basically i have a Q that has not been answered elsewhere 9that i could find). i once had a seagate 500gb removable hard drive but one day it got dropped and would not be recognised via usb. beign the inquisitive man i am i opened up the plastic box and found that inside was a regular 3.5" 500gb barracuda hard drive with the standard sata and power connections 7200 rpm. now im looking at building a new pc and arther than spend 40 quid on a new 500gb hard drive i was wondering whether there was any way of siply using this hard drive in the initial boot and loading windows 7 onto it? is it formatted in a way that it can only be used as a reovable ahrd drive? if so how can i reformat it so it is essentially a new HDD? it has a few files on it, i wouldnt say more than 40gb worth of a mix of stuff (games music etc.) i dont know if this would get in the way of windows or what.
thanks for any help