System Reserved Partition contents

  • $RECYCLE.BIN: The per-drive Windows Recycle Bin
  • Boot: The Boot Configuration Database (BCD) location on BIOS-based systems
  • Recovery: The Windows Recovery Environment (RE) boot image
  • System Volume Information: The folder used to store System Restore restore points
  • bootmgr: The orchestrator of the Windows boot process; it replaced NTLDR used in old Windows versions
  • BOOTNXT: This small, mysterious file is believed to be involved in Windows startup options for USB, such as Windows to Go; see this reference for more details
  • BAK: The backup of the drive’s boot sector; used in master boot record (MBR)-based disks

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