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Re-using my old (current) Hard Drive in new computer?

So I have ordered all my parts for my new gaming pc, but I was going to use my current hard drive (running it on the computer now) in my new computer?

Firstly, is this possible? I am happy to back it up and wipe it first.

I don't really know what I need to check spec wise, I am running windows 7 at the moment

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  1. no,you will need to do a fresh install of windows for it to work on your new rig.you could try finding and deleting all the drivers for your old machine but at best this only "may" work.a clean install and then installing your new drivers is the way to go here.
  2. aldan said:
    no,you will need to do a fresh install of windows for it to work on your new rig.you could try finding and deleting all the drivers for your old machine but at best this only "may" work.a clean install and then installing your new drivers is the way to go here.


    So I can fully wipe this hard drive and then use it on the new computer installing windows 7 again from disk?

    Can I backup all my work, games and important data and then copy them over once the new system is running?
  3. shouldnt be a problem.
  4. aldan said:
    shouldnt be a problem.


    I read this on someone elses answer

    Quote:
    You will be able to re-use the hard drive, but upon installation of windows it will need formatting and re-partitioning for the new install.


    What does formatting and re-partioning mean? Will this wipe data?

    Thanks for all the help!!
  5. Best answer
    once you back your data up to another location you will be given the option,during install,to format the drive and delete any partitions.formatting will erase all data from the drive.partitioning is just what it sounds like.dividing up the drive into compartments.when installing the os i would delete all partitions and format the drive before install.this is not as complicated as you would think.simply boot your computer from the install disk,select custom install (this is a fresh install)and delete the partitions (if any) and format.then carry on with the install.
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