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Cannot delete "windows" and "program files" from old hdd

  1. #1

    Posts : 24
    Windoes 7, Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    Cannot delete "windows" and "program files" from old hdd

    I recently installed a new ssd and did a fresh install of windows 8.1 on it. I am now using my old hdd as my main data drive in my laptop caddy. My problem is I did not back up my data on my hdd and format it. So I need to delete the "windows" , "program files" and "program files (x86) " folders from that hdd to free up some space.
    I understand I have to give ownership to those folders for me to be able to do delete the folders. I have tired the methods suggested by this guide Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

    I tried both of those commands
    (To grant currently logged on user ownership of)

    takeown /F "full path of folder or drive" /R /D Y

    (To grant administrators group ownership of)

    takeown /F "full path of folder or drive" /A /R /D Y

    and it was succesful, however I still couldn't delete the folders. I would appreciate if anyone could enlighten me.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 5,357
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    A lot is protected by trusted installer. I do that kind of thing with a win7 winpe disc/usb. I have a special driver which ignores permissions and gives complete control.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 24
    Windoes 7, Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    Gave up on trying to takeover ownership.
    I ended up creating a puppy linux drive and deleted all of them.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Cannot delete "windows" and "program files" from old hdd

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