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Windows 7: Delete OS Files but Keep Personal Files

04 Dec 2013   #1
sparker781

Winodws 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
Delete OS Files but Keep Personal Files

Is there a way to delete all OS files on my old hard drive that I am using as additional storage but keep my personal files? Possibly a windows format? I can transfer the saved data to my main hard drive til I make this happen.

Any Thoughts?


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04 Dec 2013   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Easiest way is to do what you say, transfer your files to a different drive, temporarily, and then just reformat the old drive. That will "erase" everything. You can then copy the user data back to the old drive.

Otherwise you will have to manually delete each folder/file.
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04 Dec 2013   #3
sparker781

Winodws 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Okay...One last question....Should I use the windows format tool or is there a better tool out there? Lastly Upon installing my new hard drive with my system it reserved 100 meg of space, I know this is normal but can I safely delete this with a disk management app?
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04 Dec 2013   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, use Disk Management, just do a quick format. If you could, please post a shot of disk management before you proceed.

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04 Dec 2013   #5
sparker781

Winodws 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Here Ya Go...I just realized I have a 100gb of free space lying around. Whats a good disk management to use to apply that to my main drive?

Thanks


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04 Dec 2013   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sparker781 View Post
Here Ya Go...I just realized I have a 100gb of free space lying around. Whats a good disk management to use to apply that to my main drive?

Thanks
Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD is a good free program for moving partitions. I would also make a partition on your Disk 1 for your user Data. == You can also delete the 100 MB partition on Disk 0. == Disk 2 is active. That should be made Inactive. See this tutorial Partition - Mark as Inactive
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