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    Why do I have THREE recovery partitions on my T100 (Windows 10 question)

    So I have installed Windows 10, and am v.v.pleased with the performance. However, when I look in computer management, I now have THREE recovery partitions

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    I *think* the 4GB recovery partition on Drive 0 is the Wimboot partition from 8.1 (Can I delete it?)
    I *think* the 450MB recovery partition at the end of Drive 0 is something to do with Windows 10...so I intend on leaving it

    I am all but certain that the 7GB recovery partition on Drive 1 is the once hidden Asus recovery partition for Windows 8 installations (I want to uninstall this to free up some more usable space ).

    So yes, ANY help would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

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    Same with me.

    Looking at your post from other thread, you have successfully merge the 4.3gb and 450mb partition with the main partition right?

    Just have some questions to ask;
    1. What are the uses of those partitions? If I merge the partitions what benefits/features I lose?
    2. Did you delete windows.old folder too?
    3. If yes, how i want to flash back windows 8.1? I believe, once this folder has been deleted, you can't use feature to roll back to 8.1 provided in windows 10 right?

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    Hi there,

    I tried unsuccessfully to merge the partitions using GParted (via USB bootdisk). That borked my whole eMMC drive...so I instead got into Command Prompt and ran various DiskPart things to get my disc initialised. Doing so wiped away all partitions, meaning that when I came to use my Windows 10 recovery drive, it basically just installed everything as if it was a fresh installation.

    As such, I no longer have the 4.5GB recovery drive partition. I instead have a 100MB EFI partition, a 28.57GB C: Drive partition, and then the 450MB Windows 10 recovery partition

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    I currently have about 1.8GB worth of apps installed...and I still have 14.69GB of free space. I dare say if I ran Glary, I could probably get that free space up to about 15.5GB.

    In short, Windows 10 has given me so much more usable space. It has resolved the 1 real issue I had with this laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by butatx View Post
    Same with me.

    Looking at your post from other thread, you have successfully merge the 4.3gb and 450mb partition with the main partition right?

    Just have some questions to ask;
    1. What are the uses of those partitions? If I merge the partitions what benefits/features I lose?
    2. Did you delete windows.old folder too?
    3. If yes, how i want to flash back windows 8.1? I believe, once this folder has been deleted, you can't use feature to roll back to 8.1 provided in windows 10 right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by larrysmithTF View Post
    I am all but certain that the 7GB recovery partition on Drive 1 is the once hidden Asus recovery partition for Windows 8 installations (I want to uninstall this to free up some more usable space ).
    If this is indeed the 8GB recovery partition ROM, I don't think you can do anything with it.

    There have been posts from some who have attempted to use it... so do a bit of searching and maybe you'll get some details.
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    I too had the ROM, and an equaky big recovery partition on my harddisk. Stupid as f*ck. Removed the one on my hdd ASAP, was unable to merge the 700mb of a third recovery partition.

    Really dumb. Still no idea what is on the ROM. It showed in explorer once, as an emptry drive.. When I open disk management nog it says the drive is not initialized. No clue what to use it for, and I highly doubt it works as a recovery drive, though it will be neat to get it working as such.

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    In my case a clean install on a 64GB T100TA resulted in:

    Drive 0 Partition 1: 450MB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 2: 100MB System
    Drive 0 Partition 3: 16MB MSR (Reserved)
    Drive 0 Partition 4: 57.7GB Primary

    http://www.transformerforums.com/for...tml#post346403

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    After the "upgrade" from Win8.1 to 10 on my ME400C (sister to the T100TA 64GB) and then running a "Disk Cleanup" + "Clean up system files", my 64GB drive resulted in:

    Drive 0 Partition 1: 300MB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 2: 100MB EFI System
    Drive 0 Partition 3: 450MB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 4: 8GB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 5: 49.37GB Primary

    I have a hunch Partition 1 and 4 are the "old original Win 8.1 system install partitions". How do I clear those and regain the space back into my Primary and insure if I ever reset, it resets to Win 10?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickscheller View Post
    After the "upgrade" from Win8.1 to 10 on my ME400C (sister to the T100TA 64GB) and then running a "Disk Cleanup" + "Clean up system files", my 64GB drive resulted in:

    Drive 0 Partition 1: 300MB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 2: 100MB EFI System
    Drive 0 Partition 3: 450MB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 4: 8GB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 5: 49.37GB Primary

    I have a hunch Partition 1 and 4 are the "old original Win 8.1 system install partitions". How do I clear those and regain the space back into my Primary and insure if I ever reset, it resets to Win 10?
    According to Win10 Computer Management, mine is:
    Drive 0 Partition 1: 100MB EFI System
    Drive 0 Partition 2: 700MB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 3: 49.33GB Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary
    Drive 0 Partition 4: 8GB Recovery

    EaseUS Partition Master says something different:
    Drive 0 Partition 1: 1MB Unallocated
    Drive 0 Partition 2: 100MB EFI System
    Drive 0 Partition 3: 700MB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 4: 128MB Other
    Drive 0 Partition 5: 49.37GB Primary
    Drive 0 Partition 6: 8GB Recovery
    Drive 0 Partition 7: 1007KB Unallocated

    MiniTool Partition Wizard is unable to load, "Failed to load disk access driver".

    AEOMI Partition Assistant sees the entire eMMC as Unallocated.

    The only 2 tools that I have had success in repairing the BCD are:
    1. Visual BCD, but it only works if you can get to Windows to repair a dual-boot.
    2. Macrium Reflect bootable USB, has Fix Boot menu item. Works well on a single boot system.

    Actually did an entire T100 disk restore for Reflect image backup, since unable to solve 2 Win10 problems:
    1. Problem with Classic Shell showing the wrong shutdown items. It doesn't agree with the Windows items, unable to add Sleep.
    2. Always have to enter a password when coming out of sleep, but only when in sleep for more than 1 hour. After a couple minutes it comes right back to the desktop. All the settings in Power Options are correct. Win10 keeps deleting one of the power plans, now only Balanced is showing, High Performance is gone. Balanced has the same settings as Hi-Po did, i.e. don't require a password.

    Rick:
    I have had marginal success in deleting or merging partitions with an EFI/GPT drive. The BCD located in Partition #2 uses "markers" to locate the beginning & end of partitions.

    You can manipulate them, then boot to Reflect & Fix Boot. If Windows doesn't boot, restore only the necessary partitions in the proper order. Get this & see how it views the BCD: Visual BCD Editor - Windows 8|7|Vista

    First get Macrium Reflect & backup the whole drive to external media & then Reflect build a boot disk & test it.
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    Recovery partition(s) and Windows 10 - T100Ta 32Gb

    I've just upgraded my T100Ta to Windows 10, and have noticed that I now have several partitions:

    Disk 0:
    100Mb (EFI)
    700Mb (Recovery)
    27.777Gb NTFS (c)
    449Mb (Recovery)

    Disk1
    7.03Gb (Recovery partition)

    Reading older threads, the latter is the original Windows 8 recovery partition on a special internal drive and I can't do anything with it.
    I think the 700Mb recovery partition is from Windows 8.1. I'd like to delete this and use the space to expand the main (C) drive. Is this possible and is so, what is the best (easiest, free) way of doing it?

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