Cloning C Drive And System Reserved Partition?

Jan 7, 2012

I installed a new ssd drive and cloned my c drive onto it. It also cloned my system reserved partion [about 25 megabytes].I then, at a later date, cloned my c drive [now my new ssd drive] again back to my old primary drive so that i have an up to date copy of my primary drive. But it also cloned my system reserved partion. Can i delete some of these system reserved partions. I now have 3 of them! It makes my computer look very untidy. What ones should i leave or do i need to leave them all?

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Cloning C Drive And System Reserved Portion?

Dec 26, 2012

I installed a new ssd drive and cloned my c drive onto it. It also cloned my system reserved partion [about 25 megabytes]. I then, at a later date, cloned my c drive [now my new ssd drive] again back to my old primary drive so that i have an up to date copy of my primary drive. But it also cloned my system reserved partion. Can i delete some of these system reserved partions. I now have 3 of them! It makes my computer look very untidy. What ones should i leave or do i need to leave them all?

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Jan 6, 2012

I accidently deleted my system reserved partition I only have one system installed on my pc, so no dual boot is needed or anything, I think it created a seperate system partition because of a windows.old folder, which has already been deleted now, because it took too much space. So now when I start up my pc i get the error that my bootmgr is missing. I tried repairing it by inserting the windows 7 dvd and using the repair, but when I click on windows 7 and i try to repair it it says it's the wrong version of windows. My language settings are set correctly so that's not the problem. I then tried to do it by pressing shift + f10 to get into the command line and using the following commands: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr Bootrec.exe /FixBoot Bootrec.exe /ScanOs Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd however the scanos and rebuildbcd can't find any windows installation. If i put in my windows 7 dvd and i startup my pc, it works fine, because it then uses the bootmgr from the Windows 7 dvd. So I thought, let's just copy the bootmgr.exe to my windows. But this didn't work either.

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Feb 25, 2012

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As you can see my OS ( Win 7 ) is installed on C: drive which is on Disk 1 . While its System reserved partition is on Disk 0 . Now since I have to remove Disk 0 , The System reserved partition has to be moved to Disk 1 . I don't wanna reinstall the OS , so how can i shift the System reserved partition (With all its contents ) from Disk 0 to Disk 1 .?? :-?

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When originally installing Windows 7 Ultimate I noticed it created a 100mb system reserved partition. No probs.

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Install refused to proceed any further, pointing me to some log files I could not find. I booted from my repair disk and tried to make the partition active, which was already marked as active and tried again. No luck.

I had deleted all partitions on the drive.

So I turned off AHCI and tried again. I missed the "press any key".. and system complained about a "Master boot record error".. I rebooted and tried to do install again. Same issue.

I was able to recover my system from an image I created earlier, but I sure would like to know why the reserved partition was not created, and why windows refused to install. Because I'm going to try again.

I have purchased a new HDD, one that is supposed to be much faster than my old one, which of course has not been formatted. I tried that drive with and without AHCI and had the sasme issues.

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For some reason, whenever I installed windows 7 on my ssd, it never created a system reserved partition. Everything booted up fine. After deleting my old partition, my system now fails to boot up and gives me the message "BootMGR is missing. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart". Clearly, my computer is now wanting a system reserved partition.

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I have already tried startup repair and all of the bootrec.exe commands, but none of them seem to work.

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1) Install SSD
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1) How can I tell if the cloned partition on my external HDD is ok?
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