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Windows 7: Removing Win 7 from HDD after clean install on SSD


17 Mar 2012   #11

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kamsah View Post
I think I am starting to understand that formatting the drive with the unwanted windows installation is the only way to really get rid of it. Is this correct?

No, that's not correct. You could delete the partition entirely, without formatting it.

So, as I am installing the new programs, I am now unable to uninstall them from the HDD as I am unable to boot into that instance of Windows 7.
I'll have to take your word for it that you cannot uninstall apps on the HDD when you have booted from the SSD. I've never installed anywhere but C and have never had to deal with that problem.

Many people with small SSDs install some apps to an HDD without incident. I'm not sure how you find yourself in a predicament.

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17 Mar 2012   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

But that`s not the correct way to do it. You should 1st format/delete the partition/drive then start doing what you want. The old windows 7 is taking up valuable space you could be using.
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17 Mar 2012   #13

Win 7 home premium
 
 

Here is a screenshot of my uninstall menu from the SSD. The programs without space listed in "Size" were installed from my SSD Windows 7 instance, but onto the HDD under a folder called "Programs installed from SSD". They are taking no space on the SSD. And they require HDD activity to run. I use them less frequently.
The other programs do not activate the HDD, since they run purely off the SSD - faster and quieter.
Since there seems to be a lot of question about my intent here, I wonder if my reasoning makes sense at all...


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17 Mar 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Why can't you just delete the partitions on the HDD, create a new one, give it a quick format, and then re-install any programs you need?

You don't need to boot into it, just use Windows 7's disk management to repartition and format the old drive.

I think we're all struggling to understand why you seem to want to make things unnecessarily complicated.
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17 Mar 2012   #15

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kamsah View Post
The programs without space listed in "Size" were installed from my SSD Windows 7 instance, but onto the HDD under a folder called "Programs installed from SSD".
And you cannot uninstall those programs when booted from the SSD?
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17 Mar 2012   #16

Win 7 home premium
 
 

To answer ignatzatsonic - Yes, I can. But they are duplicate installations performed from the SSD. I want to uninstall the old installations from the HDD Windows 7 instance.
To answer seavixen32 - I actually am trying to make things simpler by removing all the duplicate programs and finally Windows 7 from the HDD and then making my system single-boot.
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17 Mar 2012   #17
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kamsah View Post

I like edwar's solution, but it appears this is not a clean way to remove Windows 7 from the HDD?
We can help you remove the OS from HD in pieces but it's not recommended and can be a struggle requiring Take Ownership Shortcut on the WIndows folder.

The cleanest method is to wipe the HD it was on to clean the boot sector which sometimes presents problems with leftover code blocking future OS installs, or other problems.

The normal method
is to delete the OS partition. You could do this here easily by shrinking it as much as Disk Management will allow, then creating a New partition in that space, dragging all of your files you want to keep over to that partition. Partition or Volume - Shrink
Partition or Volume - Create New

You could even drag your User folders (Documents, Picures, etc) intact to the new partition and then link them to the C:Windows 7 related Library - Include a Folder which is easiest, or move your C:Windows 7 User folders to your old User folders on HD: User Folders - Change Default Location

I would first install all needed Programs to the SSD which is best so they can be a part of it's backup image - it's the data which should be moved off if necessary as described above.

Once you've emptied programs and files from the HD OS partition, you can delete it in Disk Management from C, then create a new partition there or resize your HD data partition to the left to include the space using free Partition Wizard bootable CD.
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17 Mar 2012   #18

7 x64
 
 

Although every ones suggestions may work there is one thing that bothers me about your setup. On the SSD I do not see the 100MB System Reserve partition. So if you installed Win 7 on the SSD with the other hard drive connected the Sys Reserve section, The Active section which is needed to boot the computer, very well may be on the HDD. If you delete partitions and or format that drive your system may not boot back into Windows.

Please let us know if you had the HDD connected when you installed 7 on the SSD.
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17 Mar 2012   #19
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Edwar this was dealt with here:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Currently the SSD's boot files reside on the HD as shown by it holding the System label. To correct this mark C Active: Partition - Mark as Active

Then power down to unplug the HD, boot into BIOS setup to set the SSD first to boot. Then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 starts and C holds the System Active boot flags.

You can then plug back in the HD to access it's data or even boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. If a Dual Boot menu persists, delete D listing in msconfig>Boot.
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17 Mar 2012   #20

7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Edwar this was dealt with here:
OK Didn't see that post.
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