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  1. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 80
    Win 10 Pro 64bit - Build
       2 Weeks Ago #1

    My Disk management - Sure doesn't look right to me ??


    Per the attached ..my main SSD Windows drive doesn't look right...pretty sure there shouldn't be all these 'partitions' If not...how do I proceed to set this drive up properly - IE -remove unnecessary partitions/sections as are shown in jpg attached ?

    Thanks....TiminAz
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,218
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       2 Weeks Ago #2

    Hi, it is not unusual to have more than one recovery partition- in your case all these will have been (presumably!) created by different Windows installations or an in-place upgrade repair or an upgrade.

    E.g. 2nd section here:
    Recovery Partition After Upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8

    Only 1 is valid. One way to find out which one would be to hide one, then try a shift click restart and see if you have advanced recovery options available. If you have hidden the partition that is current and those options are not available, that is the partition in use, and the others can be deleted using a partition manager.

    Unhide it and check again to see that you have advanced recovery options available again.

    As an aside, if there's not enough unallocated space on your system disk, these partitions can end up being created on another disk. Not really desirable.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,371
    Windows 10 Pro
       2 Weeks Ago #3

    There is an easier way to tell which recovery partition is your active recovery partition. Right click the start icon and select Command Prompt (Admin). In the elevated command prompt window run:

    reagentc /info

    You'll get something like this:
    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.14393]
    (c) 2016 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /info
    Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
    Information:
    
        Windows RE status:         Enabled
        Windows RE location:       \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
        Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: fcaab80d-8717-11e6-843d-aa73efa5da58
        Recovery image location:
        Recovery image index:      0
        Custom image location:
        Custom image index:        0
    
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
    From my result, partition 1 is the active recovery partition. Keep in mind though...there is a hidden partition that does not show up in disk management. So, if the result of the above command says your recovery partition is Partition 5, I would install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free and see what the real 5th partition is.

    MiniTool Partition Wizard Free:
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    Built-in Windows disk management:
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    See the difference? If reagentc /info says your recovery partition (Windows RE) is partition 5 - make sure and use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free and see which partition really is the 5th one.
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4

    Each time Windows 10 is upgraded to a new build a new recovery partition is created. These partitions are added to the end of the disk.
    Manufacturers also create OEM recovery partitions which are almost always at the beginning of the disk. In your case looks like your PC has gone through one new build upgrade, I'm guessing a Windows 10 Anniversary 1607 update.

    For a good rundown on these extra partitions look here: Can I delete the recovery partition? - Windows 10 Forums
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  5. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 80
    Win 10 Pro 64bit - Build
       2 Weeks Ago #5

    Thanks Railtech and NavyLCDR......turns out reagentc /info says my recovery partition (Windows RE) is partition 5...have used MiniTool for years and will run MTPW and see what comes up ?

    TiminAz
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  6. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 80
    Win 10 Pro 64bit - Build
       1 Week Ago #6

    OK..think I have it right now...please check my jpg attached...I am assuming partition 5 is the 5th one down from the top (or left) ? Can I also delete the other two ?? partitions..leaving three partitions on the final disk ?

    TiminAz
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,371
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #7

    If it were I, I would delete the Recovery partition at the very front of the drive. Copy the 5th partition (the first recovery partition at the end of the drive) to the newly unallocated space at the beginning of the drive. Reassign the WindowsRE pointer with reagentc.exe to the first partition, then delete the two recovery partitions at the end of the drive and expand C: partition to the end.
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  8. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 80
    Win 10 Pro 64bit - Build
       1 Week Ago #8

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    If it were I, I would delete the Recovery partition at the very front of the drive. Copy the 5th partition (the first recovery partition at the end of the drive) to the newly unallocated space at the beginning of the drive. Reassign the WindowsRE pointer with reagentc.exe to the first partition, then delete the two recovery partitions at the end of the drive and expand C: partition to the end.
    OK thanks so much...looked at the reagentc.exe /commands but not sure what to use to set the copied to partition one as the new recovery partition location.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,371
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #9

    trinaz said: View Post
    OK thanks so much...looked at the reagentc.exe /commands but not sure what to use to set the copied to partition one as the new recovery partition location.
    reagentc /setreimage /path \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE

    Code:
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /setreimage /?
    Sets the location of the custom Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) image.
    
    REAGENTC.EXE /setreimage /path <dir_name> [/target <dir_name>] [/logpath <file_path>]
    
      /path <dir_name>      - Specifies the directory that contains the custom
                              Windows RE image (winre.wim).
      /target <dir_name>    - Specifies the Windows installation. If this argument
                              is not specified, the running operating system is
                              used.
      /logpath <file_path>  - Specifies the path of log file. If this argument is
                              not specified, the default path is Windows\Logs\
                              Reagent\Reagent.log.
    
      Example:
        REAGENTC.EXE /setreimage /path r:\Recovery\WindowsRE /logpath C:\Temp\Reagent.log
        REAGENTC.EXE /setreimage /path r:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target C:\Windows
    
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
    
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /info
    Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
    Information:
    
        Windows RE status:         Enabled
        Windows RE location:       \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
        Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: fcaab811-8717-11e6-843d-aa73efa5da58
        Recovery image location:   \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk1\partition3\Sources
        Recovery image index:      1
        Custom image location:
        Custom image index:        0
    
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
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  10. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 43
    Windows 10
       1 Week Ago #10

    And be certain to capture a disk image before attempting anything
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