Remove uneeded files on old hard drive

May 17, 2010 at 04:27:31
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Turion X2/4GB ram
I installed win7 on a new Hard Drive in laptop -
kept the original installed as backup. I know want
to remove the unused windows, program files to
free 250GB. Cannot delete so many "locked
files". These are not needed, entire Laptop was
reformatted on new Harddrive.

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#1
May 17, 2010 at 05:51:09
'I installed win7 on a new Hard Drive in laptop -
kept the original installed...'
Laptops typically have room only for one hard drive at a time. Did you swap out the hard drive and then install? If so, you can only use the original hard drive as an external drive. If this is true, just attach as external and format the drive (after you transfer anything you need to the new drive).
If you have both drives installed (like in a desktop), you cannot format the original drive without needing to 'repair' your windows 7 installation since the boot sector is on the original drive when you installed on the second drive. To do this, remove the orignal drive, move the new drive to the same position (reset jumpers if IDE drive) and use your windows 7 install disk to do a repair install to replace the missing boot manager and set it up as a single boot. After this is working properly, reinstall the original drive (reset jumpers if IDE), transfer files over to the new drive, and reformat the original hard drive fresh and clean (or delete the partition and reestablish the new partitions you want and format them) and rearrange your files as you prefer.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
May 17, 2010 at 06:10:11
HP DV& allows 2 Hard drives. I put in a new hard drive, installed
windows 7, Purrfect! I then fitted the old hard drive in a spare
space already for the job. I have backed up some files on it, have
access to data - not the programs. I now want to delete all those
obsolete program files and Vista files. Is my only option
reformat? What would be the steps - it is D: drive.

Win7 is on c: drive - NEW and loaded and working a dream. But
the extra spare space of the old drive would be handy.


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#3
May 17, 2010 at 07:56:13
Did you fit the old HDD with a caddy shown in this Video?

As for files on the old HDD you need to first take ownership. Google for Windows 7 Take Ownership

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#4
May 17, 2010 at 08:04:38
Thanks for the video - and yes, I used a caddy suitable for DV7!

Will google as you suggested - thank you very much for your
help.


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#5
May 17, 2010 at 13:03:42
Boot to linux live cd and format the drive. Might be able to delete partition in windows using diskpart.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#6
May 17, 2010 at 21:20:53
Windows 7 disk manager should be able to format the now 'D' drive since it is not currently the active boot drive. I would recommend formatting, but you can try Xpuser's suggestion to try taking ownership and then deleting. Understand that you are now repurposing the drive so you will gain more by formatting it. Any programs on it will not be usable, and you should have plenty of room to at least temporarily move your files to the new drive while you format it. This way you can be sure that there will be no hidden or non-movable files left behind. Also, this way, you get the option of partitioning for a purpose (like different drawers in a file cabinet). Your choice of course.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
May 18, 2010 at 14:10:45
I had a heck of a time trying to get rid of my extra drive with Vista on it. I am pretty sure I tried all of the other suggestions. W7 seems to not let an admin do that to a drive in normal startup. The only thing I didn't do was try diskpart.

I know a modern linux live cd will delete the files or format or partition it. The only thing is W7 is a newer version of ntfs so you should format it within W7. Even if you format under xp you may have issues.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#8
May 18, 2010 at 21:13:36
Delete the partition using Live Linux, then reallocate the space into a new partition using the W7 disk management tools and format. That should both get rid of the problem partition and satisfy W7 with an updated NTFS (use full format of the partition).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
May 19, 2010 at 00:27:59
Amazingly I googled "Windows 7 Take Ownership" - downloaded
a script which incorporates a take ownership option in the
windows explorer right click menu. This has worked - leaving 2
files only totalling 3.3mb!! The files in question are macromedia
flash files. They will not go...but I can live with those. Having said
that, any suggestions would be appreciated. I did all the manual
steps to take ownership etc.

Again, thanks to everyone for their input.


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