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Windows 7: System Reserved Partition - Delete

25 Aug 2013   #50
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well, since it is on an external HDD, and not a boot drive, you could just simply delete it.

Since your C: drive has plenty of space on it, you might just copy the contents of H to a folder on C, format disk 2, then copy the contents back to the now formatted H.


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25 Aug 2013   #51
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Well, since it is on an external HDD, and not a boot drive, you could just simply delete it.
Since your C: drive has plenty of space on it, you might just copy the contents of H to a folder on C, format disk 2, then copy the contents back to the now formatted H.
Shawn,

Thanks for the info. Prior to using this HDD for backups, I formatted the USB HDD with "Gparted", a HDD Utility tool that I use to format HDD's outside of Windows.

I had previously loaded a full disk backup on that USB HDD months earlier so that's when I assume Windows created the 100 mb partition on that drive.

If I understand the steps at cmd prompt, here's what I read from the 1st page tutorial:

1. <Cmd>
2. diskpart
3. list disk
4. select disk (#)
5. list partition
6. select partition (#)
7. delete partition override

Will this work while leaving partition "H" unaffected and accessible after I delete the 100 mb partition?
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25 Aug 2013   #52
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

What did you use to create the backup with to make sure that it doesn't need that 100MB partition?

If Windows Backup or System Image features from Windows, then you'll be fine to copy to C, format, etc.. to not have to worry about having a blank or small 100MB partition still in front of H. Just be sure that the drive letter is still H afterwards.
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25 Aug 2013   #53
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
What did you use to create the backup with to make sure that it doesn't need that 100MB partition?

If Windows Backup or System Image features from Windows, then you'll be fine to copy to C, format, etc.. to not have to worry about having a blank or small 100MB partition still in front of H. Just be sure that the drive letter is still H afterwards.
Shawn,

The Backup tool that I'm using with the HDD is Acronis 2011. I'm using an incremental backup for specific files that I frequently edit and data files that are changed daily (Outlook *.PST and Quicken data file, etc).

I formatted the drive beforehand with Gparted but didn't delete the 100 mb partition at that time, forgot to try that within Gparted at the time.

After formatting with Gparted, I set up my daily incremental backups within Acronis with the target HDD set to "H" drive so I'm thinking all will be ok since Arconis will only look for the "H" partition on the USB HDD when performing its backups.

I'll give the cmd / delete partition a try and see how it works on that drive. I have my other partition's files backup up on my cloned HDD and my Laptop so no chance of losing anything on the USB HDD "H" partition.

Thanks for your info
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25 Aug 2013   #54
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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25 Aug 2013   #55
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Shawn,

I just did it and it worked like a champ Now, "F" partition only displays in the Disk Mgmt as an unallocated partition and is removed from other places ("My Computer", and removed from the top listing in Mgmt).

Thanks again. I'm amazed at what can be done from cmd mode....as long as one's careful

That's the great thing about having backup HDD's. I can learn things like this without jeopardy of losing any info on a drive.

This is another tutorial that's been added to a notepad file about cmd functions.

Recently, "Gregrocker" helped me out with another cmd tutorial when I had 2 HDD's marked as "active". I didn't know that this can cause boot problems since Win will look for active drives at bootup.
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25 Aug 2013   #56
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great news.
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26 Dec 2013   #57
jaybird216

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 
system reserve on then wrong HD

Would this still work if somehow had my OS on my C: drive but my reserved partition on my E:? Not really sure how I got there but it is. I am trying to repurpose my E: drive anyway, so I am thinking I could just skip all these steps, remove the HD and try the system repair.

Thoughts?
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26 Dec 2013   #58
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jaybird, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since E: is on a different hard drive, it would be easier to remove it and do the startup repair.
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26 Dec 2013   #59
jaybird216

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks brink. I actually did just remove the hd and tried to recover 4 times and still no luck. I followed your guide, but before I get to the system recovery screen I am prompted to choose my language and then another screen to either recover or restore. Also asks me to load drivers if my hd don't show up. I've been clicking the recovery and ignoring the drivers. I then get to the recovery page and follow the instructions. It takes about 30 seconds and says it's finished. The log states that it repaired the partition but still won't boot.

Ideas?
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