Windows 10: Format old SSD with Windows 10

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  1.    22 Nov 2017 #1

    Format old SSD with Windows 10


    Hi All....
    I recently upgraded to a PCI SSD and want to format the SSD with the old installation files on it and use it for storage. What would be the proper way to go about this with both versions on those drives being Windows 10, and the new PCI SSD Windows 10 Creators Update? I tried to format the drive, making sure nothing is on there that I want, and I get the message that it is in use by another program. The only thing that I could think that might be accessing it is Carbonite, and I paused that while I was trying to format it. I even tried going a little more brutal on it, and doing it with the Cmd Prompt, and runing DISKPART> clean and Format fs=NTFS.... and I get "Virtual Disk Service Error" Clean is not allowed on the disk containing the current boot, system, pagefile, crashdump or hibernation volume." I also tried Disk Management, and the option is there, but greyed out.



    Any suggestions? I'm sure this can be done, there's just a proper way to it since it has an old boot file on it. I'm hoping I don't have to boot to it and do it that way. I'd rather stay out of BIOS if I can.
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  2.    22 Nov 2017 #2

    unplug the OLD drive and reboot...
    if the New Drive does not boot, then you will have to make changes to the New drive. because the boot files are not on new drive, but rather on the old drive...
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  3.    22 Nov 2017 #3

    What kinda of changes would I need to make? I
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  4.    22 Nov 2017 #4

    If I remember correctly, the OS ended up becoming corrupt and wouldn't boot anyways. So it was a clean install on the PCI SSD
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  5.    22 Nov 2017 #5

    I confirmed by unplugging the 3 other SSD's that the system still boots. So, nothing is "tied" to that particular SSD
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  6.    22 Nov 2017 #6

    Hi,

    Using DISKPART from command prompt Admin, list the disks (lis dis) and select the disk you want to wipe (sel dis followed by the number of the disk), list the partitions (lis par).
    Now select the partition containing the OS files and type del par override. When succesful you can then select the remaining smaller partitions and issue the same command.

    If that doesn't work let us know the error message that's been thrown up.

    Best,
    Last edited by fdegrove; 23 Nov 2017 at 07:16.
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  7.    22 Nov 2017 #7

    Copy that. I know I tried this method, just, not selecting the exact partition of the OS
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  8.    22 Nov 2017 #8

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  9.    22 Nov 2017 #9

    The command after selecting the partition should have been delete part override. Not clean override.
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  10.    23 Nov 2017 #10

    So... I was able to chip away the partitions. There were 3. I can't seem to get rid of the last one tho. Click image for larger version. 

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