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Removing recovery partition??

by pbjpilot / August 23, 2006 1:37 AM PDT

Would it be wise to remove the recovery partition on the hard drive and just keep copies on DVD? This would free up almost 10GB of space. Can this be done and is it worth it.

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For most, no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2006 2:38 AM PDT

If you have tested that it works, then go ahead. But many can't do this and have it work.


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by pbjpilot / August 23, 2006 4:31 AM PDT
In reply to: For most, no.

testing that what works, the recovery dvds (how would I test them without reformating) or that removing the partition works (again how to test without actually removing).
I dont really need to remove the partition I just want the extra room on the hard drive.

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You've hit on the real problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2006 4:42 AM PDT
In reply to: testing?

Unless you test that it works you can't know.

Many get into trouble this way. Be sure to test that your plan works. I know of no way to do such a test without actually crashing the machine and seeing if it all comes back from my backups.


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One of the things to test:
by Kees Bakker / August 23, 2006 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: testing?

how to copy the contents of your DVD's to your recovery partition without any use of Windows (after all, there's a good chance that Windows isn't working if you need those data).

With the current prices of hard disks it might be worth the money to buy a second hard disk and leave the recovery partition as it is. You'll get 80 Gb for $42-$75 (just one example on a comparison site).


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how does this sound
by pbjpilot / August 23, 2006 8:21 AM PDT
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Yes, but what many discover is the space is not ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2006 10:00 AM PDT
In reply to: how does this sound

Added to the drive C: but ends up as unallocated space. While PARTITION MAGIC could add it to C: that's an expense almost as much as a larger drive.


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RE: Removing recovery partition??
by caktus / August 23, 2006 5:07 PM PDT

A prospect probably best left alone. If the 10GB is that important it's probably time to invest in a larger HDD or adding a slave.

If it's an OEM OS the Recovery partition may have a protective device to prevent any tampering e.g. erasing or reconfiguration. On my system it's called RECGUARD and resides at C:\WINDOWS\SMINST and in msconfig startup. I can say from experience that prior to disabling such device it's best to make sure the machine is squeaky clean of pests, viruses, etc. Probably a good idea to be offline as well. Running back and forth to the vendor twice and forking out 69.99 wasn't exactly a pick nick.

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