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Win8: Moving System Reserved partition to different drive

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    Win8: Moving System Reserved partition to different drive


    I have 3 drives on my Windows 8.1 System. Drive 1 (labeled Disk 0) is a 4TB HDD which currently holds the 350MB System Reserved Partition.

    Drives 2 & 3 (labeled Disk 1 (C ) are SSDs set in a RAID 1 configuration.

    How do I move the System Reserved Partition from Disk 0 to Disk 1?


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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    I have 3 drives on my Windows 8.1 System
    I see only 2 physical HDDs in your image.
    In the image below Blue indicates the drives, HDD and Optical, and Yellow shows the partitions on the HDDs.

    I think you don't/can't remove that partition, it was created during Windows installation. I have the same 3 partitions on my 320GB HDD, Custom computer with default install of Win8.0 followed by Win8.1 Update. If you look closely at the size it is quite small, mine is less than 1% of the HDD total size, looks like yours is even smaller.
    What is the System Reserved Partition and Can You Delete It?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    I see only 2 physical HDDs in your image.
    Disk 1 (my C: drive) is made up of 2 physical SSD's in RAID 1 configuration so only shows up as a single volume.

    I don't want to completely remove the system reserved partition, I just want it to be on Disk 1 rather than Disk 0, which will then allow me to convert Disk 0 to a GPT disk.

    Do you know of any methods that will enable me to move the partition to Disk 1 and remove it from Disk 0?
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    The page I linked to should give you all you need to do it. However, the use of RAID may change things, can't say about that.
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    1. First you need to break up RAID1 using the instruction I gave in this link below:
      Migrating from RAID to SSD and switching to AHCI
    2. Shrink disk 1 for the amount enough to store the Recovery Partition, format it and assign a letter, for example: Z
    3. Download easybcd: EasyBCD Portable | Portable X Apps and run it. See the screen shot for the steps.
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