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Windows 7: Deleting Windows from HDD ?

05 Oct 2016   #21
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Sounds like you are doing everything right, not sure why you`re getting a black screen after all the dots, you should see a GUI

What program or how did you burn it ?

What OS are you installing ?

Just use your installer to delete the entire drive to unallocated space, then click next, you can make partitions when your done installing the OS.

Step #6 and #7

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05 Oct 2016   #22
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I used ImgBurn to burn the CD-R.

I'm not installing any OS. I'm trying to get rid of the Windows 7 OS that is on the drive. I need to wipe out the Windows partitions (C, D, Recovery) & make it one big partition just it was when I took the HDD out of the box. I want to use it as a data drive.
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05 Oct 2016   #23
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

OK then, is it hooked up to the system now, are you using that system to post messages here now ?

If so you can just use Disk Management to delete the drive to unallocated space, but you will have to mark it inactive 1st. (because it had an Operating System on it)

If it won`t let, that`s when you can install Partition Wizard or use the Boot CD, but you are having issues with that, so just install Partition Wizard.

Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

Right click on the hard drive and choose set inactive, then you can do whatever you want to it.

I`m using Windows 10 right now, so I can`t post the pictures I want to.

ImageBurn is OK but now it has too much garbage to go through, just use Free Iso Burner under my Signature or just use Windows.


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05 Oct 2016   #24
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It is not connected at the moment. I connected it as the only drive when I tried Partition Wizard. That way I couldn't mess up the good HDD.

If I connect both HDDs, each with Windows 7 OS, how will the PC know which one to boot from?

FWIW, I looked at the CD-R that I burned & it has 3 folders:
boot
casper
EFI

Does that make sense?
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05 Oct 2016   #25
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If the windows system that you`re using now is connected to sata port #1 on the motherboard then it should boot into that, even if the other drive is hooked up.

The other drive will be listed under your current OS drive when you open Disk Management. And you should know which is which by their size.


This is what`s on my PW 9.1 Boot CD

I always choose the 64 Bit version, not sure why that would make a difference but ...


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05 Oct 2016   #26
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Hook it up, then boot up and post a shot of Disk Management.
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05 Oct 2016   #27
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply & help. It's late & will have to play with this later.
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06 Oct 2016   #28
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I found this on the Partition Wizard website regarding "No Signal".
Perfect Solutions to Black Screen Error When Booting Windows

It discusses the Black Screen of Death & says "Actually, if there is nothing shown on the black display or it just shows No Signal, the BKSOD error might be caused by hardware issues." This makes me think the video card make be the culprit.

Anyway, I connected only the HDD that I want to restore to new condition & tried using the Windows Disk Management. I deleted the "D" partition & extended the "C" partition. But I could not delete the 100MB recovery partition. I could shrink it by 16MB which still leaves 84MB. I searched & found that Disk Management will not delete the recovery partition. But I could use DiskPart via commands. Depending where I looked it said you cannot extend partitions to the left, which is where the recovery partition is shown.

If I remove the video card & get the MiniTool Partition Wizard to work, will it let me wipe out the recovery partition by extending the "C" partition to the left?
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06 Oct 2016   #29
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes.

You can also use Diskpart, but then definitely unplug the drive that you DO NOT want to mess up.

Diskpart is dangerous if you don`t know what you`re doing.

If that Recovery Partition is marked Active, that`s why windows won`t let you delete it, but PW will

I still have no answer for you on why PW is not getting to the Graphical Interface which should look like this.


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06 Oct 2016   #30
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Not sure why you`re calling it a Recovery partition, the 100 MB partition is called a System Reserved partition. Unless it actually says Recovery Partition

And this talk of extending C, it`s not C it`s just a partition, you should be deleting the entire drive down to unallocated space by deleting all the partitions on it.

Then you create 1 Primary partition out of the entire drive if that`s what you want to do.
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