Recovery Partition Is Very Large, Can I Delete It?

I have a 1TB hard drive and a 256 GB boot drive. However, I can't access the 80 GB recovery partition on my boot disk using Windows software. Ideally, I could remove it, create a new partition, or expand my C: disk. Is it possible to resize or delete that partition?

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Roxanne· Answered on Mar 15, 2024

Unfortunately, most Windows OEM pre-installed computers come with a factory recovery partition that cannot be resized. However, you can run the command lines to change the recovery partition to a regular partition and then expand the partition, which is irreversible.

Thus, to free up disk space and extend the C drive, you can delete the recovery partition or resize the C drive. Don't worry. EaseUS Partition Master Professional will provide you with comprehensive functions.

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Option 1. Safely Remove the Recovery Partition

Windows system built-in tool Disk Management won't allow users to edit or delete the recovery partition as it stores the vital boot files. By applying the EaseUS Partition Master, you can easily and safely delete the recovery partition without messing up your hard drive.

Step 1. Click "Partition Manager" after launching EaseUS Partition Master. To delete the recovery partition, right-click on it and select "Delete."

Step 2. When asked, "Do you want to delete the selected partition?" click "Yes" to confirm.

Step 3. In the new box, click "Apply" after selecting "Execute xx Task" to erase the recovery partition fully.

Option 2. Extend the C Drive

Another way is more straightforward - extend the C drive with or without allocated space.

1. Extend the C drive with unallocated space

Step 1. Right-click on the C drive and tap "Resize/Move."

Step 2. Drag the system partition edge into the unallocated space and click "OK."

Step 3. To execute the operations and resize the C drive, select "Execute Task" and "Apply."

2. Extend the C drive without unallocated space

Step 1. Right-click a large partition with free space on the disk, and click "Allocate Space."

Step 2. Select the C drive at the Allocate Space From (*) To part and drag its end into the unallocated space. Click "OK" to begin.

Step 3. Go to "Execute Task" > "Apply" to save the changes.

This tool also provides an "Adjust with 1-Click" feature, which can detect the low disk warning and enables users to smart adjust the C drive space with one click:

🔍Extended Reading: How to Extend C Drive in Windows | Full Guide

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