Ok to resize recovery partition?

Discussion in 'Acronis Disk Director Suite' started by jrjrg, Sep 7, 2007.

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  1. jrjrg

    jrjrg Registered Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Most computers come with a recovery partition. My new laptop which runs on Vista has a 8Gb partition but only 300MB is occupied.

    Is there any danger in resizing the recovery partition to reclaim some disk space?
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

    Nov 3, 2006
    Is the recovery partition located after the Vista partition?
    Like this: [Vista NTFS ??GB][8GB Recovery]
    If so, then the procedure tends to be a little easier since you don't have to move the Vista partition.

    Sometimes the computer comes with software you have to run to create the recovery data in the recovery partition. It seems that is probably the case with your computer. After this was done, the 8GB would probably be mostly full.

    If you're going to try this, make sure you have a Vista DVD (or recovery DVD) that will let you boot to do a Vista Repair if necessary.

    If you have True Image, I would recommend you create an Entire Disk backup (check the Disk # checkbox) before changing any of the partitions. At the very least create your recovery DVDs and copy any important files to a safe location (flashdrive, USB hard drive, network share, etc.). This is just a safety measure. If something goes wrong, you can get back to where you started and try again.

    If you're not going to use the recovery partition, then you should be able to resize it down and then expand the Vista partition to use the new space. Another option would be to delete it and expand the Vista partition to use the whole drive.

    Once a good drive backup/restore system is in place, a lot of True Image users just remove the recovery partition completely since there is no need for it.
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