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June 20, 2009 11:09 AM   Subscribe

Windows 7 thinks my data drive is a system drive, and insists on bringing it along to the System Backup party. I don't want this. How do I kill its System status?

Slightly longer version:

I have two drives, one for my system (C) and one with all my files on it (F). F is a transplant from my previous system (NTFS of course), C was freshly formatted for Windows 7 (RC1). I installed Windows 7 with both drives installed.

When I tried to create a system image, it wouldn't let me back up to F, and based on the estimated image size, Windows was trying to include drive F in the backup. Further investigation showed that my system was actually booting from drive F (so if I unplugged F, the system wouldn't boot at all)!

This was clearly unacceptable, so I unplugged F and reinstalled with just C. The system now boots without F present, but it still insists on including it in the backup.

Looking in Disk Management, I see the following statuses:

C: Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition
F: System, Active, Primary Partition

The root of my problems seems to be the "System" label on F. How do I kill this? Isn't C supposed to have a "System" label too?
posted by neckro23 to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
Does F:\Windows exist?
posted by rhizome at 12:12 PM on June 20, 2009

Response by poster: No, but F:\boot did, until I nuked it with the repair console (which didn't seem to affect anything).
posted by neckro23 at 1:17 PM on June 20, 2009

there is probably still a boot partition sitting on the F:\ drive if you haven't nuked it.
EasyBCD is a good boot tool, though I don't know if it will do what you need it to do. You may just need to go into drive management to delete the special boot partition on the f drive.
posted by defcom1 at 5:58 AM on June 21, 2009

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