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Windows 7: Upgrade from Win 7 -> Win10 failed. Now other HD "system reserved"

19 Dec 2015   #1
JohnT87

Win 7 Ultiamte x64
 
 
Upgrade from Win 7 -> Win10 failed. Now other HD "system reserved"

Hello,

I hope this is the correct sub-forum.

I have a family member with an issue that I cannot solve my googling the problem.

The family member tried to upgrade their windows 7 to windows 10. Something went wrong (apparently - I was not there) and it restored to Windows 7. Now one of their other hard drives appears to be completely empty (931gb of 931gb free) and it was renamed to "system reserved". The drive letters has been switched with the dvd-drive.

Is there any way to move the system reserved part to the c:\ drive where it belongs and save the data?

Thank you


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20 Dec 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

All you have to do is set the C partition Active and run startup repair until windows boots again.

There is no moving of the system reserved partition, you are simply writing the system files to the C partition so windows will boot again, but as I have said, the C partition HAS to be marked Active in order to do that. It can easily be done with a partition Wizard Boot CD and a System Repair Disc, also known a Startup repair disc, made on any Windows 7 machine of the same bit version, 32 or 64 bit and of the same Service Pack version, hopefully your Windows version was Service Pack 1.

It can also be marked Active using Diskpart with your install DVD or aforementioned System repair disc.

Method 2

Partition - Mark as Active
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22 Dec 2015   #3
JohnT87

Win 7 Ultiamte x64
 
 

Hi,

Thanks a lot for your thorough reply. I will arrive at my parents house later today and then I will be able to actually take a look.

Would the situation change if the PC were to be found running Windows 7 64 bit @ SP 2?

Thank you!
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22 Dec 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is the easy way to do it: Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

And that is the same for Windows 7 64 bit @ SP 2
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22 Dec 2015   #5
JohnT87

Win 7 Ultiamte x64
 
 

Thank you for the assistance.

I performed the actions mentioned in the other thread you linked.

Weirdly under "my computer" the drive is still showing 931 of 931 gb being empty.

Would it make any sense to run a data-retrieval program?

Thanks
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22 Dec 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you actually open the drive to check what is in there.
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22 Dec 2015   #7
JohnT87

Win 7 Ultiamte x64
 
 

Hello,

Thank you for your reponse.

We did indeed check the contents of the drive. There is one folder with the following contents:

After rebooting the PC and installing windows updates it seems the system recovery partition has returned. This time instead of sitting in the d:\ drive it created a new drive letter: g:\
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22 Dec 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

There is no such thing as Windows 7 Service pack 2
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