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Windows 7: Two recovery partitions - can one be deleted?

24 Jun 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Two recovery partitions - can one be deleted?

My second attempt to use the free Windows 10 upgrade was another bust. Having been burned by the first attempt, I thought I'd create a partition before I started so I could dual-boot in the event of a second failure. Second failure duly happened (not the issue for today - I've given up trying on Windows 10). So, as per the image, I now have a 50+GB unallocated space which I'd like to reincorporate back into the C drive. But there are now two recovery partitions, and (if I understand this rightly) the one between C and the unallocated space prevents me from expanding C to take the space in. Can I get rid of that recovery partition? I assume the one after the empty partition was created automatically at the same time as the partition, but I don't know if it will serve as a recovery partition for C should I ever need one.

Note: please speak slowly and carefully, as if addressing a small child. I can pick up heavy things, but I'm not very clever.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2016   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I can't help you with the recovery partition questions because I do not use them.


You can add the 51.59 gb of unallocated space to C with Partition Wizard, a free download. You can't do it directly through Windows Disk Management because, as you state, one of the recovery partitions is in the way. That's a limitation of Windows Disk Management.

Partition Wizard does not have that limitation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2016   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1,

This article may shed some light on that for you, Kged.

Recovery Partitions
My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Jun 2016   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks to you both - that's got it sorted. Appreciated.
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