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Windows 7: How do I move the System Reserved Partition (drive E:) to a new drive?

10 Jan 2016   #1
ednowak

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
How do I move the System Reserved Partition (drive E:) to a new drive?

My attempted upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 stopped with the message that my System Reserved Partition was too small. Sure enough, my research indicated that Windows 10 requires a larger petition. I used MiniTool to extend the partition and discovered that my System Reserved Partition, which Windows has assigned drive letter E:, was on a different drive than I thought. Attached is a snip capture of my disk management screen.

Disk 2 has the OEM Windows installation, which is now in drive G:. I added a 500GB SSD as Disk 0 and cloned the original disk. I added Disk 1 and Disk 3 for additional storage. In the transition, somehow the Drive E: System Reserved Partition ended up on Disk 1. I used MiniTool to extend the Data partition on Disk 0 (from 100 MB to 408 MB) as well as the System Reserved Partition Drive E on Disk 1 (from 100 MB to 533 MB). There seem to be a few glitches from the resizing that I need to clean up. The worst seems to be related to an error messsage that C:\Windows\Prefetch is corrupt and unreadable. This is related to Adobe Creative Cloud and I haven't tried to fix it yet. I think that there are pointers to the G: drive rather than the C: drive.

After seeing that my disk management is a bit messed up, I decided to post here rather than proceed with the Windows 10 upgrade. I want to have the System Reserved Partition Drive E on Disk 0. (Do I need a Drive E:?) I think the Gateway C: drive on Disk 0 needs to made Active. And I think I need to tell Windows where to find boot data. I would appreciate a set of instructions to get this done correctly.




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10 Jan 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

That`s quite a mess

Which Disk are you trying to update to 10 ?

You have 3 Active partitions, you should only have 1

Please tell us what you want to have when you`re done.
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10 Jan 2016   #3
ednowak

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply, AddRAM. The Windows 7 installation I use is on Disk 0. This is the disk that I want to update to Windows 10. The other disks will be for storage only. For now, I don't want to change the data on Disk 2, which is where the original OEM installation of Windows 7 is located.
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10 Jan 2016   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Then I would unplug all the other drives, mark C Active, and run startup repair until the system files are on C. (Disk 0)

Right now that small 400 MB partition is Active and also contains the system files, whay is that partition marked Data ?

I have done quite a few upgrades to 10 from a single partition with 7, no need for a System Reserved partition on any of them.

Any time you do an install you should always unplug any other drives unless you want a dual boot.
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10 Jan 2016   #5
ednowak

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

The 400 MB "Data" partition (originally 100 MB) on Disk 0 (the SSD) was created when I used Samsung's utility to move my existing installation from the original drive (now Disk 2 - Gateway G: ) to the SSD. I don't know how or why it was named "Data".

From the research I've done, this issue with a too-small System Reserved Partition on Windows 7 machines that are upgrading to Windows 10 is relatively common.

Your advice seems at odds with this advice from Bill2 on an older thread:
System Reserved partition on wrong drive - how do I move it?

From what I can tell, the system files in the "Data" partition on Disk 0 are essentially the same as those in the System Reserved Drive E: petition on Disk 1. And they are also essentially the same as those in the 100 MB System Reserved petition on Disk 2. How can I tell which of these partitions Windows looks at when booting? Is this established by BIOS settings? Does it make any difference whether the System Reserved Partition is given a drive letter?
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11 Jan 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

From the looks of it, disk 0,1, and 2 should all boot on thier own.

I always create an install partition, so I never end up with a SR partition.
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11 Jan 2016   #7
ednowak

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Disk 0 is where I boot from now. Disk 2 can boot because that disk has the original Windows 7 installation. Disk 1 cannot boot, I don't think, because Windows is not installed on it, even though it has system boot files in its System Reserved Partition.

How can I tell which of these partitions Windows looks at when booting? I assume that only Disk 0 is read when booting. Is this established by BIOS settings? Does it make any difference whether the System Reserved Partition is given a drive letter?

Did you look at the older thread I referenced?
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11 Jan 2016   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

windows always looks for the 1st active partition, and as long all the needed files are there, it will boot.

As long as disk 0 will boot on it`s own, I would think it will update to 10.

If not you could always clone disk 2 to disk 0 again, minus the recovery partition, then just extend the System Reserved partition to 400 MB, but this time unplug the power cable from the other drives 1st.
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11 Jan 2016   #9
ednowak

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks again for your response. Should a drive letter (like E: ) be assigned to the System Reserved Partition, or doesn't it really matter?
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11 Jan 2016   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If I may add a little. A simple one, two, three.

*1 Unhook all drives except the drive you want to go from Windows 7 to W-10.

*2 Check to make sure it boots. If it boots, happy W-10 installation.

*3 When done just follow AddRAM's instructions on how to clean up the rest of the mess you have in Disk Management.

I'm back to watching.
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