Clean C Drive without Formatting in Windows 10/8/7 [Tested & Worked]

Tracy King updated on Sep 10, 2020 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

PAGE CONTENT:
How to Clean C drive without formatting in Windows 10/8/7
Method 1. Run Disk Cleanup utility to clean C drive
Method 2. Run partition manager software to clean up C drive
How to delete system C drive without formatting
Apply professional partition manager software for help

This page provides reliable solutions for you to clean C drive and even delete system C drive, follow to see how can you clean or delete your system C drive in Windows 10/8/7 on your own now:

Notice:
In order to avoid unnecessary data loss issue due to cleaning C drive, please create a backup of important files on your C drive in advance. Professional backup software like EaseUS Todo Backup can help you with this job.

How to Clean C Drive without Formatting Windows 10/8/7

When the computer or Windows system has been running for a very long period, many useless junk files will be left over in the system C drive. With more and more leftover files accumulating, the computer becomes slower and slower.

So how to resolve this problem? The best and most straightforward solution towards this issue is to clean the C drive. Some people may come up with the solution to format C drive. But Windows computer won’t allow you to format the system C drive. Huge file loss or even system error would occur if you do so. 
Here in the below, we’ve gathered two tested and effective methods for you to apply and clean C drive without formatting in Windows 10, 8 and even 7:

Method 1. Run Disk Cleanup utility to clean C drive

1. Open This PC/My Computer, right-click on C drive and select Properties.

Clean C drive without formatting.

2. Click Disk Cleanup and select files that you want to delete from C drive.

Clean C drive with disk cleanup utility.

3. Click OK to confirm the operation.

Confirm to clean C drive.

Method 2. Clean up C drive without formatting

You’ll see that Disk Cleanup utility can only remove some temp files and Recycle Bin files on your computer. If you want to remove more Windows built-in application junk files or large files in Windows 10/8/7, you'll need to turn on another powerful partition manager software for help.

To remove all useless files and even large files from your C drive, we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Tools M software. 
It's 100% free and risk-free for optimizing computer performance with its Cleanup feature. You may directly download and install it on your PC, following guidelines below to clean up your C drive without formatting now:

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS Tools M. Select "System Cleanup" on the main screen.

click system cleanup

Step 2. Select the type of junk files you want to scan and click "Analyze".

analyze junk files

Step 3. Identify and select useless files and click "Clean up" to remove those files from your PC or laptop.

click clean up to remove junk files

After this, you'll get a clean but faster-running speed on your computer. 

Delete system C drive without formatting? (Delete OS on HDD/SSD)

Besides cleaning or clearing C drive, some other Windows users are even thinking to delete system C drive (OS partition) from HDD or SSD without formatting. But why do these people want to do so? And how to do it?

Here is a list of reasons why Windows users want to delete a system drive from a Windows computer, and if you are one of them, don't worry. You'll find a solution here:

  1. 1. To perform a clean install of Windows 10/8/7: wipe all data on the system disk is necessary, especially to delete the system drive.
  2. 2. To delete system drive on old HDD after system cloning to a new HDD/SSD.
  3. 3. To delete system C drive on target disk when the OS migration process failed or halted.
  4. ...

How to delete system C drive without formatting? To do this, we'd like you to apply professional partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Pro for help.
This software can do the job that other Windows built-in tools or third-party software can't do: to directly delete system C drive and partitions on your Windows disk with a created WinPE bootable disk. 

You can directly activate it into a full version and apply it to below guidelines to delete the system C drive with ease now.

1. Create a WinPE disk

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Prepare a disc or drive

To create a bootable disk of EaseUS Partition Master, you should prepare a storage media, like a USB drive, flash drive or a CD/DVD disc. Correctly connect the drive to your computer.

Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the "WinPE Creator" feature on the top. Click on it.

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Step 2: Create EaseUS Partition Master bootable drive

You can choose the USB or CD/DVD when the drive is available. However, if you do not have a storage device at hand, you can also save the ISO file to a local drive, and later burn it to a storage media. Once made the option, click "Proceed".

create easeus partition master bootable disk

You have created an EaseUS Partition Master WinPE bootable disk now. You can manage your hard disks and partitions through the bootable drive whenever the computer fails to boot normally.

If you have RAID drives, load the RAID driver first by clicking Add Driver from the menu bar, which can help you add the driver of your device under WinPE environment, as some specific device cannot be recognized under WinPE environment without drivers installed, such as RAID or some specific hard disk.

2. Delete the system C drive

Notice:
If you saved important data in the partition which you want to delete, move and save those data to another secure location in advance.
 

Step 1: Select partition to delete

On EaseUS Partition Master, right-click on the hard drive partition which you want to delete and select "Delete".

Select parittion to delete

Step 2: Confirm the deletion

Click "OK" to confirm that you want to delete the selected partition.

Confirm to delete partition

Step 3: Execute to delete the partition

Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top corner and keep all changes by clicking "Apply".

Complete the deleting process

Note: If you've deleted the system C drive on your current running computer, you’ll not be able to run or boot up Windows system anymore. You can refer to clean install Windows 10, 8 or 7 for tutorial help.

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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

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Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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