Windows 10: My hard disk has 12 partitions after windows update, what can I do?

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  1.    02 Apr 2017 #1

    My hard disk has 12 partitions after windows update, what can I do?


    Hello!!I have a Dell Inspiron 17R 5737. The computer originally came loaded with Windows 8 and later 8.1. I upgraded to Windows 10 and after that to the Anniversary Edition. Recently upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update and my hard disk right now has 12 partitions!! yes, 12 partitions!! .... I need you guys help me to figure it out what to do to get rid of this mess. Im afraid to delete something that could cause more problems than solutions. My partitions structure is UEFI/GPT. There is only two partitions that I created (as you can see in the screenshots):

    1. Partition C: OS and software.
    2. Partition D, named Warehouse: data, videos, music, photos ..... (in case of a clean install, I would like to keep this partition, if possible!! )

    The other 10 partitions have been created as a results of the many upgrades, and since the computer is working fine I havent paid much attention till now. Of course, the computer boots slowly and the same happen when restarted or shutdown. After the OS boot ,everything works fine but still I would like to get rid of so many partitions. Im considering a clean install but Im not sure which partitions can I safely delete. Here are the screenshots:

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    What can I do guys?? I want to go with a clean install, which partitions can I delete?? which partitions should I keep? can I keep my D partition with a clean install??

    Any help would be much appreciated, Thanks so much in advance!!!
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  2.    02 Apr 2017 #2

    For a clean install you can remove them all and let windows create what it needs other than that all you need is c efi and wharehouse if you remove others you would have to shift paritions around a lot to use the free space
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  3.    02 Apr 2017 #3

    Thanks Samuria for the quick reply. Just to clarify, you said that, in order to do a clean install, I have to remove all partitions including D(Warehouse)??

    I don't understand the last part where you said that If I remove others I will have to shift partitions around a lot to use the free space, can u explain please?

    Thanks
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  4.    02 Apr 2017 #4

    I recommend you use MiniTool Partition Wizard. It is a great and reliable program:
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

    If you are going to do a clean install, realize that you have to be able to boot from a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive or DVD, so make sure you can do that. Then, if it were I, I would delete the last two partitions - the 350 MB and 12.47 GB partitions. Then extend D: drive partition to fill the empty space left by deleting them, so your D: drive partition will then be at the very end of the drive and will be about 725 GB in size.

    Boot from the Windows installation USB or DVD. Select the custom install option. On the next screen after that choice delete every partition but the D: drive partition. You should have 1 big unallocated space followed by the D: drive partition. Click on the unallocated space and then next to let Windows set up the rest of the drive.
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  5.    02 Apr 2017 #5

    Thanks a lot NavyLCDR, your answer is what I've been looking for. I really like to keep D since I have all my stuffs there, more than 100GB of music!! 😀 .... Yes I do have the bootable USB for the installation, used Rufus an created an UEFI bootable USB.

    I know MiniTool Partition, so u recommend to delete the last 2 partitions with MiniTool Partition?? And extend D using the same software??
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  6.    02 Apr 2017 #6

    Yamil said: View Post
    I know MiniTool Partition, so u recommend to delete the last 2 partitions with MiniTool Partition?? And extend D using the same software??
    Yep.
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  7.    02 Apr 2017 #7

    Thanks a lot, I will do that and I'll post my results!!
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       02 Apr 2017 #8

    Double-posting same subject not nice, prohibited on most forums.
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  •    02 Apr 2017 #9

    I hope you have created recent reliable full image backups onto external media of your Data partition! G correct?
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  •    03 Apr 2017 #10

    For clarity, there are only two (optionally three) partitions that are essential here

    EFI partition, C drive Partition (and optionally D drive partition assuming it has data you want to keep).

    All the recovery partitions can be deleted if you like, and then the three above moved using minitool partition wizard free.

    If you delete them all though, you will not be able to use "reset my pc" which is no big deal really as you can use a usb installation drive to do same thing anyway.

    If you want to use "reset my PC", you have to ascertain which is the currently active recovery partition.
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