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Windows 7: Installing new SSD.. turns into System Reserved?

01 Sep 2012   #11


Windows is on Disk 3. Is that where you want Windows?

Windows is on Disk 3 (C) where it has been since I installed it about 5 months ago.

Disk 1 appears to be completely empty, no data.

[COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]This was an old install of win&, I formatted the drive. It seems to have a partition that i did not notice before[/COLOR]

What is the purpose of disks 0, 1, and 2? To hold data only? Or to hold some type of operating system?

[COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]Disk0, 1 and 2 are just to hold files and applications.[/COLOR]

System Reserved partitions do not normally have drive letters. I'm guessing you did that?

[COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]Nope[/COLOR]

If this is a single operating system PC, the typical way to install Windows is to first disconnect all hard drives other than the one to which Windows is installed. Looks like you did not do that.

[COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]Actually, I did that, but 5 months ago. I added the new drive today and this happened[/COLOR]

If you had done that, you would have 1 System Reserved, marked active, with C on the same drive.

You could mark the E partition active, then disconnect disk 1 entirely, and see if the PC will boot. If it does, then reconnect disk 1 and delete the system reserved partition from it.

If that fails, I'd probably start from scratch---disconnect all drives other than the one that you want to have Windows, and then reinstall.

[COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]Realy hope I dont have to do this[/COLOR]

Could I not just set E to active... disconect as you said and then if I get issues, use the OS CD to boot and repair?

I think I might have confused things as I thought my new drive was shoing up as the system reserved ones... bit it isnt, I just need to create a simple drive there I think.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

If you're just trying to format disk 2 just right click, simple volume and follow the prompts.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #13


Sorry, new to these forums and that last reply seems not to have worked as I thought it would.

After my own confusion, I now realise that the issue I have is, that Disk1 seems to have a partition I did not know about, and when I plugged it in after a while of not using it, it seems to have effected the current setup I have.

I need to investigate if not having Disk1 plugged in will effect my boot up.

As it has active on it, do I need to set the partition on my Disk 3 drive to be active first?

If it doesnt effect boot up, then I can just reinstall it and remove the partition?

If it does effect the boot up, what are my options?

Thanks for your time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Sep 2012   #14


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
If you're just trying to format disk 2 just right click, simple volume and follow the prompts.
Thanks, I have just done this. Now the drive is showing :-)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Does that sort the issue for you, is that all you need?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Try Barefoot Kid's suggestions in post 12. If that does not work, we regroup and reconsider.

Ultimately--you want 1 system reserved, marked active, on the same drive as the C partition. Nothing else marked active.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #17


OK, Thanks guys,

I guess Ill try setting active on the C drive partition and restart and see what happens

Thanks for your time
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #18
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Here's the best way forward.

Power down the PC and disconnect all the HDD/SSDs and reconnect the SSD that is now connected to disk 3 to the #1 SATA port of the motherboard leaving all the others disconnected, then in the PC BIOS set that as the first boot device.

Then using Option Two of this tutorial mark that System Reserved as the Active partition and do the 3 separate startup repairs in Option One to make that the System partition.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
After that's done you can power down and reconnect the other HDD/SSDs

If you do that (mark C: Active) it won't work and will be a waste of time, at the least; if all is good with you leave well-enough alone.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #19


Neither of the System Reserved partitions are booting anything as they're intended to do when present. Somehow - likely through repairs - the System flag on Disk3 got moved onto the C partition which is where C is being booted from now.

Barefoot gave you the steps to move the System flag to System Reserved. It's up to you if you want it to be the boot partition as intended, or want to leave it booting from C as it is now.

I would reboot and tap F8 to see if you still have System Recovery Options on the Advanced Boot Options menu. If not it might be worth it to you to write the System boot files back onto Disk3 System Reserved which normally restores the Recovery Options (WinRE).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #20

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

The 1st thing i would do is get rid of the letter E: on disk 3 and mark it Active.

Make a startup repair disc, start>control panel>backup & restore.

Disconnect all your drives and put your C: drive ( now on disk 3 ) on to disk 0 and get it booting and then go from there. Label it so you don`t get confused.

Install the 1 TB drive ( to disk 1 ) and format the entire drive. If there is nothing on it.

Install the other 120 GB ssd. ( to disk 2 ) Format it.

Install the 64 GB ssd ( to disk 3 )
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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