Deleting Windows Vista from a secondary hard drive?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help and Support' started by NJRonbo, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo

    NJRonbo New Member

    Feb 1, 2007
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    I installed Windows Vista yesterday, accidentally doing so on my "D" drive
    rather than my primary "C" drive.

    After realizing my mistake, I simply did an image restore of my former XP OS
    and reinstalled Vista on my primary "C" drive.

    No problems except....

    The Windows files from my initial accidental install are still on my "D"
    drive and Windows will not let me delete them (although I am no longer
    using them).

    How I delete those WINDOWS and PROGRAM FILES folders left behind?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. josh_rain

    josh_rain New Member

    Jan 23, 2006
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    Just a note, you can always rename the drives by right-click on the drive letter and clicking properties, it should be right there.

    Now if you want to save the files on your D: and copy & paste wont work, boot to dos and do:

    copy D:\* c:\d_backup

    or whatever you want the names to be. for a tool called "Unlocker". This is a handy little tool that installs itself right to your right-click menu. Just right click on the file and click unlocker then delete. That will take care of the permission denied error you probably get.


    Boot to dos and do:

    deltree /y D:\*

    That will delete everything in your D:\. Any questions, reply.

  3. Mike

    Mike Windows Forum Admin
    Staff Member Premium Supporter

    Jul 22, 2005
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    You should clear the partitions and reformat that entire drive. Trying that old DOS tactic might not work. Try booting Vista into safe mode. Hit the F8 key on booting.

    In Vista go to:

    Control Panell
    Administrative Tools
    Computer Management

    Look under Storage, Disk Management.

    From here you should be able to make all changes and format the drive.

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