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On my home desktops I have an SSD as a primary disk, then a larger SATA disk as a secondary. The thing is, when I install Windows 7 on the SSD, the 100MB "System Reserved" system partition is built on the secondary SATA disk rather than the SSD. When I last built my machine I physically unplugged the secondary disk before installing Windows 7 to get around this.

I've also tried using Diskpart from the Windows install PE to delete any partition and filesystem on the secondary drive but one is created on there anyway.

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Disk 0 is the 500GB SATA disk, while Disk 0 is the 120GB SSD. Is it because the secondary disk is Disk 0?

How can I change this, either from within Windows or during setup?

  • To save lots of time and hassle I'd just unplug the HDD each and every time I re-install Windows. Additionally you could pre-partition the SSD before installing Windows. Using this method will cause Windows 7 to not create the 100/200MB System Reserved partition (it puts the boot files in the main C drive partition). Search for install windows without reserved partition. – Kinnectus Oct 18 '14 at 11:34

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