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Recovery Partition: To remove or not?

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    Recovery Partition: To remove or not?


    Recovery Manager has an option to remove Recovery Partition which in my PC is a 27.1 GB Drive(D:). I already have created 6-DVD Recovery Disc set. Any particular/practical reason/s why I should not opt to remove? I thought 27 GB of idle space is a lot...just sitting there. Unless it has uses other than system recovering sans discs.

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    Hello pappi,

    I (personally) would only attempt to remove that recovery partition by doing a clean install to ensure that all embedded "pointers" to that recovery partition are removed as well.

    Kirk out!
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    Can you back up the Recovery Partition to a USB drive, DVDs aren't that reliable.
    IF you CAN backup the recovery to a USB, then it is safe to remove the Recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pappi View Post
    Recovery Manager has an option to remove Recovery Partition which in my PC is a 27.1 GB Drive(D. I already have created 6-DVD Recovery Disc set. Any particular/practical reason/s why I should not opt to remove? I thought 27 GB of idle space is a lot...just sitting there. Unless it has uses other than system recovering sans discs.
    Wouldn't do it unless you truly need the space. My understanding is that you won't be able to reinstall it on your computer once removed (per a google). But, that seems to be the only real downside unless you can't run the normal troubleshooting options via the disc set (e.g., automatic repair and refresh) once the partition is deleted. I'd check this point out carefully before deleting the partition. Be sure and create a system repair disc (see my sig). At least that way you could do some of the troubleshoot items. Backup your disc set for safety.

    Note that you might want to create an image of your drive so that you could put everything, including the recovery partition, back the way it was originally. See sig again.

    Clean install would be tidy as norepli says. But, then you'd need to purchase additional media. As an alternative, I suppose you could remove the partition and restore using your disk set--having backed up your data. Having purchased media and installed you'd have access to all the troubleshooting options.
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    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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    I thought you were talking about a clean install that would obliterate all bloatware. That's what I was talking about. You'd need new media to get that done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    I thought you were talking about a clean install that would obliterate all bloatware. That's what I was talking about. You'd need new media to get that done.
    Maybe we're talking about two different scenarios here but when I do a Win 8 clean install, I delete all existing partitions as part of that process, and that gets rid of the bloatware for me.
    Last edited by norepli; 28 Mar 2013 at 07:12.
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    If doing a clean install, I would at least get to having only unallocated space on a drive (which would imply removing all partitions). Also, I might use diskpart/clean all command to really clean the sucker up. Regardless, to me, a clean install also entails reinstalling no bloatware--which could only be accomplished by him using new media (i.e., it presumably couldn't be done by him using his recovery disc set--which typically also would reinstall his OEM's bloatware).
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    Hi znod,

    OK, now I understand what you mean by new media (as in Windows 8 ISO).
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    I would do a clean reinstall of Windows 8 to begin with from an OEM PC, best way to deal with evilware. But the recovery partition, that depends. It's handy to have it when you do a Reset or a Refresh of Windows as you don't need to track down the drive it's on, such as a USB or DVD.

    What I'd do is do a thorough reformat of the hard drive (with user data backed up elsewhere and this is after doing several wipe down passes on the drive to obliterate every literal bit of data on the drive) and reinstall Windows. Then, after you have installed programs and configured it to your liking and it's running smooth and sleek, make a recovery partition.

    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

    This is the process to show you how, you make one (takes about an hour or so depending on how much you have installed) and then register it with Windows so it knows that's the one to use. Basically, it makes a custom system image for you to use if you need to reinstall Windows if it acts up.
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