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Windows 7: Cannot see System Reserved during image backup etc

23 Apr 2011   #11

Win7 Ultimate 64bit



Thanks for the reply. Very clear there. Any tips/ideas to share in this regard...? Maybe on folder backup via Paragon BR..? Thanks again!


So I take it that drive 0 that XP resides on is able to self boot. That is if you physically unplug drive 1 (the win 7 drive) XP will boot. If the answer is yes then you are BIOS booting and what you are doing boot wise is ok.
--No I do not physically unplug drive 1. All I do is go to the BIOS and select in the 'Boot Priority' the drive I formatted with Windows 7(ST380215ACE) or ST3160215A (with XP)as drive 1. When I started formatting the Windows 7 drive it was the only one plugged. The same was with XP.

Did that because I experienced previously problems with the boot selection even I had removed the Windows 7 partition and XP remained as sole hdd in an old pc. When rebooting/starting-up it would ask to select Windows 7 or a later version....I was not able to cure that even with EasyBCD(neosmarts).

If the answer is no then you are still booting XP through the Windows 7 partition and not an independent system reserved partition. Sure this works ok but it is not a robust approach.
--What may the apparent ill effects of such..?
--What may be the best approach there..?

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23 Apr 2011   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I'm not suggesting that you normally unplug disk 1 (Windows 7 partition). I'm saying as a test, unplug it and see if XP self boots.
If it does then you are doing a BIOS boot which I think is best in your situation. If one OS goes belly up it's straightforward to boot the other.
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25 Apr 2011   #13

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

Hello mjf;

Thanks very much for the reply. Really appreciate it..really a newbie here.

That is if you physically unplug drive 1 (the win 7 drive) XP will boot.
-- Oh I get it now..oops sorry on that(English is not my native confused). Yes, if I unlug drive 1 XP will boot. Actually I tested that on both drives when I started using Windows 7 to make sure if I seem to have trouble with Win7 I can move back to XP.

Thanks so much very clear there.

I'd like to thank you guys here for extending me the help to understand what happend there and point me toward the right perspective. Lot of learning here.

You all have a good one

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