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Windows 7: Reformat EHD which has 3 partitions.

11 Jan 2013   #1
RagTag

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 
Reformat EHD which has 3 partitions.

I have a 500GB external hard drive which, when new, I reformatted (using another piece of software) to NTFS and partitioned it into 3 partitions, which were assigned the letters K, L and M. At the time I did this I was running Win XP.

I now have a different PC running Win 7 Home Premium 64bit and want to reformat the EHD, wiping it clean and removing 2 of the partitions to make it just the 1 in order to make a fresh start.

Can anyone advise me how to go about this preferably without needing to access any other software.

Thank you so much.


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11 Jan 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Plug in the external drive and go to Computer. Right click the drive and click Format, that will do the format and remove the partitions.
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11 Jan 2013   #3
mmkarimi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

get "MiniTool Partition Wizard Portable" you can do that in a few steps there with a great easy interface
Get it from: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition - CNET Download.com
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11 Jan 2013   #4
RagTag

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Thank you Britton30. I eventually managed it. I had trouble deleting the 2 partitions I wanted rid of but that was down really to my ignorance and inexperience.
Anyway everything is ok now and I can set about copying the stuff over which I want saved.

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction...
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11 Jan 2013   #5
mmkarimi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

formatting the HDD wont change the partition structure, but can help you to clean up your storage,
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11 Jan 2013   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Glad to help, let us know if other help is needed.
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