1. iampwd's Avatar
    Hello, I'm looking for some advice about the Recovery partition on our Surface 2.

    If I make a USB recovery and choose to delete the partition from the Surface to gain storage. What happens if I later run the recovery from USB, will that restore the recovery partition once again on the Surface or is the recovery partition lost for ever?

    I'm thinking that it will return but can anyone confirm?
    03-26-2014 04:18 AM
  2. taymur's Avatar
    why would it return? you deleted it.
    03-26-2014 05:58 AM
  3. iampwd's Avatar
    Because the recovery will create it again. At least according to the Diskpart.txt file on the USB recovery.

    [CODE]rem == ResetPartitions-UEFI.txt ==

    convert gpt

    rem == 1. Windows RE tools partition ===============

    create partition primary size=305

    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"

    assign letter="T"

    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac

    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001

    rem == 2. System partition =========================

    create partition efi size=100

    format quick fs=fat32 label="System"

    assign letter="S"

    rem == 3. Microsoft Reserved (MSR) partition =======

    create partition msr size=128

    rem == 4. Windows partition ========================

    rem == a. Create the Windows partition ==========

    create partition primary

    rem == b. Create space for the recovery image ===

    shrink minimum=2943

    rem == c. Prepare the Windows partition =========

    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"

    assign letter="W"

    rem === 5. Recovery image partition ================

    create partition primary

    format quick fs=ntfs label="Recovery image"

    assign letter="R"

    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac

    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001

    list volume

    exit[/CODE]

    But I haven't tried it so I can't be sure. I'm guessing you haven't tried it?
    03-26-2014 06:10 AM
  4. taymur's Avatar
    No, not at all. Sorry, I didn't read the question right, never mind me, better get some expert opinion.
    03-26-2014 12:00 PM
  5. Snazrael's Avatar
    I'm fairly certain it does return. It restores the device to it's factory, out of the box configuration, partitions and all.
    03-26-2014 06:16 PM
  6. iampwd's Avatar
    Yes I think you are right. I have already removed it now so I'll know what happens next time I reset it.

    Thanks.

    Sent from my Surface 2 using Tapatalk
    03-27-2014 04:30 AM
  7. Jon4248's Avatar
    It will return if you do a full reset and select , yes repartition drives durning the reset.
    http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/warranty-service-and-recovery/refresh-or-reset-surface#usb

    See step 9
    03-28-2014 06:16 AM
  8. iampwd's Avatar
    Thanks for the link!
    03-28-2014 03:56 PM

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