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Windows 7: System Reserved HD?

07 Jun 2010   #61

Windows 7 Home Premium

I plugged the other HD in and while I had the case open I checked to see which SATA plugs they were in - C drive is in SATA_0 and the second HD is in SATA_1. The second HD shows up as drive F.

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08 Jun 2010   #62

Windows 7 Home Premium

I deleted the two partitions on the second HD and then did a quick format. Here's what it looks like now...

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08 Jun 2010   #63

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Yes, of course that will work.

It's only any use to do it that way if you don't need the data on any of the partitions you are deleting.

I think it was assumed you had stuff on F you wanted to keep.
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17 Aug 2012   #64

System Reserved

I recently installed a brand new hard drive in my system.

I want to take the old hard drive and pull data off it to use in a hard drive enclosure, but when I put it in the system, it comes up as system reserved. How do I get access to the data on the old drive?

I can put it in the system as normal SATA if need be.

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17 Aug 2012   #65

Windows 10 Pro x64

So you installed an os with your old drive disconnected, correct ?
And now when you add the old drive back to your new install it is not installing the drivers and opening autoplay to explore the drive ?

Also, you should have started a new thread.
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17 Aug 2012   #66
Microsoft MVP


Slave the old HD to the new System which I assume you've installed an OS on.

Then access the data via Explorer to copy it out. The correct way to remove the old OS and it's System Reserved partition is to Delete in Disk Mgmt. To get it even cleaner wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command .

As long as you don't have the old HD set first to boot, it shouldn't try to boot it.
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17 Aug 2012   #67


Well, I did do a totally clean install with the old hard drive disconnected. If try to use explorer and copy stuff it won't let me...seems as if it's not there....but if I put that drive in as the main drive by itself everything is
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17 Aug 2012   #68
Microsoft MVP


With all drives attached, please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt window and maximize it, spread column headers so all listings are readable.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.
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17 Aug 2012   #69

this is the snipe

here it is

System Reserved HD?-snip-disk-mgt.jpg

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17 Aug 2012   #70
Microsoft MVP


That isn't the other HD, but the System Reserved partition on your new install. So that answers one question.

Can you plug the old install into another SATA or IDE port? When you do does it show up in BIOS setup?

Maybe it is installed in IDE instead of AHCI mode or vice versa? This could explain why it won't show up.

But if nothing becomes clear since you can boot it and access it otherwise you can copy out the data using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console, then wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command to repartition in Disk Mgmt, use as data drive.
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