Windows 10: How to resize C: partition Solved

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  2.    18 Jul 2016 #12

    A lot of discussion is made about recovery partitions but on Windows 10, they are not as important as on earlier versions.

    On Windows 10, they are only used if you use the "reset my pc" option. Since you can do effectively the same from a windows 10 installation drive, you can delete them without any significant impact (other than a bit of time to download windows 10 installer on to a usb stick).

    You can also create a barebones usb recovery stick using

    control panel, recovery, create recovery drive and select to copy system files.

    On my 32gb tablet, I delete all recovery partitions and create a Macrium Reflect image backup instead to another drive as they take up valuable space.

    Use minitool partition wizard free and do following


    Shrink D drive by 100 gb

    Move D drive to right as far as you can.

    Move recovery partition to right until next to moved D drive (or delete it altogether)

    Expand C drive to fill up unallocated space.
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       18 Jul 2016 #13

    Download and install minitool partition:
    MiniTool Partition Wizard | Best partition magic alternative for Windows PC and Server
    Follow this video to shrink and move:
    NOTE: I used my scatch disk to demonstrate how it's done. In your case you'd have to shrink 100GB
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  4.    18 Jul 2016 #14

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I may have actually made a USB recovery stick before now that it's mentioned. I'll have to check. Otherwise it's easy enough to make another.
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  5.    18 Jul 2016 #15

    philnolan3d said: View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I may have actually made a USB recovery stick before now that it's mentioned. I'll have to check. Otherwise it's easy enough to make another.
    Only problem with usb recovery drives is they become obsolete each time there is a build upgrade. If you are unsure if you made one since 10586 came out, you should make a new one (and again when Redstone comes out).
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       18 Jul 2016 #16

    My suggestion to you is to leave everything as is except shrink D: and add to C:.
    Your PC came with a customized partitions layout from ASUS so those Recovery partitions might have contained code that would allow you to roll back to the factory image. If you delete the Recovery partition, Windows will still be running but will break the ability to recover unless you don't plan to use this option.
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  7.    18 Jul 2016 #17

    It's true that you can reorder and resize partitions with MR but as mentioned there is a partition in the way.
    What needs to be done is to merge the partitions and the only way I know how to do that right now is the paid version of Aomei Partition Manager: You can check it out yourself: I tried the free version once and went through the procedure to merge a couple of partitions and it showed how it would go even though there was what I call an intervening partition but then it reported the paid version was necessary.
    The Overview of AOMEI Partition Assistant
    http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-partition-assistant.html

    EDIT: I made the mistake of posting before realizing there was a page 2 of excellent information
    topgundcp your to shrink appropriate partitions is an excellent one: thank you.
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       18 Jul 2016 #18

    @MeAndMyComputer said: View Post
    It's true that you can reorder and resize partitions with MR but as mentioned there is a partition in the way.
    What needs to be done is to merge the partitions and the only way I know how to do that right now is the paid version of Aomei Partition Manager: You can check it out yourself: I tried the free version once and went through the procedure to merge a couple of partitions and it showed how it would go even though there was what I call an intervening partition but then it reported the paid version was necessary.
    The Overview of AOMEI Partition Assistant
    http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-partition-assistant.html

    EDIT: I made the mistake of posting before realizing there was a page 2 of excellent information
    topgundcp your to shrink appropriate partitions is an excellent one: thank you.
    @MeAndMyComputer
    FYI, there's different way to re-arrange partitions. Macrium Free can also do it as posted here:
    Solved Imaged partitioned Drive - Page 3 - Windows 10 Forums
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  9.    18 Jul 2016 #19

    @ cereberus "Only problem with usb recovery drives is they become obsolete each time there is a build upgrade"
    That is what I do. I look at that as I do creating system image backups.
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       18 Jul 2016 #20

    You could copy the 21.14 GB (Recovery Partition to an thumb drive (it's probably the OEM Factory recovery for Win81.)
    After a successful copy - delete that partition
    Then move and resize (-100 GB) Data ( D: ) to the right
    Then move the 350 MB partition to the right
    Finally expand C: into the 121.14 GB space

    But a question looms ... What are you storing on C: ????
    Win10 doesn't take up much room - fully loaded with my favorites programs, my machines, only consume between 25 -> 40 GB
    All of my data is stored on another partition.

    You might want to run some cleanup utilities


    Restart your machine in case there are any system operations pending

    Click here to download Old Timer-TFC.
    >> save the application to your Desktop.
    Old Timer-TFC is a standalone application, there is no install.

    !!!!! Save your work and close all open windows.
    TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!

    Right click, run as administrator TFC

    Click the Start button to begin the cleaning up temporary files and folders.
    !!!!! Do not work on other things while TFC is running - most applications use some sort of temporary files. Just let TFC run by itself on the machine until it completes.

    Restart your machine immediately after TFC completes.


    Open and Use Extended Disk Cleanup

    I select all items and then press OK. You might want to keep the previous Windows - that's up to you, but it does consume a lot of space. If you delete the previous Windows, you will NOT be able to roll back - if you upgraded more than 30 days ago, that caution does not apply.


    Delete System Restore Points in CCleaner

    You can also use cCleaner to remove files that are no longer needed
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