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Multiple partitions on new laptop- which one to delete?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Multiple partitions on new laptop- which one to delete?


    Hi all, just bought a new Dell Inspiron 15 7537 laptop and have noticed that the hard drive has 6 partitions on it. 2 OEM partitions (one 40mb and one 8gb), 2 recovery partitions (one 490mb and one 7.8gb), 1 EFI system partition and 1 primary partition. I am unsure which one is useful and which one I can safely delete. Also, all of them except for the primary partition are 100% free (nothing on them at all!)
    Also, I am unable to right click on any of the partitions besides the main one (C.

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    Hi,
    Welcome to the forums, before deleting any partitions, read about backing up your system and recover from the image, some of them are recovery partitions and don't delete them before backing up your system.
    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8
    You can also backup your system with Macrium reflect or AOMEI Backupper.
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    Windows 10


    Don't delete any partitions, these partitions are not empty.
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    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    ^^^ Yes. Those partitions have content, it's MS disk management failing to report the real numbers. Use another partition program to see the usage. If you don't mind loosing the ability for OS recovery, you could eliminate some of the partitions, this needs knowledge and planning.

    My advice, don't touch anything (except maybe splitting the main partition into C: for OS\programs & D: for files).
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    My advice, don't touch anything (except maybe splitting the main partition into C: for OS\programs & D: for files).
    Thank you very much for the advice guys.

    How do I go about splitting the main partition into 2?
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    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    I use Free Partition Magic alternative, partition manager freeware, partition magic server, partition magic Windows 7 and free Partition Manager software for Windows 7/8/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000. for w8 with good results (there you'll also see that all the partitions actually got content).

    Shrink C: then create D: form the resulting unallocated part. This is an easy job that should give zero problems, but (I recommend to) always do a backup\imaging before working on partitions. Also, make your w8 recovery dvd's, and make the Partition Wizard bootable media.

    Do some reading first, lots of info on MiniTool Partition Wizard on this forum and the web, and on their website, for example How to resize Partition for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 or Windows XP/7/Vista with partition magic manager software? Move/Resize Partition Help.
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I would create your recovery media before doing anything to the drive. I've seen a few threads where modifying partitions has broken the link to the factory recovery partition and thus prevented creating recovery media.
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    All of these partitions except for that containing Windows are for purposes defined by the OEM, often not fully documented. As such there is no requirement that the contents conforms to normal Windows standards and they often do not. As such utilities like Disk Manager have no way of knowing anything about the contents so reported disk usage may or may not conform to reality. They will contain data whether Disk Manager reports it or not.

    Create a backup before modifying the Windows partition. Resizing procedures occasionally go wrong and you could be left with an unbootable system and no way to recover the system.
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    Windows 10


    How to split the system partition to two partitions.

    Right-click on the Start button (or press Windows-X) and select Disk Management.

    Then right-click on the system partition and select the Shrink Volume option (see screenshots below).

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    This also works when the hard drive have a recovery partition(s) after the C: partition (see screenshots below).

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    Note: If you have an OEM PC that came with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled, you may not use the third-party partition software (for example, EaseUS Partition Master), because modifying the hard drive partition structure usually break the factory restore feature. But if you use Windows Disk Management to shrink the C: partition, then Refresh and Reset should work.

    EDIT: This program does not break the factory restore feature: Free Partition Manager - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)





    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.

    Dell Windows 8 Recovery.
    Windows 8 - Recovery Media in 99 Seconds - YouTube
    Recovering Windows using the Dell Direct USB Key - YouTube
    Dell Direct USB Key Solution - YouTube
    Dell Recovery Mode - Making Recovery CD - YouTube
    Factory image restore method for Windows 8 (DBRM) | Dell US
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