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June 19, 2014 7:45:47 AM

I ordered a pc, last year now, and had windows 7 installed on the hdd by the company i ordered from.

i recently saw that ssds had become significantly cheaper and bought one in the amazon black friday sales to install a copy of windows 7 onto, keeping my old hdd, also with windows as a storage drive.

The install was successful and have had no problems with it. i was using the hdd windows for itunes because moving that is a real pain, and ssd for regular use.

however, the hdd windows got stuck in a update, shut down loop and is now unusable, even with a windows repair attempt.

is there anyway i can remove windows from the hdd without causing upset? there is no seperate partition for anyone who is wondering.

Thanks in advance, all help appreciated!

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June 19, 2014 7:58:53 AM

The Windows on your HDD would be installed onto one partition. You can delete it to remove everything. You cannot remove only the operating system.

I suggest that you back up any files before proceeding. Can you access the HDD on your SSD Windows? If not, then boot up a Linux LiveCD and start copying data that you don't want to lose somewhere. Afterward, you can re-partition.
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June 19, 2014 8:56:31 AM

ksham said:
The Windows on your HDD would be installed onto one partition. You can delete it to remove everything. You cannot remove only the operating system.

I suggest that you back up any files before proceeding. Can you access the HDD on your SSD Windows? If not, then boot up a Linux LiveCD and start copying data that you don't want to lose somewhere. Afterward, you can re-partition.


Thanks for the reply, yes I can access the hdd from the ssd, but it has about 400gb of data on it and loads of music stored in users\'user'\music\iTunes\media, would I have to transfer all this manually and reroute my iTunes too?

I take it I would wipe the drive and then transfer it all back again?
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June 19, 2014 9:11:16 AM

Correct. If you move it back to the same directory structure, then you shouldn't have to re-route all files on iTunes.
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