Hiding System Reserved Partition

Toshiba / Satellite a100 notebook
May 8, 2009 at 11:30:02
Specs: Win7 RC 32, 1.6 GHz/1014 MB

Hi everyone, I have a quick question for you.

I installed Win7 RC and found myself with that 'System Reserved' partition that you get if you start your Win7 install with a totally raw drive. I wasn't aware of this at the time.

I don't really mind the partition existing, I just don't like seeing it in My Computer; I guess I'm picky about aesthetics, but not picky enough to reinstall the OS to get rid of it.

So, if I go through Disk Management and just remove that drive letter (D:) to hide the partition from view in My Computer, is that going to screw anything up with my Win7 installation?

I have looked for a precise answer with Google etc. and have not found it so any guidance is appreciated. Many thanks!

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May 8, 2009 at 14:20:09


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May 8, 2009 at 15:10:13

If you really don't wish to reinstall Win7 following the tips provided by mydigitallife.info, then the only sensible thing for you to do is loosen your "picky about aesthetics ". After all, the life expectancy of Win7 RC in a good working condition is 10 months, not 13 months. By then you will be better prepared how to properly install Win7 RTM version.


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May 8, 2009 at 21:04:13

Thank you, I had already read that article, which is how I found out what the system partition was and how reinstalling would get rid of it. I'm just interested in hiding it from view, which is not addressed there.

Yep, that's what I am leaning towards - as I indicated, I was just wondering if there was an easy fix by deleting the drive letter in Disk Management. I suppose the answer is no so I guess I'll just live with it. Thank you.

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May 10, 2009 at 13:34:45

You are not supposed to see the -- BitLocker/WinRE -- partition in "My computer" since the hidden partition does not have a drive letter assigned upon creation, even though you can see it within the Disk Management Console.

At any rate, I fail to see a problem here, since you did state that you don't mind the existence of the machine. What you might have to explain is: how you got to the point of seeing it listed under My Computer.

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May 10, 2009 at 14:14:41

As for how I got to see it, to address your comment: I installed Win7, and there the partition was, plain as day, without me doing anything else. I only went into Disk Management after I saw the partition in My Computer, in order to see what it was all about.

Anyway, there's no 'problem', it's just a personal preference that I don't want to see that partition everyday, but whatever.

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May 10, 2009 at 18:23:56

That's interesting that yours was setup with a drive letter from the git-go ... I say that because, in Windows 7, the reserved system partition that's automatically created is supposed to be unassigned a drive letter, to make sure it isn't visible in Windows Explorer & to prevent inadvertent data writes. It was also cut -- in half -- from 200MB to 100MB as one of the key changes separating the Beta from RC (7100) builds.

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