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By vijaydekhane ·
If a HD has 4 partition and each partition is loaded with different OS with bootable options at the startup Ex. WinME on 1st, Win2000 Prof. on 2nd, Win2000 Adv. Server on 3rd and WinXP on 4th. Now If we want to remove one/two/three OS without disturbing other OS settings how is it possible ? Kindly Explain in Details ? All partitions are FAT32.

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by jlouis45 In reply to Removing OS

BY DEFAULT YOU WOULD BE USING AN OS (ANY OF THE ABOVE SAID) use that OS which you want to use and logon to the system and format the partitions after taking the backup of require files the the partition you want. If this does not work. Use a win98 boot floopy and check for the OS you want to delete and format that partion. It is good to format than to just delete the files.

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by TheChas In reply to Removing OS

Answer 1 will not work for 2 situations.

If the OS you want to delete is on the primary master partition.

Or, if you share any files or program installations between OSs.

The "C" drive must remain a bootable drive no matter what you do. Donot format the "C" drive.

Are you using a boot manager program?
Or did you install the OS's using the dual boot option from Microsoft?

If you are using a boot manager, you will need to review their documentation on changing or removing operating systems.

If you used Windows 2K and XP options.
What you need to do is edit the operating system out of the boot.ini file.
Check out this TechRepublic article for some general guidelines.

Multiboot systems allow consultants to be versatile

Then, you can either leave the partition semi-dormant, or remove the OS files when booted into one of the other OSs.

If the OS you want to remove is on any partition other than "C". All you need to do is back up any data, and format the drive.

If the OS is on the "C" drive, it depends on what you want to do with the drive.

It gets messy if you want to move an OS over to the "C" drive, or redefine the partition table.

If you are looking to free up drive space, you will need to use a partition manager if you do not want to re-install the OSs.

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by Daz'n'Ash In reply to Removing OS

Another way to do it would be to check the web site for the manufacturer for the hard disk drive and see if they have a utility for creating, formatting and deleting partitions, for example, Maxtor has a utility to do exactly that, you can select which partition you want to format or delete. Hope this helps.

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