How to safely delete the recovery partition on Win 10/11


Sometimes the recovery partition created by Windows may stand in the way that blocks users from doing additional changes on their disks. Users may want to delete the recovery partition on Windows 10/11 to free up valuable disk space, particularly on devices with limited storage capacity etc.

Additionally, some users may prefer to rely on third-party backup and recovery solutions, making the built-in recovery partition redundant.

The problem: Disk Management, the Windows built-in tool shows no DELETE VOLUME option on the recovery partition.

However, it is essential to exercise caution as deleting the recovery partition can hinder the ability to restore the system to its original state in case of critical issues. Users should ensure they have alternative backup plans in place before proceeding with the deletion.

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Delete the recovery partition, Disk Management? Diskpart? Partition Resizer?

Prepartions: We would highly recommend you backup the current OS and its recovery partition to another disk with free tool Partition Resizer in case anything goes wrong with your current OS.

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Is it safe to delete the recovery partition -> reagentc /info will tell

If there are several recovery partitions on your disk, you can determine which one is active by using 'reagentc /info' to identify your current recovery partition. The others can then be safely removed.


In the image above, partition 2 is identified as the recovery partition, making it safe to delete the remaining recovery partitions.

If you only have one recovery partition but wish to relocate it to another location on the disk, you may proceed as follows:

Option: how to backup disk and its recovery partition with free tool Partition Resizer

Note: You may ignore this backup part and directly jump to the Delete recovery partition part if you don't mind the future data loss or OS booting problem.

Step1. Prepare an empty disk (You may use the free tool Partition Resizer to remove all partitions on the disk if it's an used one)

Step2. Download and install Partition Resizer, click Tools -> Migrate OS Wizard, and then select the target disk, and choose both the OS disk and the recovery partition as backup item to the backup disk.

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Part1: Delete recovery partition using diskpart

Note: This part is for some advanced users who have basic computing knowledge. For starters, the second part would be a better choice since it provides a user friendly free tool to delete the recovery partition.

The key: delete partition override (The cmd to force delete the recovery partition using Diskpart in Windows 11/10/Server 2022 2019, there is a photo in the following part.)

Here are the steps to remove healthy recovery partition using diskpart.delete recovery partition diskpart

How to start the cmd window?->Right click Start incon, and click Run in the available options.

list disk
select disk #(if there are over 2 disks, you need to select the disk that contains your OS)
list partition(is to list all the volumes on this disk to see which one is the recovery partition)
select partition #
delete partition override

Failed? Or difficult to follow? Try the following free tool Partition Resizer.

Part2: Delete recovery partition using Partition Resizer

Partition Resizer, the free disk tool can do more than deleting the recovery partition:

  • Delete recovery partition
  • Move partition location
  • Produce unallocated space
  • Extend fat32 c drive as well as ntfs c drive
  • Shrink fat32 partition
  • Migrate os from old disk to new disk
  • Backup disk
  • Convert disk mbr gpt...

Here are the steps to delete the recovery partition with Partition Resizer.

Step1. Download, and install the tool on your computer

Step2. Open the Partition Resizer and wait it to load all disk map in the software, right click the Recovery Partition, and go to "Delete Partition" optiondelete recovery partition windows server 2022

Step3. Click APPY CHANGES button to apply the above changes

Several Recovery Partitions?

Why are there several recovery partitions on the same disk?

Multiple recovery partitions on the same disk can occur due to various reasons. System updates, installations, or OEM configurations may create additional recovery partitions. Each partition might serve distinct purposes, such as storing system images, recovery tools, or OEM-specific recovery information. Manufacturers sometimes include a separate recovery partition to facilitate system restoration to its original state.

However, this redundancy can lead to confusion and inefficient disk space utilization. Users often choose to consolidate or remove unnecessary recovery partitions, streamlining their system for better disk management and reducing potential complexities associated with multiple recovery partitions on a single disk.

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