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Can't delete extra "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s and "Healthy (EFI System Partition)"

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  • I have two "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s and a "Healthy (EFI System Partition)" that were not there when I got my laptop and that I cannot delete. I have a Windows 8 laptop (recently updated to 8.1) and about a week ago I decided to dual boot "Ubuntu 13.04". I only gave it a small 18.55GB partition of my hard drive as I wanted to use Windows as my main OS and Ubuntu simply to make and Linux versions of games that I create. I noticed after doing so that it added a "Healthy (Recovery Partition)" to the beginning of the drive (the first one listed).

    I could never get it to be added to the Windows boot loader correctly with EasyBCD and I had to keep going to the boot options to pick the GRUB2 and then Ubuntu. I really didn't want to keep doing this and I was having some problems with Ubuntu video drivers as well. I figured that I would just use a different computer for Ubuntu so I took it off of my laptop and formatted the partition it was on. It worked okay but there was still that first "Healthy (Recovery Partition)" that I couldn't delete but I just ignored it.

    After updating to Windows 8.1, I thought that maybe the boot loader would work so I tried partitioning and installing Ubuntu again (I know, mistake) but it still didn't work and I could even get it load up correctly. So I finally gave up and have completely decided that I will never dual boot a Linux with Windows again as Linux has too many problems and complications for me. The only way I'm using Linux again is by itself on a computer (I think it's kind of nice to have both, but I'd take Windows over it any day). Anyway, I decided to delete it again.

    When I went to delete it, I noticed that there were two more partitions listed that were not there before and I cannot delete them. I wouldn't mind leaving them there too much (as they only take up a small amount of space themselves though if I can I'd like to), but the second "Healthy (Recovery Partition)" is keeping me from increasing my Windows partition to fill up the 18.55GB left from the Ubuntu partition.

    I cannot delete them and the only option it gives me is the "Help" option which does not really give me any info on this. All three of the partitions only give me the "Help" option and I cannot delete any of them and it's strange that they are all listed as "100% Free" for space. I'd like to just have the "(C:)" and "(D:)" partitions as drive C: is my Windows partition and D: is my real Recovery "Healthy (OEM Partition)" that was there when I got the laptop.

    I'm not really even sure how that second "Healthy (Recovery Partition)" got there because it is in-between the Windows partition and where the "Ubuntu" partition was and it was there before I even formatted that partition. I'll put a screenshot of the "Windows Disk Management" so that you can see what is going on. It also started listing the "Healthy (OEM Partition)" twice, but I think that is because it contains both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 if I am correct. Any advice on how to get rid of those extra partitions would be great.

    Monday, October 21, 2013 5:25 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    According to your description, I suggest you try using Diskpart command to force-delete it.

    Please perform the following steps:

    1. Open a command prompt as administrator.

    2. Run Diskpart application by typing Diskpart in the command prompt.

    3. In the “Diskpart” prompt, enter rescan command and press Enter key to re-scan all partitions, volumes and drives available.

    4. Then type in list disk and press Enter key to show all hard disk drive available.

    5. Select the disk that contains the partition you want to remove. Normally, with just 1 hard disk, it will be disk 0. So the command will be:

    Select disk 0

    Finish by Enter key.

    6. Type list partition and press Enter key to show all available and created partition in the disk selected.

    7. Select the partition that wanted to be deleted by using the following command, followed by Enter key:

    Select partition x

    Where x is the number of the recovery partition to be removed and unlocked its space. Be careful with the number of this partition, as wrong number may get data wipes off.

    8. Finally, type in delete partition override and press Enter key.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,


    Kelvin_Hsu

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Gimli1357 Friday, October 25, 2013 11:30 AM
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:08 AM

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  • Hi,

    According to your description, I suggest you try using Diskpart command to force-delete it.

    Please perform the following steps:

    1. Open a command prompt as administrator.

    2. Run Diskpart application by typing Diskpart in the command prompt.

    3. In the “Diskpart” prompt, enter rescan command and press Enter key to re-scan all partitions, volumes and drives available.

    4. Then type in list disk and press Enter key to show all hard disk drive available.

    5. Select the disk that contains the partition you want to remove. Normally, with just 1 hard disk, it will be disk 0. So the command will be:

    Select disk 0

    Finish by Enter key.

    6. Type list partition and press Enter key to show all available and created partition in the disk selected.

    7. Select the partition that wanted to be deleted by using the following command, followed by Enter key:

    Select partition x

    Where x is the number of the recovery partition to be removed and unlocked its space. Be careful with the number of this partition, as wrong number may get data wipes off.

    8. Finally, type in delete partition override and press Enter key.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,


    Kelvin_Hsu

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Gimli1357 Friday, October 25, 2013 11:30 AM
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:08 AM
  • Gimli, I also suggest you take a look at this thread on the same forums here titled "Strange new Drive appeared after 8.1 update" as there are many others now with the same weird new drive that can't be explained and we don't know what it is for (sorry I can't link.....I had to create a new MS account to get my 8.1 update to work, and now the forum thinks I'm a new user).  I'm afraid to delete it then not have the computer start correctly.  I wish there was a way to tell which of these "recovery" drives is for Win 8 and which one is for Win 8.1 (if that is what is happening).  I had this issue before and deleted one of the recovery drives, then my laptop would not start because the BIOS or something in the startup was looking for the recovery drive.  This is what bothers me about these updates.  There should be a prompt to ask "Do you want to create another recovery drive for this update" or "Do you want to leave the original Windows 8 recovery drive only."
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:51 PM
  • Yeah, I'm not too sure about the first two partitions, but they weren't really the ones bothering me as much because they take up such a small space. It was the partition blocking me from extending my primary partition which I was able to delete.

    I took a look at the forum that you mentioned and I think I might just leave those two alone for now. Like you said, I don't want to delete it and mess up my computer.

    Thanks for the advice.

    • Edited by Gimli1357 Friday, October 25, 2013 11:39 AM typo
    Friday, October 25, 2013 11:34 AM
  • Thank you, I was able to delete the fourth partition blocking me from extending to that delicious unallocated partition. I now have partition C: using up that space.

    Thanks for the help.

    Friday, October 25, 2013 11:37 AM
  • So, Gimli, how did you extend drive C to that extra space after you deleted the fourth partition?  Did you use the Disk Management tool in Windows 8.1?  I was told you can only extend to unallocated space to the right of the partition you want to extend in Disk Management, is that correct?  Any startup or other problems after you deleted the 350MB Healthy Recovery Partition?  I have the same 350MB partition just to the right of my primary drive.  I don't know if it is true or not, but a tech in my home office told me that if I make a recovery CD or memory stick, that when it finished I will be presented with an option to delete the recovery drive on the laptop hard drive, which will automatically delete one of the recovery partitions if I proceed.  I may test that when I have more time this weekend.
    Friday, October 25, 2013 12:38 PM
  • The 2nd recovery partition contains the Recovery Environment for Windows 8.1. I have not gotten to seeing if it is different than the one for Windows 8 yet.

    The 2nd OEM partition (the 20GB one) is a ghost and does not actually exist. Why Windows sees it is beyond me.

    You cannot "extend  to the left" if that is what you are asking. Forcing such a thing will result in an invalid FAT, meaning not only would Windows not be able to boot, but likely all files on that partition would be inaccessable or corrupt.

    Friday, October 25, 2013 7:52 PM
  • Thank you very much kelvin_hsu, I had the same problem and thanks to your solution I managed to fix it.
    Sunday, December 22, 2013 5:29 PM
  • Thanks, i was having the same issue... you just save my day...
    Sunday, March 02, 2014 6:47 PM
  • Kelvin - I get a I/O device error message.  Please help!  
    Thursday, May 01, 2014 9:55 PM
  • This worked perfectly. I had a Windows 8 boot drive from a Toshiba that kept trying to repair itself and I wanted to wipe it and start over. It even tried to boot my desktop, over-riding my C:\ - I had to specifically disable the boot capability on the Toshiba drive's SATA port in my desktop's BIOS, then I was able to boot in Windows 7. With the Toshiba drive as a 2nd drive, I deleted the partitions using your method, now I will be able to install a clean O/S. Thank you, Kelvin_Hsu.
    Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:30 AM