I've just purchased a Latitude 6540 with a 500GB HDD. Furthermore I've a 250GB SSD that I'd like to use in place of the original HDD, which I planned to use as external disk for additional recovery images and backups.
The original HDD had three partitions:
OEM Partiion: NTFS Healthy 39 MB
RECOVERY: NTFS Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition): 15,67 GB NTFS
OS (C:) NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) 450,06 GB
I cloned the whole HDD to the SSD using Macrium Reflect, so the two disks are now exactly the same.
I will keep the RECOVERY partition of the HDD (which contains the factory image) and, as I said above, I will use this disk to store an additional image and maybe backups (I think this is even safer than storing the image on the internal disk).
For this reason I don't need the RECOVERY partition on the SSD (it occupies almost 16 GB !!!) and I want to remove it.
This partition was marked as Active (Strange thing for me: I would expect the OS partition to be the active one). I replaced the HDD with the SSD and rebooted the system: it was working OK.
Then I tried removing this useless (for me) RECOVERY partition, after having configured the OS one as Active. BUT.... it doesn't work !
I looked at some previous threads on the same subject, but I couldn't find a solution. I only understood that the RECOVERY partition contains some files that are needed when Windows is booting from the OS partition.
The point is I really would like to remove the RECOVERY partition and get back those 16 GB of the SSD.
Does anyone know if it there is a proved way to solve the problem ? Maybe moving the needed files, or executing a different procedure...I don't know...
The alternative would be to reformat the drive and reinstall Windows 7 from scratch but I'm a bit reluctant abut this for the following reasons:
1) I don't have the Windows 7 installation disks.
2) I assume that the original installation was optimized by Dell for my 6540. Furthermore, the installation includes specific Dell tools form maintenance and diagnostic
If I had to proceed this way (I hope not!)
- where can I get the Windows installation disks ?
- do I need all the disks, or just the first one and then all the others can be installed from network?
- will I be able to reach the same final configuration as the original system ?
Anyway, I hope someone can help me finding a solution to remove the partition.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to be clear as much as possible.
:emotion-5:Move partition is an assist function of Resize Partition and it also a missing function in Windows built-in Disk Management. With the help of this function you can reset the location of a given partition. For example, you have a C partition, D partition and an unallocated space on your Disk 1, and you want to enlarge partition C with the unallocated space. In this case, you should first move D partition backward so as to make the unallocated space directly after C partition. After that, you can smoothly extend C partition by adding that unallocated space in.You can use a tool like aomei partition assistant to help you or use other professional software.I hope you solve your problem quickly>