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Setting original HDD to secondary storage? #4786343
06/14/18 01:09 AM
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GemStater Offline OP
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I just successfully commissioned a new SSD on my home PC as the boot drive. I have the old HDD Iíd 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 canít figure out have to remove them even after a wipe. Any ideas?


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Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater] #4786345
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Are you really ever going to use that drive or just trying to wipe it clean?


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Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater] #4786350
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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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Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater] #4786359
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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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Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: ctechbob] #4786489
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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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Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater] #4786545
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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.

Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: beanoil] #4786612
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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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Re: Setting original HDD to secondary storage? [Re: GemStater] #4787849
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If that's the drive from your previous thread, I wouldn't trust it.


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