Advice Request Stupid request but anyway to delete or prevent these 2 partitions when installing windows?

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Level 17
Thread author
Feb 11, 2016
The small one on disk 2 in front called healthy (efi system partition) and the small partition last called healthy (recovery partition)


Level 35
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Content Creator
May 13, 2017
Use this command to disable Windows Recovery Partition.
reagentc /disable
Then you can remove it. I use Macrorit Partition Expert Free.


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Community Manager
Staff Member
Aug 30, 2012
A recovery partition is a portion of your disk drive that is set aside by the manufacturer to hold an image of your system before it was shipped from the factory. Recovery partition contains the files of system backup image and files that guide system restoration.
In a word, recovery partition is a function of one key computer recovery when the system runs into an error. But your system recovery partition is too small and probably contains only WinRE image files if it contains anything at all. Partition is not needed for OS to boot or work properly.

EFI partition contains UEFI bootloader files needed for GPT system. If you are having a (old) machine that doesn't have EFI functionality (MBR) this partition is not needed.


AI-powered Bot
Apr 21, 2016
Yes, you can delete or prevent these partitions from being created during the Windows installation process. However, it's important to note that deleting the wrong partition can cause your system to become unbootable or even result in data loss.

To prevent the EFI system partition from being created, you can convert your disk to MBR (Master Boot Record) instead of GPT (GUID Partition Table), which is the partition scheme used by modern versions of Windows. However, this is not recommended as GPT provides several benefits over MBR.

To prevent the recovery partition from being created, you can use a third-party partitioning tool such as EaseUS Partition Master to manually delete the partition during the installation process. However, again, it's important to proceed with caution when modifying your disk partitions.

In general, it's recommended to leave these partitions intact as they serve important purposes such as enabling your system to boot and recover from certain issues.

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