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junieman

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I have a new dell laptop with a 256 GB hard drive and I would like to copy it to a 1 tb hard drive.
Do I have to copy the recovery partitions when I copy the "C" drive or only copy the "C" partition over?
My system came with Windows 10 and I upgraded it to Windows 11 when I received it.
Also, the Hard drive that I am coping it to contains 4 recovery partitions.
Is there any way to delete these partitions and combine the "Z" partition with the "G" partition?
And the same question combining the blank partition with the "G" partition.
I would like to use the "G" drive or do I have to just get a new blank hard drive?
I am enclosing a picture of the 2 drives from the disk management.
 

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Its safest to clone the disk and copy all paritions one is a boot and other are recovery one is likley an OEM one
 

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I have a new dell laptop with a 256 GB hard drive and I would like to copy it to a 1 tb hard drive.
A point of clarification for me, is the 256GB drive actually an SSD/Solid State Drive? My Notebook of Oct. has an M.2 NVMe SSD and my Desktop of yesterday has a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD. Your 1TB is most likely an HDD/Hard Disk SATA Drive but could be an SSD SATA drive.

If I correctly understand what you want to do I'd wipe the 1TB drive of all partitions then create one to use for storage, actually going to do that this evening with my Desktop using a spare HDD.
 

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First point to understand, you cannot 'copy' partitions and it boot. You can clone one drive to another or you can backup one drive and restore the backup to another.

There are too many unknowns here that you need to clarify. I agree with @Berton. I am fairly certain the disk 1 boot drive is a ssd.
I am guessing disk 3 is a hdd. Is it your intent to make the disk 3 your boot drive? If so, you would be shooting yourself in the foot as a hdd is much, much slower than a ssd. Your OS should be on the SSD.

On disk 1, the 17.35 gb partition is probably the Dell recovery partition which you no longer need, but even if you delete it, that space is unusable until the other partitions on drive 1 are rearranged to be able in include that space as part of C:. This can be done using Minitool Partition Wizard if one understands partitioning rules. Without seeing a full screenshot of disk management, I am surmising the partition following that Dell partition is also a Dell partition that is not needed.

IMO the partition scheme on disk 3 is really messed up for a storage drive. Did it come that way from Dell or is that an old hdd you installed as a storage drive without repartitioning it? A storage drive does not use recovery partitions.
 

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To find out which exact drives you have check in Device Manager, also click on "Populate". That would be my first option.
Disk3 ((what happened to Disk 2 ?) was obviously used as BOOT /OS disk and if not used for that it has tons of unused space. One way to reclaim would be to delete all partition without a letter and merge that space with lettered partitions in front of them. Doing that would keep all data in lettered partitions.
Best way would be to backup data from Z and G partitions (if any), delete all partitions and make own partition(s) as required.
 

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First point to understand, you cannot 'copy' partitions and it boot. You can clone one drive to another or you can backup one drive and restore the backup to another.
It is a common held misconception that you can only clone a full drive. All cloning is really is copying partitions.
With Macrium Reflect, you can clone individual partition.

In fact, you only need to clone the efi partition and the main c drive.

Regarding multiple recovery partitions, the easiest thing to do is to run (from admin command prompt)

reagentc /disable

which moves winre.wim to a folder on C drive. Then after cloning run

reagentc /enable.

However, your key point about larger drive being a mess applies.

So you can wipe all partitions not needed on large drive, and keep one you need AND clone OS to it.
 

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I assume both disks are "Internal" drives or if not the old one will be replaced by the new one.

Macrium when copying a disk gives you the option of resizing partitions on to the larger disk -- simply after wiping the "big" disk just copy the Disk in Macrium and make the target Windows partition "usually the C partition on the source disk"the size you want". Then change in the BIOS the boot drive if the computer has more than 1 internal drive. In macrium drag the partitions from the old HDD to empty space on the new one and adjust slider to the amount you want. You can also choose "Fill" where Macrium will resize to the end of available space.

Afterwards (if both drives internal in the machine) use the old drive or data or whatever -- simply in command mode (elevated) use diskpart to clean and re-initialize the old disk.

If external get a SATA->USB adapter and use the old disk for backups, external storage or whatever.

Cheers
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junieman

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I deleted all the partitions and now I only have one partition like I wanted.
I Cloned the "C" drive on the new drive.
Everything works great.
Thanks to everybody for the help.
 

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