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Windows 7: System Reserved Partition

04 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
System Reserved Partition

Hello,

I just recently purchased computers for our office. When we booted the computer up for the first time it went through the initial install of Windows 7 32-bit. There is one thing I dislike about per-configured computers -- and that is the multiple partitions they assign the hard drive. Anyways, I will stop ranting about this and get into the question I have today.

There are currently two partitions on the hard drives. One is C: and the other D: (System Reserved). I would not have a problem with this, but System Reserved can be accessed. It is not hidden. On the older hard drives, this partition was hidden. These computers are being pushed out to the public, so I wish to hide this partition. I do not want to delete it, because I am sure that would do harm to the hard drive.

Please help.
~ Blair


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04 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hey,

You can go to the Start orb, go to Administrative Tools (it can be accessed thru search) and go to Computer Management. On the left-hand sidebar, go to "Storage" and the 1 sub-category under that. Wait for the disk information to load and right-click the partition you wish to hide, and change the mounting, to remove the drive letter it is mounted under.

Good luck!
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04 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

that will do it!

Thanks Injust!
It was right under my nose.

You rawk.
~ Blair
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04 Oct 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

The System Reserved partition is required in order for the PC to boot, so you shouldn't delete it. To remove the drive letter, in Disk Management, simple right click on this partition, choose Change Drive letters and path, and select remove, as shown below.

However...............before you do that, lets just double-check your partitions : post a screen capture image of your Disk Management screen.

Regards,
Golden


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04 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Isn't the System Recovery Partition just the manufacturer (HP, Acer, etc.)'s recovery tools OR/AND the Windows Repair Files?
So it won't matter if you hide it, cause it's still there.
He's not DELETING it
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04 Oct 2012   #6

7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Injust View Post
Isn't the System Recovery Partition just the manufacturer (HP, Acer, etc.)'s recovery tools OR/AND the Windows Repair Files?
So it won't matter if you hide it, cause it's still there.
He's not DELETING it
System Recovery and System Reserve are two totally different things.

By default Windows 7 creates a system reserve partition that is Usually at the front of the drive and is hidden, IE No Drive letter.

A System Recovery Partition is installed by the manufacturer and can hold some diagnostic program and usually a Restore Image.

The OP said they Installed Win 7 32bit, why 32bit I don't know (I certainly wouldn't install that) and it created a D drive that is Labeled System Reserve. It should of been at the beginning of the disk and hidden.
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04 Oct 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

As wisely suggested remove the drive letter from SysRserved in Disk Mgmt: Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums. That's all.
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