Which "Healthy Recovery partitions" to delete


  1. Posts : 3
    windows 10
       #1

    Which "Healthy Recovery partitions" to delete


    Hello
    I have a Surface pro Gen 1 (quite old but still doing great) running Win 10. It only has a 64GB SSD, so I need every bit of space I can get on there.
    There is currently 5 healthy recovery partitions at over 10gb. I would like to hang on to the repair partition, however their must be some that can be reclaimed?

    How can I work out which to keep and which to reclaim.

    Which "Healthy Recovery partitions" to delete-screenshot-26-.png

    A bit of background, It was upgraded from Win 8, never duel booted (but as you may see from the screen grab I am flirting with Ubuntu) and its on OS Build; 19042.928.

    Thanks for any Help
    Jonnym
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  2. Posts : 34,882
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, at a guess, the large recovery partition is a factory recovery partition- used to reset your device to 'as bought'.
    If so, you can back it up as you wish, and then delete it- you can always clean install Win 10 any time you wish without extras if any.

    If you run this command:
    Which "Healthy Recovery partitions" to delete-1.png
    you can see which of the others is your active Recovery partition.

    You can compare that number with partitions listed by Diskpart if you wish.

    Another approach is to use a 3rd party partition manager which will let you explore the contents of those partitions and the creation dates of the files in them, and hence you can find the latest one.

    As ever before making significant changes, ensure you have a current disk image of all relevant partitions.
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  3. Posts : 3
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for the help.
    Looking at the attachment, its only partition 5 I need to keep. do you think the 7gb section is to revert it back to win 8?

    If it is that can aberration can be deleted, as I would not go back.

    thanks again
    jonnym

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    dalchina said:
    As ever before making significant changes, ensure you have a current disk image of all relevant partitions.
    I have a new ssd external hhd arriving today to back it up to, then onto the NAS drive for archive.

    thanks
    Jonnym
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  4. Posts : 34,882
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Agreed- that's what I suggested the large partition probably is.

    Diks imaging is a good way to back this up- all partitions comprising your O/S -> 1 file.
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