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Delete system reserved

Posted 28 June 2019 - 11:18 AM

Hello,

I had Windows 7 installed on a hard drive. Then I bought a second hard drive and installed Windows 10 on it. Now I want to keep the second hard drive for more storage space. I want to know if I can delete System Reserved from the old hard drive without disturbing the boot process for Windows 10.

Here's how the disks look: https://imgur.com/VtRzqJr

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Re: Delete system reserved

Posted 28 June 2019 - 11:57 AM

Which second drive? The one with Win7 on it, or the newer Win10 one?
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Re: Delete system reserved

Posted 28 June 2019 - 04:55 PM

I misspoke. I mean I want to clear the Windows 7 partitions. I don't know if Windows 10 is also relying on this for the boot process. Thanks.
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Re: Delete system reserved

Posted 28 June 2019 - 05:58 PM

Right. One last thing, did you have both drives plugged in when installing win 10?
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Re: Delete system reserved

Posted 29 June 2019 - 05:56 PM

Yes I did.
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Re: Delete system reserved

Posted 29 June 2019 - 09:11 PM

Hmm.that doesn't bode well. Probably should have kept it unplugged.

A good test is to unplug the old drive and boot.
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Re: Delete system reserved

Posted 30 June 2019 - 05:18 AM

Good idea. I tried this and it failed to boot. I don't suppose there's a way to fix this short of reinstalling Windows 10?
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Re: Delete system reserved

Posted 30 June 2019 - 07:30 AM

You can repair the boot manager. Keep that second drive (the old drive) un plugged, pop in your install media, and do a repair.

This outlines the four commands to try.
https://pureinfotech...mbr-windows-10/

Once it boots on it's own, with the single drive, then you should be okay to plug in the second drive and clear that partition.
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Re: Delete system reserved

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:49 AM

No success there. The commands suggested give errors like "element not found". Since I'm keeping both drives it's not a big problem I suppose, unless the drive with the MBR dies. If I overwrite the partition that has the Windows 7 system files do you think the bootloader will understand this and boot straight to Windows 10 instead of giving me the option of 7 or 10?
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