1.    23 Mar 2017 #1
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    After Upgrade Which Recovery Partition Can I delete?


    I recently did an upgrade install on Windows 10. Now I have two recovery partitions. I am not sure which one I can safely delete to free up disc space. Previous to the upgrade there was just one recovery partition called recovery about 450 Mbt. Now there are two recovery partitions. The 453 Mbt partition at the very end is described as a primary partition. The 459 Mbt partition second from the end is called the "Recovery partition". I suspect the 453 partition at the end is the older one from the previous installation I can safely delete*. Or do I need to leave them both in place to access recovery options? Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    Kind regards
    Chris

    * Using disc management software, I plan to delete the one at the end, then enlarge the one second from the end to fill the space and then reduce it to about 460 Mbt. Then I will be left with just one recovery partition.



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  2.    23 Mar 2017 #2
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    Check which is registered with reagentc /info from elevated command prompt and it will tell you which it is using.
    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.14393]
    (c) 2016 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\partition5\Recovery\WindowsRE
        Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 60a76a2a-e726-10e6-9763-d4823e10b645
        Recovery image location:
        Recovery image index:      0
        Custom image location:
        Custom image index:        0
    
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
    
    
    C:\Windows\system32>
    Then you can delete the other. However if you find partition 5 is registered and you delete partition 4 you'll have to re-register WinRE (as partition 5 will now be partition 4).

    Note you have to look at partitions using diskpart to check partition numbers as diskutility doesn't show the msr partition (if you have one).

    Run reagentc /info again after deleting the partition. If it still says "Enabled" you are OK. If not you need to reregister it as described here https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../hh825041.aspx
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  3.    23 Mar 2017 #3
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    Thread Starter

    Thanks. I ran "reagentc /info" from CMD as administrator and its showing partition 3 is being used. I understand that must be the third one counting left to right, or the one second from the right. So if I understand correctly, now I can safely delete partition 4 at the end and move partition 3 to fill the unallocated space without the need to reregister it?

    Kind regards
    Chris
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    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.14393]
    (c) 2016 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\partition3\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: e00545e9-0e72-11e7-848e-d8d811e0938b
    Recovery image location:
    Recovery image index: 0
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index: 0
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>
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  4.    23 Mar 2017 #4
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    Check this as well to make sure you are using the correct partition number..
    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.15063]
    (c) 2017 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.15063.0
    
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: X201
    
    DISKPART> list disk
    
      Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
      --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
      Disk 0    Online          232 GB      0 B
    
    DISKPART> select disk 0
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> list partition
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    Primary            500 MB  1024 KB
      Partition 2    Primary             64 GB   501 MB
      Partition 3    Primary            164 GB    64 GB
      Partition 4    Primary           4495 MB   228 GB
    
    DISKPART> exit
    
    Leaving DiskPart...
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>
    Obviously your partition sizes will be different to mine but it should be obvious.

    It looks like you don't have hidden msr partition (that diskutility doesn't show) and you can just delete partition 4.

    It actually doesn't really matter if you delete the wrong one or even both of them. You can always boot from a external USB key anyway. If you want to have the option to boot from Windows recovery (for the sake of 500MB) then check it with diskpart first.

    EDIT if you do delete 4 though, you'll probably want to shuffle partition 3 up to the end (counting from the left hand side ) so you can extend C into the free space. You can use Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free to do that.
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  5.    23 Mar 2017 #5
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    Thread Starter

    Thanks, I have deleted the redundant partition 4 and reagentc /info is showing the recovery partition 3 is enabled. The screenshot shows the partitions after using Mini Tool Partition Wizard. Thanks again for all your help.

    Kind regards
    Chris
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    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.14393]
    (c) 2016 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\partition3\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: e00545e9-0e72-11e7-848e-d8d811e0938b
    Recovery image location:
    Recovery image index: 0
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index: 0
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>
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  6.    23 Mar 2017 #6
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    So you have 453MB of unused space at the end of your disk.

    You could move that partition 3 to the RHS a bit if you wanted and extend C: volume. It is only 0,1% of your disk though so not that important.

    I would though - I'm a bit anal like that
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  7.    23 Mar 2017 #7
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    Thread Starter

    Thanks, good suggestion not to have 453 Mbt of wasted space! I used "Mini Disk Free" to delete the old unused 453 Mbt partition at the end. Then expanded the active recovery partition No. 3 to fill the unused space so the new size was about 912 Mbt. Then expanded partition No. 2 (C) to take space from the enlarged recovery partition (No. 3) up to the maximum allowable which meant the final recovery partition is now 516 Mbt.

    Kind regards
    Chris
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  8.    23 Mar 2017 #8
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    That will do Chris. Unless in the next upgrade of Windows 10 MS make the recovery partition bigger again.

    Then they will make a new one and you can repeat the process.

    FYI I don't have a recovery partition but on my BIOS based VMs the latest insider version 15063 likes a 500MB one so you should be OK for a while.

    Hali
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