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Windows 7: Disk Management Screen Change

24 May 2014   #1

Win 7 Pro 64
Disk Management Screen Change

I started with this Disk Management screen dated 052214 which is attached below:

Disk Management Screen Change-diskmanagementscreen052214.jpg

I want to recover, format as a single NTFS partition, the System Reserved disk (no letter assigned) at the bottom of the Volume list.

I right clicked on the disk and assigned it a letter.

Now I have the Disk Managment screen dated 052414 which is attached below:

Disk Management Screen Change-diskmanagementscreen052414.jpg

I am deeply troubled that it is now next to drive C: as part of Disk 0.

If I right click on it in the volume column (upper part of display) I see some options including 'format' and 'delete volume.' (See below:)

Disk Management Screen Change-diskmanagementscreen052414_actions.jpg

Should I graciously back out of what I've done? Should I 'hide' the drive letter to get back to where I was? If I shut down will the new arrangement prevent my next boot?



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24 May 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

I'm not sure why you are troubled about System Reserved being right next to C on disk 0, that is it's default location and nothing changed except you giving it a drive letter.

You notice the System, and Active flags in the system reserved? That is what is booting your computer.

I would remove the letter, leave that alone, it's only 100MB.
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24 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

To safely get rid of System Reserved, see:

TeraByte Unlimited Knowledge Base
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24 May 2014   #4

Win 7 Pro 64

Thank you for making me take a closer look. I'd missed the 'order-of-magnitude difference' between Mb and Gb. I was hoping I'd gained greater access to a 'missing disk,' but that's another story. Sooner or later I will sort out how to use a Windows 7 environment to create a bootable CD from the PartedMagic .tar.gz Linux file I bought the other day.


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