Solved 1 GB Recovery Partition?

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I upgraded to Windows 11 using the Upgrade Assistant tool on October 4 on a Dell Inspiron 3793.. Since then, I've been poking around here and there and everything seems to be working fine.
I use Macrium Reflect 8 to backup my computers. One thing that caught my eye was that Macrium had marked one of the partitions on my C:\ drive in red. At first I didn't pay it any mind, but yesterday I took a closer look at it. Instead of a 500 MB Recovery Partition, I've got a 1.01GB Recovery Partition. I double-checked this in Disk Management and using DiskPart in a Command Prompt.
I've got backups of the computer and have made a Recovery Drive and am considering just removing the partition altogether. I'm curious as to why it is so large as I had performed a clean install of Windows 10 about 6 months ago and eliminated the Dell Recovery Partition. I'm certain the Recovery Partition wasn't that large before upgrading to Windows 11. I've attached screenshots to show what I'm seeing. Or is this something that is part of Windows 11?
My apologies if this isn't posted in the correct thread.

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You could check reagentc /info to see if winre is in there.

Or just have look with diskgenius. It appears near full so you can use diskgenius to have a peek and see what is hiding there and potentially copy out any goodies..

 

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Hard to say. Recovery Partitions are larger for sure, mine is 925 MB. I assume there are a lot more WinRe drivers embedded there.
 

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I just checked reagentc /info. It's the Windows Recovery partition.
 

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I just checked reagentc /info. It's the Windows Recovery partition.


If it's just the fact that it's RED in MR bothers you, you can use the free Minitool Partition Wizard to increase it's size.
You would need to steal say, 500GB from C:\ to increase the Rec partition's size.
It's almost FULL, which is why MR is showing it as RED.

 

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Yes, I've resized partitions before. I use dark mode, so the red stood out. I"m just curious about it and was wondering if that is something about Windows 11. It's on a 2 TB SSD, so it is not an issue in regards to space. There's little information about what's under the hood in Windows 11 and I know some have notebooks with considerably smaller drives. My wife's PC has a 250GB SSD, for example.
 

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Yes, I've resized partitions before. I use dark mode, so the red stood out. I"m just curious about it and was wondering if that is something about Windows 11. It's on a 2 TB SSD, so it is not an issue in regards to space. There's little information about what's under the hood in Windows 11 and I know some have notebooks with considerably smaller drives. My wife's PC has a 250GB SSD, for example.


I noticed you had plenty of space.
Mine is bigger than normal as well. On Win 10 is was about 509MB on Win 11 it's 625MB.

I would just give it a bit more room. But if it "keeps" growing, I would then start to worry about it.

Windows 11 is still new...it's gonna have some oddities. :)
 

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I noticed you had plenty of space.
Mine is bigger than normal as well. On Win 10 is was about 509MB on Win 11 it's 625MB.

I would just give it a bit more room. But if it "keeps" growing, I would then start to worry about it.

Windows 11 is still new...it's gonna have some oddities. :)
Yep, I agree. Mainly I asked because I'm the one in the family who gets asked "Why is my computer...?"
 

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You could check reagentc /info to see if winre is in there.

Or just have look with diskgenius. It appears near full so you can use diskgenius to have a peek and see what is hiding there and potentially copy out any goodies..

Thanks. Think I'll try it out. Haven't heard of that one before. In the past, I used MiniTool Partition.
 

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Partition Wizard will let you "Explore" the recovery partition as well...
It doesn't let me DO anything with what I see during the "Explore".


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I had a look at mine and and it's seems really weird. One recovery partition is 17.27GB and no partitions 2 or 3, maybe they were something to do with Alienware support assist which is gone now
 

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I had a look at mine and and it's seems really weird. One recovery partition is 17.27GB and no partitions 2 or 3, maybe they were something to do with Alienware support assist which is gone now


A lot of pre-built computers and laptops, have full blown "factory restore" partitions, for emergency situations.
Like when frantic customers call and scream at them. :)
 

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    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
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    Onboard
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    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
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    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
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    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
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    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
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    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
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    Symantec (Norton)
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    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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Well mine is 634 MB with 458 MB used. I have a data partition after it.
Thanks. Think I'll try it out. Haven't heard of that one before. In the past, I used MiniTool Partition.
Second the free version of MiniTook partition Wizard which is a very good partitioning tool. it would be interesting to see what is there.
 

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I did a clean install of Windows 11 to cleanup a lot of junk that had accumulated on my computer. After I finished up, the Recovery Partition is now at 593 MB. I guess doing an upgrade using the Upgrade Assistant Tool kept the Windows 10 recovery partition and added the Windows 11 recovery environment to it, thus doubling the size.
It was never really an issue with the computer, just one of those odd things that pop up.
 

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    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3793
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-1065G7
    Memory
    32GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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