Recovery partition is a special partition aiming at restoring the operating system to factory settings. There are two types of recovery partitions. One is created by Windows which is named as Recovery Partition. To protect recovery partition from being changed or deleted, recovery partition usually has no drive letter, and only a Help option is provided in Disk Management. The other one is named OEM Partition generated by the computer manufacture. Such recovery partition has a drive letter and you can access it in File Explorer. However, you are not suggested to save any files to the partition or make any moderation to the partition.
As a recovery partition usually takes several GBs disk space, you may wonder: can I delete the recovery partition to release some disk space? Generally speaking, recovery partition is a medium that helps to restore Windows to the factory state. If you have found other solutions to restore Windows, you can go ahead and delete the recovery partition. However, please note that you can’t delete recovery partition if it is created by Windows. You only get a Help option by selecting that partition.
Then how can we delete recovery partition?
In fact, there are two ways you can rely on to do this job. Here we take how to delete recovery partition Windows 10 for example.
Way 1. Use CMD
Press Win+X to call out the shortcut menu, and choose Command Prompt (Admin).
Type and run the following commands in order:
select disk n (n should be replaced with the correct disk number)
list volume (determine which one is the recovery partition to be deleted)
select volume n (n should be replaced with the correct volume number)
By doing these, the recovery partition should have been deleted.
Way 2. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard
In addition to using command prompt, we can also download free MiniTool Partition Wizard to do this job. Its clean interface and wizard-like guide will lead you through all the steps easily and quickly.
Run MiniTool Partition Wizard to the main interface. Then select the recover partition to be deleted and choose Delete Partition from the action panel.
Skip the earning message if you encounter and hit the apply button on the top left corner.
By doing these, you have finished deleting recovery partition in Windows 10.
Reading here, we guess you know what recovery partition is and how to delete it. Try the ways out if you have the same requirement. For more detailed information, we suggest reading our guide Can I Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 7/8/10 for Further Use?