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Windows 7: How to Delete the Windows folder on a non-bootable drive?

18 May 2015   #11
Space Elation

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi; How I did this was I moved the boot files from the D drive to the C Drive using Easy BCD 2.2 free version. I ran this program first (Easy BCD 2.2) after successfully moving the boot files from D to the C drive (I then disconnected the D drive). I made sure the PC booted with just the C drive installed. Once it did I then reconnected the D Drive installed a program called "Take Ownership". This program is a reg. entry once executed it puts a command in your right click menu "Take Ownership". I went to the windows folders on the D drive (Program Files, Program Files(x86), Program Data, and the Windows folder I right clicked on each folder and executed Take Ownership... a DOS window comes up and it runs through all the files in the folders giving you permission to delete the folder and all the files in it. Once done I right clicked delete and the folders and files were gone. No repercussions from this method. It worked great and fast for me. Hope this helps


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19 May 2015   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
I wonder if you have boot files etc in D still. Did you remove D when you installed your new windows? You may also have some hidden folders still.

Making sure your C is active and boot then move sound files to C, format D and move the sound files back to D same folder would be best as some friends have said.
I suggested that, he does not want to do that because he would have to re associate all the sound files again, he did not want to do that, he just wanted to remove the old windows 7 system files, and apparently he did.

So, Good Job Space Elation
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19 May 2015   #13
Space Elation

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I want to thank everyone and AddRAM for all their help and suggestions
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19 May 2015   #14
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Easiest method is to boot into the Win7 disk or Repair CD to Delete instead of Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

It's a struggle to delete the Windows subfolders using Take Ownership. UNLOCKER 1.9.2 may work better.

Be mindful that the drive retains boot code and the partition table set for an OS until that partition is Wiped, Deleted or Formatted.
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19 May 2015   #15
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Space: For future reference you don't need a 3rd party app to take ownership, it is a part of file/folder security of NTFS system. Select folder/file, go into properties->security->advanced->owner->edit and select the new owner and click apply.
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26 May 2015   #16
Space Elation

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Space: For future reference you don't need a 3rd party app to take ownership, it is a part of file/folder security of NTFS system. Select folder/file, go into properties->security->advanced->owner->edit and select the new owner and click apply.



This method you are talking about which I tried first did-not work. A bit more info: When I bought this PC "HP" it had a HP OS7 Prem installed. I didn't like their integration into the OS so I got a new HD and I installed the new OS in full on the new drive C, but that isn't what happened the boot files were still on the D drive. Fast forward ( I'm running out of room on the C drive) My whole thing was to clone the C drive but that wasn't happening because of the boot files being on the D drive. Once I was able to move them to the C drive all was good. I was able to clone my C HD to a new 2TB HD. I was happy as a clam at high tide! yahoo. That was my original gold!
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