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8 on c, 7 on d, can't format!!

  1. #1

    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode

    8 on c, 7 on d, can't format!!

    As per title.
    Dual boot, 8 & 7, with 7 on d. Now ready to dump 7 completely, but 7 partition will not format.
    Tried going from install disk, no joy.



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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0

    Hello Rickkins. Forgive me as I can only suggest a safer way to go IMO. If one would like to use multiple Operating Systems, and that is a fine idea, if it is affordable, I would suggest installing each OS on an individual HDD. Preferably a docking system for hot swapping drives... that way the MBR is less likely to be corrupted than dual booting. I would use the Bios to choose which drive to boot first.
    Just a suggestion. Good Luck. I have used this plan in the past when so many systems were in play like Windows 2000, or Windows 98 and XP and Vista etc... Sorry I could not help with dual boot. Whenever I needed to edit a difficult partition, I would boot using GParted and try using what was available on the dvd.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval

    If boot files are on d: Windows would not let you format the drive.
    To see if d: is mapped to active partition and holds boot files use Windows Disk Management.
    Property "system" - where boot files are, "boot" is the drive where current OS resides.
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  4. #4

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Do you have the Sydtem Reserved partition?

    Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 7
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8 on c, 7 on d, can't format!!
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