Installing W10 - Can you reclaiming full SSD space later ?

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  1. 1000

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    Hi all,

    Giving some serious thought to installing W10 preview on my SP3 on a new partition that I'd create using the steps provided in the SP3 thread.

    Just a question with regards to partitioning the SSD to make a partition for W10, when I'm finished playing around with the W10 preview, can I then re-claim the space I reserved for the W10 partition easily ? For example, If I threw, say, a 50GB partition at W10 and then decided to remove it, can I reclaim the 50GB back to the main C:\ partition where 8.1 resides on my SP3 ?

    Cheers

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    hi... I think you can reclaim that space you used for W10 using W8.1 standard Disk Management tool, with one condition that the space (W10) is adjacent to the C: drive. Otherwise you need to use 3rd party tool.

    one way you can try, since I assume you already had the new partition is to delete it and try if you have option to combining the unused space to C: drive.
     
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    Simple answer, Yes you can.

    The scenario: Remove space from your C: Win8.1 Partition to create a Win10 partition.
    This will shrink the partition and leave free space at the upper end for a new partition. When you're finished you can delete the Win10 partition then expand the original partition up to reclaim the space.

    You would require a 3rd party partition manager IF you wanted to delete the C: Win8.1 partition and expand the Win10 partition because the Windows tool will only work expanding the partition up not down.
     
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    Great info, thanks so much. Can't see any reason not to give W10 a go.. unless I wait it out until there is a build with continuum.

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