Is It Safe to Delete A System Reserved Partition? Everything You Should Know

Updated by Cici on Jan 18, 2023
  | Computer Instruction

Are you wondering whether it is safe to delete system reserved partition on Windows? Don't worry. In this article, you will learn about system reserved partition and whether it is safe to delete them. And you should follow this tutorial before performing any action.

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What Is System Reserved Partiton
  • Is It Safe to Delete A System Reserved Partition
  • How to Delete A System Reserved Partition
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs About Is It Safe to Delete A System Reserved Partition

What Is System Reserved Partiton

The system reserved partition was first created automatically in Windows 7; it does not exist in earlier versions. It serves to store service data necessary for Windows to work, mainly:

  1. 1. Boot options (Windows bootloader) - by default, the bootloader is not located on the system partition but in the "System Reserved" volume, and the OS itself is already on the system partition of the disk. 
  2. 2. This partition can also store data to encrypt your hard drive using BitLocker if you use it.

When you install Windows 10, 8, or 7 on your PC, a System Reserved partition is first created at the beginning of the hard drive. In today's article, let's briefly discuss the hidden "System Reserved Partition," whether it is safe to delete it, and what happens if you delete it.

Is It Safe to Delete A System Reserved Partition

No, it is not recommended users delete the system reserved partition. Deleting the reserved partition or unsuccessfully moving information from it then it will most likely break your system because system reserved partition stores essential boot files. Therefore, you don't need to delete it.

However, technically it's not impossible to delete the system reserved partition. You can delete the system reserved partition if you make sure it doesn't contain any system boot components or information and you don't want this partition on your drive.

check system reserved partition

Otherwise, if you unnecessarily decide to delete the system reserved partition, you'll face consequences of deleting it, such as your Windows PC won't boot up. So, if you ensure that it doesn't contain any system boot components or information and want to delete this partition but don't know how to delete it? Please check the next part.

How to Delete A System Reserved Partition

You can't delete this partition using Disk Management because the protected mechanism command tool prevents you from deleting it. In this case, we have available an incredible tool EaseUS Partition Master to perform this task and easily delete system reserved partitions.

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To delete a system reserved partition, first, you should download and install the EaseUS Partition Master on your PC/Laptop and then follow the detailed steps below:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, on the Partition Manager section, right-click on the EFI system partition and choose "Delete".

delete efi system partition step 1

Step 2. Click "Yes" to confirm the message "Do you want to delete the selected partition?".

delete efi system partition step 2
Note that this opertion will delete the EFI/UEFI partition, which may cause OS boot issue. Make sure you want to execute the operation.

Step 3. Click "Execute 1 Task" and then "Apply" in the new window to completely remove the EFI system partition.

delete efi system partition step 3

EaseUS Partition Master is a powerful tool related to disk partition. Except safely delete system reserved partiton, this tool has many other fantastic features, such as:

If you have any partition errors or disk errors, you can find solutions with EaseUS Partition Master!

Conclusion

Based on the above facts, it's not recommended to delete a system reserved partition as it places some necessary data, such as boot files and data for encryption. That type of adventure with your system can break the system. You can delete the system reserved partition only when it doesn't contain any system boot components or information

EaseUS Partition Master allows you to remove the "System Reserved." You can easily delete a system reserved partition using EaseUS Partition Master. It's not just limited to deleting a system reserved partition, but this tool also contains several other incredible features and countless benefits. This is an all-in-one solution. You can completely manage your partitions through EaseUS Partition Master.

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FAQs About Is It Safe to Delete A System Reserved Partition

If something doesn't work out or questions remain, we are ready to help you. In this regard, we listed a few frequently asked questions. You can write in the comment box if you've any specific queries. We'll cover them in the next blog posts.

1. What happens if I delete the system reserved partition?

After deleting a system reserved partition, you may wonder if it has freed up a little space, 100-500 MBS, but its consequences wouldn't be suitable for your system. Your system will lose the ability to boot up. Also, you'll potentially face several other consequences. So, it's better to ignore it and not delete it because it doesn't occupy too much space.

2. Which partitions are safe to delete?

Deletion of any partitions is not recommended, and it can be harmful because you'll lose all your stored data on it. However, in some cases, if you want to delete any partition, it's good to know that all partitions besides the EFI partition and the partition where the C drive is located can be deleted, but it is not recommended. And most importantly, remember that deleting a partition deletes all your stored data. So, delete any partition once you move and transfer all your valuable data to another safe place or a hard drive.

3. Is it OK to delete MSR reserved partition?

Your Windows 10 will lose the ability to boot properly after deleting a Microsoft Reserved Partition (MSR) because bootloader files are stored on MSR. So, it's not Okay to delete MSR reserved partition and lose the boot ability.

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