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Windows 7: Accidentally Deleted Files From 100MB "System Reserved" Partition

02 Sep 2017   #1
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Accidentally Deleted Files From 100MB "System Reserved" Partition

I got my system reserved partition mixed up with the memory card I inserted. I formatted the System Reserved partition. I have yet to reboot and fear my system may not start if I do. Is it possible to repopulate this partition with the files it needs?


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02 Sep 2017   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes.

You can use this boot media

64bit
17524x64-v3.iso

32 bit
A23x86.iso
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02 Sep 2017   #3
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Are there any other instructions that go with using this? Do I need to do anything to the drive first? Reformat it again (with specific parameters) or anything else? Did a search for this on the internet and I can find internet posts that link to this, but nobody is really explaining how to use it properly.
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02 Sep 2017   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

I would download free unformat software and give that a shot it should be able to recover all files well worth a shot
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02 Sep 2017   #5
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
I would download free unformat software and give that a shot it should be able to recover all files well worth a shot
Sadly my wife thought the System Reserved was the USB stick she just plugged in. So the first thing she did was fill it with new data. The small size of the drive tipped her off to what had happened, after the fact. I've already tried two different software suits and after deep scans, not a single file has been found.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2
Yes.

You can use this boot media

64bit
17524x64-v3.iso

32 bit
A23x86.iso
I created a boot CD and got into the environment. I'm not sure if you intended me to use a tool built into this recovery environment or if I need this environment to do something else? Note that I have rebooted my computer and it went back into windows fine, despite the now empty System Reserved drive being empty too.
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02 Sep 2017   #6
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

If it reboot ok I wouldnt mess can you post a screen shot from disk manager
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02 Sep 2017   #7
redoak

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
If it reboot ok I wouldnt mess can you post a screen shot from disk manager
I wouldn't mess with it either - the important stuff will recreate itself. I'll bet you now have a hidden system directory on your C: drive called System Volume Information - it doesn't have to be a separate partition. That's how it is on my system - I don't have a separate System partition, never had...
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02 Sep 2017   #8
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redoak View Post
I'll bet you now have a hidden system directory on your C: drive called System Volume Information - it doesn't have to be a separate partition.
Yes, I have a folder named that on my Windows drive. However, it is 0bytes in size.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
If it reboot ok I wouldnt mess can you post a screen shot from disk manager
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02 Sep 2017   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

From your screenshot, C is the system partition. That means your 100mb system reserved is not doing anything and not required.

You can leave it as is.
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03 Sep 2017   #10
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Wow. Well that was sure easy. Thank you guys so very much for your help. Truly
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