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Reformatting system HDD from another PC

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November 26, 2013 2:43:53 PM

My former PC running Windows XP died due to a failed proprietary power supply unit. I am taking the former internal C: and D: HDDs and installing them in my new PC running Windows 7 as a second and third internal HDDs. I see the old D: drive installed as the new local disk D: and I have no concerns with that transfer. The old C: is now listed as drive F: and can access the data files from that HDD. I backed up the files I wish to keep from the former C: now F: HDD so I am not concerned about losing any data on this transplanted HDD. But the former C: now F: HDD retained the original partition reserved for Windows XP. How do I reformat the former C: now F: HDD to eliminate the original partition so I can access the full size of the HDD for storage? I tried the CMD, Disk Part, List Volume and see Volume=0/Ltr=F/Label=former/Fs=NTFS/Type=Simple, V1/G///DVD-ROM, V2//System/NTFS/Partition, V3/C/Windows/NTFS/Partition, V4/D/Local Disk/NTFS/Partition, and V5/H/WD My Book/NTFS/Partition. I am not certain which volume to select to clean and reformat the HDD as a single partition. Would I select Clean for Volume 0? Or would this only clean the allocated section of the former C: now F: HDD, leaving me with the same reserved partition? When I am done, I just want it to be a third local disk F: with access to the full size of the drive.

Update 11/27: I found I could list drive, select drive, list partition to find the correct partition or volume. Then used delete partition override to allow the partition to be deleted using disk management.

This problem is solved.
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November 26, 2013 2:51:02 PM

Go into disk management and remove all the partitions from that drive (it will show several partitions with one of them being F). Once all the partitions are gone, you can create a new partition in the empty drive and use all the space.
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November 26, 2013 3:30:54 PM

ss202sl said:
Go into disk management and remove all the partitions from that drive (it will show several partitions with one of them being F). Once all the partitions are gone, you can create a new partition in the empty drive and use all the space.


ss202sl: Windows 7 disk management will let you manage the partitions, including delete as you suggest, but only for the portion of the HDD that is not reserved for the system. Since this HDD has Windows XP installed from the former computer, this portion of the HDD is reserved and the partition cannot be deleted using this utility. I do not believe your suggestion will work. I need assistance deleting the reserved partition limitation to gain access to the entire drive.
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