By Dervish / Last Updated March 3, 2022

What is system reserved partition used for?

In Windows 10/8/7, you can find out that there is a system reserved partition without a drive letter in your disk. This partition was generated when you select unallocated space to install windows operating system (OS). The size of this partition is around 100 MB in Windows 7, 350MB in Windows 8/8.1, and 500MB in Windows 10. Someone receives the error message saying We couldn’t update the system reserved partition while trying to upgrade to Windows 10/8. That is because the system reserved partition has no enough space.

To avoid such error, you can extend the system reserved partition before upgrade. Basically, this partition contains boot files including Boot, System Volume Information, bootmgr, BOOTSECT.bak, and $RECYCLE.BIN. So, this small partition is kinda of important.

Can you delete system reserved partition?

When your start up your computer, the Windows Boot Manager will begin to read files from the partition to load Windows. Once the partition was created, you cannot simply delete it without causing trouble. If you need to reduce the number of primary partitions, the system reserved partition should be your last choice to delete. To delete this partition requires very complicated operations, which are not confirmed by Microsoft. Therefore, it is recommended to leave it be if it has been created since it only takes a small amount of space. The appropriate way to get rid of this partition is to stop it from being generated.

How to get rid of the system reserved partition?

To prevent this partition from being created, you have to select an existing partition on the hard drive to install Windows. Therefore, you have to create a partition before installing OS. there are 2 ways that you easily can manage. You can choose one of them that suits you.

Extend system reserved partition

1. When you boot Windows installation disc to install Windows on an empty disk (without partitions), you will be prompted to create additional partitions for system files. Just click “OK” to proceed.

Install Windows

2. Now you can see there are two partitions on the disk. Select the Partition 2 (system partition) and then Click “Delete”. Click “OK” to confirm in the next pop out window.

Delete System Partition

3. In a moment, the Partition will become unallocated space. Select the system reserved partition and click “Extend” to extend the partition with the unallocated space.


4. Click on “format” to format system reserved partition. Then you can select this partition to install Windows.

Besides using Windows Setup to merge these two partitions, you can also create a partition with Diskpartbefore installing Windows. To access Diskpart before Windows install starts, you can press Shift + X to open command prompt.

Create partition with third party software

If you need to more advanced options for creating partitions, you can use free partition manager software AOMEI Partition Assistant. Before you do, you need to create a bootable disk with AOMEI Partition Assistant on other computer running Windows.

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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1. Connect an empty USB drive to another computer with Windows installed on. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard on that PC as well. Click “Make Bootable Media” under the “Wizards”,and follow the prompts to create a bootable USB drive.

Make Bootable Media

2. Boot your computer that needs installing Windows from the AOMEI bootable media you have created.

3. Right click on the unallocated space, and then select “Create Partition”.

Create New Partition With Unallocated Space

4. In the pop out windows, specify the size, location and other parameters of the new partition. The click “OK” to continue.

Specify Partition Size

5. Preview the partition layout before making any changes to your hard disk. If you are satisfied with the results, click “Apply” to apply the changes.

Click Apply

When a system reserved partition is created, you can also use this free software to extend or move system reserved partition without data loss.

Compared with Windows built-in utility, this freeware gives you a more intuitive interface with more options regarding creating partitions. With either of these methods, the system reserved partition will not be allowed to be created.

Besides, if you want to use advanced features such as allocate free space, convert dynamic disk to basic, convert primary partition to logical, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. If you're a server user, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server could be the one. And you can also use Quick Partition feature to quickly create partitions with the pre-set or default parameters.