Unveil the Reserved Partition in Windows 7 System

Windows 7 operating system reserves a space of 100 MB on an empty disk or on a new hard disk to store boot files and Windows Recovery Environment files and other important files that are essential for proper functioning of the Windows OS. This partition is kept hidden in order to prevent damage while booting into the windows. Follow the tutorial to open the hidden system reserved partition.

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Windows 7 OS has kept this reserved partition hidden in Windows Explorer. To view the reserve partition on your windows 7 system, perform the instruction given below.

Go to Start orb to open start menu. In the search box type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter key to open Windows Disk Management, where you can see the system reserved partition.

disk management reserved partition

A freeware named Open Hidden System Drive is a free tool that will enable you to open the hidden partition on the computer. This freeware tool is developed by the makers of popular Windows 7 Boot Updater (i.e. the tool that is used to change Windows 7 boot screen). This tool will let you to the files tat are reserved in the 100 MB partition that was created while Windows 7 installation. This partition is very crucial as it stores all valuable files that are necessary for proper booting into the Windows.

Do not alter any files under the hidden reserved partition as it can damage the operation of the computer.

Follow the steps to Open Hidden System Drive

  • Firstly, download Open Hidden System Drive tool from its official site. Make sure that you download the correct version that is compatible with your OS.
  • After the download is complete, double-click on OpenHiddenSystemDrive.exe file to open the hidden, System Reserved partition in Windows Explorer.

The drive may appear void at first as the files are kept hidden and are not viewable by default. To view hidden files, you need to temporarily disable the hide protected operating system files option. To do this perform the following steps.

  • Open Windows Explorer, from Start > All programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer .
  • Navigate to Tools and then Folder Options
  • Click on View tab and navigate downwards to see Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option

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  • Uncheck the box.
  • Click Yes button upon prompted by the warning message
  • Lastly, click Apply button.

hidden reserved partition files

Upon completion of the above process you can now easily see all the hidden system files that are in the 100 MB reserved partition. These files are important so don’t try to alter them.


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