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Can't optimize Recovery

  1. #31


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    My recovery is considerably larger -8.42 GB; 89% free. I have 3 OS running and 4 partitions.

    Your Recovery is saying "Needs Optimized" also, have you ran: Right click on partition > Properties > Tools > Scan ?
    See my original post #20. I'm OK with that "as-is." Thanks for asking though. Cheers!

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  2. #32


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    not having a recovery parting when you need it is not the end of the world ,there are ways around it

    as suggested you could contact Dell now,i would
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  3. #33


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    not having a recovery parting when you need it is not the end of the world ,there are ways around it

    as suggested you could contact Dell now,i would
    caperjack, I appreciate it, but Windows 8 on this machine is a purchase I made and there may be compatibility issues, I can post to their forum.

    One big problem I have been seeing is that Windows 7 and Windows 8 running in dual boot can cause problems; i.e. one is that Windows 7 deleting the Windows 8 system restore file.
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  4. #34


    Th recovery partition was created by the OEM as a means of conveniently recovering the system in the event that becomes necessary. It is NOT a part of Windows. The contents of the partition may be organized any way the OEM chooses. It may be normal files or it may be something completely different, only the OEM knows for sure. The OEM is free to change the organization at any time for any reason without notice.

    The Windows defrag utility (or any other) can only report that the partition is fragmented by making assumptions about it's contents. These assumptions may be correct, or thy may be hopelessly wrong. The defrag utility may see the partition as being completely normal but the OEM software may see it as a complete mess and be unable to use it.

    For that reason the recovery partition should never be modified in any way for any reason.
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  5. #35


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    Windows 8 Pro


    LMiller7, if I read you correctly, it may be a good idea to copy the partition from one of the hard disks that I know is good to the and replace the one I am unsure about - right?
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  6. #36


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    LMiller7, if I read you correctly, it may be a good idea to copy the partition from one of the hard disks that I know is good to the and replace the one I am unsure about - right?
    just because its bit fragmented doesn't mean there is anything wrong with it ,win8 might see it fragmented but win8 doesn't know the drive is a oem recovery ,so leave it alone till you need it ,make sure you save one of the clone copy's you have
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  7. #37


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    caperjack, I have one in a drawer that never gets used. I have a second PC that I transfer all data to when necessary. I have lost hard drives before and it ruins my day...
    Last edited by rdwray; 15 Oct 2013 at 08:44.
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  8. #38


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    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    caperjack, I have one in a drawer that never gets used. I have a second PC that I transfer all data to when necessary. I have lost hard drives before and it ruins my day...
    all i can say is i hope all goes well what ever you choose to do ,good luck
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  9. #39


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    thanks caperjack same to you and God's blessings....
    Last edited by rdwray; 15 Oct 2013 at 08:43.
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  10. #40


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    After doing some further investigating, the Recovery partition is not that important "if" you have the install/recovery disk which I do have. As most of you know, a repair is much more important than a recovery if possible. The Recovery partition is going to format you disk and put everything back to factory install which means all you installed programs are GONE... With the way MS is operating now, a recovery process can cause serious problems with trying to reinstall their software with their new "one time" license. I suggest a cloned, spare hard drive, mine are refurbished and cheap.
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