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#4786343 - 06/14/18 01:09 AM Setting original HDD to secondary storage?
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Registered: 10/27/14
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I just successfully commissioned a new SSD on my home PC as the boot drive. I have the old HDD Id like use as secondary storage. The issue I seem to be having is the HDD appears to have the old partitions on it and I cant figure out have to remove them even after a wipe. Any ideas?
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#4786345 - 06/14/18 01:28 AM Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater]
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Are you really ever going to use that drive or just trying to wipe it clean?
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#4786350 - 06/14/18 02:02 AM Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater]
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If you're running Windows you'll need to do it in Disk Management:

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-open-disk-management-2626080
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#4786359 - 06/14/18 03:11 AM Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater]
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If you are comfortable with CMD commands then using diskpart to "clean" the drive for re-initialization is much faster and easier.
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#4786489 - 06/14/18 08:33 AM Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: ctechbob]
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Originally Posted By: ctechbob
If you're running Windows you'll need to do it in Disk Management:

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-open-disk-management-2626080



Same website has a list of free partitioning software.

I have personally used AOEMI, and it worked very good. It does a lot more than disk management.
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#4786545 - 06/14/18 09:32 AM Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater]
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In windows disk management you can right click the partitions and delete them. Then create one partition and format.
Or you can boot a windows load and manage your disks without loading any software.
Or a linux load.
Or a 3rd party tool such as gparted.
You have lots of options.
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#4786612 - 06/14/18 11:26 AM Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: beanoil]
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Finally got it! I don't know why but it din't want to go very easily at first, both through Windows Disk Management and through the Seagate Disk Cleanser program I already had loaded on my computer. After a few tries the Seagate program wiped it 100% clean. Then I was able to initialize and format it very easy. Thanks everyone for all the recommendations.
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#4787849 - 06/15/18 10:20 PM Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater]
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If that's the drive from your previous thread, I wouldn't trust it.
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