Windows 10: Moving Win10 C Drive to the 'left'
I like the idea of getting rid of Logicals - never heard of that!
The thing about EasyBCD is interesing - that could explain why I had such a nightmare with this new HDD reinstallation.
My faith in Windows repair disk has been shattered by recent experiences where it failed inumerable times.
I don't mean to sound ungrateful to all you wonderful people who have offfered your advice today, but, no one has yet answered my core question. If I dare to repeat it again - Yes I will do imaging before I attempt anything, but is there a way to check BEFORE I move the partitions to confirm that I am not deleting anything critical?
Thanks again everyone!
Your boot files etc are in the c drive not in a separate 'system' partition. The f drive is far to big to be anything other than a standard partition. You can have 4 in legacy bios.
If it was me I would follow Jimbo's advice and get rid of the logical partitions as well, and create a single partition for data.
You don't have to , not at all , just follow Cereberus's instructions ........
I mentioned it as an easy way to fix your partitions and possibly avoid the issue of messed up MBR partitions and a Major Windows Update refusing to install because of it in the future all in one go . I think it took about 2hrs to do for me btw , 20mins to Image C: , and 1-1.5 hrs to install Windows and 20 mins to reimage original c: back and run the Fix boot utility (important).
It also get rid of the logical partitions as GPT does not need those..........
If you don't have MTPW install it , it will allow you with a RC to "Explore" Partitions even Disk Management can't see (eg MSR (Other) and see what files if any are on them, even the Recovery Partition/Folder.
you can check if the Recovery Enviroment is working at a CMD Prompt with reagentc /info
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