What is the best way to remove an unwanted partition?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Mike Vandeman, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Hi,

    I currently have three partitions on my main storage array. One is Vista
    Ultimate. I like to experiment so I did a clean install Windows 7 beta on a
    new partition, from the Vista partition. Installation went smoothly because
    the Windows 7 beta installer took most of the hardware info that I had
    slaved to perfect from Vista and used that to install Windows 7 beta. It
    made a few improvements. Then, since I like to experiment I cloned the Vista
    partition and then did an upgrade using the Windows 7 beta installer. That
    went OK and it saved me the work of installing a lot of software on the
    clean install. My impression is that Windows 7 is meant to be more of a
    business OS while Vista is more a home OS. I have not been able to start up
    the web and ftp servers, which is easy to do in Vista. That is not what I
    came here to ask.

    Any good OS is designed to protect itself from the stupidity or malfeasance
    of its master. I think it is the law of robotics. I would like to remove the
    clean install Windows 7 beta partition. I have tried in Window 7 beta
    upgrade and in Vista. No luck. Microsoft is more powerful than I am.

    Please help me. What is the best way you remove an unwanted partition, using
    Microsoft software? (Microsoft is more powerful than commercial partition
    management software, which fails.)
     
    Mike Vandeman, Apr 16, 2009
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  2. Mike Vandeman

    Andy Guest

    Boot into Vista, run Disk Management, and check the status of the
    Windows 7 partition. As long as it's not System or Paging, you should
    be able to delete the partition.
     
    Andy, Apr 17, 2009
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  3. Mike Vandeman

    Chad Harris Guest


    If for any reason you can't use Disk Management to do the job (type
    diskmgmt.msc into run box), then use G-Parted Live. It will do things that
    Disk Management will not do beautifully and format considerably faster. The
    non-intuitive trick is that when you get the interface up, go to the lower
    right with your mouse and drag it the width of your screen with the mouse.

    Because if you don't, changes will not apply.

    G-Parted can format in literal seconds, and also add space to a partition if
    needed.

    http://lifehacker.com/software/partition/download-of-the-day-gparted-live-cd-175024.php

    Good luck,

    CH
     
    Chad Harris, Apr 17, 2009
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  4. Lol. Have you tried fdisk? Boot a dos floppy and run fdisk.
     
    the wharf rat, Apr 17, 2009
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  5. What's a DOS FLOPPY :)
     
    measekite Da Monkey, Apr 17, 2009
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