Windows 10: Recovery partitions on SSD Solved

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       11 Jan 2016 #11

    I did try to create USB rescue but the only flash drives I had were USB2 and all the ports are USB3. They didn't work. I've ordered a couple of USB3 sticks so will get that organised.
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  2.    11 Jan 2016 #12

    cereberus said: View Post
    The MRF recovery environment is included in the excellent recovery iso from this forum

    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums
    I was aware of Kyhi's excellent Windows PE tool but was not aware that he has supplied it with a Macrium Reflect program interface as you seem to be saying - I imagine one could add it themselves but wouldn't have imagined Kyhi had already done that - I guess I haven't read that entire thread thoroughly enough.
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       12 Jan 2016 #13

    A weird thing.

    During yesterday's shenanigans the laptop told me it needed to install an update and had scheduled it for 03:30 today. That update took place and it was a "biggie" - several restarts diring a screen that said "Upgrading Windows" - like the upgrade from 8.1 to 10 on my desktop PC. Winver now tells me I have version 1511.

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    I checked disk management and that is now showing another partition

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    A search for that version number on the forums shows that this is a "Mobile" version. All seems OK at the moment though. Any ideas?
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  4.    12 Jan 2016 #14

    norman said: View Post
    I checked disk management and that is now showing another partition

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    A search for that version number on the forums shows that this is a "Mobile" version. All seems OK at the moment though. Any ideas?
    1511 is November 2015 release for both mobile and PC and 10586.36 is the latest PC build number (although there may be another minor release later on today).

    Which is the new partition? The 449MB one? Most likely the WINRETOOLS partition is not being used.

    If you'd like to tidy it up you need to compare diskpart and reagentc /info in an elevated command prompt to see which partition is registered as the recovery partition. In this example my recovery partition is partition 1.
    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10586]
    (c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /info
    Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
    Information:
    
        Windows RE status:         Enabled
        Windows RE location:       \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
        Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 9c34aef9-9152-11e5-9c76-00155d013517
        Recovery image location:
        Recovery image index:      0
        Custom image location:
        Custom image index:        0
    
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
    
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.10586
    
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: HALI-WIN10
    
    DISKPART> select disk 0
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> list partition
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    Recovery           500 MB    20 KB
      Partition 2    System             200 MB   500 MB
      Partition 3    Reserved            16 MB   701 MB
      Partition 4    Primary             32 GB   717 MB
      Partition 5    Primary             55 GB    33 GB
      Partition 6    Primary             23 GB    88 GB
      Partition 7    Unknown            619 MB   112 GB
    
    DISKPART> exit
    Once you have figured out which partition is being used you could if you like delete the other one, move the recovery to the end again and extend C. If you do this you should check again with reagenc /info that it is still registered correctly.
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       12 Jan 2016 #15

    Thanks for that. Yes the new partition is the 449mb one. I didn't re-name the Windows partition EaseUS did that. I'll re-arrange them later if it's not needed.
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  6.    12 Jan 2016 #16

    No need to rearrange partitions until you run out of space (and even then you'd only save a tiny bit).,

    It is probably worth running reagentc /info just to check that it says status "Enabled" though - just on the off chance you need to use the recovery tools one day.
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       12 Jan 2016 #17

    The 449mb is the recovery partition and it is flagged as enabled.

    Probably my OCD kicking in but this is what EasUS is showing now.

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    Think I might tidy it up later, after getting another Macrium image.
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       12 Jan 2016 #18

    norman said: View Post
    I will use Macrium to create an image on the portable and try a re-install from scratch if there is no easy way to delete recovery partitions from the SSD. BTW can the recovery image and Macrium boot disk both be on the portable?
    To answer you question. Can recovery Image and Macrium boot disk be on the same portable HD ? The answer is yes.
    1. Shrink the portable to 1GB (Actually you only need ~260 MB for rescue disk, I just make it even 1GB). Create a partition and format as FAT32, use dispart to set it "Active"
    2. Run Macrium and create a rescue ISO.
    3. Use either Winrar, Winzip or 7-zip to extract the ISO to the 1GB partition created above
    4. Reboot the PC and from the boot menu, select this partition with UEFI prefix to boot into Macrium rescue.

    NOTE: You can do this with either internal or external HD and it is faster than booting from USB stick or DVD.

    The screen shot below shows my 120GB USB HD with the 1GB partition containing Macrium Rescue and the first partition is where to store the backup image formatted with NTFS:

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    EDIT: If you really want to make all partitions to look as if to do a fresh install without losing all infos and apps from your C drive then use this link:
    Solved Help With Partition Management - Windows 10 Forums
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       12 Jan 2016 #19

    Thank you. I just ran Macrium and the option to create rescue boot asked where to place it and I just pointed to the external hard disk. It created a MBR boot sector and all is well (see my last image above). I have tested it to ensure it works OK. I created a folder on the main partition on the portable and have, so far, created a couple of full images in there.
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       12 Jan 2016 #20

    norman said: View Post
    Thank you. I just ran Macrium and the option to create rescue boot asked where to place it and I just pointed to the external hard disk. It created a MBR boot sector and all is well (see my last image above). I have tested it to ensure it works OK. I created a folder on the main partition on the portable and have, so far, created a couple of full images in there.
    Great. That works too. However, I'd like to separate the Rescue environment so that it would be in one place and I also remove the drive letter to make it hidden so I don't accidentally delete it.
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