Format Vista partition on HP W7-Vista laptop

April 30, 2010 at 02:56:56
Specs: Windows 7, core 2 duo 2.66
my hp laptop came with windows vista installed (i dont have the os cd's) then i partitioned my hdd to install windows 7 on a new partition both os r working bur now i want to format the windows vista partition.
yesterday i opened msconfig on windows 7 and removed windows vista from boot.
in disk managment on windows 7 both partition r primary the difference is that windows vista partition (drive d:) is (system) and the windows 7 partition (drive c:) is (boot, page file, crash dump)
how can i format the windows vista partition (drive d:) without messing things up.

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April 30, 2010 at 05:59:56
If you format the vista partition with windows 7 disk management tools, the worst would be that you will need to do a repair with the windows 7 disk, but since you list the boot as part of the windows 7 partition, then probably not even that. If it will not format because it is a 'system' drive (probably not) then you will need to use the disk manufacturer's utility to format (or a linux disk) and then you will probably need to do a 'repair install'. While neither of these should disturb you files if they are on the windows 7 partition, you should still back up everything important just in case there is an error (confusion selecting which partition), hardware problem, power black out, etc.
A good way to reduce confusion is to 'Name' each drive in 'computer'

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

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April 30, 2010 at 07:34:12
thank u for helping me what u said was helpful
i downloaded repair disk for windows 7 then i used paragon partition manager to format it.
of course after that windows 7 did not boot telling me a file is missing so i booted the pc using the repair disk then it finished repairing and everything works fine now.

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