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Windows 7: Two System Reserved Partitions on separate Disks

12 Jan 2014   #1
hyuken

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Two System Reserved Partitions on separate Disks

I have a "System Reserved" (D: ) partition on my HDD storage disk and a "System Reserved" (no name) on my SSD boot disk. I'm attaching a screenshot. I'd like to remove the drive letter D:, so that it doesn't show up in My Computer (I don't need/want to remove the partition), but want to make sure nothing bad will happen. Please inform.

Thanks!






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12 Jan 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Does the ssd boot to windows on it`s own ? (All other drives unplugged)

If so then go into Disk Management to remove the letter. You could even delete the partition.

Actually, just removing the letter wouldn`t affect anything.
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12 Jan 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Looks like your system was originally installed on Disk0 and then moved to the SSD. Make the check that Brian ( AddRam ) has suggested.
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13 Jan 2014   #4
gregrocker

 

The SSD has everything it needs (System Active) to boot itself.

The HDD has an Active flag on SysReserved which needs to be removed as it can confuse the bootloader. Only the System partition (booting Windows) should be Active. Partition - Mark as Inactive

Then its up to you whether you want to delete Sys Reserved, but as long as you have any Primary partiitons preceding your System partition in Disk Mgmt there is a risk during reinstalls or repairs that it will derail the System boot files to them. So I would plug the SSD into Disk0 if possible, or convert all preceding Primary partitions into Logical using Partition Wizard to rightclick each partition>Modify>Set to Logical, Save, Apply,
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18 Jan 2014   #5
hyuken

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks guys. So I could boot normally with just the SSD, meaning the System Reserved on the storage drive was a remnant from my last OS install. I also removed the deleted System Reserved partition.

@gregrocker: How can I make the SSD disk 0? Is it the mobo SATA port that I plug it into?
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18 Jan 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

It depends on the port you have it plugged into, but even then it might not be Disk0. So just be sure you have SSD set first to boot in BIOS setup.

Be sure to always unplug all other HD's during reinstalls or repairs to avoid having the Boot files derailed to a preceding Primary partition .
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18 Jan 2014   #7
hyuken

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Is that an either/or solution or I should do both to be safe?
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18 Jan 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Port0 is a good idea but not required. Make sure it is on a 6Gb port - if available.
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19 Jan 2014   #9
hyuken

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I am plugged into SATA0, why doesn't that put me on disk0 in disk management?
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19 Jan 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Mine showed at disk 4 until I installed the Intel Sata drivers, then it went to disk 0, I was scratching my head on that one
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