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Windows 7: Can I format just one partition without affecting the other?


20 Dec 2010   #1

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Can I format just one partition without affecting the other?

I have a hard drive that used to have windows 7 RC installed onto it's own partition, (so 2 partitions on one drive) I have since bought a new Hard drive and installed Windows 7 Home Premium on it and I am now using the old Hard drive for storage

My question is I want to clear out the partition that had my old RC version of Win 7. I tried just deleting all the Windows files, but it would not delete them all... can I format just the partition without affecting the other partition, or will it format the WHOLE drive?


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20 Dec 2010   #2

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You can format a partition. You can also delete and recreate a partition. Finally, you can resize a partition. All three without affecting the whole drive (well, resizing affect outside that partition).
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20 Dec 2010   #3

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Hi! Ruester, welcome to 7F

Yes. A Format operation only operates on the ONE Partition you specify and does not touch the other.

May I ask, what program are you planning to use?
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20 Dec 2010   #4
whs
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Just go to Disk Management, right click on the partition in question and Format.
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20 Dec 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
You can format a partition. You can also delete and recreate a partition. Finally, you can resize a partition. All three without affecting the whole drive (well, resizing affect outside that partition).
Do you mean I can delete the partition and open up the whole drive without affecting the 2nd partition? That would be even better if I could do that

Anak:
I was just going to use the Windows built in, is there a better way, or something you suggest?

Thanks all!
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20 Dec 2010   #6

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No, The windows feature as whs suggests will suffice.
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20 Dec 2010   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ruester View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
You can format a partition. You can also delete and recreate a partition. Finally, you can resize a partition. All three without affecting the whole drive (well, resizing affect outside that partition).
Do you mean I can delete the partition and open up the whole drive without affecting the 2nd partition? That would be even better if I could do that

Anak:
I was just going to use the Windows built in, is there a better way, or something you suggest?

Thanks all!
Yes, you can delete and recreate the partition. Just make sure your OS is not on it and your programs do not rely on it.

How To Create/Delete A Partition In Windows 7
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22 Dec 2010   #8

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Thank you all for your help, you have answered my questions! and have a Merry Christmas!
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22 Dec 2010   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ruester View Post
Thank you all for your help, you have answered my questions! and have a Merry Christmas!
Your most welcome Ruester!



And may you find your Hopes..'neath the tree..in the mornin'...

Edit:
I'm not going to change it, but the first minute or so is a little risque'
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