If you buy a new Windows 10 installed computer, then you may find that the storage space available is lesser, then your expectation based on the size of your hard drive. The reason behind this could be a Windows recovery image or a separate recovery partition added by the manufacturer, which usually occupies around a few hundred MBs or even 2-3 gigabytes on the main hard drive. In this guide, I will show how you can delete Recovery Partition in Windows 10.
What is a recovery partition?
Recovery Partition is created by the OEM and contains important boot files. If you want to revert your system to factory settings, then it can be used. You will find them on every new computer because the supplier doesn’t provide recovery media along with the system anymore. It is not recommended to store the recovery data in the same partition where Windows is installed. It is because if your hard drive gets corrupted, then your recovery files will also get damaged, and it would become tough for you to reinstall the operating system back.
How to Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 10
1] Backup Recovery and Delete
Those who want to delete the recovery partition of their hard drive to utilize extra space of the hard drive should create a recovery media and store the backup of recovery image first. You can create a USB recovery drive by following the steps given below.
- Click on the Start button
- Type Recovery in the search box and select Create Recovery Drive option from the list of suggestions.
- The Recovery Media Creator will open up, click on Next
- Select the USB drive and click on Next
It will copy the recovery partition on the USB drive, and since it requires extra space, we advise our viewers to store the data in a USB with high storage capacity. At the end of the process, you will be asked to remove the recovery portion from the hard drive. If you delete the partition there, then you need to refresh and reset the computer from the control panel. Refreshing the system won’t affect your files, but resetting will delete them.
2] Delete Recovery partition using Disk Management
If you do not delete the recovery partition while creating the recovery media, you can do it later using the disk management. However, it is impossible to resize the other partitions if the recovery partition appears before the C drive/partition on the disk.
- Right Click on Start Menu and select Disk Management from the list.
- A new Disk Management Window will open up where you would be able to see the various partitions of the hard drive (disc 0, if you have one only).
Usually, in Windows 10, users get 100MB for System file, after that Windows (C:) and finally the Recovery drive. Though, it could be different as per the configuration of your device. After seeing the name of your disc and location of recovery partition, minimize the windows for a while.
- Right-click on Start Menu and select Command Prompt (Admin)
- Next to C:\WINDOWS\system32> type DiskPart
- Then next to DISKPART> type List Disk
- Type Select Disk 0
- It will tell you that disc is now selected, type List Partition
- It will show you the listing of partitions if the recovery is listed on number 3 then type Select Partition 3
- It will show you “partition three is now selected,” type Delete Partition Override
- The message will be displayed “Partition 3 has been successfully deleted“, close the Command Prompt screen
Open the Disk Management Window again; it will show Unallocated under the recovery partition
- Right-click on Windows (C:)
- Select Extend Volume
- Click on Next > Click on Next again > Hit Finish
After this, you will get full control of your hard drive and would be able to use the space which was reserved for the recovery image. So, this is how to delete recovery partition in Windows 10. Do let us know if you have doubts through comments and we will try to solve it as soon as possible