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Windows 7: question about system reserved partition

26 Aug 2010   #1
zog

Xp 32 bit
 
 
question about system reserved partition

First off let me appologize in advance if this question is in the wrong place.

I just bought a hard drive from a friend of mine and when I got it home and installed I found that I had this partition. My question is ....I am running windows xp..is there any way to get rid of this partition without reformatting the HDD, is it ok to leave alone while running xp, or is there something else I should do....I know that the popular answer is going to be UPGRADE to win 7...I am planning on doing this next spring when I upgrade my comp.

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26 Aug 2010   #2

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

How large is the reserved partition, and have you been able to look inside it to see what's on it (assuming it's formatted FAT or NTFS)?
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26 Aug 2010   #3

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

How to delete partition
Partition or Volume - Delete

Gparted is good for resizing and open source
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26 Aug 2010   #4
zog

Xp 32 bit
 
 

its 100 MB....comes up as its own drive letter...is deleting a partition the same in win xp as it is in win 7??
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26 Aug 2010   #5

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Sounds like this machine had Windows 7 on it at one point. As long as it doesn't contain the boot data for your install, you can remove it, yes.
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26 Aug 2010   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zog View Post
First off let me appologize in advance if this question is in the wrong place.

I just bought a hard drive from a friend of mine and when I got it home and installed I found that I had this partition. My question is ....I am running windows xp..is there any way to get rid of this partition without reformatting the HDD, is it ok to leave alone while running xp, or is there something else I should do....I know that the popular answer is going to be UPGRADE to win 7...I am planning on doing this next spring when I upgrade my comp.
The answer is Yes.
The tool is Partition Wizard.

Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software – Partition Wizard Online
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26 Aug 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Why not wipe the HD before you install XP? Who knows what bad or infected code might be on a used HD?

Use this tutorial: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

If you already have XP on the HD in another partition, then you can use free Partition Wizard CD to wipe the Windows 7 partitions, even Resize XP into that space.

When you are ready to upgrade to Windows 7, boot the DVD then use Drive Tools to Delete and repartition as you wish, format before install.
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26 Aug 2010   #8
zog

Xp 32 bit
 
 

Maybe I wasn't completely clear....sorry for that. This HDD that I got from a friend is just going to be for extra storage....but I didn't realize the partition was there until I had already transferred a few gigs worth of stuff to it. So is it safe to just delete the partition?
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26 Aug 2010   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yes.
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26 Aug 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

You may need to use the Diskpart command to Delete Partition Override on the 100mb SysReserved since it may balk at deleting a System partition.

Or Delete using free Partition Wizard bootable CD which can also resize into the space from an adjacent partition nicely.
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