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Windows 10/11 - How to remove recovery partition

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CAUTION: Only do this if you know what you're doing ...
I use this to save space on my virtual machines. Removing the recovery partitions makes it that recovering from a damaged setup, or resetting to default settings, quite a challenge. So really: only do this if you know what you're doing!

Open command prompt as Administrator and start "diskpart".
Make sure to find the proper partition, by first listing and selecting the disk and partition, and finally delete the recovery partition.

An example (my recovery partition is partition 4 on disk 0):

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

 This is what this looked like on my computer:

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.22621.1265]
(c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Administrator> diskpart

Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.22621.1

Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: VMWARE-WIN11LIT

DISKPART> list disk

  Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
  --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
  Disk 0    Online           64 GB  1024 KB        *

DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list partition

  Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
  -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
  Partition 1    System             100 MB  1024 KB
  Partition 2    Reserved            16 MB   101 MB
  Partition 3    Primary             63 GB   117 MB
  Partition 4    Recovery           571 Mb    63 GB

DISKPART> select partition 4

Partition 4 is now the selected partition.

DISKPART> delete partition override

DiskPart successfully deleted the selected partition.



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