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HELP DANG IT - Need to Uninstall Windows (?), 'system reserved' part is on HDD instead of SSD

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October 26, 2013 10:15:13 AM

I have a few months old comp. Chose components myself, let the guys in a shop build it.

Everything is fine but:
I told them to install windows on the SSD. And they did, its there. When I open disk management, I see the SSD (C), and below it says 'Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary partition)'

But some time later I found out that there is a partition on my HDD called 'System Reserved'. Below, it says 'Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)'. It's 100 MB large. Someone said that this is not good, and it means that when the guys who were installing Windows installed it while both the SSD and the HDD were already put in, and so it created that thing on the HDD. Otherwise, if only the SSD was connected, it would be forced to put everything for Windows on the SSD.

Now I want to find a way to put it all onto the SSD.
I thought of re-installing Windows, but I also wanted to back up all my stuff I got on my SSD and HDD. I thought of moving everything onto the HDD and taking the HDD out of my PC. Then uninstall windows, and install again now because only SSD would be in. But, the 100MB thing would stay on my HDD, because I wouldn't delete. So first, can I just unplug my HDD like that (while PC is off of course), or do I need to do some things to it first, like prepare for disconnect? Then, If I take it out, the 100 MB thing will no longer be in the PC the next time I power it up, so could I be able to do anything? could I uninstall windows then?

The best would be to backup all my files, programs, games, etc. onto an external drive, delete everything that stays in the PC, uninstall windows, take out HDD, install windows on SSD, put back HDD and restore the things from external drive. But, all the things have 800 GB only on the HDD, and there are some programs on the SSD. And I don't have such a big external drive. I have a 500GB one with only 300GB free. So i thought of putting everything onto the HDD and take it out so it isn't effected by Windows uninstalling.

I really don't know what do. Could you please suggest something? I never uninstalled Windows and don't know how it works or how it's done, I did partitioning and have an idea of how that stuff works, but not familiar with Windows.
Also, If I uninstall windows, will all the other things on my SSD (and HDD) stay there, or will they be deleted - If they stay in the PC, connected, while I'm uninstalling Windows?

I need answers pretty quick, so anyone knows how to solve my problem, please take some time to answer. Any help is appreciated :) 
a c 85 G Storage
October 26, 2013 10:38:09 AM

Ask the guys in the shop to lend you a bigger external disk. It's there fault!. Otherwise you are on the right way: create a full backup, unplug the hdd, reinstall windows to the ssd ( no "unistall" needed, just start the setup and delte the existing partition under advanced disk options). Re-plug the hdd and make sure, it is the first boot dive in bios this time. Goto disk management and delete the 100MB partition. Restore the backup.
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October 26, 2013 10:42:01 AM

hmm.. would they just borrow a 1T drive like that?
So I can not just put all to HDD and unplug to make it safe? because I wanted to 'backup' on the HDD
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a c 85 G Storage
October 26, 2013 11:06:37 AM

I Am User said:
hmm.. would they just borrow a 1T drive like that?
So I can not just put all to HDD and unplug to make it safe? because I wanted to 'backup' on the HDD

You can create the backup on the HDD, but it's a bit risky. I would at least try to backup your personal data to the external disk.
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October 26, 2013 11:17:28 AM

Ok. What do you mean 'a bit risky'? if its outside while reinstalling Win, nothing can happen, no?
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a c 167 G Storage
October 26, 2013 11:39:06 AM

The hidden recovery partition is a normal part of a windows install.
It will help you to recover a corrupted primary windows install.
So long as you are willing to keep the hard drive running, leave it there.
If you really want to consolidate, go ahead and redo the windows install with only the ssd connected.
You should be able to reattach your hard drive and possibly delete the 100mb partition.

My take is to not bother. No performance is affected, and the 100mb space is a nit.
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October 26, 2013 12:07:08 PM

geofelt said:
The hidden recovery partition is a normal part of a windows install.
It will help you to recover a corrupted primary windows install.
So long as you are willing to keep the hard drive running, leave it there.
If you really want to consolidate, go ahead and redo the windows install with only the ssd connected.
You should be able to reattach your hard drive and possibly delete the 100mb partition.

My take is to not bother. No performance is affected, and the 100mb space is a nit.

The 100Mb partition is of cause not a recovery partition, but the boot manager partition. Windows will not boot without it an so it will not without the hdd in this case. Just unplug the hddd and you will see.
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