By Cherry / Last update July 30, 2021

What is recovery partition?

A recovery partition is a part of your hard drive existing with no drive letter. There are 2 different types:

The first type is designed by the manufacturer for restoring the computer to factory settings, Like HP, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, etc. You can use the recovery partition to restore to the factory settings by pressing a special key. 

The second type is created by Windows when reinstalling OS. It's different from the recovery partition created by manufacturers. In general, the recovery partition created by Windows is much smaller than manufacturers'.

Why transfer recovery partition to new hard drive?

The recovery partition is important for restoring computer to the original state. But recovery partition will occupy a certain space on your hard drive especially the recovery partition created by the manufacturer. 

When the recovery partition occupied a lot of space, for example, if the recovery partition occupied 20 GB on your hard drive, you may want to delete recovery partition to free up more local disk space. 

Before deleting it, you’d better transfer recovery partition to USB flash drive, external hard drive, SSD or HDD. In this case, you can always copy the recovery partition back to the source disk to perform a restore when the computer goes wrong.

How to clone recovery partition to new hard drive easily?

Because recovery partition has no drive letter, it is invisible in Windows Explorer. Thus, you cannot use the Windows built-in tool to transfer recovery partition to new hard drive. Fortunately, you can use third-party software to do it.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a remarkable tool that can help you transfer recovery partition to new hard drive free in a few simple steps. It has a utility “Partition Clone”, which supports you move recovery partition to SSD/HDD, or other external hard drive/USB flash drive in Windows 10/8/7. Download it now and follow the steps below to get the detailed steps.

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Step by step guide to move recovery partition to another drive

Step 1. Connect your new hard drive to your computer, make sure it can be detected. Install and launch it AOMEI Backupper. To clone recovery partition to new hard drive, click Clone->Partition Clone.

Partition Clone

Step 2. Select the recovery partition as the source partition.

Source Partition

Step 3. Then, select the new hard drive you prepared before as the destination place.

Destination Partition

Step 4. Here you need to confirm all the information. If there is no problem, click Start Clone to launch the whole progress. If you are cloning recovery partition to SSD, you can check the box in front of “SSD Alignment” before clicking Start Clone to optimize the performance of the SSD.

Start Clone

Except for transferring recovery partition to new hard drive, you are still able to copy Windows system image to new hard drive, transfer disk image  to new hard drive, clone SSD to larger SSD, clone hard drive to SanDisk SSD, clone Windows 10 to NVMe, etc.


With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can easily transfer HP/Dell/Toshiba/Lenovo recovery partition to new hard drive. It also supports many other brands with Windows 7/8/10. You can also use it to create a boot rescue media so that you can restore recovery partition to the computer even without operating system. 

However, AOMEI Backupper Standard may not satisfy you with all situations, if you need advanced features, you can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional edition to work for your Windows 7/8/10 more flexible.