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Windows 7: Help removing old Windows & Users folder without breaking anything!

07 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Help removing old Windows & Users folder without breaking anything!

Hey Guys!

I know this has been brought up time after time but I've read several threads and it seems like the approach is slightly different depending on the computer configuration. If anyone has time to give me some basic guidance I'd be most appreciative! I'll try to supply all the info requested on other similar threads to make this easier.

Here is my current configuration (feel free to laugh at how full my drives are!):

Help removing old Windows & Users folder without breaking anything!-disk-management-capture-2012-12-07.png


Scenario: I bought a new SSD (DISK 0) and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 on it. I left the old copy of Windows 7 on the original system drive (DISK 3) in case any of the programs I use for work had problems when re-authorising licenses etc. that way I could just go back to my old setup to get work done.

Before installing Windows 7 on the SSD I switched the hard drives around physically, I put the SSD on DISK 0 and the old system drive on DISK 3. I'm 95% sure I had the old system drive (DISK 3) connected when I installed Windows 7 onto the new SSD (DISK 0).

Basically I want to:

1) Remove the old Windows folder on DISK 3. I've taken ownership of it as per this tutorial but I must be doing something wrong as now it's telling me I need permission from myself?

Help removing old Windows & Users folder without breaking anything!-folder-permissions-capture-2-2012-12-07.png


2) Remove the old Windows folder on DISK 3. Same issue as with the Windows folder.

3) Remove the 'System Reserved' partition (G) from DISK 3. I think I know how to do this but I'm not sure if it's safe to do so with my setup. How do I check if my boot files are on DISK 0 where they should be and not on DISK 3? Also, once I get rid of this partition can/should I then expand the other partition to take up that 100MB?


Unfortunately the data in the F drive on DISK 3 is important and I don't have any other drives to move that data to so that I can format the F drive. Hopefully it is possible to achieve what I have asked above without formatting the F drive?

Again, any help would be most appreciated! Thank you in advance..



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07 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

You need to set G: inactive and see if C: will boot. It should. If not just run your disc to do a startup repair.

You should be able to delete it then.

By the way, all this should be done using a partition wizard boot cd. Safer, Easier, Faster.

http://partitionwizard.com/partition...otable-cd.html

You can`t move your files over to the backup 931 gig temporarily ?
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07 Dec 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Mark D E G inactive!
In Elevated Command Prompt
Code:
diskpart
sel  vol  d:
inactive
sel  vol  e:
inactive
sel  vol  g:
inactive
sel  vol  z:
inactive
exit
your computer boots from disk0-system reserved! So that's what you want. You can delete G safely
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07 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You need to set G: inactive and see if C: will boot. It should. If not just run your disc to do a startup repair.

You should be able to delete it then.

By the way, all this should be done using a partition wizard boot cd. Safer, Easier, Faster.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
Thanks AddRAM! I'll give this a try. I don't have a CD drive (the one in my screenshot must be a virtual drive), is using Partition Wizard off a USB drive acceptable?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You can`t move your files over to the backup 931 gig temporarily ?
The backup drive is 99% full!

As soon as I can afford it a new internal drive and a new external backup drive are on the shopping list!
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07 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Mark D E G inactive!
In Elevated Command Prompt
Code:
diskpart
sel  vol  d:
inactive
sel  vol  e:
inactive
sel  vol  g:
inactive
sel  vol  z:
inactive
exit
your computer boots from disk0-system reserved! So that's what you want. You can delete G safely
Thanks so much Kaktussoft!It seems like this might be easier than AddRAM's helpful suggestion so I will try this first.

Thanks to you both for the help!
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07 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

I didn`t even notice all the others were active, it`s late !!

Why in the world are they marked active

Run the command line and post a new shot of disk mgt.

Fix that 9 MB unallocated while you`re at it.

You can always install partition wizard.
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07 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I didn`t even notice all the others were active, it`s late !!

Why in the world are they marked active

Run the command line and post a new shot of disk mgt.

Fix that 9 MB unallocated while you`re at it.

You can always install partition wizard.
Thanks AddRAM, here's an updated screenshot:

Help removing old Windows & Users folder without breaking anything!-disk-management-capture-2-2012-12-07.png


* To fix that unallocated 9MB do I extend the partition (drive D)?

* It seems it's definitely safe for me to delete the G drive now also?

* Finally, after using Diskpart to set the drives as inactive as suggested by Kaktussoft I restarted the computer. I then went to try again to remove the Windows and Users folder from the F drive but got the same message as the second screenshot in my OP. Am I doing something wrong or missing something?

Thanks again for any help guys!


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07 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Yes.

Yes.

Not sure. Who is Alpha/Red, the users on that install ?

Have you tried taking ownership of the files ?
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07 Dec 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

* To fix that unallocated 9MB do I extend the partition (drive D)?=>yes do it

* It seems it's definitely safe for me to delete the G drive now also?=>yes do it
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07 Dec 2012   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 


Are you logged on as user RED on computer ALPHA? Do you have administrator priviliges?
Does system,admistrator,user etc have any DENY access in folder Windows?
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