need to delete 1 copy of Windows Vista

November 25, 2010 at 07:56:16
Specs: Windows Vista, 1GB RAM
I had a copy of Windows Vista installed on my system which got corrupt. So I installed another copy of Widows Vista on the D drive. Now the 2nd copy is working fine but i need to delete the first copy of Windows from C Drive.
Tried just formatting C: as it is: Received the error "Unable to format the disk"
Tried deleting the Drive from Disk Management: Received the error "Windows cannot delete the active system partition on disk"
Also, I am unable to delete the Windows folder because i do not appropriate access.
I have removed the corrupt copy of Windows(in C: ) from boot options,so it doesn't interrupt me while booting up.
partitions' configurations: C:NTFS, System, Active, Primary Partition
D: NTFS, Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive

Kindly suggest.
Thanks in advance

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November 25, 2010 at 13:47:48
C: is your system boot partition / drive and therefore you cannot format it. It contains all your boot files which control your PC boot process and is essential to being able to boot the vista version on the D drive / partitioin. These boot files are only on the system boot partition (i.e. C:) and are/were used for booting both the Vista in C and D partition.

You could re-install Vista on your C: drive making it identical to the one on your D: drive and then delete / format the D: drive version.
This would be do-able as D: is not the system partition / drive.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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February 11, 2011 at 14:54:46
hi i had the same problem. there are four hard drives on my PC, 10 gb each and the C drive was too small with windows installed. so i created a single partition in by combining the drives E and F drive and installed windows there. is there any way i can format C and transfer the boot files from C to E ( the new partition).

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February 11, 2011 at 15:00:33
Actually in Microsoft talk your c: drive is the SYSTEM partition. Where the Windows folder lives is the BOOT partition. If only one partition for both then its both system and boot.

rg17188 aren't you glad Vista is smart? You would have lost access to your existing working Vista. You can delete all folders on c:
DO NOT DELETE ANY FILES AT THE ROOT OF C: or you won't be booting.

s66 the answer is no. The first primary always contains the system files and its what the mbr points to for boot.

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