Windows 10: THREE Recovery partitions?

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  1.    23 Dec 2015 #1

    THREE Recovery partitions?


    Is this normal?
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    I would think ONE would be enough?
    Kevin
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  2.    23 Dec 2015 #2

    One is more than enough for one instance of Windows.

    You could run reagentc /info to see which is being used and delete the other two.

    Are you dual booting though? I see your picture says disk 2. If you are then they could be recovery partitions for different instances.
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  3.    23 Dec 2015 #3

    My C:/ drive (SSD) has always been labeled #2...I have no idea why.

    I am not dual booting per se. I use Macrium Reflect and do have the option at bootup to enter ITS recovery mode.

    Does that mean I keep the last 2? The reagentc /info command produced this:
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /info
    Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
    Information:

    Windows RE status: Enabled
    Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk2\partition3\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 0cf1e747-9791-11e5-8c85-40e23015522f
    Recovery image location:
    Recovery image index: 0
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index: 0

    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.


    Thanks for all your help, lx07
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  4.    23 Dec 2015 #4

    This is the interesting part:
    kkorotev said: View Post
    Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk2\partition3\Recovery\WindowsRE
    You'd have to compare to diskpart to be sure (as some partitions don't show in disk management screen) - enter

    • diskpart
    • select disk 2
    • list partition

    You will either see partition 3 is the first of the 450 MB recovery partitions ( which means the last 2 are not used) or it is your 110GB C partition (which means none of them are used).

    The standard layout for EFI is something like this
    Code:
    DISKPART> select disk 0
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> list partition
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    Recovery           450 MB    20 KB (this is Recovery)
      Partition 2    System             100 MB   450 MB (this is EFI)
      Partition 3    Reserved            16 MB   551 MB (this reserved partition isn't shown in Disk Management)
      Partition 4    Primary            110 GB   567 MB (this is C drive)
    My guess is that each time you upgraded (from 7 or 8 to 10 and then from 10 build 10240 to build 10586) it is making a new recovery partition as it doesn't find it where it expects it.

    You could shuffle the partitions order around with MiniTool Partition Wizard (you would have to reregister WinRE with reagentc after) or as you use Macrium just delete them all if you are short of space. If the first of the 3 is being used you'd need to move it anyway to expand C drive. If you aren't short of space could of course just leave them as they are fairly small.

    Let us know what (if anything) you'd like to do...
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  5.    23 Dec 2015 #5

    lx07 said: View Post
    ...You'd have to compare to diskpart to be sure (as some partitions don't show in disk management screen) - enter

    • diskpart
    • select disk 2
    • list partition

    You will either see partition 3 is the first of the 450 MB recovery partitions ( which means the last 2 are not used) or it is your 110GB C partition (which means none of them are used)....
    OP's report of partition 3 also seems to imply they have no MSR on this disk (if it's pointing at the first WinRE) - that's normally between EFI and OS, isn't it?

    Would really need to see diskpart / list par from OP to clarify situation.
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  6.    23 Dec 2015 #6

    Word Man said: View Post
    OP's report of partition 3 also seems to imply they have no MSR on this disk (if it's pointing at the first WinRE) - that's normally between EFI and OS, isn't it?

    Would really need to see diskpart / list par from OP to clarify situation.
    If the MSR exists in the normal place between EFI and C then partition 3 is C drive (WinRE can be registered on C drive).

    If MSR doesn't exist in normal place (or at all) then partition 3 is the first of the recovery partitions so yes, need to check diskpart.
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  7.    23 Dec 2015 #7

    Thanks very much, I will definitely get back to you...
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  8.    24 Dec 2015 #8

    You guys are out of my league, but here's what I get:
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  9.    24 Dec 2015 #9

    1) So you have no MSR (Microsoft Reserved Paritition) which is normally part of the GUID Partition Table (GPT) disk layout. This may or may not be a problem down the road - opinions will vary widely - but I realize this isn't part of your question up to this point.

    2) Partitions 4 & 5 are not in use. You could then follow-up on next to last paragraph in lx07's post # 4.
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  10.    24 Dec 2015 #10

    Thanks, Word Man. I'll see if Ix07 responds before doing anything drastic.
    I completed a full back-up a few minutes ago, just in case
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