Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

System Reserve Disk Question

  1. #1

    System Reserve Disk Question

    I have one of them system reserve disk created on my system and I am not able to hide it. I also do not know if it is tide into my C:\Windows 8.1 install, or if it is a creation from a past system that I have removed.
    I would like to remove it, if its an old reserve from a prior system I no longer have.
    I did have a duel boot system for a bit when I had a problem with a boot issue and had to reinstall Win8.1 on another disk that was exactly the same size as the disk of the broken system. That is the time when this System Reserve appeared that I cannot hide. I am also pretty sure that during the new install of the operating system that it created a system reserve drive, but it hides itself, if I am not mistaken and it wasn't named system reserve. If I am not mistaken the name was more something like... P_-----. I can't recall the exact name and I think it was also part of the new system installs disk too. This present System Reserve that shows up on the G: drive is a partition off the D: drive which was the older broken system disk, since formatted.
    Does a new install of Windows 8.1 just randomly find room to make a partition on any place it can, I thought it created a section on the install disk itself and then made it hidden.
    Anyway, I'm a little curious if I remove this reserve that is showing, will my system make a search for it and have problems booting If it is gone.

    I included an image of my Disk Manager below so that it may show what I am trying to describe for you.
    Click image for larger version

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    This is probably the remnants of a previous OS install. I would use Mini Tool Partition Wizard to delete the unwanted partition and resize D if it bothers you - but it's only 100Mb in size. You could also mark the partition inactive so it won't have a drive letter attached.

    I would make a full system backup before you change anything e.g. using Macrium Reflect Free.
    Last edited by Steve C; 26 Aug 2015 at 00:59.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Thanks Steve and sorry it took so long to return an answer. I appreciate your help.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4

    When you install Win8 to an empty drive, it automatically creates the system reserved partition -- and hides it. That's why you ended up with it.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

System Reserve Disk Question
Related Threads
hello i have win 8.1 and i'm confused about the differents about these disk i mentioned. 1)can you tell me what are the differents? if are three different disk: 2)how can create each of them? 3)where is usefull each of them? 4) can i create these disks...
So a few weeks ago I was screwing around with partitioning my HDD trying to get around some bad sectors that I had picked up in a chkdsk. In the process I accidentally deleted the System Reserve partition, so naturally now my windows wont boot. I've tried downloading a recovery disk but this didnt...
I have recently bought a computer off a friend. He bought all the parts separately and built it himself. It worked fine when he was using it. I bought it off him but I had to get a new hard drives. I bought an SSD and a HDD as well as the full version of Windows 8.1. Once I set everything up, I...
I have moved my boot files to the "C" drive using EasyBCD. In so doing, is it now safe to delete the System Reserve Partition?
I installed Windows 8 dual booting with Windows 7. Earlier I was having problem to install it. Then I followed this method Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums which allowed me to install Win8. Everything is fine right now, except the system reserve itself is running low on...
Hi, I am wondering if it is the same procedure to install Windows 8 consumer preview on a GPT formatted disk as it is in Windows 7. In Windows 7 GPT I just need to make the 3 partitions: EFI, MSR, and the Storage. But in Windows 8 there is an extra partition when installed on a GPT disk by...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook