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Multiple partitions on new laptop- which one to delete?


Benzened

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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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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
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    Dell Inspiron 15 7537
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    Intel Core i7 4500U @ 1.80GHz
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    Dell Inc. 07PF9F
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    16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3
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brummyfan

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#2

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genet

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#3
Don't delete any partitions, these partitions are not empty.
 

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    Windows 10
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    Lenovo G580
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    8 GB
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4wd

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^^^ 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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Benzened

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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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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 15 7537
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4500U @ 1.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 07PF9F
    Memory
    16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3
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    NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
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4wd

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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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alphanumeric

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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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LMiller7

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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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genet

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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).

Disk Management 1.png

Disk Management 2.png

Disk Management 3.png

Disk Management 4.png

Note:

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

New volume 1.png

New volume 2.png

New volume 3.png

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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    Windows 10
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G580
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    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
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    Microsoft Edge
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    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

theog

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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)
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5132-recovery-drive-create-usb-flash-drive-windows-8-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2855-system-repair-disc-create-windows-8-a.html (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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Benzened

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Hang on, whats the difference between creating a system image and creating a recovery disk/drive? This is very confusing to me :think: Are they the same thing?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 15 7537
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4500U @ 1.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 07PF9F
    Memory
    16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
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    1080 x 1920
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    ST1000LM014-1EJ164
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Clintlgm

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Hang on, whats the difference between creating a system image and creating a recovery disk/drive? This is very confusing to me :think: Are they the same thing?
Recovery disk Set= factory reset this is set of disk that will return your computer to factory shipped condition The manufacture should have a program on you computer to create this disk set. or if you lucky they shipped a set with your computer?

Image= is a complete image of a Hard Disk or SSD complete, it will restore your computer to exactly the way it is when you created the image. Usually we use a back up program like Macrium Reflect or Paragon to create and restore.

So yes they are quite different things
 

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