FIX: Accidentally deleted Windows 10 recovery/boot partition

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  • The recovery partition is a special area stored on the hard drives, that offer advantages over disk-based solutions, including a faster recovery process.
  • Sometimes you can accidentally delete your recovery partition or just find that the recovery partition is missing after a system upgrade.
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Fix Accidentally deleted Windows 10 recovery partition

If you’re having problems with your Windows 10 computer and all the fixes that you’ve tried failed to work, then you’ve only got one solution left: use the operating system’s recovery options or recovery partition.

Recovery or restore partitions are dedicated memory sections on your hard drive that you can use to restore your machine to factory settings.

So, if your computer keeps freezing or crashing, you can access the recovery partition to recover your system.

But if you accidentally deleted the recovery partition, you won’t be able to do that. You need to first recover the deleted partition. In this article, we’ll show you exactly how you can do that.

How can I restore a deleted recovery partition in Windows 10?

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2. Repair Boot Configuration Data

bootrec fixmbr command

  1.  Start your PC using the Windows 10 installation media.
  2. Press and hold the Shift + F10 key combination.
  3. Launch Command Prompt.
  4. Enter the bootrec /fixmbr command to repair the Master Boot Record in case it’s corrupted or damaged and hit Enter.
  5. Now, enter the following two command and hit Enter after each one:
    • bootrec /fixboot
    • bootrec /rebuildbcd
  6. Reboot your computer and the deleted partition should now be restored.

Running the BCD (Boot Configuration Data) command in Command Prompt may help you fix this problem. This command allows you to rebuild BCD and repair startup issues.

If you’re getting the Element not found error when running the first command listed above, you need to mark the respective partition as active, otherwise you won’t be able to properly run the other two commands.

In Command Prompt, enter the following commands and hit Enter:

  • diskpart
  • select disk 0
  • list partition
  • select partition #

You should now select System Reserved or the Windows OS partition and mark it as active. To do that, simply enter active in CMD after having selected the partition and hit Enter.


Having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin? Take a closer look at this guide.


3. Reinstall Windows 10

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  1. Go to the Settings page.
  2. Under Update & Security select Recovery.
  3. Choose Reset this PC and click on the Get Started button.

You can also restore deleted recovery/boot partitions by reinstalling the OS. Before using this solution, don’t forget to back up all your files. The quickest way to reinstall Windows 10 is to use the Reset option from the Settings page.


We hope that one of these three solutions helped you restore your recovery partition. If you’ve got additional suggestions on how to fix this issue, you can list them in the comments below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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