1.    02 Jan 2016 #1
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    Partition Question


    Hello,

    I've got a Win-10 Pro system on which I need to shrink C:\ by 15GB and increase the D:\ by 15GB. Since the increase to space is on the left of D:\, I was wondering if I have no option but to use a third-party software or can Win-10 handle this requirement.

    If needed, I can make a backup of contents of D:\, shrink C:\, then delete D:\ and then format the free from C:\ + free from D:\ together. Does that sound right?


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    Thank you for your assistance.
    Last edited by nkaufman; 02 Jan 2016 at 16:04.
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  2.    02 Jan 2016 #2
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    If needed, I can make a backup of contents of D:\, shrink C:\, then delete D:\ and then format the free from C:\ + free from D:\ together. Does that sound right?
    Yes, you can do this without installing 3rd party.

    EDIT: In addition. If C: Drive is fragmented or data in it sit at the end of C: then you might have problem shrinking C: with disk manegement in which case, you will need to defrag/consolidate free space on C: first in order to shrink.
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  3.    02 Jan 2016 #3
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    Hiya, nkaufman. The free MiniTool Partition Wizard could make short work of it - yes, third party.

    Those multiple recovery partitions look a little weird and non-standard but I won't belabor that and just go directly to your inquiry.

    I think your proposal to shrink C:, backup D:, recreate D: at desired size, and restore data to D: is certainly doable with Disk Management alone (as I see topgundcp confirms as I typed this).
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  4.    02 Jan 2016 #4
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    Easier just to install 'easeus partition manager free' which allows you to expand partitions either way.
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  5.    02 Jan 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Yes, you can do this without installing 3rd party.

    EDIT: In addition. If C: Drive is fragmented or data in it sit at the end of C: then you might have problem shrinking C: with disk manegement in which case, you will need to defrag/consolidate free space on C: first in order to shrink.
    Thank you for confirming and your suggestion. Will defrag first and then shrink/format.
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  6.    02 Jan 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Word Man View Post
    Hiya, nkaufman. The free MiniTool Partition Wizard could make short work of it - yes, third party.

    Those multiple recovery partitions look a little weird and non-standard but I won't belabor that and just go directly to your inquiry.

    I think your proposal to shrink C:, backup D:, recreate D: at desired size, and restore data to D: is certainly doable with Disk Management alone (as I see topgundcp confirms as I typed this).
    Thank you for your comments.

    Yes, that is the way the Lenovo laptop came - with 6 partitions. It came with Win-10 Home and I installed Win-10 Pro by only formatting the C:\ and left everything as is (machine owner wanted to keep ability to revert it to factory condition using the Key Recovery feature from Lenovo) and I was surprised to see all the other partitions as 100% free but since this is the first Win-10 unit I was working with, I just left everything as is.
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  7.    02 Jan 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by nkaufman View Post
    Thank you for your comments.
    ...and I was surprised to see all the other partitions as 100% free ...
    You're very welcome. Note that the 100% free is bogus - Disk Management is not up to the task.

    You can check this in diskpart from an elevated (admin) command prompt. An example in your case would be the following commands:

    diskpart
    select vol 1
    detail vol

    You can change the volume selected to see details on them and it will correctly reveal how much space is actually free on them.
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  8.    02 Jan 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by nkaufman View Post
    Since the increase to space is on the left of D:\, I was wondering if I have no option but to use a third-party software or can Win-10 handle this requirement.
    I and several other members of this forum trust MiniTool Partition Wizard Free a whole lot more than we trust built Windows disk management.
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