Windows Can I safely format OEM made recovery partition?


red dragon

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Long story short, LG has taken more than 10GB to make a recovery partition in their Gram laptop which comes with Windows10 home edition.
I didn't know it comes with so much bloat, and about the update circus involving Wndows 10. The organization I work for has a slimmed down version installed in all their thousands of system (Enterprise LTSC) and a IT friend of mine in India was kind enough to install and activated it on my laptop as I use it for official purpose also.
Now I have 2 recovery partitions (one small one created by Windows and a pretty large one from LG)
Since the computer now running a different version of Windows, can I remove the LG partition?
 
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Depends on where that partition is situated. If it's in the front next to the EFI partition, then every partition after that will have to be moved in front. This will take 3-4 hours depending on the size of the hard drive and how much data is present. There is a possibility that data would be lost if there is power failure or something else.

I have deleted the EFI and OS partition of 30GB and had to move the entire data partition to the front of the drive on a 1TB hdd. Took like 5-6 hours since the hdd was full. This was in Ubuntu though.
 

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Thanks, will check. I think it's behind the C drive (sorry, I am a complete noob in these things)
 

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What is the size of your HD if its 500 GB i would not bother.
 

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Yes, it's 512GB, space is not an issue, but if I want/need to recover, can 2 recovery partitions cause some conflicts?
 

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Yes, it's 512GB, space is not an issue, but if I want/need to recover, can 2 recovery partitions cause some conflicts?
Should not be a problem to have two partitions but the recovery software needs to be pointed to the right place.

This will add extra complications. It will have to be tested to see whether it works or not.

The reason i think its best to keep the original or a back up of it is when you do sell the laptop in the future you can factory reset it as you got it.

If you need to remove it then its best to keep a copy and ensure that you can re-install is back if necessary.

unless you don't mind passing it on with the present configuration and its factory reset.
 

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Thanks man. You have a very valid point. I have never sold any laptops before, just gave away. But this is a very good point.