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alienbaby
02-10-2016, 12:39 AM
I took people's advice in this forum and purchased a really nice Samsung 512GB PCIE SSD and I cloned my primary PCIE onto it using a Samsung tool. Afterwards, I swapped the old 256GB primary drive with the new Samsung drive so that the previous 256GB PCIE drive is a secondary drive that I want to store virtual machines on.

Before loading new VMs onto the 256GB PCIE drive, I need to delete the existing partitions. For example, I need to delete the old 230GB "C:\" partition and a recovery partition as well. Unfortunately, none of the partition management software like Acronis Disk Director allows me to delete the old partitions off the 256GB SSD. It simply does not give me an option to delete/reformat the old PCIE drive at all. The built in partition management software included with Windows 10 does not give me that option as well. When I right-click on any of the partitions, all of the options to delete/reformat are greyed out.

What should I use to delete the old partitions and wipe the 256GB PCIE drive clean so that it can be formatted as NTFS and used to store my data? Should I create a Linux boot disk and then use something like FDISK to delete the partition? Thanks.

JustinThyme
02-10-2016, 12:57 AM
If you have acronis disk director simply right click on the Disk 0 or Disk 1 etc whichever the disk is at the bottom and select clean up disk. That wipes the drive completely and leaves you with an unformatted and uninitialized disk. Basically the same condition that a new one comes in. When thats done then you can initialize and format it in whatever manner you choose.

My preference is to keep the original disk intact and put it away so I have a recovery option and a means to send it for service if needed.