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Windows 7: Deleting a OS From a Partition


11 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Deleting a OS From a Partition

I hoping someone could give me some advice. I have a computer with one hard drive that has been partitioned into a C (Primary) and a D (Logical) drives. I had been dual booting XP on C and Windows 7 RC on D but have since replaced XP with Windows 7 Home Premium on the C drive.

I no longer wish to dual boot so I would like to wipe out the RC on the D drive. Really I don't want to delete the partition but rather wipe it clean and keep it available to be used for storage.

While in disk management I notice that I can highlight the D drive then right click and I see an option to format. Would this accomplish what I'm looking to do or is there another method I should try?

Thanks

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11 Jan 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, a Quick format will do the job.
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11 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks SIW2, I'll give it a go.
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11 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Alright I used quick format and it deleted everything on the D partition just like I wanted. But when I restarted windows boot manager still asks me to make a choice as to what version of Windows 7 I want to boot into.

If I were to pick the one that was on the D drive it won't work (as expected). Now how do I get boot manager to stop thinking a OS is still installed on D?
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11 Jan 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I think what you need is bcdedit from the command line or a program called Easy BCD. The latter is free, easily found, and has a graphical interface that does everything bcdedit does from the command line.

Find it and download it.

Someone will tell you how to operate it.
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11 Jan 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Try removing the ghost listing in msconfig>boot tab

If this fails, download and install EasyBCD 2.0 Remove ghost listing by name, type and drive letter.
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11 Jan 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Type msconfig in start search box.

Click it when it pops up. Select the Boot tab. Highlight the entry you don't want , click Delete, Apply, OK , Exit without restart.
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11 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

You guys rock! Deleting the ghost listing using the msconfig trick worked perfectly.

Thanks thanks again.
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