Removing old OS installations


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Hi NST forum!

I recently made the jump to Windows 7 and am ready to dump all my old XP and Vista installations across my 5 hard drives. I am unable to remove 2 of the installation as my current Windows 7 installation discovered them and has protected them from format.

Here is my BootLoader/BootManager as read by EasyBCD:

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device boot
path \bootmgr
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {044aa56a-0733-11df-aa4d-fbdce46c937f}
resumeobject {044aa569-0733-11df-aa4d-fbdce46c937f}
displayorder {044aa56a-0733-11df-aa4d-fbdce46c937f}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 30
Windows Boot Loader
identifier {044aa56a-0733-11df-aa4d-fbdce46c937f}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
recoverysequence {044aa56b-0733-11df-aa4d-fbdce46c937f}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {044aa569-0733-11df-aa4d-fbdce46c937f}
nx OptIn

I recently used EasyBCD BETA to change my boot drive from one of the old installation drives to my Windows 7 drive, hence the

path \bootmgr


What do I need to do to let Windows 7 know that:

1) I want these deleted
2) I don't want them backed up along with my current installation

I realize I can simply nuke them from a bootable format utility (none of my old utilities work on SATA :wtf:smile:, although I could use some guidance on a reliable formatting utility. These installations exist inside partitions of the hard disks that I want to save, I just want the Windows files removed.

Basically, can I use EasyBCD to enable Windows 7 to be able to format those 'protected' partitions? And if not, which software should I use to format them without destroying the partitions?

Thanks NST. You guys (and gals?) are incredible!
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