Question HELP! I can't upgrade the SSD in my laptop

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HELP!!! Hey, y'all. I have an XPS 13 9380 and I bought it configured with the 256GB and I am looking to upgrade it. As a result, I got myself a 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO. Using TODO EaseUS backup software and an external HDD to house the cloned drive, I managed to clone my current 256GB drive onto my new 1TB drive. The computer boots as normal using the 970 EVO, however, the challenge comes when I need to expand the main C partition such that I can have more storage. Seeing that the unallocated 600ish GB of storage is not adjacent to the C partition and is separated by the Dell build-in recovery and data partitions, I am not able to merge the partitions or expand the existing C partition. In fact, when the 1TB drive is being booted off of, the option to expand the C partition is completely greyed out. When I boot off of an external HDD and keep the 1TB SSD plugged in, I am able to press the button to expand the C partition, however the partition on the 1 TB SSD is then changed to N. I assume this is because of the fact that it is an exact clone of the HDD that is being booted off of so there can not be two C partitions. If I attempt to expand the N partition, I get a popup that says there is not enough space to expand the partition. After this failed, I attempted to boot on 1 TB after having it plugged in as the secondary drive and the computer wouldn't boot. Attached is a screenshot of the partition structure of the factory drive. Could anyone help me set things up in a way such that I can clone this factory drive over to the 1 TB one and expand the C main partition such that I can enjoy the extra storage of a larger drive?
 

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Show us a screencap of your Disk Management window.

Delete the Dell Recovery thing, or use its functionality to create a USB.
Copy the contents of the Data partition to elsewhere.

Now that there is nothing in those partitions that you need, DELETE.
You should be able to Extend the C into that newly blank space.
 
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Show us a screencap of your Disk Management window.

Delete the Dell Recovery thing, or use its functionality to create a USB.
Copy the contents of the Data partition to elsewhere.

Now that there is nothing in those partitions that you need, DELETE.
You should be able to Extend the C into that newly blank space.

Also, it does not have the option to delete the non C partitions. Is there any way at all that I could position the unallocated space adjacent to the C partition and not have to delete the OEM partitions?
 

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Also, it does not have the option to delete the non C partitions. Is there any way at all that I could position the unallocated space adjacent to the C partition and not have to delete the OEM partitions?
Not in Disk Management. That is less than full featured.
Maybe possibly with a 3rd party partition tool.

Ultimate fallback...wipe and reinstall Win 10 on that drive.
PITA, but that DOES work.
 
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Not in Disk Management. That is less than full featured.
Maybe possibly with a 3rd party partition tool.

Ultimate fallback...wipe and reinstall Win 10 on that drive.
PITA, but that DOES work.
I installed EaseUS partition master and now it allows me the option to delete the extra partitions. Attached is a screenshot of EaseUS partition master and all the partitions on the drive. Is it ok to delete everything that is not the C partition in terms of functionality? I have other ways of recovering my data if something were to happen. Is the built in Dell recovery all I would be losing? Or would I be losing the ability to automatically update my drivers or anything else important?
 
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Image and DELLSUPPORT are the only things you might delete.

Remove others, and you may lose the actual booting up.
If I can't delete the windows recovery environment partition, then I still couldn't merge the unallocated space and the partition C. A tech support technician had told me that the RE partition is not essential assuming you already have a backup and a seperate computer.
 

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