can i delete the healthy recovery partition Results

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I want to install and use the Shared Computer Toolkit on some PCs in a lab. This has coincided with complete rebuilds of these machines using the recovery disks supplied by the manufacturer. I was able to create the 10% partitiion that was required.

So far, so good.

But, in XP Disk management, the partition is described as 'healthy' but I need it to be unallocated.

So before I go any further, I wanted some advice about how to do this.

Do I need to go through the XP installation again - to the point of creating the partitions and then delete the 'healthy' drive? Or can I delete the logical drive using Disk Manager, or do I format the drive, again using the Disk manager? Or some other option that I have not thought of?

I have never had to play around with this area before and would like to get it right first time!!


added: This is no longer urgent and I will continue to do some research as time permits. I am about to go on leave for 10 days. I had hoped that I could get an answer, but now I am not going to care for a while. See ya

My C: drive now has the following partitions:

500 MB Healthy EFI system Partition
40 MB Healthy OEM Partition
500MB Healthy Recovery Partition
455.5 GB Healthy OS C: Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition
9.12 GB Healthy Recovery Partition

This was created (I think) via the following process.

I purchased a new Dell XPS 8500 Win 8/64 system. I have a Samsung SSD840 Drive that I wanted to use as my C: drive.
This drive was running as a C: drive on an older Dell Win8/64 System.

I used FarStone DriveClone 9 to copy my C: image on the new PC HD C: drive to the SSD840. I then installed the SSD and booted the system with no problems. I just have the partition structure noted above.

The Samsung SSD Magician software now complains that it does not have sufficient space to set up Over Provisioning. This was set up and working on the old PC.

I didn't realize that Windows had a drive image feature (until I read Fred Langa's May 2nd article in Windows Secrets). I have created a backup image using the Win8 (actually, labeled Win7 in the Control Panel) image process. When this image runs, it only backs up the EFI system Partition and the C: partition. Obviously, these are the only partitions needed to run the system.

So, I would like to clean up this situation. It seems to me that the OEM partition can go - I have no interest in keeping a copy of the Dell Crapware - though this was not a bad as I have seen before. However, the EaseUS Partition program labels this as "Diags" - which I suspect are Dell Diagnostics - which I can download and run when needed.

I have two "Recovery" partitions - the 500MB partition is labeled WINRETOOLS and the 9.12GB partition is labeled as PBR Image in EaseUS Partition program. The "push-button recovery" feature might be helpful, but I would rather use that space to set up over provisioning for the SSD.

I think I can use the EaseUS Partition software to delete some of these partitions and (I think) add space for the Samsung software to set up over partitioning.

Any advice on how to proceed? Has anyone run into a situation like this before? My main concern is to implement over provisioning to secure my SSD - but the many partitions just aggravates my OCD.


Dear Readers,

I recently splurged on a refurb ASUS G74 laptop to dedicate entirely to graphics and possibly video work. I'm looking forward to NOT having it be my primary computer so it can escape my desktop clutter, email, etc.

It has 2 twin 500 GB hard drives. After following instructions on creating recovery disks and doing other setup tasks, I suddenly realized that the 2nd HD wasn't showing up in My Computer. However, it does show up under Computer Management-->Storage-->Disk Management. (picture attached I hope) The "missing" disk is Disk 0, listed as Simple, Basic, Healthy, Online, Primary Partition, and 100% free space. It also shows no file system listed. The problem: the popup menu that should let me format it, etc. is completely greyed out except for 2 selections: Delete Volume and Help.

I don't really understand hard drives & partitioning well, so please pardon these newbish questions:

1) For Disk 0, am I right to assume it's a blank, unformatted drive? What am I supposed to do so I can make it available for file storage? This 2nd drive is also where I would normally stick a Windows backup image along with my other non-program files.

2) The remaining 3 items on the list of drives appear to be partitions of the other hard drive (in the picture also). There's a 25 GB partition that is similarly data-free and without formatting or drive letter (I suspect this was originally an ASUS restore image but I'm assuming it's not any longer); a Data D: partition that is NTFS formatted, also free; and the C: drive that seems to be functioning fine. For what reason would I want to leave these big empty partitions lying around? Can I remove them without jeopardizing my OS & programs on C: that I have been busy installing?

Thanks for any help you can give.


J. Hensley