Windows 10: Deleting or Formatting a Partition

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  1.    04 Dec 2017 #1

    Deleting or Formatting a Partition


    Hi all

    I have just reinstalled Win10 on our PC but installed it to the wrong partition.

    Now it won't let me delete or format the d drive because it holds system files/folders.

    Any suggestions as to how to get rid of it ?

    Many thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    04 Dec 2017 #2

    Welcome to the forum. If you did delete it then windows wouldnt work does it have the boot files on the drive if so you could move them onto c: we really need to see a screenshot from disk managment
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 20,975
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       05 Dec 2017 #3

    What is the status of the files on the drive?
    Have you backed up all of the files?
    Had you made a backup image using Macrium, Acronis or similar software?
    If you needed to delete partitions, format the drive, make an unallocated drive, would you be able to perform a clean install?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    05 Dec 2017 #4

    Thanks guys - I'll take a screenshot when I get home
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 20,975
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       05 Dec 2017 #5

    1) When using disk management please widen volume and status columns so that the contents of each row are completely viewable and nothing is cutoff.

    2) Download and install Minitool partition wizard:
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

    3) Post an image into the thread from minitool partition wizard

    4) please follow up with answers to post #3
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  6.    05 Dec 2017 #6

    zbook:

    What is the status of the files on the drive? No personal files on there - clean install
    Have you backed up all of the files? See above
    Had you made a backup image using Macrium, Acronis or similar software? No need - clean install of Win10
    If you needed to delete partitions, format the drive, make an unallocated drive, would you be able to perform a clean install? Tried to format the d drive/partition but it wouldn't let me even though I was doing it as Administrator
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    05 Dec 2017 #7

    You can't format a drive with system files on it as Windows will lock it you can boot an install DVD format the drives and do a clean install. It's best practice to only have the c drive in when doing an install as then all files will be in the correct drive
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  8. Posts : 20,975
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       05 Dec 2017 #8

    If you boot to a windows 10 iso then click install there are options to delete partitions. Then if you delete all partitions you will make an unallocated drive. Then you can install windows 10.
    Clean Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  9.    05 Dec 2017 #9

    Hi Samuria

    Yes I would normally just install to the C drive but when I was going thru the install process I had 2 drives come up with the SAME partition number AND the same volume amount, which is why I accidentally picked the wrong one.

    Realised this when I booted up the PC and it turned out to be a dual boot.

    I now want to wipe the D partition and get rid of the system files/folders in there but not sure how to go about it.

    Really doesn't bother me about doing yet another clean install as there's nothing on there anyway.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    05 Dec 2017 #10

    zbook

    I tried that but didn't get the options to delete the partition
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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