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Windows 7: Removing System Reserved Partition from HDD, and recreating on SSD?

16 Mar 2015   #1
RayzTheRoof

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Removing System Reserved Partition from HDD, and recreating on SSD?

I dun goofed when I installed my SSD a year ago. I had my HDD's plugged in, so they got system reserved partitions while my SSD did not. You can see this here:

http://i.imgur.com/Ajou4ur.png

I recall at the time not being able to boot from my SSD because some startup file was missing, as it was on the HDD's I guess. I did startup repair and was able to boot, so for a year I have been thinking everything was fine. But I have noticed that the boot time is much slower than it used to be, so I have been looking stuff up and found out all the above issues about the system reserved nonsense.

My question: How can I remove the system reserved partitions from my HDD's (just delete them from disk management?) and how can I get it on my SSD? And most importantly, is removing those partitions and putting them on the SSD even the correct thing to do as I have been led to believe?

Thanks!


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16 Mar 2015   #2
gregrocker

 

The third drive is booting itself as signified by the System flag. Unplug the other drives to confirm this.

If there are still OS' on the hard drives then post back screenshots of each one booted so we can see if they are independently bootable too, or just try booting each while plugged in alone.

Are you booting your choice via the BIOS Boot Menu or a Windows boot menu?
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16 Mar 2015   #3
RayzTheRoof

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I forgot to add: My SSD can boot on its own. I tried the steps people recommended here: Re/Moving System Reserved - SSD+HD system

However, when I disconnected my HDD's and ran startup repair on my SSD, it told me there was nothing to repair. My SSD can boot on its own, probably because of when I did startup repair a year ago, but it still has no system reserved partition. No idea how to create that now.

And I am booting via the BIOS. I have my SSD as priority 1, with my HDD's not even available to be listed in the BIOS. I can manually select the HDD's or a USB to boot from (though I don't think the HDD's will boot to anything) but the Boot order menu will only listen my SSD.

Neither HDD has an OS on them either. Just storage.
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16 Mar 2015   #4
gregrocker

 

In that case mark the useless System Reserved partitions (which are always optional) Inactive then delete them in Disk Mgmt so they don't accidentally get reactivated. Partition - Mark as Inactive

Then move the Win7 paging file off the slow hard drive by turning it off, reboot then turn it back on upon C only. Virtual Memory Paging File - Change

If possible swap Disk0 cable to the SSD if it is the fastest port, because otherwise there's always a risk of a preceding Primary partition stealing the System flag during Repairs or Reinstall.
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16 Mar 2015   #5
RayzTheRoof

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Isn't it recommended with SSD's to just keep the page file on a HDD?
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16 Mar 2015   #6
RayzTheRoof

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Also how do you mark the partitions inactive before deletion? Thanks.
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16 Mar 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RayzTheRoof View Post
Isn't it recommended with SSD's to just keep the page file on a HDD?
Nah, nobody should recommend that because it is a useless exercise. What you should do is reduce the pagefile size to 2GB if you have 4GB or more RAM.

For inactivating a partition you right click on it in Disk Management.
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16 Mar 2015   #8
RayzTheRoof

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

No option to inactivate, just to delete. Is it fine to just delete it without inactivation?
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16 Mar 2015   #9
gregrocker

 

Did you not see the tutorial in my first paragraph that clearly says Partition - Mark as Inactive?

There is no option for this in Disk Mgmt.

Unless you have a space crunch on your SSD, leave the page file System Managed.

Why would anyone recommend moving a paging file that is meant to help speed up things from a fast SSD to the slower HD?
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16 Mar 2015   #10
RayzTheRoof

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Sorry, I legitimately have no idea how I didn't spot that.
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