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How to delete disk partition with old version of W7 installed?

I have a multi-boot setup with W7(64-bit), W7(32-bit) and XP

The 2 W7 installations are on separate disks and I did this just while I was migrating from one to other. Now that I've finished, I would like to get rid of the 32-bit system and re-format to use the disk for storing other data.

However, the Disk Management utility will not let me delete or format the partition as it is earmarked as System.

Can someone tell me if I can do what I would like to and, if so, how to achieve this, please?

Thanks
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More about delete disk partition version installed
  1. Use GParted.
  2. Mysteryman 2,

    You might consider the free version of Easeus Partition Master, which has an intuitive, graphical interface to set up , delete, resize, and format partitions. See>

    http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

    > And I use this in conjunction with Easeus ToDo Backup . There may still be a free version or at least a free trial version. And that one is a magic time saver. I have the "Workstation" version ($40) as that version can create a system image and install it on a different system with a feature called "restore to dissimilar hardware".

    http://www.todo-backup.com/business/workstation-backup.htm

    Cheers,

    BambiBoom
  3. bambiboom said:
    Mysteryman 2,

    You might consider the free version of Easeus Partition Master, which has an intuitive, graphical interface to set up , delete, resize, and format partitions. See>

    http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

    > And I use this in conjunction with Easeus ToDo Backup . There may still be a free version or at least a free trial version. And that one is a magic time saver. I have the "Workstation" version ($40) as that version can create a system image and install it on a different system with a feature called "restore to dissimilar hardware".

    http://www.todo-backup.com/business/workstation-backup.htm

    Cheers,

    BambiBoom


    I have installed the free version and can see various options for managing partitions, but, nothing that would allow me to either delete or reformat - what should I be looking for?
  4. I have installed the free version and can see various options for managing partitions, but, nothing that would allow me to either delete or reformat - what should I be looking for?

    Mysteryman 2,

    The Easeus site says >

    ""Partition Manager Solution

    Best solution to Create, Delete, Resize/Move, Merge, Split, Wipe or Format partitions to make better use of hard drive capacity.""

    But, it's possible that the features in the free edition may have changed.

    Other thoughts>

    1. As you are apparently not preserving anything on the disk, you might try and merge all the partitions into one and change the label to logical, format, and then set new partitions.

    2. You might try deleting the multi-boot configuration settings so Win 7 is identified as the sole OS.

    3. Simply use Win Explorer to select and delete all the folders in each partition, then you are free to delete partitions, relabel as logical, delete and/or resize partitions, and reformat.

    Cheers,

    BambiBoom
  5. Best answer
    I think the GParted suggestion is your best suggestion... also, there are usually formatting utilities provided via HDD manufacturer's website as you did say they were all on separate drives it might be easiest to just use that.

    Also, Hiren Boot CDs / DVDs have an extensive number of tools for these tasks. (Including GParted, Clonezilla, and many many more formatting tools)

    However, when using these "Live CD" methods just unplug the hard drives you want to not mess with... as a precaution, one wrong strike of "Enter" and you could ruin everything. Always good to dummy-proof even yourself.
  6. I like the simple solution of deleting all files using Windows Explorer - that did the trick, thanks!!!!!
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