Windows 10: System Reserved partition on wrong drive - how do I move it?

Discus and support System Reserved partition on wrong drive - how do I move it? in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; [ATTACH] Now, the problem is (apart from me being an idiot!) is that when I installed Win 10 onto Disk 0 (my SSD disk), I didn't disconnect the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/DaskoZ, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. /u/DaskoZ Win User

    System Reserved partition on wrong drive - how do I move it?


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    Now, the problem is (apart from me being an idiot!) is that when I installed Win 10 onto Disk 0 (my SSD disk), I didn't disconnect the other drive from the machine. Therefore the System Reserved partition is on Disk 1, while the OS is on the SSD.

    How can I re-partition Disk 0 System Reserved partition onto the front?

    I have an external USB drive I can use to image the partitions on to, however I'm concerned that backing up / re-partitioning / restoring the partitions wil render the machine unbootable.

    I'm looking for a step-by-step guide on the best way to do this without having to do a full OS re-install.



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    /u/DaskoZ, Sep 24, 2020
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  2. poolmon Win User

    Recovery Partition vs System Reserved Partition

    Thanks for all the info guys.

    Both original & target SSD's are listed as MBR as opposed to UEFI. I may have created a partition unknowingly in getting the original/new unformatted drive recognized, but I don't recall taking any steps that Windows did not step me through.

    Not that an upgrade to WIN 10 Pro is contemplated, but I suspect that having no System Reserved partition will not allow that to happen, after seeing how the original WIN 10 upgrade created a problem for some WIN 7 users that had a smaller 100mb vs 500mb System Reserved partition.
     
    poolmon, Sep 24, 2020
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  3. WilliamDz Win User
    Extending system reserved partition gone wrong

    Hi and thanks for reaching out. My name is William. I'm a Windows technical expert. I'll be happy to help you out today.

    Create a Windows 10 boot media using this MS guide:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-downlo...


    Afterwards, boot from the USB media. At the Windows install setup select the Repair option > System Recovery Options > Command prompt. From here you can use Diskpart to try to recover the system reserved partition. I believe the appropriate commands would be:

    diskpart

    list partition and note the drive letter for your system disk (it may not be CSystem Reserved partition on wrong drive - how do I move it? :)

    Select x where x is the Windows system drive

    active to make the drive active.

    Or refer to this iink for more for additional steps:

    http://woshub.com/fix-cant-boot-after-accidenta...

    Alternatively, you can use the same tool you used to bork the system reserved partition (if you have the proversion):

    https://www.partitionwizard.com/disk-recovery/h...
     
    WilliamDz, Sep 24, 2020
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  4. Alan B Win User

    System Reserved partition on wrong drive - how do I move it?

    "Windows 10 couldn't be installed - we could update the system reserved partition"

    I think you mean "could not update", not "could".

    Suggestions:

    • Disconnect any other hard drives.
    • Run chkdsk /f on the System Reserved partition. You'll have to do this from the CMD prompt in Repair Mode.
    • Initially there were reports of some System Reserved partitions being too small for the upgrade. Search for details if the first two suggestions fail.
     
    Alan B, Sep 24, 2020
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