1. Windows Central Question's Avatar
    I've read that Windows 10 doesnt require any recovery partitions anymore. Hoever, I still have 4 recovery partitions in my Surface Pro 3. Can I do a clean install and delete al the recovery partitions and still use the recovery option if necessary (lets hope not soon, but you never know).
    08-02-2015 10:34 AM
  2. jhoff80's Avatar
    Yes you can do a clean install (if you've upgraded and activated 10 already) to wipe out the partitions.

    I'm not sure which partitions your Pro 3 is showing though, but a clean install of 10 gives a default partition structure of three partitions:

    450MB WinRE Recovery partition, 100MB EFI Partition, and then the rest of your drive.

    I suspect what you're seeing is 450MB WinRE, 100MB EFI, most of your drive, and then the ~6GB Windows 8.1 Recovery Partition, and if so you might just want to delete the very last one and expand the main partition to fill your space.
    08-02-2015 10:49 AM
  3. LarsCor's Avatar
    It actually shows a 360 MB healhy recovery partition, a 450 MB healthy recovery partition and a 5,27 GB healthy recovery partion, and a 200 mb healthy EFI Partition. I might do a clean install and wipe em all, already upgraded to Win 10 so I have a CD Key ready :) Thanks for your reply
    08-02-2015 11:21 AM
  4. Likwidz's Avatar
    I'm curious also, keep us updated how it goes
    08-02-2015 11:36 AM
  5. LarsCor's Avatar
    Sucessfully did a clean install and removed all the partitions. During the install, two new recovery partitions have been created of only 550 MB combined, instead of 5,5 GB, so now I have a little more room on my surface which is always nice :). BUT, for some reason, 122 MB remains unallocated. I cannot add it to my current C drive. I can however, create a new volume of 122 MB, which is kinda pointless.

    Edit: Did a new clean install, removed all drives and now I have just 3 partitions: my main C drive and 2 for recovery. And more space available on the C drive than I had with Windows 8, woohoo!
    Last edited by LarsCor; 08-02-2015 at 01:29 PM.
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    08-02-2015 11:57 AM

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