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Windows 7: System Reserve Partition is Gone!

07 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
System Reserve Partition is Gone!

Hello, I installed a clean installation of Windows 7 on my laptop last night on a partition alongside two others that I kept blank for data and dual booting linux. Everything went fine and Windows created it's System Reserve partition and set up the C drive.

However, this morning I wanted to do re-do the installation so using a Ubuntu live-cd reformatted all existing partitions to FAT and commenced the installation of Windows. Everything is going fine and the computer is booting properly, the only thing is the 100MB partition is missing. Any way I can create it from the C drive?

EDIT: Ubuntu has not been installed yet, just set aside the space.




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07 Jul 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Faustus, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look at these tutorial at these links for some ideas on how to (re)create the SysResv partition; or you could have a look at the third link down to wipe the space and use diskpart to create the partition(s) you need and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management

System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation


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07 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Bare Foot Kid, will do. I looked at the first link a few minutes ago and saw that it needed unallocated space. Is there any way to create a System Reserve from the existing C drive? I'll check out the other links in greater detail now, sorry if the answer to my question is in there.
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07 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Step One of the second tutorial shows how to Resize the left side of C: to create unallocated space that can be used to create the SysResv using Windows disk management.
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07 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I read through the tutorial but I am a bit confused. From what I understand, the tutorial is saying that I create 200MB unallocated space and then install windows 7 again, is that correct or am I mistaken?

What I am confused about is where would I install Windows 7 again. Should I overwrite the C drive and have it fresh? If that's the case is there any way that I can create the three partitions shown in the screenshot, C, D, E; all FAT formatted via Ubuntu live and then re-install Windows like I did this morning. I did this last night and the system reserve was created but this morning it was not. Do you have any idea what the difference could have been between the installations?

Thank you very much for your help,
Faustus
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07 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have a look at Step One and then Step Two #3 to create the System Reserved and a partition to do another clean install to, then installing Linux will create its own Fat partitions to install to and you'll be all set.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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07 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Great tutorial, doing clean all right now

Just one last question, after I get this installation through is there any way to confirm that the System Reserve drive contains what it should and isn't just sitting around. Excuse me if this is a newbie question.
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07 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

That's ok mate, we all have noob questions from time to time.


If in Windows 7 disk management, the System Reserved partition has the System and the Active flags, then it is correct and that is where the "System" boot files are stored; and the Boot flag indicates the Operating System that is 'running' at the time.
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07 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Spoke too soon. If I'd like to take advantage of being able to create partitions in disk part can I go ahead and make the NTFS D drive as well. Would it also be a primary partition?

so..

create partition primary size=____

format fs=ntfs label="Data"

Thanks
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07 Jul 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 


No, Label="Windows 7" has to be used for a name like this.

You would use assign= to add a drive letter but don't assign a letter at all to the SysResv and the partition Windows 7 is installed to has to be C: so I would suggest not to use the assign argument at all for this.



I totally misunderstood the question, yes you can create a third partition to use as a Data partition while using diskpart.
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