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Windows 7: remove one side of a dual boot hard drive

07 Mar 2012   #1
easypace

windows 7, 64 bit
 
 
remove one side of a dual boot hard drive

Hi
I downloaded W8 over W7 and am very unhappy with it. I then partitioned my
drive and loaded vista on the second partition. I tried using microsoft directions
for reformatting the W8 side. When I tried to format it I got the message
"Windows was unable to complete the format" I am trying to clean this partition
so I can reload my Vista and W 7 upgrade again. Any ideas?

easypace


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07 Mar 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Post a screenshot of Disk Management so we can see what is going on with your existing partitions. I'm unclear on whether you have 1, 2, or 3 operating systems.
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08 Mar 2012   #3
easypace

windows 7, 64 bit
 
 

I tried posting the screen shot by dragging it to the Replay but it appears it came up blank. I will try again.
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08 Mar 2012   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Just use the snipping tool, and then attach it to your post.
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08 Mar 2012   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Tutorial here if you need further help: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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08 Mar 2012   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

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08 Mar 2012   #7
easypace

windows 7, 64 bit
 
 
remove one side of a dual boot hard drive

Hi
I recently partitioned my hard drive to load W8, a very bad mistake. I then
partitioned my disk so I could reload W7. Now I would like to remove W8 and then
the partition. I am reading threads that I can't remove W8. I tried reformatting the
W8 side but it would not complete. Any suggestions?

easypace
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08 Mar 2012   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

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09 Mar 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

When you install another OS in a Multi-Boot it places its boot files on the first installed OS, so you should be good to delete WIn8 partition in Disk Management. It won't let you delete it if it holds the System boot files.

But if you want you can post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping TOol in Start Menu and we will look it over for you to be sure.
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09 Mar 2012   #10
easypace

windows 7, 64 bit
 
 

Do I need to clean or reformat the partition area? I tried reformatting but it would not complete. Thanks for your response.

easypace
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