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Q: Windows 8 Partition "SYSTEM" / Disk Management Help


I had Windows 8.1 installed for quite some time and wanted to go back to 8 today until the real update rolled out. I had a system image stored with everything I wanted setup correctly. Unfortunately for some reason I couldn't restore form a system image through Windows 8.1. I opened the installer for Windows 8 and did a new install. I tried the system image again and it said something about having a dynamic disk. Through an hour of research I couldn't find any solution so I decided I'll stick with the new installation.

I noticed now when I go to My Computer, there is a new partition called SYSTEM(I) that has 112mb free of 198mb. When I look inside of it, it is empty. When I choose to show hidden files, it is still empty. When I use the disk management to delete it, it cannot be done. Any clues on how I can get this partition not to show, or even better, deleted?

I also wanted to delete the system image as it pissed me off enough already. I deleted everything from the partition and then deleted the volume (now it's unallocated space). When I try to extend drive C - my main drive - the extend option is grayed out. Any other partition is acceptable though. Any way to fix this? Thanks!

A: Windows 8 Partition "SYSTEM" / Disk Management Help

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
2a) Clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.

2b) Clean Install - Windows 8

2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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Yesterday, I had to perform a new installation of Windows XP because I somehow corrupted some system files beyond repair. Now I have everything up and running anew and have made all the Windows updates and it's all honky dory. However, I just went to the Disk Managent Console with the intention of re-assigning drive letter for my storage partitions (not the one that contains Windows) and ran into a problem.

I have a partition set up on my main hard disk to use exclusively for Window's pagefile. I have not yet set up Windows to put the pagefile there. This is the next partition after the primary partition that contains the OS. I wanted to set the drive letter of this partition to Z: to get it out of the way in Windows Explorer. However, the partitions shows as:
Healthy (System)
whereas the main Windows partition shows as:
Healtyh (Boot)

This is really weird because in the past, only the Windows partition would show up as (System). I'm afraid I might have somehow screwed up during the Windows installation.
Does anybody know why this is ocurring and any possible solutions that do not include re-installing Windows?

If it's any help, when I set Windows Explorer to show all files here are the files that are on that partition:
RECYCLER (folder)
System Volume Information (folder)

Thank you.

A:Partition shows as "system" in Disk Management Console

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(what my recovery partition contains, am I missing a file?)

I copied the recovery partition over to another block of unallocated space since it was in the way of a partition I wanted to merge with my Windows partition.

After doing that, Disk Management displayed "Primary Partition" instead of "Recovery Partition".

How do I get it to show "Recovery Partition"? I re-registered WindowsRE using reagentc /setreimage, I even obtained new files for WinRE from the install.wim in my ESD folder, used 450 MB on the dot, and I tried this diskpart script:

rem == HideRecoveryPartitions-UEFI.txt
select disk 0
select partition 3
set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001

It still displays "Primary Partition". All I want is for Disk Management to identify the partition as the Recovery Partition.

Also, what is the default PBRImage Location (the one that uses install.wim, not winre.wim) for Windows 10? I'm currently using a custom one, but I'm curious of the default one.

A:How do I show "(Recovery Partition)" in Disk Management?

So despite my computer being able to boot into a UEFI-environment, I had to use a BIOS-environment script to get the desired result.

rem == HideRecoveryPartitions-BIOS.txt
select disk 0
select partition 3
set id=27
list volume

This topic can now be locked (although I am still curious about the default PBRImage location, as mentioned previously--so if anyone knows that, please post :3).

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Hi Guys, any ideas how to access my external hard drive [TOSHIBA MK3029GACE] device manager can see it but it does not appear in disc management.

I use this HDD perfectly in my car HDD player. But when I try to connect it to my Laptop, it does not show up in disk management.

Please check the attached screen shot..

Thanks for the help....

A:HDD shows in "Device Manager" but not in "DiskPart"or" Disk Management

Specs show that drive has a ATA-6 interface (P-ATA, or IDE). How are you connecting this drive to your laptop? Does the laptop have a PATA or SATA connection? Does it use an adapter?

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Hi all,

Sorry to repeat a question I see a lot of instances of, but none of those seem to be addressing my problem correctly.

I have not done anything new to my computer in recent days, so this problem has caught me off guard (I see most instances of this problem come after upgrading to Windows 7, I have had Win 7 installed for a while now).

Here is a summary of my problem:
1) My computer recently got stuck on the "Starting Windows Screen." So I manually held the power button to reboot.
2) On reboot, it said there was a need to run a startup repair, which I did. Everything checked fine, except for the last one which said "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted," which it claimed to have successfully fixed.
3) After rebooting from repair, the system gets stuck on "Starting Windows Screen" for a good 10-15 minutes, after which it runs a registry check. After it completes that I get hopeful -- but the screen then gets stuck on an all black screen with just the mouse cursor and nothing more.
4) Additional note: Attempting to start the computer on "safe mode" leads safe mode startup to become stalled on "DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS"
5) The lastest attempt to repair yielded this message: "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: uknown
04: 21201099
05" AutoFailover
06: 2
07: Corrupt Volume
OS Version: 6.1.7600.... Read more

A:Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi Stan, Hopefully I can help you out....or at least lead you in the right direction. From my experience, the symptoms you are suggesting sound like perhaps a dying Hard drive.

1. Do you have the windows 7 boot disks that came with your computer or when you bought the Operating System? If so, you could try and insert one of those and boot from it, and attempt to repair the installation. (this won't affect your data, only the windows system files).

2. If that doesn't fix it, you could try a fresh reinstall of windows 7, and see if that works.

3. If neither of those work, its likely that because of the fact that when windows is repairing itself, it is generally putting copies of its system files in the same physical location on your disk. Because your disk is obviously not completely dead, ie....its still loading to the windows 7 startup screen, its just copying files to the bad sectors on your hard drive and gets stuck when loading. This is especially my guess because you said Safe mode is having same problems, even after attempting to repair. In the past, I've tried and salvage a disk by reformatting it and only leaving on partitions which do not contain the bad clusters. This takes some time, and some guess work.....and really this is only a "bandaid" fix because once the disk has bad clusters, its only a matter of time before these things give out. You wouldn't want to trust your important data on it anyways....

I hope this leads you in ... Read more

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I have four external drives (FAT32) and opened Partition Magic a couple of days ago. It said one drive was "BAD". MS Disk Administrator says drive is "Healthy".

I am able to access this drive through Windows Explorer and do anything I want with the data. This appears to be a false reading by Partition Magic but I am not completely convinced of this because it has been such a good program for many years.

Do you think I have a failing drive?

A:Partition Magic says drive "BAD". Disk Administrator says "Healthy"

I wouldn't trust either program. Find out the manufacturer of the hard drive and download their hard drive diagnostics. The manufacturer's own tests should give you a much better idea if its in good shape or not.

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Hey, whats up? New here.

Right now my hard drive is split up into two partitions: System and Storage. However, when installing 7, for some odd reason, the installer put the boot manager (I think it is the boot manager) on my Storage partition, when I want it on the System partition. Is there a way I can non-destructively move the boot manager to the System partition and redirect to boot from there, instead of being located on the Storage partition and booting from the System partition. In essence, I want to move it and tell it to boot from itself. Is there a way to non-destructively do that?

Also, according to this tutorial (Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows) I can deactivate 7. I was wondering, does that free up the install key for another use or is that use of the key permanently lost even though I deactivated 7?

A:Moving bootmanager from "Storage" partition to "System" partition

As long as it is not OEM version, you can move Win7 to any computer of your choice as often as you want - as long as it is on only one computer at a time. Just uninstall it first by running from Elevated Command Prompt the command slmgr -upk., or If you don't want the old installation just delete it using the Installation DVD or a partition manager.

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings showing all columns, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, and we will give you the steps to move the System boot files to Win7 partition.

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With EaseUS Backup Tool, I've cloned these two partitions ("System Reserved" and "C") to same-sized partitions on a external HDD ("X" and "Y"). Picture tells it concisely:
How to make drives "X" and "Y" boot-able?

In "Disk Management", I've noticed these partition labels missing:"X" (or "System Reserved") is missing System label,
"Y" (or "OS") is missing Boot, Page File and Crash Dump labels

Thank you!

A:Both "System reserved" and "C" partition cloned to external HDD: boot?

You cannot boot Win7 on external HD, unless it is connected via eSATA.

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When trying to view my disks in Computer Management>Disk Management, I get "Connecting to Virtual Disk Service" for several minutes, then "Loading disk configuration information" nearly forever. After about 20 minutes, some information appears, but I can't scroll the window to see all the data.

Also - I'm now having trouble creating and re-naming new folders in Win Explorer. It "feels" like it's related. Has something else got control of my drives? Any suggestions welcome.

A:Disk Management hangs at "Loading disk configuration information"

Same issue except no problem with renaming folders.

Following services are running:

Virtual Disk set to Manual
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Plug and Play

Logged in as administrator account. Drives check out OK with manufacturers diagnostic tools.

Running MMC and adding the Snap-in for Disk Management(Local) does not fix the issue. I'm guessing there's a problematic registry setting for a drive that use to exist or is now having an issue. Anyone have any other suggestions?

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While trying to install Windows XP I faced a new problem:

When I deleted the partition and made a new one the system assigned the drive letter J: to C: and my bootable disk's drive letter became C:. I have tried it to disconnect my external 500 GB hard disk but the error didn't solve. I now get the following error:

This partition is not compatible to install Windows XP.
I'm able to open the Recovery Console, so is it possible to assign the drive letter through it? I'm in big trouble as I also can't install Windows 7.
I had a backup of windows 7 through which I got my system back but the problem is still exist that the setup is showing error continuously with installation of Windows XP.

When I select the C: partition to install XP it gives the error and when trying on J: giving me the same error. While in Windows 7

C: is C: and J: is E:, K: is F:, E: is H:, F: is I:, G: is J:, H: is K:,

and the bootable USB is


at the time of boot while I've assign it



So now how can I fix it to get rid of from this problem.

A:How fix "This disk doesn't contain a Windows-XP compatible partition"?

It's a bit difficult to fully appreciate what your drive looks like from your description, but the following is true:

(1) WinXP must be installed as your first version of Windows to a partition which is "primary" and not "logical".

(2) If WinXP is going to be your first/main Windows, then the partition must also be marked as "active".

(3) This target "active" primary partition must be located on a hard drive that is marked as "hard drive #1" in your BIOS list of hard drives, and that it is placed properly in your "boot device sequence" list in the BIOS.
You can confirm (3) by getting into the BIOS (i.e. "setup") at machine boot time, using whatever method gets you to the BIOS for that machine. Correct as needed, if it's needed.

You can check and/or correct (1) and (2) by using Partition Wizard standalone boot CD. On the bottom of that page is a link to download an ISO image of the PW standalone boot CD that you burn, and then boot to. This is a very popular and powerful program and its interface should be intuitive, but do ask questions here if you don't see what is required.
NOTE 1: if you have a working Windows of some sort, can you post a screenshot from DISKMGMT of that drive? Please maximize the window and spread the columns so that all text is visible, before you take the screenshot. This would be very useful in properly diagnosing your situation and recommending the proper actions.

NOTE... Read more

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I had a fresh install of 7 and everything was working fine.
All of a sudden it starts randomly freezing and programs start responding.
I got KERNAL_PAGING_ERROR BSODs etc. and got a new disk, thinking it was that.
After cloning the new disk which didn't work, and produced loads of errors on chkdsk, I decided to do a clean install of 7.

I still keep getting "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter", and when it does boot, it freezes all the time and every time I click the start button, it basically crashed and is messed up.

Tried new SATA cable and ports. Any ideas?

A:Windows 7 freezing, "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter"

BIOS settings or Motherboard issues?

Have you checked with the manufacturer website for the Motherboard that you have the Windows 7 drivers?

Is your Windows 7 DVD a retail copy...or the pre release BETA....or dodgy(in which case problems might lie there)

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Hello guys, the last week I've been strugling with these nasty BSODs. At first I thought it was my HDDs as ntoskrn.exe somewhat hinted towards that from googling it. My HDDs have been causing a lot of trouble earlier as well due to their somewhat long years of service. However, I've recently reformated my computer and installed W7 on a brand new Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD hoping the BSODs would go away, they didn't.

I googled BSOD and I stumbled upon this forum and I thought I'd give it a try. I'm somewhat desperate, as I need my computer working for both work, school and amusement.

I've been trying to run Memtest in order to test my memory but without any results. I'm also currently running on only on 4GB chip instead of two, to see if the problem still exists. Also, without any results.

This is the second time I'm writing this thread btw, I was just about to post it and my PC crashed.

Here is my two logs + dxdiag (last crash didn't generate a log oddly enough).

Here is additional hardware/gear that I use:

Razer Megalodon 7.1 Headset
Razer Naga
Logitech G19
Logitech C920 (Webcam)
Corsair 750W PSU

My temperatures are also good. Both CPU and MB idles at around ~25. GPU's all good too. I'm also using a Corsair 650D chassi with dustfilters at both air-income so dust is minimal. On top off this, I use airpressure to clean away dust somewhat regularly and I also did exactly this 2 days ago when I reinstalled the pc.
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A:BSOD - "Memory management", "Bad pool header", "ntoskrnl.exe"

Are you over-clocking? Is the bios set to its defaults? Is the SSD set on a SATA 3 port in AHCI mode?

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I get this when trying to install XP - “… this disk does not contain a Windows XP compatible partition”

Here’s where I am at:

C: (4GB, NTFS) with a corrupt XP Home installation
D: (4GB, NTFS) with data (need to keep this)
Linux (2GB)
Unpartitioned space (3GB)

When I try to do a fresh XP install I get the error message “… this disk does not contain a Windows XP compatible partition”. In XP Setup whenever I do a Create partition it creates it as RAW (ie doesn’t let me choose NTFS, FAT32 etc). I’ve tried using the C: drive (NTFS already) but I get the same error message with this.

What I want to get to is a new XP install, retaining the D: drive. Happy to lose c: and Linux (I can put it on later if needed).

Any ideas how I can partition / format so that XP will install?

Any help will be appreciated.


A:Help! - "this disk does not contain a Windows XP compatible partition"

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I have two "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s and a "Healthy (EFI System Partition)" that were not there when I got my laptop and that I cannot delete. I have a Windows 8 laptop (recently updated to 8.1) and about a week ago I decided
to dual boot "Ubuntu 13.04". I only gave it a small 18.55GB partition of my hard drive as I wanted to use Windows as my main OS and Ubuntu simply to make and Linux versions of games that I create. I noticed after doing so that it added a "Healthy
(Recovery Partition)" to the beginning of the drive (the first one listed).
I could never get it to be added to the Windows boot loader correctly with EasyBCD and I had to keep going to the boot options to pick the GRUB2 and then Ubuntu. I really didn't want to keep doing this and I was having some problems with Ubuntu video
drivers as well. I figured that I would just use a different computer for Ubuntu so I took it off of my laptop and formatted the partition it was on. It worked okay but there was still that first "Healthy (Recovery Partition)" that I couldn't
delete but I just ignored it.
After updating to Windows 8.1, I thought that maybe the boot loader would work so I tried partitioning and installing Ubuntu again (I know, mistake) but it still didn't work and I could even get it load up correctly. So I finally gave up and have completely
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A:Can't delete extra "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s and "Healthy (EFI System Partition)"


According to your description, I suggest you try using Diskpart command to force-delete it.

Please perform the following steps:

1. Open a command prompt as administrator.
2. Run Diskpart application by typing Diskpart in the command prompt.

3. In the ?Diskpart? prompt, enter rescan command and press Enter key to re-scan all partitions, volumes and drives available.

4. Then type in list disk and press Enter key to show all hard disk drive available.

5. Select the disk that contains the partition you want to remove. Normally, with just 1 hard disk, it will be disk 0. So the command will be:

Select disk 0

Finish by Enter key.

6. Type list partition and press Enter key to show all available and created partition in the disk selected.

7. Select the partition that wanted to be deleted by using the following command, followed by Enter key:

Select partition x

Where x is the number of the recovery partition to be removed and unlocked its space. Be careful with the number of this partition, as wrong number may get data wipes off.

8. Finally, type in delete partition override and press Enter key.

Hope this helps.

TechNet Community Support

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I have a C: drive which I want to increase in size. Under disk management there is 20GB of "Free space" - (right next to the C: partition). But neither disk management or EASUES partition manager will allow the partition to use this space. How to I change "free space" to "unallocated" so that it can be used ?

A:Cannot extend volume (disk management) although "free space" exists

Can you post a snip showing what you have? An image makes it easier for us to help you. For example, you said that there was 20GB of free space next to your C: partition. What you didn't say was whether it was to the left or right of it.

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I've scoured the net to try to solve this. It's a very simple inquiry with a very definitive answer (i.e. this is solved when I can make extended/logical partitions in disk management).

When I select unallocated space in disk maagement All I get is "New Simple Volume" option.

how do I create an extended partition and then logicals on it? I can do this ever so easily in gparted and may resort to that but a bit infuriated at how clunky this seems in disk management.

A:Logical Partitioning in Disk Management Only "Simple Volume"???

Windows disk management is very basic in that you have to create three primary partitions first before creating the fourth, which will be an extended partition that will then let you create logical partitions within it.

You may want to create a Partition Wizard bootable disc, which is far more flexible than Windows 7's disk management utility.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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I was just checking my new disk in Disk Management, and I was about to extend the volume I already had, when I miss clicked and deleted the whole volume. After some research it seems that I can recover it, because the data isn't lost yet, but I didn't find any solutions for win7 yet.
Source: How To Recover an Accidentally Deleted NTFS or FAT32 Dynamic Volume

I looked for Dskprobe.exe but it seems to not work in win7.

In the attachment you can see that I have three disks made into C: and X: I have already gotten that far in my reconstruction (as I read in the link)

But I don't know what to do know, can someone please help me? I kinda lost gigs of work and almost a TB of media

If you need more information, I'll be here updating this thread every minute

Maybe this one should have gone in the Software forum, please move it if so.
Looking forward for any support.

Kind Regards

A:So I just miss-clicked "Delete Volume" in Disk Management

I am now using EASEUS Recovery Wizard Pro to get my files back, and transfer them to another disk. It takes ten hours to recover the files, plus the time it takes to copy the files. It does not look like there's an easier way to do this. If nobody has any solutions?

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My Win 7 installation is very unreliable with lots of problems concerning wake up from standby, ATI display driver crashing often and several other glitches. So I decided to do clean restart, wipe out my Win 7 installation and do a complete new install.When I choose my former Win 7 partition, I always get an error message (I hope my translation is correct):"Setup couldn't create a new system partition or couldn't find an existing." There's a hint to look for the installer log, but I couldn't find it.I tried the follwing:1) Deleting the partition2) Deleting the partition and reformating with NTFS3) Deleting the partition from PartedMagic, watching for a hidden partitionNothing helped. I'm always get stucked with the same error.So, what can I do? Any suggestions? Are there some files or partition informations left which I also have to delete? Windows 7 x64 - Gigabyte EP-45-DS3 (Intel P45 chip set), 4GB RAM, ATI 4670

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Hi guys,
I am having trouble upgrading to windows 10.
I believe the source of my problems is the lack of a system reserved partition. I tried resetting the tablet using the 'reset' option in advanced recovery, though didn't seem to get another system reserved. How can I reinstall windows on this tablet, considering I have no product key though be sure windows creates a system reserved partition?

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Hey everyone,
I've searched quite extensively and followed quite a few guides on how to install windows 7 with UEFI.
I've got a Dell latitude E6540 laptop with a new WD 500GB blue HD. Every time I try to install Windows 7 Pro x64 I get the:
"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."
I've followed the following threads with no avail:
Setup was unable to create a new system partition
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
Any help with this would be very appreciated.

A:Windows 7 x64 "Setup unable to create system partition"

the drive has to be GPT and not MBR, and this still might not work.

Windows 7 is not worth the effort of UEFI, just go Legacy boot and MBR.

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I have a Hp Pavillion dm4 laptop running Ubuntu 14.04 and now want to install Windows 7 64 bit and make the laprop dual booted. I burnt the Windows installation iso file onto a pen drive and booted from it. It runs till the dialog box "where do you want to install Windows", It shows the following partitions on my Hard Drive.

I am also attaching a screenshot of output of GParted from my Ubuntu. It shows 50.5 GB as unknwon file system, and thus I would like to install Windows 7 on to this partition.

I guess in the windows 7 installation setup, it shows 50.5 GB as System partition and that is the same partition that is pointed to by Gparted.

However, when I click on "Next" when trying to install Windows it says

Setup was unable to create a new partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.

I have no idea why this error is being thrown. Could someone please help me out?

A:Installing Windows after Ubuntu "Setup was unable to create a new system partition"

Hi, see if the post here on installing helps dual boot - How can I install Windows after I've installed Ubuntu? - Ask Ubuntu scroll down a bit on the page.

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Howdy folks

I'm stuck in a bit of a weird situation here that I have no idea how to fix.
I just bought and installed a new hard drive for the purpose of doing a RAID 0 configuration with my old drive. The BIOS picks up the new hard drive perfectly, and it's being recognised in Disk Management.

See, the pickle here is when I try to convert my Disks from Basic to Dynamic, I get this little epitome of frustration:
Google's not co-operating with me on this one, I can't find a single relevant article.
Is there any way to change the ever elusive 'pack name'?
Anything even slightly relevant will be a relief to read by comparison, so don't hesitate to recommend anything.

A:"The pack name is invalid..." - Disk Management Issue

Hi, Modus Operandom, and welcome to the forums.

You say convert it to RAID - but I am puzzled as to why on earth would you try to do that in Disk Management? Are you attempting to use Software based RAID?

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Hi all,

I have this external drive that I use as a backup from time to time. I tried to connect it to my comp today but nothing happens. I checked the Disk management and there it is, I can also "remove it safely" by right clicking then selecting it in the taskbar, the only thing I can't seem to do is browse through it.

I tried a fresh reboot without and with it, that was to no avail. I tried connect it to my laptop and that was fine. Here is a screenshot of the disk management if it can help

Thanks for your input

A:External HD not in "Desktop" but is shown in Disk management

Are you plugging it into the USB connector you remember you usually use? If so, try a different USB slot, preferably one in the back of your machine.

This is Seagate's HDD troubleshooter page. Scroll down to the end of the list on the left, about a third of the way down and you will see: Troubleshooting a Seagate or Maxtor external hard drive that isn't found in Windows

There are steps there including the one I offered to help solve your dilemma.

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Hello,I got 3 equal disks which were a dynamic Raid-5 before. I want to create a Dynamic Raid-5 again in Windows 7 but it's greyed out in the context menu. I can create a mirror, stripped or spanned volume. But no Raid-5 volume.All disks are dynamic disks already and unallocated.Anyone able to help?

A: "New RAID-5 Volume..." greyed out in Disk Management

Sorry for late reply.
After confirming with our product team, it says that RAID-5 is only supported on computers running Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Windows 2000 Datacenter Server,  Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 Operating Systems. In Windows 7, only hardware-based RAID is supported.  Thus I recommend that you check your computer to see if it meets this requirement and visit the motherboard?s support web site to download the RAID drive controller drivers.
Best Regards
Dale Qiao

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Hello, my name is AmalM and I'm new here.

I have two internal HDDs. One is a Samsung and the other is a Western Digital Caviar.
The WDC has the problem. There were three partitions in it. One day when I turned on my PC, I couldn't see any of those partitions in "My Computer". It's detected in both BIOS and Disk Management. When I checked Disk Management, it showed "Error".

So I download Western Digital Data LifeGuard Diagnostics and checked my HDD. Quick test failed:

And the Extended search said that there are some bad sectors and asked me to fix it. I pressed Ok. And when I went to Disk Management again, it says " Import failed" :

And then I used TestDisk:

Here it shows my lost three partitions.
I pressed p and I could see all my files. So, I thought there's some hope and I came here:

Here, I selected "write" option and pressed y:

And this message showed:

Please help me fix that drive. 3/4 of my files are in it. Please help me.
I think it happened because one of the wires to the HDD was loose. I fixed it now. I changed the wires.
If you need any more details from me, please reply.
Please help me.

A:HDD shows "Import failed" in Disk Management

Oh my god!
When I right clicked the Disk and clicked "Offline" in Disk Management, it showed some error but the partitions are now back:

But one partition is still missing. And you can see it as "Unallocated space" in Disk Management. How do I recover it?
Anyway, I got these 2 partitions. Now, I'm confident that I'll get the other one too. Thank god.

EDIT: The partitions which came back are now shown as Read-only. How do I change it to Read/Write?
I still need help. Please help me.

EDIT: The last partition also came back after I rebooted my PC. Now the only problem is that these partitions are Read-Only. How do I change it to Read/Write? Please help me.

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Hello everybody. Here's my story. I have 2 HDDs:
1) 1TB with 2 partitions: System (where Windows 7 is installed) and Hard Disk (with programs)
2) 500GB with 1 partition: Storage (with all the unnecessary files I don't want to delete)

My problem is that the last partition became Active and System. It happened like that. I had some troubles with SATA cable so I had to disconnect my main HDD and connect DVD-Drive with that same cable and my main HDD with the one I used for DVD-Drive. What I didn't notive at first was that the 500GB hard disk became the first one in the boot row. After some time I noticed that Storage became my Active and System partition. I tried making the partition with Windows Active and making that one Inactive but I couldn't load the system after that, I had BOOTMGR is missing error, so I had to swich back with Paragon software. Any ideas how can I make my original System partition to be active and system and that useless partition to become simple data storage once again?

A:Partition is "Active" and "System" though it shouldn't be

Plug 1tb into first SATA port, mark it Active using Diskpart from Win7 DVD Repair Conosle or Repair CD, or use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Then mark Inactive 500gb plugged into Disk1.
Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Set 1tb on DISK0 as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, after DVD/CD drive.

Boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own and is correctly marked System Active. You may have to unplug the 500mb HD if it interferes.

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My windows 7 is suddenly applying a drive letter to the system partition, and removing the letter which causes the "new disk inserted" window to keep popping up every half second. In Disk Manager the drive letter appears and disappears every half second.
The only way I've stopped it is to permanently apply a drive letter, which means it is now visible in windows explorer.

A:System reserved partition becoming "visible" and intermittently assigned drive letter by Windows

I assume by 'system partition' you really mean the hidden system restore partition installed by your PC builder? If so, then after I just fired up Paragon Partition Manager to see what it makes of that partition on my Win 7 PC, I find the partition is Primary, NTFS, active, not hidden, volume name WinRe.

The main interesting thing is the volume letter seems to be set to '*'. It appears as (*) rather than (C: ) as the OS drive does. Furthermore, the main menu has a 'partition' tab, where one of the options is 'assign drive letter', and the next option below is 'remove drive letter' which is currently greyed out.

Looking at the standard Windows computer management, storage, disk management, I see a similar picture, except there is no volume letter at all (apparent in that window anyway).

Quite how the partition gets identified in that way is a puzzle, but you might try a free partition manager, such as gparted and see what that says, and possibly allows you to change. As I say above, Paragon Partition Manager might let you de-assign a drive letter but I dont dare try it myself

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Ok so i am trying to install windows 8 X64 onto a different hard drive as windows 7 so i can switch between the two at startup.Ok so my problems started yesterday when trying to install windows 8 onto the Hard Drive i was getting"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks."To fix this i converted the disk to a GPT disk in Disk ManagerNow im getting the Error "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more Information."And i have no idea how to get around the problem. Here is a screenshot of disk manager at the moment.I am trying to install Windows 8 to Disk 2All help is appreciated.Thank you in advance. P.s if i missed any info you need just ask

A:Windows 8 installation"System could not create a partition..." Help???

ok i figured out all i needed to do was to leave the space unallocated.
Once i did that it gave me a warning in the installation and then asked if i wanted to continue. i pressed continue installation and it started installing windows 8 CP.

Although im having a new problem now. After the installation it restarted and started windows 7 and i cant seem to get to windows 8?

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I had some trouble with vista in the past and had to reinstall (shocker) When I reinstalled Vista I also installed XP Pro on a separate partition. I split my hard drive down the middle. Anyway, I now would like to delete the volume and for some reason I am unable to. XP is set up as a primary partition. Is there anyway I can get rid of the XP partition to free up some space for Vista?

A:"Windows cannot delete the active system partition"

Originally Posted by davestaubitz

I had some trouble with vista in the past and had to reinstall (shocker) When I reinstalled Vista I also installed XP Pro on a separate partition. I split my hard drive down the middle. Anyway, I now would like to delete the volume and for some reason I am unable to. XP is set up as a primary partition. Is there anyway I can get rid of the XP partition to free up some space for Vista?

I did the same thing except with vista32 bit (C: ) and Vistax64 (D: ) I had 32 set up as primary-installed 1st. I wanted to keep the 64 (D: ) and delete the 32 (C: ) Problem is all the boot "stuff" is on the 1st installed OS (C: ). In other words both OS's use the same boot software (from C: ), the second to go in (D: or later) just leeches off the first (C: )to boot up.

I don't think you can do it. I couldn't see how to get around it and re-formatted (again, I have my serial key memorized by now) and clean installed it.

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I installed Win 7 Ultimate on my system and it has two disk drives.

When Win 7 was setup, it partitioned Disk 0 as:
100MB for "System"
The rest for C: (incl. boot, page file, crash dump)

The machine is working fine. But now I want to mirror Disk 0 in case it ever crashes. So I plan to setup Disk 1 to mirror Disk 0.

So I change Disk 0 to a Dynamic disk and then add a mirror on Disk 1. To my surprise, it grabbed a hunk of Disk 1 and mirrored C:. But it didn't mirror the 100MB System.

Well...that's no good - if Disk 0 dies, I want to be able to boot off Disk 1, put in a new disk, resync, and be back in business with a minimum of fuss.

When I click on the System partition and say "Add Mirror", it asks me to select a disk. I select Disk 1 and it gives the error "No extents were found for the plex".

Here is what my disks look like now:

How can I have Disk 1 be a complete mirror of Disk 0 so that if Disk 0 dies, Disk 1 is ready to run?


A:How to mirror disk? ("System" partition doesn't want to mirror)

How about just removing your working win 7 drive and do a recovery to creat the 2nd win 7 os drive. Then reinsert the first win 7 drive back and hope that "Nanny" bootmgr doesn't interfere.

I want the same thing, two running copies of win 7 without any of this restore nonsense. Just pick the other drive while booting up. Haven't tried it yet.

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hello, let's just get to the point, i had this problem recently where my pc can load windows, it keep looping
pc's on - booting - then "Windows Loading Files" - restart
it's infinite i don't know what to do, i don't have a cd rom, and i can't reinstall my windows from USB because every time i tried it says : "disk error" or "disk read error"
even after i burn it to USB correctly, tried this on other pc and USB can load just fine.
i'm thinking, it's something wrong with my boot system in System Reserved, is there anyway i can do to fix this?

A:"Windows Loading Files" infinite loop, Can't Boot USB "disk error"


Have you tried changing the boot sequence inside the BIOS?

Normally pressing F2 or F12 on the computer will solve this.

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I recently did a whole new build, new hard drive, mobo (GA-P35-DS3L/S3L) and processor. The problem is, I'm trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate and I come up with "Insert system disk and press enter" error when I try to boot from the disk. I checked the BIOS and the mobo had recognized the DVD drive and the hard drive. I tried putting the hard drive under slave and the DVD drive under master, and vice-versa. I am a high school student who generally gets lots of home work, so it would be nice to be able to type out my work. I am also a gamer, and my friend and I are trying to get my computer fixed, and it's really frustrating. I would like to get this fixed as soon as possible


A:"INSERT SYSTEM DISK" error when trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate

If the hardware is so old that you are using IDE drives, are you sure that it even will run Windows 7?

Is the DVD a full, retail version from Microsoft?

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Would someone please be able to assist me with this problem? I keep getting the "Windows - No Disk. Please contact System Administrator" problem on my PC. Usually a reboot solves this but it creeps up after time again.

I ran a HijackThis system scan and here is the log...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 1:01:12 PM, on 2007/03/21
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\VsTskMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\SHSTAT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\UpdaterUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Network Associates\TalkBack\TBMon.exe
C:\WINDOW... Read more

A:WIN XP: "Windows - No Disk. Please contact System Administrator" error

They are going to tell you to get the old version of HJT, 2.0 is in BETA. Get the older version here:,23258-page,1-c,downloads/description.html

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hi. i'm new here. nice to meet all of you!
just like a lot of folks i'm sure, i've come here because there are some weird things running on my pc that shouldnt be in there.
please help!!!!!!

heres the hijack log
(thanks in advance. i don't know much about this computer virus stuff.)

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:06:40 AM, on 9/5/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Dantz\Retrospect\retrorun.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Verizon Online\ConnMgr\cmisrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\Wmencagt.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
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A:"windows no disk" and "winsilly" "win956temp"

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Newbie here. I have searched around for a while but have not found a post with my exact situation.

I just installed a new Seagate Momentus 500gb (7200rpm) SATA drive in my Lenovo X61 laptop and have been working on a installation of Windows7 Ultimate.

Not realizing this was an upgrade install disk, I tried to install Win7. I didn't know about the clean install method, so I started over with an installation of WinXP (slipstreamed to deal with the SATA drive).

Next, I ran the Custom Installation upgrade to Win7.

So far, it seems to be working ok.

However, the Local Drive is D: instead of C:. The System Reserved drive in labeled C:. Should I be concerned? Should/Can I change this?

Attached are screenshots of Disk Management and explorer window.

Thank you for any info.

A:"System Reserved (C:)" and "Local Disk (D:)" ??

Try removing the System Reserved drive letter in Disk Management to see if Win7 claims C instead. It sometimes works.

There is no reason you can't operate with Win7 as D even though it is meant to always assume the C letter unless it's installer is run from another OS.

But if you do I would not allow a drive letter for SysReserved as programs can write to and corrupt it, especially the ability to make Win7 backup images.

Now that you know you can clean install Win7 without needing XP on the HD, I would strongly consider booting the installer to do a Custom install, choose Drive Options to Delete all partitions, Create new as you wish, then Format before installing to first partition after SysReserved it will create for you. The installer will see an OS at boot to allow use of Upgrade version key upfront during install.

Here are tips to get a perfect reinstall - use the ones which apply: Clean Reinstall steps

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Hey there, not sure where to put this but here goes:

I had a friend bring me a laptop to fix, it had a nasty collection of viruses. So I took the hard drive out and plugged it in to anoter machine running XP to do a virus scan using Symantec Endpoint Protection. I didn't have a USB adapter handy so I just opened the case and installed it as a secondary drive. Scan was going well and finding plenty, but after 3 hours I needed to take the drive home to continue working on it, so I canceled the scan, shut down the PC, took the drive out, and went home.

At home where I did have a USB adapter I plugged it in and discovered that the system was now reading the drives inocorrectly. In My Womputer the main partition shows up as the 100mb System Reserved partition, while in Computer Management it shows up as a 280gb partition. In My Computer I see all the files one expects to see on the System Reserved partition and none of the operating system or user files.

So today I tried putting the drive back into the laptop and windows will not boot. Took it back out and tried it directly installed in a machine as a secondary drive, same as before, and get the same problem: can't access the main partition and can't see the little system reserved partition in the partition manager.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you in advance and I apolopgise if this turns out to be a dumb question.

A:Main drive partition reading as "System Reserved" partition

The partition on that drive in which the boot manager files live must be set as "active", in order for the BIOS of your machine to go there to start the boot process. And it also must be of type "primary" in order for it to be set "active". If the partition in which the boot manager files you've mentioned live is currently not set as "active", then that would explain why you can't boot to that drive.

And of course, that hard drive must be listed as the first hard drive in the boot sequence of the BIOS setup, so that the "active" partition on that drive (which is supposed to contain the boot manager files) can be used to kick off the boot process.

This "active" partition is typically that 100MB "system reserved", with the real Win7 system partition itself being a second and much larger partition.

But there's nothing to prevent both (a) boot manager and (b) Win7 system from residing in the same physical partition, as long as (a) it's a "primary" partition and not "logical", and (b) is set as "active", and (c) the hard drive on which it lives is the 1st hard drive listed in the boot sequence for the BIOS.

Anyway, what is the nature of the two partitions you're looking at... i.e. the one with the boot manager files and the other with the Win7 system files?

Screenshot possible? You can also use Partition Wizard to examine the hard drive and modify the "active" vs. ... Read more

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Primary OS: windows 7
HDD: 600G

I have a 2nd HDD connected via USB and installed Ubuntu 11.10. The HDD with Ubuntu will be going into another laptop.

Problem: Windows does not display the drive in "My Computer"
Drive is showing up in disk management and BIOS. disk management will not allow me to assign a drive letter. Only option is "delete volume"

Desired Action: Want to check the 2nd Ubuntu HDD with antivirus before I install it.

A:HDD in disk management but not "my computer"

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Everything was running fine until yesterday, when my PC crashed with the BSOD giving me the "IRQL not less or equal" error. I ignored it and carried on- which resulted in the computer crashing with "Memory management" blues whenever I started something that was not the browser (It later started crashing on browser start too).

I first thought it was the temperature - Memtest95 and GPUtemp said otherwise.

So I started testing the RAM (taking one DIMM out) with Memtest86- It passed 4 cycles, so I shut the PC down and put the other DIMM in.

When I turned the PC on again, there was no signal sent to my screen, and none to my keyboard (and the HDD light on the front of the case did not start blinking like usual). The fans were running, so I figured something might be wrong with the DIMMs I put in. I removed the graphics card and plugged the screen into the motherboard.

Now the screen gets a signal, background lighting starts up, and then it shuts down to hibernation again. This repeats itself until the machine is shut down manually.

I got no idea what to do.

System specs:
I can not post the Minidump folder, since the PC can't start and I did not back it up. Sorry.

Thank you for your help.

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when i open Partition Magic 8 i see my Maxtor 6Y120P0 drive in a yellow color and the file system marked as "other":

but my Windows 2000 Disk Management shows healty:
under windows i can read and write to the partition, so what is wrong? what does Partition Magic wants?

Thanks to ImageShack for Free Image Hosting

A:partition magic shows partition type as "other", windows shows "healthy"

Quote from Symantec:
There are currently no versions of PartitionMagic that support Windows® 2000 dynamic drives.Click to expand...

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**I took the easy way out and reinstalled, so this isn't exactly solved but I no longer need any help.**

After extending my win7 partition to the full hard drive I was unable to boot. "No boot filename received." When running setup repair "The partition table does not have a valid system partition" would be the problem, and it said it was fixed. But when I run repair again the same thing comes up.

After a little bit of googling I think the problem might be that I deleted a small partition set aside by windows with important files inside but I have no idea, if thats the problem, how to fix it.

I used gparted to resize the partition if it matters.

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

A:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

Here's what I found ou... Read more

A:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.


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Ok, I built a PC a month ago and everything seemed find no problems of any sort. The other night I defragmented my hard drive and shut it down and turned it on today to a memory test and the message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter"

The computer has access to the XP pro w/ sp2 disk only as a boot device but it will not recognize it now.

I have set Cd-rom as 1st for boot sequence then hard drive I have no floppy drive and the bios has been configured to know that.

I am not sure if this means anything but in the bios the IDE Channel 0 Master says none and when I try to turn on auto detection it wont detect a hard drive.

The HDD is fully connected and has not been touched since I installed it a month ago.

I have this awful feeling that I fried the HDD when I defragmented it last night.

Any help would be very much appreciated. But please be simple this is my first build and my knowledge at this sort of thing is very very sketchy at best.

A:Error message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter" on first build

The first thing to do would be to get a new data cable for the herd drive and see if that fixes it, they are nice and cheap nowadays.

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I just built this new computer (everything new) but when I start it up it gives me this message, and I cannot open my disc (probably not recognised?). Please help resolve this.
Btw. no operation system installed or so.

my computer:
CPU: intel i7 920
Motherboard: gigabyte GA-ex58-ud5
Sata-II hdd
+ cd writer is SATA as well

Could it be that I need to update my bios somehow? I highly doubt it's the hardware as it's all new

A:"disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" But CD-drive won't open

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So something happened to my Windows 7 partition this morning, I got a random BSOD while working and now Windows won't post. Instead I'm greeting with this:

A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

If I boot from my Windows 7 DVD and attempt a startup repair, it does not recognize any windows installation so it doesn't really do anything when I attempt the startup repair. All it says is:

Root cause found: System volume on disk is corrupt.
Repair action: File system repair (chkdsk)
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0

When I go to command prompt, I cannot access my C:\ partition at all. I can however access my D:\ partition from the same hard drive which has all my data.

I've tried some bootrec commands, but it didn't seem to fix it. I've used Diskpart to make the C:\ partition active. Diskpart can still see the C:\ partition, but I can't seem to get access to the partition.

Worst case scenario, I could format the C:\ partition and make a clean install. I may have to because previously my windows install wasn't running so well. However I'd really like to be able to access the C:\ partition first to backup my settings and programs. Really hoping someone here could offer some helpful suggestions. Thanks very much!

A:"Disk read error", cannot boot Win7 partition

Here's some more info. When I go to command prompt from the Windows DVD and run the command bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force, for the C:\ drive it says:

Could not open the volume root directory:
The parameter is incorrect

When I try to access the C:\ drive from the command prompt, it says "The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable"

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I am sorry if this has been answered before, but I have been searching the internet for a fix for hours. I am willing to offer any and all assistance required to help fix this problem!

My dad has recently passed his laptop to me in a fit of frustration and asked me to fix it. He complained of many viruses and spyware from his step daughters, and started formatting the computer in a fit.

The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A 105 and I am trying to install Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 from an OEM disk. I have followed the instructions for installing Windows XP when booting from a disk, up until the quick format in NTFS format. I get the following error message:

Setup is unable to format the partition the disk may be damaged.

It goes on to say something about a SCSI drive, but I don't think the laptop has one.

How do I get this to format and install? Help!

A:Help! "Setup is unable to format the partition and the disk may be damaged"

Is the OEM disc for this particular computer? If lets say, you are trying to install XP onto an HP computer with a Dell OEM disc, it will not work as there are specific drivers embeded in the disc for that particular machine. Try formatting with a 3rd party boot disc, like Partition Magic or Dpart etc and not doing a Quick Format. There could be bad sectors on the disc that only a full format will fix.

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Good evening people! .
I did a clean windows 7 recovery yesterday night (left computer doing the work while I was asleep) via HP recovery manager, and today while setting it up, I plugged in my external HDD for software installers and stuff (not sure if the problem was present at the moment).Later, when I wanted to eject it and unplug it, it didn't want to eject, saying that something in it was in use, although I was sure I closed everything in relation (maybe a process was still on), but I unplugged it anyways thinking that the ejection is not crucial for mass storage devices, then when I plugged it back in later, it showed as Local Disk, and so did the recovery partition tat was entitled "Recovery" before (The external HDD, which is a Transcend, does work properly though, and when plugged, the scan options notification from ESET Smart Security display its original name).
I hope I wasn't long explaining useless stuff, and hope you guys would be of help to me, thank you so much for your time! ^^.

A:External Hdd+ recovery partition show as "Local disk"

what is shows in device manager?..
Disk management?

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Hello, I'm interested in the following:

Connecting "Desktop" to other partition than Windows "C:", so if I drop files on DSKT for easy reuse and availability, they copy on, f.e., "D:" or other partition.

Any way to achieve this?

Thank you.

A:Connect "Desktop" to other partition than Windows "C:"?

I just go to the other partition or HDD, right-click the drive letter/icon and drag to the desktop choosing Create shortcut here. That works but it probably would be better to do the same with a Folder on the other drive. Dropping a file on the icon should copy or save it there.

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Hello everyone, been lurking for a while, but first time posting because I could use some help. I tried looking through other threads, but nothing seemed to help. I was downloading a game off of Steam, and my family computer just crashed. It apparently restarted itself, and presented that disk boot error message. Tried restarting again using ctrl+alt+del, and same situation occurs. I go into the BIOS screen, and try to use the auto detect to identify the drive, but it is not identified. All of the cables are working correctly, as I plugged a different drive into them and that drive booted fine. Btw, the hard drive is a western digital 5000AAKS.

I'm running an AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+, 2412 MHz, 2 gb of ram, Windows Vista Home Basic. Its a Compaq SR5110NX. I'm not overclocking it or anything, just downloading a game, and then this happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Another "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" thread

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just like the title says my HD crashed and i could not boot on the computer i put in a new HD and tried to boot it would not work. i would see the HP screen but then i would get the error. it is a 810a model and help would be extremely appreciated. and if you really know you can email me at <email removed>

A:Installed new HD now getting "disk boot error inset system disk & press enter"

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Hi there,

Well, the message I get it pronounced above in the title. I know a little bit about computers, but I don't know how to get into DOS, BIOS, etc when I don't have a start menu to do so. I read some other threads and they seemed to have useful information, but I would need further explanation. Also - I hooked my HD into another computer to see if it would work, it did, booted up, everything. Also, when I went into Boot Setup or something - blue screen and the only thing I could do when hooked into my computer - it doesn't show any options for booting - it says select from the list - but how do I do that when there's nothing in the list? Oh please do help me as this computer is my main source for writing.


A:Problem: "Disk Boot Failurs, Insert System Disk and Press Enter"

If you're running a HP what it's asking for is your System Restore Disk. Meaning the HP OS that came with your system. Finding Bios in HP are generally simultaneously with Start button on casing F1 or F11. If neither key works then try F2 and or the Delete button. Making sure each key is pushed as you boot up.
Once your in Bios use the arrow keys to scroll up and down your bios - the enter key once on the various listing in menu until you find your boot sequence listings. In general plus and minus are used to change the sequence. CDrom HD and floppy is the correct setting. But with your Restore Disk from HP it might not even require all that.
Pop it is and Boot up and see if it works. Then try the Bios sequence if you can get there, the F10 to save and enter making sure your CD with the OS is in your CDRom when you do.
Let us know as things go...Jazz
Sounds like you've either lost your OS or you've lost your HD.

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Recently I decided to have a look at Linux as an alternative OS, I obtained a new Ubuntu CD-ROM from source and selected an HP A1280C workstation to be the installation target.

Config: 1
A1280C, X-Class workstation. WIN 2 K Pro OS.
2 x Intel P3 @ 1GHz clock rate, 4 GB RAM, 1 x Adaptec AHA 29160 SCSI 160 adaptor, 2 x SCSI 160 HDD, 1 X IDE CD-RW, 1 x FDD, 1 x IDE TDD.

Good hardware, running W2K and W2K apps. Attempted to install Ubuntu using automatic install script on CD-ROM. At the Partition Disk operation, received system error message "missing or damaged hard drive". Exchanged AHA 29160 SCSI HDD controller. Repeated attempt to install Linux, same result.

Config: 2
Removed SCSI storage sub-system, installed 2 x IDE HDD, connected via on board IDE controller, primary channel. Repeated attempt to install Linux, same result, "missing or damaged hard drive".

Config: 3
Considered possibility that the system board IO bridge had been damaged, random failures do occur! Replaced system board, ensured all configuration switches were set to factory default settings. Checked all connectors properly installed. Cleared BIOS and reloaded new copy from HP source disc. Cleared CMOS data. Configured system as in Config 2. Ran POST in prolix mode and watched the new system board detect every piece of hardware. Aha! progress. Ran HP DiagTools, clean bill of health for all system components, and that includes exhaustive CPU, RAM and HDD Write/Read testing.

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I am experiancing really big problems using my Acer Travelmate 4202LMi Laptop.

I cannot hear any sound, I cannot use my webcam, and I can't use the Acer Empowering Technology. I have tried to use the System Recovery disks to re-install windows... and It gets so far into installing it, then says "Cannot Install Operating System, Missing Partition" or something along those lines.

I need a free and easy to use software that will allow me to re-install windows on my laptop using the recovery disk.

Thanks for any help given!

A:"Missing Partition" - Acer Recovery Disk

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First of all, let me say that I understand written English, but very poorly written and would like to apologize ...

Is it possible not to have the partition "recovery"?

Because if you look at the two tutorials:

- UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

- UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

In the tutorial to install Windows 7 in UEFI, there is not that damn partition recovery, while in the tutorial for Windows 8, we can see it.

When I install Windows 7 (MBR mode), I avoid this partition "recovery" by creating a partition with a name before installation. I install the OS on it and everything is fine, no partition "recovery" But here, since one must delete all partitions, is there a solution? If I create a GPT disk with a partitioning tool before installing, is that it might be appropriate?

Tomorrow I get a DVD (OEM) of Windows 8, and so far I've never installed UEFI, I would avoid the nonsense.

Thank you for your answers.

A:"Recovery" Partition in GPT disk for UEFI installation.

Welcome to the forums. Someone will help out on your question soon, I think. I am not fluent enough (yet ) with UEFI/GPT to help out.

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The other day I was afk while listening to loud music from my computer.
Suddenly the speakers began screaming in a high pitch and when I got to my computer it had frozen.
I tried to reboot it, but it simply froze at the Windows loading screen with the floating balls of light and the text: "Starting Windows".
I have also tried booting from the Windows 7 Installation DVD, but it freezes at the loading screen once again.

I then tried to use the Startup Repair Tool, only to find Windows freezing at the loading screen again.

When trying to reboot in safe mode, it freezes again, just after having loaded "disk.sys"

These are the things I have tried so far:
- I have run memory tests using Memtest86.
- I have run hard disk drive tests using SeaTools
- No errors were found.
- I removed the sound card from the MB, with same boot result.
- I have reset the BIOS
- I booted with 2GB of RAM instead of my standard 4GB

Anyone who can think of other things I should try?

A:Windows freeze on boot at "Starting Windows" and "LOADED ...\disk.sys"

Suggest you run SFC. {Option 2}
You may need to run it at least 3 times.
Let us know the report at the end please.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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Pretty much what happened is that my powersupply got messed up one day and just turned off my computer and I couldn't boot it back up. I ordered a new PSU and I installed it but now when I boot my computer I'm getting "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". I've tried putting in the installation disc and using the recovery options but my OS isn't listed/found and if I click load drivers I can clearly see both of my hard drives. I have already checked boot options as well. I was also using GRUB before this all happened as well because I installed ubuntu as a dualboot. Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:"Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

Boot the free PW bootable disc - ( make sure NUM LOCK is on when it asks about screen resolution, then press 1, then Enter)

See what it says.

Free Download Partition Wizard

I assume both HD's are recognized by BIOS?

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New build computer, spec is as follows;

Biostar GF 7050-M2 Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 4400 Processor
1 IDE 250GB Maxtor HD
1 IDE 200GB Maxtor HD
1 SATA Samsung 20x Dual Layer DVD-RW

Now I have assembled everything to the best of my knowledge correctly, I can boot the computer to BIOS without any problm whatsoever.

The problem is when I either try to load the motherboard driver disc, or my Windows XP disc I get this message;

"Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter",
I have tried setting my disc drive to first boot device, I have even unplugged my two HDs as well, but to no avail.

My last hope is my USB flash drive, onto which I have copied the software from my motherboard driver disc.

Dores anyone have any suggestions as to how I fix this?, I will be very grateful to anyon that can give me some form of help,


A:"Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter"

Is there an OS already installed on the drive you are trying to boot from?

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System disk needed to access IBM 486 SLC2-V1/387;
66 mhz cpu clock; 640k base memory;7296k extended
memory; 5.25 & 3.5 disk system.

A:"Disk boot failure. Insert system disk and press enter."

Welcome to TSG

Which version of Windows are you using (win95)? Always make sure there is no floppy accidently left in the drive. Did this message just start one day or did it begin after some problem you had?

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My cousin recently made me a computer and he sent it all the way here from the United States. I was eager to try it out and hooked it up to my monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc. I did not plug in any additional USB devices.

When I boot up the computer it gives me "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER".

I couldn't get past this (I don't have the Windows XP disk), and so I restarted the computer and pressed 'Del' to get into the (I think it's called BIOS menu? Not sure, the blue screen thing), I looked at the boot up priorities and moved Hard Disk to one priority level above Disk boot, however this made no difference.

I am good with the computers but not when it comes to hardware and things like this. So PLEASE if you use a term I may be unfamiliar with please explain what it is. I am very frustrated and disappointed that this does not work.

Thank you very much,


A:"Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

Welcome to TSG!!

I'm guessing that, perhaps, a cable has come loose during shipping. Open the computer's case and look around. Usually the hard drive is mounted toward the front of the system. It's a device about 3.5" wide by 5" long and about an inch thick. There should be two cables plugged into the back end, one of which comes from the power supply, the other should be plugged into the motherboard.

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Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

Hi i have a self built Quad Phenom 9850 XP Home ed PC that wont boot, i will say now i am very much a newbie to this so sorry in advance.

When i turn it on there is a very long wait at the set-up screen (an s-series gigabyte M750SLI-DS4 board ) and when it gets to boot screen it builds the DMI pool, tell me there is a data change and to update new data to DMI! and then goes to boot, only giving me this instead "DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

I have not yet managed to get the computer working, the thing that gets to me the most is that less than 12 hours ago i was sat on the computer with it working fine and no errors..

AMD Phenom 9850 2.5GHZ
Gigabyte S-series M750SLI-DS4 board

There is alot to loose on this computer so i am very much hoping this wont be the case, Thank you in advance.


A:Disk Boot Failure. "Insert System Disk And Press Enter"

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I'm currently running on a m2n32-SLI Deluxe WIFI edition with a 320GB maxtor harddrive. Previously, I had my set up like this: One SATA from maxtor to the mobo, one IDE cable with my cd drive, as master, and my old HD(30 GB w/ my documents) as slave. It was running fine with Vista on the maxtor. However, I wanted to remove the old HD and place a new CD-drive in. I did so, and I received the above error message.

I took out the the new CD-drive and switched back to my old connection, and it worked great.

Then, I had the 320 GB connected, and the old cd-drive to the IDE. I get the error message. I've tried every single possible combination of jumper settings and replaced the IDE cables.

What do I need to do to get this to work, before I throw my computer out the window?

A:"Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter"

Windows has detected the change as an attempt at piracy. You will now have to reinstall Windows in repair mode, then talk to Microsoft over the phone to get it re-established.
This is common with OEM versions of Windows. Windows will detect any change in the hardware, other than memory, as a possible attempt to bypass the Windows Install parameters... it thinks the computer has been changed.
You might want to do a thorough search of the knowlege base.

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

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A:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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First let me tell you about my system.   This is an Inspiron
E1705/9400 laptop with the T7400 Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.16
GHZ.   It has 2 GB of RAM and a brand new 500GB Hitachi Travelstar hard
drive (7200 RPM).   It also has the GeForce Go 7900 GS video card.   
It previously had Windows XP Professional (32 bit) and worked fine.  
But, I have three computers in my home and home office and would like
them all to work better together on my wired home network, so I am
upgrading all three to Windows 7.   My two desktops (one is Dimension
XPS 420 and the other is Dimension XPS 430) seem like they will be no
problem to upgrade to Windows 7.   But, this laptop was not listed on
Dell's Windows 7 Compatibility List.   However, the Windows 7 Upgrade
Advisor that I downloaded and ran seemed to say that it was OK to do a
clean install of 32 bit Windows 7 and it only had a few minor concerns,
where it said to check for updated drivers from the manufacturer.   The
laptop originally came with a 100GB hard drive.   For my use, that is
getting very small, so I decided to get the same exact 7200 RPM drive
in the 500 GB size.   This will allow me to do a clean install of the
32 bit Windows 7 OS on the new hard drive and not have to wipe the old
drive to do it.   I can just hold onto the old HD and stick it back in
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A:Minor Problem with New Windows 7 Installation on my Inspiron E1705/9400 - two entries for "Base System Device" under "Other Devices" with yellow exclamation point

BTW, I just downloaded and installed the driver pack from that ftp location and it worked, even for Windows 8.1 - 64 bit.
Thanks Steve!


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I recently took the PSU from one of my PCs and temporarily replaced it with one that had less molex connections. Due to this, I disconnected the file backup hard drive, and left the OS drive hooked up.

When I got a new PSU for the machine and fitted it, I hooked the file backup hard drive back up, but the machine wouldn't boot into Windows.

I decided that I'd go ahead and try to fix whatever the problem was by reinstalling Windows (I figured that since all I'd really done is fiddle with a HDD that that must be the problem). It was about time I reinstalled Windows anyway.

So firstly I put the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows in, and copied the important contents of the HDDs to another machine so I could start fresh on this one. Then, I put the Windows XP install disk in. The disk loaded up, and I was presented with the list of existing partitions.

I deleted the BOOT partition on the drive (and later while trying to get it to work I deleted both and recreated them, as you can see in the screenshot). However when I select the BOOT partition to install Windows XP, I get an error message I've never ever seen before, and I have no idea how to get rid of it (I also downloaded and used "<reference to illegal software removed>" to create the partitions incase the Windows disk wasn't doing it correctly, but same error). Below are two photos I took detailing the problem, it's all the information I have.

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A:Solved: "Disk does not contain XP compatible partition"...?

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While attempting to back up a huge amount of files onto a CD-R which could not contain them (please, don't laugh), i think, i did something horribly wrong when I manually ejected the cd; then, the computer was very slow throughout the day, but was working fine. That night, I attempted to open i-tunes and there was a message saying "the file had been corrupted". I shut down the system. In the morning, when I went to turn it back on, it told me Windows had been corrupted, it gave me a list of options, to either: start normally; or revert to last time configuration was good. I tried both, but neither would start the computer. I also ran a system diagnosis, which I hope didn't screw anything up. But it passed both tests.

I am currently working abroad, in a developing country and computer-assistance is quite limited. The people that have tried have said the hard drive has been completely corrupted and they cannot recover the files.

One said, before examining my HP laptop, (and forgive me, this may just be his poor english), he thought my "disc had been partitioned"?

Any help comes extremely appreciated; as i'm sure with many of these cases, the work on my computer is my job!

Thanks in advance,


A:journalist in need of assistance - PC "disk partition"?

Hi and welcome,
I fail to see how a disk could be partitioned that way, so I assume he meant something else Anyway, one of the options it should give you is safe mode. Boot into the one that does not say command prompt or networking. Once booted do a system restore (start, all programs, accessories, system tools, system restore. Choose a day that was before your problems started. Safe moded will move alot slower than a normal startup, so be patient.

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My dad sent my daughter a "E Machine" with XP Home. Before he sent it, he transferred all of his personal files. When I hooked it up, the screen said "Boot disk failure. Insert system disk and hit enter". The company sent us a new set of bootable CDs as we thought the problem might be in the CD. Same message. HELP!!!

A:"Boot disk failure, insert system disk and hit enter"??????

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HP probook 4510s windows 7 32bit
I did a "disk sanitizer" and the laptop isn't rebooting right or reading my operating system cd it says "NON-SySTEM ERROR OR DISK REPLACE AND STRIKE ANY KEY WHEN READY"
1) i removed all assceraries from the leptop
2) ran a diagnostic test all passed
3) here are some photos attachments
4) i think i deleted the partition and the OPS wind.7
Please thanks

A:HP 4510s windows7 "Non-system disk or disk error replace..."

What is a "Disk sanitizer." Sounds like a disk wiper, or some optimizing or registry cleaning crapware that ruined your Win7.

Try booting into the Win7 DVD or Repair CD to System Restore to before you ruined the OS as shown in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start which also provides the DVD if needed.

If you can't get it started with any of the steps given there then get the superior Clean Reinstall without the HP crapware which is the worst in the industry and throttles Win7 from its native state.

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My mom has an HP Compaq nc8430 computer. She recently encountered this problem this morning. Does this mean that the hard drive's dead? Any help is appreciated greatly

A:"Non-system disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready"

DId ur BIOS detect ur HDD? Also check if ur sata cable is loosed or not. U can try another pair of sata cable & test it if it works or not..

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Can I delete / merge the Recovery Partition into the EFI System Partition?

A:Disk Management - EFI System and Recovery Partition.

As you upgrade from Windows 7 x64, NO.

But you can clean install.

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I use a Norwegian version of Windows 7, so the terminology I use might be somewhat wrong and not exactly what it is called in the English version of Windows... I hope you understand nevertheless.

I have three HDD installed in my computer (C, D and E). C is an SDD (120 GB) with Windows 7 and most of the software I use regularly; D is my primary disk (1.8 TB) for storage, like all libraries, music, pictures, documents etc. Disk E is intended to be used only as a backup. This is a 298 GB disk.

I try to set up an automatic backup of Windows and having trouble finding disk space on my E drive. Obviously there are more than 298 GB of data on my C and D drive, so I cannot make an image of both HDD and just back them up to the E drive.

To start my search for the solution I'm wondering what the "Include a system image of drives: EFI system partition, C:, D:" option means? What does it include and how much hard disk storage will it need? Is it simply a complete image of my two HDD C and D so that I'll never have room for it on my E drive?


A:"Include a system image of drives: EFI system partition, C:, D:"

Hello Hoggorm,

A system image is a complete backup of the hard drive and partitions that are selected to be included in the image. By default, all system drives/partitions (ex: your EFI system partition, C:, D: ) will be included in a system image and cannot be unselected since they are required for Windows to run. The image can be quite large in size.Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
A Windows Backup is only a backup of everything in the folders you include in the backup.Backup User and System Files
If you do not want to include creating a system image along with your Windows Backup, then you could just uncheck that option to only have a Windows Backup created instead.

Hope this helps,

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First things first, the boot path is set correctly in BIOS and this is a brand new hard drive.

Bit of background: Had 2 HD's, one had 2000, one had XP (was planning on just using XP but that would freeze up when watching movies or playing games so installed 2000 again) the 2000 HD startup files or something got completely messed up but since I could still use XP and was able to recover all the files from the 2000 HD I decided to just format. Formatted and went to reinstall 2000 and got the "boot disk failure, insert system disk" message. After digging on the net it seemed that the only possibility was that the HD was dead, especially since XP still booted up fine on the same comp, same cable etc (so it would have to be the HD) so I bought a new HD, unplugged the old HD with XP and 2000 and still...."boot disk failure, insert system disk".

Please tell me I didn't just waste $85....

Oh and I have the 2000 install CD in there and hitting enter just brings the message back.

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I recently purchased a 2nd hand computer thru a local ebay dealer - HP DX6120 ST 2.6 GHZ 80GB HDD 512MB RAM DESKTOP PC.

When i boot up, it displays: Invalid system disk Replace the disk, and then press any key

Then i reboot and press F8 & del and it doesnt go to bios settings, it just gives me a screen that gives me an option to "boot from..."

I select the hard drive.
Get the same response... "Invalid system disk Replace the disk, and then press any key"
Then I put in a windows XP pro Disk (the computer has an official XP Pro License Key on the case, as stated on the specs on selling page) and then rebooted.
I still get the "Invalid system disk Replace the disk, and then press any key"
I change the boot to CD and i get Windows Set Up options.
I pick install Windows XP and the it starts loading dll's etc.
Then it says i have no previous version of Windows idetected and wont let me go any further.

I assume that it is trying to upgrade, but i dont get an option to do a fresh install, just "Install Windows XP"

I am not sure if ;
there is a windows actually loaded,
I need to reformat,
The bios battery is flat
or if i need to do something completely diferent.

If i am to reformat, i cant remember the cmds/or how to do that when there is no windows to do it from.

I hoe you can help me.


Old Fart

A:"Invalid system disk Replace the disk, and then press any key"

Find the make of the hdd, go to makers website and download and run
the diagnostic utility.
If you want to wipe the drive do a google for killdisk, its free. Run it
this way you are assured of a clean drive.
The diganostic utility may also be able to write zeros to the drive, doing
the same thing. At this point dont take the short route out and format
with windows, leaves to much garbage behind. But after the drive is
wiped you will have to format with the wind disk and install the os.
Sounds like you have a bad drive, or a confused drive..
I dont think that board does raid, but you should double check in bios.
If raid is enabled disable it..

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A friend has an old Pentium 1 HP Vectra 500 PC. On startup it says "Invalid system disk" like if you had a disk in the floppy drive. There is no disk in the CD or A drive. I took the A drive and CD out of the boot sequence via the bios and it made no difference. Is it the hard drive?

A:"Invalid system disk" error w/no disk in drive

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Hello, i recently posted a reply in another forum about this issue. I wasnt having any luck there so maybe someone could help me. I looked over some of the posts on other forums but my situation is a little different. Here it is. A friend of mine was using my computer one day and it just crashed on him. Now it will boot up and the memory test is fine but when it goes through the drives it reads primary hard disk....none. The floppy drive and cd-rom drives read fine. Then it proceeds and comes up with the message "disk boot failure, insert system disk." What could be the problem here? He does not have a floppy boot disk for the computer. Would a boot disk created by another computer with Windows XP help? Any ideas of how to get back into the computer without losing the hard drive?

A:Need help "Disk boot failure, insert system disk"

have you tried undoing the IDE cable and then re-plugging it back in? I know sometimes ive had the kind of problem when putting together a old machine. I end up just redoing my cables and it will come on. Then again if it dosent work I usally end up putting a diffrent HD in instead. Im kinda new here so i prolly dont have the best advice but it the only thing i can think of.

This might sound stupid, but ive seen it more than enough times. I think its only on older machines, but if you leave a floppy disk in the drive, shut down, and then turn the machine back on with the floppy in. The computer will say something along those lines and not boot into windows. All you have to do is take out the flopply and restart.

Best of Luck to You! :giddy:

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Last night after 8 hours of toil, I finally completed a clean install using a usb drive on my asus ux32vd using the brand new SSD drive I had just bought. The reason it took so long was I kept getting this error -> "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition." What I did to finally get it to install was get to the c prompt during the installation and run diskpart and make the integrated 32GB SSD 'offline' and then I selected the SSD and used the 'clean' command and left the SSD unpartitioned and raw. I had read that with SSDs on a clean install you should leave it raw and windows will install on it. And it worked.

Now here's problem number 2, which feels worse than problem number 1. After installing everything went swimmingly. I started updating drivers, etc. I got to the point where I needed to do a Windows Update. There were 91 things that needed to be updated/installed. So I ran update with all 91 and that went fine until it went to restart - it wouldn't boot into windows. Instead it kept going into that startup restoration program over and over saying it couldn't fix the problem. I tried to delete the updates manually through cprompt by running dism, but this failed and I figured to hell with the hassle I'll just reinstall Windows since I know how now and then update windows one update at a time.
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A:"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate existing"

The steps to get a perfect reinstall are now a tutorial at Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

To troubleshoot your install, unplug all other HD's and peripherals, boot into BIOS setup, check that the SSD is set to boot first, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install - later try IDE mode if necessary.

If this fails, Clean again and define a Primary NTFS Active partition as shown in Step 2.2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation. Close the Command Box, Install Now to the partition created.

If these fail post back at exactly what step and any verbatim error message: Clean Install Windows 7

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Hi, all.

Long time lurker, first time poster. I am working on a Gateway MX3215. It was mauled by the Parite virus. I used the Dr. Web tool to cure all of the files. But there are a few "shaky" parts so that I'm not comfortable with the build. (Search comes up, but there is no dialog, etc.)

So I hit F11 to load the recovery partition (D partition on the physical drive). But it looks like it is stuck mid-process. I see the Gateway logo on the upper left, the words System Recovery on the upper right. On the left it is highlighted at Changing CD-ROM IN the main area of the window, there are the words "Completing Recovery Partition" at the top and two windows are open in the center. The one on the top has System Restore in the title bar of the window, with "please insert System Restore CD/DVD # 1 now." The window underneath has "File copy ... Please wait" in the title bar.

And the drive keep ejecting (looking for the CD/DVD).

What I've done: I defeated the PC Angel part so I can see the D: partition.

What I need to do: I need to reset this back to the first step, so I can use this to reload the OS on the computer. I have other builds of XP and I have partition management software. So I COULD just install some other build. But I'd like to reset the restore partition to the beginning.

Help, please? May thanks in advance.

One Ring

A:Solved: Recovery Partition stuck at "please insert System Restore"

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I am running Windows 7 SP1 x64 (all latest updates auto apllied) and have recently moved to a EFI RAID0, RAID1, RAID5 system based, i.e All virtual volumes are initialised as GPT

On all volumes there is the standard 128MB partition (in the first sectors of volume) for the GPT header however; on the system volume, as the very last sectors, there is also a 105MB partition called "NO NAME" with a file system of "(OEM Service Volume)", what is this partition, how did it get there and can I delete it?

I used Intel Rapid STorage Technology to create the volume and Win7 Disk Manager to create the partitions and initialise the volumes

Any help for this reasonably computer literate amateur would be most apreciated

A:105MB partition "NO NAME" File System (OEM Service Volume) - whats it?

To give us a better look at the partition, search Disk Management in the Start Menu search and take a screenshot of what you see.

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Let me start off my saying I've installed this exact copy of windows 7 before on this computer with no problems and it worked for years. I'm trying to install Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit version when I run into this message "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing partition." So I search and find a solution in these forums (Setup was unable to create a new system partition) I do that but I get stuck on "format fs=ntsf". I'm getting a message error saying "The arguments specified for this command are not valid." What do I do? I googled but found several different answers and didn't fully understand some if them. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Error message of "Setup was unable to create a new system partition"

Your syntax is off:

Commands are

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

If this isn't enough start at the top of Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

If those steps fail then test your hard drive with the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check done from the installer Command Line on a full disk partition your create.

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I had a completely unexpected system failure while I was checking my email one day. Windows shut down unexpectedly. When I restarted, there was no OS detected.

Afterwards, I decided to do a fresh install of 7 from a bootable USB. During install, I was unable to install to my SDD when windows said only 32 MB were available. I deleted all partitions using through Windows installation. Still no luck after that so I decided to try and install onto my HDD after yet another clean and wipe through both Windows installation and Parted Magic (which was still was unable to do anything with my SDD).

After all that, I still continued to get the error message "Setup was unable to create a new system partition" so I went in and created a new partition through the command prompt, which I had to remove a stick of ram in order to accomplish.

After "successfully" creating the new partition, I still continue to get the same error.

A:"Setup was unable to create a new system partition" even after format

Is the drive setup as GPT or MBR, if GPT you have to setup the installer as UEFI

instructions will be in the tutorial section.

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Hello guys,

This is my situation - I have got a computer which previously was used by some other user. While looking through the system, I see the OS is installed in C drive, while I can also see there is a 'Windows' folder in D drive too, which makes me believe that at some point of time there was another Win7 installation in D drive too.

Now I want to free up D drive for Ubuntu installation (I will make a dual-boot system). My plan is to delete the D drive, then install ubuntu there. But I when I click 'Delete Volume' from disk management, it says - "Windows cannot delete the active system partition on this disk". The reason is, OS is installed in C drive (it is tagged as "Boot, Crash Dump") but the active partition is D drive. So I guess it contains the bootable files.

Can anyone please suggest me how to proceed to get a clean system where C drive will have all that is necessary for Windows7 and D drive will be free for Ubuntu installation ? I am attaching the screenshot of my disk management.


A:Delete "System, Active, Primary Partition" in Windows7

Windows terminology is a bit weird in this case. The "Active" partition is the one with the boot flag set in the partition table. If Windows is the only OS installed, it will also contain files needed by the Windows bootloader. The "Boot" partition is the one that contains the Windows installation you're booted to.

According to this thread the "Active" partition must be a Primary Partition, in which case you're out of luck. You may be able to move your Windows install from C: to D: but I doubt it would be easy. You may also be able to delete much of what's on D: and move the contents of I: or G: there, then install Ubuntu to one of those. But if you're not careful you could render Windows unbootable.

Your partition table looks like it was created by the Ubuntu installer when allowed to use the entire disk. I always thought it was a poor solution, TBH. If I were you, I'd backup everything to another drive and start from scratch, installing Windows first.

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I recently had a hard drive fail on my laptop. I was able to recover my data as well as the "system restore/recovery" partition.

Due to the fact that my computer did not come with a seperate Windows XP disk, I really need my "system restore/recovery" partition to be put one my new hard drive so I can install xp.

How? How do I put the partition on the hard drive so when the computer boots up it gives me an option of doing a system restore?

any help would be appreciated.

Bryan in Tucson

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Hello, I atached an printscreen to this thread with disk management.

Is there any advantages of this " hidden partition / system reserved " at all?

I will make a windows 7 reinstall and I am planning to install it in only one partition, without this 100 / 200 mb hidden partition, but I'm not entirely decided. What are the reasons should I left it there?

I currently dual boot windows xp / windows 7 from this hdd, and as for backup I use acronis to create system images so I do not intend or wish to use microsoft windows 7 backup, restore points, system restore etc.

Thank you in advance!

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A:Sugestion of Install with or whitout "system reserved partition" ?

Since there is no System Active flag on XP, if XP is booting then according to the screenshot SysReserved contains the boot files for XP as well.

In this case during reinstall of Win7 I would use Custom>Drive Options to delete SysReserved and Win7 partitions, create a partition in that space, then format and click Next to install.

Win7 should configure a Dual Boot menu during install. If not, afterwards install EasyBCD 2.02 to Win7 to Add XP, accept boot files, let it autocomplete, Save, Reboot to Dual Boot menu.

Is 30gb large enough for your Win7 install? I would want it larger myself. If you'd like to borrow some space from the data partition, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to Resize E from the left by the amount you wish to increase C's size before the reinstall. Back up your data and be sure not to touch E during reinstall.

Tips for getting a perfect one: Reinstalling Windows 7

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Hi. Just spent the last 48 hours trying to install a fresh Win 7 on my pc. I used Ubuntu before and formated the drive from GParted in Ubuntu.

I'm running into the error: "setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition"

I have tried:
1. Running through this:
DiskPart <ENTER>
list disk <ENTER>
select disk 0 <ENTER>
clean <ENTER>
create partition primary align=1024 <ENTER>
format fs=ntfs <ENTER> (Will Take a While)
assign <ENTER>
active <ENTER>
exit <ENTER>
exit <ENTER>

2. Switched to a different ISO to test if the first one was corrupted or something.
3. Fiddled with all sorts of USB settings,boot settings etc..
4. Tried that trick of removing the USB stick and putting it back in before choosing which drive to install on.
5. Tried load the ISO to USB with both Windows USB Loader tool and Rufus.

AND on top of all this, I can't access the setuperr.log file since I get "Access Denied" trying to open it.

The drive is an SSD with 120gb capacity, that's all I know about it without opening up the whole body.
I'll be bald if this continous. Pulling my hair like an idiot over this.

Thanks in advance!

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I've been trying to install Windows 7 from a USB drive on a new HP laptop and I've ran into some problems.

There are 3 partitions listed. One is called HPDOCS, 7gb and is listed as primary. The second is also at 7gb and is listed as system, and the third was unallocated space with 920~ gb.

After some research, I've decided to try out the whole cmd "diskpart" thing. Furthermore, I've tried making my drive bootable by copying the installation files on it and installing directly from the drive, but after trying the " xcopy d: c: /e /h /k " command, I receive the message that there are no files to copy.

And lastly, after restarting and trying again, now I only have 1 partition, 930~ gb, and listed as system. Did I mess something up? Was something essential deleted? Can it be reverted?

Help is much appreciated.

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Hi guys. First post here so take it easy on me, haha.

I installed Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit edition on my new Lenovo laptop. I captured an image of my machine and deployed the image to several others. Now, we want to start using Bitlocker. However, there is no "system reserved" partition, you know, the 100MB one that Windows automatically creates during install. Turns out that Bitlocker NEEDS this partition.

I can manually create this partition, but I don't think it's useable by Bitlocker. Regardless, I tested this. I created the partition (200mb after shrinking primary partition), rebooted, and ran the manage-bde -status command. There is another drive listed but it's unusable.

Here is the output of that command:


Disk volumes that can be protected with
BitLocker Drive Encryption:
Volume D: [500GB]
[Data Volume]
Size: 465.76 GB
BitLocker Version: None
Conversion Status: Fully Decrypted
Percentage Encrypted: 0%
Encryption Method: None
Protection Status: Protection Off
Lock Status: Unlocked
Identification Field: None
Automatic Unlock: Disabled
Key Protectors: None Found
Volume . []
[Data Volume]
Size: Unknown GB
BitLocker Version: None
Conversion Status: Fully Decrypted
Percentage Encrypted: 0%
Encryption Method: None
Protection Status: Protection Off
Lock Status: Unlocked
Identification Fie... Read more

A:How do I create the "system reserved" partition for use by Bitlocker?

Hello Snake, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you use the BitLocker wizard to encrypt the OS drive, then BitLocker will automatically create the System Reserved partition for you.

BitLocker Drive Encryption - Windows 7 Drive - Turn On or Off with no TPM

Hope this helps,

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I've done a lot of googling on this and I am still getting this error after hours of trying.

I'm trying to install Win 7 on an Acer Aspire One netbook after removing Win XP from it.
After much research this is the latest command line I used and it did not work.
Any help is appreciated.


A:"Setup was unable to creat a new system partition"

Did you see this: How To Install Windows 7 On Acer Aspire One Netbook

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In the last couple days I've been trying to install Windows 7 over Windows XP (clean installation).

Unfortunately I'm having a problem pretty early on in the process. Whenever I try to press "Next" on the screen that has you select which partition you want to install it on, it says for me:

"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more Information"

I've tried deleting all of them, making a new one a certain size etc. with no luck. I even tried to load the C: drive but it said it wasn't able to reformat it for whatever reason (message I get is "Windows can't format C. Check to see that the disk and drive are formatted properly. Make sure that the disk is not read only, then try again.") I've tried logging into Windows in Safe Mode to change the security options for this problem but I don't see any preference about read-only properties.

I have also tried going through the steps in the stickied thread about this problem (using diskpart to mark a partition as active) and it hasn't worked.

(I am trying to wipe my computer completely clean and install Windows7, not along side XP or anything like that).

Anything you could suggest would be great, thanks in advance.

A:Installation Problem ("System could not create a partition...")

Did you run the WIn7 upgrade advisor to find if your hardware can run Win7?

If you still have XP on the HD, update the BIOS to latest version from maker's Support Download's webpage for your computer or mobo model .

Boot the Windows 7 installer, press Shift F10 at bootup, opening a Command Line, type:
SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 disk)
create partition primary
select partition 1
assign letter=c:

Now boot back into installer to Custom install to partition you created.

If there are further problems, please reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Also in BIOS setup, check the SATA controller setting: Try AHCI first, then IDE if neccessary.

If these all fail, post back your System Specs at link in bottom left corner of your post.

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hi all,
I have a HP mini , which comes with windows 7 starter preinstalled .
so, i which has 2 disk drives c,d and the HP recovery .
in disk management i marked (HP recovery) "mark partition as active " , pressed ok on the warnings .
the problem is that my laptop doesn't boot and gets to the HP recovery manager and when i cancel it to boot normally a message says "the installed program cannot OK to turn off the computer".
Can someone help me with that noticing that i don't have the windows dvd !

A:System does not boot "Mark Partition as Active" .

Go to another 32 bit Win 7 system and make a SYSTEM REPAIR DISC.


Go to a command prompt and use Diskpart to make the hprecovery partiion INACTIVE, then make C active.


START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button



1) Insert System Repair Disc into optical reader.
2) Shutdown computer.
3) Boot up computer from the System Repair Disc
4) A SYSTEM RECOVERY OPTIONS dialog appears.
5) NEXT button
6) select Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows
7) NEXT | Choose Command Prompt

Run desired commands and type EXIT when finished.
Remove the System Repair Disc.
Shutdown computer.
Power on computer.

If your computer doesn’t boot from the optical drive, then
Immediately after pushing your Power ON button,
start tapping the F2 key to get to the BIOS to change the boot order

On some computers, Immediately after pushing the Power ON button,
start tapping the F12 key and choose CD/DVD to change the boot order
only for this time.


Once at a command prompt (you will see X:> )
then type these commands, each follow... Read more

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I have a new Dell Inspiron 3847 running Win 8.1 64 Bit. My upgrade to windows 10 was reserved an I receive the notification to install, but when I tried I receive this message "We couldn't update the system reserved partition" I'm running Win 8.1 in a new Dell computer; How can I upgrade?.... I burn already an ISO file of the OS but I'm affraid that after a clean install will not find licence for the free upgrade.
I don't have a sys Reserved Partition in my DM what I have is  this sequence;
500mb EFI Sys Partition
40mb OEM Partition
750mb Recovery Partition
OS (C) 919.61GB NTFS (Boot, Page file, etc)
10.52 GB Recovery Partition  
How to use MIni Tool to do these,

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Hi all,
I have a HP dv3-2314tx laptop, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit OS which has two disk drives(C,D). D for recovery. C drive contains OS and all my files.
In Disk Management I marked C drive as "Mark Partition as Active". It was sowing some warning. But I pressed OK button. Now my laptop is not boots. What should I do? Should I reinstall my OS or any solution available?

A:System does not boots "Mark Partition as Active"

hello and welcome.
for what you mark partition as active.
as i know, marking partition as active in an advanced task only perfomed by advanced users.

you can try to into your BIOS setting and set the time and date before the issue. and save setting. after that try to boot.

hope can help

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I just bought a used HP Compaq 6000 pro SFF. On the Disk Management Console, there is displayed a separate partition labeled "SYSTEM". It is exactly 2 GB. On the menu you get when you right click on it, "Open" and "Explore" are unavailable. I would like to know what the partition is all about and, in particular, whether I can delete it.

A:Strange "SYSTEM" partition on factory version OS

With all OEM computers theres a partition that contains the factory reset settings, Its basically a 2GB snapshot of your PCs "day one" settings. Its used for repairs and factory resets so they dont need to supply you with a CD/DVD copy of Windows and all their custom software and drivers.
Its best to leave it alone, deleting or tampering with the partition in anyway could corrupt the data and purposely deleting the partition with HP laptops will void the software warranty (If it still has one).

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