anyone able to clarify what these 5 partitions are?

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  1. dalchina's Avatar
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       #11

    There are various ones- Aomei does another. Sadly Minitool has added more options to avoid when installing the free version.

    Using them is GUI based- drag sliders, drag & drop, then when happy, click Apply. As necessary the job will complete on restart.

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  2. Posts : 681
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       #12

    well, i have minitool partition wizard installed, but im struggling with how to to get rid of that first old recovery partition and reclaim the space.

    Turns out, the default/ideal place for the recovery partition is after the windows partition. Makes sense why my current/new one ended up there. No idea why my other pc has it at the front as theyre both on the current version of windows etc etc.

    Perhaps due to some weirdness coming from having 2 small raided SSd's to a single large ssd during the image restoration process.

    anyways, its obvious/easy to delete the first partition but then im left with 500mb of unused space with no way to get that into my C partition that I can see?

    any insight if your familiar with minitool partition wizard?
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  3. Posts : 38,364
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       #13

    The first recovery partition can be deleted making unallocated space.
    Incorporating the 500 MB into the 1 TB hard drive C: partition will take more steps.
    The % increase in free space is .05 %
    500 MB / 1,000,000 = .0005
    .0005 x 100 = .05 %

    To increase more substantial free space these are options:
    Free Up Drive Space in Windows 10
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  4. Posts : 681
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       #14

    yes ive deleted it making it unallocated space, the problem is now i cant figure out how to properly extend the C partition as that space is located at the beginning of the drive. It seems you can only extend the partition if its next to C....

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    seems aomei can do it. requires a restart since its a system partition. likely why the other one wouldnt even present it as an option. wish me luck!
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  5. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       #15

    klepp0906 said:
    yes ive deleted it making it unallocated space, the problem is now i cant figure out how to properly extend the C partition as that space is located at the beginning of the drive. It seems you can only extend the partition if its next to C....

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    seems aomei can do it. requires a restart since its a system partition. likely why the other one wouldnt even present it as an option. wish me luck!
    Luck! ....and patience.
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  6. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       #16

    I hope you took an image of your system before making changes.

    Moving / sizing partitions can lead to unexpected results.
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  7. Posts : 681
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       #17

    whelp, a mess has been created. now i have no recovery partition at all. Ive been through google all evening and while workarounds exist, it seems there is 0 way to get things back how theyre supposed to be.

    Will windows re-create/re-add one come the next big feature update? If so, thats nbd, i can live w/ that. I'm not catastrophe prone and I have macrium backups to cover me.

    I tried a one of course, and the current working recovery partition was the one at the end as we had ascertained. Oddly enough that one wasnt part of any of the macrium backups going back a couple months. It showed up as grey on the restore window meaning it was present on the disk but never part of a backup. No idea when or how that happened but the minute i did the first restore and infringed on its territory. poof, gone for good.

    This windows install and I go back a very long time - a format isnt an option.

    I was wondering if it was possible to take like, a fresh windows install, then delete all the partitions except the recovery partition, then restore all the other partitions from a current image? lol

    i feel like i just made a perma handicap in my windows install. its the one on my good pc too. been a stressful day.

    Or does any means exist to take the old one and make it valid again persay? re-point reagentc to that? Naturally that first one was part of all the images so i can still restore with that guy. sigh.
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  8. SoFine409's Avatar
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       #18

    klepp0906 said:
    whelp, a mess has been created. now i have no recovery partition at all. Ive been through google all evening and while workarounds exist, it seems there is 0 way to get things back how theyre supposed to be.

    This windows install and I go back a very long time - a format isnt an option The Or does any means exist to take the old one and make it valid again persay? re-point reagentc to that? Naturally that first one was part of all the images so i can still restore with that guy. sigh.
    Hi klepp0906. As long as you have your win10 install USB you really don’t need a recovery partition. If you don’t have it just download the MCT and make one. That said if you have a Macrium backup that had an image of it you could shrink the OS partition enough to accommodate the recovery partition and then restore it back with Macrium. There is also a thread describing how to make a custom recovery partition that you could use.
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
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       #19

    Please post a screenshot of your current partitions. Which recovery partition did you delete? 1st or last, or both?

    I showed you how to check and determine which one was current- two methods.

    This windows install and I go back a very long time - a format isnt an option
    That's why disk imaging is so important. So you could restore from that- assuming your image includes that partition. Did you image all Windows partitions e.g. using the bottom button?
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    Possible recovery methods:
    a. depending on what you've done to your disk, it may be possible to recover the partition
    b. if you have a disk image including the relevant partition, you should be able to recover it from that
    c. Perform an in-place upgrade repair install which keeps progs and data
    d. Live without one until the next major Windows upgrade
    e. Image your exisiting C: , clean install Windows, restore your C: in place of the new one created
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  10. eLPuSHeR's Avatar
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       #20

    You should always make a backup copy of every partition before tinkering with them as Caledon Ken suggested.
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