upgraded to SSDs, now Recovery is a second OS
Posted on 2013-11-30
I just upgraded a Dell T7500 workstation from conventional Western Digital HDDs to Intel 530 series SSDs using Paragon's Migrate OS tool to, well, migrate the OS. It mostly went smoothly. There is one undesired dual-boot situation I'd like to see if we can remove.
One of the original HDDs contained both the Recovery and OS (C:) partitions. Paragon's software migrated both of these to one of the SSDs.
The workstation was originally Windows Vista 64-bit; I upgraded it to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. So the Recovery partition is Vista.
Before the upgrade this was not an issue. The recovery partition was not considered an OS so Windows never showed the screen to choose an OS during boot.
Now the Recovery partition seems to be considered a separate OS so Windows shows the 'pick one' screen. I've minimized the disruption by making Win 7 the default and setting the time the selection screen is shown to zero seconds. But it still flashes onscreen during the boot.
The Recovery partition is the active partition on the drive. It also seems to be the only partition that has what I'll call the boot loader, although that may not be the correct term. I tried making the OS partition active, which temporarily made the PC unbootable. I had to revert to the old Western Digital drive to reboot and revert to the Recovery partition again being the active partition.
So the current state is that the workstation is super responsive due to SSDs (great!) but the OS selection screen flashes briefly during the boot process (annoyance).
Is there any way to resolve this? Can we "undeclare" Recovery as an OS? Or make the C: partition able to provide what I'm calling the boot loader function so I can delete the Recovery partition? Or some other solution?