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Removing OS and Old Programs From External?

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July 5, 2013 1:54:54 PM

I've tried searching for an answer but it seems like the only option is formatting.. I recently switched my HDD out for an SSD in my laptop and turned my HDD into an external. I did a fresh install of Windows 7 on my SSD. I'm wondering how to clean up my external HDD now? Remove Windows, old programs, etc.. but I do not want to format as I have at least 100gb of personal data which I do not want on my 128gb SSD. Thanks for any help.

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July 5, 2013 2:39:03 PM

Fouchey said:
I've tried searching for an answer but it seems like the only option is formatting.. I recently switched my HDD out for an SSD in my laptop and turned my HDD into an external. I did a fresh install of Windows 7 on my SSD. I'm wondering how to clean up my external HDD now? Remove Windows, old programs, etc.. but I do not want to format as I have at least 100gb of personal data which I do not want on my 128gb SSD. Thanks for any help.


You can use a live linux disk to boot the computer and manually delete anything without windows telling you "No!" or trying to hide stuffs.
System Rescue CD [ http://redobackup.org/ ] or xubuntu [ http://xubuntu.org ] are good for this.
Just move all the stuff you want to save to a folder at the root of the drive (EG: C:\BAK\ ), and delete everything else you dont want.
You can use gparted ("Start" -> System -> gparted) to delete the windows reserved partition and resize the main partition to get a little extra space.
You can boot from CD/DVD or USB with Linux Live! USB Creator [ http://www.linuxliveusb.com/en/download ]
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July 5, 2013 2:53:45 PM

Thanks! Sounds like a good plan.
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