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Thread: How do I delete a Stubborn Drive Parition?

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    How do I delete a Stubborn Drive Parition?

    Hello,

    I was forced to wipe & restall WinXP OS. Unfortunately, I ended up with two drives and two WinXP systems, which booted.

    DRIVE D: System
    DRIVE C: Another sysem.

    I deleted system from C, & reparitioned & reformatted. but of course system became confused on reboot. I was able to consistently boot from DRIVE D unless DRIVE C was also conntected. In other words, my OS deletion on DRIVE C, also affected DRIVE D. WinXP OS was confused; not a suprise in this situation. I got smart and repaired DRIVE D, via the repair console in WinXP--I replaced the MBR. Sounds OK, right?

    Well, I still have DRIVE C, and I am now unable to remove the parition; it still thinks the system is on the drive. How Can I fix this issue? I can force the parition deletion, but prior to this it gives the error: Unable to delete system; drive may be configured as a system, boot, pagefile, or crashdmp.

    How can I ever get the "system" remnants off this drive?

    Thx.

    Scott
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    One more thing:

    As I go to reinstall WinXP, it wans to ensure Drive C is partitioned:

    DRIVE D: < ---Parition & Install system Here
    DRIVE C: <----Leave Unpartitioned

    Windows XP will not let me proceed with the install, unless I parition DRIVE D. However, I'd rather leave DRIVE D alone.

    As I attempt install on DRIVE C, I am prompted with:
    To install Windows XP on the parition you selected, Setup Must write some startup files to the following disk: 152626 MB Disk 0 at ID 0 on atapi [MBR]

    Apparently it still detects the MBR. Is it safe to allow this, or should I remove this DRIVE C, and install without it.

    Thx.

    Scott
    Core2 2.40GHz, 1066 FSB; MSI 975X Platinum V.2 975X , BIOS 7.5; 4x1GB Corsair DDR2-800; 600W Zalman Heatpipe; 1x250 GB Seagate SATA-2 + 2x750 GB Seagate SATA-2, RAID1 + 1x 750GB Seagate SATA-2; 2x SONY DRU-830A DVD/CD Combo; MSI GeForce 8600 GTS; Samsung 245BW; VISTA-Ultimate

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    Try this fix which was posted by Big Booger some time ago.

    http://www.techzonez.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3975

    After above fix, you should be able to reinstall xp on c:.
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