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Windows 7: Deleting old windows 7 .

07 May 2012   #1
tejasvi

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Deleting old windows 7 .

hello,
i want to know how do i delete old windows 7 from my C drive while i am being in my new windows 7 in E drive.

here are the steps i followed and nothing came out of them.

- i simply deleted old windows in C drive , which still didnt freed C drive of the space
- i then used disk cleanup and cleaned up system files but still it the drive was as it is
- i reinstalled new windows 7 in C drive , computer made a folder of old windows

so in total i have 3 windows installed on my system.
Now i want to simply delete this C drive and reformat it, but my pc says it is primary drive so i cant format it, but my main windows is in E drive.

i have no data in C drive. so is there any way to reclaim it
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07 May 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Post a screen shot of what you see in Windows Disk Management.
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07 May 2012   #3
tejasvi

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

posted screen shots
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07 May 2012   #4
event3horizon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1
 
 

Is "E" drive another hard drive or another partition on the same hard drive?

Remember that windows 7 creates it's own small boot partition and if you wipe that out, Windows 7 won't boot and you'll need to run startup repair with the DVD.

This boot partition may not be on the E drive but still on the C drive that references to the E drive.

I agree we need to see disk management and how it looks.

You can always boot with the Win 7 DVD and wipe it out from there. But as I said, careful not to wipe out that boot partition.
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07 May 2012   #5
tejasvi

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote:
Is "E" drive another hard drive or another partition on the same hard drive?
I dont know that.
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I agree we need to see disk management and how it looks.
i have posted
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07 May 2012   #6
event3horizon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tejasvi View Post
Quote:
Is "E" drive another hard drive or another partition on the same hard drive?
I dont know that.
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I agree we need to see disk management and how it looks.
i have posted
Nevermind, this is all on one physical hard drive you are speaking about.

It looks to me that you are still booting to Windows 7 through the C: partition. You cannot expect to wipe C: partition out with you still booting from it.

It looks as if your E partition contains the bootstrap files that references to the C: partition where it looks for win7 installation.
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07 May 2012   #7
event3horizon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1
 
 

What I am confused is you are missing the "system reserved" 100 megabyte partition that windows 7 makes where it stores the bootstrap files. Weird??
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07 May 2012   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Your best bet is to start from scratch, which means a clean install of Windows.

During a clean install you can delete all the old partitions then create two new ones. System Reserved will be created by Windows for the boot files with a new partition created for the operating system.

This excellent tutorial shows you how.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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07 May 2012   #9
tejasvi

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

oh no that is very lengthy process
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07 May 2012   #10
event3horizon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1
 
 

I agree with vixen it seems like you've made a mess there.

What is on the D: and F: ??
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