Formatting + re-installation only OS partition without "System reserve" MBR partition

Discussion in 'Paragon Partition Manager Product Line' started by mattad, Sep 18, 2010.

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  1. mattad

    mattad Registered Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    On my hard disc there are (among others) two primary partitions:
    2. primary partition "System Reserve" Active=yes NTFS 100MB
    3. primary partition "winos" active=no 30 NTFS GB

    As far as I understand partition no 2 contains the MBR and a link to partition no 3
    So at bootup at first partition no 2 is called which in turn starts the OS on partition no 3.

    If I format now partition no 3 and re-install win7os on partition no3: does that work? In other words: do I have in addition to re-write or adjust somehow partition no 2?

    Or can I simply replace the stuff on partition no 3 and everything works fine?
  2. SIW2

    SIW2 Registered Member

    Sep 6, 2009

    You will be fine to format and reinstall Win 7 on partition 3.

    The 7 installer will use the existing 100mb partition as the System partition, as before.

    If you are reinstalling win7 , you will also be fine to delete both 2 and 3 , then 7 installer will start afresh.

    Either way will work.
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