1.    14 Apr 2016 #1
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    Removal of D: partition


    Hi
    I have upgraded to Windows 10 Home from Windows 7 Premium Home (64bit). I now have a partition 'Recovery D' that contains the data to reinstall Windows 7 OS and all HP supplied software(Back to factory).
    Is it safe to remove the partition and free up space on the C drive using 'Mini Tool", which is suggested for other solutions(never used the program)?
    I have captured an image of the entire computer drive.
    Thank you
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  2.    14 Apr 2016 #2
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    Should be no problem..
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  3.    14 Apr 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohwell View Post
    Hi
    I have upgraded to Windows 10 Home from Windows 7 Premium Home (64bit). I now have a partition 'Recovery D' that contains the data to reinstall Windows 7 OS and all HP supplied software(Back to factory).
    Is it safe to remove the partition and free up space on the C drive using 'Mini Tool", which is suggested for other solutions(never used the program)?
    I have captured an image of the entire computer drive.
    Thank you
    You can delete oem recovery partitions usually 5+GB.

    Do not delete the much smaller windows 10 recovery partition (usually around 450MB). If you do, it is not critical, but means you will not be able to reset your pc from windows and you would have to d a full reinstall (tbh this is preferable really anyway).
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  4.    14 Apr 2016 #4
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    Thank you for your input
    Last edited by Ohwell; 14 Apr 2016 at 16:21. Reason: grammar
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  5.    15 Apr 2016 #5
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    Removal of D: Partition


    dalchina somewhat along the same question I just bought a new HP All in One that came with windows 10 home
    I then upgraded it to Pro after installing all of my programs I did a image backup and noticed drive D: with a size of 20 gig.
    what would be in that since it was fresh out of the box. Could that one be deleted? I took it out of the image backup.
    Shipinomore


    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Should be no problem..
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  6.    15 Apr 2016 #6
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    Hi, presumably a manufacturer's recovery partition. As you're not interested in the Home version it came with, you should be able to delete it.

    Check all the partitions for Win 10 Pro are present : for EFI/GPT which is presumably your case
    450Mb Recovery Partition,100Mb system partition, a 16Mb partition (which you'll only see with a 3rd party partition manager), Windows.

    If you haven't done so, I'd recommend you create at least one further partition which you use for data, and take reasonable steps to put your personal data there, not mixed up with Windows.

    Note: relocating Documents, Videos etc is feasible, but has caused some people difficulty. And you need to consider the implications for multi-user use.
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  7.    15 Apr 2016 #7
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    Removable of D: partition


    dalchina thank you. I deleted it and will add it back to the c: drive.
    I do daily backup of files and folders and it has worked for me
    shipinomore
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  8.    15 Apr 2016 #8
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    Hi, just wondering- why add it back if you don't need the partition?

    A disk image is not the same as backing up your files and folders. That's good, but if you end up with a broken Windows, having that sort of backup leaves you struggling.

    A disk image
    - lets you restore your disk/partition/PC to exactly the state it was when you created the image relatively quickly and without technical help
    - can be used when your PC is unbootable
    - allows you to quite easily replace or upgrade your disk, even migrate from HDD to SDD
    - can be used with Laplink software to automatically install most of your programs onto a new PC potentially saving you a huge amount of time.
    etc...

    So if your PC was take over by Cryptolocker (where they demand bitcoins to unlock it) all you do is restore your image.
    If you have an unbootable PC, you can restore your image.
    Images can be updated- differential and incremental images are smaller and faster representing differences from the first image once you've created it.
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  9.    26 Apr 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Hi, presumably a manufacturer's recovery partition. As you're not interested in the Home version it came with, you should be able to delete it.

    If you haven't done so, I'd recommend you create at least one further partition which you use for data, and take reasonable steps to put your personal data there, not mixed up with Windows.

    Note: relocating Documents, Videos etc is feasible, but has caused some people difficulty. And you need to consider the implications for multi-user use.
    Hey dalchina, I'll hit you up on my very firstest post here on TenForums:

    I just received my new Dell XPS-15 with W10 Home and definitely want to create a separate partition for all my user data. I've just finished doing my registration with Dell, set all the "phone home" options I can find to off, and created a USB recovery stick.

    Now for the customization stuff:
    Do you have any recommendations for how to do this, or for a 3rd party partition manager you've found reliable with Windoze (any version)? I have the 512 GB SDD. I do have a copy of Partition Commander Pro 10 that has been sitting on my shelf for I don't know how long. I want to do this before I install any programs or other user data on this machine.

    On the other issue mentioned here, how, or what utility do you use or recommend for making full disk images?

    Thanks,
    NutBustr
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  10.    26 Apr 2016 #10
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    Hi, I assume your machine came with the SSD, Win 10, and the BIOS is already configured so you're using AHCI not IDE.
    It looks like you have the SSD and 1TB HDD - rather similar to mine.

    3rd party partition managers:
    Minitool is good- even offers a free boot disk (you should have a partition management boot medium).
    I've also used Easeus Partition Manager- licenses often given away (for both).
    I've not used Partition Commander Pro 10, so can't comment.

    Now beware about what you've done with telemetry settings. I'm going to guess you have Some settings are managed... if you go to Settings, Privacy, General, and maybe Update.

    It's much safer not to do that. Make sure your Win 10 is up and running and use it a while before fiddling - and you have created a disk image before doing so, and maintain it (update it) before and after each major change and periodically.

    E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + boot medium + external storage. The free version only offers differential imaging, and as a cut-down version of the commercial version offers a lot more options than e.g. Aomei Backupper.
    Note that you can even use images in conjunction with Laplink software to move programs etc: I discovered a bug in Aomei that stops this (a permissions problem).

    Windows itself needs about 70Gb min for your 'C:', and creates 450Mb Recovery, an EFI partition and a tiyn 16Mb partition related to GPT format.

    That 70Gb is exclusive of installed programs and their associated data, and any major personal data, which you should hold on your HDD.

    You could simply allocate your SSD to windows + programs, and have loads of space spare unless you're fully installing major games or sthg. I have about 300 programs installed from tiny to office and multimedia, and still have over 150Gb free on my 256Gb SSD. All personal data, my desktop, favorites, and certain key program-related data are on E: on my HDD, and a couple of other partitions.

    It is possible to use the Location tab on the classic Documents, Videos etc folders to move these (e.g. to your HDD). However I find these are full of folders my installed programs are created, and some users have got themselves into knots relocating these.

    I would advise (as others here do) to create your own My Documents etc folders on the HDD - you can include them in the libraries if you wish, of course.

    Note- this really should be a separate thread so all would see it and could add thoughts.
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