Clean install of a new SSD

  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 10

    Clean install of a new SSD

    I recently installed a new ssd for my OS, some a game and some programs off a USB stick. Now I have a two system reserved (D:) and (E:) with nothing in them, I'm assuming there is some hidden files but I'.m curious if I can delete them to regain the little bit of space (I know its not much) and to clear things up?

    Secondly is it safe to reformat my old boot drive, the one with windows and windows.old? I have everything off of it and put onto a third drive for now but I want to make the old drive my secondaryClean install of a new SSD-wf10awk.png
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  2. Posts : 8,701
    Mac OS Catalina

    Appears that you may have three installs of a OS. You can do whatever with the other drive, I would personally just keep it for backup in case something goes wrong. Just unplug it and keep it in the computer. As for the two that you do not want, again that can cause issues if you have Windows on all three drives and accidentally choose the wrong one.
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  3. Posts : 12,492
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro

    Or physically unplug all but the SSD then try to boot, you might find you'll have to do the clean install again to correct the booting issue. You can then plug one at a time back in and clean as desired or not [I'd clean them using Disk Management to delete the partitions after saving data you don't want to lose]. But do turn the computer off before doing it each time.
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  4. Posts : 17,372
    Windows 11 Pro

    You should not have any problems at all doing anything you want to with Disks 0 and 2 in your post #1. The computer is both booting from and loading the OS from Disk 1. This is indicated by the (System) tag on partition 1 of Disk 1 and the (Boot) tag on partition 2 of Disk 1.
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  5. Posts : 7,137
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to delete the unwanted partitions on the secondary drive and expand the main partition to use the allocated space. Check there are no active partitions on those secondary drives and set them to inactive if so.
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