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think_zen
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SYSTEM_DRV partition

What's the bottom line on this partition?  Seems there's conflicting info when I search the web... can i safely delete it without hosing my new ThinkPad Edge 14 (Core i3)?

 

I'm looking to migrate my OS from the factory 5400k rpm 250GB HD to a 60GB SSD.  I know I can delete and recover the space from the Lenovo_Recovery partition.  Can I do the same for the SYSTEM_DRV partition?  I'll likely use the gparted utility to shrink the Windows 7 partition to fit on the SSD - I don't want to recreate SYSTEM_DRV on the SSD if its not necessary...

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Re: SYSTEM_DRV partition

If using the preloaded Windows 7, it would be recommended to keep the SYSTEM_DRV partition.  Without it you will probably run into issues with the boot configuration and drive letters in Windows.  You will also lose the Windows Recovery Environment.

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Re: SYSTEM_DRV partition

That partition contains the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE - which is different than Factory Recovery) and some other critical system files that make Win7 boot.  If you delete that partition, your computer won't boot anymore.

think_zen
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Re: SYSTEM_DRV partition

Thanks for the prompt replies, much appreciated!

attempted
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Message 5 of 12

Re: SYSTEM_DRV partition

then SYSTEM_DRV partition is not part of the Factory Recovery disks that I make? Should I somehow try to backup that partition files to a disk?
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Re: SYSTEM_DRV partition


@attempted wrote:
then SYSTEM_DRV partition is not part of the Factory Recovery disks that I make? Should I somehow try to backup that partition files to a disk?

No, the Factory Recovery disks will restore all the partitions that were on your HD when shipped - including SYSTEM_DRV.

 

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rcdavis
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Re: SYSTEM_DRV partition

i am curious as to what has happened since you first reported this problem.

 

I have the Thinkpad W520, and after almost one year of ownership, this partition was created on my hard drive after I evidently downloaded some malware (babylon, youtoo, 2yourface), and this parition was a creation.  I tried backing up to my main desktop, and it got the same partition.  I talked with Lenovo support, and they said that the partition does not belong in their system, and recommend a reformat.  Did this partition harm your computer?  Or did you reach any good resolution?

andrewz420
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Message 8 of 12

Re: SYSTEM_DRV partition

But can I rename the drive? will rename cause any problem when boot? cheers

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Message 9 of 12

Re: SYSTEM_DRV partition

Hey andrewz420,

 

You can remove the SYSTEM_DRV partition if you want but you will lose the ability to restore your computer to factory default state. It also contains the boot files required for windows 7 to boot. We do a few places on the support site that walk you through changing a drive letter.

 

                  http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/diagnose-and-fix/detail.page?DocID=HT003874

@cdavis

 

this partition doesn't harm your computer but if you had virus or malware change something within this partition that is different then saying the partition it self is harmful.

 

Best Regards,

 

Hiro

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Message 10 of 12

Re: SYSTEM_DRV partition

Hi guys, sorry to ask but i did the dumb thing and deleted the files inside system drv. the partition is there but the files are not. is there anyway to get these files back? so far it hasn't affected booting up but i'm worried if i run into problems later it wont be there when i need it i have a thinkpad w530

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