adds files, apps, or updates, they're added onto the Windows partition.
    In WIMBoot, your WIMBoot image is also used as the recovery image, saving disk space.
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Ah, now that you mention it I remember seeing a thread on this. Nice catch. I was wondering how such a small Windows partition could be possible. It all makes sense now. Sorry for missing that hArLtRoN, it just didn't click as to what was really going on.
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    Pretty neat way of doing it - been playing with my tablet and compiled a program to make the installation process painless.

    I really like the wim_boot feature
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    So just to make sure I understand... the recovery partition can't be removed because of wim_boot stuff? Bummer was looking forward to an extra 6GBs of room. Oh well... thanks for your input guys
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  10. #10


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Look at it this way. Without the Boot from WIM the OS footprint would be much bigger. You'd lose that space and then some. Even with the full drive space available, you likely couldn't fit a conventional windows install on a drive that small. Not and be able to actually do anything afterward. It was staring me right in the face and I just couldn't connect the dots. At first I thought you might actually be running Windows RT. Anyway, it is what it is, and you can't really do much about it. I'm not sure if a hard drive upgrade is doable on your device. All depends on how its connected and how hard it would be to get at it without breaking something. If it was mine I'd find the fastest and largest capacity Micro SD card it supports and plug that in for extra storage.
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