Sure it's only a 100 MB partition. Sure Everybody and their mother says don't fool with it. I'm not interested in the opinions of everyone and their mother, I want my 79 % system reserved partition derfragged.
Help me make this happen. Be part of history and eradicate the very silly notion that the system reserved partition cannot be defragged LOL
I figure, heck it's just data on a normal partition which happens to be currently locked down somehow (O&O boot time defrag didn't defrag anything.. as if the whole partition was off limits) and of course files in use cannot be defragged anyway. We need to solve these problems.
A side note -
I think it's silly and irresponsible to tell people to leave the system reserved partition alone. Sure it's small and this means the arm of the drive doesn't have to work too much extra to find the files But you still have loss of efficiency and you take the risk the fragmented partition (this is read as: Damaged partition, because that's what fragmentation is.. hard drive surface damage) will become so damaged your precious system files could be corrupted beyond repair < -- !!! ( the system files in the System Reserved partition are boot files for your pc and tools that allow bit locker encryption to work, so if these get corrupted you may not be able to boot windows.)
Er.. how come no one ever mentions this? Simple.. it's not encouraged by microsoft. They know if you corrupt your system files you may wind up buying another microsoft product to fix the problem. Yep.. I'm saying they time limit break your system on purpose to make extra sales - everyone does it so don't look shocked that I'm making that claim. Did you know Edison has a light bulb in the Smithsonian that still burns like new? If Edison can do that.. why do light bulbs fail? They are designed to fail on purpose - this is how light bulb companies more money.
So before my fragmentation gets to 100 % and even more greatly increases the chances of system file corruption I am going to attempt to find a way to defrag this partition. As O&O was a no show, i decided to google the problem and found this, my next method:
Posted by Loukik Kulkarni at Microsoft Anserrs here: Can System Reserved be defragmented? - Microsoft Community
Before I try this.. can you guys see anything dreadfully wrong with this method.. why it won't work or other thoughts on this or other methods?I will tell you what I tried to defragment the system reserved area.
1. Make the system reserved area an active partition by assigning it a letter like other drives (Make it visible on My Computer).
2. After doing this format this newly created partition. If you explore it you will find nothing in it. But the System will show that some part is occupied. Proceed with the formatting.
3. Even after formatting the drive will be displayed as partially occupied. It may happen that some more space is freed.
4. Now if you run the analyzer it will show 0% fragmented.(It happened for me atleast).
5. Now remove the letter assigned to the partition and make it invisible.
Although it works, try this at your own risk.
I found this method just while fiddling around with the OS.
As mentioned above it does not show significant improvement in the performance.
.. and a lil more info:
If you have problem in creating partition or changing partition here are the steps:
1. Go to Control Panel(View by: category) -->System n security option.-->Administrative Tools-->Create and format hard disk partitions(Here you can change partition size which is usually done during installation of the OS,changing harddisk partition now may lead to
formatting the entire partition(s) so be careful)
2. Disk Management window will open.
3. Here you will see all the partitions in a tabular as well as block diagram format.
4. Right click on System reserve option(any where in table or in the block)
5. You will see a pop up-->select Change Drive letter and paths....
6. Click on add-->Assign the following letter drive-->select letter of ur choice from drop down list.-->OK
7. Check My Computer for newly created partition.
8. Format it as any other drive.(As I said earlier even though the drive is empty, System will show it as partially occupied. Even after formatting it will show as partially occupied.)
9. Now try defragmenting. It may show you 0% fragmented.
10. This system reserved space provides limited rights for any common user so its of no use to us and its better for us to keep it empty and idle.
11.So follow the same steps as above to remove the letter given to the drive.
12.Step 5-->Only instead of add, click on remove.
13. Now in the System Res block will be shade with hash lines(Indicates it is idle).