how delete partitions ?

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i have a server with 2 m2 disk drives
they have windows10 installed - mirror
i want to delete everything, partitions and all
how do i do this?  
i tried using diskpart, but it won't delete partitions without the force protected parameter set ?  ?
anything simple?   a tool maybe?
all my tools  - ubcd, gparted, etc (older make) do not work anymore

formatting is ok too
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional
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Can you make a bootable USB stick with winPE? Even a Windows setup CD should let you get to a point where you can delete partitions before installing Windows. You may have to inject drivers to read the M2s though.
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in the mean time, i was able to delete the partitions, by using the windows install usb stick, and selecting install - custom install - then delete partitions

but if there are tools - utilities available for this, i'll be glad to know them !
best: ready mady - no "insert drivers" plse !
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We don't know if you tried the force protected parameter. That should do it.
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Mc Knife, i would - if i had known what that is, and how to apply it.
maybe i should have scoured the net to find it

about the utilities:
i have several usb sticks with utilities on it, eg one that has been made with YUMI, and has in different menus the ubcd, windows install cd's, and other utilities.
the partition tools i tried on the above hardware did not work, they started, and stopped  showing an empty gray screen
it would also help if i know what caused this
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After selecting the partition in diskpart, you would simply go
DELETE PARTITION OVERRIDE

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noxchoIT Product Manager
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Nobus, can't you do it from your USB stick with Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Recovery environment? That should let you delete the volumes and then convert the drives into basic.
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i suppose so noxcho - i had a ready made stick for it - but it would not boot from it.
i tested it on a W7 system, and it worked flawlessly -  so it has to do with the new hardware - used for W10, or the M2. drives
if you have any suggestions how to get it running - say so plse !

McKnife - tx for the command  -  on the next problem, i'll use that
small Q though - i was booting from an english w10 stick into command prompt and had a QWERTY keyboard
can i simply type keyb be like before in dos?  did not cross my mind at the moment, but pops up now

does anyone know if i have to remake my utilies usb stick, and if yes -what tools can be used?
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I don't understand your question.
Edit: wait, now I understand... "keyb", the DOS command. No, it's not there in winPE/Windows Setup command prompts. You should boot a localized setup disk to get the correct keyboard layout.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
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if you have any suggestions how to get it running - say so plse !
Create a new Recovery USB Stick with HDM15 and ADK10 (the one for Windows 10). It has normally the driver for that M2 interface. At least in my case.
Plus, if this machine has EFI support and uses it - then during Recovery ISO creation use UEFI option in Recovery Media Builder wizard.
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noxcho - is that documented on the paragon site? should be helpful
noxchoIT Product Manager
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I guess not but it is recommended via their User Manual that for EFI machines the proper interface should be selected.
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ok -  ill try it out
so - in the mean time, all mmy other usb sticks are useless on the new hardware
if any one knows how to make them work - you're welcome
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
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The USB Sticks are useless because they are not using EFI. Create one with EFI boot and it should work.
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ok - how do i do that?  i'm new to uefi boot
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I wonder where this thread is heading. You seem to think that all you tools are failing, but I guess it's rather only secure boot stopping them. Turn off secure boot in the bios.
noxchoIT Product Manager
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If you start Recovery Media Builder in HDM15 you should have there an option to select between EFI and Standard. Then select WinPE and go to the step where it asks for ADK directory. Download and install ADK10 for Windows 10 and the Recovery Media Builder wizard will detect its directory. Proceed with creating the USB stick.
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ok will do so - i assume these will work on the older systems as well ?
and mcKnife - i'll check that too
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sorry - simply overlooked closing this one
thank you all !

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