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Two Windows 7 System Reserved Partitions (Fresh OS install)

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June 18, 2014 5:06:23 AM

Hey guys,
I recently installed a SSD and did a fresh install of windows 7 on it. Basic steps were as follows:

1-unplug my 2 HDDs, install windows 7 on SSD
2-update bios/drivers
3-plug in HDDs and format the old one that had my prev Windows 7 OS
4-run windows update
5-Verify that windows wouldn't defrag my SSD

On this last step, I discovered that I had two windows 7 system reserved partitions. One has a letter the other does not. I've read one can be deleted but I am not sure how to access the drives (does not show up in My Computer). Which one can I delete and how do I do it?

Thanks in advance!
a c 233 $ Windows 7
a c 385 G Storage
June 18, 2014 5:10:29 AM

All partitions should show up in disk management. You should be able to delete a partition from there also. If you disconnected all drives except for the SSD during the windows install, then the correct system partition should be on the SSD.
June 18, 2014 5:30:52 AM

Thanks for the quick reply.

In my disk management my system reserved without a letter is on my C drive = Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition).

The system reserved (E: ) is on my G drive= (Healthy (Active, Primary Partition).

I can delete the system reserved (E: ) right? Also, should I format it or delete it?

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a c 233 $ Windows 7
a c 385 G Storage
June 18, 2014 5:38:03 AM

If you can boot the computer with just the SSD or with the E/G drive disconnected, then the unlabeled partition on your C drive is the correct one. Installing your OS with just one drive attached forces windows to put the system and boot partitions on the same drive. You can either delete partition (E) or format it, although it would be a small partition. You can just format E and use partition software to merge E & G into one large partition if needed.
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