Removing Unwanted Recovery Partition After Windows 10 Upgrade

I have just returned from a family trip and was talking to my brothers about our recent experiences upgrading to Windows 10.

 

Drive Space is Precious

 

Two of us had unwanted recovery partitions.  The normal method of using Disk Management did not allow deleting the recovery partition.

 

You may not need your old recovery partition if you are happy with Windows 10 and will not return to Windows 7 or 8.

 

The first Google search for solving the problem recommends buying a program called EaseUS partition manager.  I have found that purchasing that program is unnecessary.  Windows contains a built in console program named DISKPART.EXE.

 

Before running these steps, run Create a recovery drive from the Windows search.  It may contain an option to remove the recovery partition after creating a USB recovery drive.

 

Creating a recovery drive did not allow me to remove my recovery partitions.  These are the steps I took to manually remove it.

 

DISKPART.EXE

 

Search for PowerShell in a Windows search.  Right mouse click on PowerShell and choose the Run as Administrator option.  This will allow modification of your protected hard drive partitions.

 

Be warned, yes these are potentially very dangerous commands that will break your computer if done improperly! Make sure you have a full backup and a Windows reinstall method (USB, CD).  Proceed at your own risk.

 

PowerShell running as administrator should look like this:

Power Shell

 

Type DiskPart and enter.

 

DiskPart

 

This indicates that we are now running disk part and can type commands specific to the program.  Typing a question mark will display the available commands.

 

We will now run List Disk.

 

List Disk

 

This displays the disk attached to the system.  I have one solid state drive and two hard drives.  This shows the disk numbers which are needed for the next step.

 

Run Select Disk 0

Select Disk

 

Run List Partition

List Partition

 

Select your recovery partition.  In my case it is partition number 2, but it could be any number.

 

Run Select Partition 2  and then run Delete Partition Override.

 

Delete Partition

 

You have now successfully removed your unwanted recovery partition.  You can now extend your windows partition using Computer Management.

http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-extend-system-partition-in-windows-8-1/

 

Disk Cleanup

The comments suggested a good tool to increase disk space is the built in Disk Cleanup utility.  See this page for details

http://www.supportrix.com/kb/how-to-delete-system-files-using-disk-cleanup-in-windows-8/

 

Results

 

In my case I had a 128 GB tablet with 17 GB recovery drive.  My brother had a 32 GB netbook with a 4 GB recovery drive.  Freeing up over 10% disk space can really improve the usefullness of your computer!

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Comments
8/25/2015 4:47 AM
I see less than half gig recovery partitions, just as in you example. It's still good to gain back ~1GB. I also have a 3rd recovery partition which is the first one, I have a feeling I shouldn't delete that one.

  Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
  -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
  Partition 1    Recovery           300 MB  1024 KB
  Partition 2    System             100 MB   301 MB
  Partition 3    Reserved           128 MB   401 MB
  Partition 4    Primary            475 GB   529 MB
  Partition 5    Recovery           491 MB   475 GB
  Partition 6    Recovery           450 MB   476 GB
8/25/2015 5:51 AM
What freed up more space for me was doing "Cleanup System Files" with Disk Cleanup. http://www.supportrix.com/kb/how-to-delete-system-files-using-disk-cleanup-in-windows-8/

For me it was:
753 MB Windows upgrade log files
1.02 GB System error memory dump files
23.1 GB Previous Windows Installation(s)
3.81 GB Temporary Windows installation files
among others
8/25/2015 12:58 PM
Disk cleanup is an excellent tool.  I will include your link in the article.