Will no one rid me of this turbulent EFI Partition?

Healthy (EFI System Partition) … what the?
The EFI System partition (ESP) is a partition on a data storage device that is used by machines that adhere to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). Generally this is a recovery partition, or a partition added by vendor disk management software.

In the Windows 7 Disk Management tool we cannot modify the EFI partition, the disk management menu is disabled. Clicking on the only available option “Help”, is not very helpful.

EFI-00

How do we delete the EFI Partition?
We cannot delete the EFI partition via the Disk Management tool, we need to drop down to the Windows 7 command line and jump into DISKPART.exe

c:> DISKPART

DISKPART> list disk

EFI-01

DISKPART> select disk 2

DISKPART> list disk
(Note that Disk 2 is now marked with an asterisks *)

EFI-02

DISKPART> clean
(Beware, Dragons! Note that clean will erase the selected drive – be sure that you do not have data you require on this drive and that you have selected the correct drive)

DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> exit

Back into Disk Management
Format the drive in the usual manner as you now have the options unlocked.
With our move to Win7 and OS.X.7+ exFAT has become a good choice for the larger drives YMMV.

EFT-03

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