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    My sister wants to do a clean install of Windows 7 (Home Premium Upgrade DVD) on her Vista computer. Her single HDD currently has 3 partitions: an OS and apps partition, a data partition and a recovery partition. She would like to blow away all current partitions (she has backed up her data!) and repartition the HDD with only an OS/apps partition and a data partition.

    The recovery partition is no longer needed. While it is not exactly hidden, it does appear to be somehow "protected". She (and I) anticipate that this may be a problem with her repartitioning plans. As I have been conscripted as tech support, I would appreciate any and all advice on how to proceed.
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    Maybe the information in this thread ( http://www.wopr.com/index.php?showto...4&#entry758014 ) will help, particularly the bit where I used gparted to delete the recovery partition...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulB View Post
    My sister wants to do a clean install of Windows 7 (Home Premium Upgrade DVD) on her Vista computer. Her single HDD currently has 3 partitions: an OS and apps partition, a data partition and a recovery partition. She would like to blow away all current partitions (she has backed up her data!) and repartition the HDD with only an OS/apps partition and a data partition.

    The recovery partition is no longer needed. While it is not exactly hidden, it does appear to be somehow "protected". She (and I) anticipate that this may be a problem with her repartitioning plans. As I have been conscripted as tech support, I would appreciate any and all advice on how to proceed.
    If you do a custom installation you can delete partitions and careate new partitions as part of the installation process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeperez View Post
    If you do a custom installation you can delete partitions and careate new partitions as part of the installation process.

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    Joe et al,
    Sometimes it isn't possible to use the "custom installation" option at installation time, it seems. I tried it once helping with a Vista installation on a laptop having a XP recovery partition. (In Disk Management it was definitely protected, and the Vista Setup couldn't touch it either.)

    But one can use the diskpart command/utility (or of course any third party disk partitioning tools, but I don't use such).

    See this post, in the middle and the links at the end.

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    Thanks for the good advice. In the end, the recovery partition proved to be no problem. The approach suggested by Joe worked, allowing us to delete all partitions (including the recovery partition) on the disk and reallocate them as required. We're not too sure what to make of the 100MB partition created by the Windows install, though. Will have to look into that a bit more.

    Again, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulB View Post
    Thanks for the good advice. In the end, the recovery partition proved to be no problem. The approach suggested by Joe worked, allowing us to delete all partitions (including the recovery partition) on the disk and reallocate them as required. We're not too sure what to make of the 100MB partition created by the Windows install, though. Will have to look into that a bit more.
    See if What's on that 100MB partition? Can I delete it? - Windows 7 Forums helps.

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    I have install Windows 7 production on two machines and beta several times on 2 machines.
    These have all been clean installs and have yet to see any sign of the 100meg partition.

    I do not understand why a lot of people get it and I do not?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveA View Post
    I have install Windows 7 production on two machines and beta several times on 2 machines.
    These have all been clean installs and have yet to see any sign of the 100meg partition.

    I do not understand why a lot of people get it and I do not?
    From what I can see in the link Joe provided, the answer appears to be that if your disk has no unallocated space, a clean install will not create this partition. The files usually placed in this MS partition will, in that case, be placed in the root of the C: drive.
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    I would go here and follow the instructions to create bootable media. Then wipe the drive completely before I Installed the new operating system. This erases EVERYTHING.

    http://cmrr.ucsd.edu/people/Hughes/SecureErase.shtml

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