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Windows 7: Help - Unable to Format/Delete Old Parition

10 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Help - Unable to Format/Delete Old Parition

Hi Guys,

I recently upgrade my entire computer, with it i brought a 2TB WD HDD. I set everything up, installed W7 and updated all my drivers/etc.

I then moved my old 3x 1TB drives over, in it, one partition had my old Windows 7, I am unable to format/delete windows folder/program files. One HDD had my old Vista partition, same story..i can't format/delete.

What i basically want to do is, take those 3 drives, format and re-set them into 1TB 1 Parition drives. Now i have 1.6TB space left on my 2TB drive, so i can put one entire drive over and format the old, repartition to 1...

How can i get about this? I don't understand why the boot system will have problems because when i installed W7 it had no other drives to see...

What can i do?.



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10 Feb 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello FuryX, welcome to Seven Forums!

If there's nothing on the HDDs you need to save, run a wipe (secure erase) on them from within the new Windows 7, be advised it takes about 1 hour per 300GB to complete though you will be able to use the PC during the clean all process.

In an elevated command window run the clean all command outlined in step #7 in this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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10 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hi mate,

thx for the info :)

is there anyway i can shift+del the windows folder? it gives me issues where i can't delete it and says i need to try again...
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10 Feb 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Run the clean all command as per BFK's post.
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10 Feb 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Or you could just use a third party tool like Partition Wizard
Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
to do the job quick and dirty.

But the other posters suggestions are cleaner and better.
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