I have an new Asus K52F notebook that's pre installed with Windows 7 x64 HP. I have no dvd as such and will have to rely on the recovery partition to solve any problems that may ... OK, will occur. Now , my question is .... Is it possible to break into the protected recovery partition , remove all the bloat that comes with a new notebook and add my own applications to it ? So if and when i recover , all my stuff is good to go. As you can see i have around 30 gig on my C drive ( see screen capture) Plan B, If i trim down my current install to under 30 gig , would adding an image to a 32 gig flash drive be a suitable way of recovering my drive image for later use. (I used to mess about with themes and .dlls a fair bit and will most likely start my shenanigans again once I'm bored ) Seems a very tight fit on a flash drive to me , are you meant to have a certain amount of free space on a recovery flash drive , or can i fill it to the brim ? Sure i can buy a 64 gig flash , but it seems like over kill to me not to mention added expense. I do have an old external drive and will be buying a shiny new one next week , but id prefer to have an image on a flash that i can keep handy and use when needed, if that makes any sense at all ? Any ideas or suggestions would be most welcome. Many thanks.