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Windows 7: System Reserve Partition

08 Sep 2011   #1
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 
System Reserve Partition

After a long, frustrating struggle I finally have Windows 7 loaded onto my desktop computer. It seems to be operating as it should. However, I am now concerned that I have either done something wrong or have failed to do something.

I read in several places about a 100MB system reserve partition that I don't seem to have.

Should I? If I should, would it be apparent when viewing "Disk Manager"?

Since it is only used when in the recovery mode, does it provide the same service as the "System Repair Disk".


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08 Sep 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Yes.
Take a look at this post:
What is the system reserve partition in Win 7
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08 Sep 2011   #3
theog

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What is the system reserve partition in Win 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Ok, here comes the cavalry. The only thing the sysres is required for is bitlocker, if you use that feature. Its not required for F8-Repair your computer to function (this is about the nth time I'm saying it and soon I'll start sounding like a parrot). So, IF you wish you can manage things without sysres quite nicely. But if you're lazy like me and already have it, let it be, its harmless and only takes a corner of your massive hard disk.


If you have installed Windows 7, you have the F8 option installed, or can use the Windows 7 DVD or use the Startup Repair CD

System Repair Disc - Create

You have the F8 option with or without system reserve partition.
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08 Sep 2011   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Dusty would you please reboot this computer and tap the F8 key repeatedly.

Does Repair My Computer appear on the menu?

Post up a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings also when you get a chance.
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08 Sep 2011   #5
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Dusty would you please reboot this computer and tap the F8 key repeatedly.

Does Repair My Computer appear on the menu? NO

Post up a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings also when you get a chance.
Greg, tapping F8 takes me to the one time boot option menu.

Here is a snip of my "Disk Management".

-disk-management-snip.png


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09 Sep 2011   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Why are the System Boot files on D if it is only for applications? Did you have it marked Active which tells the installer to place the boot files there?

D appears to be empty. I would mark Win7 partition Active in Disk management, reboot into Win7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair repeatedly with reboots until Win7 writes the System Boot Files to C and starts on its own.

Once this occurs, reboot and tap the F8 key repeatedly, choose the Win7 HD to boot, then tap the F8 key again repeatedly to see the Advanced Boot Tools menu. Is Repair console a choice?
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09 Sep 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As Greg pointed out, this is a rather strange configuration. But the Win7 installer seems to place the bootmgr into the first partition it can find and if it does not find any, it creates the 100MB partition.

I have the same problem on one system where it placed the bootmger on the first HDD it found although I was installing on an SSD. I was aware of that but since I could not unplug this HDD during the installation, I let it go.

There is really nothing to worry about as long as you do not reformat D: - but if you rather have a "clean" setup, follow Gregs steps.
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09 Sep 2011   #8
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why are the System Boot files on D if it is only for applications? Did you have it marked Active which tells the installer to place the boot files there?

D appears to be empty. I would mark Win7 partition Active in Disk management, reboot into Win7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair repeatedly with reboots until Win7 writes the System Boot Files to C and starts on its own.

Once this occurs, reboot and tap the F8 key repeatedly, choose the Win7 HD to boot, then tap the F8 key again repeatedly to see the Advanced Boot Tools menu. Is Repair console a choice?
I don't know what happened, even though I am the one who did it.

In the beginning there was only one HDD. I can not say just exactly how I proceeded from there but using diskpart and partition wizard I formatted and partitioned the HD. When I began to install W7, the HD was partitioned with 50GB for OS, 100MB for system reserve, and the rest unallocated. There was no other HD in the system.

Just recently, I loaded Office onto the same HD. To do that I had to create the partition where Office now resides. It had been my intention for all of the Apps to be in a separate partition but I failed to do that. In my rush to do this, I loaded a few things like Google Firefox, CPUID, CPU-Z and others. Because I had not yet defined the "Applications" partition they ended up on the HD along with the OS. I intend to move those applications but have not yet done so.

I stopped doing anything when I began to question the whereabouts of the "System Reserve" and whether or not I had screwed up with the installation.

Thus my question and the reason for this thread.

Do I have recovery capability without doing anything else OR have I messed up to the point where I cannot recover without starting all over.

I really do not want to take a chance of reentering that fiasco. If I was more computer literate I would jump right in and do as has just been recommended but I am not that self confident.

My inclination is to uninstall or move the applications from disk 0 and put those elsewhere (disk 1). This would leave disk 0 with nothing but the OS and an awful lot of unused space.

Am I at serious risk using the system the way I now have it configured?
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09 Sep 2011   #9
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why are the System Boot files on D if it is only for applications? Did you have it marked Active which tells the installer to place the boot files there? I don't know what was marked as active.

D appears to be empty. MS Word is the only thing on D: I would mark Win7 partition Active in Disk management, reboot into Win7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair repeatedly with reboots until Win7 writes the System Boot Files to C and starts on its own.

Once this occurs, reboot and tap the F8 key repeatedly, choose the Win7 HD to boot, then tap the F8 key again repeatedly to see the Advanced Boot Tools menu. Is Repair console a choice?
I think I understand but lack confidence to do this.
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09 Sep 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dustywoodworker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why are the System Boot files on D if it is only for applications? Did you have it marked Active which tells the installer to place the boot files there? I don't know what was marked as active.

D appears to be empty. MS Word is the only thing on D: I would mark Win7 partition Active in Disk management, reboot into Win7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair repeatedly with reboots until Win7 writes the System Boot Files to C and starts on its own.

Once this occurs, reboot and tap the F8 key repeatedly, choose the Win7 HD to boot, then tap the F8 key again repeatedly to see the Advanced Boot Tools menu. Is Repair console a choice?
I think I understand but lack confidence to do this.
As I said before, leave it alone. There is no risk as long as you do not reformat D: . And then (when you get the "bootmgr missing") you can still fix it by changing the active partition and running system repair 3 times.
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