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Windows 7: can I increase the "System Reserve Partition" of 100 MB

20 Mar 2012   #1
trinaz

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 
can I increase the "System Reserve Partition" of 100 MB

Have a Win7 Pro 32bit machine...I am getting a warning that the System Reserve Partition is running out of space.

I know you don't mess with this partition...but can I increase it to stop this constant/annoying pop up from showing up ?

Thanks...TRinAZ




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20 Mar 2012   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Yes, you can.

Partition Wizard may be your best bet: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

After you've created your PW boot disc you can boot into it, shrink your C drive from the left a tad, then extend System Reserved to take up the empty space.

Apply your changes and wait for PW to complete the task then boot back into Windows.

An alternative solution is to delete the system reserved partition, and then run a startup repair to move the boot files to the Windows drive: System Reserved Partition - Delete

This method needs particular care, because if you screw up you could leave your computer in an unbootable state.
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20 Mar 2012   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

What are you adding to the System Reserved Partition?
Also the System Reserved Partition should not have a letter.
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20 Mar 2012   #4
trinaz

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
What are you adding to the System Reserved Partition?
After installing the latest version of Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 these pop ups started. There are numerous other boot entries in "E"...and Bitdefender has always added items to "E"

BD has some kind of "rescue" option and I assume that's the reason for the E drive entries ?

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Also the System Reserved Partition should not have a letter.
Yes I have seen this mentioned many times...howerver...the "E" drive has always been there since the clean install of Win 7....and items (E Drive) have always shown up also in Acronis when saving an image...I have to save both "C" and "E" in Acronis when creating my tib files for complete restore from my external USB drive ???

Thanks...TRinAZ
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20 Mar 2012   #5
gregrocker

 

Your System Reserved partition should neither be that small or have a letter assigned. How did it get that way?

In addition it seems that your AV bloatware has written to it to clog it and cause these problems.

It may be easiest at this time to recover the SysReserved boot files and space into the Win7 partition.

If you'll post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings then we'll give you the options based on the configuration. Screen Shots
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26 Mar 2012   #6
trinaz

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you'll post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings then we'll give you the options based on the configuration. Screen Shots
OK here it is....this box was set up 2 years ago so I don't remember how the "E" drive was created. This was an HP Media Center system tho before upgrading to Win 7 Pro 32bit ?

Thanks


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26 Mar 2012   #7
gregrocker

 

Something is writing to the System Reserved partition which is why it should not have a drive letter. But use the letter to give us a screenshot of the maximized, expanded folder contents inside E after unhiding System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.

It will be simplest to help you delete the intruders, remove the Drive letter in Disk Mgmt, then try saving a WIn7 backup image externally which will test if the partition is working correctly.

Otherwise you could recover the SysReserved boot files and disk space into Win7 partition, but it is trouble and involves some risk so let's try to clean out E first.
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26 Mar 2012   #8
trinaz

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Something is writing to the System Reserved partition which is why it should not have a drive letter. But use the letter to give us a screenshot of the maximized, expanded folder contents inside E after unhiding System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.
Have a valid and working Acronis backup of system including C: & E: drives in one image file...


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26 Mar 2012   #9
gregrocker

 

Those bdrescue files are from Bitdefender. Unless you have a scheme using BitDefender bloatware to restore from boot then they should not be there.

In fact I would uninstall Bitdefender and install recommended lightweight free Microsoft Security Essentials for best performance and to avoid nonsense like this.

If Bitdefender doesn't uninstall the bdrescue files I would do it myself and then remove the drive letter from System Reserved in Disk Mgmt, since it shouldn't have one anyway.
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27 Mar 2012   #10
trinaz

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
...If Bitdefender doesn't uninstall the bdrescue files I would do it myself and then remove the drive letter from System Reserved in Disk Mgmt, since it shouldn't have one anyway.
OK..if I can get the BD files out of there...and remove the "E" letter....I will still have a 'System Reserve' partiton correct...even tho it doesn't have a drive letter.

Will Acronis then still backup the System Reserve in a full system image backup even if there is no drive letter assigned to the System Reserve partition on the "C" drive?
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