Windows 10: Extend Partition size on Lenovo S206 running Win 10 to create backup

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  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 home
       16 Jul 2016 #1

    Extend Partition size on Lenovo S206 running Win 10 to create backup


    Hi all,

    I'm trying to set up a laptop for my girlfriend. It's a Lenovo S206. The laptop has a nice little 'one touch' button that lets you automatically restore the laptop to any previous point with a clean re-install. Worked great as win 8 but now it's updated to Win 10 I want to create a new point while it's 'clean' as she's going overseas, just so she can sort it herself if it all goes wrong!

    Only problem is, pressing one-touch button and asking it to create the backup, it says it needs 39.9gb of space, and only 25gb is available.

    Looking at the Disk Management, currently the hard drive is as follows:

    || 1000MB healthy (recovery partition) || 260mb Healthy (EFI System Partition || 1000mb healthy (OEM Partition) || 250.31GB NTFS Healthy ( Windows8_OS (C Boot, Page File, Crash Dump) || 462MB Healthy (Recovery Partition) || 25GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition LENOVO (D ) || 20GB Healthy (Recovery Partition) ||

    Free spaces are 1000mb, 260mb, 1000mb, 202.92GB, 462mb, 23.83GB, 20GB

    First thing - why so many little drives, with no used data?
    Second thing - I assumed that D: (LENOVO) was the drive that the one-touch used - I seem to remember when I clean restored to factory (Win 8) the address was in D: - is that correct? it only seems to have a few mb on it
    Thirdly - should I just be extending that drive to make it big enough, if so how? I tried shrinking C but you can't then extend D (it's not 'next' to it)

    Any help much appreciated!!!
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  2. Posts : 11,533
    Windows 10 Pro
       16 Jul 2016 #2

    Hi Davince,

    Welcome to the 10forums

    Just so we can get a clearer picture if your partition situation, please read Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of
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  3. Posts : 4
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    Thread Starter
       16 Jul 2016 #3

    Thanks Axeo, lets give that a go...

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  4. Posts : 11,533
    Windows 10 Pro
       16 Jul 2016 #4

    Your recovery partitions are quite large, I wouldn't know how that happened but a normal one has a max size of 500MB.
    why so many little drives, with no used data?
    With each upgrade a new recovery partition is added, this partition is used whenever you cannot boot into Windows succesfully after 3 tries. The EFI partition is basically required for the boot, with GPT format and no EFI partition the system will not boot.
    I'm a bit worried about the 20GB recovery partition, was this partition present before upgrading?

    I seem to remember when I clean restored to factory (Win 8) the address was in D: - is that correct?
    I'm not sure what you mean with 'the address' exactly?

    should I just be extending that drive to make it big enough, if so how? I tried shrinking C but you can't then extend D
    You can only extend a partition if the unallocated space is directly on the right side, so if you were trying to extend the C partition you would have to delete the recovery partition between partition C and D.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       16 Jul 2016 #5

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    NOTE: Actually, there's an extra partition MSR (Microsoft reserved partition) which is not shown in Disk Management. Need to use diskpart to see it.

    @axe0
    Your recovery partitions are quite large, I wouldn't know how that happened but a normal one has a max size of 500MB.
    The Windows installed using GPT partition scheme. Normal is 450MB for GPT, 500MB for MBR.
    However, this layout is customized by Lenovo and is not standard.
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  6. Posts : 11,533
    Windows 10 Pro
       16 Jul 2016 #6

    500 was just a guess
    I have a recovery partition of 452MB so I wanted to say 475MB max but I know that would be odd.
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  7. Posts : 4
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    Thread Starter
       16 Jul 2016 #7

    axe0 said: View Post
    With each upgrade a new recovery partition is added, this partition is used whenever you cannot boot into Windows succesfully after 3 tries. The EFI partition is basically required for the boot, with GPT format and no EFI partition the system will not boot.
    I'm a bit worried about the 20GB recovery partition, was this partition present before upgrading?


    I'm not sure what you mean with 'the address' exactly?


    You can only extend a partition if the unallocated space is directly on the right side, so if you were trying to extend the C partition you would have to delete the recovery partition between partition C and D.
    Honest answer... I was stupid / stressed / rushing, didn't check prior to update all partitions, so I don't know if the 20gb was there or not!

    Address - just meant which drive it was referring to as the location for the backup

    The lack of ability to expand is now explained though, thank you - I've never tried doing it with disk management before (as I say... stupid / stressed / rushing!)
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    Thread Starter
       16 Jul 2016 #8

    topgundcp said: View Post
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    NOTE: Actually, there's an extra partition MSR (Microsoft reserved partition) which is not shown in Disk Management. Need to use diskpart to see it.

    @axe0

    The Windows installed using GPT partition scheme. Normal is 450MB for GPT, 500MB for MBR.
    However, this layout is customized by Lenovo and is not standard.
    Really useful seeing it laid out, thank you very much!
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       16 Jul 2016 #9

    axe0 said: View Post
    500 was just a guess
    I have a recovery partition of 452MB so I wanted to say 475MB max but I know that would be odd.
    If you do a fresh install of Windows 10:
    For GPT disk type, it is 450MB, called Recovery (contains Recovery tools only, boot code is in EFI System partition)
    For MBR disk type, it is 500MB and called System Reserved (contains both boot code + Recovery tools)
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  10. Posts : 11,533
    Windows 10 Pro
       16 Jul 2016 #10

    topgundcp said: View Post
    If you do a fresh install of Windows 10:
    For GPT disk type, it is 450MB, called Recovery (contains Recovery tools only, boot code is in EFI System partition)
    For MBR disk type, it is 500MB and called System Reserved (contains both boot code + Recovery tools)
    I know, I'm familiair with GPT format Also with MBR but a bit less than with GPT.

    I just find it a bit odd that with an in-place upgrade I did on my laptop it created a 452MB recovery partition, not a problem though but that is why I 'randomly' said 500MB recovery partition.
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