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Windows 7: unable to re-size recovery section to enlarge C drive

05 Jun 2014   #1
jonno47

win7 home premium 32bit
 
 
unable to re-size recovery section to enlarge C drive

Help please.
I have just cloned my original laptop drive to a new Crucial 120gig SSD.
On my original drive was a "recovery section" of 10 gig (no drive letter assigned to this section)
On the cloned drive it has expanded this to 35.7gig, leaving me with just 77gig free on C drive.
Just HOW can I reduce the "recovery section" to 10gig and then expand the C drive with the 25.7 gig from this part please. Any help would really be welcome.
Many Thanks


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05 Jun 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You might be able to do it with Windows Disk Management, depending on your partition layout as shown in Windows Disk Management.

If not, you could use something like Partition Wizard.

You'd shrink the recovery partition, generating "unallocated space" and then add the unallocated space to C.

Probably easiest for you to just use Partion Wizard.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html
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05 Jun 2014   #3
jonno47

win7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Many Thanks I will try this
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05 Jun 2014   #4
jonno47

win7 home premium 32bit
 
 

OK I have tried this, I can shrink the "recovery sector" to 10gig, which then shows I havve 25gig un-allocated, but I am still unable to merge this 25gig to C Drive, as the free space does not have a Drive letter. Any advice please is welcome
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05 Jun 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

How to resize Partition for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 or Windows XP/7/Vista with partition magic manager software? Move/Resize Partition Help.

Take a look at the above tutorial.

I haven't used PW a lot, but I doubt if you want to do a "merge". Merge would imply 2 partitions. You are not dealing with 2 partitions. You are dealing with one partition and unallocated space, which will never have a drive letter.
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05 Jun 2014   #6
jonno47

win7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Thank You
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05 Jun 2014   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you make the Recovery partition smaller than what was set at factory then it likely won't boot and run, and it may have lost its hotlink already anyway after transfer. You can test this by trying to trigger it using its hotkey at boot to see if it queues up before cancelling it.


If it won't run its best to delete the partition and resize into the space.


In addition if you're running the original Factory preinstall which is what's reinstalled by the Recovery partition, this is the worst install of WIn7 one can have - larded with bloatware and duplicate utilities which have better versions built into Win7. Most tech enthusiasts will not run such an install but prefer to instead do a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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05 Jun 2014   #8
jonno47

win7 home premium 32bit
 
 
ssd problem

Managed to do it!Used your very helpful link, re-sized to full capacity,shrunk recovery section to 10gig, now have 100gig usable on C Drive. Many Thanks. All working properly on my Acer laptop, boot time from cold to "on Internet" was 98 seconds, now with ssd it's just 36.
Thanks again.
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05 Jun 2014   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

What were the results when you attempted to boot Recovery? It can't be expected to boot and run after imaging since it often loses its hotlink. I already explained this once. Did you miss my post?

If it won't boot from Recovery then you can try to Boot Recovery Partition using EasyBCD. But again this reinstalls the inferior Factory install which is a crappy install compared to a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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