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Windows 7: How to remove old Windows and Program Files from second HDD


09 Dec 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 
How to remove old Windows and Program Files from second HDD

So I recently purchased a Samsung 840 Series 128GB SSD. Got it installed and did a clean install of Windows 7. Got the User Profiles and Program Data moved to my old HDD so the SSD is used only for OS and applications. Problem is I still have my old Windows, Program Files and Program Files (x86) on the HDD. This is causing some programs to show up in the Start Menu, how I don't know. The programs are listed as there but you can't run any of them. I intend to reinstall these programs on the SSD but want to get rid of all the old stuff first. I want to remove these folders but for some reason I am having trouble doing so (i.e. permissions, ownership). I thought about just formatting the partition but that is out of the question as I just spent a ton of time getting the default location for User Profiles onto the HDD.

Is there anyway I can remove these three folders without formatting the partition. I need to keep the Users folder. I tried messing with permissions but didn't get anywhere. Please help!

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10 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

You are defeating the purpose of a ssd. You should keep everything on it. Format the hdd and use it for storage.
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11 Dec 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You are defeating the purpose of a ssd. You should keep everything on it. Format the hdd and use it for storage.
I want to have Users on my HDD, that is why I went through the extra step to do so during the clean install on the SSD. My programs and the OS are on the SSD. I cannot format the HDD because the Users from the OS on SSD are located there. It took some time to get these here and a simple click and drag from one hard drive to the other will not suffice, much deeper than this.

Anyway I used a program called Unlocker to delete the old files on HDD that I couldn't delete because of permission reasons.

Thanks anyway!
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12 Dec 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

I'd also delete any System Reserved partition on the old HDD after removing the Active flags still remaining on the HDD: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.

There are hidden boot files which keep the HD bootable until they are removed which is why it's always best to delete the OS partition. However you can delete them by deleting the old System Reserved partition, or if on C un-hide Hidden Files at Control Panel>Folder Options>View to delete them and any other remaining Windows or Program files.
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12 Dec 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

My Users from the OS on the C drive are being pointed to the E drive... if I mark the E drive inactive will that affect anything or does it just affect the boot loader?
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12 Dec 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

If you moved your User folders then E will be included in any backup image since it now contains System files. This is why we prefer to instead copy the user folders to E to rightclick link to related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. But if you don't use Windows 7 imaging or encounter any other problems you can leave them.

You should only have one System Active labeled partition and it should be either C or the System Reserved partition if you have it.

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.
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12 Dec 2012   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you moved your User folders then E will be included in any backup image since it now contains System files. This is why we prefer to instead copy the user folders to E to rightclick link to related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. But if you don't use Windows 7 imaging or encounter any other problems you can leave them.

You should only have one System Active labeled partition and it should be either C or the System Reserved partition if you have it.

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.
C drive has my OS and all my programs/applications. E drive has my User profiles and ProgramData (hidden).


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12 Dec 2012   #8
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12 Dec 2012   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Done. Are you certain there won't be any adverse affect on Users on my E drive?
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12 Dec 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes. Active flag should only be on the partition which is booting Windows, none other.
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