Posted 19 December 2012 - 17:39
I agree with ashpowell. I ALWAYS remove the OEM recovery partition when I format a computer. So long as you have an installation disc available that you can use to reinstall your OS if necessary, its redundant at best. I never even bother creating the recovery discs as you did, but I suppose that it doesn't hurt to have a backup.
If the partition is at the beginning of your hard disk, like most OEM recovery partitions I've seen, its probably a bad idea to boot into GParted (or another partitioning program) to remove it and expand your primary partition at this point unless you are prepared to reinstall Windows again. Windows will often place the bootloader on the first usable partition on the disk, which is usually the recovery partition when it exists. If you delete the partition, the bootsector won't be able to find the bootloader, which then, obviously, can't boot Windows. Even if the bootloader is on your primary Windows partition, you will still prevent the bootsector from finding the bootloader if you expand the primary partition into the free space at the beginning of the disk created by deleting the recovery partition. It is possible to reinstall the bootsector/bootloader using your Windows installation disc after such an operation, but its tricky (and, honestly, probably beyond your skill level at the moment).