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Windows 7: How to Avoid Placing System Reserved Partition on Wrong Hard Drive?

18 Jun 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP


Had you formatted the data drive as Logical as suggested it would have skipped it even though the installer will normally write the System boot files to the first HD in order.

You can do it now and move the System boot files which are on D to C using the Repair function. This takes into account that you cannot remove or disable a HD:

Use the Partition Wizard bootable CD to rightclick D to Modify>Set to Inactive, click OK.

Then rightclick D to Delete, OK.

Next rightclick Disk0 to create a NTFS Logical partition for the whole disk, label it and letter it D, OK.

Now click on Disk 1 Windows 7 HD to highlight the Disk number. From Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, OK, Apply all steps.

Reboot to see if Win7 starts. If not boot into Win7 DVD to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until it starts and Win7 holds the System Active flags.

Boot flag only signifies the partition booted at the moment.

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19 Jun 2012   #12

win 7 x64 ultimate

Hi there.

The BEST way IS to remove the other drive, BUT to avoid the extra partition BS you SHOULD format the drive before installing WIN7 that way no extra partitions will be created, and no headaches, reinstall your 2nd hard drive after win is installed, you may want to use the drive management to set the second hard drive to D: and the cd (or dvd or blu ray) drive to E:

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19 Jun 2012   #13
Microsoft MVP


He says he can't unplug or disable HD in BIOS.

He was advised to format D Logical so the installer would skip placing the System boot files there and place them on the second HD which he was to format Primary if he didn't want System Reserved or leave blank if he did.

Apparently he missed a step .
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18 Jul 2012   #14
gary palmer

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

the best way is to physically disconnect the drive you do not want the boot manager to be installed on..also disconnect ALL other memory devices other than the drive you want windows to be on and its separate partition boot manager. Windows can and does on occassion install on other hard drives the boot manager partition
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19 Jul 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Why not just skip the partition? If you follow the guides here and use diskpart during the install, you won't have the little partition. I can't say I've missed having it, and I am still able to repair installs, if needed.
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