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Can the recovery partition get full?

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    Win XP, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1

    Can the recovery partition get full?


    I have Partition Wizard on my system and I was looking at my system drive. I have the standard UEFI partitions on my system (300MB Recovery, 100MB UEFI, 128MB MSR, and my Windows OS) and I noticed that my Recovery partition is 88% full. Should I be concerned about it being this full and look at making it larger? Or will this usage remain static?
    Thanks

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    It is static. I am concerned that none of those are large enough for a true recovery partition though. A true recovery partition will be around 17GB if the system is part of recovery. Have you made a flash (usb) recovery drive? Did your PC come with 8 or 8.1 or did you install from disc or ISO? If you installed from disc or ISO forget everything I just said.
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    You should not modify the recovery partition or it's contents in any way. Never use the partition to store your own files.The partition is created by the computer manufacturer and is never modified later.
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    Win XP, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1


    Hello,
    Perhaps I should have been clearer in my description. These partitions were created by the installation of a retail (not OEM) copy of Windows 8 onto a new, completely empty, hard disk. The PC is one I built myself so there is no OEM recovery image from the PC manufacturer; and if I need to rebuild I will use my retail DVD.
    The Recovery partition I'm referring to is described here Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows Setup though they refer to it as "Win RE Tools". I do not store any of my own files there, I just noticed that it was almost full.
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Can the recovery partition get full?
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