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Can i use an old removable hard drive with no windows but some random files as the primary hard drive on a new build?

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April 23, 2013 10:37:02 AM

hello,
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 :) 
April 23, 2013 10:38:17 AM

excuse the dodgy typing - keyboard is crap
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April 23, 2013 10:40:41 AM

Yes, it is just a regular 3.5" drive. Yes you can use it. Installing Windows will simply wipe out all the old stuff.

But as it has been dropped once already, I would hesitate to use it as the primary drive in anything. If it hasn't died yet, it will.
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April 23, 2013 11:49:10 AM

As long as the drop did not hurt the drive then yes you can use it as a boot drive. But I would test the drive before you rely on it for your system drive.
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