HP Laptop drive partition issue.....

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Hi there

just bought a HP laptop with 100gb HDD. only problem is that the drive
is partitioned and 7.5gb is "HP_RECOVERY" and any time i double click
on the drive it says

Recovery Partition

This area of your hard disk
(or partition) contains files used
for your system recovery.

Do not delete or alter these files.

Any change to this partition could
prevent any recovery later.

is there anyway to free up the space on this drive or must it stay as
it is?
thanks in advance for any help

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