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Q: partitions hidden partitions recovery partitions

hi i have 2 partitions on my pc C: OS D: DATA
however it used to have a recovery partition (as far as im aware hidden on c)
for system restore (acer system restore)
which leads me to my query as i have recently performed a format and clean install of vista from retail media and have no need for acer system restore would it be ok to delete this partition/hidden partition and reclaim the HDD space.. and how best to proceed to safely do so..

any help would be much appreciated.


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A: partitions hidden partitions recovery partitions

i just found this

Delete and Remove to Unlock EISA Hidden Recovery or Diagnostic Partition in Vista ? My Digital Life

does anyone have any experience with this method or can anyone reccomend this method

or would you advise against using this method.


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Looking at Windows disk management I see there are two partitions labelled recovery partitions.One in the first box and one in the last box.In the first box is 1000MB and the last box 14BG; both labelled only as recovery partition What is the difference? Why two of them?

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Hello all, I have a Satellite L675. In the recovery wizard, there is an option for "Erasing the internal hard drive". According to the user manual, I am given the following warning: "Erasing the internal storage drive will delete all data on the drive, including the partitions",

Will this recovery wizard option actually delete the hidden recovery partitions (sda1 and sda3), wiping the entire hard drive, or just the user-created partitions (sda2, AKA C

Thanks for clarification on this.

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Can one disk drive have MBR partitions followed by GPT partitions ? Or of the reverse order?
the illustration (kind of mini tool partition layout) :
Disk 1:

Volume   drive    Partition    Part. style   Status
1                            primary      MBR          system active
2           C                primary     MBR          boot
3           D                primary      MBR        none
4           E                 primary     MBR         none
5            J                primary      GPT         none
6            K                 primary     GPT        none
7            L      ...                  &n... Read more

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One of my friends has a windows 7 computer with an account for himself, his mother and his 2 sisters.
All the home directorys are stored in drive C.
Partition D is shared.
The question is, how to get a partition layout like this?
Partition 1: OS + programs
Partition 2: home partition for himself
Partition 3: home partition for his mother
Partition 4: home partition for his sister
Partition 5: home partition for his other sister
Partition 6: shared partition for some photos.
Has someone an idea how to do this?
Kind Regards,

A:How to create home partitions and partitions for the OS with programs?

This would be a long drawn out affair and there really is no need for it. All users have their own User Space on the C drive in the User folder.

Whether the Users folders and files are stored in the User folder or on some other partition doesn't really matter. As long as all the Users have Admin accounts all files will be accessible to all of them.

The real question is Why do you want to do it? If there is only one physical hard drive in the system all folders and files would still be on that one physical drive even if you have 100 partitions.

As to having a Shared space for photos just make a folder called Shared Photos in the ROOT of the C drive. All users will be able to access it.

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Hello, I was redirected to start a new thread in this section of the forum.

Basically, I have 2 hard drives. One SSD for the primary and one 2TB drive for the secondary.

My secondary drive was partitioned into 4 parts.

In the last month the secondary had been disappearing.
I could see it in safe mode. And when I scanned for hardware via rapid storage technology, it would pop up in Windows Explorer during normal mode.

The only problem besides disappearing after shutting down/restarting was that it would freeze the computer if kept on.
Today I tried to do the old Rapid Storage trick. Everything was visible again, except one drive. It was saying access is denied when i tried to open it in windows explorer.

I tried swapping SATA cables for the current one. I also tried connecting it to other ports.

I read somewhere that flashing the BIOS would solve the problem. I flashed my BIOS with Gigabyte's @BIOS with the latest BIOS. The latest BIOS was for "Better SATA compatibility."
It didn't do much, all it did was cause Rapid Storage Technology to see less ports which I believe were the would be partitions on the secondary drive.
So I disconnected the secondary drive and tried connecting it to the PC with a SATA to USB adapter.
It saw the HDD, except 3/4 partitions were empty. And even in the 1 partition the folders housing the bigger files that took up most of the drive is empty.
Sorry for typing up so much, I just wanted to get everything out there.
If anyone c... Read more

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Can one disk drive have mbr partitions followed by GPT partitions ?
for illustration (kind of using mini tool partition) :
Disk 1:

Volume   drive    Partition    Part. style   Status
1                            primary      MBR          system active
2           C                primary     MBR          boot
3           D                primary      MBR        none
4           E                 primary     MBR         none
5            J                primary      GPT         none
6            K                 primary     GPT        none
7            L      ...
8            M     ...
9  ...
10 ... ... Read more

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I have "hidden" utility partitions on my dell desktop & thinkpad pc and I'm about to do a reformat/reinstall on the dell. I guess they call them "hidden" because you can't access them thru winxp, but you can see them in Drive Management.

The dell's boot.ini has the windows boot partition as partition 1, so I'm assuming the hidden utility partition is on partition 0 with the MBR. You get to the dell utility thru F12 which offers several boot options [safe mode] including the dell utility or DOS. If you choose the utility partition it loads win 98. I'm thinking it uses Windows to configure a multi-boot, altho I don't know if/how that works when you can only access other boot options thru F12.

The thinkpad has a blue button on the keyboard you use to access either the BIOS setup or their own version of recovery console on the separate partition.

Does anyone know how these hidden partitions are set up during formatting the hdd? Do dell & lenovo write their own programs to write the MBR or do they use windows w/ bootsect.dos or replace bootsect.dos w/ their own version of that file?

A:How are hidden partitions set up

There are some registry edits out there for the sole purpose of hiding a partition and there are some programs that will do it i found this article on the subject--> http://news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-hide...acy-44023.shtml

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When I run Malwarebytes it gives me the option to scan partitions assigned a letter but what about:
1) The hidden factory recovery partition
2) The System reserved (100MB partition
3) The MBR (first 512 bytes on HDD).

Can someone advise what software covers these areas for security checking?

A:Scanning hidden partitions

I was under the impression that those areas could not be infected because they cannot be altered through any ordinary means. But I could be wrong. I've never heard of a program that can scan them.

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Hello there, I know that there are some tricks to hide and unhide disk partitions on a system. These tricks include registry modification, diskpart utility, and some softwares. I want to know how can I check if there are any hidden disk partitions on my system? In other word I want to know of a way to check the number of actual hard disk partitions.
Thanks and regards.

A:how to know if there is (are) any hidden disks partitions

go into disk management. Right click my computer, click on manager, click on diskmangement and it should show all drives and partitions in the right column

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I've been reviewing how the 'Optimise Drives' function handles hidden partitions on my Dell Laptop (Windows 8.1 x64) and my home built Desktop PC (Windows 8.1 pro x64). I enclose screenshots of the partitions on my Laptop & Desktop PC system drives and how the drives appear under the Optimise Drives function. I also enclose a summary of the partitions on each PC.

The Desktop PC was configured by myself for UEFI boot using the instructions on this Forum. The Dell Laptop operates in UEFI mode but was configured by Dell. I'm surprised the Dell Laptop has 8 partitions (one is unused and 2 are Dell OEM partitions), some of which differ in size from the 'standard partitions installed on the Desktop PC. Is this configuration normal for a Laptop?

I noticed that only the main system Laptop drive C: appears as an option in the Optimise Drives window whereas 2 of the hidden partitions of the Desktop PC appear in the Optimise Drives window. Should I be seeing more hidden Laptop partitions in the Optimise Drives window, and, if so, how do I enable this?

Laptop Partitions:
Laptop Optimise Drives:
Desktop Partitions:
Desktop Optimise Drives:
Partition Summary:
Partition Summary.docx

A:Optimisation of Hidden Partitions

Don't, there's nothing that's changing or reading from those partitions all the time, absolutely no need to touch.

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The hard drive on my Acer laptop (Aspire V5-552) has 5 hidden partitions? One I could accept, assuming it contains an image of the original set up. But what are the other 4? I list them below with what details I have discovered using Macrium Reflect;

Recovery ? NTFS Primary 255.9 of 400 MB used.Esp ? FAT32 (LBA) Primary 48.6 of 300 MB usedUnnamed, unformatted primary 128 MBC: - NTFS Primary ? main part of HD 496 GBUnnamed NTFS Primary 337.5 of 350MB usedPush Button Reset ? NTFS Primary 12.56 of 15 GB used

OS is Win 8.1 and I'd really like to tidy things up ... it won't give me a lot more space, but it looks a mess and I thought you could only have 4 partitions total?

A:Multiple Hidden Partitions

Windows will create a couple, System Reserved and an EFI partition if your BIOS is UEFI. MBR is limited to 4 partitions but GPT isn't. What. If you haven't created your recovery media do it now while you can. If you delete any of those factory partitions it will likely break your factory recovery function.

One option is to do a clean install and get rid of all the factory hidden partitions. You can download Windows 8.1 here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help. It will use the factory embedded product code automatically. Assuming you install the correct version that matches your factory install.

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Hello, so I am in the process of partitioning my hard drive in order to install Ubuntu but keep my windows OS as well (will be my first time venturing into Linux). In the storage management section there are 4 partitions listed. Two are recognizable, C: and D: but the other two (15 gb, 16mb) I don't know what they are for and both claim to be 100% free space. Is this accurate? Could I delete these partitions/expand other partitions using this space without any repercussions? thanks, I've attached a screen shot of the storage management page.

A:Hidden empty partitions

I would recommend installing Wubi Ubuntu first this allows you to install Ubuntu with a Windows installer alongside Windows, then dual boot. If you end up not liking Ubuntu you can simply uninstall it through Windows and Windows will not be harmed and there is no need to repair Windows boot loader.

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Please help me !
I searched google on how to fix it but nothing helped me .
I inserted my USB onto my PC .
and when I moved files to my PC it's size became 132KB and converted into an .exe file
I tried to open it and my antivirus detected it to be a Trojan Horse (Win32:VBCrypt-BFB [Trj] - Virus description of avast!

so I turned off my antivirus and restored the folder (thinking my precious files would be deleted) .
and everytime I open it , it opens in a new window and an error pops up .

and I turned my antivirus on again and I deleted the exe folders

now I know that it is made by virus and this virus is hiding my folders
I don't know how to reveal it

PS : All my files are accesible through address bar , but I want to open it via double click so please pay attention to my post and help me ( I'am a newbie here and this is my 1st post on forums like this )

A:HELP ! Virus set all my folders on my partitions to be hidden ! HELP !

First off, start by trying to do a system restore, not to the 1st point of infection, but 2 or 3 points back. (Viruses generally embed themselves in the 1st restore point). This may solve the problem although a full system AV scan is recommended even if this seems to solve the problem.

If this does not yield results, try running Windows Defender Offline. Be sure you d/l this on a clean computer, not on the infected one.

Windows Defender Offline

Another option is Norton Power Eraser...be sure to read the doccumentation.

Norton Power Eraser | Free Tool |Easily remove scamware that traditional virus scanning can

Because Norton Power Eraser uses aggressive methods to detect threats, there is a risk that it can select some legitimate programs for removal. You should use this tool very carefully. If you accidently remove a legitimate program, you can run Norton Power Eraser to review past repair sessions and undo them.

Another good program is Malwarebytes. The free version will work well.


This is listed as a backdoor Trojan, so if you have done any online banking or logged into any site, it may be a good idea to change your passwords on a clean PC.

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When i have a new problem, it opens new questions.

This laptop [Asus G50vt] came with three partitions on the HD.
Hidden [called RECOVERY] about 11 gb
Visat-64, about 150 gb
Data, about 200gb

Upon trying to solve another problem, I used partition manager to boot and look at the partitions.

What is the purpose of the hidden partition? Other than using PM, I would not even know it's there.

It's about 90% full, so it has something, but what, and how can I use it? Or do I? It's title is RECOVERY, but, ah, recover what?

A:Understanding hidden Vista partitions

It's most likely an OS image. Full of all the bloatware that came with
your system when new.Usually you also have a program somewhere
that lets you make a series of recovery disks from that partition.
Some vendors will allow you to delete this partition after you make said

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I recently got infected with the a virut variant (reader_s) and am planning on reformatting & reinstalling windows.

I have a Thinkpad T60 with a hidden partition for recovery - is it safe to use this (assuming it still works)? Is there any chance the virus would have also infected the hidden partition? I figure it will make my life *slightly* easier in the reinstallation process if I can do so, but I certainly don't want to deal with any viruses popping up again.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

A:Can viruses infect hidden partitions?

I have been told, upon pretty good authority that if windows can see the hidden? partition then Virut can see it and will infect it.

Your mileage may vary

But that's a very good question, many feel you need to completely wipe the drive with kill disk and reload completely from factory CD.

You would then have to use the same software and driver package from your manufacturer as when your hard drive died and had to be replaced.

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I have a very peculiar issue; after using various disk imaging tools such as Macrium and Paragon, my boot partitions seem to be strangely corrupted. The effects of this corruption are:

1) Plain-text boot menu instead of the new graphical boot menu,
2) Long delays before the boot menu is shown,
3) Even longer delays when doing native VHD boot, after choosing the boot entry from the menu.

I have done a lot of testing and experimentation, and on a virgin fresh installed system from the Windows 8.1 setup ISO, these symptoms do not appear. Only after I have imaged the system using the imaging tools above, do these symptoms start appearing. Unfortunately, just copying my main Windows C: partition using the same imaging tools re-creates the same issue. So I cannot rely on these partitioning tools.

I need a way - a set of commands - to re-create the boot partitions, re-initialize their BCD stores, etc. so that I can normally boot from my C: partition, as well as native VHD boot. Can anybody help with these?

Needless to say, I want to avoid having to completely reinstall Windows on my C: partition, as that would be extremely time and effort prohibitive, if I only knew how to re-create and/or re-initialize just the boot partitions in question.

A:Re-Create or Re-Initialize Hidden Boot Partitions

I need a way - a set of commands - to re-create the boot partitions, re-initialize their BCD stores, etc.

You can use "BCDBoot" command line utility to recreate BCD from scratch. Use of this command will vary depending on system's boot setup ( UEFI or Legacy ).

BCDboot Command-Line Options

You need to rename the old BCD to BCD.old or something similar before using the "BCDBoot" command.

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I do not understand the exact way to do this. Tryed couple years ago..I know how bussy you must be ..I have just installed this windows two days ago and my user privledge is degenerating..I found hidden partitions and vware..I try to register this windows says wrong key or invalade...I get localized resource name system root..I try to open things I get dont have authority..I used disk gienus tryed to copy files to usb got a few then tryed to get res and flash drive was empty..Please.I sent a note pad with a system root on it

A:Found hidden partitions.,Moubted disc.,REALLY need HELP

Back to the beginning...why did you install Windows 2 days ago?
Where did the media used for the install come from?
Can you boot into safe mode?  Can you boot into Windows normally?

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Sorry if this is in the wrong section, wasn't sure where to put it. I multi-boot C: (Win 7), L: (Win 10) and N: (another Win 10) - all internal drives. T and up are on an external drive.
Look at this picture and tell me what the partitions are that I've arrowed and in particular the one I highlighted in yellow which is seemingly locked so I can't do anything with it. I can't move, merge or format it, properties say something about MBR. The other arrowed ones I assume are put there by Acronis T.I. These unknown ones are all new to me.
Note: Acronis is not supposed to do anything but a backup once a week of C: drive to V: drive, nothing else.
Or, is there a new Windows process insitiuted since I refused the Win 10 upgrade for C: ???
...and yes I've done an elevated disc cleanup on C:....several times.
Edit: sorry DM is confusing as the display is out of order, disc letter-wise.

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I our new Satellite Z930 was only 219Gb of 256 Gb SSD free.
The reason is, that there are 4 more partitions.

First two with about 200 and 400 MB could be usefull for Drivers and so, but the last two are 10Gb and 8 Gb. Only third Partition is "normal" and is iniliazed (as C:).

The question - can I delete one of four "useless" partitions?

A:Satellite Z930 - 4 hidden partitions on SSD can I delete them?

The partitions are not ?useless?. There are always reasons for such partitions.

First of all one partition is designed for Toshiba HDD recovery (it must be one of the bigger partitions 10/8GB). This is needed in order to recover the notebook to factory settings without the usage of recovery disk. However, the recovery disk should be created always.

It could be possible that the recovery folder/partitions would be muddled up and in such case the HDD recovery would not be possible. I?m not quite sure about the other partition but I would keep it on the SSD drive too.

The other smaller partitions are created automatically by Windows system. One contains repair files which are used for system repair. As I?m not mistaken the other one is essential partition for faster reboot.
Since Windows 8 does not completely shut down by default but goes in hybrid shutdown/mode.

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A virus got into my computer via infected usb around two weeks ago. I don't remember the name of the virus cause a lot happened in those two weeks and I haven't even turned the comp on all this time. At the time I did manage to get rid of the virus after installing avast and using the scan-before-the-os-starts option. Now I'm using the pc again I'm noticing some kind of ghost recycle bin folders in my other D and E partitions that weren't there before.
The problem is this: whenever i erase a document or a folder it gets sent to the recycle bin as usual, but a duplicate of the erased data appears in the hidden recycle bin folders in D and E. This means, for example that if the document or file deleted where of 1 gb, this triplicates and now I have 3 gb  less of available disk space, one from each partition. If I empty the recycle bin in C the data gets erased also from the other ghost folders. I would like those folders gone, please. Of course I can't erase them even going into safe mode, and also I can't erase the contents inside except by emptying the recycle bin in C. Is there a way to get rid of those folders without a complete reinstall of xp?

A:Hidden recycle bin folders in other partitions after virus attack. Help?

Hello JDDannita, welcome to Bleeping Computer.
Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
1)  Double-click on mbam-setup.exe, then click on Run to install the application, follow the prompts through the installation.
2)  When the installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Then click on Finish.
3)  MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. 
4)  Click on perform Quick Scan, then click on the Scan button.
If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
5)  The scan will now begin, this may take some time to complete so please be patient.
6)  When the scan is finished click on Show Results to display all objects found.
7)  Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
8)  Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
Make sure that every item shown in the results has a check mark in the box next to it, then click on Remove Selected.
9)  When removal is completed, a log will open in Not... Read more

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Buying an used surface pro or book, what is the right way of verifying the integrity of the hidden partitions? I see that there are 2 - EFI (100% free) and recovery which seems also to be 100% free which is weird. How can I verify security and integrity
of the hidden partitions?

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My name is Safeer, I am having this Issue for a while now. Glad that I ran into this wonderful community of yours. Combofix did delete the Autorun.inf Virus from C: but D: and E: were left unharmed please advise. I am sorry I by mistake lost the Log file.


{Mod Edit: Removed words Hijakthis from title~~Boopme}

A:Show Hidden Files Disabled Found Autorun.inf In All The Partitions

Hello Trojan Warrior and welcome to BC

Combofix is an advanced cleaning tool that is designed to be used under the guidance of a malware expert. You can seriously damage your system if combofix is used improperly.

What are the problems you have been experiencing with your computer? The more specific information we have, the better we can help you. Also, please tell us what your operating system is: Windows XP, Vista etc.

Orange Blossom

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Got this ASUS system recently and had to recover using USB recovery drive. Now I am not able to use the reset or refresh without using the USB drive. ASUS told me to send it in to reimage. I am trying to avoid that

I see 3 partitons named Recovery. Is this valid? I am wondering about the first two (900MB and 450MB). Could I get rid of the 450MB partition so that i won't stay in the middle of unallocated spaces.


(new to the forum and thanks for having this platform)

A:Too many recovery partitions?

You have the exact number of partitions for a system updated from 8.0 to 8.1.

If you have Reset back to 8.0, the recovery tools should have been set back to the original Recovery Tools partition so the 450 MB partition would no longer be used.

Using an Administrative command prompt window and typing reagentc /info might show what is currently registered.

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I purchased a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 with a 120GB SSD and a 1TB hard disk. I have the OS on the SSD (C:\) together with the programs. So far I have installed Office 365 and little else. I have moved the data directories from C:\Users to the D: drive.

The laptop came with no CDs or OS disks and Dell tell me none are available so I have created a recovery USB disk. At the end of that process it informed me that I could now delete any recovery partitions on the boot drive to create extra disk space. On trying this the option failed "Unable to delete partition". The reason for doing this is to recover the drive space used by 3 of the 5 partitions on the SSD. They take up over 32GB of the 120GB I bought. I've never needed to use a recovery partition and would have no issue with having to do a full install from CD or USB in future.

Why would I want 32GB of data sitting on the fastest and most expensive disk space if it's never going to be used?

Disk Management does not have a "Delete partition" option for any of the SSD partitions. Would a re-install from the recovery USB stick allow me to delete all partitions on the SSD before re-installing or would they just get created again?

A:Recovery partitions on SSD

You can delete it through diskpart. From command prompt enter

diskpartselect disk 0list partition

You will see something like this
DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list partition

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Recovery 500 MB 20 KB
Partition 2 System 200 MB 500 MB
Partition 3 Reserved 16 MB 701 MB
Partition 4 Primary 32 GB 717 MB
Partition 5 Primary 55 GB 33 GB
Partition 6 Primary 23 GB 88 GB
Partition 7 Unknown 619 MB 112 GB
Then you can delete the ones at the end you don't want with

select partition 5 (or whatever number - compare the sizes)delete partition overrideselect partition 6delete partition overrideetc.

Once you are done you can expand you C partition using disk management. Best to not delete any partitions before your 85GB C partition.

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after performing an upgrade, I have 2 recovery partitions, the same size, one at the beginning of the disk and the new one at the end of the disk
I only need one, right?
Two ideas came to mind:
1 boot into linux, copy the contents of the second partition to the first partition, and then delete the second partition.
2 use EaseUs partition master to delete the first partition and then move the second partition to its place.

Feedback, please.

A:2 recovery partitions

Need to see a full screenshot of your disk management window first. Also from an elevated command prompt type
reagentc /info
and post the result. Then we can give you an informed answer.

Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums

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Hello everyone. I had a quick question and hope someone here can help me.

I just partitioned my C drive and now have an I: drive that I use for data, music and movies and such.

My question is this: if I have to do a system recovery. Will I lose that partition? Or will Windows 7 re-install on the C: drive without touching that partition?

Thanks in advance for your help.


A:Partitions During Recovery

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Hello, On my HP ENVY desktop-750-014nb I have a data drive E: and 2 (two) recovery partitions named drive D:.  They have both the same volume, but one of them is mentioned as NTFS formatted, the other one is not.  What is the purpose of 2 recovery partitions.  They both take a lot of harddisk space.  Could I delete one of them?Thank you very much for your suggestions.Andy

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Hello Mods and Tech Geeks

I'm having too many recovery partitions it was not there before until i used a defrag Software from the maker of CClener ,now my question is can it be fixed some how ? and why I'm getting so many recovery partitions around 13 each takes 350MB ...there is also a recovery partition sized 20Gb i understand about it it has OS and other Drivers and softwares...

here is ScreenShot
Thank you ...
PS: I Apologize If Posted In wrong Section


A:Too Many Recovery Partitions

You could easily "clean" them one by one via Diskpart if you want. I could list you the step to follow in order to proceed, or you could just host a join.me session and I'll do it for you, at your will. Done that plenty of time in the past.

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I have 3 recovery partitions (see screen below).
Recently, I created a recovery drive, installation media and Image Backup + rescue media using Macrium Reflect onto a external hard drive and FD's.

I cannot identify the creation date of these partitions.
I would like to delete unnecessary recovery partitions on my C:\ drive.

Can someone tell me if I can safely delete the partition having 7.20GB?
Or is this MS factory backup Partition?


A:Do I need 3 recovery partitions.

The 7.2gb recovery partition contains the factory image of the software that came with the computer off the shelf. You can delete it if you are happy with the Windows 10 upgrade. There are three partitions that you need to keep (and some of those functions may be combined into the same partition so you may need even less than 3).

You need the partition marked as "active" because that contains the boot files. You need the partition the Windows operating system is on. And you should (but don't have to) keep the recovery partition that contains the Windows RE (recovery environment) currently in use by Windows 10. You can find out which partition contains the Windows RE by opening an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt and entering:
reagentc /info

You are probably going to see partition 5 as the WindowsRE location - which is the 450 MB recovery partition.

To reclaim the 7.2 gb space you are going to want to install Minitool Partition Wizard. Delete the 7.2gb recovery partition, move the 450mb recovery partition to the end of the disk, then expand the C: partition to fill the empty space.

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I just did a reformat and reinstall of Windows 7. During the installation process I noticed that there are two partitions other than the primary one: a recovery and an OEM partition. I already have a general idea of what both of these are used for. My question is: are these partitions vulnerable to infection?

A:OEM and Recovery Partitions

yes they are. Make sure you make recovery disks and put them up. If drive goes bad then you'll have no install.

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My notebook has 2 recovery partitions, one 930MB and one 25.43GB, both labeled as recovery partition. Why are there 2?

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1) This computer is only 2 months old. It came with X64 Windows 8, and I upgraded it to Windows Pro.

2) The computer has slowed to a crawl.

2a) The desktop icons refresh constantly, and it takes forever for the icon pictures to return.

2b) CD/DVD Player is always opening by itself.

2c) Frequently when I browse the internet, if I click on something nothing happens.

2d) I don't know if this is related but I figure I'll give as much information as I can. My Yahoo account was hacked and
sent a lot of spam to all my contacts.

2e) When I try to run aswMBR, it says it has encountered an error and immediately shuts down.

2f) Frequently my cpu and memory are at 100%, and there is nothing running.

2g) IE crashes constantly. Programs become unresponsive.

2h) I ran an ESET online scan and it told me I have this: C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell Backup and Recovery\Components
\DBRUpdate\hstart.exe a variant of Win32/HiddenStart.A application

It also told me that I have this: C:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-1728614643-3146882776-3930629701-1001\$R3EQIPD.exe a variant
of Win32/HiddenStart.A application

2i) My hard drive constantly says it needs to restart and repair errors, but everytime i restart my computer, i get
messages that my hard drive is still messed up and I need to restart my computer.

3) Despite it being so new, the hard drive has 6 partitions. Most of them are declared "hidden" or "empty".

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A:ESET identifies 2 viruses, MBR errors, hard drive has 6 4 hidden partitions

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Hi folks,

Ive tried searching throughout the forum and on the internet and havent been very successful so far, but hopefully somone can shed some light on my issue.

My mother has a Acer Laptop 8573T which was shipped with Win7 pro. She has been experiencing some lag and has been generally jealous of my own machine on a ssd, so i thought why not buy her one for christmas!

Having spied her machine that she wasnt that much space, I opted for a Intel 530 180gb.

Having stripped it down and attempting to swap the data, ive quickly realised that Acer ship with 3 hidden partitions.

System Reserved, which i believe is a win7 boot partition and is only 100mb.. so not that big of a deal.
PQSERVICE, which i believe is something to do with the factory back up (which has been burned to dvd's) this is currently taking up 23.8gb of the 27.3 in the partition.
and ACER_IV which is currently around 1gb of the 8gb partitioned but of fat32

Now, because of these extra partitions which was hidden, Ive not filtered this into the size of the ssd capacity. Her original hdd was/is a WD 500gb which obviously is fine space wise.

I have the Intel 520 180gb and i forgot to filter in the PQSERVICE as when I swapped hdd, I swapped from vista to win 7 Ultimate 64bit at the same time with an bought disc which would wipe PQSERVICE.. although it still doesnt have ACER_IV..

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A:Acer Travelmate 8573T SSD upgrade hidden partitions PQSERVICE, ACER_IV

Does the PC still have the factory install? If so that is the worst possible install of Win7 one can have, larded with bloatware and duplicate utilities which interfere with better versions built into Win7. That's why most tech enthusiasts won't even run such an install but instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Everything needed is in the blue link to get and keep a perfect install just like a million others have done without a single complaint.

Until then you can Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

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System - Win8.1 Pro This thing is ugly and has infected all my computers for some six months time. I believe at the core of this thing are multiple fat 12/16 and extended v-fat partitions. I have done everything but rid myself of these PC's in my attempts to get rid of it. However, I firmly believe that either I have stumbled into one of these talked about, incredibly nasty para-virtualized firmware rootkits OR someone is actively playing a part in the hijack. Either way I totally look forward to your help and it is so appreciated, you just don't know Ok, in my own research I have concluded that this is a hack of the 86-64 bit architecture. The computer runs at a 64 bit level yet all of the main culprits are 32 bit .dll's. So somehow it seems they are responding first to library calls when both the 32 and 64 dll exists. The trouble is they have been washed through DCOM and it seems they are the problem. After researching with two disks from HBCD and UBCD, I have seen these low, low level FAT partitions. I also see the word ELF everywhere when reviewing FAT 16 level files. You can't really make anything out other than the word ELF in the top left. Research of this ELF 1.0 indicates it is a RAT.This rootkit, Trojan or whatever it is seems to use colors and themes and pictures to pass instruction sets in the form of memory strings. 0x000-8086-D000h. The FAT 12 and 16 hidden partitions are always in the 63 sector.The worst part of this... Read more

A:Symptoms: hidden FAT 12 partitions, hijacked DNS,virtual PCI + Bios, bogus certs

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I am a dj and I have a need to back up the core elements of my dj computers c drive. My music folders are backed up a thousand times(lol) so all I want to do is be able to recreate my c drive with operating system and software and settings all in place if I have a total drive failure.
I have chosen Acronis Home Image 11 to do this but I ran into a snag.
On my C drive it has two partitions one FAT 16 and the other NTFS. This is a Dell Optiplex running windows XP. I believe the FAT 16 is an EISA partition which I really don't understand. When I use Acronis it does not like to back up both partitions at one time. I get an error code cannot create image volume. So can I back up the individual partions and then restore them to a new drive? Do I just partition the new drive before I attempt to recover and just name the NTFS partition C: I am also confused if the MBR will end of correctly.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance

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I have Windows 7 Professional with SP1.
I have just discovered that I have three Recovery partitions taking up a lot of much needed space.

There are 4 partitions on the HD in the following sequence:

2GB Healthy (Active, Recovery Partition)
107.74Gb NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive)
8.32 GB Healthy (Recovery Partition)
6.17 GB (Healthy (Recovery Partition)

Why 3 Recovery Partitions??
Do I need them all?
Can I get rid of any of them?

A:Multiple Recovery Partitions

More information on the above:

1. Disk managements says all three recovery Partitions are 100% free

2. I've discovered that under Device Manager/System Protection it has four entries:
System (C:)

The last 3 have folded icons to the left and in the 'Protection' column it says 'off'

What does all that mean?

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Hey all;

I have a acer aspire and I will probably soon reinstall my windows with the recovery partition that the laptop have. Though I have some doubts related to it. I want to create some partitions first, before using the recover partition. I'm thinking on having only 60gb or so to windows 7. Since I couldn't resize it more for the space I wanted, so I will be forced to format all and create my own partitions. I'm thinking on using a gparted live cd for that job. My doubt is that if I use it and create my own partitions will I lose the access to the recovery partition?
If yes, I would like to know how the acer software will know which partition it has to format?. If not, 2nd option is using the recovery cd that I create by the acer software but the same question remains. How acer software will know which partition it has to format? Will be logical if the software format the partition C so, in gparted the label I have to give to the partition I want to install windows is only simple "C"? Or is something more complicated than that?


A:Partitions and acer recovery

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I work for a repair shop and we recently obtained 2 Lenovo Thinkcentre m78's for refurbishement but they did not come with recovery CDs.  In order for us to re-sale refurbished computers, we are required to provide OEM recovery CDs or partitions.   Is there anyway I can get ahold of either 2 CDs or recovery paritions?   Thanks. 

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After this was upgraded to Windows 10, I reset it back to the factory Windows 8 then upgraded to Windows 8.1. Now there is a bunch of Recovery partitions. Can something be done with these?
How would I know which is the one I need to keep?
The hard drive has four Recovery Partitions, one is 450 MB, one is 451, one is 490 MB, and one is 11.81 GB.

A:Multiple Recovery Partitions

Those partitions are all required -- one allows boot in UEFI mode, the other in legacy mode and the large partition contains the recovery image.  You can make a recovery flash drive and then do away with the recovery partitions altogether -- though before you do that, make sure the flash drive you make DOES boot the system.

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I have an Acer and a HP laptop. Right now, both of them have the original partitions settings: a system partition C:, a recovery partition, and a HP/Acer Tools partition. I want to shrink the system C: smaller and create a new partition just to store media files.

Assuming that I have that done next week and 6 months from now, I want to use the recovery partition to restore to original settings. Will the restore process including wiping the partition I created and go back to just the C: and the one I created with the media files gets wiped?

A:Partitions and Laptop Recovery

1. Be careful, you may have a 4th primary partition - the hidden system partition. Check in Disk Management. If yes, you cannot create an additional partition without running into major trouble.

Post a picture of your Disk management. Then we can tell you what to do.

2. A system restore from the recovery would only apply to the C: partition and would not touch any other partition. But that is not the way to go about it. The right way is to make images and restore from an image. Reinstalling from the recovery partition is too much work - can take up to 2 days because of the hundreds of updates you would be getting, not to speak of the trouble reinstalling all your programs and redoing all your settings. None of that is necessary with an image - it is a 20 minute affair.

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I have Windows 7 Professional with SP1.
I have just discovered that I have three Recovery partitions taking up a lot of much needed space.

There are 4 partitions on the HD in the following sequence:

2GB Healthy (Active, Recovery Partition)
107.74Gb NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive)
8.32 GB Healthy (Recovery Partition)
6.17 GB (Healthy (Recovery Partition)

Why 3 Recovery Partitions??
Do I need them all?
Can I get rid of any of them?

A:Multiple Recovery Partitions

More information on the above:

1. Disk managements says all three recovery Partitions are 100% free

2. I've discovered that under Device Manager/System Protection it has four entries:
System (C:)

The last 3 have folded icons to the left and in the 'Protection' column it says 'off'

What does all that mean?

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Hello everybody,

Please be patient, I?m not too confident with computers!
I have a Samsung net book NP-145-JP03UK with 250 GB HDD, 2 GB RAM and W7 starter OS, manufactured in August 2011.

I have been using this for about six months, with no problem. Recently I had to do a restore with Samsung Recovery System 5, which was built in to the net book. Before the restore I did not ?back up? as such, but copied and pasted folders to an external HDD, if that is significant.

After the restore, I seem to have lost some internal HDD capacity.

Before the restore the HDD was configured as:

Local disc C: 181 GB, Recovery partition D: 34.2 GB, giving approx 215 GB total.
This is visible in ?My Computer?.

After the restore I have, C: 185 GB only, and this is after deleting a lot of the Samsung games etc.

1) Looking around the web, partition deletion is a common occurrence after restoring the OS, so it looks like that?s what has happened here, am I correct?

2) In ?Disk management? I can see three partitions, the C: with 185 GB, andtwo recovery partitions of 30 GB and 17 GB respectively. The two recovery partitions are not assigned a letter, which I think is the cause of the problem. Both are showing as 100% free space, and I would like to keep the 17 as a recovery and merge the 30 with the existing C drive.

I have seen instructions on the net for renaming partitions, is this possible with the W7 starter OS?

3) How else can I easily recover this lost capacity?

Thanks for any help.

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A:Lost partitions after recovery

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

It will help us to help you if you upload a screenshot of your fully-expanded disk management layout.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Once we've seen this we can give you the best advice.

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From the beginning my system started to behave weird. It's creating multiple recovery partitions, which are visible in ''My computer". Is this normal ?

A:Multiple Recovery Partitions

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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My second attempt to use the free Windows 10 upgrade was another bust. Having been burned by the first attempt, I thought I'd create a partition before I started so I could dual-boot in the event of a second failure. Second failure duly happened (not the issue for today - I've given up trying on Windows 10). So, as per the image, I now have a 50+GB unallocated space which I'd like to reincorporate back into the C drive. But there are now two recovery partitions, and (if I understand this rightly) the one between C and the unallocated space prevents me from expanding C to take the space in. Can I get rid of that recovery partition? I assume the one after the empty partition was created automatically at the same time as the partition, but I don't know if it will serve as a recovery partition for C should I ever need one.

Note: please speak slowly and carefully, as if addressing a small child. I can pick up heavy things, but I'm not very clever.

A:Two recovery partitions - can one be deleted?

I can't help you with the recovery partition questions because I do not use them.


You can add the 51.59 gb of unallocated space to C with Partition Wizard, a free download. You can't do it directly through Windows Disk Management because, as you state, one of the recovery partitions is in the way. That's a limitation of Windows Disk Management.

Partition Wizard does not have that limitation.

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Hello I have installed 3 Ubuntu partitions (E, F, G in the screenshot below). The computer now runs dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04. https://i.imgur.com/cVb81T5.png My questions regards the two last partitions in the screenshot (sized 980MB and 14.99GB). Both are labeled recovery partitions. (Part of this question has been answered in an earlier thread, but I would like to have it answered in full, since erroneous removal of recovery partitions  could cause serious problems.) I have made three USB image backups: 1. Windows recovery USB 2. HP recovery USB 3. Macrium image bu My questions are, please: 1. Is the 0.98G partition the HP recovery partition? 2. Is the 14.99G partition the Windows recovery partition? 3. Can any of these two partitions be useful now that the computer is already repartitioned for LInux/Windows? 4. Will the recovery USB images (Windows and HP "recovery disks") I have made to exernal medium work OK, now that the computer has been repartitioned? (I assume the Macrium image will be OK for restore.) 5. How do I remove these two partitions (980MB and 14.99GB). I wish to do it from Windows, but when I right click them in the Windows 10 disk handler, I do not get an option to remove them. (The other partitions, on the other hand, can be removed, but I obviously do not need to do so.) Thank you

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