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  1. #1


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    delete recovery partition


    Hi,

    I need to delete a recovery partition off my second hard drive. I've seen this link: Delete and Remove to Unlock EISA Hidden Recovery or Diagnostic Partition in Vista My Digital Life but it's for Vista and the final command "delete partition override" doesn't work in diskpart. It comes up saying "The specified command or parameters are not supported on this system"

    Yes, I really do want to delete the recovery partition because it's on my secondary HDD, I still have the recovery partition on my C: so I'm really not losing anything

    Cheers for the help

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  2. #2


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    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    AOMEI partition assistant should do the job.

    Its free and easy.

    Free partition manager download for managing your PCs and Servers.

    Is your recovery partition before or after your windows partition?

    If its before and you move that partition to another location or even merge it with your windows partition, you will need to repair the boot manager as you have physically changed your windows location.
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    AOMEI partition assistant should do the job.


    Is your recovery partition before or after your windows partition?

    If its before and you move that partition to another location or even merge it with your windows partition, you will need to repair the boot manager as you have physically changed your windows location.
    Hey Brooklyn,

    I am basically in the same situation as the OP, I installed an SSD and put windows 8 on that and moved the HDD into the second drive bay of the laptop [it has 2 drive bays], but left the HDD as was, it also has WIndows 8 on it, thats how I got it from DELL, meaning I didn't delete or format the drive and this HDD has a 9GB recovery Partiton created that i want to get rid of, since I created the recovery and backup on DVD discs, so I basically am covered if I need to recover.

    What do you mean by before or after ?? Do you mean when displayed under Disk Management that it comes before or after the main OS partition on the display??

    Mine comes after, but if I right-click on this recovery partition that i want to delete and merge, I don't get any options other than "HELP"

    I am guessing I need to do something to unprotect this partition that I assume DELL put some kind of safety protection so it doesn't accidentally get deleted.

    Anyway can you or other forum 8 members give me some leads ??
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    freezerburn's situation:
    Yes, I really do want to delete the recovery partition because it's on my secondary HDD
    Brooklyn567's suggestion should work nicely.


    SoiCBoy's situation:
    I am basically in the same situation as the OP, I installed an SSD and put windows 8 on that and moved the HDD into the second drive bay of the laptop
    If that original hard drive is truly now a secondary drive, and you are booting from a clean install of Win 8 on your new SSD, then I see no reason why Brooklyn's suggestion wouldn't work for you as well on your (now) secondary HD.


    Now, there are several other ways of doing it but I agree that Brooklyn567's suggestion is a good one!
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  5. #5


    I am just curious about the part he asks:

    "Is your recovery partition before or after your windows partition?"

    He gives details on if its before.. what if it's after if that makes any difference??
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by SoiCBoy View Post
    I am just curious about the part he asks:

    "Is your recovery partition before or after your windows partition?"

    He gives details on if its before.. what if it's after if that makes any difference??
    It could be before or after based on the system builder's design IMHO. However, in both of your cases, you now use that original drive as a secondary drive, so what's the difference if it is not used for recovery purposes anymore? Also, I think AOMEI has the option to delete and move partition contents up to the front of two merged partitions it that gives one a warm, fuzzy feeling.

    In any event, if you still have some reservations about using AEOMI, and you want a 100% lead-pipe lock answer (solution), just wait for Theog to arrive on the scene and he'll set the record straight. Good luck.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    put windows 8 on that and moved the HDD into the second drive bay of the laptop [it has 2 drive bays], but left the HDD as was, it also has WIndows 8 on it, thats how I got it from DELL, meaning I didn't delete or format the drive and this HDD has a 9GB recovery Partiton created that i want to get rid of, since I created the recovery and backup on DVD discs, so I basically am covered if I need to recover.
    For the HHD:
    Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums

    For the SSD:
    Do you have the Recovery Partition?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    One easy way to remove the recovery partition that holds the reset image is to make a recovery drive. If it gives you the option to copy the contents of the Recovery Image partition, it will also give you the option to remove that partition. You will need to do this while booted into the old install, since that is the one you seem to want to remove. I would also remove the new drive, just to be safe.

    You can use Diskpart to find the Partition Type and Attributes. Adjusting those should allow normal manipulation of the partition.

    You can check the operation condition of the recovery partitions by running the following command in an Administrative command prompt. It will tell you if a recovery image is set up for your system and where it is located.

    reagentc /info
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  9. #9


    thanks guys

    @ theog - I created the Recovery partition on 3 DVD's as per Dells included software and since I now have the OS a new drive, I don't mind reclaiming an extra 10GB of space.

    The reason I am keeping the original drive [its a 1TB HDD] with the OS still on it, is that I heard while the laptop is still under warranty, DELL want you to have the original setup they sold you, so if something does go wrong I will just rip out my SSD I put in myself and put it in for repair. How much of this is actually true I'm not sure.

    As I mentioned I think DELL have protect this "recovery partition" to prevent accidental deletion as in Disk Management, it shows up but there is absolutely no option to do anything at all... right clicking only shows a HELP dialogue and when clicked on the HELP panel and info windows activates.

    So you think running AOMEI partition assistant will somehow unprotect this partition and allow me to delete and merge it.

    Just asking before I start testing it out, just in case there is a different approach I need to take.

    cheers
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    The reason I am keeping the original drive [its a 1TB HDD] with the OS still on it, is that I heard while the laptop is still under warranty, DELL want you to have the original setup they sold you, so if something does go wrong I will just rip out my SSD I put in myself and put it in for repair. How much of this is actually true I'm not sure.
    That is one smart move on your part! And I do agree that any hardware modifications might have an impact on your warranty. With that said, I would leave it "as-is" until the warranty expires. Moreover, you now have an alternative drive to boot from in case you encounter SSD problems or system corruption down the road.
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