By AOMEI / Last Updated May 31, 2017

Recovery partition in the way

Many people find that after upgrading to Windows 10, it create a 450MB recovery partition behind C: drive. As you may know, Disk Management allows you to extend partition when there is contiguous unallocated space behind.

While the recovery partition is there, you cannot extend system partition. You probably do not want to just delete the recovery partition because you may need to use Windows recovery options. In that case, you can move Windows 10 recovery partition.

Recovery Partition in the Way

Besides Windows recovery partition, factory default recovery partition (called OEM partition) may also get in the way of extending system partition. It allows you to restore your PC to factory default settings. If you need that option, you should keep it and just move recovery partition to end of disk or other location without data loss.

How to move recovery partition in Windows 10

In order to move a partition without data loss, you need third party software AOMEI Partition Assistant. The free edition will do.

To move recovery partition, there must be unallocated space. If there is no unallocated space on the hard drive, you can shrink a partition to generate some unallocated space. You can free download this partition manager software and get started.

1. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant. It is supported in Windows 10/8/7.

2. If the recovery partition is between the partition you want to extend and the unallocated space, just right click on the recovery partition and select Move Partition.

Move Partition

3. In the Move Partition screen, click and hold to drag the recovery partition rightward and then click OK.

Move Recovery Partition

4. then you can preview the partition layout after moving recovery partition in Windows 10. If no problem, click Apply to apply the changes.

Apply Changes

If you need to add the unallocated space to C: drive, you can right click on C: drive and select Resize Partition to extend system drive. You can do this before applying the changes. If you do not care about recovery options, you can just delete recovery partition with DiskPart.exe.

Can you move recovery partition to USB?

If you really want to remove the recovery partition but still have the recovery options, you can move the windows recovery partition to a USB flash drive and then delete the recovery partition. In Windows 10, there is a built-in feature called Create a Recovery Drive.

Windows 10 recovery drive allows you to troubleshoot and fix problems with your PC, even when it is unable to boot. You can backup system files to the recovery drive and then you will be able to use it to reinstall Windows when needed.

If you need to backup system files to the USB recovery drive, then the flash drive need to have at 16GB of space. Be aware that everything on the USB drive will be deleted before creating the recovery disk.

At the last step of creating recovery drive, you will be given an option to delete the Windows recovery partition. Since you have just created recovery drive that have complete recovery options, you can safely delete the recovery partition.

In Windows 10, to move recovery partition or remove it is really up to you. If you follow the steps above, you can safely, nothing will go wrong. Actually, if you use the free software mentioned, you can directly add unallocated space to system partition when recovery partition is in the way of extending partition.