Trying to format drive that has OS but do not want to install windows to format.

Just got all my parts for my new computer, got and ssd, want to use my old 1tb in it as well. I want to format the harddrive with the OS on it but it won't let me because the OS is on it, the only thing online I could find is to use a windows recovery disk to do it which would install windows.
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  1. other recovery options exists like parted magic live cd..its a linux based utility OS that will run live from the dvd..
  2. Best answer
    Disconnect all other drives
    Connect the SSD
    Boot from DVD and install
    After everything is verified working, connect the other drives
    Format the old ones as needed.
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