Deleting a hard drive

By golfnovice ·
I have just installed a new hard drive and re-installed Windows xp onto it.Iwant to use my original hard drive as extra capacity but cannot delete Windows xp .Can any one help?

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by Toivo Talikka In reply to Deleting a hard drive

If you have already transferred your data files from the old drive to the new one, you can just format the drive.

First make sure you know what the drive letter of the old hard drive is. Go to Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Storage - Disk Management. Right click the partition you want to format in the right side of the window, then select Format...

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by w2ktechman In reply to Deleting a hard drive

I mean positively, that the new drive is running the current OS?
If it is running from the old drive, then you will hose everything and need to reload again.

Ok, try renaming a few directories and maybe a few files first. Things like system32 etc. on the old drive. It should allow (after a reboot maybe) to delete these folders and files inside. You may have problems with a few files and or folders. Take notes on the names of them and rename them as well.

If it will not let you rename or delete these, does the system state that they are in use? If so, do not delete them.

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deleting a hard drive

by golfnovice In reply to R U Sure

Thanks to the people who replied to me howerver I used Window Washer and completely cleaned the whole drive and it is now a secondary drive on my system.

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