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Windows 7: "System Reserved (C:)" and "Local Disk (D:)" ??


08 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit (upgrade from XP)
 
 
"System Reserved (C:)" and "Local Disk (D:)" ??

Newbie here. I have searched around for a while but have not found a post with my exact situation.

I just installed a new Seagate Momentus 500gb (7200rpm) SATA drive in my Lenovo X61 laptop and have been working on a installation of Windows7 Ultimate.

Not realizing this was an upgrade install disk, I tried to install Windows 7. I didn't know about the clean install method, so I started over with an installation of WinXP (slipstreamed to deal with the SATA drive).

Next, I ran the Custom Installation upgrade to Windows 7.

So far, it seems to be working ok.

However, the Local Drive is D: instead of C:. The System Reserved drive in labeled C:. Should I be concerned? Should/Can I change this?

Attached are screenshots of Disk Management and explorer window.

Thank you for any info.
-Nate




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09 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Try removing the System Reserved drive letter in Disk Management to see if Windows 7 claims C instead. It sometimes works.

There is no reason you can't operate with Windows 7 as D even though it is meant to always assume the C letter unless it's installer is run from another OS.

But if you do I would not allow a drive letter for SysReserved as programs can write to and corrupt it, especially the ability to make Windows 7 backup images.

Now that you know you can clean install Windows 7 without needing XP on the HD, I would strongly consider booting the installer to do a Custom install, choose Drive Options to Delete all partitions, Create new as you wish, then Format before installing to first partition after SysReserved it will create for you. The installer will see an OS at boot to allow use of Upgrade version key upfront during install.

Here are tips to get a perfect reinstall - use the ones which apply: Clean Reinstall steps
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09 Aug 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

As the System Reserved is on partition 2, Windows installer will assign a letter.
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