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Windows 7: How to hide System Reserved in listing of drives?

07 Jul 2010   #1

Win 7 x64
How to hide System Reserved in listing of drives?

I just reformatted my HD and installed W7-64 Ultimate again. Since I have been using W7, I know most of the tweaks, but dont recall how I fixed this one. When in Windows Explorer, under Computer, I see all of my hard drives, but also see a drive for System Reserved. What tweak do I need so that I dont see the system reserved?

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07 Jul 2010   #2

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You can use this tutorial to Add or remove drive leeters.

Hard Disk Partition Letter Missing in Windows 7 - Fix
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07 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

I'm not sure there is a tweak for that? The only place I have ever seen that partition show up is in the Disk Management window. On my 7x64 PC it doesn't have a drive letter in the disk management window, if yours does maybe that is why it shows up under my computer? Theog's post may help you out with that, just be careful what you do in disk management. You might want to make a system repair disk, if you haven't already, just in case.
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07 Jul 2010   #4

Win 7 x64

I just wonder if I select "remove" will it only remove the drive letter assigned to it and not the physical drive? And what if it does remove the physical drive? Is it really needed?
Yes, I will make a backup before I do all that. I use Acronis and will just make an image of the whole drive.
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07 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

If you are in the "Change drive Letter and Paths for System Reserved" window I would think it will just remove the drive letter. Mine doesn't have a drive letter so Change and Remove are grayed out. Mine shows "Healthy (System, Active Primary Partition), I don't think I would be able to boot into windows if I removed it.
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07 Jul 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP


Remove the drive letter in Disk Mgmt. to hide SysReserved in Explorer.

You can remove the System Reserved partition if it bothers you, but it requires recovering the System MBR into Win7 partition. Better to leave it alone since it also conveniently places the Repair Console on the Advanced Boot Tools list accessed by tapping F8 at bootup.
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07 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

If you wiped out the entire drive before you installed the OS, you shouldn't be seeing this partition, and it shouldn't have been assigned a drive letter. Regardless of how you installed, if you just remove the drive letter, you should be fine.
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07 Jul 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

It you wanted to clean install Windows without having the 100MB boot partition automatically added during the process, have a look at the tutorial at the link below.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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