Question about recovery drive D: My new desk top did not come with a recovery drive D: It instead had just a data drive D: is that normal?

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  • Lv 7
    4 months ago

    storing data on a second partition like that is pointless and dumb. if the drive dies, BOTH partitions go, not just one.

    but a "2nd drive" makes the consumer THINK they got a good deal.

    just delete the partition in diskpart.msc and resize C: to fill the space. if you want a backup drive, go buy one.

  • 4 months ago

    most recovery drives are HIdden and do not show in My_computer. typically you either press a key sequence at system start or you have to switch an option in the BIOS settings, and then use a key sequence at system start. It is a BIOS feature that allows starting of a hidden partition. There is often an option to start the partition from the Control panel or a special utility provided by the pc maker. When you see a Data Drive as drive D: it usually means you have a dual drive system eg a Superfast SSD(which is relatively small ie 120gb) and a Hard drive not used for the OS, where you are supposed to install your games/music/videos etc. keeping the OS SSD drive slim and tidy.

  • 4 months ago

    The recovery drive is more than likely hidden or does not have a drive letter. This is to prevent access to the drive by accident or by malicious software. If you look in disk management (right click on computer, select manage, select disk management) you'll see on the drive that it has multiple partitions. The ones your can access will have drive letters and the ones you shouldn't don't. If you add drive letters, your system will fail to boot the next time you start your computer up.

  • David
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    In addition to what the others say it is always wise to make your own recovery flash drive and store it safely in case you get to the occasional situation where windows won't boot

    Type recovery in the start search box and follow the prompts. You will need a blank 16GB flash drive and choose the option to copy over the system files

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    It would be abnormal for a computer to come with a recovery drive. Drives can be changed to whatever letter you want them to be.

  • VP
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Well, this works much better when you tell us the make & model of your system. That way people don't have to guess at what's going on.

    However, in general, newer systems create a hidden disk volume (without a letter assigned to it) so that users can't mess with it (without knowing what they're doing).

    Try mapping out your disks using the 'Disk Management' app (type 'disk mana' into your search window) and see what names appear for each volume. You just might find what you're looking for.

  • Pete L
    Lv 5
    4 months ago

    Most, but not all computers, run Windows and those that run Linux instead don't need a recovery partition (or what you call D:)

  • 4 months ago

    Some hard disks from makers of computers have a recovery partition that is not viewed by the operating system. It is hidden until the recovery software program calls for it.

    You might find that hidden partition in the hard disk by a couple methods:

    Look at the whole hard disk and compare the viewed partitions total sizes added together with the volume size (200GB + 200GB viewed on a 500 GB hard disk).

    Computer management, disk management, and that will show the partitions on a hardware disk. One might be not enabled under Windows.

  • Bill
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Yes, the recovery drive could have a different letter, or your computer might have software to make a recovery DVD or flash drive.

    • Lizzy Borden4 months agoReport

      I did a recovery flash drive. Is that enough if I have to reset to factory settings?

  • 4 months ago

    yeah thats pretty normal. some have a recovery drive and some dont.

    i wouldnt worry too much about it just make sure your schit is backed up on an external hard drive.

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