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How Do I Wipe a Slave Drive without losing my Master!


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bht

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Hi, this is my first post, how to get some help. I have a new comp with a master 1 TB hard drive. i took my old HD and installed it as a slave in my new comp. I have transferred all of the files from my old HD to my new HD and would like to wipe my old one and have a clean slate.

The problem is that my old HD is partitioned and I would like to also remove the partition. I am not very tech savvy, so please give some details in your response (links to instructions work good).
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Hello bht...

To eliminate the partitions and wipe the drive, right click on My Computer and choose "Manage". In the Management console, click on "Disk Management", give it a minute to load the drive information, then locate and right click on one of the partitions on your slave...choose "Delete" and accept the change. Then select the other partition on the slave and choose "Delete" again. The drive should now show as one drive in the management console as be marked as "Unallocated Space". This will have to be formatted before it will be shown in My Computer.

To format, right click within the unallocated space and choose "Format"...accept the change. Format to NTFS using the defaults. Once formatted, it will be ready to use.

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sweet! that sounds real easy, thanks for the quick response!
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i am almost there. i have both partitions deleted and just unallocated space, but i am offered nowhere to format the disk!

when right clicking i can choose "new partition" "properties" and "help."

properties and help didnt offer me much, new partition doesnt sound right. what next?
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Choose the New Partition option and use the entire space...then Format the partition. :)
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sweet, thanks again!
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