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2nd Hdd - clean install done - remove windows from 1st hdd?


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#1 bl33p!n eddacker

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 02:41 PM

Hello, my 2 y/o install on my hybrid 2TB drive was getting ugly. Installed new SSD and upgraded to Win10 Pro with a clean install.

I want the old drive to be data only but there is a 500GB partion with Win10 Home and a lot of programs that I will be reinstalling and a lot of programs I won't.

 

Am I safe to delete the old installed (not booting anymore) windows and it's installed programs to return the 500GB partition for data?

 

Is there a tutorial/example some where?

 

TIA

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#2 britechguy

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 03:18 PM

Yes, it's perfectly safe to do that.

 

I prefer third party tools, and there are a number of them [I like Mini Tool Partition Wizard Free] and virtually all of them include step-by-step instructions with screen shots on their support sites.  In the case of Mini Tool Partition Wizard see the pages under "Partition Resource" at the bottom.


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Posted 11 June 2018 - 07:20 AM

I second Britechguy's mention of Mini Tool Partition Wizard. It's easy and intuitive. It has worked far more times for me, than Microsoft's own disk management. 


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Posted 11 June 2018 - 07:11 PM

I totally agree...Mini tool wizard is far better than the other free options. 



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Posted 11 June 2018 - 07:14 PM

Here is the best way to delete a hard drive that I have found:

Powershell (run as administrator) (don't enter the number 1,2,3, etc...they are just there for the steps. ex. step 1, step 2, etc.)

 

type:

1. Get-Disk
 
2. Get-Disk 0 | Clear-Disk -RemoveData (Disk 0 is an example, your drive letter might be different)
 
3. Initialize-Disk 0
 
4. New-Partition -DiskNumber 0 -UseMaximumSize | Format-Volume -FileSystem NTFS -NewFileSystemLabel Archive (Archive is the name I chose for the file...choose whatever you want)
 
5. Get-Partition -DiskNumber 0 | Set-Partition -NewDriveLetter Z (disk Z is the letter I chose for my drive letter. You can choose any open letter that's not being used)
 
This will totally delete your hard drive. You will need to go to "disk manager" or use the Mini tool wizard to set up your partitions. 

Edited by Mason21, 11 June 2018 - 07:15 PM.





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