Windows 10: I got two recovery-partitions

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  1.    13 Apr 2017 #1

    I got two recovery-partitions


    After upgrade from previous 10 to Creators-upgrade I got two recovery-partitions next to the OS-partition.

    So, one of the "old" Win-OS and the second for the upgrade.

    Is it safe to remove one of them and which one .............??

    How can I find out which one is the latest recovery-partition ??
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  2.    13 Apr 2017 #2

    From a command prompt (admin) run:

    reagentc /info
    diskpart
    select disk 0
    list part

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.15063]
    (c) 2017 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\partition4\Recovery\WindowsRE
        Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: fcaab81a-8717-11e6-843d-aa73efa5da58
        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 10.0.15063.0
    
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: JOHN-LAPTOP
    
    DISKPART> select disk 0
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> list part
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    System             100 MB  1024 KB
      Partition 2    Reserved            16 MB   101 MB
      Partition 3    Primary            446 GB   121 MB
      Partition 4    Recovery           825 MB   446 GB
    On my computer partition 4 is the active recovery partition, but you have to be careful because the 16 MB Reserved partition will not show up in disk management. Windows RE Location tells you which partition is the active recovery partition.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    14 Apr 2017 #3

    Very good ! So now we can choose which partition to remove,if possible.
    Would be great if we can give this useless space to the OS-partition, next to it.

    Do you think we can safely do this, without negative consequences, and HOW................??

    Other option is reinstall, or else you get again an extra partition, each time you make an upgrade.

    btw; can we put all these partitions (on one SSD) together ,and format afterwards, before Windows reinstalls ?

    You can see two partitions ; nr.3=456MB and nr.4=455MB So ,one of these two partitions " is too much" , can you see whch one is in use now , or which one is from previous upgrade ? 3 or 4 ?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    14 Apr 2017 #4

    pietcorus2 said: View Post
    Very good ! So now we can choose which partition to remove,if possible.
    Would be great if we can give this useless space to the OS-partition, next to it.

    Do you think we can safely do this, without negative consequences, and HOW................??

    Other option is reinstall, or else you get again an extra partition, each time you make an upgrade.

    btw; can we put all these partitions (on one SSD) together ,and format afterwards, before Windows reinstalls ?

    You can see two partitions ; nr.3=456MB and nr.4=455MB So ,one of these two partitions " is too much" , can you see whch one is in use now , or which one is from previous upgrade ? 3 or 4 ?
    The previous post by NavyLCDR tells you how to tell which is active one.

    The other many be safely removed.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    14 Apr 2017 #5

    Sorry, its not clear to me !
    You can see ; there are two (2) recovery-partitions on one(1) SSD. One of them is too much, you only need one recovery-partition.
    Question remains; which one is in use and which one is useless space ! nr3 or nr4 ??
    My situation is different then NavyLCDR , he has only one (1) recovery-partition and so it should be.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    14 Apr 2017 #6

    Your screen shot doesn't show the required information.
    @NavyLCDR said to run reagentc /info

    It will tell you what partition is registered as the recovery image.

    This is mine and as you can see it is partition 1.
    Code:
    Windows PowerShell
    Copyright (C) 2016 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    PS 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: 3be03281-176e-11e7-b4ff-c30418e09fae
        Recovery image location:
        Recovery image index:      0
        Custom image location:
        Custom image index:        0
    
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
    
    PS C:\Windows\system32>


    For you it will be either 3 or 4 or (possibly) nothing. The one that isn't being used can be deleted. Probably for you the registered image will be in 3 and 4 can be deleted but you should check.

    If you are not sure post the results of that command as it is cut off in your screenshot above.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    14 Apr 2017 #7

    Well, made the CMD again , and this is what we got now. It still does not tell us which is in use recovery nr.4-partition or recovery nr.3-partition .After looking at it, can you tell me which one to remove,safely ,and can we give this space ( which becomes unallocated!) to an other partition on this SSD ( to the OS-partition)......?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    14 Apr 2017 #8

    I can't really read your picture. Perhaps my eyes are bad. Paste it in text if you can.

    It looks like it says
    Code:
    Windows RE status:         Disabled


    If that is correct then we can delete 3 and register 4. Or delete both.

    It depends really if you want to be able to use the Recovery Console in future or not.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    14 Apr 2017 #9

    The windows re status is disabled. That means neither is valid.

    Just delete both - they are not that important - you can always use a usn installation drive to do the same thing anyway.

    If you really want one, delete two old ones, download latest iso, double click on it and run setup.exe.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    14 Apr 2017 #10

    Yes, you have seen it well ! So ,the rec-partition is disabled and the location seems to be not known...............!!
    My system-recovery is disabled in "my pc-system", which you can configure in Windows.
    This Recovery Console is ment for system-copies ? Or when using the Windows Recovery-CD?
    How can we delete 3 ( making it unallocated and then how to use this space again) and how to register 4....?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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