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Combine Windows 8 Recovery Partitions with Partitioning Software

  • Question: after upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, I got a strange new 472MB recovery partition which is after the previous 20GB recovery partition. The new drive is too small to save large files, so I want to merge it with the larger one rather than delete it. How can I combine Windows 8 recovery partitions? Is disk management available?

    Answer: third party partitioning tool can help complete this work without deleting any drive or data while disk management requires users to delete drives. Here, the professional partitioning software MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended. It works perfectly in combining Windows 8 recovery partitions, but the following 2 conditions should be met:
    1.Operated partitions should be formatted with NTFS. Of course, if a certain partition or both of them are formatted with FAT, convert FAT to NTFS with MiniTool Partition Wizard.
    2.Operated partitions should be contiguous.

    Next, let’s see detailed steps to merge 2 neighboring NTFS partitions.

    Combine Windows 8 Recovery Partitions with MiniTool Partition Wizard

    1. Run partitioning software to get its main interface below:



    2. Select any partition to unfold action panel on the left and choose the function "Merge Partition" to get the following interface:



    3. Select the partition which will be expanded and click "Next". Then, select the partition that will be included to the first-selected partition and click "Finish" to go back to the main interface.



    4. Click "Apply" button to apply all changes.

    After application our work to combine Windows 8 recovery partitions is done. That’s so simple and there is no need to delete any drive. Nevertheless, we should point out MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition does not support merging partitions, and users should download its professional edition for corresponding support. Make use of this partitioning software when it is necessary.