Microsoft Surface: Delete Recovery Partition via 2 Methods

Use a Microsoft Surface device and want to delete recovery partition? You can easily learn how to delete recovery partition for your Surface Pro 3/4 in this article.


By Lucas / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Microsoft Surface Recovery Partition

Microsoft Surface is developed by Microsoft, which is a series of Tablet that built-in Windows operating system (typically Windows 10, 8.1, 8) and touch screen service. In view of its flexibility and convenience, Microsoft Surface products spread all over the world. These famous products include Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro, Surface 3, etc.

Microsoft Surface comes with the Windows Recovery information that allows you to refresh Surface or reset it to the factory settings, which is stored in a dedicated recovery partition on your Surface Pro, Pro 3/4, etc. But the recovery partition occupies huge chunks of space around several Gigabytes. In most cases, Microsoft Surface allocates a 128GB, 256GB storage device that may run out of the space quickly. To solve this problem, you may want to upgrade Microsoft surface hard drive or delete Recovery partition on your Microsoft Surface to free up space.

How to delete the Recovery partition on Microsoft Surface?

The recovery partition on your Surface can be deleted if you wish. You can copy or move Surface recovery partition to your USB drive, then delete the recovery partition. This can help free up disk space for your Surface.There are two ways to help delete recovery partition on Microsoft Surface: one is using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard while another is employing the Surface built-in tool.

1. Delete recovery partition with freeware

Before trying to delete the recovery partition, you can move data to another new hard drive for a complete backup. Then follow the steps:

Step 1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

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Step 2: On the main interface, right click the Microsoft Surface Pro 3/4 recovery partition and select "Delete Partition" at the drop down menu.

Delete Recovery Partition

Step 3: Select "Delete partition quickly (Recommended)" or "Delete Partition and prevent data recovery, it will take more time". Then click "OK" to make it as an unallocated space.

Deletion Methods

Step 3: Click "Apply" at the toolbar fro Microsoft Surface Pro 3/4 delete recovery partition.


After this, we have already delete recovery partition for Microsoft Surface Pro 3/4 successfully.

2. Delete recovery partition with Surface Built-in Tool

Step 1. Enter "Recovery" in Windows search box, then select "Create a recovery drive" at the list.

Step 2. Select "Yes" at the "User Account Control" dialog box.

Step 3. Check "Back up system files to the recovery drive" and click "Next".

Step 4. Click "Create". The recovery information and recovery tool will be copied to this USB drive.

Step 5. Select "Delete the recovery partition" to free up space, then choose "Delete".

Step 6. After deleting, select "Finish".

Restore Microsoft Surface Recovery Partition  When necessary

Once you deleted the recovery partition on your Surface Pro 3/4 via the "Delete partition quickly" method, you can restore it as long as the unallocated space is not formatted after deletion via the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. The detailed steps listed below.

Step 1: Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro, on the main window, select  “Recover” on in the top toolbar, and choose “Partition Recovery”.

Partition Recovery Wizard

Step 2: Select the disk where the recovery partition is on, click "Next".

Select Disk

Step 3: Choose "Fast Search", and press "Next". You can also select "Full Search" and the time will be much longer.

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Step 4: Tick the recovery partition and click "Proceed" to restore recovery partition for Microsoft Surface Pro 3/4.



Here, we introduce two different methods to delete recovery partition on Microsoft Surface. Choose one based on your requirments now. You can also use the AOMEI Partition Assistant  to create partition on this unallocated space, or merge it into the C drive to increase system drive space. Besides, the software provides other main features like migrate OS to SSD drive, NTFS to FAT32 converter, clone hard drive and more.

Lucas · Staff Editor
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