8GB SD Card: How to nuke old partition, reformat

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zapp22

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Gang this is an annoying issue I cannot find an answer to. the goal is to use all or as much as I can of 8GB Kingston SD card.
two years ago formatted to boot FAT32 [hp util IIRC], but I cannot find a way to nuke it, wipe the entire space, reformat to use as a boot for Win7 install.

how do I do this? tried Win7 Disc mgmt, tried panasonic sd utility, others... nothing gives a way to just delete the partition and start over.

pls help
 

zapp22

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DM assumes that you only want to deal with either the existing partition, OR the free space, giving no options for dealing with the device. no option at all to delete the existing partition [like you would see with a win install disc which searches for existing hdd partitions]

what does disc management give you the option to do - should be able to format ?
some SD cards have a write lock on
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1102/~/memory-card-is-write-protected-or-locked
 
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Just go to Windows Explorer, right click drive and choose Format... choose Full and NTFS as File system
 

mbt

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I believe that this should work

To delete a partition follow these steps:
1. Click on the Start button and select the Control Panel option.
2. Double-click on the Administrative Tools icon and then double-click on Computer Management icon.
3. When the Computer Management screen opens, click on the Disk Management option under the Storage category.
4. Right-click on the partition you would like to delete and choose the Delete Partition option.
5. A confirmation box will come up asking if you are sure you would like to continue. If you press the yes button, all data on this partition will be deleted. If you are sure about deleting this partition, press the Yes button.

Then, to reformat partitions
1. Click on the Start button and select the Control Panel option.
2. Double-click on the Administrative Tools icon and then double-click on Computer Management icon.
3. When the Computer Management screen opens, click on the Disk Management option under the Storage category.
4. Right click on the space listed as unallocated.
5. At the menu that comes up, click on the New Partition option.
6. You will now be presented with a wizard as to how you would like the partition to be created. The wizard is pretty easy to follow.
7. Make sure that you choose to use the NTFS file system.
 
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