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How to Remove SSD System Reserved Partition Without Booting Problem

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

What is system reserved partition on solid state drive storage? Is it safe to remove SSD system reserved partition to free up hard disk storage space? Detailed guide for you to delete SSD reserved partition without booting problem.

Understanding of System Reserved Partition on A Solid State Drive

"I got two hard disks on my computer, a 2-year-old HDD, and a newly bought SSD. I recently found a partition named as SSD Reserved on the solid state drive, what is that for? I never created it, the property of which shows used space 100MB, NTFS. If the SSD Reserved is related to system reserved partition, how should I deal with it? It must be risky to remove SSD system reserved partition, right?"

Many computer users have no idea about the system reserved partition (or SSD reserved in the case above), so a general understanding of the term is required before you could properly handle it.

The system reserved partition is created during a clean fresh installation of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, and it takes up a particular amount of hard disk space. For example, 100MB for Windows 7. The partition goes closely related to system's boot process since it holds the Boot Configuration Database, Boot Manager Code, Windows Recovery Environment and reserves space for the startup files which may be required by BitLocker, in case you use the BitLocker Drive Encryption feature.

How to protect Windows creating such a system reserved partition on your computer's HDD or SSD? When you do your Windows OS install, make sure that there are no drives connected apart from the one you're going to install onto. If another drive is available then the install kit will put the reserved partition there instead of on the OS drive.

Situations in Which You Can Remove SSD System Reserved Partition from PCs Without Worrying Boot Failure

Sometimes an SSD partition labeled as "Reserved" may not be the real one that contains system boot files, to check whether it is the partition or not, you may try the following methods to have a test by using the built-in Windows Disk Management (This PC > Manage > Disk Management).

1. Check the contents of the partition by Right clicking on the partition, and clicking Change Drive Letter and Paths. Add an unused drive letter and browse the contents, it should be quite easy to search for any files you found and see if they're related to a system reserved partition.

2. Disconnect the drive from your machine and see if the machine has any trouble in booting. Test it and if you have no issues, it's safe to assume it's not going to cause any harm removing the one partition.

It's ok to remove such an SSD partition labeled as "Reserved" in the occasions listed above. Since Windows Disk Management won't allow to operate on the labeled SSD reserved partition, you'd better employ a free partition manager to delete the system reserved partition which won't do any damage to a normal system boot process. Free download EaseUS Partition Master, and learn how to delete the partition.

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However, if the test went not so smooth with the two mentioned situations, then trying to remove SSD reserved partition becomes a real tough task, which might be too complicated to handle for ordinary people with a little technical background. In this case, we do not recommend a removal of the partition, just let it be there on your solid state drive, as any improper handle with it may cause serious booting problem.