Partition scheme is in a mess

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  1. Posts : 34,900
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #11

    I don't see why this was so hard. As far as I can see you just needed to use a partition manager.

    - delete the first unused Recovery partion and extend C: into that space.
    - the Recovery partition in use was already the last on disk.

    I think you've done a great deal more work than you needed to have done.

    Anyway, so long as you're happy with what you've got...
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  2. Posts : 111
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #12

    Dalchina, that is precisely what i did. But I still had no working recovery environment after I did it and I tried every reagentc command I could find to get one but it would never enable. I even went so far as using SFC (which found and corrected some errors) and Dism /restorehealth. At that point I had spent so much time already I figured what the hell. At least I learned a lot about partitioning and now have DISKPART burned into my brain so guess some good came out of it.
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  3. Posts : 34,900
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #13

    Here's a trick you might find useful sometime:
    Image just C:
    Clean install Windows
    Restore the image of C: in place of the windows partition
    Restart- either automated repair or Macrium's Fix boot gets that up and running.

    There is another command you might have needed to assign the correct recovery partition.
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  4. Posts : 7,456
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #14

    lgentry said:
    I still had no working recovery environment after I did it and I tried every reagentc command I could find to get one but it would never enable.
    Have you tried the following method, by which I managed to enable WinRE via WinPE?

    How to recreate the Windows recovery partition.

    lgentry said:
    Have a good system back up every step of the way.
    I have never created a backup image, which I never need.
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  5. Posts : 111
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #15

    dalchina said:
    Here's a trick you might find useful sometime:
    Image just C:
    Clean install Windows
    Restore the image of C: in place of the windows partition
    Restart- either automated repair or Macrium's Fix boot gets that up and running.

    There is another command you might have needed to assign the correct recovery partition.
    Dalchina, I came up with that exact idea. When I recovered just my C: partition with Macrium after a clean install, I expected it not to boot and of course it didn't. I ran the 'fix boot' from within Macrium recovery and it still blue screened. I then tried the bootrec commands and it still blue screened. Since the Macrium 'fix boot' did not work for me, I thought the backup image I was working with was flaky in some way. However, I then used that same image, deleted all partitions on the disk, and dragged the partitions in the correct order to the disk (minus the recovery partition which was not working)to get Windows up and running again. This left 574 mb free at the end of the disk. When I did the inplace upgrade, that's where it put the recovery partition.
    It was a complete mess but a great learning experience for me. Though I was extremely frustrated at the time, all's well that ends well.
    Afterward, after I had time to think about it, I think the key to getting the Macrium 'fix boot' to work is to delete whatever partition you are trying to recover from the target disk first and then drag whatever partition you are trying to recover into the unallocated space RATHER THAN just dragging one partition over the other even though they are the same size.
    I want to sincerely thank Dalchina and Matthew Wai for all their valuable help with this. This forum and you gurus have always been invaluable to me.
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  6. Posts : 15,985
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #16

    Hello @lgentry,

    Just to add to the excellent advice given above this might help if you have problems . . .

    > Use Macrium Reflect Rescue Media to Fix Windows Boot Issues

    I hope this helps.
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  7. Posts : 7,456
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #17

    I advise the OP to partition the disk before (rather than after) installing Windows next time.
    DiskPart, a built-in tool, can do the job.
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  8. Posts : 15,985
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #18

    Hello @lgentry,

    You might find this an interesting read . . .

    > Everything About DiskPart Commands in Windows 10

    I hope this helps.
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