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2 system reserved partitions after migrating OS

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    2 system reserved partitions after migrating OS


    Hi,

    I migrated my hard drive using Paragon which was running Windows 8 a few days ago from my 500GB to my 3TB hard drive. It worked fine for a while however it's now been acting up recently. I noticed that the system reserved partition on my new hard disc (G: ) is only "Active, Primary Partition" and I still have a system reserved partition on my old hard disc (E: ) which is "System, Active, Primary Partition" so I'm guessing it's still somehow tied to my OS (even though I formatted my old hard disc as I want to set up a dual-boot system with Linux Mint), and the fact that whenever I start up my computer it says it's repairing E:.

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    Does anyone have a solution on what to do to make it so the system reserved G: partition is the "System, Active, Primary Partition" and how I can merge/format the E: and F: partitions on my old hard drive after? Thanks.

    P.S And yeah I know the little mistake I made with the 3TB drive only being recognised as 2TB.

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    For disk 1, delete the System Reserved.

    For Disk 0 install Windows 8 in UEFI mode, if you have a UEFI/BIOS firmware.
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    Which will use all 3tb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    For disk 1, delete the System Reserved.

    For Disk 0 install Windows 8 in UEFI mode, if you have a UEFI/BIOS firmware.
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    Which will use all 3tb.
    Hi, thanks for the quick reply.

    How do I go about deleting E:? I don't have an option to format/delete that partition in Disk Management.
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    Use Option Two in this tutorial:
    Partition or Volume - Delete - Windows 7 Help Forums

    When you delete the partition use "delete partition override"

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    Theog, considering the quote, would it not be better to get the OP to change the system partition to the first drive by changing the drive order in the bios? Once that is changed, it should be easy to remove the second System reserved partition.

    But, of course, the question of changing the configuration of the 3 TB drive to GPT, so all of the drive can be used, is still a problem. That will also wipe out the current install on that drive so the old install may still be needed to remake the install.

    If the install will stay as Legacy, which cannot be done to a GPT configured drive in Windows, more questions come to mind.

    OVERRIDE Enables DiskPart to delete any partition regardless of type.
    Typically, DiskPart only permits you to delete known data
    partitions.

    You cannot delete the system partition, boot partition, or any partition
    that contains the active paging file or crash dump (memory dump) filed.

    A partition must be selected for this operation to succeed.

    Partitions cannot be deleted from dynamic disks or created on dynamic
    disks.
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    I think that I would Create a Repair disc:System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 .
    Then unplug the 500gb drive (just remove the SATA cable). Boot the computer to see if Win8 will automatically fix the issue of making the System Reserved(g: ) active. If not boot from the repair disc and see if it will make G: active automatically. If all boots well at that point you can then reconnect the cable to the 500gb drive and because it is no longer the System drive you should be able to delete it in Disk Management.

    Note: I don't have UEFI so that may still be a consideration as Saltgrass described. I just wanted to give a process that should write the BCD to put drive G: as the proper System Reserved partition allowing you to eventually use the whole of the second HD for Linux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gvstn View Post
    I think that I would Create a Repair disc:System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 .
    Then unplug the 500gb drive (just remove the SATA cable). Boot the computer to see if Win8 will automatically fix the issue of making the System Reserved(g: ) active. If not boot from the repair disc and see if it will make G: active automatically. If all boots well at that point you can then reconnect the cable to the 500gb drive and because it is no longer the System drive you should be able to delete it in Disk Management.

    Note: I don't have UEFI so that may still be a consideration as Saltgrass described. I just wanted to give a process that should write the BCD to put drive G: as the proper System Reserved partition allowing you to eventually use the whole of the second HD for Linux.
    I unplugged the 500gb drive. Everythings worked fine (disk didn't need to repair itself or anything), but when I went to check in the disk management my system reserved partition it still only says Active, Primary Partition no System.

    Edit: Nevermind the system reserved partition has System now after I did a few things in the bios.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Theog, considering the quote, would it not be better to get the OP to change the system partition to the first drive by changing the drive order in the bios? Once that is changed, it should be easy to remove the second System reserved partition.

    But, of course, the question of changing the configuration of the 3 TB drive to GPT, so all of the drive can be used, is still a problem. That will also wipe out the current install on that drive so the old install may still be needed to remake the install.

    If the install will stay as Legacy, which cannot be done to a GPT configured drive in Windows, more questions come to mind.

    OVERRIDE Enables DiskPart to delete any partition regardless of type.
    Typically, DiskPart only permits you to delete known data
    partitions.

    You cannot delete the system partition, boot partition, or any partition
    that contains the active paging file or crash dump (memory dump) filed.

    A partition must be selected for this operation to succeed.

    Partitions cannot be deleted from dynamic disks or created on dynamic
    disks.
    Hi Saltgrass

    I personally would install to the 500gb HDD in UEFI mode & use the 3tb HHD for DATA.
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    Well this is what my disk management looks like at the moment:

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    Ideally I'd like to use Paragon again to migrate Disk 0 back to Disk 1 but when I get to the stage where it shows me what the new partitions will look like it'll create the 750gb partition of unallocated space again which isn't ideal.
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    I'm hoping someone can give specific advice but I believe the problem would be the 2.2tb limit to a Basic/MBR partitioning scheme on the 3tb HD. It has to be formatted/partitioned as a GPT disk to use all the space. I don't have a UEFI based computer so I can't explain from experience but I believe Paragon should be able to convert the disk to GPT and then clone the OS using the full drive.

    Or you could clone again giving the 750gb unallocated and then convert the drive making the 750gb available. I know Partition Wizard and Easeus free partition manager versions can convert between MBR/GPT disks without data loss and Paragon should be able to do the same.
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