JoeGons
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XPS 18, too many partitions on hard drive

Hello,

How do I attach/insert an image to show what I am talking about? 

I have a Dell XPS 18, Upgraded from from Win 8 to Win 10.

I have a Seagate ST500LT012-9WS14S.

It is NOT a SSD.

The system works just fine.

My hard drive is a mess!!

I have cloned the hard drive but I need to make space on my C: drive.

When I look at the drive in Windows, (Disk Management) there are 10 partitions.

When I look at the drive I EaseUS Partition Master, there are 14 partitions.

This is crazy.

What are all those extra partitions?

Do I need them?

I do not want to go back to Win 8.

There is a 57 GB partition with what I presume is the Dell backup.

.I am not sure if this is a Win 8 reset or a win 10 reset

I want to get rid of the 57 GB partition, resize the other partitions and then clone that. (Backup)

I also want to get rid of any unneeded partitions.

My plan is to use Macrium to clone the drive.

I want to just clone those partitions that are needed and adjust the partition sizes.

 

Suggestions?

 

Joe

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B1tbull
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Re: Too many Partitions on hard drive

Hello Joe,

There is no simple way to post an image on this forum.

So you have to type over partition information as you see it displayed using a partition tool.

My new Dell XPS 8930 has the following partitions for the C: drive on Windows 10 Home

500 Mb EFI System partition
222 Gb OS C: drive
804 Mb Recovery partition
13,53 Gb Recovery Partition
1,13 Gb Recovery Partition
16 Mb unallocated

I think 6 partitions is a lot for an out of the box new PC, but it is what it this.
Deleting partitions or installing Windows 10 from scratch will for sure result in deleting or inabling
Dell / Microsoft provided recovery capabilities.

Please have a close look at the 4 extra partitions with EaseUS Partition Master, I have never
seen different partitions from one tool to the other.

If your PC has UEFI Bios , then deleting or moving partitions becomes really complicated.

My advise is to search for expert support or bite the bullet and reinstall Windows from scratch
after a full backup ( actually two backups ) . Doing this will result in a "vanilla" windows 10 installation
without build in recovery as provided by Dell.

 

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JoeGons
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Re: Too many Partitions on hard drive

From EaseUS Partition Master

1st Partition: * 1.00 MB Unallocated. GPT. Not used by me. No Drive letter.
2nd Partition: *: 300.00 MB NTFS. GPT (unused Partition) Not used by me. No Drive letter.
3rd Partition: *: 100.00 MB FAT32. GPT (EFI System Partition) Not used by me. No Drive letter.
4th Partition: *: 128.00 MB Other. GPT. (Reserved Partition) Not used by me. No Drive letter.
5th Partition: C: 150.70 GB NTFS. System C: GPT. (Data Partition) Used by me.
6th Partition: *: 755.00 KB Unallocated. GPT. Not used by me. No Drive letter.
7th Partition: *: 875.00 MB NTFS. GPT. (Unused Partition) Not used by me. No Drive letter.
8th Partition: I: 450.00 MB NTFS. Drive I. GPT (Data Partition) Not used by me.
9th Partition: F: 8.00 GB NTFS Drive F: GPT (Data Partition) Used by me. Page file.
10th Partition: *: 1.16 MB Unallocated. GPT Not used by me. No Drive letter.
11th Partition: 😧 81.50 GB NTFS Drive 😧 GPT (Data Partition) Used by me. My Documents
12th Partition: E: 165.49 GB NTFS Drive E: GPT (Data Partition) Used by me. Data,Downloads, Mail
13th Partition: *: 57.81 GB NTFS PBR Image GPT (Unused Partition) Dell? No Drive letter.
14th Partition: *: 450 MB MB NTFS. GPT (Unused Partition) Not used by me. No Drive letter.

Windows Disk Management shows these

(2nd) Partition: *: 300.00 MB Healthy (OEM Partition) Not used by me. No Drive letter.
(3rd) Partition: *: 100.00 MB Healthy (EFI System Partition) Not used by me. No Drive letter.
(5th) Partition: C: 150.70 GB NTFS. Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) System C: GPT. (Data Partition) Used by me.
(7th) Partition: *: 875.00 MB Healthy (OEM Partition) Not used by me. No Drive letter.
(8th) Partition: I: 450.00 MB NTFS. Healthy (Primary Partition) Drive I. Not used by me.
(9th) Partition: F: 8.00 GB NTFS. Healthy (Page File, Primary Partition) Drive F: Used by me. Page file.
(11th) Partition: 😧 81.50 GB NTFS. Healthy (Page File, Primary Partition) Drive 😧 Used by me. My Documents
(12th) Partition: E: 165.49 GB NTFS. Healthy (Page File, Primary Partition) Drive E: Used by me. Data,Downloads, Mail etc
(13th) Partition: *: 57.81 GB Healthy (OEM Partition) Dell? No Drive letter.
(14th) Partition: *: 450.00 MB Healthy (OEM Partition) Not used by me. No Drive letter.

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JoeGons
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Re: Too many Partitions on hard drive

OK, Here’s what I got.

I cloned the drive to a second internal 500 GB EVO SSD.

I cloned all but the Dell 57 GB recovery and the Swap Temp partitions.

Macrion “Trimmed” etc.

I think Macrium might have put a new “Aqllighment” partition.

I then set the BIOS to what I thought was the correct Boot Order.

 

I discovered you can’t identify which hard drive is which in the BIOS Boot choices.

Two choices, Windows Boot Manager or Windows Boot Manager.

Anyways, I am able to Boot to both drives using the “Boot Options” (F12).

You also can’t identify which drive is which in the Boot Options Menu.

Both Windows options look the same.

Choosing the second “Windows Boot Manager” in the list boots to the second drive.

I changed the Partition labels on the two drives to System a and System b etc.

That way I could see which one I was in using with File Explorer.

Trouble is that the Swap Temp partition, which is only on the old drive, popped up as partition F with both boot-ups.

Windows would not let me change the partition letter for F Swap Temp until I removed the Custom Page File settings I had on F:.

Of course, when booting into the “NEW” drive, Windows rearranges the partition letters and I now need to reset the drive letter for the file History backup drive back to G:.

This will not be a problem because I will only need to use the second Drive if the first drive fails.

I believe Windows will remember the Partition letters after I reset them in each System. It does remember.

I only need to know how to setup a process that allows me to choose which drive I want to boot into.

Thanks,

Joe

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vtoy116
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Re: Too many Partitions on hard drive

I don't know if there is a way that allows you to choose which drive to boot except using F12. You may wish to look into dual booting but usually that is used to boot Windows and Linux. I think having Windows 10 on two drives in the same machine is not a good idea, even for backup. Applications and updates installed on one drive will not be installed on the other. Keeping the two drives updated will be a pain. It would be better to do periodic image backups. 

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JoeGons
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Re: Too many Partitions on hard drive

So very true. 

But like any backup, it might be in need of updates when you need it. 

I have been under the impression that Dual Boot usually applies to two OS are on the same drive. 

Here, I have two drives. 

Thanks, 

Joe

 

 

 

 

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vtoy116
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Re: Too many Partitions on hard drive

Backups can be performed as background process whereas you will have to actually boot the second drive and do the updates.

In the one case I Googled, the dual boot setup involved Windows 10 on a SSD and Ubuntu on a HDD, so not necessarily on the same drive.

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JoeGons
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Re: Too many Partitions on hard drive

Kool!!!

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annain
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Re: Too many Partitions on hard drive

You can try to delete those OEM partitions since they are created for system recovery or factory restore. That is to say you can restore your system when system fails. If you needn't to restore your system to factory setting, you can delete them and merge to another partitions.

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JoeGons
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Re: Too many Partitions on hard drive

Actually, That is what I have done. 

I deleted the 57 GB backup partition then used Macrium to clone and extend the other partitions. 

I also removed the 8 GB Swap Temp partition and put the page file back on C: 

I kept the little partitions for now since I'm not sure which might be an alignment partition etc. 

I'll remove most of those eventually. 

I would say the problem is solved. 

Joe

 

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