Proper way to remove a useless install of Windows 7?

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ian80

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I recently put together a new rig after running over my laptop (long story, one of my finer moments, haha). I decided to use my laptop hard drive in the build. Soon after getting the thing up and running, Windows 7 started failing on me. I think it was a trojan. I had a hole in my virus protection for less than a day, which will teach me to be careless. Eventually, Windows wouldn't even load; I couldn't restore from an older point either. The hard drive was partitioned between an OS drive and a data drive, so I loaded a second copy of Windows on the data drive. With the computer up and running, I reformatted the OS partition, reinstalled Windows and all is well. But now I have the second Windows install taking up space because I don't know the right way to remove it. I want to make sure it is a complete install. I also have to get past "Trusted Installer"...

What's the best way to remove a Windows install completely?

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leroys1000

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If the computer is actually running from the os partition and
you don't have anything you need to keep on the data drive,
you should be able to just delete the data partition,create
a new partition and format it.
 

ian80

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Thanks for he reply. Should have mentioned that I through the OS on the the *extra* space on my data drive -- I have 150 GB worth of data I want to keep. Looking for the cleanest way possible of getting rid of windows but keeping my data.
 
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Copy the 150 GB of data from the data partition to the OS partition. Then format data partition.

If you don't have enough free space on the OS parition, then you'd need to buy a USB external hard drive.
 

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Looking for the cleanest way possible of getting rid of windows but keeping my data.
If it's data you care about then you have at least one other copy on different media, right? So just copy it back to the hard drive after cleaning up the partition.
 
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