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Windows 7: Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command


03 Jan 2010   #169
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

How to "Clean" or "Clean All" a Disk with the Diskpart Command


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23 Jun 2013   #170
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Ok I have done the clean all on an external drive ready to clone a version of Vista to so that I can use the old drive.
But I am only picking up the external in diskpart and not Computer.

So I am trying to format the external disk with diskpart but getting to the format fs=ntfs command it shows up as the disk not being on line? yet I can see it listed.

Have I done something wrong?

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23 Jun 2013   #171
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

John,

Right click on the Disk # box on the left side in the bottom middle pane, and see if you have on option to set it to be online like below. Afterwards, see if you are able to create a new partition on the unallocated disk.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command-online.jpg


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23 Jun 2013   #172
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Thanks Shawn I did try a copy with Partition Wizard after successfully diskpart - format of the external drive.
But as you can see the partitions are not quite as I expected to see them - I thought it would be a clone like image. The main partitions E & K open to reveal the same info on but the "end" partitions do not.

Having said that Partition Wizard lets me do that and the same info is in both.

Now my only concern is that the Vista will be lost if I clean all that old drive for a trial of Windows 8, and that I would not be able to put it back on to that drive.

I would like to keep that copy of Vista for reference when I have a Vista fix in, personally I think it is such a cumbersome program but I do have friends who actually like it??.


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23 Jun 2013   #173
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

John,

Your external disk 2 doesn't have the factory recovery partitions copied to it. I wouldn't trust it to be able to recover Vista, so I wouldn't delete your Vista disk 3.

Not sure if disk 0 is internal or external, but if internal, I suppose that you could shrink the X (disk 0) partition by how much space (ex: say 80 GB) you want for Windows 8, and use that unallocated space to install Windows 8 on.
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23 Jun 2013   #174
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

John, Here is another thought ==> If you want to make your life easy, install Windows8 with VMware Player. That's the ultimate and easiest solution, at least in my book.

Here is Shawn's tutorial on how to install Windows8: VMware Player - Install Windows 8

Here is a little demo I made to show how it works: VMware Player - a Windows 8 Demo
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23 Jun 2013   #175
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

John,

Wolfgang makes a good point. This way you don't have to worry about partitions and the boot manager with a virtual machine. Plus, you could just delete it if you ever don't want it anymore.
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23 Jun 2013   #176
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Thanks Shawn and Wolfgang I will keep the original disk and just buy a new one as you say I don't want to trust having just the copy on the external.

The 0 drive is a 500GB Seagate I have in the front SATA dock for data backup and I will try that option too.

Wolfgang I don't know much about VM stuff but am going to take a look at the refs you sent - thanks.

Am on night duty at the moment so life is a bit surreal having to limit the time on the machines to a couple of hours at most before going to the workhouse.
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23 Jun 2013   #177
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Wolfgang I don't know much about VM stuff but am going to take a look at the refs you sent - thanks.

Don't worry. It is dead simple and with the help of Shawn's tutorial you should have a running system in no time. And if you have more questions, just ask.
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23 Jun 2013   #178
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Anytime mate. Please let us know how it comes along.
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23 Jun 2013   #179
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Wolfgang states he runs Vmware portable so he can go from computer to computer. That is if I understand what I think I understand.
My question: How does this work when two different computers have completely different hardware and drivers, ect.
Now remember I'm a dummy that doesn't use his brain so be easy on me.
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