Partition Mess


  1. Posts : 5
    Win 10
       #1

    Partition Mess


    Hello all,

    So the other night I decided to do a clone of my laptop's hd as a back up using Macrium Reflect. However, it indicated that it couldn't do an MBR clone because it's limited to 3 partitions and my Source drive had 9!

    Stunned I rebooted out of Kyhi's recovery usb and looked at Window's disk management tool. And sure enough I have this mess of partitions on my C: drive.

    Partition Mess-partition-mess.png

    FYI, this laptop (Dell Inspiron 5558) was originally upgraded from Win 8.1 to Win 10 via the free update option.

    So, ultimately I'd like to get this partition mess under control so I can easily do backups; what is the best way to get this cleaned up?

    Thanks!
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 4,965
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       #2

    You can delete the last 4 they are all OEM ones thats assuming you never need to redo the pc to its original state. You can then grow c to fill the extra space. You dont need the 3rd one but its a bit of a pain to remove and then have to move c so I would leave that
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  3. Posts : 5
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Samuria said:
    You can delete the last 4 they are all OEM ones thats assuming you never need to redo the pc to its original state. You can then grow c to fill the extra space. You dont need the 3rd one but its a bit of a pain to remove and then have to move c so I would leave that
    The last 4 don't give me the option to delete, when they are clicked on (or right-clicked) the only option is "help"
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (2004) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    Gobae said:
    So the other night I decided to do a clone of my laptop's hd as a back up using Macrium Reflect. However, it indicated that it couldn't do an MBR clone because it's limited to 3 partitions and my Source drive had 9!
    MBR is limited to 4 partitions, but the main reason you can't do an MBR clone of this drive is begcause it isn't an MBR drive, it is GPT.
    Gobae said:
    The last 4 don't give me the option to delete, when they are clicked on (or right-clicked) the only option is "help"
    No, Disk management won't let you do anything (delete or assign a letter) if a partition is marked as an OEM partition. You'll need to use Diskpart if you want to delete them.
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  5. Kyhi's Avatar
    Posts : 3,108
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #5

    Also note that the - WinReTools and PBR Image - partitions contain the original Dell Factory Windows Recovery Images ..
    Although no longer used or accessed - due to windows 10 upgrade - they are worth Saving - or at least the files and folder inside..
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  6. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 5,278
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #6

    I addition to the good advice above, Minitool Partition Wizard is a useful tool to peruse and manage partitions.
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  7. Posts : 5
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Bree said:
    No, Disk management won't let you do anything (delete or assign a letter) if a partition is marked as an OEM partition. You'll need to use Diskpart if you want to delete them.
    Perfect! I used diskpart and the "override" parameter to successfully delete all those extra partitions. And the backup/imaging process worked without a problem!

    TY!
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