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Windows 7: Re/Moving System Reserved - SSD+HD system

22 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
 
 
Re/Moving System Reserved - SSD+HD system

Hi, I've got a brand new system setup with SSD and HD. Unfortunately when I installed Win 7 (64 bit Pro) I had both drives connected so the "System Reserved" 100 MB partition was placed on the HD.

Later on after some googling I learned that the proper way is to only connect the SSD when installing and afterwards to connect any other hard drives you may wish to add to your system. For more see:

"When you do your Windows 7 install make sure that there are no drives connected apart from the one you're going to install onto. If another drive is available then the install kit will put the reserved partition there instead of on the OS drive. "
[Solved] 100MB System Reserved Partition regarding clean install - Hard-Disks - Storage


"One word of advice I'd mention is to disconnect ALL of your drives EXCEPT the SSD when you install Windows. Windows will try to create a "recovery partition" on a different drive than the OS drive. When you boot the system you're actually booting from the recovery partition which then goes ahead and loads windows from the OS drive. The idea is that it your OS drive gets corrupted then you can still boot the recovery partition in order to perform a repair.

Unfortunately it means that both drives need to work in order to boot Windows. I personally prefer that everything you need to boot the system be on one drive, so I install windows without any other drives connected. This way it creates the recovery partition on the same drive as Windows (the SSD, in this case)."
Win 7 SSD - config-customize - windows-7

Here's what my disk management look like:
http://i.imgur.com/hFrDo.png

So my question is this. How can I best fix this situation?

Should I remove the 100 MB partition and try the repair method to have it be put on the SSD? I found this:

Moving the System Reserved partition in Windows 7. - Microsoft Answers


Or...............


Since the system is brand new with no data/applications on it yet should I do a brand new install by disconnecting the HD and installing fresh on the SSD (again)? this would force the system reserved partition on the same drive - and then connecting the platter drive to the system.

But if I do this, then will there be a problem since the HD will have the leftover system reserved partition still there?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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22 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Synaptic Sam, welcome to Seven Forums!


Power down and disconnect Disk 1 and set the Disk 0 HDD as the second boot device after the CD/DVD drive and mark the Windows 7 partition as Active and do the 3 separate startup repairs, with restarts between each to (re)create the Windows System boot files to the C: partition.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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22 Aug 2011   #3

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22 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
system specs posted!


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Synaptic Sam, welcome to Seven Forums!


Power down and disconnect Disk 1 and set the Disk 0 HDD as the second boot device after the CD/DVD drive and mark the Windows 7 partition as Active and do the 3 separate startup repairs, with restarts between each to (re)create the Windows System boot files to the C: partition.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

ok, let's see if I follow what you're saying (please be patient with a n00b!):

1. powerdown the computer
2. disconnect Disk 1
3. turn power on and through BIOS set Disk 0 as second boot after CD/DVD drive
4. after OS loads go into Disk Management and mark the Windows 7 partition (this is the OS install - not the "System Reserved" partition!) as Active
5. follow steps in the startup repair link you provide (run 3 separate times)

am I understanding you correctly? how would the system boot up without the system reserve partition? doesn't it need that for bootup?

Thanks!
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22 Aug 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Synaptic Sam View Post



am I understanding you correctly? how would the system boot up without the system reserve partition? doesn't it need that for bootup?

Thanks!
No the SysResv is not needed.


Mark the Windows 7 partition Active using disk management BEFORE you power down, just be sure you have a Windows 7 installation disk for the startup repairs beforehand as Windows will not start after you mark it active and before you do the startup repairs.

This will work for the startup repairs also.

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc
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22 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
 
 

Thank you for the clarification! yes, I have the Win 7 installation disc as well as the system repair disc. I assume I could use both but I'll use the original installation disc.

ok so the order is this:

1. Mark Disk 0 as Active
2. insert installation disc (to be used later)
3. power down system
4. disconnect Disk 1
5. turn power on
6. via BIOS change boot order to first, CD/DVD and then second, Disk 0
7. boot up will use the installation disc inserted earlier
8. follow instructions here and here

just want to make sure I don't make a mistake!


also, what do I do after this is done? that is when the system reserve partition is moved? do I plug the HD back on and format it to remove the residual system reserve partition that was originally put there?
thanks again
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22 Aug 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Synaptic Sam View Post
just want to make sure I don't make a mistake!


also, what do I do after this is done? that is when the system reserve partition is moved? do I plug the HD back on and format it to remove the residual system reserve partition that was originally put there?
thanks again

You're welcome.

There will be no SysResv after this, the Windows 7 C: will be "System Active"; if you care to recreate it have a look through these tutorials linked below for different methods of creating it; the SysResv partition is useful but not necessary.
System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management

System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot

After Windows 7 is booting good all on it's own, power down and reconnect the HDD and you can create partition(s) as you choose.

Note   Note

You can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition.
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22 Aug 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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The Gigabyte Z68A-D3-B3 has a EFI BIOS, have you made a GPT drive partitions?

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Recommended UEFI-Based Disk-Partition Configurations


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22 Aug 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Ray, the snip doesn't show EFI.

click to enlarge
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22 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
The Gigabyte Z68A-D3-B3 has a EFI BIOS, have you made a GPT drive partitions?

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Recommended UEFI-Based Disk-Partition Configurations

who the what now? sorry but that goes over my head. could you please explain a bit? thanks

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