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Windows 7: Should I delete the system reserve when I reformat?

25 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Pro
 
 
Should I delete the system reserve when I reformat?

Is it safe to delete the system reserve partition when I reformat or just leave it as such. Few programs are corrupting my system settings and I need to do a clean install.

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25 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

You can just format the whole drive.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2011   #3

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Regular quick format wiil be fine.

100mb partition is not necessary - up to you if you want one.
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25 Feb 2011   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

All you need is a C partition.

If you mean a restore partition placed there by the manufacturer to help you restore to factory specs, you can delete that but then won't be able to use it to restore.

If you mean that little 100 mb or 200 mb partition that is typically created in a new install--it can be avoided by using the "diskpart" command.

Insert Win 7 install disk and reboot.

1. Once Windows 7 Setup is loaded, press Shift + F10 keys at the first setup screen (which allows selection of language, keyboard and locale). A Command Prompt window will be open.

2. Run Diskpart, the built-in disk partitioning tool of Windows 7 with the following command:

diskpart

3. Type in the following commands one by one, followed by the Enter key to create a partition (text in brackets are comments only):

list disk (to show the ID number of the hard disk to partition, normally Disk 0)

select disk 0 (change 0 to another number if applicable)

clean

create partition primary size=61348 (creates a 60 gig partition; to use the entire disk as one partition, omit the “size=value” parameter switch; use a similar command to create more partitions if needed or create in Windows 7 after installation)

select partition 1

active

format fs=ntfs quick

exit

4. Type exit at command prompt to close Command Prompt window.

5. Continue Windows 7 installation as usual. Remember to just highlight and select the partition just created when you come to the partition screen.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2011   #5

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25 Feb 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I deleted it when doing my last clean install and windows 7 just created a new one on its own. I created one partition and it modified it putting the 100 meg back in place. As near as I can tell you won't mess anything up by deleteing it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit Pro
 
 

Looks like I will delete the 100mb file partition and do a second clean install. I keep getting this choice window prior to starting windows telling me to choose between Windows 7 or earlier version of Windows 7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2011   #8

 
 

During a clean installing Windows 7 (do this from boot)...

1, Delete both the C: and System Reserved partition.
2, Create a new partition which will give a prompt stating that a 100MB System (optional)

You can then continue with the clean install of Windows 7

Note   Note
You'll find that after deletion on the 2 partitions there will only be 1 unallocated space.



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My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
Looks like I will delete the 100mb file partition and do a second clean install. I keep getting this choice window prior to starting windows telling me to choose between Windows 7 or earlier version of Windows 7.
I've wondered if that might happen if I didn't delete it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
During a clean installing Windows 7 (do this from boot)...

1, Delete both the C: and System Reserved partition.
2, Create a new partition which will give a prompt stating that a 100MB System (optional)

You can then continue with the clean install of Windows 7

Note   Note
You'll find that after deletion on the 2 partitions there will only be 1 unallocated space.



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Thats pretty much how things went for me.
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