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So I just activated windows 7 on my SSD and deleted the windows folder on my HDD (I deleted the windows folder before activating). Now I need to know how to completely erase everything on my hard drive only, without erasing anything on my SSD. Can someone tell me how to do this?
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Do this:
  1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
  2. Type list disk, press Enter
  3. Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
  4. Type clean, press Enter
  5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
  6. Type active, press Enter
  7. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  8. Type assign, press Enter
  9. Type exit, press Enter

You can use a program like killdisk or DBAN if you are getting rid of the HDD.
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Do this:
  1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
  2. Type list disk, press Enter
  3. Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
  4. Type clean, press Enter
  5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
  6. Type active, press Enter
  7. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  8. Type assign, press Enter
  9. Type exit, press Enter
You can use a program like killdisk or DBAN if you are getting rid of the HDD.

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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Do this:
  1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
  2. Type list disk, press Enter
  3. Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
  4. Type clean, press Enter
  5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
  6. Type active, press Enter
  7. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  8. Type assign, press Enter
  9. Type exit, press Enter
You can use a program like killdisk or DBAN if you are getting rid of the HDD.

No, I'm keeping the HDD for storage, but I got an antivirus program on their I need to use on my SSD. But for step 2, after I type that command, it will show my SSD and HDD with a number next to it?
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Originally Posted by Heat Miser View Post

No, I'm keeping the HDD for storage, but I got an antivirus program on their I need to use on my SSD. But for step 2, after I type that command, it will show my SSD and HDD with a number next to it?

select the number that is next to the HDD
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Originally Posted by Heat Miser View Post

No, I'm keeping the HDD for storage, but I got an antivirus program on their I need to use on my SSD. But for step 2, after I type that command, it will show my SSD and HDD with a number next to it?

Yes it will. It will look like this:
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Simply choose the one that is your HDD. smile.gif

My SSD is disk 0 so I would skip that and type select disk 1 or sel dis 1 since it is my storage drive.
post #7 of 10
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Wow! That was a very fast process! Thanks. I got 1 question though about the partition. How come my SSD had a partition when I clicked on my computer before doing this process you told me to do? I never made any partition before doing these steps, just a little curious is all.
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Is the partition on the SSD 100MB? If so that is the MSR or Microsoft Reserve Partition...there is a whole explanation on it I have somewhere, but can't be asked to find it now. But it is simply a copy of your system's boot files and such in case of corruption or an issue on the main partition. If you want to get rid of it I have a guide on how to with EasyBCD.
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Is the partition on the SSD 100MB? If so that is the MSR or Microsoft Reserve Partition...there is a whole explanation on it I have somewhere, but can't be asked to find it now. But it is simply a copy of your system's boot files and such in case of corruption or an issue on the main partition. If you want to get rid of it I have a guide on how to with EasyBCD.

That's the weird part, its not there anymore after following your steps you listed on erasing a HDD.
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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Heat Miser View Post


That's the weird part, its not there anymore after following your steps you listed on erasing a HDD.

It must have been from the old install. The old MSR partition.
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