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Windows 7: New SSD -- delete Sys Reserved Partition or Not?

13 Dec 2013   #1
cyclometric

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
New SSD -- delete Sys Reserved Partition or Not?

I know how to delete the System Reserved partition, I've done it before with HDD installs, but this is my first SSD, and I want to squeeze every drop of performance from it that I can (Samsung 128GB 840 Pro). I installed a new Windows 7 custom install on the blank drive and let setup create the 100MB reserved partition because I find it handy to have the repair stuff there just in case.

It's safety overkill bcuz I have Win7 on bootable flash drive as well as on DVD. The SSD has plenty of empty space, it's not a question of the 100MB. I would just like to know if there are any performance gains achieved by deleting the System Reserved partition.

Thanks,


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13 Dec 2013   #2
kbronski

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I don't see how a 100MB partition is really going to hinder your performance that much to begin with.
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13 Dec 2013   #3
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

No performance gains. 100MB system reserved holds bootmanager and bootmenu. Repair stuff (repair my computer, WINRE) is by default on your OS partition. You need the 100MB system reserved parition if you want a dedicated boot partition. You also need it if using BITLOCKER.
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13 Dec 2013   #4
cyclometric

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
No performance gains. 100MB system reserved holds bootmanager and bootmenu. Repair stuff (repair my computer, WINRE) is by default on your OS partition. You need the 100MB system reserved parition if you want a dedicated boot partition. You also need it if using BITLOCKER.
Yeah, I'm not using Bitlocker, never will, and I don't care about having a dedicated boot partition. No plans to install another OS... when/if I do, it's either a Linux Live, or a Virtual Machine... I'll leave it, though.

I'd just like to get my boot times a bit better. Windows Performance Recorder said it took about 15 seconds from "Pre Session Init" to the start of "Post Boot", which takes another 13 seconds. I think the desktop is ready at the start of Post Boot, so I don't know how much faster I can get it, but I like going faster!
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16 Dec 2013   #5
gregrocker

 

Do you have a perfect Clean Reinstall? Compare to see.

It makes no difference whatsoever to performance if you have or don't have the System Reserved partition. I will take it or leave it without a second thought.
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16 Dec 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What is your boot time in Event Viewer event ID 100.

Eventvwr
Applications and Service Logs
Microsoft
Windows
Diagnostics - performance
Operational
Event ID 100

Should be appr. 15 to 20 sec.
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