Do you need "Reserved Partition" if you have valid system backups

  1. Posts : 117
    Win 10 Pro 64bit - Build
       28 Nov 2016 #1

    Do you need "Reserved Partition" if you have valid system backups

    I have multiple Win 10 Pro 64bit system/image backups of my C: drive...both Windows Images(s) and Acronis system tibs. Do I need any/all Reserve Partition(s) on the C: drive in addition to image/tib system backups ??

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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       28 Nov 2016 #2

    It may not be easy to get rid of those partitions, usually automatically created when Windows is first installed. And imaging/cloning programs will just put them back anyway.
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  3.    28 Nov 2016 #3

    Two of my three computers' Windows 7 Pro created a System Reserved partition at their respective creation. I make full image backups of both that partition and my OS partition onto two external media devices. I recommend leaving Windows Prime things be, and, recommend backing such partitions up from time to time.
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    windows 10 64 bit
       29 Nov 2016 #4

    Do not delete it

    the system reserved partition once created, you'd better leave it be. If you delete it by force, system will likely fail to boot. when you install Windows on a created partition, there will be no system reserved partition.
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  5.    30 Nov 2016 #5

    dorh said: View Post
    when you install Windows on a created partition, there will be no system reserved partition.
    That is only true on a legacy BIOS system and the created partition is marked as active when Windows is installed. A UEFI computer will always have an EFI System Partition.

    Don't confuse a system reserved partition with a recovery partition. Recovery partitions are only a convenience, not a necessity. You can always delete recovery partitions if you want to, but to do any system OS repair you will have to boot from an external drive containing the repair files to do so. The System Reserved partition is likely a necessity because that is where the boot files will be located. If the System Reserved partition is marked as the active partition, that is what a legacy BIOS system is booting from. If it is an EFI System reserved partition, that is where a UEFI computer is booting from.
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