Request Help How to reorganize partitions?

shmu26

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As shown in screenshot, the two partitions (C: and V: ) on my primary disk got separated from one another. I think this happened when I got fall creators update.
I also have too many of these little 450 MB partitions, probably because of this type of updates.
But the most important thing to me is to move V: next to C:, so I can resize if necessary.
If I delete the little partition in the middle, I assume I will lose my Windows recovery capability.

Last thing, don't know if it is important, is that the primary disk should really be 0, not 1. I probably have to switch the SATA cables. Not sure whether that really matters or not.

I have AOMEI partition assistant, and Macrium Reflect in case of disaster.

Your advice is appreciated.

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Evjl's Rain

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if you move partitions or resize them, there is a high chance of breaking the whole drive, just like me in the past when I tried to resize my C drive, it broke all my data in other partitions
you can follow the instruction here (post #3) to determine which recovery partitions are safe to delete and which one is in use now, then you can delete the spare ones
Too many Recovery Partitions??? Solved - Windows 10 Forums

I tried and it was successful
 

shmu26

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if you move partitions or resize them, there is a high chance of breaking the whole drive, just like me in the past when I tried to resize my C drive, it broke all my data in other partitions
you can follow the instruction here (post #3) to determine which recovery partitions are safe to delete and which one is in use now, then you can delete the spare ones
Too many Recovery Partitions??? Solved - Windows 10 Forums

I tried and it was successful
Thanks.
Yup, the active recovery partition is the one right smack in the middle.
 

SHvFl

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Move everything from V to C. Delete V partition and then expand the C partition. Easy and secure.
Leave the small ones alone because you have so many that we can't know which one is the current.
 

shmu26

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Move everything from V to C. Delete V partition and then expand the C partition. Easy and secure.
Leave the small ones alone because you have so many that we can't know which one is the current.
Sounds good.
Now you reminded me, I think that the last time this happened to me, I did basically like you said, except that I imaged the partitions beforehand, and I restored the middle recovery partition and placed it immediately after the main partition. The middle one seems to be the active recovery partition.
 

shmu26

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So it turns out that Windows can get upset if you don't handle the recovery partition properly.
The safe way to do it is like this:
1 delete all partitions on the disk that are to the right of the active recovery partition. (The active one is usually the one immediately to the right of the C drive)
2 move the active recovery partition to the right end of the disk
3 expand the C drive into the remaining space