My system currently has the following partitions:

Screenshot from GParted

As shown, there are two recovery partitions. Running reagentc /info (as suggested here) shows that sdb5 is the one actually being used.

I would like to delete the unused recovery partition (sdb1) and move all other partitions (sdb2, sdb3, sdb4, sdb5) to the start of the disk, leaving all unallocated space as a contiguous block at the end (ready for Linux installation).

My problem is that GParted will not seem to let me move the MSR partition (sdb3) - the "resize/move" option is just greyed out.

How can I accomplish this?

  • The Microsoft reserved partition isn't unallocated space and serves a purpose. If you delete the EFI System Partition, you wouldn't be able to boot into Windows.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 11, 2018 at 16:29
  • 1
    @Ramhound I don't want to delete it. As I said, I want to delete the unused extra recovery partition (sdb1), and move the other partitions (including the EFI partition, sdb2, and Microsoft reserved partition, sdb3) to the start of the drive.
    – Phydeaux
    Jul 11, 2018 at 16:32
  • I always delete the MSR partition directly. It has done no harm to me in the past 5 years. Note: Don't mistakenly delete ESP.
    – iBug
    Oct 21, 2018 at 6:06
  • I believe it's used for Bitlocker.
    – TJJ
    Apr 17, 2021 at 13:42
  • "wouldn't be able to boot into Windows" False. .efi is duplicated in C:\Windows\Boot\EFI, so may work if NTFS as ESP is supported by Ring -2 code and nvram points to look where to find EFI folder. Dec 24, 2021 at 22:13

2 Answers 2


What you can do is to Copy the MSR partition to an unallocated space block and then remove the original Source. It worked for me previously, altough I would recommend not to change the order of the partitions. So first remove the partition labeled Recovery, then move the EFI system partition and only then copy the MSR. Hope it helps

  • I used AOMEI partition manager to create some free space in front of the msr partition. Used the copy function to duplicate it to the end of the disk, then deleted the original msr partition, and extended my EFI partition. It worked!
    – Alexander
    Oct 3, 2022 at 2:36

Since gparted 0.33.0 you can move the msr as any usual partition if there is a free space to the left or to the right of the partition.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.