Recovery partition removed but left a small partition behind

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    Hi Guys,

    I decided to move the recovery portion off my SP1 to free up some space. I followed the Microsoft guidelines and transferred it to a USB drive using the wizard. The wizard offered to remove the partition for me.

    This is fine except it has created a new F: partition that's 7GB in size. Looking at the disk management the disk has a 450mb recovery partition in between the C: and F: partitions. This is preventing me from expanding the drive and actually using the new space. I am unable to remove this little partition. If I right click on it the context menu only shows Help.

    Any ideas?

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    Following the instructions I was to work out what was needed and removed the little partition. Now I have extended my C: and have a healthy 11GB free space again.

    Hope this is helpful for anyone in the future. The steps are:

    Run CMD
    DISKPART to load the DISKPART utility
    Rescan - checks for all drives
    List Disk - should show disk 0 and disk 1 (if you have an SD card mounted)
    Select disk 0 (as long as that's your OS drive)
    List Part - will list all partitions
    Select partition x (x should be replaced by the partition list number from List Part - mine was 5, I used the size of the partitions to identify the correct partition)
    Delete partition override - removes the partition forcefully

    Once complete close diskpart and open computer management (control panel - administrative tools) select disk management. In my case the F: was already formatted so I right click deleted it. Once it showed as empty space I right clicked C: and chose extend partition. Follow the wizard to expand the drive to the maximum size.

    Job done!
     
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