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April 21, 2013 1:58:02 AM

I'm now using windows 7 on my new SSD and use my HDD as extra storage but it still has my old windows 7 on and other stuff, how do i wipe it clean or format it while i'm logged onto my SSD windows 7, many thanks

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April 21, 2013 2:06:15 AM

shaun88 said:
I'm now using windows 7 on my new SSD and use my HDD as extra storage but it still has my old windows 7 on and other stuff, how do i wipe it clean or format it while i'm logged onto my SSD windows 7, many thanks

Your HDD should show up as drive D: in "My Computer" (assuming your boot drive - ssd, is C: drive by default), simply right click and format. To prevent your old Windows 7 boot option from popping up during BIOS, go to Start Menu and type in msconfig and hit enter, click on "Boot" tab and remove it from there. Hope I helped! :) 
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April 21, 2013 3:45:13 AM

You can also reformat the the drive through Disk Manager, go into the start menu and type in "Create and Format Hard Drive Partitions" and it should come up. From there select the drive and reformat. Use the NTFS format.

If data security is a concern and you want that data to be unrecoverable, there are any number of programs that will reformat the drive, write random data all over it, reformat and keep doing that until whatever was on their is irrecoverable.
Though if your truly paranoid about the FBI finding whats on your drive, then a hammer is a good way to make sure. You cant read much data off a HDD when the magnetic plate is shattered into a million pieces.
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April 21, 2013 1:39:04 PM

I would just remove it from the boot tab and then delete the folders in you don't want or need. Since there might be stuff in your user folders that you want but didn't think of, like game saves or emails, have a look thru it before you delete it. be sure to enable viewing of hidden & system files first.
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April 22, 2013 12:57:21 PM

Did you install the OS on the SSD with the HDD disconnected? If not, I'd disconnect the HDD and see if you can boot without it before formatting it. Even though your OS is on the SSD, the boot loader may be on the other drive.
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