Solved System reserved partition - can't access

January 22, 2014 at 18:27:44
Specs: Windows 7
I have a hdd from an old acer computer. Before I discarded the computer it crashed.I stupidly attempted to load windows 7 on a non-compatible computer. I couldn't access data. it would only show "system reserved partition" I have been unsuccessful in accessing the drive or recovering 80 Gb of data. Any hints you could offer are helpful.


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January 23, 2014 at 17:06:50
If you can connect the rive to another working system - perhaps using a usb adapter - you maybe able to recover files using file recovery software.

At this stage of evens, don't try to install or write "anything" the 80gig drive. Connect as above - or slave it to another working system (as per riider...) and run the recovery software from that "other" working system... Any files it may find, save to the hard drive on the working system if possible; not the 80gig.



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January 22, 2014 at 18:32:31
The System Reserved Partition has no data on it which you can use, the text files on it (I think there are 4) windows uses to boot with. You can safely remove it or format the disk if you intend re-installing Win 7. The installation will recreate the partition, usually 60 to 90mb and you should leave it well alone once it does so.

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January 22, 2014 at 19:51:27
So you tried to install windows 7 on the computer but it crashed so you pulled the hard drive and threw out the computer? And now you've connected the drive to another computer and are trying to access it? There shouldn't be an 80 gig 'system reserved partition' but there may be a smaller one on an 80 gig drive.

If all you're seeing is that partition then maybe the 'crash' left nothing to see on the partition you attempted the installation on.

Or if this is a 'take ownership' issue then here's the method for XP:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

and windows 7:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

(I'm not sure which you're viewing the drive from.)


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January 23, 2014 at 15:31:07
"I stupidly attempted to load windows 7 on a non-compatible computer"

What wasn't compatible about it? And how did you think you were going to retrieve data by installing a different OS on the HDD? Unless the 80GB of data is on a completely separate partition than the OS, the Win7 installation would have wiped it out. Try hooking it up to a working computer as a slave drive or use an external USB adapter.


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January 23, 2014 at 17:06:50
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If you can connect the rive to another working system - perhaps using a usb adapter - you maybe able to recover files using file recovery software.

At this stage of evens, don't try to install or write "anything" the 80gig drive. Connect as above - or slave it to another working system (as per riider...) and run the recovery software from that "other" working system... Any files it may find, save to the hard drive on the working system if possible; not the 80gig.


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