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Windows 7: 2nd Windows 7 removing problem

05 Sep 2012   #11


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, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.

The correct way to uninstall an OS if of course to delete its partition after assuring the remaining OS has it's System Active boot files intact. To do it piecemeal requires deleting the Windows folder by Taking Ownership down to it's most uncooperative children. It is not easy but can be done.

But don't imply that advising to back up your files to correctly delete the partition is unreasonable, since operating without your files backed up is reckless to begin with.

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06 Sep 2012   #12

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Magy357 View Post
here is situation:
Notebook Dell 1555, hdd 640GB splitted on 2 partitions as you can see on picture

there are 2 installations of W7x64. one on each partition.
i need use w7 on (currently) C: and erase w7 installation from G: drive as simply as possible way.
BUT! don't suggest me to format or unmount G: drive.
i have there too many important personal data, photos, source files for video-editing, documents and many more and have no chance nor time to move them somewhere else, then format whole drive and transfer data back.
any suggestion?
thanks for any reasonable help.
My advice, leave it alone if you don`t have the time.
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06 Sep 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Hi all

thanks for all advices and help. Already done.

the tricky part was about proper taking ownership.

Right click on folder to be deleted - Properties/Security/Advanced/Owner/Edit - select Administrators - Apply - confirm pop-up window, OK, go back to Permissions - Change Permissions, select Administrators and DO NOT FORGET tick option "Replace all child objects..." - click on Apply, confirm pop-up window. (I ticked both options there, just for sure)
It take some time, depends how many files are inside folder, then go back to Security window and be sure there is Full control for Administrators (if not, click on Edit and allow it). Final click on OK and now is folder ready to erase.

then i used EasyBCD for edit boot menu, erase link to W7 installation what exist no more, then used Disk Cleaner and go through cleaning process, also system files and old recovery data (even on G and that's it. no single unnecessary (visible or invisible) byte on G:/

Thanks for you all again.

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06 Sep 2012   #14


If you want to post requested Disk Mgmt screenshot we can look it over to see if there are potential problems. Your new OS drive should read System Active Boot Page File in Disk Mgmt.
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06 Sep 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

to: gregrocker
thanks, but problem was solved. check my previous post.
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06 Sep 2012   #16


I read the post and how you "Solved" this by rooting out the Windows folder manually which as I stated earlier is not a recommended practice.

One reason for this is that the old OS partition may retain System flags unless they are moved to the remaining OS partition. The only way to check this and for other potential pitfalls is to see the Disk Mgmt output. You have the top experts in the field here to do this, so why not?
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06 Sep 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

gregrocker - what i used as final solution - one friend demonstrated to me via teamviewer. He insist, that i have to do one thing before i started deleting system folders on G:. Ghost of whole C: partition and checked, if it's working well without G:. And it's worked! so i've been not afraid of deleting "by force" each system folder in G:, because i knew, i can't damage running W7.
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06 Sep 2012   #18


Then let us see the Disk Mgmt screenshot. Use the Snipping Tool in Start menu, attach using Paper Clip in reply box.
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06 Sep 2012   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

here is it.

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2nd Windows 7 removing problem-win7diskmgmt.jpg  
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06 Sep 2012   #20


It looks correct.

If you have User folders or other data you want to link from G it is easiest to rightclick on the User folder to link it to the related Win7 Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

Then all data will show up in an organized fashion when you select Documents, Pictures, etc. in Start Menu or under Libraries in Explorer. You only have to create a Downloads folder, which is a good place to store all of your installers and other downloads.

If there's nothing else, you can mark the thread Solved at top.
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