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Windows 7: How can I Repositioning the System Reserve Partition?

29 May 2017   #1
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
How can I Repositioning the System Reserve Partition?

I did a clean install of Windows-7 and there was no System Reserve Partition!
I read how to create on and it worked.
The Reserve Partition however, is at the back end of the drive.
I am upgrading from an "older" system to a "not as old system".
I am doing the upgrade to increase performance and anchor PC my technology on W7.
Since I am "very" old, I do not expect to ever do this again.
I also do not like W-10 and really like W-7.
My understanding is that the front od the drive is where the fastest performance is.
The back of the drive is where the slowest performance is.
Having said that, knowing that the name System Reserve implies "perhaps" heavier usage, the front would be the best place to locate it.

Is there a way to move it from the back to the front?

Best regards,

Mike Lynch

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29 May 2017   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

Please take a snapshot of your disk manager and post the image here.
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29 May 2017   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

I believe any partition manager worth its salt can move it; however, be prepared for a long long long process! Often, the partition manager has to move folders and files from point A to point B, and that takes time. Also, before embarking on this, ensure you have current restorable full image backups of your present partitions on external media.
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29 May 2017   #4
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
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29 May 2017   #5

Windows 7 HP 64

I would leave as it is.
As C: has system, boot and is active, what is on the system reserved (16M)?
Are you using bit locker?

"I did a clean install of Windows-7 and there was no System Reserve Partition!
I read how to create on and it worked."
What you mean by create it?
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29 May 2017   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

There is no advantage to having that separate system partition. For anyone else reading:
To make boot partition system

Open an elevated cmd and type:

bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

(press enter)

(press enter)

sel vol c
(press enter)

(press enter)

(press enter)

TO the OP:
I assume you aren't using bitlocker
Your windows partition is already system, you don't need that 157mb thing.
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30 May 2017   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Why did you create a SR partition ?

You don`t need it.
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30 May 2017   #8

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

The only times I've had the installer create a 100mb system reserved partition is if I created a partition to install windows on
For an example using a 256bg ssd or hdd for that matter and reducing it to say 100gbs and installing on it.

If I install without any created partitions and the entire drive is unallocated space the installer usually never installs a system reserved partition.
So if you want one delete all existing partitions and create one 100gb... and install on it.
I believe windows does boot faster with a system reserved partition.
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30 May 2017   #9

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

The System Reserved partition is used only for a very short time early in the boot process and not at all after that. It's position on the disk would have essentially zero impact on boot time.

The idea that the beginning of the disk is faster than elsewhere is an old one. It is based on the fact that the outer tracks of a disk are longer and this allow more sectors to be placed there. One rotation of the platter covers more sectors on the outside of the disk and this improves transfer rate. But things aren't that simple.

A conventional drive has 3 primary performance factors.
1. Seek time.
2. Rotational latency.
3. Transfer rate.

Access to system and most other files consists primarily of short reads scattered over the disk. Most time is spent moving the heads to the required track and then waiting for rotation to the needed sector. Transferring the data takes little time. Seek time is king in importance, followed by rotational latency, with transfer rate a distant third.

Transfer rate is important with long sequential reads but that doesn't happen very often in a modern OS.

In practice the beginning of the drive is no faster than anywhere else.

This assumes a conventional drive. None of this is relevant to an SSD.
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