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Windows 7 and that pesky System Partition November 5, 2009

Posted by tmintner in MDT 2010, Windows 7.
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If you have installed Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 through either the Windows media or MDT then you have noticed that a 100 – 300 MB system partition is created that is hidden when you finish in the final operating system (well it is not really hidden, it just doesn’t have a drive letter).  The Microsoft Windows team made that decision so that bitlocker could easily be enabled at a later time without having to repartition the disks.  However if you don’t ever plan on enabling Bitlocker on your Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 systems you can use MDT with an extra variable in the customsettings.ini and MDT won’t create the extra partition.  The variable is:

DoNotCreateExtraPartition = YES



1. Kathy - July 22, 2011

I have done this and it is still creating the BDEDrive partition

2. roger - April 5, 2011

hmm mine is showing up as drive E, I believe because I have two drives, both with windows 7, so the BDE drive of the secondary now shows up. Microsoft why do you do this to me?

3. examROAR - October 4, 2010

what happens to winre when you do this?

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