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Windows 7: not enough free space in system reserved partition


26 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
not enough free space in system reserved partition

Hello folks,

I am having a problem where windows system image backup fails because there is not enough free space in the 100MB system reserved partition.

The story is as follows:
Initially there is a 1.5TB hard drive with 100MB system partition and rest is c:
I installed an SSD and used Samsung's migration assistant to copy the os to the SSD.
The original hard drive still has the system reserved partition with 70% free, and the old windows partition.

The new SSD has a 100 MB partition also, except that it is named "data", and only has 7MB free space. I assigned a drive letter to it to look inside, and I can only see the boot dir of 13.9MB, recycle bin (empty), bootmgr, and "system volume information", which is 48KB.

I also did the thing to delete the USN journal, and it only cleared up 2MB. What is taking up this other space?

PS This is on my Dad's compute with Windows 7 pro

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26 Dec 2013   #2

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Please follow this tutorial and show us how your disks are configured. Thanks

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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26 Dec 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would copy the bootmgr to the C partition and get rid of the 100MB partition all together.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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26 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Im thinking im with whs on this one. Its always better i believe to have the bootmgr file(s) in the main c: drive as opposed to a separate partition.
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26 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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26 Dec 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It is not clear, from which 100MB partition the bootmgr is booting. You an only find out if you disconnect the HDD and try to boot from the SSD.

But as I said, transferring the bootmgr to C (on the SSD) is the easiest solution. Then both 100MB partitions are no more needed when booting from the SSD.
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26 Dec 2013   #7

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Thanks for posting the Disk Mgmnt shot.

I suspect that the SSD will boot after you remove the HD - ie the data partition is the 'correct' active partition. Why it's named data beats me - probably from the Samsung migration assist.

Now about Samsung migration assist - had to read a little but it seems to be Norton Ghost. This might be what's eating up the space.

How to 'correct' this? I'm not sure. I'll leave this up to members already working the issue. Just thought I'd offer some things I 'found'.
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26 Dec 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

You can make a small partition on disk 1, make an image of the SR partition and C (using windows built-in imaging program) and store it there, then put that entire image on the ssd.

Personally, I would ask dad if he`s dead set on transferring an image, better to align the ssd, make a partition and clean install windows.
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26 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the replies so far. The reason I want to create a system image is to be able to do a "bare metal" restore in case the SSD suddenly dies, or things get really messed up. The easiest is if I can just manage to clear some space on the system reserved so system image can work.

I am also open to options such as:
dd the system reserved from disk 1 onto disk 0
move the boot manager to c: and remove the system partition (but then I lose recovery tools)
use gparted to expand the "data" partition (but that will take a while to scoot the whole c: back)

Clean install windows is out of the question since there are a lot of programs installed that require registration or download.

Yes, this computer can boot from the SSD just fine (set in BIOS) and windows otherwise works fine.

I think the SAmsung migration software is make by clonix.
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26 Dec 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I understand the system tools problem when you move the bootmgr. I myself have never needed or used those tools. I rather make frequent images and recover from those in case of problems. And that is a lot easier if you only have to deal with the C partition - especially for a restore to bare metal.

Just wanted to give you this input how I run 6 systems - all with SSDs. And I also found free Macrium to be the easiest and most reliable imaging program for the job.
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