Whilst it may even to this day continue to divide opinions, Windows 8 is here to say and there’s many great choices of hardware out there, whether running Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 RT. Windows 8 also began the biggest transition, if that’s the right word, ever in Windows, from the traditional desktop and laptop PC, to fitting in with the ever growing world of tablets out there, except with Windows 8 you get both. Sure there’s a learning curve, but once you get around it it’s actually pretty darn good.
One thing no one can deny is that Windows 8 has inspired some great hardware, whether from devices like Microsoft’s very own Surface to competing similar devices, to a new range of 8 inch tablets out now from Acer, Lenova, Dell to Toshiba. All these devices have two things in common, they’re incredibly reasonably priced for a high quality experience, and they tend to contain pretty low SSD/eMMC storage space, which obviously on full Windows can be a problem. Thankfully there’s a way to fill a pretty decent chunk of your storage and its pretty simple to do, and that’s removing your recovery partition.
1. USB Drive / microSD Card
- WINDOWS RT = You will require an external either USB Drive, microSD card at 4GB or more (4GB does work) Keep in mind this drive can’t be used for anything other than this recovery
- WINDOWS 8.1 PRO = You will require an external either USB Drive, microSD card at 8GB or more (8GB does work) Keep in mind this drive can’t be used for anything other than this recovery and is assigned to the system only.
2. Go to Control Panel > Recovery
From Charms: Swipe in from the right of the device to bring up the charms and search ‘Recovery’, select Settings when searching.
Alternate Charms: Head to the ‘Desktop’, swipe in from the right and select Control Panel. Search Control Panel (you may need to bring up keyboard) and Search Recovery and click it.
Start: Head to the ‘Desktop’ and tap and hold on the Start menu, select Control Panel. Search Control Panel (you may need to bring up keyboard) and Search Recovery and click it.
3. Create a Backup Drive
You will get a prompt like this, click Next. Then you’ll be asked to select the following drives to copy the partition to
4. Storage Warning
ANY device you use to make a recovery device will be completely formatted so decide carefully. You also can only use the Recovery with the exact system you did this on, no others even if its the same model. Confirm you’re fine with this by clicking ‘Create’.
5. Creating the Recovery Drive
Creating the drive should take no longer than half an hour on Windows RT or an hour on Windows 8.1.
6. Delete partition?
Once finished this is the good bit, you can optionally delete the recovery partition from the HD on your device, this will free up approximately 3.8GB on Windows RT or 7.6GB on Windows 8 Pro.
ONLY DELETE IF YOU INTEND ON ALWAYS HAVING THE DRIVE AVAILABLE, YOU CAN CREATE AS MANY RECOVERY DRIVES AS YOU WANT