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  1. badrobot's Avatar
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    Delete Protected Recovery Partition (GPT Disk)


    Last night I wiped out my ASUS T100 tablet to clean install TH2. But there is a 7GB Recovery partition from Windows 8.1 that I can't get rid off using Diskpart.

    Can someone please assist me?

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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    What is Disk 2?
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  3. badrobot's Avatar
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    NavyLCDR said:
    What is Disk 2?
    That's the old recovery partition from Windows 8.1.
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    badrobot said:
    That's the old recovery partition from Windows 8.1.
    Well - it would appear to be some externally connected device such as a thumb drive or sdcard. I just looked at my wife's T100 and there are two disks listed - the internal memory, and the microSD card inserted.

    It is also very strange the all three "disks" have 0 bytes free on them.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    Well - it would appear to be some externally connected device such as a thumb drive or sdcard. I just looked at my wife's T100 and there are two disks listed - the internal memory, and the microSD card inserted.
    Nope. As described under partition type, it is a Recovery partition. I don't have any external device connected except for the 64GB micro-SD which is the Disk 1 on the list. Maybe this recovery partition is separate from the built-in 32GB storage. You won't see it in file explorer but it's visible on Disk Management.
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    badrobot said:
    Nope. As described under partition type, it is a Recovery partition. I don't have any external device connected except for the 64GB micro-SD which is the Disk 1 on the list. Maybe this recovery partition is separate from the built-in 32GB storage. You won't see it in file explorer but it's visible on Disk Management.
    How do you explain that all three "disks" have 0 bytes free?

    What I would suggest is to make a Windows 10 Installation USB flash drive using the new Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. 32bit, 64 bit, or both - your choice - both would be most versatile. It will contain both Pro and Home versions. Remove the micro-SD card. All you should have connected to the tablet is the keyboard and the Windows 10 flash drive.

    After clicking install now - select custom install. Attempt to delete all the partitions on the tablet from the next screen. Then install Windows 10 to the unallocated space.

    Something is very weird on your diskpart result, though.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    How do you explain that all three "disks" have 0 bytes free?
    I don't need to explain anything. That's how Diskpart sees it.

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    NavyLCDR said:
    How do you explain that all three "disks" have 0 bytes free?

    What I would suggest is to make a Windows 10 Installation USB flash drive using the new Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. 32bit, 64 bit, or both - your choice - both would be most versatile. It will contain both Pro and Home versions. Remove the micro-SD card. All you should have connected to the tablet is the keyboard and the Windows 10 flash drive.

    After clicking install now - select custom install. Attempt to delete all the partitions on the tablet from the next screen. Then install Windows 10 to the unallocated space.

    Something is very weird on your diskpart result, though.
    That's exactly what I did last night. I created the USB and manually deleted all partitions during installation but this one won't go away. So I skipped it and continue the installation thinking that I can remove it later.
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    What I would suggest is to make a Windows 10 Installation USB flash drive using the new Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. 32bit, 64 bit, or both - your choice - both would be most versatile. It will contain both Pro and Home versions. Remove the micro-SD card. All you should have connected to the tablet is the keyboard and the Windows 10 flash drive.

    After clicking install now - select custom install. Attempt to delete all the partitions on the tablet from the next screen. Then install Windows 10 to the unallocated space.

    Something is very weird on your diskpart result, though.
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  10. badrobot's Avatar
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    NavyLCDR said:

    Something is very weird on your diskpart result, though.
    I don't think there's an issue there. You can try Diskpart with your T100 and see if it's the same. Just copy the commands from my posted image above until "LIST DISK".
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