One thing I noticed when I using Zorin OS 12, Feren OS, and Makulu Lindoze, is I don't recall any hidden recovery partitions, unless a user created one themselves, they weren't there.
When I got my new computer, I noticed Windows had many hidden partitions. What I didn't expect however, is after installing POP OS, that it too would come with several partitions, one of which is most certainly for recovery.
This is why in the OS under system settings, in the update section, there is a specific option for updating the recovery partition. Oh which reminds me, its been awhile since I have updated that, let me go issue an update to it now.
But I agree with you Bourne, Windows doesn't give you choice, it takes choice away, and makes the choices for you, cause as we all know, MS knows best, cough, yeah right, cough, make me wanna puke lol.
Linux gives you choices, and you make the choice, not it!