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Too many partitions to upgrade to Windows 10


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#1 chispaluz

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 07:02 PM

Hi all, 

 

My friend tried to upgrade from Windows 7 Home to Windows 10.  It told him that the SYSTEM RESERVED drive was causing a problem and could not perform the upgrade.  He followed an article on Reddit and ended up with a mess of partitions that he and I do not understand.  

 

Here's the story:

"Attached is a document that I used in trying to upgrade to WIN10. A little back-story - when I first attempted to upgrade top WIN10, I received the message stating that the SYSTEM RESERVED drive was causing a problem and it would not perform the upgrade. So, I researched it and found the a procedure on Reddit. After following the document which created (Drive Y Data), I received the same message about SYSTEM RESERVED, and could still not upgrade to WIN10. Instead of fighting it and wasting time, I just left it as is."

 

I attached an image of what he has in Disk Management.  

 

What can he do to clean things up to the point where he should be able to upgrade to 10?

 

Thanks so much!

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#2 usasma

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 08:06 PM

What are the 3 different drives for, and why is the System Reserved partition on a different drive from the Windows partition?

Are you determined to keep these 3 drives and do you need to save the data from them?

Is there one that you can use to store backups and not boot from?

Do you have a problem with clearing the other 2 drives completely and then installing W10 fresh?

Do you have the W7 product key?

 

In short, what I'd like to do is:

- backup your stuff to one of the drives.

- disconnect that drive.

- determine which drive you want to boot from and run Windows from - then wipe both of those drives clean

- then disconnect the one that you don't want to boot from.

- then install Windows 10 "clean" on the one drive that is the only one connected to the system.

- once it's up and running well, then connect the other drives to use as you see fit.


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 04:10 AM

To the OP, Although physically disconnecting and reconnecting a drive, the way that usama has suggested, might sound intimidating, it is really not that difficult and it is really the safest way to perform what you want to do and protect your data. If you have any problems doing it, the folks here at Bleeping Computer can help you out.


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 09:36 AM

Thanks so much, guys.  I passed on your responses to my friend (he lives in another state).   He is not too comfortable with removing drives, but he may know someone who can help him.  I agree that it makes sense to start clean with his Windows 10 installation.  It just seemed like a jumbled mess to me.  

 

If we need any more help, I'll definitely ask.  

 

I really appreciate your assistance!



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Posted 09 January 2016 - 10:07 AM

You may also want to tell your friend you have 3 active partitions on 3 separate disks. The System Reserved partition on Disk 1 is not marked as a System Partition (only Active and Primary), although it is named System Reserved. Disk 0 has a System Reserved Partition (marked System,Active,Primary) but for some reason the volume was renamed to Data. It also has only 7MB free which I believe may be your problem. 



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Posted 10 January 2016 - 06:15 AM

Thanks JohnC_21!

I completely missed that :(


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