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Hello there!

My computer is running 64bit Windows 7 Professional.
It has 2 640GB Western Digital hard disk drives (C:/ and D:/ | C:/ used as a system hard drive and D:/ only as a storage), and a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive plugged in at the moment (F:/ also used for storage).

I would like to reformat drive D:/ (one of the 640GB WD hard disks) but I am unable to do so as D:/ - for some reason - is the 'system' drive, as illustrated by the following screenshot.



Trying to format the D drive gives me an error about how I'm not able to format the current system volume.
How can I move the 'system' to C drive so that I can reformat D drive?

Cheers,
Darquel
Edited by Darquel - 2/20/11 at 8:30am
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i cant see the image it says file not found.
    
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I deleted the backslash in the image address and it works.



If you're 100% certain you want to format it then you can download Gparted, burn the ISO to disk, then run it. It's an excellent partition managed. But please, make sure 100% you know what drive you are formatting. I see C and D are the same size, double. No TRIPLE check the drive before you format it.
Edited by Boyboyd - 2/20/11 at 7:21am
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Sorry about that,
I fixed the link in the OP as well just now.

@BoyBoyd:
Thank you for the software suggestion.
So I'll be able to make C drive the system disc and format D drive with this tool?
Will Gparted show how much free space is left/how much of the disk is used from the boot menu? (This seems to be a safer way to differentiate the two drives in question)
And finally do I need to know anything beforehand? or is the program going to be relatively straightforward?

Thanks,
Darquel
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Sorry about that,
I fixed the link in the OP as well just now.

@BoyBoyd:
Thank you for the software suggestion.
So I'll be able to make C drive the system disc and format D drive with this tool? Yes. My advice would be to remove the partition of D and format it when you boot back into windows
Will Gparted show how much free space is left/how much of the disk is used from the boot menu? (This seems to be a safer way to differentiate the two drives in question) It's been a long time since i've used it. But i think it does. If you want to be really sure. power down your machine, remove the power cable to the "C" drive, then you literally cannot format it by mistake
And finally do I need to know anything beforehand? or is the program going to be relatively straightforward?It's pretty straight forward, let it finish booting and it will show you a desktop. A few seconds later the g-parted utility comes up. It's quite easy to use

Thanks,
Darquel
Answers in the quote. Please make sure you know which drive is being formatted. I just guessed once and i paid the price
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I used my Windows 7 install CD's format and repair options to fix this problem.

Thank you for your time and attention towards my problem!
Darquel
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