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Recovery Partition: To remove or not?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by norepli View Post
    Hi znod,

    OK, now I understand what you mean by new media (as in Windows 8 ISO).
    Yes, or retail upgrade disc, or system builder software.

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I would keep the recovery partition. You never know what's going to work best the day you have to recover.

    I rely on my images. I use free Macrium because history has taught me that the native Windows imaging is not very reliable.

    But in my case, Windows 8 backup is real easy. I run Windows 8 in a virtual partition and if I want to make a backup, I just copy the VMware folder to my external eSata disk. Nothing could be easier.
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  3. #13


    All I want to know is why I should keep a huge space occupying folder(or partition)if it is actually untouchable(every time I click it, my PC warns me to stay off...leave it alone. I do not even know what's in it). As I said, I already have created a 6-DVD recovery set. Is there any function of the files in the recovery partition that the recovery DVD's cannot or do not do?

    For instance: If I start having problem with cold boot, which recovery tool is better to use to try fix the problem? The recovery DVD's or the recovery partition? If the answer is either, why then should I keep it?
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  4. #14


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I recommend to keep the recovery partition because you never know whether your recovery DVDs will work. And it is the easiest way to reinstall the system.

    But if you are sure your DVDs work and maybe have images as a second option, you may delete the partition (in Disk Management). Just a word of warning, if your PC is a Dell, your bootmgr is sitting on the recovery partition. So if you delete it, your system will not boot. Better check that first.
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  5. #15


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    i suggest you leave it alone ,some day you will wish you did if you do remove it ,and in today's standards 27 gigs is not a lot of space really ,if you ever find yourself need that much storage just go buy a 32gig thumb drive
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  6. #16


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    System image will be removed with Blue - judging from the current build.

    That will be nice for 3rd party imaging program vendors.


    Quote Originally Posted by norepli View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Clean install would be tidy as norepli says. But, then you'd need to purchase additional media.
    Hello znod,

    No additional media purchase would be required as the creation of a "system image" (immediately after the clean install) would now suffice as a recovery media (eg, return to the clean install defaults).

    Cheers!
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  7. #17


    I always blow away those recovery partitions. I've thought numerous times, "but what if I want to go back to the way it was from the factory". But then I realize, "that will simply never, ever happen"
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    Quote Originally Posted by pappi View Post
    All I want to know is why I should keep a huge space occupying folder(or partition)if it is actually untouchable(every time I click it, my PC warns me to stay off...leave it alone. I do not even know what's in it). As I said, I already have created a 6-DVD recovery set. Is there any function of the files in the recovery partition that the recovery DVD's cannot or do not do?

    For instance: If I start having problem with cold boot, which recovery tool is better to use to try fix the problem? The recovery DVD's or the recovery partition? If the answer is either, why then should I keep it?
    I think you have enough answers above to decide what you want do. At this point, I vote that you leave it alone.
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  9. #19


    West Auckland
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    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    leave it alone

    performing a system recovery (when the time comes) will just bring them back anyway

    We're in the age of terabyte hard drives now, and 128GB SSD's are cheap as chips. Tiny hard drives are more trouble than they're worth, especially when they cause people to try removing recovery partitions which are very very handy.
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