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Internal drive from tower turned external...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zombiefelicia, Nov 27, 2011.

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  1. zombiefelicia

    zombiefelicia Thread Starter

    Nov 27, 2011
    So, what can I do with it?

    I'm trying to free up space on it so that I can use it as a backup/storage device for my laptop.

    Can I delete all of the previous OS files off it? It ran vista...I am also not sure of where to find the files since I really never got a chance to explore Vista before I got a new computer with 7.

    Also, it's partitioned. I've got the primary which is 456 GB, and a 9.5 GB "Factory Image Drive" which has recovery files in it from the old PC.

    Can I clear that out?

    I've already put a backup of my new computer on the old hard drive. so, I'm running out of space. I've got 55GB free. I was thinking of getting rid of the last backup to make room for the new, but I'm not sure I want to clear out my only backup right before I do a new one.

    So, my main questions are; what can I do with this external drive? what can I delete? how can I optimize the extra space I have with this thing?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    I'd copy all the data that you want to keep off the drive then delete all the partitions off it and reformat it as a single partition. You can delete the partitions using Disk Management, to open it right click on Computer and select Manager or type DISKMGMT.MSC in the search/run box. Then right click on the external drive and choose Delete Volume until all the partitions are gone then choose Create Volume. Once you create and format the new partition,m copy the data you want to backup onto the drive.
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