Because of space issues, you often have to delete your recovery partition in various Windows systems and versions. Now, before you learn how to delete it, you need to know what a recovery partition is.
Whenever you install the windows in legacy BIOS mode, by default it creates only two partitions.
The first one of them is the “system partition” that also contains the recovery image.
The second partition is the Windows operating system.
Steps to Learn How to Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 10:
- With your mouse, click on the right button and select the “Start” button.
- Go to Disk Management.
- Now, here in the Disk Management, you will see three partitions.
When you install Windows on one version, and then later upgrade it to another version, you are going to experience some changes in the partitions.
For instance, if you installed your Windows on version 1809, in the System Partition, there would be Boot Configuration Database and a Recovery environment.
When you will upgrade it to version 1909, you will see that the recovery environment and functionality will get bigger, and to accommodate more recovery options, there will be a new partition called the ‘Recovery Partition.’
Now, this Recovery Partition takes a lot of space, and although it is very important, still you may decide to get rid of this partition.
In order to do so, you have two alternatives available:
- You can use some partitioning manager to shrink this because you may find very limited free space on this reserved partition.
You can just shrink it and then extend the volume in the back position on another drive, like the C drive in the backward.
- Or you can just delete this
Now, if you want to delete this recovery partition, all you need to do is:
- You need to just move on all the configuration databases from this partition to the other
- Then you have to make this partition
How to start with the Command Prompt in your Windows:
- Click the Start button.
- Click the Power menu.
- Click on Restart.
- This will take you to the recovery environment.
- To troubleshoot, you will have to go and click on Advance.
- Now click on Command Prompt.
- In this command prompt, you will be using a command-line utility called as ‘disk part.’
- In this part, ideally, you can delete the first partition, and then by entering the admin password, you can go on about it.
But if you do not have an admin password, you will have to go back to the Command Prompt.
- Now, in the command prompt, you can type in ‘disk part.’
- In the case of multiple drives, you will have to select the main hard drive.
- Now, you will see three
- The first partition is the old Recovery Partition.
How to select and delete the old recovery partition?
- In the command prompt, type ‘lis par’ to go to the list of partitions.
- Now select partition 1, which is the primary partition that you want to
- When you select it, a star will appear next to it. This represents that the particular partition has been selected.
- If you want to see the details of that partition, type ‘det par.’
- In the details of the partition, you will see that it is currently Active.
- Now type ‘del par’ to delete this recovery partition.
This will delete the recovery partition.
- Now, you will have only partition 2 and partition
How to activate Partition 3 and make it the new recovery partition?
- In the command prompt, you will need to select partition
- If you want to confirm, you can again type ‘lis par’ and ‘det par’ to know about the details of this It is going to show you that its status is ‘Inactive.’
- Now, just simply type a ‘CT’ in the command prompt.
- This will activate it.
- Now, you need to create the configuration database in this newly activated
How to create the configuration database?
- In order to create the configuration database, you will have to use BCD boot files. But before using them, you need to locate the volume in which your Windows are installed.
- By going to C and D drives and typing ‘dir,’ you will be able to see all the folders that you have in your Windows
- Now, suppose that you find out that your Windows are installed in D drive, so you are going to type BCD Boot D: /
- Press the Enter key.
- This action will successfully create the boot configuration database in your desired and newly activated partition.
- Now, exit this.
- Go to Restart.
- Continue booting to Windows 10.
- Once your computer restarts, you can go to the Disk Management again through the Start button.
- When you go to the Disk Management again now, you will see that all the previous changes have been applied. However, you now have to extend the space of the newly activated partition.
- For that, you can use several third-party disk management tools like Ease Partition Manager or mini tools like Partition W
- Whichever tool you use, just double-click on it.
- Now, click on Yes.
- You don’t necessarily need professional versions of this software.
- Now, you can right-click on the partition with the unallocated space or you can go to the right side of the screen and select ‘Resize’ from the menu over there.
- Click on resize or move and then you can just move on the slider to the left.
- Click OK.
- Now you will see that the entire space will become allocated space.
- Click on Execute Operation.
- This will require a reboot.
- Just click on Apply, and then Yes.
- This may take a little time depending on the amount of content you have in your drive.
- After restarting and rebooting, you can go back to Disk Management.
- Now, you will see a Boot partition and a Recovery partition, which is your active system partition now.
This is how you can delete the old recovery partition in Windows 10.
These steps can also be taken to delete the recovery partition in Windows 7 and Windows 8 too.
You can use these methods to delete recovery partition very safely and easily, and without any major problem.