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    Join Date : Nov 2013
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    I have a old hard drive that has a partition and would like to use it as a external backup. How can I remove the partition. I am running it on a docking unit. the drive is a 250 gb and has a partition at 100 and 150

    Thanks
    Ben
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    Max.A440's Avatar
    Join Date : Nov 2011
    Interwebz
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    You can use Windows disk manager to delete both partitions. After you delete both of them you should be able to create a new partition.
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    Or , just format the drive if you don't need to hold on to any of the
    files on that drive.

    Flashorn.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64
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    Personally, I use PTEDITOR first to re-initialize any HDD before starting installation.
    Use Partition Table Editor and change all values to 00.
    Delete all partitions that may exist on the HDD -that includes the small System Partition as well (if it is there...).

    Connect your HDD to another system for doing it, as this is the Windows version-have to run it as Administrator..
    ..there exists a certain Boot CD somewhere out there with a DOS version of Partition Table Editor, but has some applications on it with dubious legal status.
    The DOS version is here: Read/Edit Hard Drive Details
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max.A440, post: 1127500, member: 75228
    You can use Windows disk manager to delete both partitions. After you delete both of them you should be able to create a new partition.
    Sorry but how do I find windows disk manager?
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgeks, post: 1127525, member: 10302
    Personally, I use PTEDITOR first to re-initialize any HDD before starting installation.
    Use Partition Table Editor and change all values to 00.
    Delete all partitions that may exist on the HDD -that includes the small System Partition as well (if it is there...).

    Connect your HDD to another system for doing it, as this is the Windows version-have to run it as Administrator..
    ..there exists a certain Boot CD somewhere out there with a DOS version of Partition Table Editor, but has some applications on it with dubious legal status.
    The DOS version is here: Read/Edit Hard Drive Details
    Ok did this downloaded and edited it and set all to 00 and now my drive shows nothing still shows as 97.8 gb size any ideas can't format
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenDaniels, post: 1127529, member: 100532
    Sorry but how do I find windows disk manager?
    If you press the Windows Key and R at the same time you should see a run box. Type in "dismgmt.msc" and press enter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max.A440, post: 1127532, member: 75228
    If you press the Windows Key and R at the same time you should see a run box. Type in "dismgmt.msc" and press enter.
    Well still a problem I do that and it comes up that can't find make sure I type rite thing. I am running win xp does that make a difference
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    Max.A440's Avatar
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    Sorry, I forgot. Did you type it with or without the quotes? Remove the quotes and try again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max.A440, post: 1127534, member: 75228
    Sorry, I forgot. Did you type it with or without the quotes? Remove the quotes and try again.
    without it still doesn't work I got it done with free easus Thanks
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