Move C:\Recovery\* to Recovery partition


  1. Posts : 191
    Window 10 Home 20H2 x64 (build SO 19042.1052)
       #1

    Move C:\Recovery\* to Recovery partition


    Hi,

    I have the recovery partition but the recovery file are in the C: filesystem.

    I don't know if it uses the recovery partition but I would like to move from C: to the recovery partition to save some space. It's possible?
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  2. Posts : 12,429
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #2

    Is it possible one is for Windows and the other is for the Factory Reset [as it shipped to the customer]?
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  3. Posts : 39,969
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #3

    A windows recovery partition is approximately 750 MB.
    Typically little is accomplished with fixing sizes < 1 GB.
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  4. Posts : 872
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    Since it's just a folder, yes of course it can safely be moved to a different partition. But in order to save some space, a much better idea would be to just move it onto a removable storage device. Typically, Asus shipped their X555 laptops with a separate partition that contains a folder named eSupport. In it, there's a folder named Manual with the user manual─a whole bunch of .pdf files in various many European languages. There's also a folder named eDriver with old drivers that are so old in fact, you could also decide to rename it to eWaste. The partition also holds a large image file that's needed only if you want to perform a so-called 'factory reset', which, if you choose to perform it, wipes all your personal data from your harddisk and gives you back a clean install that will be identical to what you had at the time when you had only just bought and unboxed your new laptop. Not very useful IMO, as you would be much better off doing a clean install of Windows 10 by grabbing the downloadable ISO from Microsoft and then go from there. That is, if you ever need to do a clean install of Windows 10.

    That being said, check the contents of your C:\Recovery folder. It's possible that this is where your currently active WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment) data is stored. While it is true the fact that it can be useful at times, also consider the fact that it offers absolutely nothing that the aforementioned downloadable ISO from Microsoft doesn't. Anyone who claims that it does is putting it backwards. More often than not, an attempt to repair a broken installation of Windows by using the WinRE will result in it asking you to insert the installation files, which are stored in? You guessed it... the downloadable ISO from Microsoft.

    Either way, if indeed it does turn out that your C:\Recovery folder is where your currently active WinRE is located, then here's how you can always get it back, in the rather unlikely event that you will need to get it back,
    How to Use and Repair Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) on Windows 10? | Windows OS Hub
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  5. Posts : 191
    Window 10 Home 20H2 x64 (build SO 19042.1052)
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       #5

    I have lost the oem recovery/reset partition.

    I have installed from zero and windows create a recovery partition of about 605MB (But there was also another one that left me 485MB that I deleted )

    then i have installed in place and now the partition of 605MB is there and c:\Recovery use space

    Move C:\Recovery\* to Recovery partition-winre.png
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