Windows 10: Macrium Reflect Free Edition (v6.3.1665) not resizing partitions. Solved

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  1. Posts : 154
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       10 Jan 2017 #1

    Macrium Reflect Free Edition (v6.3.1665) not resizing partitions.


    I'm trying to clone my 250 GB Windows hard drive to a 1TB hard drive, using Macrium Reflect Free Edition (v6.3.1665). However, it is not allowing me to resize the Windows partition to fit the larger drive. It clearly shows 698.63 GB of unallocated space, but "Cloned Partition Properties" lists the "Maximum Size" of each partition as being the same as its "Original Size", and won't let me resize the partition I wish to resize (the main Windows partition), or any of the partitions for that matter, to fill the extra free space.

    Is this a glitch, or just a limitation of the free version?
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  2. Posts : 2,034
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       10 Jan 2017 #2

    Just go ahead and clone as is. Once done, disconnect the 250GB drive. Boot to windows then open Disk Management, right click on C drive->Extend Volume.
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  3. Posts : 154
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       10 Jan 2017 #3

    topgundcp said: View Post
    Just go ahead and clone as is. Once done, disconnect the 250GB drive. Boot to windows then open Disk Management, right click on C drive->Extend Volume.
    Well, I did that, and for the most part the Macrium clone works beautifully. So far, there are no signs of the problems that plagued me after EaseUS and Acronis clones - except for one: I still can't resize the partition to be larger within Disk Management. There is a "Shrink Volume" option available, but the "Extend Volume" option is greyed out.

    Here's a photo demonstrating it:

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  4.    10 Jan 2017 #4

    hbenthow said: View Post
    Well, I did that, and for the most part the Macrium clone works beautifully. So far, there are no signs of the problems that plagued me after EaseUS and Acronis clones - except for one: I still can't resize the partition to be larger within Disk Management. There is a "Shrink Volume" option available, but the "Extend Volume" option is greyed out.

    Here's a photo demonstrating it:

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    Try MiniTool Partition - Disk Management is for mickey-mouse stuff...
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  5. Posts : 1,178
    Windows 10 Home
       10 Jan 2017 #5

    Superfly said: View Post
    Try MiniTool Partition - Disk Management is for mickey-mouse stuff...
    Yep, and the WINRE (500 MB) partition needs to be slid to the right before you can extend C: partition - MiniTool will make that a piece of cake.
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  6. Posts : 154
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       10 Jan 2017 #6

    Word Man said: View Post
    Yep, and the WINRE (500 MB) partition needs to be slid to the right before you can extend C: partition - MiniTool will make that a piece of cake.
    Would it be best to slide it to the right, or simply to delete it? I've read elsewhere that the recovery partition is not necessary on Windows 10 computers. Is this true?
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  7. Posts : 1,178
    Windows 10 Home
       10 Jan 2017 #7

    Not necessary is a matter of debate, opinion, or personal preference, take your pick. If you delete it you will not have the recovery options that it provides if something goes wrong with your C: partition. Admittedly, if you do regular backups (rather than just cloning) with Macrium Reflect, you may consider that paired alongside the WinRE partition to be a belt and suspenders pair.
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  8. Posts : 154
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       10 Jan 2017 #8

    I wound up doing as advised (using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to move the recovery partition to the right, then resize the C partition), and here are the results:

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    Everything seems to be working satisfactorily.
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  9. Posts : 154
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       10 Jan 2017 #9

    By the way, I have one more quick question: the recovery partition seems to have shrunk 1 MB in the process. It was originally 500 MB, now it is 499 MB. Is that something I need to worry about, or should it make no difference?
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       10 Jan 2017 #10

    hbenthow said: View Post
    By the way, I have one more quick question: the recovery partition seems to have shrunk 1 MB in the process. It was originally 500 MB, now it is 499 MB. Is that something I need to worry about, or should it make no difference?
    No need to worry. When using one of those partition managers, it creates a 1MB gap to align the partiton.
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