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Windows 7: not enough free space in system reserved partition

31 Mar 2015   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It would be interesting to know how the Z letter got there. As far as I know, disk management would not do it. And if you used Partition Wizard, it may have been corrupted (happened to me with an EFI partition).


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31 Mar 2015   #22
fr0zensphere

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You have the system reserved partition named Z, it`s not supposed to have a letter.

That way no information can be written to it.

Please post the shot, as Greg has asked.
Oh, come on....... Sorry to sound exasperated, but give me some faith here. I assigned it a drive letter temporarily (via disk management) so that I could access it in explorer. How else should I look at it?

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Greg, as you asked:






The $RECYCLE.BIN is 4KB. Boot is 13.9 MB. System Volume Information is 0. And bootmgr is 374 KB.
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31 Mar 2015   #23
gregrocker

 

It's really not worth trying to sort out what's clogged System Reserved since it is not needed and can be an unnecessary pain that's best abandoned once it causes problems.

So what I'd do is follow this simple automated procedure to move Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums to cut out the System Reserved partition.

Once you reboot and C is marked System Active, you can delete System Reserved in Disk Mgmt. But wait until everything is complete first. Partition or Volume - Delete

While you're at it I'd also Extend C into the 23.29 gb Unallocated space so you have it available if needed. Partition or Volume - Extend
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01 Apr 2015   #24
fr0zensphere

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by acernetbook View Post
move the boot manager to c: and remove the system partition (but then I lose recovery tools)
What does this mean? If I remove the system partition will I no longer be able to use Windows's Backup & Restore?
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01 Apr 2015   #25
fr0zensphere

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Also,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's really not worth trying to sort out what's clogged System Reserved
Haven't we already figured this out? The OP, acernetbook, pointed out what was clogging it in post #16.
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01 Apr 2015   #26
gregrocker

 

This is an old thread at that point. EasyBCD was updated last year by its author Mahmoud to include the hotlink to F8 System Recovery Options in the auto-repair it does to move the Bootmgr.

Until then I recommended the Manual repair by marking C Active to run Startup Repair 3 separate times which completes all repairs but requires several passes to do them all. However once EasyBCD was at our request updated by its author then this is no longer a concern.

We have helped with this repair here thousands of times since Win7 beta.
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01 Apr 2015   #27
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Well excuse me for trying to help.

Another new member with a problem with windows and an attitude

Good luck to you
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01 Apr 2015   #28
gregrocker

 

The clue that he assigned a SysReserved letter was Z which is often used by someone to temporarily assign a drive letter. Sometimes we need to read between the lines. OP is doing research which is how he ended up in this old thread. But if he found it then we can be assured that hundreds of others have, too, so it needs the record completed. There are literally hundreds of threads here about this very subject but it depends on how the search is phrased which one someone will find.

There was a time when we tried to figure out what was clogging SysReserved if no letter was assigned previously. It is complicated by Win7 not always wanting to show the System Volume Information file size even if unhidden. What it always came down to is that it is totally disposable and not worth wasting much more time than to move the BootMgr.

It is possible to reconstruct the System Reserved partition by deleting it and then creating a Primary NTFS Partition Marked Active, to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times. But there is no reason to do this except as an experiment. Most who have done so first made it larger 200+mb by borrowing from C which is itself a somewhat risky operation and should only be done with Partition Wizard boot disk to Partition Wizard Resize Partition - Video Help.
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01 Apr 2015   #29
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

And it`s often done by people who don`t have a clue.

"What does this mean? If I remove the system partition will I no longer be able to use Windows's Backup & Restore?"

But he is a Windows 7 expert, Good Luck Greg
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01 Apr 2015   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Please don't fight guys. Just ignore the smartypants.
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