Windows 10: Too many (100% Free) recovery partitions can't delete any

  1.    28 Aug 2016 #1

    Too many (100% Free) recovery partitions can't delete any

    I run a win7/10(32/64bit) dual boot system with all personal data and install.exe onseparate partition from OS.

    About 6 months ago I bought this PC second hand. I like to have a factory reset option on my PCs, Especially if I think I might sell it at a later date. So, I went into the BIOS and set F12 to “Display” on boot.But it would not display. So I started to nose around in the disk manager. I noticed that the recovery partitions all say 100% free.Why there are 3 I have no idea…

    Tried Diskpart in elevateg CMD to get rid of the un assigned recovery partitions. But when I run “Rescan” if finishes listing no drives at all.

    I have one partition named” New Volume” 49.9 GB. I would like to merge it with the Win32bit parttion but dont know why I cant

    Finally, I would like to learn how to make a (PressF12 on boot option)”factory reset if you will”of my own. So I at least have something to fall back on if I ever need to do a full system reset. [But this topic answer is not a priority right now].

    [Below isa link to an image of my partitions]!AreCLpA7TLblg1QA_wU1pw79SevT
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  2.    28 Aug 2016 #2

    Can you post a disk management pic so that we can see what you would like to do?
    And, have you tried MiniTool Power Data Recovery/Partition Manager -- whatever it is now called? I heard some real good things about that program.
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       28 Aug 2016 #3

    You should post the screen shot as shown below instead of uploading it:
    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums
    From the screen shot. The 3 partitions are not empty but they are Recovery partitions. Disk Management has a problem dealing with them and reports incorrect info. Use diskpart to display the partitions, you'll see the correct info on those.

    The 450MB partition was created when you installed Windows 10 x64 to store the Recovery Environment. The others are unknown but probably were created from HP.

    I have one partition named” New Volume” 49.9 GB. I would like to merge it with the Win32bit parttion but dont know why I cant
    In order to merge F: and E:, F: must be after E: instead of before E:
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  4.    28 Aug 2016 #4

    I would simply copy data from E to F, delete E partition and extend F partition.

    I note the system reserved partition resides on a different drive to the windows c drive. whilst this works, it means if you removed the drive with the srp, pc would not boot. You would be better off moving it to other drive really.

    You can do this by creating an image backup of the partition using Macrium Reflect Free, then restoring partition to other drive - you can make space be deleting one of the system recovery partitions - you would have to check which is the latest one.
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