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Windows 7: Specific pros and cons of system reserved partition for me

16 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
System Reserved contains all the boot files and what not for Windows 7, if you delete it the system cannot boot.
I do not have a System Reserved partition.

My computers always boot.
What he means is that, if the system reserve partition is created, the MBR will be stored there. In that scenario, deleting the partition will render Windows unable to boot without running a startup repair 3 separate times. If the partition is not created in the first place, MBR is stored on the primary partition.

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16 Aug 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP


The SysReserved partition is recommended for Multi Boots so other OS's don't become unbootable if the System OS becomes disabled and cannot boot.

Other than that it places the Repair console on the Advanced Boot Tools menu accessed by tapping F8 at Startup which is a convenience.
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17 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7

Thanks, now just to be a touch clearer I am definitely not reinstalling, so no solutions for what I should have done if only I'd known last week I would have liked to have done it! I might do it differently if I am forced to reinstall, but I generally prefer to have my toenails pulled off slowly with pliers than reinstall, so always turn to imaging first.

The problem I had with Acronis was that it doesn't, for whatever reason, allow me to tick the box for the whole disk, I can image as many partitions as I like, but when it comes to restoring it says which partition do you want to put the data back onto. So I would have to put the system reserved partition and the OS main partition into the space the OS parition came out of, and then it will still be trying to boot from the old system partition which is broken, ergo no boot of anything. I've got a trial version of a new Acronis and am in negotiations for whether I will have to pay for it given that the old version refuses to work, but for the time being all seems well and I can restore two partitions to one disk space and it will create the partitions as they were. If I have to pay to upgrade Acronis then that's when I have to choose delete the partition or stump up for a working copy. I have 189GB of free space so the size of the partition doesn't bother me, it's just to make image and restore work more smoothly.
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17 Aug 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Why don't you use free Macrium for imaging. That will probably be easier. And read the "Warning" at the beginning of my tutorial. That will make it clear how to deal with the boot partition.

Btw: if you want to copy a whole disk volume, you will have to use "Cloning" - not imaging. But that is not possible with free Macrium, you would need the pro version.
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