By AOMEI / Last Updated November 20, 2019

The recovery partition is in the way

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

While the Windows recovery partition is located there, you will not be able to extend the system partition. You probably do not want to just delete the recovery partition because you may need to use the Windows recovery options in the future. Therefore, we recommend moving the Windows 10 recovery partition to a different location.

Recovery Partition in the Way

As well as the Windows recovery partition, the factory default recovery partition (called the OEM partition) may also get in the way of extending the system partition. As the OEM partition allows you to restore your PC to factory default settings. It is best to keep it and just move the recovery partition without losing any data to the end of the disk or to another location.

How to move the recovery partition in Windows 10

In order to move a partition without losing data, you will need specialist third party software: AOMEI Partition Assistant. The free edition will be ok for what we need. Before we can move the recovery partition, you must ensure that there is some unallocated space on the drive. If there is no unallocated space on the hard drive, you can shrink a partition to generate some. First download this free partition manager to get started.

1. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant. It’s compatible with Windows 10, 8, and 7.

2. If the recovery partition is between the partition you want to extend and the unallocated space, 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 towards the right hand side and then click OK.

Move To New Location

4. Now you can preview the partition layout after moving recovery partition in Windows 10. If there is no problem, click Apply to save the changes.


If you need to add the unallocated space to the C: drive, you can right click on the C: drive and select Resize Partition to successfully extend system drive. You can do this before applying the changes. If you do not care about the inbuilt recovery options, you can simply 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 delete the recovery partition. In Windows 10, there is a built-in feature called Create a Recovery Drive.

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

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

In the final step of creating the recovery drive, you will be given the option to delete the Windows recovery partition. Since you have just created a recovery drive that has all of the complete recovery options, you can safely delete the recovery partition.

In Windows 10, it is completely your choice if you want to move the recovery partition or remove it. If you follow the steps above, you will be able to safely move it without any problems. Plus, if you use the free professional software we mentioned you will be able to directly add unallocated space to system partition when the recovery partition is preventing you from extending your partition.