Quote: Originally Posted by DanielRM
zigzag3143: unfortunately yes.
Muad Dib: SIW2?
It's a multi-boot configuration in the sense that I have two Linux distros and the GRUB bootloader installed, yes. Windows 7 is the only system from the Windows family I have.
I have one physical HDD.
I can use dd to image a drive; I've never felt comfortable using most disk imaging software as they seem often to blow the task a bit out of proportion.
My concern is that getting rid of the System Reserved partition will leave me unable to boot 7.
Check the thread I referenced. Windows 7 created the "System Reserved" partition because it could not find an existing ACTIVE, PRIMARY partition. So it installed to the partition specified in the install and created System Reserved to install the necessary Windows 7 bootloader files.
If you don't have a lot of time invested in the Windows 7 install the simplest method to get rid of the System Reserved might be to delete the System Reserved and the Windows 7 install partitions. Create a new Primary partition, make it Active and re-instalkl Windows 7.
However, there may be other factors related to your Linux distros and Grub bootloader that I am not familiar with.
And yes, you could lose the ability to boot. However the "System Reserved" parttion complicates things, it does not simplify the matter.
is another forum member who is familiar with the Windows Bootloader.
So you don't hava a second HDD to do an image backup to?