This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows 7 and Vista.
When storage space on your hard drive is an issue, you may consider backing up old or seldom used files to CD/DVDs for remote storage, or add an external storage device to the home network. However, if it is critical to reclaim some of the storage space on the hard disk drive, you can remove the HP Recovery Manager and the special recovery partition on the hard drive. HP provided the Recovery Manager on the partition for your convenience, and does not recommend removing it.
If you change the operating system, you may also have questions about uninstalling the Recovery Manager.
- If you want to maintain the partition as a separate logical (D:) drive, see Uninstall Recovery Manager .
- If you want to remove the partition to increase the space on the primary (C:) drive, see Remove Recovery Partition .
- If you changed the operating system before uninstall the Recovery Manager, use the Windows Computer Management function to reclaim the hard drive space.
NOTE:Before making any changes to the recovery program or the partition - or before changing the operating system (OS) - HP recommends that you use the Recovery Manager on the partition to create a personal set of recovery discs. In the event of a failure or software corruption, you can use the recovery discs to return the PC to the original operating condition.
Does updating or installing an OS delete the recovery partition?
When installing a new operating system, you can decide where to install the OS. The default option, which is considered to be an update, is to install the OS on the C: drive and not change the D: drive partition. However, you can select an option to delete or create partitions. This allows you to delete the D: (HP Recovery) partition and then re-format all the space as a single C: drive.
If you have already changed the OS but did not delete the recovery partition, the Recovery Manager on the recovery partition will not work. If you did an HP supported upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, HP provides a software patch to launch the Recovery Manager and recover the computer to its original Vista operating system. Look for the Recovery Manager Patch on the HP Download drivers and software web page for your model.
If a recovery manager software patch is not available for your model, see the section on Using Windows Computer Management to remove a partition .
Uninstall Recovery Manager
If the computer still has the original OS, you can uninstall the Recovery Manager program and maintain the recovery partition as a separate logical (D:) drive, by doing the following steps. HP recommends that you create a personal set of recovery disc before uninstalling the Recovery Manager.
- Click Start , and then select Control Panel .
- Select Uninstall a Program .
- When a list of installed programs displays, select the HP Backup and Recovery Manager .
- Click Remove .
- Follow the wizard to complete the removal of the HP Backup and Recovery Manager.
The Recovery Manager is removed and the space on the partition is available for use.
Remove recovery partition
If you plan on changing the operating system, you can remove the recovery partition, which deletes the HP Recovery Manager, to increase the space on the primary (C:) drive by following the steps below.
- Click Start , enter Recovery in the search field, and click Recovery Manager when it appears in the program list to open the Recovery Manager window.
- Click Advanced options .
- Select the Remove recovery partition option and click Next .
- When prompted to verify that you want to delete the partition, select the Yes option, and click Next .
- Allow the removal process to continue and restart the PC.
The recovery partition and all file on the partition will be deleted.
Use Windows Computer Management to remove a partition
With Windows 7 and Vista, you can use the Windows Computer Management function to delete the recovery partition. All the space on the hard drive is then available as the C: drive.
- Click Start , right-click Computer , and then select the Manage option.
- In the left panel of the Computer Management window, double-click Storage to expand the options.click Disk Management to display a list of partitions, also called Volumes .
- Right-click the Recovery partition (D:) , and select the Delete Volume option.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to delete the partition, and the allow the computer to restart.
CAUTION:Because removing a partition destroy files, not all users can perform this action. See the Microsoft support web site for information on creating and deleting partitions.