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Windows 7: How do I remove the 100MB partition


03 Nov 2013   #1

 
How do I remove the 100MB partition

When I got the Lenevo Notebook G700 computer I had all the programs removed and Windows 7 Professional 64bit installed. That way I got rid of the bloatware that is normally on a new computer. I then installed AV and other software that I wanted.
However, the 100 MB recovery partition is still on the disk. I don't need it so I wish to remove it. How?
Bill


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03 Nov 2013   #2
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Hi Bill, the 100 MB hidden partition is not recovery, but it contains the MBR. We all have it, and it is necessary to keep it.

Let it be there, All clean install of windows creates that partition rightly, if not directed to do else.

If you have formatted the HDD before the installation of professional version, the recovery partition should not be there anymore.

Can you post a screenshot of the disk management window to make it clear?
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03 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That pesky 100MB partition is known as "system reserved" partition, a new "feature" introduced in Windows 7, it has nothing to do with recovery, which is always imposed by the manufacturer as a backup of their bloatware.

The system reserved partition exists just to support bitlocker feature, it serves no other purpose as far as I know, so for 99% of use cases, it's absolute unnecessary. Nevertheless Windows always creates it. There are a few tutorials instructing how to remove it on an existing system: System Reserved Partition - Delete
When clean installing, it's recommended to pre-format the HD so that it doesn't gets created in the first place, unless you plan to use bitlocker.
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03 Nov 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You can remove the partition System Reserve but it must be done correctly or you won't be able to boot your system.
I keep mine because it takes so little space.

Here is a Tutorial that will guide you through the process.
You must follow it exactly. Please note #9 in the tutorial.

System Reserved Partition - Delete
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03 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Blockie -- The tutorial above will work, but there is a big warning in it also. You are only capturing an additional 100 MB. Considering the risk, I would just leave it as is.


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03 Nov 2013   #6

 

OK, I'm convinced. I'll leave it as is. Thanks for the heads up. Too much time on my hands.
Bill
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03 Nov 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blockie View Post
OK, I'm convinced. I'll leave it as is. Thanks for the heads up. Too much time on my hands.
Bill
If you have an install disc, just pre-partition and format your HDD/SSD, as Alejandro85 pointed out (post #3).
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03 Nov 2013   #8
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Blockie if you followed the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 it explains how to handle the partitions when you reinstall, if you're wanting a perfect reinstall.

If you'll post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image we can look it over for possible problems, and tell you for sure if the 100mb partition is even functional.
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12 Feb 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You can remove the partition System Reserve but it must be done correctly or you won't be able to boot your system.
I keep mine because it takes so little space.

Here is a Tutorial that will guide you through the process.
You must follow it exactly. Please note #9 in the tutorial.

System Reserved Partition - Delete
Can this be done on a dynamic disk?

Thanks.
M.
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12 Feb 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by molasses View Post
Can this be done on a dynamic disk?

Thanks.
M.
If you have a Dynamic Disk, there are other problems we need to discuss. Please post a Screenshot of your Disk Management. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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