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Windows 7: Visible Windows 7 System Reserved Drive

04 Jan 2010   #11
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Installer would prompt to let you know it is giving you the 100mb partition then place it on the highlighted drive which you had selected.

A screenshot with the warning prompt is included in this (older, when it was 200mb) tutorial on how to avoid 100mb: How to Avoid 200MB Hidden System Partition From Been Created During Windows 7 Installation My Digital Life

After installer placed it on DISK1, you must have selected DISK0 for your installation.


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04 Jan 2010   #12
Howard08560

Windows 7
 
 

If that is what I did, would that have resulted in it being assigned a separate drive letter and being visible in Widows Explorer?
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04 Jan 2010   #13
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Possibly, but I can't say for sure.

It is no problem either way execept that you can't remove either drive.

So if you want to be able to do that, MBR can be recovered into Win7 partition after deleting 100mb.

Or if you want to keep Bitlocker or Repair Console available at F8, then we can move it up onto other HD and repair its MBR.
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05 Jan 2010   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

See what happens when you make Disk 1 the first HD in bios boot order.

You can remove the drive letter if you like. Why do you want to?

Open an elevated command , type : (press enter after each line)

Diskpart

sel vol d

remove

exi
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14 May 2014   #15
AlanJS

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Installer would prompt to let you know it is giving you the 100mb partition then place it on the highlighted drive which you had selected.

A screenshot with the warning prompt is included in this (older, when it was 200mb) tutorial on how to avoid 100mb: How to Avoid 200MB Hidden System Partition From Been Created During Windows 7 Installation My Digital Life

After installer placed it on DISK1, you must have selected DISK0 for your installation.
Link is broken now. Here is the old version, which was originally linked to:

How to Avoid 200MB Hidden System Partition From Been Created During Windows 7 Installation My Digital Life

These steps are to avoid making it in the first place. I would doubt that a full reinstall would be worth getting rid of the erroneous partition, but it could be a reasonable practice to implement when doing new Windows 7 installs.

Some Windows 7 installs of mine have the System Reserved partition, and some others don't. That's the most confusing part to me.
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14 May 2014   #16
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Since this thread was Active we've dealt many times with Win7 Installation or Startup Repair placing the System boot files on the first Primary partition in order even on another drive or elsewhere that's not desired.

To avoid this we recommend unplugging all other driver during install or repair, or swapping the cables so the OS drive is always in DISK0 to avoid this.

Another option is to make all data partitions preceding the OS System partition Logical which cannot receive boot files. Partition / Extended : Logical Drives - Windows 7 Forums

Although it would be best to first see a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image to advise you better, the easiest way to move the System boot files to the Win7 Primary partition is to Mark Partition Active and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times with all other drives unplugged.

There has not been another automated method to do this completely until recently when EasyBCD added restoring the F8 System Recovery Options link to its utility that moves Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums. Be sure the target partition is marked Active first and all other drives unplugged.
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14 May 2014   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Make an install partition to install windows on, unplug all other drives, no system reserved partition is made, simple as that.
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