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Old HDD with existing 7 drive partition to new PC build?

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September 8, 2013 11:00:36 PM

Hi there,

I am building a new gaming PC in few weeks and have been doing some research and asking questions on this forum. Now, I already have a 1TB HDD which is partitioned into 7 drives in my current PC. All I wanna know is when I connect it to the new PC and start with fresh Windows 7 install, will the new Mobo recognize the old partition and allow me to install new Win7 in C: or is the partition not recognized at all? Also will I have an option to format the whole HDD including partition and use it like a new HDD at this point (when I am installing win7 in new PC)? And if you have any advice from your previous experiences please share them too.


EDIT:
This is my new spec:
AMD FX 6300
ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
Seasonic S12II 620 Watts
G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 8 GB (2 x 4 GB)
Cooler Master HAF 912 (with transparent side panel)
Geforce GTX 660

Thanks!

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September 8, 2013 11:04:07 PM

You can't reuse your version of Windows when you change your motherboard. You'll have to buy a new one.
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September 8, 2013 11:11:45 PM

Seladon-1370374 said:
You can't reuse your version of Windows when you change your motherboard. You'll have to buy a new one.


I'll call up MS support and find out about it.. but in any case, what about the partition and format questions?
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September 9, 2013 1:41:50 AM

Yes, the installer will recognize the partition with your old Windows on it. You can even install on top of it if you like, but it's recommended to delete the old OS partition and create a fresh one for the new installation. You'll also have the option to repartition the entire drive during the installation process. You can keep or delete any of your old ones, or wipe the whole thing and start from scratch.
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