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Hello everyone. Around 8 months ago i got an Asus Vivotab Note 8, a windows tablet. A week ago, i had some screen problems so i returned it to the store where they replaced the motherboard. So i got my tablet back reset to Windows 8.1, just like i bought it. The problem is that now there's a recovery partition (10GB) whereas the first time it was a recovery MicroSD (8GB). This leaves me with less than 8GB of storage space.
I cannot delete the partition, and other users say that trying to force-delete it will brick the tablet. So, i searched and 2 days ago I found that i can actually back up that recovery partition to a bootable device and then be able to delete it. Realizing that it won't let me use a SD card for this i ordered a USB-OTG cable to connect my USB drive.
So today i got the cable, and to my surprise i cannot use the windows backup tool (which worked two days ago but wouldn't find any bootable devices), I cannot use system restore, and i cannot use the factory reset-like tool windows has because it says i don't have the files needed (meaning that it can't detect the recovery partition).
I cannot update to Windows 10 (don't judge me for this, it runs a lot smoother than 8.1 on that tablet) because of the low internal storage space (installer asks for 10.5GB and after downloading updates i'm left with like 3GB). Then, my tablet has this weird bug i discovered the first time I updated to Windows 10; It will get stuck at 22% (every time) of the update process if there's an SD card or a flash drive connected. So, no way to expand my storage to update.
I'm left with no options here.
All i want to do is free up those 10GB and then update to windows 10, but now i can do nothing with that partition. Any thoughts on how to get rid of it or why it won't backup now? (2 days ago it would have if i had the OTG, all i did was install updates and a few daily store apps)
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Originally Posted by tasospaok123 View Post

I cannot delete the partition, and other users say that trying to force-delete it will brick the tablet.
I doubt that is right. Can you link to where you saw that?

Also, run disk part and list disk and post a shot of that.
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I doubt that is right. Can you link to where you saw that?

Also, run disk part and list disk and post a shot of that.



This is diskpart. I found a lot of guides stating that i should use the "delete partition override" command, but that just gives me an error message.
I ultimately found out that using a USB-OTG cable along with a USB flash drive and moving the Windows 10 installation files there (Windows update gives me that option) does the trick. Unfortunately, the update takes so long, about 5 hours, which is the battery life of the tablet tongue.gif . So the battery just died on me at almost 45-50% of the update. I ordered a micro usb hub which gives me 3 usb ports and a charging port, so i can have the usb drive plugged in alongside the power cable. That should probably work. I'm expecting it within 3 days. Maybe there'll be an option to delete the partition in Windows 10, or else i will probably make peace with just 8GB of storage.
I can't recall in which forum i saw the bricking reports, but i think it was a subforum specifically for the Note 8. Users reported that the tablet was unable to boot, and some of them didn't backup the partition prior to deleting it. So being unable to restore, having no recovery media, was probably what they meant by "bricking". Also, doing a clean install on a tablet is a pain, because I read that at first boot, you don't even have touchscreen,wifi or usb drivers.
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What error message does it give when you do:
-select partition 4
-delete partition override

Also, post the output of these commands:
-select disk 0
-attributes volume
Edited by starliner - 6/21/16 at 9:59pm
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What error message does it give when you do:
-select partition 4
-delete partition override

"Virtual Disk Service error:
Delete is not allowed on the current, boot, system, pagefile, crashdump or hibernation volume."

Also, post the output of these commands:
-select disk 0
-attributes volume

"Virtual Disk Service error:
The object is not found"

On the attributes volume command, i select the disk, then the hidden recovery volume. I don't know if that's the usage for the command.
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So, after deleting almost everything on the tablet, i managed to upgrade it to Windows 10 without the need of any external media. To my surprise, running disk cleaner on windows 10 (in order to delete windows update files and windows.old), deleted that recovery partition. That took a lot of effort but it was worth it.
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