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  1.    24 Nov 2015 #1
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    Can I delete the recovery partition?


    After the update to version 1511 build 10586 Windows has created a 450 Mb recovery partition on my SSD drive.

    I have already deleted the created Windows_OLD folder as well as the hidden folder with update files.

    Can I seamlessly and without risk also delete the recovery partition?

    Thanks in advance.

    René
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  2.    24 Nov 2015 #2
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    I wouldn't.. if you do you will not be able to boot your PC.
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  3.    24 Nov 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    I wouldn't.. if you do you will not be able to boot your PC.
    Sorry but it's Incorrect. The PC still boot except you cannot create the recovery disk or get into Recovery Environment for trouble shooting.

    @OP
    The space taken by the Recovery Partition is small so I would advise to leave it alone.
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  4.    24 Nov 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Sorry but it's Incorrect. The PC still boot except you cannot create the recovery disk.

    @OP
    The space taken by the Recovery Partition is small so I would advise to leave it alone.
    Thanks for the information.
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  5.    24 Nov 2015 #5
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    A 'Clean Install' will take care of that Recovery Partition but, then you would have to create your own Recovery Media; then again, you just clean installed so, you essentially have Recovery Media in hand!
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  6.    24 Nov 2015 #6
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    I'm a little confused now.

    Have just seen on my other computer that there are created two recovery partitions on each 450 Mb and it has even not yet updated to version 1511.

    I make weekly system build (image) of my Windows drive with Macrium Reflect.

    Is it really necessary with all these extra partitions which apparently growing in number as time goes by?

    Cheers
    René
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  7.    24 Nov 2015 #7
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    Sorry to Hijack,

    How would I deal with this:

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    Thanks
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  8.    24 Nov 2015 #8
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Left coast but not a progressive liberal
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    dual boot W10 10586th2/14291 rs1 Win. Insider since Jan. 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by dvdlock View Post
    Sorry to Hijack,

    How would I deal with this:

    Click image for larger version. 

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Views:	31 
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ID:	50260

    Thanks
    That's a protected partition . You could probably use a DISKPART elevated CMD though to access the DISKPART tool .

    http://www.winability.com/delete-pro...isk-partition/

    OTOH An Linux Ubuntu live boot Disk or USB > Drive tools should handle it easy .

    ofc it's only half a GB on a TB hdd hardly worth the effort though
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  9.    24 Nov 2015 #9
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    My recovery media is the OS on a USB drive and I always delete that partition.
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  10.    24 Nov 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    A 'Clean Install' will take care of that Recovery Partition but, then you would have to create your own Recovery Media; then again, you just clean installed so, you essentially have Recovery Media in hand!
    Incorrect. A clean install will create it's own recovery partition.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyberrufus View Post
    My recovery media is the OS on a USB drive and I always delete that partition.
    Exactly. A Windows 10 installation USB/DVD will do everything the standard Windows 10 created recovery partition will.

    Quote Originally Posted by blutos cousin View Post
    That's a protected partition . You could probably use a DISKPART elevated CMD though to access the DISKPART tool .

    http://www.winability.com/delete-pro...isk-partition/

    OTOH An Linux Ubuntu live boot Disk or USB > Drive tools should handle it easy .

    ofc it's only half a GB on a TB hdd hardly worth the effort though
    In post #7, the first partition on the disk is NOT a recovery partition. It is an EFI System Partition. BIG difference! Delete that partition and the system will stop booting until it is fixed. The 4 remaining recovery partitions can be deleted but the user will lose the ability to boot into the advance troubleshooting menu and reload the original factory software. A Windows 10 Install USB/DVD will do everything in the advanced troubleshooting menu, but still won't be able to load the original factory software. The only original factory software that I keep a copy of is Windows with Bing - because ISO's for that are impossible to find. But those images are kept as Macrium Reflect Images on external storage, not recovery partitions.
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