Wiping your Windows recovery partition

Published: Aug 14, 2020
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Tags: Guides, Snippets, Software, Windows

I recently replaced my Windows 10 LTSC installation with a stock(er) Windows 10 Pro install, one thing I noticed was an additional partition automatically being created. This partition was helpfully labelled as a recovery partition, and took up 512MB of ever so precious space. I did a bit of research into the matter and found out it wasn’t strictly necessary, and personally when it comes to recovering an operating system I have no qualms performing a clean install.

So, to remove this, first launch an admin command prompt (search for cmd in your start menu, right click, run as administrator) and run the following:

list disk
select disk 0
list partition
select partition 4
delete partition override

in the example above, our recovery partition is #4

You can now expand your system partition into the empty space.

Launch diskmgmt.msc, right click your system partition, then extend volume.