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  1.    16 Jan 2016 #1
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    Partition help please


    I have 2 new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 tablets which I immediately updated to Windows 10. The problem is that they only have 32GB storage and after the updates there's not much space left. I've been researching online heaps and I understand that I can delete the Windows.old folder which is taking up 9.3GB:

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    I understand also that it is possible to remove at least one of the recovery partitions but I have also read about people getting it wrong and causing all sorts of dramas for themselves. I don't really need instructions about how to remove the partition and allocate the space to C: but rather just looking for advice about which one is safe to remove. I believe volume 3 in the cmd screenshot below is an OEM system image that can no longer be used anyway since the Windows 10 upgrade, but I'm not 100% sure. If so then removing it would free up another 5.1GB or so. Does anyone know for sure? Also, I have no intention of reverting to Windows 8.1.

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  2.    16 Jan 2016 #2

    as you dont want to roll windows back yes delete win.old you may have to use windows disk cleanup to do so though as for deleting that partition as ive no idea whats on it i couldnt say , i imagine its just windows and all the bloatware lenovo ram into their laptops?
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  3.    16 Jan 2016 #3
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    From an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt type:
    reagentc /info

    Any partitionX entries will show you which partitions Windows is using for recovery. Remember, though, the first hard drive starts at disk 0 - partitions on the disk start at 1, though. Harddisk0\partition1 would be the first partition on the first hard drive.

    OEM recovery partitions not listed by reagentc are pretty much useless unless there is a restore feature built into bios - and even then you can still delete them, you just lose the restore capability from bios.
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  4.    16 Jan 2016 #4
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    Thanks NavyLCDR. the below screenshot is running the reagents /info command. I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at though?

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  5.    16 Jan 2016 #5
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    That's showing that the 450 MB partition is your WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment) partition.

    Don't confuse 4th partition with 4th volume. If, in diskpart, you had looked at "list par", then you would see you have 5 partitions (the missing one not included in volumes being the MSR) and could have surmised that the partition numbered 4 (in the "reagentc /info" output) is your recovery partition.
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  6.    16 Jan 2016 #6
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    So it should be safe to remove the 5.1GB recovery partition and allocate that space to C:??
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  7.    16 Jan 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by onefish View Post
    So it should be safe to remove the 5.1GB recovery partition and allocate that space to C:??
    Only if you have other means of recovery - e.g. images.
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  8.    16 Jan 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Only if you have other means of recovery - e.g. images.
    Unless bios has the functionality of restoring from the original factory image on the 5.1gb factory recovery partition, can you explain how the image stored there can be restored?
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  9.    16 Jan 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by onefish View Post
    So it should be safe to remove the 5.1GB recovery partition and allocate that space to C:??
    Yes. If you really want to, get yourself an 8gb flash drive for $5 and use Macrium Reflect Free or Minitool Partition Wizard Free to copy the partition to it before you delete it. I much prefer Minitool Partition Wizard Free for manipulating partitions over Windows disk management.

    In fact, you will have to use Minitool Partition Wizard. You will delete the 5.1GB recovery partition, move the existing 450mb Recovery and boot partitions to the end of the disk, then expand the C: drive partition into the empty space once you get the empty space next to it.
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  10.    16 Jan 2016 #10
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    I don't mind backing up the 5.1GB partition but is there really any point? Isn't it the factory ISO with Windows 8.1 which cannot be used anymore since the Win 10 upgrade? Or is it something else?

    I am obviously no expert on these matters but it kind of seems logical that if I want a recovery image then I should make one after repartitioning and getting all setting just right?
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