If you purchased your Desktop or Laptop from a supplier such as HP, Dell, Toshiba or another well-known brand, you will have probably noticed that the hard drive has a partition on it called Recovery or something similar. Generally, this allocated partition oo your hard drive is between 20gb and 50gb, which is quite a lot of space to leave sitting almost unused. If you are looking for a way to get rid of it and reclaim the space this guide will show you how.


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Having this option can be quite handy in the case your operating system fails and you need to do a restore. However, the partition is still on the same drive so if the Hard drive physically fails the partition isn’t going to save you. It’s still always recommended to have a backup stored elsewhere, separate to your main device. If you already have a full backup on an external drive, there is no reason you cannot remove this Recover/Backup Partition.

As Windows is a little fussy with what it allows you to do sometimes, you won’t be able to remove the Recovery Partition using the Disk Manager. When you right-click on the volume to delete it there isn’t an option. This is most annoying when you want to combine the extra space with your main partition.

How to Delete a Recovery/Backup Partition on Windows 7, 8, and 10.

  • First up, you will need to open the Command tool. There are a couple of ways to do this, you can search CMD from the start menu, then right-clicking and selecting Run as administrator when the CMD tool appears on the list. Or just press Windows Key + X and select Command Prompt (admin) from the menu.


  • In the Command window type the following Command: diskpart and press Enter.


  • Next, type: list disk into command and press Enter. A list of all your physical drives will appear. (If you're doing this on a laptop, there is most likely only going to be one HDD, unless you have swapped out the CD/DVD drive for a 2.5” HDD)


  • Now, type: select disk and the number of the disk. (The first/only) disk is number 0) then press Enter.

Example: select disk 0


  • Type: list partition and a list of all the partitions on that drive will show.


  • Next, type: selection partition and the number of the recovery partition you wish to delete. Note: There may be more than one


  • Finally, type: delete partition override and press Enter.


That was the final step in the process. The Recovery Partition will now be removed, Just make sure that you have a full system backup saved somewhere, as you now, no longer have a safety net to fall back on your computer.