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How to shrink Win 8.1 C drive with OEM partition in front

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    How to shrink Win 8.1 C drive with OEM partition in front


    Hi Everyone,I would like to shrink my C drive (it has the OS on it) to dual boot with another OS but I am not sure where to begin as there are other recovery partitions in front of the C partition. Disk Management and Disk Part showed me less partitions than G-parted did. I've attached screen shots.Would it be safe to shrink it anyway?Please see my computer specs. If more info is needed, please ask. Thanks for any help / suggestions.
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    Last edited by awesi7; 18 Sep 2016 at 20:13. Reason: make pics larger

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    Welcome to the forum The photo is too small for me to read it if you could post a bigger one
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    How to shrink Win 8.1 C drive with OEM partition in front


    Quote Originally Posted by samuria View Post
    Welcome to the forum The photo is too small for me to read it if you could post a bigger one
    Sorry. I hope these are better. I repost them in the original post.
    Last edited by awesi7; 18 Sep 2016 at 20:45.
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    You can shrink to the left no problem what other o/s are you going to use if it's older you may then have fun duel booting you install the oldest one first. You can use free virtual box and run any o/s as virtual PC and don't have to touch partitions
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    Thanks samurai. I was thinking of dual booting with a Linux distro. I didn't think of using a VM which may be another option if the partition thing doesn't go as planned.

    Appreciate you help very much.
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    the recovery partition will not be a problem, as you can only shrink a partition from the right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysery126 View Post
    the recovery partition will not be a problem, as you can only shrink a partition from the right.
    Thanks mysery126.
    A question I meant to ask at the outset. In that case, can I then delete the OEM recovery partition? I created a bootable disk (usb) and imaged all the partitions with Macrium Reflect a few days ago.
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    The OEM recovery partition is for restoring your computer to factory default settings when in serious problem. Since you have created a backup including all partitions, I think you can delete the OEM partition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysery126 View Post
    The OEM recovery partition is for restoring your computer to factory default settings when in serious problem. Since you have created a backup including all partitions, I think you can delete the OEM partition.
    Sounds good.
    samurai, mysery126, thanks for the time you took to help me out here.
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