Windows 10: installed win 8 on hard drive, now want to use as backup drive Solved

  1.    16 Dec 2017 #1

    installed win 8 on hard drive, now want to use as backup drive

    Hi. I just installed windows 8 on this new 2gb disk as I was having issues with my current disk. My issues are resolved and I c an now boot up with my "old" drive, and now the "new" drive is going to be my backup drive, but when I click on the properties this is what I see. What do I need to do to get this as a full, empty drive?

    Thank you.

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       16 Dec 2017 #2

    Don't mess with that, reserved for Windows boot... Go to Disk Management and give a screenshot...
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  3.    16 Dec 2017 #3

    I have a working windows boot disk. This drive is not going to be bootable.
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       16 Dec 2017 #4

    Still, you need to go into Disk Manager to make the necessary changes to the drive.
    You want to delete the partition, this turns it to unallocated space that can be added back to main partition.
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  5.    16 Dec 2017 #5

    If you had this drive attached when you installed Windows to your new drive, Windows used the old System Reserved partition as a boot drive. If you unplug this drive to test this theory, Windows probably wont' bootup on your new drive.
    If you unplugged the new drive when you installed Windows to the new drive, then you can use a 3rd party utility like Minitool Partition Manager to delete this System Reserved Partition. Once the drive is all Unallocated Space, you can create a new partition and Format it, using this tool or Disk Management.
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