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Messed up built in partitions

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1

    Messed up built in partitions


    I bought this Samsung laptop with a built in Windows 8.

    It only had one usable partition on the disk, i.e. C: drive

    But I wanted a separate partition for my data, while having OS on C: drive

    So I installed a partition manager, (EaseUS Partition Master, as far as I remember)

    I created a separate partition D:

    I wasn't satisfied with the allocated size of the new drive, so I tried to extend it, but then I realized I was having few partitions (without any drive letters) in between drive C and D; and extension could only be made to an adjacent partition!

    Out of frustration I deleted one of those partitions in between.

    I guess it was a recovery partition, having size of few GBs.

    Now I want to know where do I stand and how much am I messed up!

    And how safe is it to delete the remaining of those partitions?

    I have attached current screenshots.
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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    partition 1 - 2 are system partitions

    4 was created by windows 8.1 upgrade and really is not needed because you have REMOVED the factory recovery image partition


    4 is almost a dup of 1 partition except it has 8.1 re tools
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  3. #3


    Posts : 21
    Windows8


    Would you mind to upload screenshot in partition manager ( maybe EaseUS Partition Master )
    "extension could only be made to an adjacent partition!" Just disk management limit that. You don't need to delete any partitions EaseUS Partitions Master allows you freely drag partitions to move unallocated space. If you plan to extend D: partitions, firstly ensure there is enough unallocated space (if not, you can shrink others partitions to produce unallocated space ), then move the unallocated space close to Dartitions, you can extend.
    About the deleted partitions, if you want to get back, you can click Wizard -> partition recovery wizard to recover the deleted partitions.

    The few partitions (without any drive letters) don't take much size, you can just keep it.
    Here is the youtube of how to extend the non-adjacent partition.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    partition 1 - 2 are system partitions

    4 was created by windows 8.1 upgrade and really is not needed because you have REMOVED the factory recovery image partition


    4 is almost a dup of 1 partition except it has 8.1 re tools
    I see. So it's safe to delete partition 4
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy456 View Post
    Just disk management limit that. You don't need to delete any partitions EaseUS Partitions Master allows you freely drag partitions to move unallocated space
    Didn't know that. Messed up in Disk Management and ended up using EaseUS.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy456 View Post
    If you plan to extend D: partitions, firstly ensure there is enough unallocated space (if not, you can shrink others partitions to produce unallocated space ), then move the unallocated space close to D: partitions, you can extend.
    Well I've already done that. Was just worried about those extra partitions.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy456 View Post
    The few partitions (without any drive letters) don't take much size, you can just keep it.
    Unfortunately realized this a little late!


    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy456 View Post
    Learned it the hard way! Thanks


    I've attached the screenshot; was a little curious about the highlighted part!
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy456 View Post
    About the deleted partitions, if you want to get back, you can click Wizard -> partition recovery wizard to recover the deleted partitions.

    Tried this, but it's unable to detect any deleted partitions.
    Maybe it's because I added up that freed up space to my D: partition.

    Any other solution to have back a recovery partition?
    Or am I just left with deleting that remaining partition, i.e. partition 4?
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  7. #7


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Now that you've killed your recovery partition - which I'm going to do myself shortly - You could learn the art of imaging your C drive and save it to your Data drive. What you then do when you need to recover you put a boot disk in and put your image back to C with it. Your image can always be up to date and recovery only need 15-20 minutes. I've got my C drive down-sized to 50gb; the rest is data apart from the small boot drives which I will leave alone. Ask hear about Macrium Reflect. If you ever feel like starting from scratch you can get a W8.1 iso to make a bootable DVD or USB stick from MS. I've been doing this for the last 5 years. If you can stretch to it it's good to have a couple of images on a USB external Drive or stick as emergency backups to be really bomb-proof.

    You might really want to get you original recovery partition back but all is not lost if it can't be done.
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  8. #8


    Hello,

    Just throwing my opinion here,

    Samsung is a good company and I'm sure they have their drivers on the samsung webpage you can download. So with that knowledge, forget all your factory recovery options and just learn to image your hard disk with macrium reflect or etc.

    that way you can do what you want with your hard drive like you are just trying to right now anyway.

    especially if you have ssd, it's probably not as fun with a HDD.. (which you have.. -cause slower.)
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  9. #9


    Posts : 21
    Windows8


    "I've attached the screenshot; was a little curious about the highlighted part!" That's unallocated space.

    " Tried this, but it's unable to detect any deleted partitions.
    Maybe it's because I added up that freed up space to my D: partition. " Maybe that's the reason we couldn't find back the recovery partitions with Partition Master.
    If the recovery partitions is very important, you can try Windows "Backup and restore" back to the certain history point of your computer.

    Sorry, what's all I know. Hope others members can help you.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Hmmmm, learned new things.

    Thanks to all of you,
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