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    Migrated Win7 to SSD now can't delete system folders on old hard drive

    I migrated Win7 Home (64bit) to a 256gb SSD. After some initial issues I finally succeeded.

    I've reset the default folders like My Docs, Pics, etc so it's time to clean up the old hard drive.

    I'm trying to delete the old system folders like 'Program Files', 'Program Files (x86), Windows, etc. When I try to delete, I get a message saying I can't delete the folders because I lack necessary permissions.

    My account is an Administrator account. How do I delete these folders with their hundreds of GB of data that I no longer need?

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    Don't worry about deleting individual folders, just reformat the drive.

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    Doesn't the OP have his data on that drive? I assumed that from his comments. If he doesn't then yes, reformat, but what should he do if he does?

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    Add Take Ownership to Windows Explorer and then take ownership of the folders. You should then be able to delete them.
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    Yes, all my docs, pics, music, etc are on the hard drive s formatting is a last option. I could move everything to an external drive and reformat - which might be best - but I want to avoid that for now because it's time consuming. I'll try the ownership route although I think I already took ownership, but I'll check again.

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    It doesn't matter if your account is a member of the Administrators group, if you're using Windows Explorer, you need to right-click and select Run as administrator. That will allow you to take ownership.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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