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Windows 7: Can I Take Space From Recovery Partition for More Space in (C:) Drive?


03 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Can I Take Space From Recovery Partition for More Space in (C:) Drive?

Hello, was wondering if anyone could tell me with this, it seems almost 85gb of my hard drive space is being used up by recovery and I am starting to need the extra space in my C drive, is this possible?
Thanks in advance


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03 Apr 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

As a general rule, if you already ran off the manufacturer recovery discs, you can then delete the recovery partition, create another in the unallocated space and use it to store your data.

You probably won't be bsle to do it with windows tools.

This free program should do the job:

http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
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04 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

The last recovery partition of about 65 gigabytes is almost totally empty. You should be able to take almost all the space from this partition to merge with the C Drive.

Why in the first place the hard disk was partitioned like this, wasting so much space, is beyond me.
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04 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Cheers for the replies the reason it is almost empty is because I deleted all but last restore points, would I be able to merge the extra space using the tool SIW2 recommended?
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04 Apr 2012   #5

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You can use it to first delete the last partition - then extend your Windows partition into the newly created unallocated space.
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04 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Almost all good partition managers would be able to accomplish what SIW2 has suggested including the the tool that he has recemmeded. I use Acronis Disk Director Suite Boot Disk to do the job. You shall find more information at partition manager - Ask.com Web Search on Partition Managers.
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05 Apr 2012   #7
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There are no Restore points on a non-OS partition for you to delete. I don't know why you have two Recovery partitions as the first one is likely the one containing your image used to restore to factory condition - you can test cueing it up now to see if it even works. If not we can help you delete it to recover it's space into Windows 7.

Since the second Recovery partition is now useless, you can delete it in Disk Management and Extend C into it. If it won't delete then we can give you some simple commands to run to force delete it.
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Extend

I would save externally a Windows 7 backup image to use in place of Recovery in case Windows 7 becomes irreparable and you need to reimage it to the HD or a replacement. Always keep your files backed up separately as well. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

You can also order Factory Recovery disks from manufacturer's Tech Support or if ever needed Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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05 Apr 2012   #8
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Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Your first recovery partition is your active partition (this must be a Dell). Before you touch it, move the bootmgr to C. Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Your second recovery partition does not seem to serve a real purpose. If you stored an image there, you should move it to an external disk - or even better, make a new image on an external device. Then delete the whole partition and add the unallocated space to C.

Then, if you have burnt your recovery discs and moved the bootmgr to C, you can also delete the first recovery partition. But adding that space to C is a bit more tricky.
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