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Windows 7: How do I move System Reserve partition to system partiton C:


28 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
How do I move System Reserve partition to system partiton C:

Through a series of shenanigans involving experiments with mirroring on Windows 7 64 bit using Disk Management, and then subsequently removing the mirror after having recurring errors/problems with the synching, My 100MB System Reserve partition has ended up on a separate partition than my system image. For instance:
Disk 1 System C: Healthy (Boot, page...)
Disk 0 Healthy (System Reserved...).

In addition, the System Reserved partition has been assigned a drive letter "G:" or "E:" and is now visible in explorer and it won't allow me to remove it and supress from explorer view.

I'd like to
1) move/create the System Reserve partition to Disk 1 (with System C: drive)
2) remove the System Reserve partition from Disk 0 to free it all up as a data drive

Do I use command below to create a System Reserve on Disk 1?
bcdboot C:\Windows

How do I then delete the System Reserve partition on Disk 0.

Also a byproduct of all of this, when I reboot now, I have a "Windows 7" option and a "Windows 7 Secondary Plex" option. The "Windows 7" option no longer boots (it's stops while the logo panes are flying in circles to form the logo and goes into a fix loop that never fixes it). I have a feeling it's looking for the old mirrored hardware configuration or something. However, "Window 7 Secondary Plex" option does boot just fine.

Do I use MSCONFIG to remove the "Windows 7" boot entry so I don't get this annoying option at boot?

I know there are lots of problems and questions here but any help appreciated.

Thanks

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28 Jun 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No need to move the partition. All you do is move the bootmgr to C: Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD Then the system reserved is no more required.
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28 Jun 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

If you use EasyBCD to move the boot files then you'll not have System Recovery Options
on the F8 Advanced Boot Options.

For this reason it's best to use the fuller method to Mark Win7 Partition Active
then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 partition holds the System Active flag on it.

Unplug the other HD's during this operation so they don't interfere. Afterwards mark System Reserved Inactive and delete it in Disk mgmt or using Diskpart command to Delete Partition Override. Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

If Windows 7 is on a Logical partition you'll have to convert it first. How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
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28 Jun 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

How do you mean it is G or E.

Which is it?


If C is a primary partition - mark it active.

Mark sys reserved inactive ( elevated command :

diskpart

sel vol G: ( use E if E is sys resd drive letter )

inact

exi

bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

Reboot.

If you then want to remove the errant boot menu entry delete it in msconfig.
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28 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

WHS, thanks. I downloaded and went to through the steps. Appeared to have worked without error but after rebooting, I still see the 100MB System Reserved partition on my Disk 0 and am not allowed to delete the volume. After using the easyBCD, I thought perhaps I'd see the System Reserved partition move to Disk 1 where my C: partition is located. Perhaps it's on the C: partition now and I just cant' see it. Thanks

SIW2: By "E" or "G" I meant.... I'm at work, I didn't know what the drive letter assigned was. No matter, I removed it through the Disk Management utility.

Thanks
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28 Jun 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you even read my post?

You are only moving the System boot files from SysReserved into the Windows 7 partition so that it will boot on its own.

Using EasyBCD only partly does the job because the Recovery console is not written to F8 tools menu.

This is why I gave you the method which has worked successfully and completely countless times here in three years.

Just to check, reboot your computer now and tap the F8 key when you see the BIOS screen.
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28 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Your post wasn't even there when I replied to the other users (or I did not see it). Settle down dude... You're going to blow a gasket over nothing. But I appreciate the advice.
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28 Jun 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Your comment is laughably condescending. I was bodysurfing with my dog on the beach when I typed that, laughing and making faces at him.

Don't assume that because someone is rigorous they are high strung. I know who I am and am quite comfortable with that, no matter what someone else does or doesn't do.
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29 Jun 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by danebramage View Post
WHS, thanks. I downloaded and went to through the steps. Appeared to have worked without error but after rebooting, I still see the 100MB System Reserved partition on my Disk 0 and am not allowed to delete the volume. After using the easyBCD, I thought perhaps I'd see the System Reserved partition move to Disk 1 where my C: partition is located. Perhaps it's on the C: partition now and I just cant' see it. Thanks

SIW2: By "E" or "G" I meant.... I'm at work, I didn't know what the drive letter assigned was. No matter, I removed it through the Disk Management utility.

Thanks
The system reserved partition does not move - only the boomgr is copied from it. Removing the partition is possible but a bit tricky. I would just leave it alone. It is so small that there is nothing to be gained - just ignore it.
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29 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks all!!!
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