How to wipe laptop hard drive without affecting SSD

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So I have a new desktop with a SSD but I want to use my laptop's hard drive. I have it installed and I can access its files but I want to completely wipe it because everything on it is useless. How can I do so without affecting the SSD. It also keeps on saying I can't delete anything on it.
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  • jinteik
    How are you connecting your old hard disk to the desktop? Usually if you connect it, you should be able to format the hard drive. What errors are you hitting?
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  • daviddelorme
    I internally hooked it up. I was mainly just using the old hard drive for game storage and I managed to figure out how to use steam on the old hard drive. I think I got it now. But there's a lot of stuff on the hard drive that I wanted to get rid of like windows and other stuff. It will say that I need permission for this action and won't let it be deleted.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Considering your second discussion, as you mentioned there are something permissions problem. How did you log in like a general user/as an administrator rights. While you want to perform a simple delete, it is better to reboot the system in safe mode, and try to delete the same. Also virus may cause the problem behind this issue. You can also scan/clean your system by a good anti-virus like MWAV.
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