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Windows 7: Hard drive shown as 2 disks - how to combine?

07 Jun 2016   #11
resucami

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Yes, I saw that. Thanks. Deleting the partitions seems to take a long time (although PW called this "quick").




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07 Jun 2016   #12
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Bummer.
If you want to, cancel that, and then use the diskpart clean.
That always runs fast for me.
The clean ALL would take a long time.
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07 Jun 2016   #13
resucami

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I just noticed in my last screen shot that PW seems to see 2 disks with 1 partition each. Should this not be one disk with 2 partitions?
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07 Jun 2016   #14
DavidE

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Just guessing again, but i wonder if a PW wipe is basically doing a clean ALL.
That would write over all data on the HD with zeroes.
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07 Jun 2016   #15
DavidE

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by resucami View Post
I just noticed in my last screen shot that PW seems to see 2 disks with 1 partition each. Should this not be one disk with 2 partitions?
Yea, i don't know why you see 2 drives...
That's why a diskpart clean might be the better way to start.
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07 Jun 2016   #16
resucami

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

OK. I'll do that.
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07 Jun 2016   #17
resucami

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

diskpart is also showing 2 disks.

clean all for disk 1 is running and seems also to take quite some time.


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07 Jun 2016   #18
DavidE

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Clean ALL will take a long time.
That's why i suggested using the Clean option. (not Clean ALL)
Clean ALL writes over every sector with zeroes.
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07 Jun 2016   #19
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Here is a quote from the tutorial i linked in post #8

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9. To Use the Clean All Diskpart Command
NOTE: See the green INFO box at the top of the tutorial for more information about this command. This command will wipe the HDD, and perform a secure erase. "Clean All" takes about an hour per 320 GB to finish running. It's best to only use this command if you wanted to help make sure that the data on the HDD cannot be recovered say when giving or selling the HDD to another person.
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07 Jun 2016   #20
resucami

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I guess I have to wait this out now - correct?
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