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  1.    01 Dec 2014 #11
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    Have you tried booting to the 640 GB drive?
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  2.    01 Dec 2014 #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Have you tried booting to the 640 GB drive?
    No, that's my data drive and all I keep on it is "My Documents"
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  3.    01 Dec 2014 #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by MowermanEd View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Have you tried booting to the 640 GB drive?
    No, that's my data drive and all I keep on it is "My Documents"
    How do you know, unless you try. The boot files only need an Active partition, not some special one.
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  4.    01 Dec 2014 #14
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Australia, Adelaide
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    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 18.2 MATE (64 bit), W10 Home (64 bit)

    Does it do anything useful?


    What functions does the System Reserved partition actually perform?

    As near as I can tell its only functions are:
    • Waste a Primary partition slot
    • Cause weird boot problems


    I've set my PC up without one:
    1. Pre-partition HDD
    2. Install XP
    3. Install W7
    4. Install LM17
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  5.    01 Dec 2014 #15
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    Well, I've about had it with fooling around with this. I re installed 9879 to my spare drive after first disconnecting my 8.1 drive. This time I left the drive "unallocated" and left it up to 9879 to do whatever with it. After installation it showed up with the boot sector within the 9879 drive. I shut it down and switched the Bios to my 8.1 SSD drive and it booted and when running Disk Management showed that 8.1 had a boot sector and now the 9879 drive didn't! ARRRRGGHHH. So I ran Easy BCD and added the spare drive with 9879 on it to the boot menu. Upon rebooting I got the Duel Boot Screen to choose with my choice of either system. Now I can boot whichever system I want. My 8.1 is on the SSD and the 9879 is on the spare drive which now has the boot menu on it. Not exactly the way I wanted it but it'll have to do for now until W10 comes out and then I'll get rid of 8.1 Thanks to all for your help.
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