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Reformatting a HDD from another computer question.

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June 14, 2013 9:11:30 PM

Hey all, I've been working on a new build for my daughter. I have a new Rosewill Challeger case, Gigabyte GA 970A-DS3 mob, AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE CPU and Cool Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU fan. My frend gave me his old 300 watt PSU and 750GB Htachi Deskstar HDD. I would like to reformat this drive and install Windows 7. Can I reformat by running it to my XP, Pentium D 3.0 desktop using a SATA to USB adapter in drive (F) and going through Disk Management > Format? or is there a simpler way? The HDD currently has Vista OEM on it....and there is also an (I) drive designated as FACTORY_IMAGE(I). Does this alsoneed reformatting?
As always, Thanks.
June 14, 2013 9:17:05 PM

You can wipe the drive during your Windows 7 installation. When you get to the screen to begin the actual install process, there will be a little link that says "Drive Options". You will be able to delete partitions from there. I would just delete all the old partitions and let Windows "do its thing". It will automatically create what it needs and format the HDD for you.

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June 14, 2013 9:21:12 PM

No need for all of that. Just install the drive into your new system. On first POST, go into BIOS and change the boot order to have the DVD drive listed first. Insert your Windows 7 Install DVD and reboot your system. When the Windows 7 installation begins, you will be given the option to format the drive/partitions.

The I: Drive - Factory_Image sounds like it's a restore partition for the old system. Since the drive is no longer part of that old system, there shouldn't be any need to maintain it.

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