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Windows 7: system reserved partition on second drive

13 Jul 2010   #11
spitemonkey

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I was able to use diskpart to reformat the entire drive. It was easier than I thought it would be. Now I have 931Gb free on my 1Tb drive--I think that's all I can get. Windows boots fine on the 80Gb drive without the 1Tb plugged in, so I felt secture to wipe the 1Tb. I did a "clean all" in diskpart just to make sure.

The Gateway system restore disks will restore disks will restore the system back to factory defaults but there is no system recovery option. I was, however, able to enter the system recovery from the safeboot option menu without the disks.

Overall I think this is what I wanted: A clean 1Tb drive with no remnants of Windows, a full functioning window 7 on the 80Gb, a working backup copy of windows on disks, and I will also create a backup image.

Please let me know if there is anything I left out. Thanks Gregrocker and Bare Foot Kid for the advice and tutorials.




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13 Jul 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

How long did it take for a "clean all" on a 1TB HDD, do tell.




You're very welcome, I'm glad you found a solution that worked for you; thanks for the update.
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13 Jul 2010   #13
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I would say, about 3.5 hours.
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13 Jul 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I would say, about 3.5 hours.



Howdy mate, that's what I was thinking.
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13 Jul 2010   #15
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I would say, about 3.5 hours.



Howdy mate, that's what I was thinking.
Worth the time.
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13 Jul 2010   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I would say, about 3.5 hours.



Howdy mate, that's what I was thinking.
Worth the time.




That's for sure.
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13 Jul 2010   #17
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Why is the 1TB marked as active? It could potential cause problems and since the is no data on it yet just, quickly format it. It won't say active anymore and then go on and starting using it as normal. Don't forget to create a system image of the new C drive.

I recommend a program called Macrium Reflect Free Edition. It's so easy and a great tool. Run the program and create the Recovery CD and put away in a safe location. Then create a system image and save it your new D drive.

Good Luck,
Happy Imaging!
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13 Jul 2010   #18
spitemonkey

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I wish I knew how long it took for the "clean all" on the 1Tb drive but I set it and went to bed. The tutorial said a 500Mb drive took about 2 hours and I think the 1Tb took more than 3 hours.

I set the 1Tb as active after formatting. I don't exactly know what that means but I thought I was supposed to do that to use it. I already have data on it and it seems to work fine. I don't see any "mark as inactive" option in disk management. There is about 35Gb of data on it but I can take it off and reformat it if you think I need to.

I'll look into Macrium Reflect. Someone told me Paragon was really good, but I like easy!
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14 Jul 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I think each HDD has to have an active partition (not sure) it won't hurt anything, just don't bother it.



Here is some info on Macrium, at the links below.


Macrium Reflect FREE Edition

Imaging with free Macrium
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14 Jul 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

I explained in post #10 why you do not want an Active partition on a data drive.

It can confuse the Repair utility to prevent repair when Win7 will not start.

Install free Partition Wizard, rightclick 1tb partition, Modify>Set to Inactive, OK, Apply.
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