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Windows 7: Moving System Reserved partition to a different drive

17 Feb 2014   #1
Perrorist

Windows 8.1 Update x64 Professional
 
 
Moving System Reserved partition to a different drive

I currently have one drive that contains a System Reserved partition (which includes the boot files). The status is System, Active, Primary Partition.

I have another drive with the C: partition. The status is Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition.

I've been told that if I remove the disk (it's a bit flaky) with the System Reserved partition, I won't be able to boot up. If this is true, is it possible to transfer that partition to another drive? If so, does it have to be at the start of the drive?

Alternatively, can I make the C: partition include System status?


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17 Feb 2014   #2
theog

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17 Feb 2014   #3
Perrorist

Windows 8.1 Update x64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
can you post a screen shot of disk management?
Moving System Reserved partition to a different drive-hdd.jpg


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17 Feb 2014   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Just open an elvated command prompt and type:
bcdboot c:\windows/s c:

assuming that is suceesful, then type:

diskpart

sel vol c

act

sel vol z

inact

exi

close cmd prompt.

Done.
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17 Feb 2014   #5
Perrorist

Windows 8.1 Update x64 Professional
 
 

As C: is currently active, do I need to add that again after bcdboot?
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17 Feb 2014   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It would also be wise to create a system repair disc before you start, if you do not own a Windows 7 install DVD.

System Repair Disc - Create
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17 Feb 2014   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No, I do this almost every day, force of habit.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Perrorist View Post
As C: is currently active, do I need to add that again after bcdboot?
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17 Feb 2014   #8
Perrorist

Windows 8.1 Update x64 Professional
 
 

Many thanks, by the way.
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17 Feb 2014   #9
Lurchibald

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have the same thing, except my 'system reserved' isn't in a 100MB allocated partition, it's on a separate 500gig drive (where I install games) would SIW2's solution work for me?


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17 Feb 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yep, it looks like windows was installed on Disk 1 while Disk 0 was still connected.


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