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should I format an old hard drive when i add it to new computer

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  • Format
  • Computers
  • Storage
  • Windows Vista
  • Hard Drives
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March 31, 2014 5:46:18 AM

I have added my old hard drive to a new computer both have windows vista on them. I want to use the old hard drive as storage so should I format it or just maually delete all the files on it?

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March 31, 2014 5:52:11 AM

Formatting it would be the better choice.
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a c 265 G Storage
March 31, 2014 5:54:16 AM

Format takes care of the deletion!
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March 31, 2014 5:56:29 AM

I agree, deleting manually won't get rid of the MBR left on there and other hidden files.
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March 31, 2014 6:02:36 AM

Ok Thanks for your help. I moved all the old pictures and files I needed off it and I am formatting it now. Will I be able to use it for storing program files or just picture and documents?
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March 31, 2014 6:10:54 AM

I have two storage devices and when i know i have a big program i install it on my secondary HDD, its as easy as changing the install location during Setup. You may want to create a seperate folder called "programs" or even partition the HDD into two halves to keep your files in order.
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