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Fromat or delete

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November 9, 2012 7:41:41 PM

i have moved my os onto my ssd and was wondering if its better to format my hdd or just to delete the files manually
thanks in advance

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a b $ Windows 7
November 9, 2012 8:04:53 PM

If your refering to the hard drive that had the OS on it then a format would be quicker and easier.
November 9, 2012 8:33:27 PM

yes i was referring to the hard drive with the old os on it. so i just tryed to format the drive and it say windows can not format the system partition on that drive
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a b $ Windows 7
November 9, 2012 8:43:11 PM

Go to disk management, right click on computer and select manage then in the next window select disk management and in the next window you will see all the drives that are connected to your computer. Right click on the old hard drive and select delete partition, that will make the hard drive a raw status and you can now create a new partition and format it and give it a drive letter and it's done.
November 9, 2012 8:48:21 PM

that where i was trying it from

im trying to fromat d drive
a b $ Windows 7
November 9, 2012 8:54:58 PM

its still you system drive, are you sure you are booting from the right one?

a b $ Windows 7
November 9, 2012 8:55:19 PM

Could be wrong. But i believe where your running into an issue is it's a *system* partition. So it's not allowing you to format from there trying to prevent you from messing up an os. Unplug your ssd. (as to not accidentally format it) Boot to your windows disk format the drive and be done :)  (prolly be a good idea to unplug your other drivers u have on there too so you make sure u get the right one.)

That OR could be that you need to be opening computer management as an administrator.

Hope it helps. But inzone was correct that's the best / easiest way to go about it.
a b $ Windows 7
November 9, 2012 8:56:43 PM

13thmonkey said:
its still you system drive, are you sure you are booting from the right one?

Just noticed that his SSD isn't marked as system. Good call, probably still booting from the hdd
November 9, 2012 9:00:33 PM

ive had just the ssd plug in and it boots fine how would i get my comp to put the system on the ssd befor i format the hdd
a b $ Windows 7
November 9, 2012 10:37:23 PM

You can't format a system drive or a Windows folder , that's why I told you to go to the disk management and delete the partition , not format it , delete the partition.
November 9, 2012 11:42:18 PM

sorry inzone i didn't see that post i just tried it but it comes up with the same message as before just saying i cant deleted it because of the active system partition
November 9, 2012 11:46:41 PM

Run windows install,when prompted for where to install windows select the HDD and an option to format it will appear.
November 10, 2012 12:19:53 AM

thanks for your input guys but i fixed it my hdd was still disk 0 when i swapped the plugs around and made the ssd disk 0 it made it the system drive and i was able to delete the old partition and make a new one
November 10, 2012 12:20:20 AM

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