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Removing Windows7 from secondary HDD


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Torgan

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Hello Folks,

Have a question if anybody can help me please,

I have recently purchased an Intel 520 series 120GB SSD for my Clevo laptop and have placed it in my primary bay and have installed it with a fresh copy of Windows 7. I have also changed the boot order in BIOS (only from the setup menu during boot) and everything is working fine, the booting and system operation has produced no problems whatsoever. the opposite in fact, everything showing a vast improvement.

I have placed my 500GB HDD which was initially my only hard drive and in the primary bay, into the secondary bay and wish to use it solely for Data storage.

My question is - in order to free up as much space on the secondary HDD, how do i go about removing windows from it?
I'm sure it cannot be as simple as "right click, delete" so do not wish to attempt anything before getting some knowledgeable opinions on it

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

Kind Regards,

Torgan.
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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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Thanks for the help. File as requested. The drive in question is F:

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Edited by Torgan, 28 February 2012 - 05:23 PM.

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So I take it disk F is the second drive with win7 on it you are trying to delete correct?

Right click on the F partition and you should get the option to Delete
Repeat the steps for the E partition.
Once they are both gone then Right click again in the now full space and create one single partition and format it using NTFS.
You should now have a fully usable second drive.
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I had considered a format, however there is data on there that i wish to save (downloads of exe files that i can use to install previously held programs over onto the SSD).

I suppose i could copy the said files over onto my external backup hard drive, format it, then move them back, however i am concerned that this will alter the file paths and make windows unable to find them anymore
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On reflection, i have compared the two drives and the only thing i need to keep are my itunes library and a couple of games. I will consolidate onto the SSD and format the HDD and then move back or reinstall if necessary.

Thankyou for your time and advice on this topic

Regards,

Torgan
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Understand that once you remove the partitions and recreate one the drive will become simply a E drive. Also programs will not be saved as they will have to be reinstalled to that drive if that is what you want.
Installation files, Itunes library and other data can be moved to external and then copied back over. You may have to change the save path for the files once you get going again so that it saves to the newly created E drive.
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That is what i have done. The format has made a nice, clean hard drive. I have successfully copied what i needed, and am currently in the middle of re-installing everything else.

Thanks for the advice.
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This is great to hear and please let us know if you have any other questions.

Congratulations Torgan. :rockon: for a successful resolution for your issue.

I'm glad we could help and please let us know how everything works out for you.
If there is anything else we can do to help please feel free to ask. I appreciate that you allowed us to assist you with your issue and for your patience.
Thank you for choosing GeeksToGo for help. :thumbsup: :ph34r:
This issue now appears to be resolved.


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