Modifying partitions on Surface Pro 5 using GParted.
Published on January 09, 2021 by Tony E.
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I couldn’t expand the Primary partition because there was another partition in the way. I needed to move the small partition before I could expand the primary.
I had a Surface Pro 4 that suffered from the ‘Battery Swelling’ issue. My Surface Pro 4 had a 256GB storage. The Microsoft store replaced my product with the closest thing they had in stock which was a Surface Pro 5 with 512GB storage. They offerred to backup my data making a 1:1 copy of the entire storage of the Pro 4 and put it on the Pro 5. I returned the next day to pick up my new Surface Pro 5. Under the kickstand it has the “512GB” storage identifier but under “This PC” in file explorer it shows the “C:" drive as being only 256GB total. I checked the partition table using the windows tool and it showed another 256GB unallocated. I keep my storage pretty lean so this wasn’t an immediate concern but eventually I knew I needed to claim that unallocated space.
On the right side of the Primary “Windows” partition is a recovery partition. When this was copied over to a larger capacity sotrage it retained its size and capacity.
While it would’ve been very easy for me to right-click in the “Disk Management” tool in Windows, format the unallocated space creating a “D:" drive which was 256GB in size but I didn’t want that. I wanted the maximum allocatable space to all belong to the “C:" drive. This would require me to reloacte the “Recovery” partition all the way to the right of the entire disk, then expanding the Primary Windows Partition to claim the rest of the unallocated space.
I found this was best accomplished with a GUI utility because I wasn’t familiar with the available CLI options. All in all this process took about 10 minutes.
After the computer completely rebooted, I openned file explorer, clicked on “This PC” and saw my disk was still showing “~256GB” total capacity. This was wrong, it should be ~512GB. I openned Disk Management, clicked on my Primary Windows partition and clicked “Refresh” from the drop down menu. This caused the Surface Pro to immediately bluescreen and go into Recovery Mode. This took about 1 - 2 minutes to recover. Once it was finished “rebuilding”, it rebooted again. I checked everything and I now had ~512GB full drive capacity available to me.
I’m not sure why this process caused the computer to jump to Recovery Mode. If you know, tell me.