Can I safely delete my System Reserve Partition?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by mowerman, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. mowerman

    mowerman MDL Novice

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    I have moved my boot files to the "C" drive using EasyBCD. In so doing, is it now safe to delete the System Reserve Partition? I realize it does no harm the way it is but I have no intention of using Bitlocker and I have a recovery disc.
    So, to me, it serves no purpose and I'd like to get rid of it.
     

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  2. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    The short answer is that if you already have it, then YES you need it. You cannot delete it because it contains boot files necessary to load Windows. Unfortunately, once it has been created, there is no way to get rid of it. If you want to have a system without the extra partition, you can only do it during the Windows 7 install process.

    The 100MB partition is a system partition and contains boot files. Disk Manager will not allow you to remove this partition because removing this partition could cause the system to not boot.
     
  3. KNARZ

    KNARZ MDL Addicted

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    #3 KNARZ, Nov 11, 2013
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    Complete BS unless you're using UEFI.


    Easiest and Safest way would be (there are many):

    boot into winpe
    open cmd
    type: bcdboot X:\Windows /s X:
    (X is the current drive letter of your maped Windows partition in PE - in most case the current letter is D)
    than start diskpart and select your Windows partition
    (select disk n, select part n)
    and mark it 'active' by typing 'active'
    that's it. Do a restart and if you're system boots up it's starting all from your regular Windows Partition, you can than wipe the MSR partition.
    If if doesn't boot up you did something wrong and can restore your boot partition by selecting the MSR partition in diskpart and mark the 'old' partition as active.

    Some example:
    On a system with 1 Disk:
    DISK ID = 0
    Paritition 1 = MSR (Reserved One)
    Parititon 2 = Windows
     
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  4. Helmutcheese

    Helmutcheese MDL Member

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    It has the boot and recovery files for booting errors even in non UEFI.

    I would not remove it no matter how much BS the above user (nice attitude btw) posts.
     
  5. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

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    As you describe, you can safely remove it

    but you will not be able to use the recovered space unless you use 3rd part boot tool to re-adjust your disk
     
  6. KNARZ

    KNARZ MDL Addicted

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    #6 KNARZ, Nov 11, 2013
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    I used BS because he wrotes
    as this is BS from my POV. spreading limited knowledge and place it as a fact is just annoying... If he would wrote something about guessings or so I wouldn't use BS. But providing this knowlegde as a fact is .....

    Yes indeed. you would have to rearange/adjust other parameters but this can all be done by bcdedit.
    I didn't say it's a perfect solution but adjusting all settings is more far more complex and I am/was not in the mood to write a whole guidance.
     
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  7. CEW

    CEW MDL Member

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    He doesn't need to do any of that. You will probably find winre.wim is on the 350mb partition. Suggest you copy the hidden "Recovery" folder to your main os partition "c". You can then register winre.wim with reagentc at the command prompt.

    He can then just delete the so called System reserved partition and he will be fine.

    If he wants to use a 3rd party tool to extend "c" to the left ( as in diskmgmt screenie ), only then would the os bcd entry need adjusting. Decent partition managers will do that automatically.
     
  8. halleync

    halleync MDL Novice

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    Dangerous to mess with that partition.
     
  9. mowerman

    mowerman MDL Novice

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    OK folks, thanks for all the replies but several of you must not of looked at my attachment. If you look you'll see that
    MY BOOT FILES HAVE ALREADY BEEN MOVED to my "C" partition that contains Windows 8.1. My Seagate 1T drive "E" contains my old W7 installation that I'm keeping until I'm sure that I want to stay with Windows 8.1 After I make that decision I'll delete it (W7). So with this new information I again ask "can I safely delete the "System Reserved "H" partition"?
     
  10. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    look at my partitions, nothing is hidden
    2013-11-12_071726.jpg

    so yes you can
     
  11. CEW

    CEW MDL Member

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    Yes, you can delete it, but winre may be on there. You want that for F8 repair my computer option.

    That is why I suggested copying it to your os drive, and registering it with reagentc. Looks like you didn't read my post.