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Windows 7: I still cannot delete the boot folder from the HDD

19 Apr 2014   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The formatted space is a partition, your drives just have one.


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19 Apr 2014   #12
terrorist96

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
 
 

Britton30, thanks, I'll try that and report back.
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19 Apr 2014   #13
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Gary beat me to it again. I guess I should stop watching TV.
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19 Apr 2014   #14
gregrocker

 

If you had the boot files on E then simply moving them to C so that it now holds the System Active labels is sufficient. There is no reason to worry about E unless it still has one of those labels or if it's removal is preventing C to boot.

If you really want to delete the Boot files on E then use a boot disk like Linux or Win7 DVD or Repair CD to access and delete the files as shown in Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console. If you want to get it cleanest then I'd back up files and delete the partition or wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command which clears the boot sector and partition table.
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19 Apr 2014   #15
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Gary beat me to it again. I guess I should stop watching TV.
True.
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20 Apr 2014   #16
terrorist96

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
 
 

Well I succeeded in deleting the stupid boot folder using the live-usb method. There were files named wedaolu and YPNWS and bootmgr that were visible in my HDD that I could not see when I booted back up to Windows and I do have "show hidden files" option activated. I don't know if I should go back and delete them or not..
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20 Apr 2014   #17
terrorist96

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you had the boot files on E then simply moving them to C so that it now holds the System Active labels is sufficient. There is no reason to worry about E unless it still has one of those labels or if it's removal is preventing C to boot.
I couldn't move them even if I wanted to. I couldn't do anything to alter the folder at all, whatsoever because Windows "knew better" that I not tamper with it.
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If you really want to delete the Boot files on E then use a boot disk like Linux or Win7 DVD or Repair CD to access and delete the files as shown in Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console. If you want to get it cleanest then I'd back up files and delete the partition or wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command which clears the boot sector and partition table.
Already went the Linux live USB route and I'm satisfied. No need to wipe the whole drive over a simple folder.

Thanks everyone for your help.
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20 Apr 2014   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good news! you should be good to go. Just leave anything else, it won't hurt, harm, or foul up anything.
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20 Apr 2014   #19
gregrocker

 

I did not say you needed to move the boot files to C now since you already did that, only that you didn't need to delete them since a copy apparently remained which concerned you. I'm glad you got it deleted.

But since you say you don't know how you would do that, the best way to move the boot files is using Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums, or marking the target partition Active to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times .
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