Insider Preview - Multiple RE Partitions From Upgrading Builds?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by ionbasa, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. ionbasa

    ionbasa MDL Novice

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    Has anyone noticed that each Windows build adds a separate Win RE (Recovery Partition) when upgrading, while not removing the old one?

    ht*p://i.imgur.com/HWPXKAO.png

    This is on a pc that had Win 8.1 -> Insider preview -> RTM -> and again Insider previews.

    Any way to remove the extraneous WIN RE partitions?
     
  2. xinso

    xinso MDL Guru

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    #2 xinso, Oct 19, 2015
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    Thank you. I just tried this to delete my two recovery partitions:

    01. Run Command Prompt (Admin)

    02. diskpart > Enter
    03. list disk > Enter
    04. select disk 0 > Enter
    05. list partition > Enter

    06. Write down all Recovery partition numbers. e.g.

    partition 4: 820 Mb
    partition 5: 783 MB

    07. select partition 4 > Enter
    08. delete partition override > Enter

    09. Repeat step 7 and 8 until all target recovery partitions been deleted

    10. exit > Enter
    11. Go to disk management and take care of them
     
  3. ionbasa

    ionbasa MDL Novice

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    Ok, but how do we know which Recover/RE partition to leave available? Each build gets a different recovery partition. I'd rather not delete the RE partition if something catastrophic happens and I dont have the ISO on hand.
     
  4. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    #4 Flipp3r, Oct 20, 2015
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    From an admin command prompt you could:
    Code:
    reagentc /info
    That will show you the path (disk & partition).
    You could also have a look at the BCD:
    Code:
    bcdedit /enum all |more