What partitions can be safely deleted on XPS 9550?

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  1. Yaogen

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    Hi,
    This seems odd .. but as you have a different configuration than me, that could be the reason.

    My configuration is same as yours with these exceptions (and I have no docks):
    • RAM: 16GB
    • Storage: 512GB Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7

    Perhaps that could be reason enough to give you these oddities?

    Also, before installation I switched to
    • Safe boot OFF
    • AHCI mode ON

    Those could affect this too, I presume.
     
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    Well, I'm going to have another stab at doing a clean install but this time I shall load diskpart via command prompt at the Win 10 installation screen and delete all partitions then format it before proceeding.
     
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    Okay so successfully deleted all partitions and re-installed custom Win 10 .ISO and in doing so freed up 15GB over my previous (original) attempt (902GB free of 953GB). Was worth doing as only took a matter of minutes.
     
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    Great!
    What do you think was the issue in the past attempts?
     
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    One of the two partitions that I was unable to delete during my first attempt was the recovery partition which was 12.4GB, the other was a much smaller one 628MB which doesn't exactly total 15GB but it's not far off.
     
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    OK, did you change anything since the previous attempt that you think would have allowed you to delete these two partitions this time?

    (Just asking to allow future readers to figure out the solution if they experience similar issues)
     
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