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Windows 8 Partition "SYSTEM" / Disk Management Help

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    Windows 8

    Windows 8 Partition "SYSTEM" / Disk Management Help


    I had Windows 8.1 installed for quite some time and wanted to go back to 8 today until the real update rolled out. I had a system image stored with everything I wanted setup correctly. Unfortunately for some reason I couldn't restore form a system image through Windows 8.1. I opened the installer for Windows 8 and did a new install. I tried the system image again and it said something about having a dynamic disk. Through an hour of research I couldn't find any solution so I decided I'll stick with the new installation.

    I noticed now when I go to My Computer, there is a new partition called SYSTEM(I) that has 112mb free of 198mb. When I look inside of it, it is empty. When I choose to show hidden files, it is still empty. When I use the disk management to delete it, it cannot be done. Any clues on how I can get this partition not to show, or even better, deleted?

    I also wanted to delete the system image as it pissed me off enough already. I deleted everything from the partition and then deleted the volume (now it's unallocated space). When I try to extend drive C - my main drive - the extend option is grayed out. Any other partition is acceptable though. Any way to fix this? Thanks!

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    To clean install:
    1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
    2a) Clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.

    2b) Clean Install - Windows 8

    2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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    Windows 8.1 x64

    As you probably now know, an 8.1 image recovery will not work with a 8 image. If you had a Windows 8 Install or recovery media, it would probably work. Perhaps making a recovery drive from your current Windows 8 install would allow you to re-image the drive.

    What you did when you reinstalled, hard to say. It might help if you could attach a picture (snipping tool) of your Disk Management window using the paperclip on the advanced replies.
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