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Removing a 2ndary OS


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Ok, I have 2 Hard Drives in my com, and right now one has Windows 7 and the other is XP Home, I need to remove the XP rom the drive so that I can reformat it into just storage space....My XP drive is currently my D: If there is any information that you need from me let me know and I'll get it up ASAP.




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Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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Here is that screenie you needed =)



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Edited by Archrose, 06 June 2010 - 05:06 PM.

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OK what you need to do is right click on the area shown as D Lolnomnnpmnpm and then click on Format. This will delete all data on that partition so make sure if there is any data you want to save you have moved it to the C drive first.
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I've tried that, and when I do I keep getting this error...Its the same if I try to do it through Command Prompt.

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Hi,

See if this link helps you.

I think the problem is your Drive D is Drive 0 or the primary drive to your system. I'm guess this is because your Dive D / Drive 0 is setup as a Master Drive and your Drive 2 / Drive 1 is setup as a Slave.

This is controlled by the jumpers on the hard drive. The jumpers are set to Master / Slave or Cable Select. If they are set to Cable Select, then you can just switch the position of the two drives on the hard drive cable. If the jumper as set to Master Slave, you will need to change the position on the cable and change the jumper setting on the two hard drives.

Good luck.

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Also check in your bios to see what is the first boot drive. If the C drive is set as first then you should be able to move it to the end of the ribbon and set it as master or master with slave.
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Ok i've tried all the above and it still isnt working... When I start it up with the cords switched all that comes up when I boot is the little Command Prompt white '-' that just sits there and flashes on a black screen and it just does nothing...i've let it sit for about an hr and still nothing happened.
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Are you dual booting between XP and Win 7?
Are they SATA or IDE?
Can you remove the XP drive and boot just win 7?
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I'm trying to remove the XP from the XP drive, and when I pull the XP drive out of my system it wont boot it goes to that '-' thingy and does nothing. Both drives are SATA. And I was booting between 7 and XP, it would give me the option when I turned on my com. But now I just want it to boot into Windows 7 and have the drive that has XP on it now turned into storage space. But nothing that i've tried has worked yet.
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it sounds like you had xp installed on the C drive first...then put in the second drive and installed W7 to that drive...you can't format the C drive because it contains the MBR and boot.ini for both drives

your going to have to reinstall 7 on the drive you want it on then reconnect the xp drive and format it
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Q.Q I only have one code for Windows7 and I already used it to put it on my 2nd drive...I guess I'll have to pony up and buy another code if I want to change it =(

Thank you all for your help!
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Ok,

I take it you purchased a copy of Windows 7. Is that correct. If so, you can reinstall it on the same machine. When it goes to activate itself it might tell that the copy has already been activated. It should also give you a phone number to call. Call that number and tell them you are re-installing Windows 7 on the same machine and they will give you an activation number.

I've done this a couple of time. You should not have a problem activating Windows 7 over the phone. It is a pain, but is is cheaper than buying a new copy of Windows 7.

Also, make sure you remove the 30 GB drive from the machine BEFORE you reinstall Windows 7 on the new drive.

Good luck.
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Have you tried a recovery disk

Do you know somebody who has win7 (only in the pro or ultimate ver)

Ask them to create a win7 recovery cd disk 32bit or 64bit for your system
Maybe you can download one.

Disconnect the xp drive make the win7 drive on sata1
Boot order to cd\dvd drive first
Hard drive second

Boot recovery disk it should search for OS and try to repair
If not after a reboot go to the command prompt and type

Type bootrec.exe then press enter

To see if it can find a OS type

/scanos should come up with 1

/fixboot press enter

/fixmbr press enter or try the

/rebuildbcd

http://www.vista123....up-issues-vista

refit second drive you should then be able to delete or format the xp drive.

Or disconnect the win7 drive

Use a live cd to delete the xp partitions http://www.livecdlist.com/ most are free

UBCD4WIN for example has tools for deleting partitions.

You will need a xp disk to create this one.
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you can also leave it as a dual boot system...just shrink the xp partition to free up space on the drive
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