Change size of HDD recovery partition?

Toshiba / Tecra a6-ez6311
May 29, 2009 at 17:30:51
Specs: Windows XP
I am asking You for Your advice in the case of notebook HDD upgrade. My Toshiba Tecra A6 has FAT32 recovery partition which is size of 7.59GB,of which only 3.21GB is used, on original SATA150 5400 74.53BG disc. I am going to upgrade to SATA300 7200 298GB disc. I was planning to be using EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition.(good choice?)
Q: Just copy the recovery partition on the new HDD or change it's size (during copying or after copying?)? (Is it just image of out of factory state or are the data being changed during PC use? From the explanation from the manufacturer it sounded to me a bit, like it is somehow backing up the whole drive or something. Is that possible?)
Also how big and how many other partitions do you reccomend?
Since now I was thinking , I would create:
one previously mentioned recovery partition,
one smaller system partition
one pagefile partition (4GB , (ntb. RAM has 2GB),maybe also for hibernation file,so 4GB+2GB=6GB,more or less? Or hiberfile on its own partition ?)
and biggest data partition(200gb?). all in NTFS,except the recovery one.

Thank You for Your advice.

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May 29, 2009 at 17:45:11

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May 29, 2009 at 17:52:11
To Jam:
Thank You. I wasn't expecting such fast reply. I will explore that page after getting some sleep. At my place it is about to be 3 AM.

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May 30, 2009 at 08:20:58
Nice page indeed. There is a lot of information. But I DIDN'T find there the ANSWER for my
MAIN QUESTION and couple of side q. !

Should I resize the original recovery partition when moving it to the new disc !?

Is there any use of the currently unused space on it ?

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May 30, 2009 at 09:07:47
"FAT32 recovery partition which is size of 7.59GB,of which only 3.21GB is used"
You would gain 4 gb, on a 300 gb drive. I don't thing it is worth the risk. Can it be done, yes. Should it be done, no.


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May 30, 2009 at 10:03:02
I would guess that the recovery partition size is standard with the vendor. The amount of files on the partition can vary, depending on how the computer is configured. So, rather than adjust the size for each configuration they go with the one size fits all approach.

In addition, I am not sure the numbers you posted reflect the true use of space. A FAT32 partition 4GB in size will use a cluster size of 32kb. The number of clusters in use and free may not correspond to the implied 50% free space.

That said, I agree with larry that it isn't worth bothering with.

As far as partitioning strategies go I don't know if it is possible to separate your pre-installed programs from the OS partition. That would certainly require some registry editing. Therefore, it is probably not worth the effort on a pre-configured machine. On a custom installation I recommend a separate partition for installed programs. You might consider a separate partition for your added in programs as they would not automatically be restored by means of the normal recovery process in place.

Your personal files however, can and IMO, should be stored on a separate partition. As well as be backed up by some means.

I believe the Radified link goes into detail as to why that is preferred so I won't get into that.

Now that most computers come with enough RAM to minimize the need to continuously access a swap file the location of that file becomes less important, IMO.

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