Extra Recovery Partition appeared after upgrade Win 10 October

  1.    5 Days Ago #1

    Extra Recovery Partition appeared after upgrade Win 10 October


    After and upgrade from MS in October I noticed my computer was becoming sluggish and a number of documents in files had disappeared.

    I save all documents on external "F" Drive.

    After upgrade, my "F" symbol was changed to "G", and now my external drive is "G". I didn't change it from "F" to "G".

    During a search I found another partition recorded as "F" Recovery. I now have two recovery partitions. The "F" Recovery has lost recorded on it.

    Why was "F" stolen from me as my external drive and resubsituted with "G" and why I now have "F" as a "recovery"
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       5 Days Ago #2

    crikeymate said: View Post
    After an upgrade from MS in October... . I found another partition recorded as "F" Recovery....
    Occasionally in an upgrade the recovery partition is left with a drive letter assigned. It's not unusual for a Features Update to create a new recovery partition if the original one is too small, but it should not have had a drive letter assigned.

    You can use Diskpart to remove the "F" letter from the recovery partition and put your system back to as it should have been in the first place. Open an admin command or powershell prompt. Type the commands:

    DISKPART

    REMOVE LETTER=F

    EXIT
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  3.    5 Days Ago #3

    Bree said: View Post
    Occasionally in an upgrade the recovery partition is left with a drive letter assigned. It's not unusual for a Features Update to create a new recovery partition if the original one is too small, but it should not have had a drive letter assigned.

    You can use Diskpart to remove the "F" letter from the recovery partition and put your system back to as it should have been in the first place. Open an admin command or powershell prompt. Type the commands:

    DISKPART

    REMOVE LETTER=F

    EXIT
    Don't you have to select volume first?
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       5 Days Ago #4

    cereberus said: View Post
    Don't you have to select volume first?
    Yes, you're right. I had already selected the volume when I tested that command sequence

    DISKPART

    SELECT VOLUME F

    REMOVE LETTER=F

    EXIT
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  5.    5 Days Ago #5

    Can you select a volume by letter. Not at my pc to test.

    I thought it had to be by number i.e.

    list volume

    select volume # (# is volume number that has drive letter F)
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    cereberus said: View Post
    Can you select a volume by letter. Not at my pc to test.
    Yes, I tested that before posting.

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  7.    5 Days Ago #7

    Bree said: View Post
    Yes, I tested that before posting.

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  8.    3 Days Ago #8

    Bree said: View Post
    Occasionally in an upgrade the recovery partition is left with a drive letter assigned. It's not unusual for a Features Update to create a new recovery partition if the original one is too small, but it should not have had a drive letter assigned.

    You can use Diskpart to remove the "F" letter from the recovery partition and put your system back to as it should have been in the first place. Open an admin command or powershell prompt. Type the commands:

    DISKPART

    REMOVE LETTER=F

    EXIT
    I am confused, my recovery drive "D" is 22GB and this extra "recovery" partition before, so why has an extra partition appeared and never had one before. And why was my external drive called "F DRIVE" was taken from me and replaced with "G DRIVE". I would like to know what information is stored in this "F" recovery drive of 850MB and I am wondering if this is where my missing information from my external drive has ended up?
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  9.    3 Days Ago #9

    crikeymate said: View Post
    I am confused, my recovery drive "D" is 22GB and this extra "recovery" partition before, so why has an extra partition appeared and never had one before. And why was my external drive called "F DRIVE" was taken from me and replaced with "G DRIVE". I would like to know what information is stored in this "F" recovery drive of 850MB and I am wondering if this is where my missing information from my external drive has ended up?
    The 22GB partition is a vendor recovery drive. This contains OS and vendor crapware. I always delete these.

    The 850MB partition contains software to inititiate a rebuild of the OS (it builds it from special compressed folders on C drive).

    The letter naming is not important. You data on external drive should still be therrlr if you click on drive G.
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    crikeymate said: View Post
    I am confused, my recovery drive "D" is 22GB and this extra "recovery" partition before, so why has an extra partition appeared and never had one before. And why was my external drive called "F DRIVE" was taken from me and replaced with "G DRIVE". I would like to know what information is stored in this "F" recovery drive of 850MB and I am wondering if this is where my missing information from my external drive has ended up?
    cereberus said: View Post
    The 22GB partition is a vendor recovery drive. This contains OS and vendor crapware. I always delete these....
    That 22GB D: Recovery drive tells me you almost certainly have an HP laptop that was supplied with Windows 8 or 8.1 pre-installed by HP. It can be used to reset the laptop to 'as originally supplied' condition (Win8). If you would never want to do that, then you could delete that partition - it's up to you.

    HP were one of the few OEMs who gave their recovery drive a letter, most other OEMs hid theirs by not assigning a drive letter. Windows will always leave any such an OEM recovery drive alone and make another one for its own use.

    The 850MB recovery drive is the Windows 10 recovery drive and contains the recovery tools that Windows 10 uses in Advances Start Up. As explained, it should not normally have a drive letter. Because it has been left with one after the upgrade, all other drive letters have been pushed up by one place in the alphabet. Remove F: from the 850MB recovery drive and they'll be able to move back down.

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