Windows 10: I want to put six partions into one

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  1.    03 Sep 2017 #1

    I want to put six partions into one

    Some how my son's laptop has 6 partions (3 unallowcated) when there should only be the 3 original ones.

    Is there any cause for concern or should I just leave them as they are.


    Fabian .
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  2.    03 Sep 2017 #2

    Hi, firstly if yours is a UEFI installation of Windows 10, these are the 4 partitions you should have (note the 16Mb one is not shown in Disk Management by design):

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    Secondly, your PC might have a large Recovery partition which is used if you wish to restore your PC to an 'as bought' state.

    Thirdly, it is excellent practice to use one or more partitions so your personal data, music, photos etc is NOT on C: with Windows.
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  3.    03 Sep 2017 #3

    If you post a screenshot from disk Management we can then advise you
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       03 Sep 2017 #4

    Yes, please post a Screenshot of your Disk Management.

    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
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  5.    03 Sep 2017 #5

    And thank you all for your replies. I've downloaded Screenpresso as msny suggested and attached a screen shot of the Disk Management Window.

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    It now transpires that my son (After my wife's brutal interrogation methods ?) installed Kali Linux and promptly forgot the the host name and password. He's usually quite bright. Anyway he tried to unsuccessfully uninstall it and now were here.

    I've tried to reset the laptop to factory settings, but it says there's a problem and it wont carry out the procedure.

    Hope I uploaded the screenshot OK.

    Thanks a lot.

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       03 Sep 2017 #6

    Thanks for posting that, Michael, but you need to expand the "Status" column in order for us to see that information. Grab the line next to that word when the curser changes then holding down the left mouse button and dragging left.
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  7.    03 Sep 2017 #7

    You have a 140 meg free space everything to the right of that can be deleted and you can then expand drive c all of them are empty recovery has only a few meg so not enough to actually do anything
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  8.    03 Sep 2017 #8

    I've tried to reset the laptop to factory settings, but it says there's a problem and it wont carry out the procedure.
    Your supposed manufacturer's Recovery partition (D) at 360Mb is far too small to be a valid recovery partition, so you can discard that too. That's why your attempt at restoring it to factory settings won't work, if that's what you were attempting.

    The 486 Mb Recovery partition to the right of C: is part of the OS set of partitions, assuming your OS is intact and fully functional.
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  9.    03 Sep 2017 #9

    I would do what @Samuria suggested. Delete every partition to the right of the C: drive partition until it is just one big unallocated space after C: drive. Then you can either expand C: drive to fill the rest of the drive. Or you can expand C: drive, but leave space at the end of the drive for a data partition to hold photos, music, movies, documents, whatever. You can easily leave 400 - 500 GB free at the end for that. Then in the 400-500 GB free space create the data partition formatted as NTFS. It would probably get drive letter D:
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  10.    05 Sep 2017 #10

    Hi All
    I've tried to follow what everybody has told me here and partly re-arranged the partions into some kind of order, well, better than it was. But I still have a partion at the far right showing 34.39 GB, but I deleted this and expanded C, but it just got smaller and staid.

    The laptop is a bit more responsive and boots slightly faster, but not fast enough considering what I paid for it.

    Bye the way my wife, who's a member of our local terror group (The WI) brought home an old Dell laptop they were using to keep records of meetings and gave it to our son saying that's yours now and dad can use the one you messed up, for his work. Should have seen the look on his face, it was classic.

    Anyway I've attached a shot (Snipping Tool) of the partions and look forward to hearing your comments.


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