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Remove Vista from a Dual Boot System - Delete Vista off HD?

by awaldo / November 3, 2009 11:33 PM PST

I installed Vista on a second hard drive on my computer to dual boot with my normal XP Pro. I no longer want Vista. I was able to stop the dual boot page and XP works perfect, but I can't delete the system files off the secondary hard drive that Vista installed on, nor can I format it. Is there any way to complete this task?

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For your research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 3, 2009 11:41 PM PST
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Already did that
by awaldo / November 4, 2009 12:10 AM PST
In reply to: For your research.

I already restored the Bootloader off the Vista Disc. Computer boots straight to XP as normal. For some reason, I cannot delete or format the drive that I installed Vista on. If I delete, it hangs at some .dlls. If I try to format, it gives me an error saying disk is in use. All that is on it is the Vista installed files. Can I "stop" the drive or something to format the drive?

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Hint: GPARTED.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2009 12:48 AM PST
In reply to: Already did that

Remember that all this is mildly dangerous so I won't write about backup.

GPARTED can remove that old Vista partition, format it, etc. I don't duplicate ready web content and while we could use the recovery console let's go with something easier (GPARTED.)
bob

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