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    Thumbs down Partition shenanigans


    I am the proud owner of an HP ENVY 17-j008eo. I don't know why, but my hard drive came with a ****load of partitions:

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    I know what C:Windows(NTFS) is and I know what D:RECOVERY is. But what is all that other ****?

    Looking under Type I get even more confused. The partition named D:RECOVERY (6) is apparently a "Data partition" while partitions 1 and 5 are "Recovery partitions." And then we have the mysterious "EFI System partition" and "Reserved partition."

    The only partitions I can see in Windows explorer are C:Windows and D:RECOVERY, the latter of which actually contains a file named "recovery." Can I delete the rest??? System partition actually sounds important but I never had it on my old system...

    By the way, can I move the recovery file to another HD or should I copy the entire partition? I don't want it taking up space in this drive. All I want here is C: and anything else that might be absolutely necessary (probably the EFI System partition, right?)
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    A uefi gpt windows 8 parthtioning scheme has at least 4 partitions: A uefi partition for the motherboard, a boot partition to boot the os, a microsoft reserved partition for windows internal use, and the data partiton. There may be more partitions for diagnostics and system recovery.

    Do some reading on uefi secure boot for windows 8 to get more details, and visit your manufacturer's website which probably will have detailed documentation for the uefi on their motherboard. Don't delete any partitons, if you do you'll probably break your system if you do.
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    Originally Posted by Doug G
    A uefi gpt windows 8 parthtioning scheme has at least 4 partitions: A uefi partition for the motherboard, a boot partition to boot the os, a microsoft reserved partition for windows internal use, and the data partiton. There may be more partitions for diagnostics and system recovery.

    Do some reading on uefi secure boot for windows 8 to get more details, and visit your manufacturer's website which probably will have detailed documentation for the uefi on their motherboard. Don't delete any partitons, if you do you'll probably break your system if you do.
    I will check out the manufacturer's website, but are you sure about this? One partition is named Recovery, and two others are of the type "Recovery partition." I've now made some recovery DVDs using HP's Recovery Media Creation and thought I would just delete those three partitions. However, that would leave me with three partitions, not four.
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    You've got 4 mystery partitions which add up to barely 1GB on a disk which is nearly 1TB in size.

    What on earth are you hoping to gain from reclaiming an extra 0.1% of the disk space?
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    Originally Posted by salem
    You've got 4 mystery partitions which add up to barely 1GB on a disk which is nearly 1TB in size.

    What on earth are you hoping to gain from reclaiming an extra 0.1% of the disk space?
    Actually I'm cloning that drive to a smaller one and that D:RECOVERY partition is taking up 23GB. I want to know if I can delete that one now, since I've created some recovery DVDs. But according to Doug G I should have a Data partition. D:RECOVERY is the only partition whose type is "Data partition."
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    In the end, after doing some research I figured out that the first four partitions are necessary. As I said, I've created some recovery DVDs so I went ahead and deleted the D:RECOVERY partition (#6). Then I deleted the partition above it (#5) for good measure. Everything is working fine.
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    The partiton you deleted was most likely the HP system recovery partition, so I hope you have made a set of recovery disks for you system or you'll be out of luck if you should ever need to run system recovery.

    I just worked on a HP all-in-one, and the HP recovery partiton on it was about 23gb also. And my customer would still have a dead computer if that partiton had been deleted, since I had to do a complete factory recovery for them and they had no recovery disks.

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