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Windows 7: How to lump the 100MB system reserved partition as part of C Drive?

19 Jun 2013   #21
gregrocker

 

If they use EasyBCD to transfer the boot files they will no longer have Repair My Computer on F8 Advanced Boot tools.

It cannot be considered a Best Practice to leave an OP without WinRE.


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19 Jun 2013   #22
whs
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Greg, it may not be 'best practice' but it is practical. In this day and age of imaging, a 'repair my computer' (which usually does not help anyhow) is not a big consideration in my book.

But ultimately it is up to the users to decide whether they want to do it or not.
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19 Jun 2013   #23
gregrocker

 

Not everyone relies on backup imaging in place of repairing Win7, Wolfgang.

We should not leave someone without WinRE which can be needed at any time where the DVD, Repair CD or an image is not available. It's irresponsible and unnecessarily abandons the Best Practice repair regimen which was first developed here.
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19 Jun 2013   #24
whs
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Greg, I added a 'Warning' into the tutorial to express your concerns.
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19 Jun 2013   #25
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Just so there is some history here, you should mention your other thread about creating a one key recovery,

How to convert from .RAR to .ISO file? (For Lenovo OKR7.0 Engineering)

Or have you abandoned that?
Actually, just re-name the RAR file as an ISO file. Or the reverse. I've done this a million times, they are practically identical, and ISO is an uncompressed RAR file, or, a compressed one, if the ISO image has been compressed to make a Gigabyte of space fit onto a CD image.

that way you can just burn whatever RAR you have after changing the RAR to ISO.
What on earth are you talking about? To start with, ISO is a disk image file and RAR is a compressed "packet" file. They are absolutely not identical. Two totally different things.

Yes, you can change the file extension to ISO and then in some cases "burn" this ISO file to a CD/DVD but as it is not a real ISO disk image file but instead just a file with wrong extension, it's completely useless and unnecessary; if you don't need an ISO disk image but simply copy the RAR file to a CD/DVD, you can leave the extension as it is and copy & paste the file to disk.

I have heard it also before that some users who do not know how to write files to a CD/DVD use this workaround, changing the file extension to ISO and then using burning software to "burn" that so called ISO to disk. But, as I mentioned above, it's so utterly useless method I cannot understand the point of making such statements? Notice also that this unnecessary pointless method does not work with all compressed packets or other file types and that not all ISO burning apps can handle these fake ISOs.

Before any stupid interesting counter arguments, here's an example: Let's say I have a Windows 8 install media as a compressed RAR packet that contains the original ISO disk image.

The original bootable ISO image:
How to lump the 100MB system reserved partition as part of C Drive?-2013-06-20_010717.png
The same compressed to a RAR packet:
How to lump the 100MB system reserved partition as part of C Drive?-2013-06-20_010802.png
Opening the RAR packet with WinRAR or any other compression app shows the content:
How to lump the 100MB system reserved partition as part of C Drive?-2013-06-20_012836.png
Burning the original ISO disk image to a DVD or mounting it on a virtual CD/DVD drive shows the disk is working and bootable:
How to lump the 100MB system reserved partition as part of C Drive?-2013-06-20_011051.png
Changing the RAR packet file extension to ISO and trying to burn it to a disk or to mount it to a virtual drive only manages to produce an error message:
How to lump the 100MB system reserved partition as part of C Drive?-2013-06-20_011350.png
Kari


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20 Jun 2013   #26
AddRAM

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
If you create a partition to install windows on, you will never get the 100 MB System Reserved partition. But, it`s nothing to worry about.
The only time you can avoid creating this partition is if you allocate the WHOLE HDD / SSD to "C" before installing Windows -- if you have any other partitions then Windows will always create the 100 MB partition.
I "pre partiton" a HD with multiple partitions before installing the OS.
I've never had Windows create the 100MB System Reserved partition, when multiple partitions already exist.
Thank You for backing me up on this one.
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