Windows 7 Ultimate System Reserved Partition
Posted on 2010-11-28
Hi, I have Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate installed on my machine. As part of that install, I also have a 100MB "System Reserved" partition on my hard drive. My machine runs fine except my Windows Home Server will not backup this machine. In my troubleshooting, I found that the backup fails because WHS automatically selects all partitions to backup and the backup is failing trying to backup the System Reserved partition. If I deselect the System Reserved partition in the backup, then the backup runs fine.
In googling this problem, it appears in order for VSS/Windows Backup to work, there has to be a minimum amount of free space on the partition (some forums suggest at least 50MB). Right now, looking at my System Reserved partition, I only have around 30MB free. Therefore, I am guessing this is the reason why the backup is failing. When I look at the files in the System Reserved partition (including system and hidden files), I see only about 15MB's worth of data, however, Explorer is reporting 70MB's worth of data.
I would like to "reclaim" the missing space so that WHS can backup my whole disk.
Has anyone encountered this problem and have a solution?
I have tried to erase the entire partition with Acronis Home Backup and then do a repair using the Win7 install DVD, but even with that, I still see roughly 70MB's of usage on the partition. I'm guess this is a clean as it get since I would think the repair process would only write back the necessary files in order for the machine to boot and if those are the "default" files, then Windows Backup should work...