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Is it safe to resize the WindowsRE hard drive partition?

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    Is it safe to resize the WindowsRE hard drive partition?

    Here's my situation. My computer is running Windows 8.1 There is only 1 physical HD, but it has many partitions. Here is a picture of my current HD setup

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    The problem is that the WRE partition is literally sitting between my C and D drives, so when I shrink the C drive partition, I cannot extend the D drive with the unallocated space because it is not sitting right next to the D drive (I'm trying to shrink the C from 370 to ~60 GB, then extend the D from 550 to 850 GB with the C drive's unallocated space).

    However, I found something called "AOMEI partition manager", which will let me shrink the C drive, extend the WRE partition with the unallocated space, and then shrink the WRE partition to get the unallocated space next to the D drive so I can extend it. So I'm basically using the WRE partition as a middleman between the C and D drives.

    I'll still have the WRE partition (after extending and reshrinking it), my system partitions, recovery partition and everything like that. I just don't know if resizing the WRE partition like that will make it nonfunctional or something, even though all the data will still be on it. Can anyone give any insight into this?

    FYI I have already created a full hard disk image with Acronis of the current hard drive setup before trying anything. I also have a USB drive that is bootable with a Windows 8.1 ISO that I was initially going to use to just completely format the hard drive and use Acronis as my recovery program instead of Windows recovery partitions, but I'm too worried about the EFI boot partition and all that stuff and possibly making my computer unbootable.

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  2. #2

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    Windows 8.1 x64

    I don't think anyone will guarantee you it is ever safe to resize or move partitions, especially the leading edge of those partitions.

    But there is a good chance you will be able to do what you want. Although I would not resize the WinRe partition, just move it after you get the C: where you want it.
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  3. #3

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    As long as you leave the new Windows 8.1 WinRE as Partition 5, should be OK.
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Is it safe to resize the WindowsRE hard drive partition?

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