Recovery partition: how to remove it painlessly for Windows systems?

Surely any user of operating systemsWindows knows that in case of unforeseen critical failures, their performance can be restored. This is the responsibility of the Windows recovery partition, which stores the files needed to perform this procedure. However, they take up a lot of hard disk space (sometimes up to 15 GB, as in Windows 8). This is especially felt on hard disks with small volumes. And many quite rightly start to wonder about the release of the place, which is occupied by the notorious section of restoration.

How to remove it and whether it can be done at all,consider further. But I want to immediately warn all users that, when performing this procedure, it is necessary, that is called, to sweat, and it is necessary to perform such actions only at your own peril and risk.

What is a recovery partition and is it necessary?

The partition itself, as already understood, is a reserved space on the hard disk, and in the system partition where the installed OS is located.

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As a rule, depending on the modification of the systemits size can vary, but usually it's about 300-500 MB. There is a folder called Recovery, which has a WindowsRE directory with the Winre.wim image embedded in it. It is completely logical that all this is hidden from the user's eyes, so that he accidentally (or intentionally) does not remove the necessary recovery tools.

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But this is not the only thing. On the disk there are two more hidden sections, the existence of which the user does not even guess. This is an EFI system partition with a capacity of about 100 MB and a 128 MB MSR partition responsible for GPT markup. Thus, for example, the question of how to delete a recovery partition in Windows 10 is reduced to removing from the system disk not one but three whole sections to attach them to the available space.

I must say that not all usersguess that the tools for restoring the system can be found both on the installation media and on special disks for the rollback and elimination of system errors. Therefore, in some cases, you can not only hide the recovery partition, but also remove it, as they say, without a twinge of conscience. For this, several methods can be proposed.

Reinstall Windows 10: Will the recovery partition be deleted?

First, a few words about the re-installationsystem. Some users naively believe that reinstalling Windows 10 or any other modification with full formatting of the system disk will also destroy the above sections.

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Nothing like this! Yes, at the stage of choosing a drive for OS installation, absolutely all partitions will be displayed, and the formatting will really unite them into one. But after all, in the "clean" system, which the user receives immediately after installation, automatic system recovery is activated by default, so that the OS itself, whether you want it or not, again reserves a place on the hard drive, where it writes the necessary information right away.

Recovery partition: how to remove it from the command line?

So, let's start with the most complicated, but absolutely effective method, which assumes the use of the command console (cmd), which must necessarily be run with administrator rights.

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But before this you need to perform a few simpleactions. First, create a recovery disc. If you use the "Restore" menu in the Control Panel, you will need a USB flash drive, if you use the backup and restore section, you use the optical media. A 64GB or higher flash drive is convenient because you can perform a full backup of the data from the recovery partition itself (but more on this later).

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Then solve the problem of how to delete a partitionrecovery from the hard disk is to select the line of special boot options (for Windows 10) in the update and security menu that is located in the options section, or to install removable media as the first boot device in the BIOS.

After the restart, at the beginning of the installation of the operating system by the combination of Shift + F10, a command line is invoked, in which the following commands are successively prescribed:

  • diskpart;
  • lis dis (list of all sections);
  • sel dis 0 (drive selection with installed OS);
  • lis par (view partitions);
  • sel par 1 (selecting the first partition);
  • del par override (delete the first section);
  • sel par 2 (selection of the second section);
  • del par override (delete the second partition);
  • sel par 3 (select the third partition);
  • del par override (delete the third section);
  • create par efi size = 100 (creating an encrypted EFI partition with a size of 100 MB);
  • fs = fat32 (formatting in FAT32);
  • create par msr size = 128 (creating an MSR partition with a size of 128 MB);
  • lis vol (section view);
  • exit (exit from diskpart);
  • bcdboot C: Windows (installing the boot partition);
  • exit (full exit from the console).

Disk management with AOMEI

Reboot field should be for ease of holdingfurther operations use the AOMEI application, select the drive to which you want to attach the location, and then use the row on the left side to change the size / move.

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Then move the partition and select the slideris dragged to the limit (to completely take all the space under the drive C. Be sure to note that after such actions on the line "Unoccupied space in front of" there were zeros.

Click "OK" and "Apply". In the pending operations window that appears, the transition button is pressed, after which you must agree with the instructions in the message. After that, a black window of the space-clearing mode will appear. At the end of the process, the recovery partition will be deleted, and the space that has been freed up will join the system partition.

Method for Windows 8 and above

Now on how to delete the recovery partition in versions of Windows 8 and higher (in the seventh modification and below this solution does not work).

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Remember, there was talk about the creation of the first stagebootable flash drive? So, if you check the backup line, the entire partition, user files and programs can be transferred to this media. True, this may take even a few hours and a flash drive larger than 64 GB of capacity.

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But at the end of the process, the system itself prompts you to delete the recovery partition you are looking for. We agree and immediately see how much space has been freed.


It remains to say that deleting the search sectionit is advisable only in cases where recovery in any situation is planned to be made exclusively from a removable medium, which you need to create in advance. If it is not available at hand for some reason, rolling back the system even to the factory state without reinstallation will be absolutely impossible.

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