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How to delete old Windows 7 from spare HD?


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#1 MurphyMan

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:36 AM

eMachines ET1831-07 Desktop
Win 7 64
OCZ 60GB solid state drive (C;/)
109 GB hard drive (E:/)

About two months ago I installed a new solid state drive and made it my boot drive. I just have Win 7 on it, and some key programs like Office, Chrome & some programs that only install to the c:/ drive, like Quicken. What was formerly the C:/ hard drive is now the E:/ drive. Now, whenever I install a new program, I always try to place it on what is now the E:/ drive. When I did all this, I renamed the E:/ drive Windows folder to E:/X Windows and figured it wouldn't be used.

So far so good. Everything is working fine.

To gain more space on the E: drive I would now like to remove everything from the E:/X Windows. I wished I could just send it to the recycle bin but Windows says I need special privileges.

How can I accomplish this? What pitfalls might I encounter?

Thanks!

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 08:15 PM

First, back up anything you want to save on it, then go to start, computer, find the disc drive you wish to erase (not your primary one, your E: drive as it were) right click it, go down to format, and follow the instructions. It will erase everything on that particular drive, freeing up everything for your use.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 08:24 PM

Thanks, but I just want to delete the old Windows folder, the operating system, and leave everything else. How would I do that?

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 09:40 PM

MurphyMan,

Try this:

"How to Delete a System File in Windows 7 or Vista":
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/how-to-delete-a-system-file-in-windows-vista/

And also read the responses on deleting folders.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 09:57 PM

then simply click the E: drive in my computer, go into the drive, and right click any windows related folders (or anything that you dont want) and click delete. It should automatically send them to the recycle bin, and then all you have to do is click empty recycle bin. deleting windows files on a secondary hard drive that is not being booted off of, is no different then any other file-just make sure you don't delete anything you want to keep. If you cant, you can try taking ownership of the file like M suggested above, but since it is a secondary drive it shouldnt be necessary I wouldnt think.

Edited by the_patriot11, 07 December 2011 - 09:59 PM.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:12 AM

MurphyMan,

Try this:

"How to Delete a System File in Windows 7 or Vista":
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/how-to-delete-a-system-file-in-windows-vista/

And also read the responses on deleting folders.


This is just what I needed, thanks! I had to give myself complete permissions for that folder. Actually, one of the comments helped more than the article, but I got the job done, nonetheless.

Thanks again!

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